Cold World: The Aesthetics of Dejection and the Politics of Militant Dysphoria (Zero Books) Paperback – 25 Sep 2009
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We have been told by the living that the idea of a vital world is that of comfort and warmth. Dominic Fox assures us that this is not the case. With an unparalleled militant efficiency, Cold World blackens the lines between poetics and politics, music and negative resistance. It is a haunting sermon from the world of the dead exhorting the living to revolt in the name of a life whose vitality has been disenchanted by coldness and whose sacredness has been profaned by nigredo. --Reza Negarestani, Author of Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials
Dominic Fox's timely and important Cold World pinpoints the fundamental issue underlying contemporary debate about the possibility of revolutionary politics in a culture suffused by paralysing despondency. Drawing on a remarkable array of sources from Coleridge and Gerard Manley Hopkins to Xasthur and Ulrike Meinhof, Fox explores the necessary yet apparently contradictory link between refusal and revolution. While refusal without revolution perpetuates the very condition it would negate, revolution without refusal quickly lapses into phantasmatic utopianism. The quandaries of this particular dialectic have never been as lucidly charted as they are here. --Ray Brassier, Author of Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction
About the Author
Dominic Fox is a writer, poet and musician best known for his weblog, Poetix, which presents an eclectic mixture of philosophy, cultural criticism and modernist poetry.
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