I teach rhetorical and cultural theory at a small liberal arts college in the Northwest.

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  1. Hello from the bad 80’s revival that is the UK?

    With the tories back it’s time to drag out the CR@SS records again!
    Came across your site via the Wu Ming Blog and was immediately hooked and somewhat confused. I’m a (part-time) student myself, midway through a History degree. This being my second, the first being in International Relations and Politics. So there is the first point of correlation. My second is that I have recently began to skim the works of Focault and Debord, but not having a background in political philosophy I am finding it something of a struggle. Could you point me in the direction of any books / sites whereby I can gain the foundations for more fruitful enquiry?

    Finally are you familiar with the now defunct US punk band J Church? Probably could have had a go at MTV breakthrough if they did not include readings lists on their records that are similar to those I am seeing on your.

    Take care and good luck with the study
    mark x

  2. mark x,

    thanks for the kind comments.

    i guess it all depends on what you’re into. or more importantly, what you want to use it for!

    if you give me a few ideas of what gets you going and what you read for, i’ll be able to come up with some good ideas of what you might like.

    until then, awc

  3. I was wondering if you were American? I’ve not seen many Americans pursuing PhDs in Continental Philosophy—almost always Analytic; what sort of additional commentary [from you] do you suppose we may see in the future?

    1. A more honest characterization of my work would note that I’m in an inter-disciplinary humanities program. Furthermore, I have yet committed to any single academic field or made any contributions to a specific ‘community of scholars.’

      As for my relationship to Continental Philosophy in particular, it has been embarrassingly one-sided so far. Mostly theft and piracy. But, I dislike the term ‘theorist.’ And while I have disavowed philosophy enough times to understand why they wouldn’t have me, it seems an adequate fit for now.

  4. is there any way to contact you via email?
    my zine will be out in 3 months, im looking for contributions-
    if you have writing to spare, (i prefer something you haven’t published yet online, two write ups would do.. one to be posted online in my site, the other only available in print) please send it via email.

    also, how do you define “Anti- Politics” ?

    also, ive included your ‘draft’ : “Everybody Talks About the Weather, but Nobody Does Anything About It” in my virtual library..
    (don’t have the means to print copies from the computer to disseminate locally)

    thanks in advance!
    Greetings from the PH,
    Mark

    1. Sent you an email, but for anyone else: I can be contacted at anarchistwithoutcontent@gmail.com.

      Anti-politics is a tricky one, as people define their non-cooperation with dominant politics in so many different ways. In particular, many people who adopt the anti politics label would prefer not to do any politics – alternative or otherwise. Personally, I agree with Deleuze and Guattari when they say “everything is politics” and thus describe anti-politics as the politics of refusal, which demands nothing of the ruling politics except its complete abolition. I have a working explanation of this here: https://anarchistwithoutcontent.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/draft-talk-escape-at-the-limits-of-freedom-and-politics/

  5. thanks! im reading the text from the link you provided. saving the texts into a .txt file so that it would be readable on a mobile phone without internet. i would like to add, something like an idea or concept cultivated in a different environment, coz we differ in geography- may not be applicable or even conceivable, let alone may be fully realized in physicality.. from one context ton another- but this variation of difference is what drawn me here. Id learn & unlearn what i can from it.

  6. Hello,
    Thank you so much for writing. I’ve been reading this for years. I am thinking of pursuing a PhD in Continental Philosophy and am wondering if you could recommend me some schools that have good Continental departments because I am mostly finding Analytic…Also, if you have any thoughts concerning whether or not I ought to continue my studies in philosophy through academia or attempt through film…I’d really appreciate it!

    Cheers

    1. Wonderful! Thanks!

      The disciplinary field of Philosophy, especially with the American context, does not always provide the best environment for studying philosophy. Depending on what you find most interesting about philosophy – in particular, what types of questions would you like to study – “theory” subfields of other disciplines, such as Media Theory, Social Theory, Cultural Theory, or Political Theory are often better suited. That said, the professional organization for continental philosophy is SPEP, and there is a list of their participating programs here: http://www.spep.org/resources/graduate-programs/ and suggestions on how to pick the right one for you here: http://www.spep.org/resources/program-rankings/

      If you are interested in exploring other fields, I am happy to help you.

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