Archive for April 2015

Your Real Imaginary Friend (Escaping Consensual Perception Part 2)

Apr 30th, 2015 | By

Part One of this piece can be read here Text and images by Jasun Horsley IV A dozen eyewitnesses to the same event supply different details, at times radically conflicting. The police officer on the case shakes his head in frustration and curses them all. But what if all of those witnesses are faithfully reporting

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Zero Squared #17: The Liminalist

Apr 30th, 2015 | By

Jason Horsley is the guest this week and we discuss his new podcast called The Liminalist. Jason Horsley is the author of several books including Matrix Warrior, The Blood Poets, and most recently Seen and Not Seen which came out from Zero Books in January. Pauline Kael, the influential film critic for the New Yorker

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The Real Thing: Zero Books’ Capital Reading Group

Apr 26th, 2015 | By

Andrew Kliman, Andy Marshall and Douglas Lain discuss Capital, Volume 1, Section 2, Chapters 5 and 6. Here we discover why value isn’t a product of the market and how labor time is a special kind of commodity that produces value when consumed.

Zero Squared #16: Drink the Rest of That

Apr 22nd, 2015 | By

Guy J Jackson is the guest this week and we discuss his collection of short stories Drink the Rest of That which came out from Roundfire Books in January. Roundfire Books is an imprint at John Hunt Publishing as is Zero Books. Drink the Rest of That is a collection of shorts meant to be

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Zero Squared #15: Twerking to Turking (EDA)

Apr 16th, 2015 | By

Alfie Bown is the guest this week and we discuss the book from the EDA Collective Twerking to Turking which is coming from Zero Books this month. With the tag line: “Analysing the signs of everyday life” this is the second collection by the EDA. It is a follow-up to their book “Why Animals are

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What Is Consensual Perception and How Can We Escape It?

Apr 13th, 2015 | By

(Images by Jasun Horsley) I Let’s start with three concepts. Consensus. Perception. Language. Consensus: a general agreement about something : an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group. Perception: awareness of the elements of the environment through physical sensation. (This was the third definition I found online: the first

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The Real Thing: Zero Books Capital Reading Group

Apr 12th, 2015 | By

Andrew Kliman, Andy Marshall and Douglas Lain continue to discuss Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume 1. This time the topic is Section 2: The Transformation of Money into Capital, Chapter 4: The General Formula for Capital. C-M-C or M-C-M?

New Guidelines for Fiction at Zero Books

Apr 9th, 2015 | By

While being interviewed by the Paris Review in 1990 the novelist and Platonist philosopher Iris Murdoch was asked the following question: Should the novelist also be a moralist and teacher? Murdoch’s answer was that a fiction writer should avoid didactic aims but should embrace the role of the moralist, if not entirely then at least

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Zero Squared #14: Nihilism and Reason

Apr 8th, 2015 | By

Eugene Thacker is the guest this week and we discuss his Horror of Philosophy series, two new volumes of which ( Tentacles Longer than Night and Starry Speculative Corpse) are coming from Zero Books on April 24th. In these book Thacker, instead of taking fiction as the mere illustration of ideas, he reads horror stories

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David Harvey Responds

Apr 2nd, 2015 | By

A few weeks back Zero Squared featured a conversation with the Marxist economist Andrew Kliman about a pair of essays he’d written for the New Left Project in response to a paper the geographer and Marxist David Harvey had posted online. The paper was entitled Crisis Theory and the Falling Rate of Profit and Andrew Kliman’s

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