Articles

Zero Squared #98: A Red Worker in a Red State

Terry Tapp is a red worker from a red state. He’s also an artist and a writer. His book, “A Serf’s Journal: The Story of the United States’ Longest Wildcat Strike” is coming out from Zero Books in 2017. Micah Uetricht of Jacobin Magazine blurbed the book this way: Every day, millions of people grind

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Zero Squared #97: Punching Nazis?

Brendan O’Neill and Fredrick DeBoer are the guests this week as we dedicate this week’s episode to the question of punching Nazis. Brendan O’Neill is the editor of Spiked Online, a publication that I would describe as having an attitude that is both socialist and libertarian in the American sense of the word. They advocate

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What’s Left Now: An interview with Zahari Richter

Zahari Richter is a graduate student, artist and blogger at DidIStutter.org.  He and I had this discussion shortly after the election of Donald Trump about the limits of intersectionality and the possibility of bringing it closer to its original intention. C. Derick Varn: In light of Trump’s recent victory, there has been a lot of

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Zero Squared #96: The Busybody State

Josie Appleton is the guest this week and we discuss her book Officious: Rise of the Busy Body State. The book argues that the Busy Body State is defined by an attachment to bureaucratic procedures for their own sake: the rule for the sake of a rule; the form for the sake of a form.

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Capitalist Realism (an excerpt)

The world lost a radical thinker on January 13th, 2017. Mark Fisher’s book Capitalist Realism helped to put Zero Books on the map in 2009. There are other books that sell as well as his, but none that are as central to Zero Books’ mission. To have lost Mark in what was the prime of

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Promotions

Zero Squared #95: Žižek and the Double Blackmail

Slavoj Žižek is the guest this week as we discuss the flak he’s received for a few of his Lacanian interventions into politics recently, Marx’s Labor Theory of Value, and his most current book Against the Double Blackmail. “[A]n urgent and entertaining diagnosis of the ongoing refugee crisis and global terror threat, highlighting the glaring

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Zero Squared #83: Taste the Vapor

Grafton Tanner is a writer and musician from Georgia. His writing has appeared in Paste magazine, Film Matters, and The Blue Indian, and his debut book, Babbling Corpse: Vaporwave and the Commodification of Ghosts, was published by Zero Books on June 24, 2016 Thanks go out to Mir B, Seamus M, Paul H, Mathieu D,

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Events & Announcements

Overcoming Capitalism at Left Forum

  Overcoming Capitalism 22 May, 2016 Sun 12:00pm – 01:50pm Room 1.109 Participants: Douglas Lain — Publisher, Zero Books Pete Dolack — Zero Books, author of It’s Not Over Terry Tapp — Zero Books, author of A Serf’s Journal Anne Jaclard — Marxist Humanist Initiative Andrew Kliman — Pace University Introduction: To take up the

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Zero Books, Summer Reading, Libraries

This coming summer, starting on the 20th of June, twenty or more Zero Books authors from around the world are going to give book readings in the local branches of their public libraries. The idea is to work against the notion that summer reading is always “escapist,” to propose that escaping from Capitalist Realism and

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Book News

A Call For Introductory Theory and Philosophical Novellas

In the last few weeks the Zero Squared podcast has featured unusual guests, guests who were not always strictly of or from the left/Marxist tradition that Zero Books embraces. This was undertaken in an effort to discover what ideas current left intellectuals (we writers and thinkers of the left who so easily embraced Alexis Tsipras,

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Radical Publishing and Contradictions in Clickbait

This is a rough draft for a presentation to be given at the start of a Panel Discussion at the Left Forum at the end of May. The panel is entitled Radical Publishing: Contradictions in Clickbait and will feature Aaron Leonard, Michael Thomsen, and Johan Kugelberg as participants. I (Douglas Lain) will be the moderator

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