Archive for June 2015

James Heartfield and Me (debating Marx on Facebook)

Jun 30th, 2015 | By

James Heartfield’s response and rebuttal to this blog was published on July 1st, 2015 under the simple and obvious title James Heartfield Responds.   I recently spent several hours debating Marx (specifically Andrew Kliman’s interpretation of Marx’s crisis theory) on Doug Henwood’s Facebook wall. The person on the other side of the screen turned out

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Zero Squared #24: Open Thinking

Jun 24th, 2015 | By

C Derick Varn is the guest this week and we discuss Adorno’s notion of “open thinking” as it’s opposed to praxis. Varn is a reader at Zero Books, a poet, and a University Lecturer and what we really discuss is an essay I wrote as a way to clear my head. This was a draft

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Foucault’s Madman and his reply to Derrida

Jun 23rd, 2015 | By

To review quickly, Foucault charged Descartes with excluding madness from consideration in his Meditations on First Philosophy. The relevant passage from Foucault’s Folie et Déraison: Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique follows: In the economy of doubt, there is a fundamental disequilibrium between on the one hand madness, and dreams and errors on the

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Zero Squared Podcast #23: Pop Grenade

Jun 17th, 2015 | By

Matthew Collin is the guest this week and we discuss his book Pop Grenade which came out from Zero Books in May. Collin has worked as a foreign correspondant for the BBC, a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, and as an editor at the website Time Out among many other places. He is a

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History & Liminality, Part 2: Dancing about the Ruin  

Jun 16th, 2015 | By

Words & images by Jasun Horsley Blood Cement: Concretizing the Abstract In a recent conversation with paranormal researcher George P. Hansen, Hansen told me that liminality does not lend itself to abstract expression: it is very hard to talk about liminality in the abstract, Hansen said; you have to refer to concrete examples. Liminality is anti-structure,

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The Real Thing: Zero Books Capital Reading Group

Jun 14th, 2015 | By

Andy Marshall, Andrew Kliman and Douglas Lain continue to discuss Marx’s Capital, Volume One. This week the discussion focuses on surplus value (from Chapter 7) and Chapter Eight: Constant Capital and Variable Capital. 



Zero Squared Special: Left Forum Panel on Praxis

Jun 10th, 2015 | By

Theory, Practice and Praxis was the topic of the first Zero Books panel at the Left Forum last month and this week instead of an interview you’ll hear a recording of that panel. Thanks to Michael Steinberg and his crew/family for arriving with solid audio equipment and for putting up with the interruptions and heckling

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Zero Squared #22: Worm in the Core

Jun 3rd, 2015 | By

Sheldon Solomon is the guest this week. Solomon is the editor, along with Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszezynski, of the book The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life. Solomon is a professor of psychology at Skidmore College and a researcher into terror management theory, a field that has developed out

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