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Narcissus in Bloom:
An Alternative History of
the Selfie

By returning to the original tale of Narcissus, and the flower from which he takes his name, this book offers an alternative reading of narcissism from within the midst of a moralising subgenre of books that argue our self-obsession will be the death of us. That may be so. But what will we become after we have taken the watery track, and rid ourselves of the cloistered self-images forced upon us by late-capitalism?

August 2023 [TBC] | Published by Repeater Books

Mental Illness is (Still) a Political Issue: On Mark Fisher’s Lost Futures

In reconsidering Mark Fisher’s concept of “lost futures”, Matt Colquhoun examines our contemporary moment. By addressing how our lost futures relate to capitalist realism today, Colquhoun explores ways in which the concept may be rethought positively, rather than depressively.

Focussing not on Fisher’s suicide, Colquhoun instead considers the suicidality of capitalism as a socioeconomic system, and reaffirms why, as Fisher himself insisted, “mental health is a political issue”.

Now more than ever, this is an issue that must be addressed if we are to reclaim the futures that capitalism would deny us.

Late 2022 | Published by Plan C

Postcaptialist Desire: The Final Lectures of Mark Fisher

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 left so bittersweetly unfinished.

Here Fisher advocates for the raising of a new kind of consciousness, whilst considering the cultural and political implications of doing so. For him, this process of consciousness raising was always, fundamentally, psychedelic — just not in the way that we might think…

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January 2021 | Published by Repeater Books

Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy & Mark Fisher

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

Narrated in orbit of his death as experienced by a community of friends and students in 2017, 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.

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March 2020 | Published by Repeater Books