ponedjeljak, 11. prosinca 2017.

Richard Marshall - End Times Philosophy Interviews: The First 302

Monumentalna kolekcija filozofskih razgovora. (Povrh svega, svaki intervjuirani filozof izabire svojih najdražih 5 filozofskih knjiga.)

As we hit the 300 mark a couple of weeks ago I thought it might be a good idea to organise them in one place for readers who might find it useful. So here is the whole series so far. The categories used are pretty rough and ready but should help orientate people.
Epistemology, Language and Logic
1. Henrich Wansang :logics: more than one way to skin a cat…
2. Richard Heck:frege, dummett, vagueness, liars and julius caesar
3. Mark Textor: brentano’s mind, frege’s sense
4. Christopher Hitchcock causation, probability and philosophy
5. Volker Halbach on the nature of truth
6. John Turri philosophers wrong about knowledge since plato bombshell!
7. Marc Lange law
8. Bradford Skow reasons why
9. Miriam Schoenfield how rational is our rationality?
10. Berislav Marusic evidence, agency and bad faith
11. Anil Gupta against post-truth: the logical experience of knowledge, the circularity of truth etc
12. Hanoch Ben-Yam turing tests, chinese rooms, sherlock holmes, wittgensteinian vagueness and descartes
13. Sarah Moss saving wittgenstein, credence knowledge and semantics
14. Ernest Sosa the virtue epistemologist
15. Bob Hale frege and necessary beings
16. Greg Restall the logical pluralist
17. Bruno Whittle paradoxes and their logic
18. Mahrad Almotahari not and other metalinguistic stuff
19. Jose Zalabardo scepticism and early wittgenstein
20. Sara L Uckelman dynamic epistemology
21. Robert Brandom between saying and doing
22. Jeffrey King propositions, analysis and context
23. Diana Raffman unruly words
24. Penelope Maddy the stuff of proof
25. Penny Rush the metaphysics of logic
26. Margaret Cuonzo paradoxes
27. Ofra Magidor category mistakes
28. Stephen Yablo about aboutness
29. Stephen Read medieval matters
30. Pascal Engel truth, success and frank ramsey
31. Catarina Dutilh Novaes on cognitive artifacts
32. Sam Wheeler III davidson and derrida
33. Agustín Rayo absolute generality
34. Scott Soames kripke’s unfinished business
35. Peter Ludlow what the hell are we doing here ?
36. Gillian Russell a kill bill philosopher
37. Timothy Williamson modality and metaphysics
38. Paul Horwich deflationism and wittgenstein
39. Jennifer Lackey on testimony
40. Stephen R. Grimm understanding understanding
41. Robert Stalnaker the possible worlds hedgehog
42. Joel David Hamkins playing infinite chess
43. Colin McGinn brief encounter with the mysterian
44. Hilary Kornblith on reflection
45. Tim Crane mindful
46. Frances Egan meaning as gloss
47. Roy Sorensen philosophy’s madhatter
48. Herman Cappelen no intuitions no relativism
49. Ernie Lepore meaning, truth, language, reality
50. Arif Ahmed a wittgenstein kripke vertigo disturbance
51. Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra truthmaking
52. Alexis Burgess imagining god creating poppies
53. Gila Sher the place of philosophy
54. Sarah Sawyer a natural kind externalist
55. J.C. Beall spandrels of truth
56. Michael Lynch truth, reason & democracy
57. Graham Priest logically speaking
58. Jason Stanley philosophy as the great naïveté
59. Eric Schwitzgebel the splintered skeptic
60. Timothy Williamson classical investigations
61. Justin Khoo disagreement

62. Dennis Schmidt tragedy and philosophy
63. Andy Hamilton self-consciousness, aesthetics, music
64. Paul Crowther post-analytic phenomenology vs market serfdom
65. Karsten Harries heidegger, art, architecture
66. Peter Kivy apologia pro vita sua: my work in philosophy
67. Nickolas Pappas philosophy and aesthetics
68. James Grant: the critical imagination

