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The Meaning of Adam Curtis

A recent podcast and article in and around the British documentarian’s 6-part series, Can’t Get You Out of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World.

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Powerless to map, or, theory is not enough

A striking passage from Erich Fromm’s essay ‘On the Feeling of Powerlessness’ [PDF], originally published in 1937 in the Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung: “The fact that the bourgeois person is unaware of the psychic impulses thatdetermine his behaviour finds its counterpart … Continue reading

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Blacks Britannica

A remarkable documentary (banned and censored at the time of its production), on anti/racism and working class movements featuring Colin Prescod, Darcus Howe, Claudia Jones, A. Sivanandan, and some great footage & analysis.

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Living in the Time(s) of Brexit

How long does a crisis take? The inhabitants of the United Kingdom, as well as international witnesses following the events (or lack thereof) of the past three years with a mix of Schadenfreude, bemusement or anxiety, may well be forgiven … Continue reading

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The threadbare cloth of realism (interview)

This is the transcript of an interview from the weekend edition of Efimerida ton Syntakton (The Editors’ Newspaper), on the relative fortunes of the far right and the radical left, and the fate of SYRIZA. The far right, unlike the left, … Continue reading

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Brexit, or, ersatz cognitive mapping

“In Grimsby, it was very clear there was a huge disconnect between people’s idea of what power was in the town, and the reality of it. To me, the reality was that power had left the town but had not … Continue reading

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On re-reading Fish Story

This is the text of a talk delivered at the ICA launch of the new edition of Allan Sekula’s 1995 book Fish Story. It was a pleasure to share the stage with Laleh Khalili (author of the excellent new preface), … Continue reading

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For a Left with No Exit (Night and Fog in Japan)

This brief essay was published in 2013 in the third print issue of the great online film journal La Furia Umana. In Oshima’s critical writings from the period around Night and Fog in Japan (1960), two related terms stand out, … Continue reading

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The Mirror of Circulation: Allan Sekula and the Logistical Image

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Populism, or, the Impossibility of Political Economy

A recent talk on one of the more pernicious manifestations of the “poor man’s cognitive mapping” in the political field.