Stuart Kendall is a writer, editor, and translator working at the intersections of modern and contemporary visual culture and design, critical theory, poetics, theology, ecology, and gastronomy. His books include The Ends of Art and Design(Infrathin, 2011), Georges Bataille (Reaktion Books, Critical Lives, 2007), and eight translations of French philosophy, poetry, and cultural criticism, including works by Bataille, Maurice Blanchot, Paul Éluard, Jean Baudrillard, Guy Debord, and René Char. He recently co-edited Terrence Malick: Film and Philosophy (Continuum, 2011) and a special issue of Boom: A Journal of California devoted to contemporary California design. His latest book is a new version of the Mesopotamian Gilgamesh poems (Contra Mundum, 2011). He is currently working on a book about Andy Goldsworthy, while continuing to explore the application of critical theory to design culture and practice.