Ethical, Moral, Political and Legal philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion
69. Matt Lister: thinking about globalisation, immigration and refugees
70. Adina L Roskies: brains
71. Helen Frowe: understanding defensive killing
72. Fabian Wendt why compromise? why peace?
73. Fiona Woollard on doing and allowing harm
74. David Wong the pluralist
75. Saba Bazargan-Forward just war
76. John Broome weighing goods and people: ethics out of economics: rationality through reasoning…and climate change
77. David E Cooper the measure of things
78. John Kleinig ethics, law and politics
79. Edward Harcourt wittgenstein’s ethical enterprise and related matters
80. Ron Mallon constructing race
81. Dale Jamieson reason in our dark time
82. Samuel Scheffler death, afterlife, justice and value
83. Derrick Darby keeping it real: the colour of mind
84. Ralph Wedgwood on the nature of normativity
85. TM Scanlon what we owe each other
86. Jerry Gaus the tyranny of the ideal
87. Nomy Arpaly in praise of desire and some
88. Tina Fernades Botts philosophy and diversity
89. David Estlund who rules?
90. Ewa Binczyk the rhetoric and lethargy of the anthropocene
91. Sarah Paul how far do you have to go before it’s a crime? and other puzzles
92. Jonathan Wolff political philosophy
93. Katja Vogt the pyrrhonian skeptic
94. Torbjorn Tannsjo the hedonistic utilitarian
95. Allan Gibbard thinking how to live
96. Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek from the point of view of the universe
97. Matthew Kramer law and ethics
98. Philip Kitcher life after faith
99. Costica Bradatan why murder philosophers?
100. Lisa Herzog philosophy of markets
101. Luciano Floridi philosophy from the zettabyte
102. Chris Lebron the colour of our shame
103. Lori Gruen philosophy of captivity
104. Lorenzo Zucca towards a secular europe
105. Joseph Raz from normativity to responsibility etc
106. Rebecca Gordon saying no! to jack bauer: mainstreaming torture
107. Katrina Sifferd responsibility and punishment
108. Susannah Cornwall queer theology and sexchatology
109. Tim Mawson the rationalist theist
110. Johanna Oksala foucault’s freedom
111. George Pattison towards hope
112. John Martin Fischer deep control, death and co
113. Greg Dawes on theism and explanation
114. Steven B. Smith an east coast straussian on political philosophy
115. Ruth Chang the existentialist of hard choices
116. Jeremy Sheamur on popper and hayek
117. Clare Chambers sex, culture and justice
118. Mark Andrew Schroeder being for
119. Robert Talisse and Scott F. Aikin. epistemology and democracy
120. Stephen Darwell from the second person
121. Albert Atkins peirce, pragmatism and race, racism
122. Howard Williams kant in syria
123. Omar Dahbour ecosovereignty
124. Samir Chopra go hack yourself
125. Pamela Hieronymi forgiveness, blame, reasons…
126. John Gardner law as a leap of faith
127. Kimberley Brownlee conscience and conviction
128. Sibyl A. Schwarzenbach on civic friendship
129. Thom Brooks in search of global justice
130. Virginia Held the ethics of care
131. Jeff Malpas landscaping heidegger
132. Quentin Skinner liberty before liberalism & all that
133. Kathleen Higgins eros art wisdom
134. Ann Cahill carnal ethics
135. Jason Brennan on the ethics of voting
136. David Enoch shameless realism goes robust
137. Valerie Tiberius mostly elephant, ergo…
138. Simon Blackburn whisperer of doubt
139. Jonathan Dancy ethics without principles
140. Elizabeth Anderson the new leveller
141. Mitch Berman clearing away confusions and debris
142. Andrei Marmor the endless search for truth
143. Meir Dan-Cohen a certain distance
144. Christine Korsgaard treating people as ends in themselves
145. Cecile Fabre on the intrinsic value of each of us
146. Alan Gilbert fighting from below for recognition as human
147. Japa Pallikkathayil rethinking the formula of humanity
148. Hilde Lindemann no ethics without feminism

