Stuart Walton is a writer on cultural history and philosophy. He has written Out Of It: A Cultural History of Intoxication (2001) and Humanity: An Emotional History (2004), which has been translated into seven languages. He is also a features and comment journalist, writing for the Guardian books blog, and he reviews books for a number of specialist and general titles.
When things fall apart, how can we find value in chaos? Stuart Walton explains in this eloquent polymathic inquiry, which tracks the concept and its potential from Mesopotamian mythology to contemporary Korean cinema. * Oliver Davis, Professor of French Studies, University of Warwick, UK *