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Weird Realism – Lovecraft and Philosophy, Graham Harman

Jan 25th, 2013 | By

A Writer of Gaps and Horror One of the most important decisions made by philosophers concerns the production or destruction of gaps in the cosmos. That is to say, the philosopher can either declare that what appears to be one is actually two, or that what seems to be two is actually one. Some examples will help

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EXTRACT: Ungreat Books – Failure: A Writer’s Life, Joe Milutis

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

William Gold “William Gold has earned only 50 cents after 18 years of unceasing labor.” Any child who read the Guinness Books between 1976 and 1982 has reflected on these words. In 1976, William Gold first appeared as the world‘s “Least Successful Author,“ a record which he held, tenuously, until 1982. He was not included

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Physical Resistance, Dave Hann

Jan 17th, 2013 | By

Introduction, by Louise Purbrick Doesn’t a breath of air that pervaded earlier days caress us as well? In the voices we hear, isn’t there an echo of the now silent ones? Walter Benjamin When Dave Hann died on 29 September 2009, he left £30 in the bank and a manuscript of over 100,000 words. He had

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Crossing the Threshold – Heterotopia, Caroline Baillie, Jens Kabo & John Reader

Jan 15th, 2013 | By

A Journey into New Ways of Thinking This book is about transformations. Particularly the sort of trans- formations that many would like to see happen in our profession, school, community and country. Transformations that lead to shifts in ways of thinking and being, about who we are, what we do and why we do it.

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No Local – Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won’t Change The World, Greg Sharzer

Jan 4th, 2013 | By

Some time ago, I was talking with a nutritionist friend about how expensive and time–consuming it is to be poor. You have to chase low–wage jobs, live in poor–quality housing and endure the daily stress of trying to afford the essentials. Government, which used to provide a social safety net, doesn’t help much. Warming to

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Post Cinematic Affect, Steven Shaviro

Jan 2nd, 2013 | By

In this book, I look at four recent media productions – three films and a music video – that reflect, in particularly radical and cogent ways, upon the world we live in today. Olivier Assayas’ Boarding Gate (starring Asia Argento) and Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales (with Justin Timberlake, Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, and Sarah Michelle Gellar)

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The Quadruple Object

Dec 29th, 2012 | By

This book first appeared in French as L’Objet quadruple: Une métaphysique des choses après Heidegger (Paris: PUF, 2010), in a fine translation by Olivier Dubouclez of Lille. The history of the project shaped the very structure of the book, and may be of interest to the reader. For several years Quentin Meillassoux had expressed the

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Dec 27th, 2012 | By

October 2007. The Tate Modern, London. Doris Salcedo’s Shibboleth is on exhibition in the sloping, forbiddingly cavernous Turbine Hall. The “Shibboleth” consists of what appears to be a long, zig-zagging crack running through the floor of the hall, from barely more than a scratch in the tiling at the hall’s entrance, to a wider fissure,

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The Architecture of Control

Dec 17th, 2012 | By

As a critical rejoinder to the discourse of Panopticism, The Architecture of Control is essential reading for everyone who is interested in new modes of resistance to the designs of biopower and imperial democracy. Techniques of Archio-Discipline: Panopticism and Feng Shui. It’s somewhat peculiar that Panopticism and Feng Shui, the two great populace discourses on

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Scotland’s democratic culture and identity

Dec 14th, 2012 | By

Disasters, pandemics, the War on Terror, iPlayers/Pods/Pads/ Phones, American Idol, the rise of social media or the international banking crisis? Whatever your abiding memories of the Noughties, this was also to some extent a Scottish decade. With devolution, emergent self-government and (for much of the Noughties) a booming economy, a shift took place in Scottish

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