Archive for the ‘literature’ Category

Elvia Wilk’s novel Oval is about a green-washed near-future Berlin that moves straight into disaster without anyone seeming to notice it is too late, without anyone talking about the actual problems around them. All the characters seem too invested with a narrow vision of their immediate situations, of wondering about their social circles, with small […]


Cyborgian Gaia

13Jun17

Post-apocalyptic narratives crowd current fiction, television, film, and videogames. Horizon: Zero Dawn combines two versions of these narratives and actually makes an interesting, if slightly abstract, point about anthropogenic climate change. In the game you play a young woman named Eloy who is a hunter from a matriarchal tribe. The wilderness around you is rather […]


There’s certainly no shortage of discourse on the pseudo-ephemeral nature of money. The medieval (or even older) malleability of meaning surrounding the ledger, and of the (negative) magnitude of debt, the disentanglement of currency from its geological-metallic weight, the ever-widening role of credit, and the more recent complexities of crypto-currency and off-shore tax shelters, have […]


The massiveness of the nuclear is ‘lightened’ only by a catastrophe. The Earth is geophilosophically and geopolitically frustrating because it’s an ongoing nuclear disaster (a great heat engine as James Hutton understood it) but one that is metastable while proving itself the ground of all production whether noetic or material. Whether the collecting of ferrite […]


A few days ago the Emancipation as Navigation Summer school came to an end in Berlin. The event was just short of two weeks and included a range of topics from political theory, to logic, to diagramming the space of sex, to technofeminism, to the history of metaphysics, to Iberian cultures, to space travel, and […]


Upcoming Events

21Mar14

For those interested here’s some of the things I’m doing in the next few months: March 22 11:00AM: As part of the ACLA I’m presenting a paper entitled “The Flint of Prometheus” on the relation between Schelling, Marx, and Geology. At NYU (25 W 4th st, room c16). March 22 3:00 PM: I’ll be participating […]


Curiosities

01Feb11

The table of contents and cover design for Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s The Thackery¬† T Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. The general description is as follows: “A showcase for some of the world’s greatest imaginations, copiously illustrated‚Ķ A stunning find beneath the famed Dr. Thackery T. Lambshead’s house years after his death: a basement space lost […]


Glacial

30Nov10

The glacial sinks in and ossifies the energetic flow of solar and extra-solar economies as well as vitalisms lively and darkly, writhing slowly down to arctic zero. Evan explored this here through Horbiger’s Glacial Cosmogony or World Ice Theory. A specter of Horbiger may be living outside the edge of the system in the hazy […]


I will be providing an online contribution to the Real Horror event taking place on Halloween. Contributors include: Carl Neville Simon Clark Ben Rivers Amanda Beech Mark Fisher Organised and Chaired by Tom Trevatt and Caryn Coleman


Guy de Maupassant’s short horror tale The Horla (the out there) is excellent ground for darkly vitalistic speculations. The gothic tale, one of the many celebrated in Lovecraft’s “Supernatural Horror in Literature” is told in a series of diary entries. The author who at the start revels in the wonders of nature (the stream, the […]