Continental Philosophy, Pragmaticism and Early Mods
149. Ola Sigurdson: embodiment
150. Julian Young: schopenhauer, nietzsche, heidegger: sex, death and boredom
151. Dennis Rasmussen the infidel and the professor
152. Bart Schultz the happiness philosopher
153. William Lewis the fall and rise of louis althusser
154. Alexander Nehamas nietzsche and friendship
155. Emily Thomas jerk and whoosh time
156. Kyoo Lee jazz: reading descartes otherwise
157. Cheryl Misak recalibrating pragmaticism
158. Leonard Lawler french continentals
159. Anil Gomes kant, other minds and intersecting issues…
160. Ray Brassier nihil unbound
161. Don J Garrett having cake and eating it with hume and spinoza
162. Tom Jones on pope’s philosophical poem: ‘an essay on man’
163. Rebecca Copenhaver reid’s common sense, berkeley’s vision and whether gentile’s fascism should matter more than berkeley’s slave plantation
164. Paul Russell hume’s irreligious core
165. Allen Wood kant, marx, fichte
166. Karl Ameriks kant’s historical turn
167. Andrew Huddleston nietzsche, art and the neo-hegelian commitment
168. Brian Copenhaver italian philosophy, magic and peter of spain
169. Kurt-Otto Bayertz on german materialism
170. Alison Stone hegel, irigaray, motherhood & feminist philosophy
171. Terry Pinkard the legacies of idealism
172. Felix Ó Murchadha heidegger, politics, phenomenology, religion
173. Daniel Garber history from the early modern philosophers
174. David James fichte and rousseau
175. Dalia Nassar on the romantic absolute
176. Paul Lodge leibniz: strange monads, esoteric harmony and love
177. Jeffrey K. McDonough leibniz, berkeley, kant, frege; bees, toasters and julius caesar
178. Erica Benner the ethical machiavelli
179. Anthony Gottlieb dreams of reason
180. Tom Eyers lacan and french post-rationalism
181. Andrew Bowie schelling, adorno and all that jazz
182. Lisa Downing early mod philosophy
183. Cecelia Watson on william james and john la farge
184. Ken Gemes on the tragedy of life
185. Brian O’Connor adorno’s negative dialectic and so on
186. Fred Rush idealism and critical theory
187. Alison Assiter kierkegaardian
188. Taylor Carman mature: heidegger and merleau-ponty
189. Todd May the poststructural anarchist
190. Steven Nadler books forged in hell etc
191. David Bakhurst soviet philosophy and then some
192. Gordon Finlayson habermas, adorno, politics
193. C.G. Prado dangerously frank
194. Gary Gutting what philosophers know
195. John Haldane aquinas amongst the analytics
196. Jessica Berry a pyrrhonian nietzschean stakeout
197. Richard Moran keeping sartre, and other passions
198. Frederick Beiser diotima’s child
199. Ursula Renz after spinoza: wiser, freer, happier
200. Lee Braver on heidegger, wittgenstein, derrida
201. Robert Stern hegel’s modest metaphysician
202. Katerina Deligiorgi our complex, difficult & fragile enlightenments
203. Eli Friedlander awakening benjamin
204. Jeffrey Bell philosophy at the edge of chaos
205. Brian Leiter leiter reports
Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Action
206. Katalin Farkas internalism and descartes’ demon and stuff
207. Jan Slaby against empathy and other philosophical beefs
208. Marya Schechtman the constitution of selves: locke and the person led view
209. Barbara Gail Montero thought in action, panpsychism (and not using the f-word)
210. Mohan Matthen on perception, aesthetics etc etc
211. Dan Robinson keeping the manifest image in mind
212. Jonathan Cohen colour
213. Margherita Arcangeli imagination supposition, imagine
214. Thomas K Metzinger all about the ego tunnel
215. Eric Steinhart digital ghosts
216. Berit Brogaard truth, knowability, mind and romantic love
217. Kathinka Evers neuroethics
218. Joelle Proust metacognition
219. Evan Thompson waking, dreaming, being
220. Alvin Goldman thinking about mindreading, mirroring and embedded cognition et al…
221. Susan Schneider mental lives and fodor’s lot
222. Elizabeth Camp metaphors and minds
223. Susanna Schellenberg epistemic forces and perception
224. Susanna Siegel phenomenology never goes out of date
225. Edouard Machery without concepts
226. Anne Jaap Jacobson the neurofeminist
227. Jerry Fodor meaningful words without sense, & other revolutions
228. Richard Brown shombies vs zombies
229. Pete Mandik brain hammer
230. Mark Rowlands hour of the wolf
231. Kieran Setiya what anscombe intended & other puzzles
232. Alfred Mele the four million dollar philosopher
233. Roger Teichmann ninety-four pages & then some
234. Peter Carruthers mind reader

