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One or Several Mothers: Adoption and Subjectivity

One or Several Mothers considers the post-adoption experience as a fundamentally philosophical journey.

Beginning with an investigation of Freud’s Oedipus complex and a brief summary of its development, this book will argue that the experience of the adopted child is one overlooked in the development of psychoanalysis, despite its almost ubiquitous presence. After all, not only was Oedipus himself an adopted child in Sophocles’ original play but Freud himself seems to identify with Oedipus because of his own sense of familial displacement.

This central fissure birthed post-Freudian psychoanalysis as we know it today, but the particulars of this story remain, much like the particulars of the adoption process itself, unacknowledged and untold.

Work in Progress | Forthcoming from Repeater Books

The Crisis in Negation: Accelerationism and the Blogosphere

A forthcoming book on the development of accelerationist thought, from 2007 to the present, arguing that the movement’s original consideration — what Alain Badiou previously referred to as “the crisis of the negative” — remains as pertinent to the politics of today as it ever was, and nowhere is this more clear than within accelerationist discourses themselves.

This book will further develop and bring together many of this blog’s accelerationist writings.

Work in Progress | Forthcoming from Repeater Books

Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures of Mark Fisher

The essay ends on a cliffhanger, and this call to understand the process fades away, seemingly without a road map. Following Fisher’s death in January 2017, the assumption has been that the particulars of Acid Communism were lost with Fisher himself. And yet, there remain breadcrumbs out in the world. Along with a collection of essays that reflects many of the themes and subjects he was expected to explore, there is also the structure of Fisher’s postgraduate module, “Postcapitalist Desire”, which he devised for the academic year of 2016/17 at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Edited with an introduction by Matt Colquhoun, this collection of lecture notes and transcriptions reveals acclaimed writer and blogger Mark Fisher in his element — the classroom — outlining a project that Fisher’s death sadly left unfinished.

Beginning with that most fundamental of questions — “Do we really want what we say we want?” — Fisher explores the relationship between desire and capitalism, and wonders what new forms of desire we might still excavate from the past, present, and future. From the emergence and failure of the counterculture to the continued development of his left-accelerationist line of thinking, this volume charts a tragically interrupted course for thinking about the raising of a new kind of consciousness, and the cultural and political implications of doing so.

For Fisher, this process of consciousness raising was always, fundamentally, psychedelic — just not in the way that we might think…

You can read a selection of reviews and praise for Postcapitalist Desire here.

eBook | 264 Pages | Sept 2020 | £7.99 | Published by Repeater Books

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Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher

Many admirers of Fisher’s work — myself included — came to his writings through identifications with these most personal of experiences. This mode of writing was, for many, Mark’s most affective critical register. However, Fisher’s writings on depression were not in themselves depressive. Their power lay in their immanence to his emotional state and his talent for making the affects of this state transductive. The question painfully remains: why did this process, in the end, not work for Fisher himself? Or rather, why did it stop working? Whatever the answer, it does not mean that his writings must stop working for us here, right now. Such a question is central to the Fisher-Function, making it necessary to contend with the political problematics of mental health discourses honestly and from a place where the personal and political implications of Mark’s thought feels most explicit; from a place of lingering grief and abject depression where the rupture both necessitates a renewed intensity of productive thought and makes traumatically thinkable the act of following Fisher through to the void.

Egress is the first book to consider the legacy and work of the writer, cultural critic and cult academic Mark Fisher.

Narrated in the orbit of his death as experienced by a community of friends and students in 2017, it analyses Fisher’s philosophical trajectory, from his days as a PhD student at the University of Warwick to the development of his unfinished book on Acid Communism.

Egress considers the politics of death and community in a way that is indebted to Fisher’s own forms of cultural criticism, ruminating on personal experience in the hope of making it productively impersonal.

You can read a selection of reviews and praise for Egress here.

Book | 309 pages | March 2020 | £12.99 | Published by Repeater Books

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Picture Wizard #2

A print-on-demand photo-annual collecting the best images posted on my old photoblog in 2014.

Photo Book | 172 Pages | 2015 | £18.99 via Blurb

Magnum Mix

In 2015, I was nominated for the inaugural Magnum Photos’ Graduate Photographer Award. Not being much of a fan of Magnum and not such an easy fit within your standard photographer awards category, I made them a mixtape instead, featuring nice relaxing sounds and some sound collage critiques of the overtly masculine and aesthetically conservative “Magnum Tradition”. I also included some pictures of the sea.

Newspaper + CD | 16 pages + 1 hr | 2015 | £2.00 | Self-Released

Picture Wizard #1

A print-on-demand photo-annual collecting the best images posted on my old photoblog in 2013.

156 Pages | 2014 | £17.99 via Blurb

Maximum Fog

A series of photographs made in 2010 in the woods of Caerleon, South Wales — the birthplace of Arthur Machen.

36 Pages | 2012 | SOLD OUT