K Punk: classic or dud?

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What say you of the Master of Libidinal Interstice?

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

i quite enjoyed one of those insane comment-staged fights with carlin.
he seems like an interesting chap.

Frogman Henry, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wonder why he doesn't have the comment function any more. I find him one of the most interesting bloggers out there. Although I tend to let the Lacanian jargon wash over me.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

duuuuuuuuuuuud.

r|t|c, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Although I tend to let the Lacanian jargon wash over me.

that leaves the pooterish bile, then: awesome for you.

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

You seem to be following me around.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

i mean ok, he could be well be a scintillating visionairy when it comes to fucking docotr who or whatever but since this is on ilm i refer to

- his godforsaken attempts to pluck stuff out of the pop charts for his dismal services (rihanna is an robot, fnarrr)

- hauntology etc, truly the most specious and intellectually bankrupt rearranging of a record collection i've ever witnessed

r|t|c, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

duuuuuuuuuuuud.

-- r|t|c, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:58 (4 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

^^^ this

Dom Passantino, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

don't even know who you are

xposts

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

i mean ok, he could be well be a scintillating visionairy when it comes to fucking docotr who

lolololololol 8080

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

should probly mention that i havent read anything of his for a year, haha

but stop me if i'm wrong.

r|t|c, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

rtc otm, pseudo-intellectual bullshit of the first order.

Neil S, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

i mean ok, he could be well be a scintillating visionairy when it comes to fucking docotr who

Are you talking about old-ILX here lol

Dom Passantino, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

He's had some interesting posts on Lynch. He was interesting on Joy Division. Not 100% sure about "hauntology", but since I haven't actually heard that Ghostbox stuff, benefit of the doubt. Not sure why the pseudo in front of the intellectual, why do you think he's a pseud (a term I find more used by anti-intellectuals than anyone else)

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

And all you guys who say dud, I'd be interested to know whether you read blogs (well obviously since you're conversant with K Punk) and if so what blogs you actually like?

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ban Zelda Zonk

Dom Passantino, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

OK, ban me. Bye!

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

haha oh yeah you know what his best, most awkwardest one was - the oedIpod!!!! classic

r|t|c, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

actually, didn't nick southall co-opt that one for a bit as well

r|t|c, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

I don't read him, or any other bloggers, but bccasionally I get linked to stuff he's said by people who know me and think I might be interested in specific ideas, and generally they're right.

x-post - I don't think so!

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

i used to read blogs. he is a classic pseud in that his ideas are all modifications of whatever hackademic gods he's worshipping to the thing in hand, and as with the bataille-on-paris thing on the reynolds thread it's ultimately a boring parlour game.

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

ok no you just quoted him

r|t|c, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

I did? When?

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

I really get into about one out of every five or ten posts, skim over a few here and there, and usually notice my eyes glazing over during most of the 'critical' talk over philosophers of the 20th century.

I had never heard the term "pseud" until I started posting on ilx.

mh, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

I had never heard the term "pseud" until I started posting on ilx.

Were you brought up by wolves or something?

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 15:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Huddled in the safety of the pseduo silk kimono.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh balls. Here's the rest.

Huddled in the safety of a pseudo silk kimono wearing bracelets of smoke
Naked of understanding
Nicotine smears, long, long dried tears, invisible tears
Safe in my own words, learning from my own words
Cruel joke, cruel joke

Huddled in the safety of a pseudo silk kimono a morning mare rides
In the starless shutters of my eyes
The spirit of a misplaced childhood is rising to speak his mind
To this orphan of heartbreak, disillusioned and scarred
A refugee, refugee

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

No, seriously, is "pseud" some british thing?

mh, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Not sure why the pseudo in front of the intellectual, why do you think he's a pseud (a term I find more used by anti-intellectuals than anyone else)

I have no problem with intellectuals, just with peeople who want to sound like intellectuals by smothering their analysis of Aqua or the like with critical theory speak. Being intellectual doesn't mean being unintelligible.

Neil S, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Pseud" as in pseudo-Freud? That's hilarious. Of course he's not a pseudo-intellectual (incidentally, the last time I heard that slur it was used by Hannity against Hitchens - nuff said).

Ban Zelda Zonk

Zelda Zonk, just so you know, there are a lot of morons round here. But if you accept the stormy climate, it's all good.

Jeb, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

'pseud' might be but 'pseudo-intellectual' seems like a fairly standard construction.

