July 1 marks the release date of William Gibson's Neuromancer. Last week, Public Books posted 'A Global Neuromancer', an excerpt from Fredric Jameson's new book The Ancients and the Postmoderns: On the Historicity of Forms, looking back on Neuromancer and its concept of cyberspace as an allegory for global financial systems.
Slavoj Žižek commented in support of the wing of the tuition fees protest that stormed Tory HQ in 'Violence Revisited,' his recent lecture at Birkbeck College:
People saying you could have delivered the same message without violence. F*ck them! Of course you can deliver the message. But nobody would hear the message. This is what they like, that 100 people gather and write a message and then you don’t even get the bottom note in the day's paper … You have to break some windows to get the message through.