Metaphysics, Philosophy of science
235. Shan Gao: does god play dice?
236. Bas C van Frassen how to talk about empiricism
237. Michail Peramatzis aristotelian metaphysics
238. Barry Loewer descrying the world of physics
239. A.W. Moore modern metaphysics – the analytic/continental mix
240. Roman Alshuler time and the philosophy of action
241. Peter Lewis why philosophy of quantum mechanics is more important than that of poached eggs
242. Maria Kronfeldner darwinian creativity, memetics and some
243. James Marcum kuhn’s science and does medicine really care about patients?
244. Jessica Leech what kind of a fact is a flying pig for kant? and things like that
245. Elliot Sober from a biological point of view, and then some
246. Chiara Lisciandra robust
247. Tim Lewens evolution, bioethics and human nature
248. Michael Strevens bigger than chaos
249. Tuomas E Tahko necessary metaphysics
250. Joshua Mozersky time, language, ontology
251. Bana Bashour naturalism’s final causes
252. Richard Healey how pragmatism reconciles quantum mechanics with relativity etc
253. Roberto Casati what’s a hole made of and other enigmas
254. Markus Gabriel why the world does not exist but unicorns do
255. Jonathan Birch darwinian conundrums
256. Stathis Psillos philosophy of science
257. Stephan Kraemer on what there is for things to be
258. Friederike Moltmann parts, wholes, abstracts, tropes and ontology
259. Anna Marmodoro powers, aristotle and the incarnation
260. Richard Dawid string theory and post-empiricism
261. Thomas Sattig the double life of objects
262. Alastair Wilson multiverses and sleeping beauty
263. Peter Godfrey-Smith philosophy of biology
264. Frank Jackson mary’s room and stuff
265. Daniel Stoljar epistemic consciousness
266. Massimo Pigliucci rationally speaking
267. L.A. Paul metaphysical
268. Sean Carroll philosophy from the preposterous universe
269. Alex Rosenberg the mad dog naturalist
270. Tim Maudlin on the foundations of physics
271. Amie L. Thomasson on the reality of sherlock holmes etc
272. Jonathan Bain philosophy and physics
273. Daniel Dennett intuition pumping
274. Rebecca Kukla the relentless naturalist
275. David Papineau physical
276. E.J. Lowe metaphysical foundations for science
277. Stephen Mumford hidden powers
278. John Heil the universe as we find it
279. Gary Kemp on the weightlessness of reality
280. Michae Tye thinking fish & zombie caterpillars
281. Huw Price without mirrors
282. Scott Berman the platonist
283. Craig Callender time lord
284. Eric Olson the philosopher with no hands
285. Patricia Churchland causal machines
286. Kit Fine metaphysical kit
Ancient Philosophy
287. Gail Judith Fine all you wanted to know about plato on meno’s paradox, and other gems
288. Catherine Wilson epicureanism, early mods and the moral animal
289. Brooke Holmes philosophical frontiers of ancient science
290. Iakovos Vasiliou plato aims at virtue
291. Richard Kraut against absolute goodness
292. David Roochnik arcadian wisdom
293. Peter Sjostedt-H the noumenaut: psychedelics and philosophy
Non Western Philosophy
294. Jay L. Garfield buddhist howls
295. Jonardon Ganeri artha: india: philosophy
296. Nicolas Bommarito buddhist ethics
Experimental Philosophy
297. Joshua Alexander cosmo x-phi
298. Chris Weigel x-phi is here to stay
299. Bryony Pierce panabstractism crashes xphi (maybe)
300. Claire White mourning becomes a lecturer
301. Josh Knobe indie rock virtues
302. Eddy Nahmias questioning willusionism

Richard Marshall is still biding his time.
- www.3ammagazine.com/3am/end-times-philosophy-interviews-first-302/

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Richard Marshall, ed., Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers, Oxford University Press, 2014.                       

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The appeal of philosophy has always been its willingness to speak to those pressing questions that haunt us as we make our way through life. What is truth? Could we think without language? Is materialism everything? But in recent years, philosophy has been largely absent from mainstream cultural commentary. Many have come to believe that the field is excessively technical and inward-looking and that it has little to offer outsiders.
The 25 interviews collected in this volume, all taken from a series of online interviews with leading philosophers published by the cultural magazine 3ammagazine.com, were carried out with the aim of confronting widespread ignorance about contemporary philosophy. Interviewer Richard Marshall's informed and enthusiastic questions help his subjects explain the meaning of their work in a way that is accessible to non-specialists. Contemporary philosophical issues are presented through engaging but serious dialogues that, taken together, offer a glimpse into key debates across the discipline.
Alongside metaphysics, philosophy of mind, epistemology, logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, political philosophy and ethics, discussed here are feminist philosophy, continental philosophy, pragmatism, philosophy of religion, experimental philosophy, bioethics, animal rights, and legal philosophy. Connections between philosophy and fields such as psychology, cognitive science, and theology are likewise examined. Marshall interviews philosophers both established and up-and coming.
Engaging, thoughtful and thought-provoking, inviting anyone with a hunger for philosophical questions and answers to join in, Philosophy at 3:AM shows that contemporary philosophy can be relevant -- and even fun.

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Richard Marshall, ed., Ethics at 3:AM: Questions and Answers on How to Live Well, Oxford University Press, 2017.
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What do ethicists and moral philosophers really think about? What are the most pressing concerns in the discipline today? This collection of interviews with a range of interesting and original thinkers in the field provides a snapshot of contemporary ethics in all its complexity and nuance. It contains 26 probing interviews conducted by Richard Marshall of the cultural magazine 3AM, each consisting of a carefully condensed version of the interview, preceded by a brief biography of the interview subject. Marshall's questions are deeply knowledgeable while always accessible to the layperson, and the interviewees respond in kind with rich and opinionated responses. The result is a deeply engaging entrée into the state of ethics today.