Of course he's not a pseudo-intellectual

he's pretty much the definish.

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

I really get into about one out of every five or ten posts, skim over a few here and there, and usually notice my eyes glazing over during most of the 'critical' talk over philosophers of the 20th century.

Yeah. k-punk strikes me as kind of an asshole (cf. Dissensus right before he quit) and possibly batshit insane to boot, but I like him anyway. I read his blog pretty regularly until it began to seem. ... predictable; I still find it really engaging, tho intermittently. Liked his writing on the Fall.

he is a classic pseud in that his ideas are all modifications of whatever hackademic gods he's worshipping to the thing in hand, and as with the bataille-on-paris thing on the reynolds thread it's ultimately a boring parlour game.

Hey, he's just DEEP INTO BATAILLE-LAND and is never coming out. I can dig it, sort of.

xero, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

incidentally, the last time I heard that slur it was used by Hannity against Hitchens - nuff said

So what you're saying is that because someone called Hitchens a pseudo-intellectual, the term is automatically an off-limits slur?

Neil S, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.stylusmagazine.com/articles/soulseeking/no-music-day.htm

tsk i do feel a bit tainted with zelda's "anti-intellectual" jibe now. really i have no problem with his going pseudo-ott over stuff, the breadth of his discourse, his pretension if that's what you want to call it; save for the fact that i find his actual ideas just really quite barren and predictable

plus he's fostered this whole claque of similar bloggers that make it into even more of a parlour game shut-in

r|t|c, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

No, seriously, is "pseud" some british thing?

I never thought of that, maybe it is

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 15:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

really i have no problem with his going pseudo-ott over stuff, the breadth of his discourse, his pretension if that's what you want to call it

it's the way he uses it as a cloak to disguise the dearth of ideas which gets me - i am only ever able to tell when he starts writing about stuff that i know about though

lex pretend, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

k-punk uses 'anti-intellectual' a lot and it's lol-y mainly because his scope of what constitutes the, uh, 'realm of the intellectual', is so narrow. i have never, ever got the sense that he likes r'n'b or girls aloud or any of the other new music he writes about. i can believe he likes the smiths though.

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

I like his big attempt at consistency and systemisation. In the archives there is some brilliant writing on glam, postpunk, politics etc.

This hauntology stuff is like the systemisation overreaching itself and making do with the boring, comfortable Ghostbox aesthetic because it's so convenient for musing over. The results of these musings are completely palty too, it's so repetitive and never gets anywhere close to what it says it's doing.

Alex xy, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

The thing is, I can see he might be an intellectual you disagree with, or find his critical tools offputting, but I think it's plainly absurd to say he's a pseudo-intellectual, a pretend intellectual. He plainly knows his stuff and thinks about stuff and talks about it within an intellectual framework. Yeah, talking about popular culture within a Marxist/Lacanian/Baudrillardian framework is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, I'm not sure it's even my cup of tea. But it's not a priori pseudo-intellectual. As for dearth of ideas, come on.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh aye, I did quote him there, but that was on teaching rather than on philosophy, per se.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

So what you're saying is that because someone called Hitchens a pseudo-intellectual, the term is automatically an off-limits slur?

Not really. That Hannity used it against Hitchens just proves that it's all too often used as a random slur against "real" intellectuals (I don't think many would argue that Hitchens isn't one - whether you like him or not). I'm all for its being used, but there's a time and place for it.

Jeb, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

I don't think k-punk is a pseud(o-intellectual) in the sense of not actually having read or thought about this stuff at length and in depth; it's just that he seems to be endlessly staking out and elaborating a position that is, among its other shortcomings, no longer at all fashionable.

xero, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

(but was about ten years ago, woe)

xero, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

i like k punk but spizzazz was more thought provoking.

titchyschneiderMk2, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

Not really. That Hannity used it against Hitchens just proves that it's all too often used as a random slur against "real" intellectuals (I don't think many would argue that Hitchens isn't one - whether you like him or not). I'm all for its being used, but there's a time and place for it.

Fair enough, I'd agree that Hitchens may be a lot of things, but a pseud he is not. I'd stick by my assertion about k-punk above, though.

Neil S, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

hitchens is not a pseud exactly, but neither is he an intellectual; he's a saloon bar ranter and formerly entertaining journalist.

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

I don't think k-punk is a pseud(o-intellectual) in the sense of not actually having read or thought about this stuff at length and in depth; it's just that he seems to be endlessly staking out and elaborating a position that is, among its other shortcomings, no longer at all fashionable.

