By Mark Fisher
Collected essays on pop culture via a massive critic.
This choice of writings by way of Mark Fisher, writer of the acclaimed Capitalist Realism, argues that we're haunted by means of futures that didn't occur. Fisher searches for the strains of those misplaced futures within the paintings of David Peace, John Le Carré, Christopher Nolan, pleasure department, Burial and plenty of others.
“No one writes as achingly good approximately our gradual dying through capitalism as Mark Fisher. just like the better of pop culture, he makes melancholy seductive—we locate ourselves misplaced in a releasing hopelessness. but he turns this very liberation right into a grimace of danger, of a wish that exceeds the melancholia of left acquiescence to capitalist realism.” – Jodi Dean, writer of The Communist Horizon
“Ghosts of My Life confirms that Mark Fisher is our so much penetrating explorer of the connections among popular culture, politics, and private existence below the affective regime of electronic capitalism. the main admirable features of Fisher’s paintings are its lucidity, reflecting the urgency of his dedication to speaking principles; his excessive expectancies of renowned art’s strength to problem, enlighten, and heal; and his adamant refusal to accept less.” – Simon Reynolds, writer of Retromania
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