:: Interviews

Nightmares. Chaos. Exhibitionism. published 25/06/2017

I certainly acknowledge the potency of sexuality, as well as the creative forces involved. Some people perform rituals to conjure or attract sex partners, but I’ve found that going out and meeting people is a much more practical way to get laid…. for me, anyways. If you want to hit a bullseye, it makes more sense to throw a dart, than to coerce or invoke an elemental to magically place a dart on the bullseye. No judgement, of course….

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Josh Kil.

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Law published 24/06/2017

I was delighted when I reached the remark, “What is an electric field? Is it something real, or is it merely a name for a factor in an equation which has to be multiplied by something else to give the numerical value of the force we measure in an experiment?” Finally, I remember thinking, here at last was the sort of question that I wanted us to pursue. But the textbook went on to say that “since it works, it doesn’t make any difference. That is not a frivolous answer, but a serious one.” I felt ashamed of my obvious intellectual immaturity and bad taste.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Marc Lange.

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Park Entries: Travis Elborough published 21/06/2017

But the one writer I go back to again and again is Joseph Mitchell. I am sure you know of him, but he was a pioneer of the kind of novelistic reportage later christened ‘New Journalism’ by Tom Wolfe. He specialised in chronicling the wilder sides of New York, a city he moved to at the outbreak of the Great Depression and instantly fell in love with. From 1938 until his death in 1996, he was a staff writer on the New Yorker and filled its pages with pen portraits of steelworkers, street-preachers, bearded sideshow ladies, tavern keepers and their assorted and unseemly clientele, fish-stall holders and impecunious flop-house philosophers.

Andrew Stevens talks with the authority on parks, seaside towns and buses.

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The Refugees Route published 19/06/2017

I personally admire artists that are expressing our societies’ struggles and inequalities through their art. I strongly believe that is the artist’s responsibility to express their times and speak up against injustices. For me, the artist must have the role of a journalist to varying degrees. Art ought to prevent people from forgetting the struggles of humanity. Humans have a fallible memory. We tend to forget. A short and forgetful memory of our history has proven to be very dangerous for humanity’s future.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Georgia Lale.

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Paved with good intentions: John Grindrod published

The green belts have only lasted as long as they have because of the disproportionate amount of Tory voters in them, meaning that the very MPs who would ordinarily have voted to get rid of these strict controls are forced by their local voters instead to protect them. And so the roots of the green belts as part of this post-war planning movement are lost in arguments to defend them, because it doesn’t suit the narrative of small state anti-planning Tories.

Andrew Stevens speaks to the Outskirts and Concretopia author.

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Modern Metaphysics – the Analytic/Continental Mix published 17/06/2017

I believe that there are deep connections between Heidegger’s metaphysics and the concerns of analytic metaphysicians. One of the things that I try to do in my book is to show that Heidegger’s metaphysics involved him in a kind of battle with language that was reminiscent of Wittgenstein’s early work. But that is just one example of very many. And it illustrates the point we touched on earlier: how profitable it can be to set non-analytic traditions alongside the analytic tradition.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews A.W. Moore.

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Al Paldrok Non Grata published 11/06/2017

One can direct a performance totally separate from one’s body, using only one’s brain. To create a non-carnal space, a virtual performance or global catastrophe where performative activities start functioning on their own, disconnected from body. As brain is still a material part of one’s body, a thought originating from there is already a compromise between an idea and materialized reality.

Questioning everything is our main philosophy and it is also the difference between art and entertainment. Of course, I have grown up in one authoritarian regime and also seen its fall. In these systems your reality is twisted. Everybody knows that there is real life, which they live with their friends and families and then there is another one, the official artificial reality, in which you take part outside of the home. This experience has probably given me this attitude, to always be sceptical about surface issues.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Anonymous Boh.

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The Hacker published 10/06/2017

As Debord said, theories are made to die in the war of time. They are of their era. There’s no shortage of cranky pro-situs who claim ownership of the Situationists, like petit-bourgeois shop-keepers. But I think it’s better to treat it as material to refunction rather than repeat. It’s not for imitating, it’s for treating as raw material. That’s why the hardcovers of my books on the Situs come with comic strips that I made with Kevin Pyle, as a bit of a hint about how to repurpose the material now.

Richard Marshall interviews McKenzie Wark.

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Arcadian Wisdom published

I don’t think, and I don’t think that Plato thinks, that the questions human beings ask as they struggle to figure out what is just or beautiful or good—as they struggle to forge for themselves good lives—are susceptible to technical resolution. Human life cannot be mastered by an expert. It can surely be enhanced by thought, but it cannot be successfully engineered. In us there are too many powerful forces and desires, too much variability, contingency and sheer madness.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews David Roochnik.

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A New England: Daniel Rachel published 05/06/2017

Jerry was very clear that he wanted a movement which would offer youth an alternative to the National Front. As Cathyl from Madness argues, you can’t lance a boil from a 100 yards away. The power for change was in the songs and the joy of a thousand other rude boys and girls skanking to the irresistible rhythms of ska and reggae. The NF were crushed and humiliated in the 1979 General Election. But Margaret Thatcher had as much claim to that outcome, as music and the cultural opposition of Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League.

Andrew Stevens talks to Daniel Rachel about the music and politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge.

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