Well, if one definition of pseudo-intellectual is staking out positions that are no longer fashionable, I'll give it to you!

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

my problem with reading much k-punk is that i have spent three years studying analytic philosophy and whilst i sort of decides that stuff wasn't "right" it has left me with a liking for clear argumentation. with k-punk it often seems to me he trips himself up over writing what essentially seem to be rather simple points. also i dunno how continental philosophy really works but some of the time he seems to merely use his chosen philosophers as appeals to authority, he could argue the point probably in more depth and more interestingly if he didn't just pull out so and so philosopher to "prove" whatever is the case. i don't read him that often tbh but his ideas seem kind of apocalyptic in a fashion i rather like but they lack urgency. it all seems rather remote compared to the fever of the likes of carmody and carlin but i guess they are doing something else altogether.

acrobat, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

I like his big attempt at consistency and systemisation. In the archives there is some brilliant writing on glam, postpunk, politics etc.

i'd agree with this

also, this is as good a place as any to admit that while i don't reak kpunk much anymore, i'm well addicted to hyperstiti0n (highly highly toxic)

gff, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

xpost : It's not MY def. of pseudo-i -- that's just why I think it's easy to call him that. Also, acrobat OTM re authority & apocalypticism.

xero, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

i was at uni with Mark, and tho i don't remember us crossing paths i think it's likely that i did and i've just lost it along with most of the rest of my memories. which is apt i guess.

Rock Wokeman (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 14 January 2017 15:35 (ten months ago) Permalink

Fuck. Just read on Twitter. RIP.

Sunn O))) Brother Where Art Thou? (Chinaski), Saturday, 14 January 2017 15:39 (ten months ago) Permalink

Really sad about this. I used to enjoy being challenged by his blog posts, when I cared about such things. And I really did. And he was really unique.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Saturday, 14 January 2017 15:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

Never got around to reading capitalist realism but I liked the Michael Jackson book he put together

wins, Saturday, 14 January 2017 16:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

I was debating the other day on whether to preorder his new book that comes out at the end of the month. I remember when Google Reader still existed and checking for updates on a handful of blogs was part of my daily routine, it was a good day when he'd posted something new. I'd usually put it to the side until I had the time to sit and give his writing my full attention.

mh 😏, Saturday, 14 January 2017 18:02 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yeah I read his blog pretty religiously for some time. This is just terrible news.

U2 (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 14 January 2017 18:15 (ten months ago) Permalink

RIP. Used to read his blog religiously, even if I didn't always follow/agree.

Gukbe, Saturday, 14 January 2017 20:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

http://www.factmag.com/2017/01/14/mark-fisher-k-punk-capitalist-realism-has-died/

His wife, Zoë Fisher, confirmed his death on her personal Facebook page, saying he had taken his own life.

j., Saturday, 14 January 2017 21:47 (ten months ago) Permalink

Excellent interview from 2014. http://www.neromagazine.it/n/?p=20620

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 14 January 2017 23:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

Ahh fuck, so terrible to hear this. RIP

The boy who cried 'wolf' in a crowded theatre (Mr Andy M), Saturday, 14 January 2017 23:41 (ten months ago) Permalink

Oh no.

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Saturday, 14 January 2017 23:56 (ten months ago) Permalink

RIP, this is awful news. I always got a lot out of his writing.

Gavin, Leeds, Sunday, 15 January 2017 11:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

that nero interview is good. if there are any other good interview links post them here. he was swell in conversation.

scott seward, Sunday, 15 January 2017 14:52 (ten months ago) Permalink

http://blissout.blogspot.com/2017/01/rip-mark-fisher_14.html

j., Sunday, 15 January 2017 20:08 (ten months ago) Permalink

http://www.dissensus.com/showthread.php?t=13999

j., Sunday, 15 January 2017 20:08 (ten months ago) Permalink

https://itself.blog/2017/01/14/mark-fisher/

j., Sunday, 15 January 2017 20:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

it's really striking how many people there are saying that reading his blog was a formative experience for them

soref, Sunday, 15 January 2017 23:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

Through twitter I have been surprised at the range of people saying he was a big deal for them. Capitalist Realism has made quite an impact.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 15 January 2017 23:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

I just read capitalist realism over the break. Good read, rip

if young satchmo don't trumpet i'm gon shoot you (m bison), Monday, 16 January 2017 02:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

xp it's apparently sold an obscene number of copies for what it is, into the 10,000s.

his writing on mental health in recent years was really remarkable.

lazy rascals, spending their substance, and more, in riotous living (Merdeyeux), Monday, 16 January 2017 02:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

This is a big blow. His blog was formative and inspiring for me as well, for both theory and his ability to weave (pop) culture into his ideas and writing.

