Showing posts from March, 2010

The Coming Insurrection - Big rant against modern society and a call for the fall of capitalism

Invisible Committee, The Coming Insurrection (MIT, 2009)

«Thirty years of 'crisis', mass unemployment, and flagging growth, and they still want us to believe in the economy... We have to see that the economy is itself the crisis. It's not that there's not enough work, it's that there is too much of it."- from The Coming Insurrection
The Coming Insurrection is an eloquent call to arms arising from the recent waves of social contestation in France and Europe. Written by the anonymous Invisible Committee in the vein of Guy Debord--and with comparable elegance - it has been proclaimed a manual for terrorism by the French government (who recently arrested its alleged authors). One of its members more adequately described the group as "the name given to a collective voice bent on denouncing contemporary cynicism and reality." The Coming Insurrection is a strategic prescription for an emergent war-machine capable of "spreading anarchy and live communism.…

Nina Shope - The stories entering her right ear are of myths, monsters, transformations. Yet the left ear hears a language that comes from the nipple

Nina Shope, Hangings: Three Novellas (Starcherone, 2005)

"In Hangings, a young woman learns that her mother is dying and finds herself stalked by nightmarish figures - the hideously transformed maiden, Arachne, an upside-down man in a Miro painting, and spiders that hatch and haunt the text like tumors.
In Urbem imagines an archetypal ancient city, that city beneath the pavement of all modern cities, in fantastic prose reminiscent of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities.
Finally, Hagiographies explores two intense female friendships, both of which are suddenly shattered, in a wildly inventive narrative proceeding by means of juxtaposed images rather than sequential events."

"Nina Shope weaves a suspension of alluring delicacy, strength, and beauty." - Carole Maso

"Whether it is busy metastasizing cancer into mythology or invoking into existence a desire-fraught and maddened harpy of a city, Nina Shope's writing is smart and carefully layered - yet at the most u…

Derek Pell - Cultural Revolution run amok. Anarchic, turbulent, a vast sea of spam, spies, hoaxes, viruses, porn cults, hacker claques... Copy that!

Derek Pell, Little Red Book of Adobe LiveMotion: A Radical Guide to Flash Animation (No Starch Press, 2001)

“...a wordplay master and a parodist of great wit and cunning.” - Robert Coover
“the most wickedly funny writer in America.” - Larry McCaffery
"Written as an absurdist pastiche of Chairman Mao's red badges, which were to inform the citizens of "correct" political information, is a reference guide to Adobe's LiveMotion software. The text serves as a humorous instruction manual for using flash as a political tool to oppose corporate culture and to foster a political revolution against capitalism. Resignifying symbols, images, and texts, the book is an example of the fluidity of meaning and identity found in the World Wide Web. Written as a warning, the book is framed as a rare surviving copy of a book of endangered species from England's Victorian period. The illustrations serves as puns and wordplay combine with nostalgia, pastiche, and found materials …