By Nicholas Thoburn
No, Anti-Book isn't really a e-book approximately books. no longer precisely. And but it's a needs to for somebody attracted to the way forward for the booklet. proposing what he phrases “a communism of textual matter,” Nicholas Thoburn explores the stumble upon among political concept and experimental writing and publishing, transferring the politics of textual content from an particular challenge with content material and desiring to the media kinds and social kin in which textual content is produced and ate up. Taking a “post-digital” procedure in contemplating a big selection of textual media varieties, Thoburn invitations us to problem the commodity type of books—to cease imagining books as transcendent highbrow, ethical, and aesthetic items unsullied via trade. His critique is, in its place, one immersed within the many materialities of text.
Anti-Book engages with an array of writing and publishing initiatives, together with Antonin Artaud’s paper gris-gris, Valerie Solanas’s SCUM Manifesto, Guy Debord’s sandpaper-bound Mémoires, the collective novelist Wu Ming, and the digital/print hybrid of Mute journal. Empirically grounded, it's also an immense fulfillment in expressing a political philosophy of writing and publishing, the place the materiality of textual content is interlaced with conceptual construction. every one bankruptcy investigates a unique type of textual media in live performance with a selected notion: the small-press pamphlet as “communist object,” the journal as “diagrammatic publishing,” political books within the modes of “root” and “rhizome,” the “multiple unmarried” of nameless authorship, and fable as “unidentified narrative object.”
An absorbingly written contribution to modern media idea in all its manifestations, Anti-Book will increase present debates approximately radical publishing, artists’ books and different new style and media types in replacement media, paintings publishing, media reports, cultural experiences, serious idea, and social and political theory.
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