Praise for ‘Egress’

This page is a collection of endorsements for and reviews of my first book, Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher, published 10th March 2020 by Repeater Books.

Short excerpts from reviews are listed chronologically, with the most recent appearing first.

Egress sets forth as an engaged attempt at applied Fisherean theory. Extending the horizon of Fisher’s ‘acid communism,’ Colquhoun has little time for academic biography, instead reaching for new case studies to re-channel the brand of eerie Utopianism and ‘digital psychedelia’ that would capture the imagination of Fisher’s unfinished writings.

— James Baxter, “‘Unavowable’ Communities” in Entropy

Few contemporary thinkers have needed more defence from their greatest admirers. … Egress is a much-needed corrective.

— Dan Barrow, “Mark Fisher Beyond the Cliché” in Tribune

Egress holds open old wounds, while containing a serious but necessary reflection on the present inadequacies of contemporary left politics when compared with their opposition. At a time where the political world we once knew is rapidly shifting, and the everyday will be haunted by a global mourning, this book feels prescient.

— Niall Gallen, “Solidarity Without Similarity” for Review 31.

A meandering bit of cultural analysis that Fisher would have enjoyed too, surely.

Frankie Boyle, comedian and broadcaster

Vital and wonderful.

Lee Rourke, author of Glitch (Dead Ink, 2019)

Egress is easy to read even if some went over my head. Colquhoun is a very clever young man.

— My Nan

We are, as Fisher well knew, subject to inhuman forces, and so, in the grim negativity of death, we might find grounds for a strange new kind of collective belonging. 

That is what this book seeks to explore — it is refreshingly free of ego (this is no “My Memories of Mark”) but is perhaps the very best kind of tribute to a teacher: a fearless extension of Fisher’s thought, and a bold continuation of a vital philosophical project.

“Post-(K)Punk”, @TheLitCritGuy

The dead return to us as our world falls apart. Love and loss ripple into our lives and test our integrity every day. Brutal and provocative, this book is a haunting elegy to Mark’s crystalline mind. He sat on the shores of endless worlds.

— Mark Stewart, lead singer of The Pop Group

Colquhoun shuttles along the filaments of Mark Fisher’s work with scholarly and deeply personal insights offering not only an introduction to his thought but a sense how we might apply it in the contemporary moment. I can’t recommend this book enough.

— Laura Grace Ford, artist and author of Savage Messiah (Verso, 2011)

A remarkable interlacing of ambitious theoretical enquiry and raw personal memoir, Egress asks why collective thought and practice today is so broken that it takes a lacerating calamity to rediscover something like community. This is a work of thought in motion and in emotion, searching, deeply wounded but undefeated.

— Robin Mackay, philosopher and publisher at Urbanomic Media

Through his Xenogothic blog, and now this often touching book, few have done as much to channel, ruminate around and speculate beyond the spectre of Mark Fisher.

— Steve Goodman, aka Kode9 of Hyperdub Records

Egress is a remarkable (and inventive) tribute to Mark Fisher’s capacities as a thinker, writer, and, perhaps most importantly, teacher. Filled with brilliant new insights into Mark’s philosophies and contexts, Matt Colquhoun’s book is at once a moving, deeply human act of mourning, as well as a call-to-arms to bring forward the future that Mark’s writings make possible.

— Hua Hsu, staff writer at The New Yorker

By turns a deeply personal memoir, a scholarly and readable introduction to Mark Fisher’s work, and a powerful extension of the apparatus of Fisher’s thought to new application. Colquhoun perfectly captures the feeling of despair in a time when political and personal hopelessness is ubiquitous, but shows a way through it …this work is very necessary now. This book illuminates the important work of trying to figure out how to mourn: privately, publicly, personally, institutionally, politically … while maintaining a deep connection to Fisher’s work and a respect for the tools it can give us to make it through.

— Michelle Spiedel