“Criticising consumerism is what people do when they can’t quite stomach criticising capitalism.”
What you (may have) missed on 3:AM recently:
Fiction: ‘Black Holes’ by Eric Beeny
Poetry: ‘Four Poems’ by Rob Plath
Interviewed: Andrew Stevens talks to Owen Hatherley:
I write about the art forms that aren’t generally thought about seriously — about the politics of urban space, architecture, pop music, popular culture — in all of these cases because the level of criticism is usually so low, there’s a generalised belief that these are somehow apolitical forms, that anything that could be said about them ‘goes without saying’.
And if nothing else, I hope what I do actually inspires people — especially in Britain — to look at their environment as something that exists for a reason, that is the results of particular choices, disputes, policies and ideas, rather than as a neutral, more-or-less annoying backdrop to hard work and equally grinding hedonism. Whether it manages to do that successfully I don’t know, but that I suppose is its ‘project’.
First posted: Sunday, August 16th, 2009.