:: Interviews

Abundance and Proliferation published 11/07/2017

I should say that some of my favourite art-related activities have usually been very ephemeral, online exchanges or posting groups or a good conversation with a friend – perhaps a moot point, but it’s been a consistent experience for me that when projects are more explicable in reified terms they become abstracted out of currency. So what I think is publicly notable tends to have become part of something else, whereas what is personally notable is sometimes uninteresting or difficult to articulate to someone else.

Jana Astanov interviews Erik Zepka.

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Translating Aase Berg: A conversation with Johannes Göransson published 10/07/2017

Translating Aase Berg: A conversation with Johannes Göransson

Translating Aase Berg’s poetry is very difficult — it deforms the Swedish language with puns and radical ambiguities, archaic words, contorted syntax, translations and mistranslations and dystranslations. But “difficulty” suggests to me that there could be a right answer, there could be a right translation if I studied hard enough. To me there’s much more movement in the “original” — it parasites, mimics, corrupts language and source texts.

James Pate interviews Johannes Göransson about translating Aase Berg.

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The Fall and Rise of Louis Althusser published 07/07/2017

Like Galileo with astronomy and Darwin with biology, Althusser argued that Marx opened up a new “scientific continent.” According to him, what makes Marx’s or Darwin’s or Galileo’s thought scientific is not necessarily their empirical investigations but the fact that each developed new understandings of certain types of objects. These objects and concepts could then be investigated and our understanding of them developed using scientific methods of research. For Darwin, obviously, the chief concept was that of natural selection. However, there are other concepts such as mutation, heredity, and adaptation which comprise evolutionary theory as a whole and that Darwin needed but did not name in his work (it took others like Mendel to do so). Similarly, For Marx, the chief concept in the Marxist science of historical materialism is that of class struggle.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews William Lewis.

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Poetry is an Opportunity published 06/07/2017

Poetry is an opportunity, even a challenge or askance, to be complex, ambiguous, playful with the fact of daily normative, comforting language, and when its used just to make a straightforward statement, with line breaks, I don’t mind of course, not a big deal, but it does surprise me. It’s not as though a lot of people read poetry, if you’ve a message you need to get out to people clearly and widely, perhaps another medium might make sense?

Jana Astanov interviews SJ Fowler.

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Wild Torus published 04/07/2017

New York City has so many artists but too often it seems like we are all competing for money and recognition. Having united ourselves, and erasing our individual egos, we wanted to see what would happen if we could unite people through performative interaction and cooperation. The idea that individual personal expression inhibits true enlightenment, led us to work as an open collaborative entity. Beyond the actual performance, our main mode of artwork is creating connections between people.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Wild Torus.

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I’m Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking: An Interview with Leyna Krow published 01/07/2017

Domestic Fabulism is a label that I think is a good fit for the collection. Each story is about either something very odd happening in a normal setting, or something normal happening in an odd setting. It’s a juxtaposition I really like. It’s a way for me to tackle familiar subjects – love, family, death, etc. – in what feels like a new way. Or at least cast them in a new light. Plus, I love writing weird stuff.

Samuel Stolton interviews Leyna Krow about her new short story collection, I’m Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking.

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Philosophers Wrong About Knowledge Since Plato Bombshell! published

First of all, it is a lie that philosophers traditionally defined knowledge as justified true belief (“JTB”). Gettier criticized a view that nearly no philosopher ever held. Roderick Chisholm might have been, at one point, the only one. Second, there was never any evidence that JTB was the “commonsense” view either, and recent work by experimental philosophers, particularly Christina Starmans and Ori Friedman, shows that it is not the commonsense view. So it was a fake problem, with no basis in either commonsense epistemology or the history of the discipline. Finally, the problem is not hard to solve.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews John Turri.

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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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