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McKenzie Wark

McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, 50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International and The Beach Beneath the Street, among other books. He teaches at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City.

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  • Verso Beach Reads



    Not sure which radical books to bring with you to the beach this summer? We've come up with an eclectic mix of surrealist fiction, anti-heroic memoir, dazzling investigative reporting, and, as always, revolutionary reads for your time in the sun. Like John Grisham, but not actually bad for your soul, they'll keep you engrossed, entertained, and enlightened til the fall.

    Plus, all books on this list will be 50% off on our website for this week (June 23-30), with free shipping, as usual, and free ebook where available (but no e-readers in the pool plz).

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  • 'The Spectacle Today'—McKenzie Wark on Expanding Mind



    McKenzie Wark, author of The Spectacle of Disintegration, made a recent radio appearance on Expanding Mind with Erik Davis. Wark and Davis waxed philosophical on the Situationist International, the radical possibilities of play and gaming, and the anxiety and boredom that accompany modernity. Wark reflected:  

    "In some ways, the great danger for this commodified universe is our boredom with it ... There is this sort of dialectic that you could tease out, that even in this overdeveloped late-capitalist world, that boredom was still this kind of critical energy that you could work on and try to theorize and then act on, to find other kinds of belonging, other kinds of desire, other kinds of life."

    Visit Progressive Radio Network to listen to the interview in full.
  • New Buzz around McKenzie Wark Attests to the Continued Relevance of The Situationist International

    In an interview, a new project inspired by the recent discovery of the United States' pervasive internet surveillance, and several new excerpts of his latest book, The Spectacle of Disintegration: Situationist Passages out of the Twentieth CenturyMcKenzie Wark demonstrates how looking back to the Situationists can inform our views of Internet culture today.

    In an interview with the Los Angeles Review of Books, Wark discusses his inspiration for writing about the Situationists, specifically how he sees their work anticipating many issues faced by late-capitalist society in the age of the internet.

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