Good Day Today
David Lynch Destabilises The Spectator
This book argues that the films of David Lynch pose a radical challenge to conservative and absolutist ideologies.
In his speech following the 2011nationwide riots in Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron spoke out against people “being too unwilling for too long to talk about what is right and what is wrong” and proclaimed “this relativism – it’s not going to cut it anymore”. He was, then, presumably laying the foundation for one-size-fits-all absolutist authoritarianism and, worryingly, the moral outrage induced by the riots means a large proportion of the British public might not oppose such measures.
When such a mindset is on the verge of becoming pandemic, where do we turn? This book suggests that the work of another David, born 20 years before and 3,000 miles away from Cameron, might engender a mode of thinking which does not apprehend the world in terms of such easy distinctions. In David Lynch, we find a director whose films – by utilising the tropes of the Hollywood movie, but subverting their accepted meanings - profoundly destablise spectators, and lead them to consider things not in terms of prescribed binaries, but as complex and multi-faceted.
Collected essays on popular culture by a major critic.
The blockbuster superhero movie: popular entertainment or capitalist propaganda? This book investigates the 21st-century superhero's underlying political agenda.
Marc James Léger
Brave New Avant Garde provides an unexpected exploration of critical strategies for anticapitalist cultural theory and practice.
Declares the relationship between sound art and music “colloquial”: spoken and accessible, rather than locked behind disciplinary boundaries.
A bold experiment in film theory for the digital era.
Is art a mode of control? Does our desire to create constrain us as effectively as our desire to consume?
Ephemeral, F.M.R.L: A collection of fragments and essays recording accidents of hearing and detours of thought in response to the peripheral nature of listening and reading.
Julian Jason Haladyn
Examines the manners in which modern artists use boredom as a form of aesthetic resistance that, at its most positive, is the will to boredom.
Marc James Léger
Charting new directions for cultural theory and practice and offering alternatives to the project of neoliberal class restoration.
If movies and popular culture shape us from an early age, how do we separate the real from the imaginary?