Archive for January 2016

Yasin Kakande on the BBC

Jan 28th, 2016 | By

Zero Books author Yasin Kakande recently discussed his new book Slave States on the BBC. Slave States is a stark expose of the enslavement, trafficking, sexual starvation and general abuse of workers in the Gulf Arab Region. Kakande’s expose of the seamy side of life in the Gulf is an important counterweight to the free

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Zero Squared #54: Liberty in a Holding Pattern

Jan 27th, 2016 | By

Brendan O’Neill is the editor of spiked online and a columnist for the Big Issue and Reason. He also writes for a variety of other publications, including the Telegraph, the Spectator and the Australian. In this episode we discuss how spiked started off as a Marxist publication and where it has ended up. According to

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Zero Squared #53: Thinking Thomas

Jan 21st, 2016 | By

Thomas Lynn is a youtuber with a new channel entitled “Thinking Thomas.” A few months back he approached me about interviewing Zero Books authors on his channel and since then he has done so at least a few times. The following interview was one of the results of our correspondence and in this conversation you’ll

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Zero Squared #52: Political Self-Censorship

Jan 13th, 2016 | By

Glenn Loury is a reformed neo-conservative “man of the left” with some serious reservations. He is a professor at Brown University, a one time contender for Undersecretary of Education, the author of the book The Anatomy of Racial Inequality, the host of the Glenn Show, as well as a regular contributor to the New Republic.

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Remembering Bowie

Jan 11th, 2016 | By

Chris O’Leary was the guest on the Zero Books podcast back in March of 2015. He discussed his book Rebel Rebel which is a critical analysis of Bowie’s songs from 1964-1976. The Cultural Critic Mark Dery (author of All the Young Dudes:Why Glam Rock Matters) describes O’Leary’s book this way: Marooned in ’70s suburbia, I

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Zero Squared #51: Drone and Apocalypse

Jan 6th, 2016 | By

Joanna Demers is associate professor of musicology at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she specializes in post-1945 popular and art music. Her book with Zero Books Drone and Apocalypse was published on December 11th in 2015. The back of the jacket copy for the first book describes it this way:

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Zero Squared: A New Year’s Special

Jan 2nd, 2016 | By

This special January 2nd, 2016 episode of Zero Squared explores why Critical Theorists deploy the word “problematic” and what they are REALLY saying when they talk about your fave. Clips in this episode/collage include KMO from the C-Realm, John Berger, The Wireless Philosopher on the Problem of Perception, Michel Foucault Beyond Good and Evil (1993),

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