Had just ordered his latest book.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 16 January 2017 11:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

David Stubbs remembrance in combination with a previously unpublished interview with Agata Pyzik:

http://thequietus.com/articles/21572-mark-fisher-rip-obituary-interview

Ned Raggett, Monday, 16 January 2017 16:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

It's not really the right time, but I wonder if he knew what effect his work had had/was having? What would that knowing have looked like, by which I mean, how do any of us measure what we've achieved? Ah, christ. It's such a damn shame.

Sunn O))) Brother Where Art Thou? (Chinaski), Monday, 16 January 2017 17:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

That Hatherley piece is excellent, as is Adam Harper's.

Sunn O))) Brother Where Art Thou? (Chinaski), Monday, 16 January 2017 17:21 (ten months ago) Permalink

http://bat-bean-beam.blogspot.com/2017/01/vale-mark-fisher.html

I am grateful to Mark for being one of the very first people to take an interest in my writing. By this time I had already started blogging, but it made me feel like it was something worth doing, that it could be made to matter. I am far from the only person who felt this way. Douglas Murphy: ‘Without him and the other theory bloggers, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to even begin writing’. Evan Calder Williams: ‘Reading k-punk was formative to me, to why I wanted to write online, in hopes that other people who I didn't know would stumble onto something I wrote and feel like there was a shared world that could be understood and fought.’ Owen again: ‘Speaking to Mark made me a writer who took seriously what I did, as he did.’ Comments like these are the constant of the tributes, in long-form or social media, that have followed the news of Mark’s death, and speak not only of his influence but also of an incredibly generous mind. As Juliet Jacques noted in another lovely tribute: ‘He introduced many of us to each other, and gave us the confidence to combine the cultural, personal, and political in ways that felt thrilling and liberating.’ I can certainly say that, while I never met Mark in person, it was through Mark that I met a number of people whose friendship and comradeship I treasure.

j., Monday, 16 January 2017 17:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

http://www.thewire.co.uk/news/45139/mark-fisher-1968-2017

j., Monday, 16 January 2017 18:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

owen hatherley's tribute is very moving.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jul/16/mental-health-political-issue here's an example of that mental health writing i mentioned, difficult tho it is to read right now

lazy rascals, spending their substance, and more, in riotous living (Merdeyeux), Monday, 16 January 2017 18:39 (ten months ago) Permalink

Repeater Books have tweeted this link to a page where people can donate to a memorial fund to support Fisher's wife and son

https://twitter.com/RepeaterBooks/status/821697398833553408

soref, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

I missed this thread bump until this morning. This news has broken my heart. Ghosts of my Life was great and his blog pieces on the Fall were unparalleled.

I wish he had been able to continue.

his eye is on despair-o (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:38 (ten months ago) Permalink

reynolds

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/18/mark-fisher-k-punk-blogs-did-48-politics?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Waiting for what Fisher had to say is a sensation I recall only too vividly. I remember the electric anticipation of those early-to-mid 2000s mornings when the first thing I would do after making some tea was check whether K-punk had posted. K-punk, Fisher’s online alter-ego, was the hub of a blog circuit in which I took part, and which for a glorious moment brought back the intellectual fervour of the postpunk music press.

“It wasn’t only about music and music wasn’t only about music,” Fisher once said of weekly papers such as the NME. “It was a medium that made demands on you.” More than any other blog of that time, K-punk reanimated the polymath, autodidact spirit of the golden-age rock press, where music held a privileged status – but film, TV, fiction and politics were in the mix too.

j., Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

Reading through these donations has got me tearful for someone I never met but wish I had. Some people have given hundreds others two or three pounds. Amazingly, it's at £18,000 as I write this. That's just incredible.

