Monthly Archives: June 2013

Novels read in 2013 so far

These are the novels I’ve read so far in 2013 (the picture is of some of them): John Grisham, The Pelican Brief Osamu Dazai, The Setting Sun Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Slaughter-House Five Ahdaf Soueif, The Map of Love Patrick McGrath, Spider   Jonathan Franzen, The Twenty-Seventh … Continue reading

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Earth – audio recording from CityState workshop

The audio recording of my talk ‘Earth’ from the recent CityState: A Lexical-Political Workshop is available here. The abstract is below: Geopolitics has, today, become effectively a synonym for global politics. Armchair strategists still come up with grand plans for … Continue reading

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Books received

The two new books by Franco Moretti; two on Palestine; the new edition of Lacoste’s classic, an interesting looking book for the Earth project, and the new issues of RIPE and Transactions.

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Anna Secor, Topological City

Anna Secor’s 2012 Urban Geography lecture, “Topological City” has now been published in the journal and is available open access.

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The Past Present: Turkey, Erdoğan, and the Gezi Protests–Timur Hammond

Another commentary on events in Turkey at the Society and Space open site.

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Juliet Fall battles Kaplan

Another rightly savage review of Kaplan – this time by Juliet Fall at the Society and Space open site.

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Learn to Write Badly

Michael Billig offers some cautionary advice – Learn to Write Badly: How to Succeed in the Social Sciences. Modern academia is increasingly competitive yet the writing style of social scientists is routinely poor and continues to deteriorate. Are social science … Continue reading

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Rejected philosophers

Some of these mock-rejections are good – thanks to Clare O’Farrell for the link.

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Ian Bogost on University Presses

Some interesting reflections on academic publishing here.

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Ecologies of the Moving Image

Adrian Ivakhiv’s new book, Ecologies of the Moving Image, is out next month. Moving images take us on mental and emotional journeys, over the course of which we and our worlds undergo change. This is the premise of Ecologies of … Continue reading

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