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An essential collection of work by pivotal writer Mark Fisher (1968-2017) spanning his seminal blog posts and essays through to his unpublished introduction for a new book ‘Acid Communism’, it comprehensively surveys Mark’s exhilarating dissections of modern culture during the period between his entry to the blogosphere in 2003, and up to his passing in 2017, weeks prior to the posthumous release of his book ‘The Weird and the Eerie’.
Over this period in particular, Mark offered a unique critical ballast for a whole generation via his blog posts and essays, and by extension via his academic work, as an editor of the Wire magazine, and co-founder of the Dissensus forum, and the Zer0 Books and Repeater publishing platforms. In these varying roles, Mark made us think about the world differently through his redefinition of Derrida’s idea of ‘hauntology’ - diagnosing a cancellation of the future through postmodernity and neoliberalism - while also leading us to the related question of ‘capitalist realism’, asking how the culture we all participate within relates to radical potential of counter-cultural ideologies. He was also instrumental in the emergence of some of this century’s most enduring projects - Kode 9’s Hyperdub website and label; Junior Boys ‘Last Exit’ album; and The Caretaker’s ‘Theoretically Pure Anterograde Amnesia’ boxset. His legacy and ideas remain an eternal source of inspiration. Please use them wisely and extensively...
“Edited by Darren Ambrose and with a foreword by Simon Reynolds, this comprehensive collection brings together the very best work of acclaimed blogger, writer, publisher, political activist and lecturer Mark Fisher (aka k-punk) who died in 2017.
Covering the period 2004 – 2016, it includes some of the most incendiary and influential posts from his seminal blog k-punk, as well as a selection of his brilliantly insightful film, television and music reviews, together with his extraordinary writings on politics, activism, precarity, hauntology, mental health and popular modernism for numerous websites and magazines. Also included is his final unpublished k-punk post, the unfinished introduction to his planned book on “Acid Communism”, and a number of important interviews from the last decade."