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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Zero Books; Reprint edition (31 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782793003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782793007
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 0.8 x 21.7 cm
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About the Author

Benjamin Noys is a UK-based theorist and critic who teaches at the University of Chichester.


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Benjamin Noys’ Malign Velocities: Accelerationism and Capitalism (Zero 2014) is a really impressive little book not because it offers a scathing critique of the accelerationists – a panzer tank to squash a gnat anyone? – nor because it pierces the commonplace anxiety that everything is speeding up – in a stagnant phase of capital accumulation, that speed hype is particularly transparent. No, I like the book because Noys loves the word equivocation and uses it with dextrous abandon. First of all Marx on India, p9, equivocal it ‘appears’, on the results of British colonial plunder in India (the footnote to Aijaz Ahmad will be worth following up, since limiting Marx’s discussion of the subcontinent to only the first of a great many NYDT articles on India perpetrates a fraud). This pattern is established early – the accelerationists believe the worst will produce the good. variations on the theme abound – and it cannot but leave us saying ‘yes, but’. BUT, the best parts of the book do not owe much at all to the avowed ‘enemy’ here – the discussion of Bataille and Godard – Bataille is ‘equivocal’ on 76 – is the s***. Literally, and the excremental analysis of capitalism accords well with, after all, Marx’s own assessment of economics – he wanted to be done with that s***. Then a chapter on Brecht and Benjamin – ‘equivocal’ on 90 – gives a deep and careful evaluation of the train brake metaphor, observing actual wrecks and actual saves where the brake interrupts disaster. That Benjamin can be offered as the theorist impatient with waiting, 92, is perhaps somewhat sad given his end, but there is much to learn about the more cuddly of the Frankfurt School theorists.Read more ›
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An interesting book, well written, interesting cover. Would read again.
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Understood almost nothing in this book. But that was my problem. Actually did open a completely new avenue of thought for me, one I hope I will take a run at.
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I find myself mentioning this book to people constantly. Exactly the kind of dynamic scholarship I fancy.
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