Slavoj Žižek keeps socks in his kitchen

A tour of the Slovenian philosopher's unusual apartment.

Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic, gave a tour of his appartment to Astra Taylor for her 2005 documentary about him.

In it, he reveals that he has a picture of Stalin in his hallway to "get rid of people" and keeps all his clothes and bed linen in drawers by his stove in the kitchen.

Watch his tour:

“I am a narcissist. I keep everything," he declares, showing the filmmaker his collection of periodicals he's written in (we hope his work for the New Statesman is now in there somewhere) and copies of his books in translation.

Enjoy.

(I also recommend, if you've got time, having a read of his recent essay on the politics of Batman.)

"It's not only clothes! It's so much more!" - Žižek shows us around his kitchen.

Caroline Crampton is web editor of the New Statesman.

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“Minoan pendant”: a new poem by Mark Granier

“Yes – I press my nose / to the pleasantly warm glass – / it’s a copy of one I saw / cased in the cool museum”

Yes – I press my nose
to the pleasantly warm glass –
it’s a copy of one I saw
cased in the cool museum –
gold beaten to honey, a grainy
oval dollop, flanked by two
slim symmetrical bees –

garland for a civilisation’s
rise and collapse, eye-dropped
five thousand years: a flash
of evening sun on a windscreen
or wing mirror – Heraklion’s
scooter-life buzzing and humming –

as I step in to browse, become
mesmerised by the warm
dark eyes of the woman
who gives her spiel and moves
softly and with such grace,
that, after leaving, I hesitate

a moment on the pavement
then re-enter with a question
I know not to ask, but ask
anyway, to hear her voice
soften even more as she smiles
and shakes her hair – no.

Mark Granier is an Irish poet and photographer. He is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Haunt (Salmon).

This article first appeared in the 16 June 2016 issue of the New Statesman, Britain on the brink