Gender, Race, Class and Other Misfortunes
This issue of Endnotes has been a long time coming. Its publication was delayed due to experiences and conversations that compelled us to clarify our analyses, and at times to wholly rework them. Many of the articles in this issue are the products of years of discussion. Some articles spilled over into such lengthy pieces that we had to split the issue in two. Endnotes 4 will therefore be forthcoming, not in another three years, but rather, in the next six months. Here, by way of explanation for the delay, we describe some of the questions and quandaries that gave birth to this issue and the next.
The first two issues of Endnotes called for a renewed focus on the struggles of our times, unencumbered by the dead weight of outmoded theories. However, we ourselves provided little analysis of struggles. Partly, that was because class conflict was at a low ebb at the time we were writing,...Read more about: Gender, Race, Class and Other Misfortunes »
Capital’s Greek Cage
Clandestina, George Caffentzis, Ernest Larsen, Sherry Millner
“If we are to understand molecular biopolitics then we must see it working in the participatory mechanism of fascism and today’s fascism from below… Führers and inspired leaders do not seem to be important anymore — the small fascist icons can be as many and as interchangeable as sitcom actors and second-rate soccer champions. Participation is virtual — but killing can be real; you can order a gun with the click of a mouse, but the bullet can blow you to pieces.’’ — Clandestina
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When the Invisible Hand of the Market Rises in a Nazi Salute
Clandestina ………………………………………………….. 7
Greek Diaries, 2012–2013
George Caffentzis …………………………………….. 33
Lethal Experiment in Greece: Survival and Resistance... Read more about: Capital’s Greek Cage »
Ernest Larsen and Sherry Millner …………. 77
A Person of Letters in the Contemporary WorldRead more about: Person of Letters in the Contemporary World »
“I have been writing literary essays for nearly fifty years now. Since most of them appeared in modestly circulated periodicals, it becomes necessary for me to collect the most valuable of them into books. Earlier collections have been devoted to essays on poetry, fiction, visual art, music, culture, performance, and politics. Composed mostly of previously uncollected literary essays, written over the past quarter century, A Person of Letters in the Contemporary World becomes the first to emphasize literature and literary life in general.
Since I am a contemporary writer, expanding my practice into the twenty-first century, it is scarcely surprising that my sense of literature, as both a creator and a critic, includes criticism of writing in new media, such as audio and video. Most of the essays reflect the theme announced in the title, dealing as they do in various ways with the experience of being independent in the age of affiliation,...
Divine ComedyRead more about: Divine Comedy »
Poems by Ron Kolm
“Ron Kolm’s title for his stellar book of poems, Divine Comedy, echoes Dante. But Dante had an older poet, Vergil, to guide him through the levels of Hell. And even though Kolm descends into Hell as deeply, he has no one to guide him out. More Stones than Beatles, more Joyce than Steinbeck, Kolm uses words like bullets, images as bombs. But this is not a book of despair; it s a fervent belief that you can write yourself out of a nightmare.”– Hal Sirowitz, author of Mother Said: Poems, Stray Cat Blues and former Poet Laureate of Queens, NY.”Ron Kolm lines up his sites and lets his poems fall right on target. Part pastiche, part cri de coeur, he has successfully limned the archetype of a normal guy, refining this vision throughout his career. Foibles and fantasies are rendered into deftly sculpted verses, demonstrating a sharp eye for detail and near perfect cadence....
Dictionary of Operations
Deep Politics & Cultural Intelligence
Dictionary of Operations is the third in a series of new lexica. After
defining the field of “Tactical Reality” (2002) and “Strategic Reality”
(2009), this concise manual to the contemporary cognitive environment
analyzes 72 terms to access the operative logics of social and anti-
Dictionary of Operations highlights the subtext of the politics of
information and the underlying framework of media reality in digital
networks. Global conflicts over resources accelerate the social crises
of mediated representation. Cognitive algorithms question the autonomy
of the individual and its freedom of action. Looking into the intimate
relation between knowledge and control it identifies the financial
crisis as a crisis of rationality and claims “Economy as fate is the
swindle of the century”.
Dictionary of Operations focuses on the subjective dimension ofRead more about: Dictionary of Operations »
information technology related to potential political action....
Where Art Belongs
In Where Art Belongs, Chris Kraus examines artistic enterprises of the past decade that reclaim the use of lived time as a material in the creation of visual art.
In four interlinked essays, Kraus expands the argument begun in her earlier book Video Green that “the art world is interesting only insofar as it reflects the larger world outside it.” Moving from New York to Berlin to Los Angeles to the Pueblo Nuevo barrio of Mexicali, Kraus addresses such subjects as the ubiquity of video, the legacy of the 1960s Amsterdam underground newspaper Suck, and the activities of the New York art collective Bernadette Corporation.
She examines the uses of boredom, poetry, privatized prisons, community art, corporate philanthropy, vertically integrated manufacturing, and discarded utopias, revealing the surprising persistence of microcultures within the matrix.Chronicling the sometimes doomed but persistently heroic efforts of small groups of artists to reclaim public space and time,...Read more about: Where Art Belongs »