By Nicholas Thoburn
No, Anti-Book isn't a publication approximately books. no longer precisely. And but it's a needs to for somebody attracted to the way forward for the booklet. offering what he phrases “a communism of textual matter,” Nicholas Thoburn explores the stumble upon among political notion and experimental writing and publishing, transferring the politics of textual content from an specific hindrance with content material and intending to the media kinds and social kinfolk wherein textual content is produced and ate up. Taking a “post-digital” technique in contemplating a big selection of textual media types, Thoburn invitations us to problem the commodity kind of books—to cease imagining books as transcendent highbrow, ethical, and aesthetic items unsullied by way of 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 tasks, 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 enormous fulfillment in expressing a political philosophy of writing and publishing, the place the materiality of textual content is interlaced with conceptual construction. each one bankruptcy investigates a unique type of textual media in live performance with a specific proposal: 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 fantasy as “unidentified narrative object.”
An absorbingly written contribution to modern media conception in all its manifestations, Anti-Book will enhance present debates approximately radical publishing, artists’ books and different new style and media types in replacement media, paintings publishing, media reports, cultural reports, serious thought, and social and political theory.
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