Archive for January 2015

Zero Squared #4: The Semiotics of Happiness

Jan 28th, 2015 | By

Ashley Frawley is the guest this week. Frawley is a lecturer at Swansea University, her book “The Semiotics of Happiness” is coming out from Bloomsbury in February, and we discuss how happiness was made into a political problem in the UK and how the aim of increasing “happiness” has become a substitute for real progressive

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The Interview

Jan 26th, 2015 | By

I’m always behind the times, at least a bit, and it wasn’t until yesterday as I cleaned my home office that I finally got around to watching the Seth Rogen/James Franco vehicle “The Interview.” Despite my resemblance to Rogen I found myself relatively unimpressed by the movie. However, poking around on the internet today I

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Zero Squared #3: Sweetening the Pill

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By

The guest this week is Holly Grigg-Spall. Grigg-Spall is a women’s health activist and the publication of her book “Sweetening the Pill” has made many, many, many people angry. Going against the common wisdom she argues that the pill is overprescribed and even dangerous to women’s mental health. Music this week includes the work of

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Behind the Scenes at Zero Books: Meet the New Boss

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By

Over the last few months there have been a lot of changes behind the scenes at Zero Books even as the intellectually challenging titles have continued to roll out.  Just to emphasize that second bit, we have three new books set for release on January 30th (Seen and Not Seen by Jasun Horsley, Strangled by Phil

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Zero Squared #2: The Option that No Longer Exists

Jan 14th, 2015 | By

John Medhurst is a Trade Unionist and activist and we discuss his book That Option No Longer Exists: Britain 1974-’76. We also consider the possibility that the Labour party’s industrial policy was a real solution to economic crisis of the 70s. Comment on the murder of the staff of the French comic magazine Charlie Hebdo: As

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Zero Squared #1: Seen and Not Seen

Jan 7th, 2015 | By

Jasun Horsley is the first guest. His book Seen and Not Seen: Confessions of a Movie Autist is coming out from Zero Books at the end of this month. Also in this episode: the voice of TJ Clark, the music of Dan Lett, the Zero Books manifesto as written by Tariq Goddard, my call for

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