Thinking the Present

Ethics – Walead Beshty

By taking issue with the conventions in the discourse around art, beyond aesthetics, the selected contributors deeply interrogate objects, labor conditions, and the transparency within ethics.

The Secret World of Oil – Ken Silverstein

In this era, some people go to war over religion. For other folks, oil will do.

The Future – Marc Augé / Heroes – Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi

Neither Augé nor Bifo wants the future to be a dodge, and nor should we.

The Utopia of Rules – David Graeber

This book of essays stands out less for the questions it asks, than for the assumptions that it refuses to question.

@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex – Shane Harris

Most frustrating is the author’s futile attempt to reconcile his desire for a broad readership with his choice of a subject as inherently technical as cyber warfare.

Amitava Kumar

Style, whether in fiction or nonfiction, is always, always, always, the curry in which the goat gets cooked.

David Blacker

Maybe we are fucked, it’s completely possible. Maybe there are structures that are more powerful than individual agency, or even collective agency to overcome in certain situations.

Chris Andrews

I read Bolaño first as a general reader, then as a translator, and finally as a critic.

Simon Critchley

Bowie . . . is the most important artist of the last forty years, for me, in any medium — any medium, books, anything.

Robert Meister – pt. 2

In California belief in the goodness of our state universities is best understood as a civic religion, which makes it difficult when faculty like me and Chris Newfield try to tell the public that its universities have become worse