By Nicholas Thoburn
No, Anti-Book isn't really a booklet approximately books. now not precisely. And but it's a needs to for an individual drawn to the way forward for the ebook. providing what he phrases “a communism of textual matter,” Nicholas Thoburn explores the come across among political proposal and experimental writing and publishing, transferring the politics of textual content from an specific drawback with content material and desiring to the media kinds and social relatives wherein textual content is produced and fed on. Taking a “post-digital” process in contemplating a big selection of textual media kinds, 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, as a substitute, 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 a huge success 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 specific 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 delusion as “unidentified narrative object.”
An absorbingly written contribution to modern media concept in all its manifestations, Anti-Book will enhance present debates approximately radical publishing, artists’ books and different new style and media varieties in substitute media, artwork publishing, media stories, cultural experiences, serious conception, and social and political theory.
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