Pintxos: Small Delicacies & Chance Encounters by Gray Kochhar-Lindgren

utopos creative criticism #1

Jacques Derrida wrote in Glas that “The glue of chance creates sense” and he was almost correct. It is, in fact, the toothpick of reading and writing – taken in their most expansive senses – that connects one chance event to another, that binds together, however briefly, the volatility of events. Chance and art: the pleasures of sensuous sensibilities, the distinctions of the conceptual, and the free-flowing sociability of a promenade as the day rounds almost imperceptibly toward the night. Watch out for the drunken philosophers, poets, and painters; listen to the talking parrots and puppets; beware of the marauding pirates and politicians; and marvel at the red hand-prints on the dark walls of caves. Pintxos is best read in a manner similar to nibbling on its namesake, tasted bit-by-bit as you wander from one bar to the next along the evening streets of San Sebastian. Read an excerpt from the book.


About the author

Gray Kochhar-Lindgren is the Director of Wild Studios Consulting and Creative Productions LLC. Recently retired as Professor and Director of the University of Hong Kong’s Common Core, Gray continues to serve as an Honorary Professor of the Humanities, Affiliate Faculty in Comparative Literature, and as Senior Advisor for the Common Core. Prior to HKU, he was the inaugural Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Learning and Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington-Bothell. A Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of four teaching awards, Gray is the author of Starting Time; Narcissus Transformed; Night Café; TechnoLogics; Kant in Hong Kong; Philosophy, Art, and the Specters of Jacques Derrida; and Urban Arabesques. He lives with Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren on a dirt road just up the hill from Useless Bay.