Despite its stated purpose, this anthology of 26 interviews of contemporary philosophers, a follow-up to editor Marshall’s previous Philosophy at 3 AM, is decidedly not for lay readers. Even some undergraduate philosophy majors are likely to find themselves needing to search out definitions for terms such as Pyrrohian and endoxic method. The use of such dense jargon by the interviewees is unsurprising given that Marshall, a contributing editor for the U.K. cultural publication 3 AM Magazine, utilizes such terminology in his questions. This is a shame, because the contributors show themselves perfectly capable, in the introductory sections of their entries, of giving clear-cut explanations of why they chose to become philosophers. But it’s not just the language that’s a barrier to entry—the abstract, cold-blooded analyses of fundamental questions about human motivations and behavior are likely to turn off many readers and end up producing the opposite result of what Marshall intended, yielding a view of philosophy as only an ivory tower academic exercise. - Publishers Weekly

Maurice Lemaître - Le film est déjà commencé? (1951)

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Neovisno o letrizmu i ex-letrizmu, Lemaître je zapravo već u analognom mediju radio izvrsne glitch-filmove.


One of the major works of letterist cinema, LE FILM EST DEJA COMMENCE? had as much of a direct or hidden influence on the New Wave as it does on today's Avant-Garde. Its first screenings in Paris in 1951 became major events. The critics despised it, but this work is and will remain a landmark in film History.

- Film Annonce (Trailer) (1993) 16Mm Color 3'
- Le Film Est Deja Commence? (1951)
35mm, hand-colored b/w, 59' with Marcelle Dumont-Billaudot, Christiane Guymer, Isidore Isou, Maurice Lemaitre, Gil J. Wolman.
Film in French, English translation included.

Heir to the dadaist, surrealist and abstract filmmakers of the 1920's, Lemaître was able to combine equally aesthetics with politics - no easy task and one that fully justifies the current recognition of his work." - Gérard Courant, Liberation
One of the major works of letterist cinema, LE FILM EST DEJA COMMENCE? had as much of a direct or hidden influence on the New Wave as it does on today's Avant-Garde. Its first screenings in Paris in 1951 became major events. The critics despised it, but this work is and will remain a landmark in film History. 
"This film must be projected under special conditions: on a screen of new shapes and material and with spectacular goings-on in the cinema lobby and theatre (disruptions, forced jostling, dialogues spoken aloud, confetti and gunshots aimed at the screen...). This is not just a projection, but a true film performance, the style of which Maurice Lemaitre is the creator.." - Maurice Lemaitre 1951
Maurice LEMAÎTRE Autoportrait anti-supertemporel, 1966-1990, acrylique et technique mixte sur toile, 82 x 54 cm

Maurice LEMAÎTRE Interpellation, 1974, huile sur toile, 100 x 81 cm
Maurice LEMAÎTRE Déclaration amère, 1978, technique mixte sur toile, 100 x 81 cm

utorak, 5. prosinca 2017.

3:am - Best Imagined Books of 2017

Better than the real thing.

Darran Anderson
Alex Blight, Valorium Dreams (Wake Press)
Imagine the 80s happening again, only in the future. I felt at the point of cackling hallucination at the sheer number of things I recognised.
Emmy-May-Sparrow-Furnace, The Hattifattener’s Daughter (Maccabee Hare)
Dark magic-realist fable for our times. Unlike life, anything can happen. Gripping.
Anon, Wynt & Other Stories (Norse)
George Glaciate-Furbisher, Flenge’s Dictum (Silly Bugger Press)
A literature professor is entranced with a mysterious young exchange student, but can he complete his magnum opus before the ethics committee intervene? And is she even real? And is the real even real? Daring writing from the septuagenarian enfant terrible of English letters.
John (Kill John) art collective, GGgG (Codex)

