How should we approach these visions? To be sure, it isn’t easy to subject them to a sober academic analysis, and that’s the mounting difficulty that Noys must have faced and wrestled with as he was working on this book. If, to quote Elvis Costello, “writing about music is like dancing about architecture,” then what is it like to write about Nick Land? It’s challenging, no doubt. About as challenging as talking sense to “Turing-cops,” and persuading them that going on a “death-trip” might not be a good idea.
Carl Cederström reviews Benjamin Noys’ Malign Velocities.