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Musical Variables

Dec 31st, 2012 | By

In order to compose music, we should ask what it is that music is composed of. We need to know what building materials we have to hand for the creation of new musical structures, how they work and how they can be combined. Furthermore, if we want to maximise the possibilities of composition to the

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Cold World

Dec 3rd, 2012 | By

Extract from Cold World – The aesthetics of dejection and the politics of militant dysphoria, Dominic Fox, published by Zero Books Sadness does something to the way we see the world. In the experience of deep sadness, the world itself seems altered in some way: coloured by sadness, or disfigured by it. Rather than living inside us, as

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“World’s Worst Creationist” — a message from Chris Bateman, author of The Mythology of Evolution

Nov 26th, 2012 | By

The following is Chris Bateman’s response to the frequently hilarious and misguided denunciations of his book, The Mythology of Evolution (Zero Books, 2012): It has come to my attention that a number of people on Facebook have decided that I am a Creationist, and that my book “The Mythology of Evolution” is propaganda aimed at

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The Meaning of Cultural Power

Nov 26th, 2012 | By

Culture may even be described simply as that which makes life worth living. ― T.S. Eliot Extract taken from The Age of Nixon, by Carl Freedman, published by Zero Books ISBN: 978-1-84694-943-2, $24.95 / £14.99, paperback, 295pp EISBN: 978-1-84694-9449, $9.99 / £6.99, ebook   First, however, it is necessary to clarify the meaning of the term and

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Introducing Tariq Goddard

Nov 14th, 2012 | By

Tariq Goddard was born in London in 1975. He read philosophy at King’s College London, and Continental Philosophy at The University of Warwick and the University of Surrey. In 2002 his first novel, Homage to a Firing Squad, was nominated for the Whitbread (Costa) Prize and the Wodehouse-Bollinger Comic Writing Award. He was included as one of Waterstone’s ‘Faces

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Extract: The Crystal Palace at Hyde Park

Nov 4th, 2012 | By

Taken from Architecture of Failure, Douglas Murphy, published by Zero Books The failure in designing what was once called ‘a better tomorrow’. The mismatch between what architects say and the built work that survives is vast: illustrated by the Victorian obsession with iron and glass structures. Hugh Pearman, RIBA Journal Joseph Paxton’s ferro-vitreous edifice for the Great

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After Pornified – Europe Tour by guest blogger and author Anne Sabo

Oct 19th, 2012 | By

I gave a reading at the local independent bookstore in town last week and it went really well. The place was packed so that was fun, and the audience mixed: college students, parents, younger and older women and men, and of course some friends and even family visiting from out-of-state. This Friday I’m off for my Europe

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Magic Button Theory

Aug 6th, 2012 | By

Guest blogger Kate Gould A little while ago I read an article about the peculiar things people do to their bodies with plastic surgery. There was the usual lunacy: women injecting a neurotoxin into their faces; collagened-up bloody, swollen pouts; Macrolane-filled breasts (a sort of injectable jelly it takes your body 12-18 months to absorb,

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“Spiritual But Not Religious”

Jul 18th, 2012 | By

Rabbi Jason Rosenberg from Tampa reviews Dispirited.. At http://cbatampa.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/but-not-religious.html, Rabbi Jason Rosenberg from Tampa reviews Dispirited. Below is a flavour of the piece… David Webster has a book out called Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish and Unhappy. I haven’t read the book, yet, but I did read a short interview with him about it, and it definitely got

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Zizek on Why We Love Sociopaths

May 21st, 2012 | By

Slavoj Zizek, one of the world’s leading philosophers and cultural critics, recently concluded one of his public lectures with a summary and endorsement of my book Why We Love Sociopaths. You can watch it here (embedding is disabled, but the link skips straight to the revelant part). This is obviously one of the coolest things

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