The Universe of Things: An Interview

Steven Shaviro’s new book is a wonderfully engaging study of speculative realism, new materialism, and the ways in which those fields can speak to and be informed by the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. The Universe of Things emphasizes the importance of aesthetics and aesthetic theory to reading and engaging the work of Whitehead, Harman, Meillassoux, Kant, Levinas, Bryant, and others as an ongoing conversation about how … Continue reading The Universe of Things: An Interview

The Fragility of Things: An Interview

Bill Connolly’s new book proposes a way to think about the world as a gathering of self-organizing systems or ecologies, and from there explores the ramifications and possibilities of this notion for how we think about and practice work with markets, politics, daily life, and beyond. It is wonderfully inspiring, and you can listen to us talking about it here. Continue reading The Fragility of Things: An Interview

Hyperobjects: An Interview

In his recent book, Timothy Morton offers a way of thinking with and about hyperobjects, particular kinds of things of which we see only pieces at any given moment. It is about global warming and intimacy and object-oriented ontology and modern art and the possibilities of a phenomenology after we get rid of any notion of “the world” as something out-there and beyond-us. For those who are … Continue reading Hyperobjects: An Interview

Constellations, Camouflage, Broken Skulls, and Ectoplasm: A Fabulous Recent Conference at York University

The best conferences are beginnings rather than endings. They wake you up and poke your brain and make you laugh and suggest how you might turn that laughter into new ways of seeing and writing the world around you. This was one of those conferences. Even if you weren’t there with us in the flesh, take a moment to check out the program. All of … Continue reading Constellations, Camouflage, Broken Skulls, and Ectoplasm: A Fabulous Recent Conference at York University