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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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Why I Am Voting No

Jul 30th, 2014 | By

Why I Am Voting ‘No’  John Wight I will be voting No in this year’s referendum on Scottish independence. I will do so as a statement of solidarity with working people throughout Britain. There is undoubtedly much that is regressive – make that despicable – about the British state. The monarchy, the House of Lords,

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Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East & West – upcoming events & news

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

Update on the various launches and press that have happened or are forthcoming for Agata Pyzik’s Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East & West.   UPCOMING EVENTS: 2.05 KUAD Gallery, Istanbul,Turkey – part of the Turkish-Polish Year, I’ll be speaking at the opening of the exhibition of Polish art since the 90s, my abstract here

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Nobody Puts America in the Corner: Dirty Dancing and the End of Innocence

Feb 14th, 2014 | By

An extract from U.ESS.AY: Politics and Humanity in American Film, by Stephen Lee Naish. A cunning and creative YouTube user (who goes by the name kaflickastan) has posted a re-edited film trailer for the 1987 smash hit movie Dirty Dancing and painted the film in the nightmarish and film noir-ish colours of a David Lynch

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Zer0 staff pick their best books of 2013

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

In no particular order, and with no justification, here are a selection of Zer0 people’s favourite (non-Zer0) books of 2013: Metahaven – Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? (Strelka Press) Julia Downes (ed), Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to the Modern (Supernova) Graham Foust – To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems (Flood Editions) Thomas Nagel

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