Authors

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    Jodi Dean

    "Jodi’s sharp analysis of the impasses of the left is also a kind of requiem for much of the 2.0 bluster of the last decade."—Mark Fisher, 
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    Michele Wallace

    “Courageous, outspoken, clear-eyed.”—Publishers Weekly
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    Sylvie Tissot

    "A hip, brilliant, de Toqueville of the post-’68 left." – Michael Sorkin
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    Megan Erickson

    “Megan Erickson knows the classroom is not a solvent for class society. But she remembers that it can be about something more than class reproduction." – Corey Robin

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    B.R. Ambedkar

    "It's time to read Ambedkar." – Arundhati Roy

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    Kristin Ross

    "Ross’s vision of the Commune extends beyond the 72 days to encompass its echoes throughout the rest of the 19th century"– Financial Times

Books

Events

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    August 15, 2015 - August 31, 2015

    Edinburgh

    Edinburgh

    Edinburgh International Book Festival

    Verso authors including Ghada Karmi, Andrew Cockburn, Danny Dorling and Paul Mason will be speaking at the world's largest public celebration of the written word
  • August 22, 2015

    New York, NY

    The New School for Social Research

    Rosa Luxemburg: A legacy for feminists?

    Red Rosa author and cartoonist Kate Evans weighs Rosa Luxemburg's legacy for feminists
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    August 21, 2015

    Brooklyn, New York

    Verso Books Brooklyn Office

    The Accumulation of Capital: 100 Years Later

    Rosa Remix: opening discussion on Luxemburg's Marxist masterpiece
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    September 25, 2015

    London, United Kingdom

    ICA

    Culture Now: Juliet Jacques discusses Trans

    In conversation with Sophie Mayer
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    September 26, 2015

    London, United Kingdom

    Whitechapel Gallery

    Walter Benjamin Now

    A symposium to celebrate the life of the great literary and cultural critic.
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    September 09, 2015

    Chicago, Illinois

    Seminary Co-op Bookstore

    Bad New Days Chicago Launch

    Hal Foster discusses Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency with Blake Stimson

Blog

  • Badiou's Happiness Lesson

    Is it selfish to want to be happy? On the contrary, thinks Alain Badiou: happiness is fundamentally egalitarian and to demand it, against its apparent impossibility, is a militant act. The interview below was translated by David Broder; see the original French text here.

    (Photo: Badiou at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, 2014)

    What encounters proved most decisive in giving your life its direction?

    Alain Badiou: Before theatre and philosophy, it was something that my father said. Indeed, during the Second World War I had this screen memory take form, which was of decisive importance for my subsequent existence. I was six years old at the time. My father, who was in the Resistance – for which reason he was appointed Mayor of Toulouse upon Liberation – put up a big map of the military operations, in particular covering the developments on the Russian front. The frontline was marked out by a thin piece of string, pinned to the wall with tacks. I saw that the string and the tacks kept moving, though I did not ask too many questions; as a man operating in clandestinity, in front of the children my father was evasive about anything regarding the political situation and the war. This was spring 1944. One day, at the moment of the Soviet offensive in Crimea, I saw my father moving the string further left, clearly showing that the Germans were retreating toward the West. Not only had their conquering advance been held back, but now it was they who were losing vast swathes of territory. With a flash of understanding I said to him, ‘But then, maybe we’ll win the war?’ and for once he gave a very clear answer: ‘But of course, Alain! We just need to want it’.
     

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  • "68 thought" and its legacy - has it run out of steam?

    Below is a translated script of an interview featuring Elisabeth Roudinesco and Marcel Gauchet. Read about intellectual revolt, structuralist breakthrough and the burgeoning neoliberalism of the late sixties. Featured on the Le Monde website first and translated by David Broder. 



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  • Joe Sacco's Introduction to Child in Palestine

    As part of our graphic non-fiction week, we bring to you Joe Sacco’s Introduction to A Child in Palestinea collection of cartoons by renowned Palestinian graphic artist Naji al-Ali, as well as some image excerpts from the book. Through his most celebrated creation, the witness-child Hanthala, al-Ali criticized the brutality of Israeli occupation, the venality and corruption of the regimes in the region, and the suffering of the Palestinian people, earning him many powerful enemies and the soubriquet “the Palestinian Malcolm X.” He was assassinated in London in 1987; the people and organization behind this attack remain unknown. But it is clear that there were many who wanted to stop his evocative political cartoons.

    Jesus is a Palestinian, says Naji al-Ali; like all the Palestinian people, he too dreams of returning to his home in Bethlehem (April 1982) 

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  • Exclusive Joe Sacco comic: Down! Up!

    As part of our week dedicated to Graphic Novels, here we bring you Joe Sacco's take on the war in Iraq. Originally published in 2007 in War With No End, a collection of writers and activists responding to the ongoing War on Terror, in the strip Sacco puts his incisive reporting to the task of representing the US army's attempt to train a motley bunch of Iraqi volunteers.


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