Neoliberal, Brutalist, and Short: Blueprint Magazine Reviews Owen Hatherley’s A New Kind of Bleak
The nasty, brutalist, and short realities of Britain in the last third of the 20th century are chronicled by Hatherley in a way not unlike those before him:
The literary mode of offering a political critique through an account of travels, either real (Daniel Defoe's Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain) or Imagined (Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travls) has a long tradition in the UK.
Most importantly however, as Wensing points out, "the questions poignantly raised through Hatherley's travels are where the real price lies of the 30 years or so of neoliberal experimentation and what the alternatives could be." Hopefully, we will find the latter soon.
Wensing's review can be read in full in this month's Blueprint Magazine.