Archive for November 2012

What if you never come down?

Nov 30th, 2012 | By

Taken from Uncommon, the history of the Jarvis Cocker’s 1990s Britpop band, Pulp,through sex, pop, class war and Sheffield by Owen Hatherley. At the heart of this book is one of the most spectacular stories of emergence and disappearance in popular music – a group rising from the grimmest of circumstances to improbable success, followed

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Introduction: Depressive Realism

Nov 29th, 2012 | By

Taken from the Introduction of Anti-Matter -Michael Houellebecq and Depressive Realism, by Ben Jeffery The idea that life is fundamentally not good, and cannot be fixed, has a prestigious history in Western arts and letters. The Iliad and the tragedies of Aeschylus and Sophocles provide unflinching visions of human misery and common helplessness against fate. From the

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The Opposite of Folk

Nov 28th, 2012 | By

Guest blogger Alex Niven, author of Folk Opposition, published by Zero Books In October 2010 the BBC hosted a live music event called “Mumford and Sons and Friends” at Cecil Sharp House in North London. The gig was introduced by the hyperbolic Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, and the lineup – Mumford and Sons, The

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“World’s Worst Creationist” — a message from Chris Bateman, author of The Mythology of Evolution

Nov 26th, 2012 | By

The following is Chris Bateman’s response to the frequently hilarious and misguided denunciations of his book, The Mythology of Evolution (Zero Books, 2012): It has come to my attention that a number of people on Facebook have decided that I am a Creationist, and that my book “The Mythology of Evolution” is propaganda aimed at

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The Meaning of Cultural Power

Nov 26th, 2012 | By

Culture may even be described simply as that which makes life worth living. ― T.S. Eliot Extract taken from The Age of Nixon, by Carl Freedman, published by Zero Books ISBN: 978-1-84694-943-2, $24.95 / £14.99, paperback, 295pp EISBN: 978-1-84694-9449, $9.99 / £6.99, ebook   First, however, it is necessary to clarify the meaning of the term and

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Praise of Motherhood, Phil Jourdan

Nov 21st, 2012 | By

For a decade my mother said she wanted nothing but to retire early and open a tiny ice cream shop with a chocolate fountain. It wasn’t an absurdly ambitious goal. She lived in Portugal, so she could count on the summer heat to drive ice cream sales. And the chocolate fountain idea was, I think,

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Non-Stop Inertia – Precarity and the Workplace, a ‘workers society and Dead Man Working

Nov 20th, 2012 | By

In our culture of short-term work, mobile communications and rolling media it seems we are always on the move; but are we really getting anywhere? Non-Stop Inertia argues that this appearance of restless activity conceals and indeed maintains a deep paralysis of thought and action, and that rather than being unquestionable or inevitable, the environment

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Memory Moth by Linda Coggin

Nov 16th, 2012 | By

Taken from the book Dog Days, published by Zero Books – Peculiar, unique, unusual, elements of Cummings, Stevie Smith and Larkin cohere then fall away, in a collection of darkly clear, or clearly dark poems. Memory Moth As a moth I have become your mind making small holes in your memory that you cannot darn, so that

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Introducing Tariq Goddard

Nov 14th, 2012 | By

Tariq Goddard was born in London in 1975. He read philosophy at King’s College London, and Continental Philosophy at The University of Warwick and the University of Surrey. In 2002 his first novel, Homage to a Firing Squad, was nominated for the Whitbread (Costa) Prize and the Wodehouse-Bollinger Comic Writing Award. He was included as one of Waterstone’s ‘Faces

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Discipline and Control in the Post-9/11 Superhero Film: The Cyborg Superhero

Nov 7th, 2012 | By

Guest post by Dan Hassler-Forest, excerpted and adapted from Capitalist Superheroes: Caped Crusaders in the Neoliberal Age (Zero Books, 2012) Popular culture has played a crucial role in the legitimization of both government and corporate surveillance as a natural and necessary part of contemporary public life. Superheroes in post-9/11 Hollywood cinema have repeatedly addressed public anxieties

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