Houman Barekat
Sima Nitram, I Fucking Hate Don XL (Woke Press)
Piqued by its unflattering portrayal of their industry, the critics unanimously disregarded the year’s most provocative novel, I Fucking Hate Don XL. Sima Nitram’s debut is an autofictive portrait of a louche, ruthlessly Machiavellian literary agent, the mercurial philanderer Don XL, as seen through the eyes of his ingenue intern and erstwhile inamorata. The narrator, who is denoted throughout the text by a mysterious double-underscore joined by a hyphen (_-_), struggles to reconcile her burning animus with the effects of an iron deficiency that causes her to write in the kind of listlessly insipid prose that an untutored reader might mistake for juvenilia.
A veritable triumph of form, Nitram’s bloodless narration is the most convincing rendering of dead-eyed anaemia in recent literary history. This translucent, hyper-listless account of one woman’s bland obsessive turmoil is punctuated by unaccountably captionless photographs, in a clever nod to the work of the late W.G. Sebald. Although _-_ never once leaves her bedroom, the visual mélange of Trip Advisor reviews, Deliveroo notifications and Chatroulette screen-grabs complements her plaintive monologues of dull despair to produce a powerfully immersive psychogeography of inertia.
Susanna Crossman
Diana Smith-Higglebury, Reclaimed Territory: A post-Brexit Britain Household Companion
From the author of the sensational bestseller, Build A Wall Around Our Island, comes, Reclaimed Territory: A post-Brexit Britain Household Companion. This no-nonsense, comprehensive guide is full of delightfully giddy chapters: Family Morality (think diagrams explaining Corporal Punishment, Sex with Remainers), Special Occasions (look out for full-page glossy photos of Cheese-Rolling, Dickens’ Carols), Craft Activities (such as instructions on how to knit an egg-cosy celebrating Article 50) and a Recipe chapter devoted to Beer and Bacon. Striking a balance between playful and serious, the author also gives extensive advice and helpful instructions on how to set traps and eliminate hunt-saboteurs, the metropolitan elite and foreign neighbours. A perfect post-Brexit stocking-filler by Diana Smith-Higglebury, hailed as ‘the new Mrs Beeton’, much-loved wife, mother and presenter of the reality TV show Our Local Shop. Free with every purchase: a Jean-Claude Juncker doormat.
Kit Caless
Non Jiven, Afgakistan
I loved this book, like I love a bit of flake in the Groucho on a Tuesday night. Daring, controversial, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. And guns. Lots of ’em. Reading this made me feel like a man. A real man, like Ross Kemp. Not an alcoholic loser like Phil Mitchell. Jiven takes you right into the action of soldiers of blow — almost as if he has done loads of chop himself in the past.
This is state of a broken nation stuff. What Jiven manages to do is elicit no sympathy for these alpha male hogs of war, who hoover up the gak like it’s dust on a fancy carpet, before going out on the rampage and murdering children in Basra. The thrill of this book is how well he describes taking coke, it makes you want to rack up a line there and then and get bang on it. And he does this every ten pages. I ploughed through six grams of the old Bolivian marching powder in just the first half. I was gurning so much I thought I’d turned into James Corden.
Afgakistan is probably the first post-Lexit novel to be published. It’s a tour de force — literally! They are in the force, and they are on tour. You couldn’t make it up. Unless you’re Jiven, in which case you did make it up and it’s fabulous. A thrilling ride of packet, packet, and more packet. A packet tour. By Thomas Cooked. Oh, and there’s some stuff about what it’s like to be a bloke and masculinity and what have you. But don’t let the heavy stuff weigh you down, that’s just what the editor wanted to put in to bulk out the story.
Bravo! (bravo, two zero) Non — you’ve cracked (aha!) a new genre: War… On Drugs.

Thom Cuell
Fernando Sdrigotti, The Situationist Guide to Parenting
Since the arrival of twins, Spirulina and Ocelot, I have been indebted to my great friend and editor Fernando Sdrigotti for his invaluable parenting guide, inspired by the philosopher and alcoholic Guy Debord. No more awkward silences during the hours it seems to take the au pair to dry her hair — Sdrigotti’s guide provides no end of suitable conversation topics for bright 2 year olds, from Peppa Pig’s role in mediating social interactions between toddlers in the nursery to detourning the playground. Can’t afford another holiday abroad this year? Just remember, as Sdrigotti tells us, beneath each playpen lies the beach! The Situationist Guide to Parenting shifts the paradigm of the self-help genre, reinventing Sdrigotti as a Dr Spock for the modern dad.
S.T Havoc, Scumbunker
His words dripping with misanthropy and latent threat like a drunk outside a kebab shop at midnight, ST Havoc represents the authentic voice of twenty-first century Britain. Coming on like Chuck Bukowski wrestling Rabelais in Hemingway’s basement, Havoc rails against ‘crazed fools’, ‘scumbunkers’ and ‘cum scandals’ alike in this staggering indictment of post-millennial mores. What Scumbunker lacks in coherent narrative and consistent punctuation, it makes up for in belligerence. Not since Amis’ late-period masterpiece Lionel Asbo has a writer so successfully channelled the spirit of toxic masculinity and 24-hour drinking and bought it howling into the living rooms of the great and good. His spirited hijacking of the BBC’s Man Booker Prize coverage is worth an award in itself.
Renton Carmichael, Pampas Grass and Empty Parking Lots: A Tooting Odyssey
Renton Carmichael’s latest psychogeographical adventure sees him explore the outskirts of Tooting, a territory which almost exactly corresponds to the area he is forbidden to enter under the terms of the restraining order taken out against him by a former research assistant. While his previous work has been criticised (unfairly in my view) for the inordinate amount of time spent on descriptions of fucking trees, here Carmichael focuses his critical eye on human affairs: perfidious man, even more perfidious woman, midlife crises, swingers parties, departmental rivalries, thinly veiled accusations of bribery, drunkenness and harassment, divorce, unemployment and an extremely detailed (if somewhat partial) account of academic disciplinary procedures. The sight of a burger wrapper tangled in pampas grass in an apparently ordinary suburban front garden sparks a Proustian outpouring of memory, from which this odyssey takes flight. Carmichael has boldly stepped beyond the artificial boundaries of so-called ‘nature’ writing to produce the definitive account of the embittered and insecure masculinity in the twenty-first century.

