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Factory records: an interview with John King published 23/05/2016


I think I look at time as more of a circle than a straight line. Some people are very fixed, section their lives off, but I have never been that way. I do find it interesting how things change, but also how they repeat. People’s problems remain the same. I’ve always liked social history, listening to stories. That’s a big part of our education, really. What shapes us. So it feeds into what I do, makes the experience of writing exciting.

Andrew Stevens interviews John King for 3:AM.

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Hume’s Irreligious Core published 21/05/2016


A plausible compatibilism – what I describe as critical compatibilism – must accept free will pessimism. It is important to note, however, that critical compatibilism and free will pessimism do not propose a solution to the traditional free will problem – as that depends on finding a way to satisfy or at least respect the exclusion requirement. Since critical compatibilism accepts free will pessimism, and free will pessimism involves rejecting the exclusion requirement, critical compatibilism involves rejecting the free will problem as it is generally understood. The morality system – which is deeply embedded in our Western, Christian culture – is highly resistant to this entire picture of the human predicament. Free will pessimism is, however, the truth about our condition and circumstances with respect to moral agency.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Paul Russell.
Picture: Billy Childish

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Once you’re a writer you have to write — Dan Fante (1944-2015) published 17/05/2016


Once you’re a writer… You have to write. That’s what I do. People build houses and design aircraft. I have to design books. I have to put my thoughts on paper and it’s something that, thank God, over time has become a wonderful gift. It’s my life’s work.

Dan Fante interviewed by Jan Nasrullah Rylewicz.

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The Rhetoric and Lethargy of the Anthropocene published 14/05/2016


The Wittgensteinian metaphor of picture that captivate us, which is the interpretive key to the arguments contained in my book, refers to a collection of futile philosophical assumptions, strongly criticized by the heroes of my narrative. Those assumptions prevented the development of more fruitful and more open views of language. While philosophizing about language we need to take into account a few factors, such as: 1) the existence of non-referential but meaningful expressions as well as the fact of the empirical underdetermination of reference, 2) the importance of performative dimension of language, 3) the role of practice of building and maintaining references in the area of situated speech (parole), 4) the existence of de-essentialised common area shared by the participants of acts of communication.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Ewa Bińczyk.

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The Indie Press Interviews 3: Meike Ziervogel published 12/05/2016


The moment we speak, we translate. Even if it’s our mother tongue, we are adapting internal emotions into words. The mistake people tend to make when learning a new language is that they try to transfer their way of thinking in their first language into the new one, and it all ends up a huge muddle. The longer you learn languages, the more you realise that this doesn’t work. What you learn is that even if you only have 50, or 100, words in your new language, these are the words you have to use to express yourself. And it’s incredible what you can say with such a small pool of words.

James Tookey interviews Meike Ziervogel of Peirene Press.

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into the void: nicholas rombes and mark de silva, in dialogue published 09/05/2016


Nicholas Rombes and I share a publisher. Our first novels were both recently published by Two Dollar Radio. Now he’s one up on me: this month, Two Dollar Radio releases his debut as a director and screenwriter, the feature film The Removals, a lo-fi, sci-fi political thriller. Nick and I recently corresponded about the film, the books, and our joint preoccupation with revolution. –Mark de Silva

Nicholas Rombes and 3:AM contributing editor Mark de Silva discuss fiction, politics, and the new film The Removals, Rombes’ debut as a director.

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Kant, Marx, Fichte. published 07/05/2016


It is a cause of shame to any member of the human race to be a member of the same species some of whose members could vote for any candidate for president that has been offered by the Republican party. Such people seem to be motivated only by short-sighted greed, ignorance, fear and hatred. It is sad to witness the persistence in our society of the racism and xenophobia that seems to be a permanent part of our political culture. It is shameful to see politicians exploiting these human weaknesses in order to gain political power. It is most depressing of all to contemplate a future in which politicians who do this will continue to have influence over people’s lives. As long as this party exists in its present form, our nation cannot endure as a free society. Still worse, under their policies the human race is being rapidly propelled toward its extinction. It is not possible to exaggerate the importance of what is at stake in our politics at present.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Allen Wood. Illustration: Billy Childish.

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How Far Do You Have To Go Before It’s A Crime? And Other Puzzles published 01/05/2016


I argue that even if an agent’s commitments are in general morally permissible, they can lead her to act wrongly by silencing what are in fact morally relevant considerations, such that it never even occurs to her that she ought to act other than she does. Think of a person who is so rigidly guided by her plans and policies that she fails to notice that she morally ought to deviate from them in a given case. My claim is that if the moral violation is explained by the kind of deliberative silencing I described, then it is a direct expression of her agency and something she is culpable for.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Sarah Paul.

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The Return of Ol’ Skank-Eyes published 30/04/2016

scotlan yardie

There were offers for me to do comedy writing and presenting spoof documentary stuff but it was terrible stuff they wanted me to do. There was one production company that wanted me to do one on the Ten Best Things That Slavery Had Given Us! I couldn’t get my head round where they were coming from with that one. Slavery? Really? It was an abhorrent idea as a pitch and I was trying to work out how it would work. I mean, I asked them: “what kind of thing are you thinking about?” and they were giving me shit like; “Well, the chains could have turned to wearing gold chains…” Jeez. Well. Fuck that!

Richard Marshall interviews legendary Scotlan Yardie author Bobby Joseph.

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The Philosopher’s Library (Part 2) published 24/04/2016


John McDowell’s Mind, Value and Reality, a great collection of essays. From an earlier period of analytic philosophy, Bernard Williams’s Moral Luck, Thomas Nagel’s Mortal Questions, Nelson Goodman’s Ways of Worldmaking. We are having a reading group at Sussex on G.E.M. Anscombe’s Intention, if you fancy some hard work, this very slim volume is recommended.

Book recommendations from philosophers interviewed as part of the End Times series.

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