How To Like Everything is a utopia. 'Utopia' is a word invented five hundred years ago at the start of the modern age as a description of the ideal society. It's composed of Latin parts that taken together mean 'no place' or 'nowhere'. We now use the word utopia to mean an impossible dream of perfection. How To Like Everything recasts the actual world, the forever-changing world we live in, as utopia: to make the impossible possible. This is not a dry academic debate. Paul Shepheard takes on his subject by threading questions, evidence and logic through hilarious, moving and thought-provoking stories. The action is set in the complicated city of Amsterdam, where he gets stuck in the briars of love affairs, existential decisions and conflicts with complete strangers. And the philosophy? He is a materialist. His utopia hinges on the question of whether there can be anything other than the present moment.
A feminist dissection of women's bodies as the fleshy fulcrum of capitalist cannibalism, whereby women are both consumers and consumed.
Exposes the dark heart of contemporary cultural life by examining pornography, consumer capitalism and the ideology of women's work.
A defence of Modernism against its defenders.
An examination of why modern art can be easier to appreciate than modern music.
Against the need for speed, Malign Velocities tracks acceleration as the symptom of the ongoing crises of capitalism.
An analysis of the dead man working and the way in which capital is now colonizing life itself.
An aesthetics of the economy for the twenty-first century.
A theoretical investigation into the culture of precarious work, digital consumption and personal flexibility, calling for a counter-discourse of resistance.
Argues that the awkwardness of our age is a key to understanding human experience.
Argues that our fascination with cold and ruthless television characters reflects a broken social contract.