Tim Etchells
Krise Plötzliche, Saint Cyanide (Fitzgeraldo)
Krise Plötzliche’s latest in translation involves a former special-Olympics swimmer, a misunderstood unpopular Hackney Grime DJ, a deaf-and-dumb trainee landscape gardener, an improperly-qualified railway mechanic, a stubborn Italian ex-cop, a gender-fluid Gazprom executive, an ailing Welsh hill farmer, a vivacious wannabe Cuban reality TV star, a partially psychic small-time Washington political fundraiser, an alcoholic French midwife, a recently-divorced Iranian crystal therapist, a depressive football hooligan and climate-change sceptic, a mysterious but lonely Nigerian waitress, a drug-addled Serbian chess prodigy, a philandering small-town Moroccan butcher and a shady intellectually impoverished selfish forgetful short-sighted bigoted English humanities academic all of whom are sought out by an unknown assassin with apparently unlimited travel budget and no discernible motive. Weaving such loose threads in terse vivid prose, Plötzliche aces the tapestry, the whole job accomplished with her typical mix of impeccable plotting and completely impenetrable psychology. I read it in a single sitting on a delirious endlessly delayed and diverted train up to Glasgow this summer. In the end New York is burning, London is snowbound, Paris is under water, Istanbul is abandoned, Havana is booming, Zagreb is waiting, Casablanca is forgotten, Shanghai is under bombardment, Sheffield is divided, Accra is almost-completely deserted and all of the protagonists are dead.

Heidi James
R Bewley, Fish pools and Concubines (Maccabee Hare)
This extraordinary novel is practically Orwellian in scope and interrogatory verve. Bewley’s work never fails to razzle and dazzle me in equal measure and Fishpools and Concubines doesn’t disappoint. It is perverse, rotten to its core, and better yet, moving, illuminating and experimental. Combining the watery worlds of competitive carp breeding and a protagonist unable to experience the act of love without economic exchange, this is an incisive challenge to masculine claptrap, fish hooks and sexual slavery. You need never read another book, this one is so marvellous.
Sam Jordison
George Henry, Academicon (Puffin)
James Maunder, Atrophy (Ladybird)
I’ve been too busy melting-down on social media to properly engage with what we used to call ‘the novel’ this year. I’ve had to limit my reading to one piece of fiction a day (or two if the books are less than 500-pages long). As this annus horribilis has ground on I’ve also found it increasingly rewarding — and apt — to read books written in languages that aren’t yet invented. This too has placed certain boundaries on what I can take in. The problem is that the books that exist in our heads tend to be more interesting than anything anyone else is doing. Don’t you think so? There don’t seem to be enough writers doing enough real work nowadays.
Anyway, I did find sustenance in George Henry’s Academicon. (I’m assuming it’s still permissible to nominate a white male?) George Henry’s lead character — Henry George — speaks to the struggle we all go through. He is that Everyman, the older but mysteriously attractive thinker, who can’t help but bring into his orbit (and bed) beautiful, but mysteriously difficult, young women. I thought: ‘At last!’ Here was someone prepared to speak truly and openly about how powerful an effect on others you can have with simple intelligence and an aching and important soul. George Henry is also good on all the frustrating papercuts of existence. His Henry George is rightly renowned, but, like so many of us, is also forced to lower himself to doing paperwork and clock-punching by unimaginative pen-pushers within the great crushing bureaucracy de la vie. Fortunately I read this one while on sabbatical, exploring the less commonly frequented beaches of Albania, otherwise it would have felt a bit too close to home. Would it be too optimistic to compare him to Saul Bellow?
Talking of Bellow, I also must put a word in for James Maunder’s Atrophy. Once I had got over my blushes at realising he had based some of his lead character’s more attractive traits on a certain not-as-well-known-as-he-should-be writer and publisher, I couldn’t help but lose myself in his energy and anger. ‘Why can’t we have more from the world?’ he asks and I can’t help but wonder too. I hope next year is better.

