By Nicholas Thoburn
No, Anti-Book isn't really a booklet approximately books. no longer precisely. And but it's a needs to for someone attracted to the way forward for the ebook. featuring what he phrases “a communism of textual matter,” Nicholas Thoburn explores the come across among political concept and experimental writing and publishing, moving the politics of textual content from an unique crisis with content material and intending to the media varieties and social kinfolk wherein textual content is produced and ate up. Taking a “post-digital” technique in contemplating a wide range 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 through 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 important 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 special kind of textual media in live performance with a specific inspiration: 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 thought in all its manifestations, Anti-Book will increase present debates approximately radical publishing, artists’ books and different new style and media types in substitute media, artwork publishing, media reviews, cultural reviews, severe concept, and social and political theory.
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Anti-Book: On the Art and Politics of Radical Publishing (Cultural Critique Books) by Nicholas Thoburn