Heavy Doors (jed_), Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:34 (ten months ago) Permalink

over £24,000 now, fantastic. considering how it had only been in the last couple of years that he'd managed to get full-time work teaching there's no doubt this was necessary and will be invaluable

lazy rascals, spending their substance, and more, in riotous living (Merdeyeux), Thursday, 19 January 2017 19:44 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'm going to buy the new book ASAP

his eye is on despair-o (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 19 January 2017 20:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

looks like the US release is Jan 31

amazon just sent me a message saying it's eligible for day-of-release delivery

mh 😏, Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:38 (ten months ago) Permalink

alex niven:

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/01/mark-fisher-capitalist-realism-vampire-castle/

NickB, Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:42 (ten months ago) Permalink

xpost it's already in the kindle store so i'm getting that

his eye is on despair-o (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

Man, I would love to have seen where he was going with the whole 'Acid Communism' concept...

U2 (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 21 January 2017 04:51 (ten months ago) Permalink

Man, I would love to have seen where he was going with the whole 'Acid Communism' concept...

Some hints here perhaps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deZgzw0YHQI

Albeit operating at a pretty generalised level.

The boy who cried 'wolf' in a crowded theatre (Mr Andy M), Sunday, 22 January 2017 23:42 (ten months ago) Permalink

I feel like the 'negativity not pessimism' phrase from Adam Harper's blog post is really key to understanding Fisher's whole enterprise - it's certainly the aspect that took the longest time to 'click' for me personally.

The boy who cried 'wolf' in a crowded theatre (Mr Andy M), Monday, 23 January 2017 00:02 (ten months ago) Permalink

I don't remember starting this thread but I do remember reading a lot of K Punk about a decade ago and I exchanged a few emails with Mark. A lot of his cultural obsessions were mine too and I was intrigued by the hauntology concept.

Capitalist Realism was really good although perhaps a bit overtaken by events now. We longed for the end of ne-capitalism but little did we know that it would be replaced with something even worse.

Very sad to hear of his death, and with his insistence that personalising depression is capitalism's way of absolving itself of the blame, it's hard not to see a kind of world despair in his suicide, regardless of his personal circumstances.

RIP Mark Fisher, we need more thinkers like him

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 23 January 2017 09:10 (ten months ago) Permalink

neoliberalism I meant

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 23 January 2017 09:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

This was beautiful

http://siobhanmckeown.com/goodbye-dear-friend/

his eye is on despair-o (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 19:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

Didn't see this posted yet, but here's Fisher speaking about designer communism at Digital Bauhaus last year: https://vimeo.com/171577013

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 03:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://lareviewofbooks.org/article/in-memoriam-mark-fisher/

In fact, I think it’s that effort to establish a new radical public that will be remembered as Mark’s animating objective, and his successes in doing so which will be remembered as his greatest and most important achievement. It’s a common thread in his endeavors from the days of the CCRU, through his curatorship of the “Dissensus” internet forum (an early incubator of the blog scene, which I think was launched in the early 2000s), up to his last activities of recent years. His books were as much as anything adverts for the very idea of critical thought, aimed mainly at an audience that had no prior access to cultural studies or radical philosophy — invitations to a mass of often isolated and oppressed individuals to come and join a great community of liberated thought.

j., Tuesday, 14 March 2017 17:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

longer version of LARB's jeremy gilbert entry here: https://jeremygilbertwriting.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/my-friend-mark33.pdf

at least i think it's longer, i only checked very quickly: i don't agree with all of it but as well as being very personal and affectionate it's good on some of the flaws in MF's thinking and approach as it evolved

(tho much too uncritical, as everything i've read has been, on his music-writing and thinking, which is absolutely his weakest work -- tho of course also the area i am going to be most territorial about) (one day i might write this up, but not without a lot of thought and self-examination)

we'd kind of fallen out, not bitterly but it felt a bit irreparably, for reasons it seems otiose to rehearse here and now… i've thought about him every day since he died

mark s, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 17:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

i should read (and reread part) of that when home from work

on a related note, i was especially queasy at the idea of a need for "left accelerationism" someone was arguing for on twitter the other day. just, no

mh 😏, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 18:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

http://blissout.blogspot.com/2017/10/leaving-some-signs-now-legend.html

In a way, it's a shame Burial stopped doing the interviews - he was almost born to do them, even more than make music! He's better at describing his own music and motives than any of his critics, except K-punk himself. I remember Mark telling me after he'd done the interview that he couldn't believe his own ears - the stuff that Burial was coming out with was so poetic and evocative, too good to be true almost. A dream of an interview. Anwen Crawford told me of a similar experience: as I recall it, it was like she was hypnotized, sent into a trance by his voice over the phone. But at same time he was completely real and genuine - somehow down to earth and an ethereal being floating out there at the same time....

j., Saturday, 28 October 2017 02:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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