James Miller
Stacey DoWeavil, The Russian Bot’s Wife
@______, Too Many Characters: How Twitter Ended My Marriage
Luca, Mort: Other Poems
Ever since I met my wife on Friends Reunited I’ve been intrigued by the ways in which social media facilitates human interaction and in the weeks following my operation I’ve been persuaded that of all the book trends this year the best by far is ‘up-lit’ — novels that manage to combine a strong story and fun, relatable characters with some feel good self-help. Best of these is by far is The Russian Bot’s Wife by Stacey DoWeavil. It’s a beautiful story, really, about Perry an intersectional feminist spokesperson who seems to have it all: the platform, the online cred, the verified Twitter account. But Perry feels her life to be hollow and after posting a piece she wrote for Teen Vogue about transgender travel blogs she is ruthlessly trolled by sexist and racist Twitter bot accounts. Initially overwhelmed by the abuse she receives, Perry bravely decides to engage with her detractors and soon finds herself involved in a meaningful dialogue with PureBlood3574. PureBlood3574 turns out to be more than just an angry crypto-Nazi; he’s actually a lonely Russian called Sergei whose job it is to programme the algorithms for over 5000 far right and Pro Trump bot accounts and lives in Vladivostok. He tires of the hate and just wants some love. A great twist comes in the final quarter of the novel when Perry flies to Russia and, after some initial funny misunderstandings, marries Sergei and gives up feminist punditry in favour of making homemade pickles and generating ironic not ironic Putin memes. Sergei, meanwhile, learns important truths about male and female friendships, biological essentialism and consent. The fact that much of the book was composed by reconstructing abusive tweets sent by actual Russian bots to Stacey herself was, for me at least, a bonus.
In a similar vein I also recommend Too Many Characters: How Twitter Ended My Marriage by @______ which shows how to not to digitally detox. The scene where the main protagonists ‘live Tweet’ their break up and are mainly concerned about who gets the most retweets while a kitten slowly suffocates in the background was quite harrowing: a searing indictment of our contemporary narcissism and solipsism.
Of course, I don’t read poetry anymore (who does?) but if I did my book of the year would be Mort: Other Poems by Luca, a series of blank poems in the style of a David Harsent lament, if David Harsent was really a Cold War spy doomed to permanently relive tense transitions through Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin circa 1983.
Sam Mills
Lord Erectimonious, Woodland Pleasantries
Lord Erectimonious has written numerous books celebrating Nature, birdspotting and woodland walks over the last decade, but Woodland Pleasantries is surely his magnum opus. I have had the good fortune to partner him on many a stroll across Hampstead Heath and watch in awe as he pauses to pluck Japanese knotweed for his legendary gourmet green stews, or specify rare ferns by their Old English nomenclature. Woodland Pleasantries takes the genre of nature writing to dizzying new heights by exploring the curious, fricative union that has evolved between the natural world and homo sapiens. In a series of essential lessons for budding naturalists, one learns that dead sparrows can be useful aids for onanism whilst reciting lines from Catallus; and that the correct etiquette for a carnal response to the flash of a rabbit’s ears should be the cry of, ‘Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo!’ You’ll never look at – or, indeed, caress – a helix pomatia gastropod in the same way again.
Not long after reading this inspirational tome, I found myself enjoying an exquisite orgiastic commune on the Heath with several millipedes, a toad and a hedgehog, all conducted with an ethical respect for the leafy milieu around us. In a world where our population is reaching uncontrollable levels, Woodland Pleasantries suggests new and thrilling ways to expel our desires, in sentences that unfurl and shiver with tremendous concupiscence.
Benjamin Myers
Peeter-Karl Umlaut, My Very Long Life
Romilly Redditch, Her Name Was Probably
Ian McEwan, The Hairy Toe
Chattalus the Elder, Dialogues (trans. Lord Whopper)
Ted Punnet, Stoic Farmers
Described as the ‘first post-Brexit’ novel, My Very Long Life by Peeter-Karl Umlaut was the subject of a seven-way auction at Frankfurt, and is a dazzling debut about a Danish boy who jumps out of a tree, told from the perspective of a cat. I laughed, I cried, I read all 800 pages in one sitting, and was hospitalised for dehydration shortly afterwards. Volume II is described as ‘a Proustian response to “99 Red Balloons” by Nena’. Can’t wait.
Romilly Redditch’s biography of artist Gillian Omelettes, Her Name Was Probably, is a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in the overlooked proto-punk ‘faecal artists’ who exploded onto the New York scene in 1967. No Omelettes, no Acker, Basquiat et al.
I also found Ian McEwan’s latest, The Hairy Toe, about an ageing academic who has an affair with a young artist in post-Brexit Finchley, narrated by a sardonic abscess, to be deeply moving. It really tells us something about who we are today. A pre-late career highlight.
One guilty pleasure that I shall be taking away is the long-overdue reissue of Lord Whopper’s 1929 translation of 4th century philosopher Chattalus The Elder’s Dialogues. If I’m feeling mischievous I might translate them back again; I’ve bought copies for all my young nephews so that they might join in.
For light relief, former poet laureate Ted Punnet’s final poetry collection, Stoic Farmers, will be revisited on Boxing Day.

Lara Pawson
Lauren Cottenham, The Prime of Mala H. (Maccabee Hare)
Mala is not appealing. In her early 50s, her memory comes and goes like a mobile phone connection in the Peaks. She has lost her looks and her grip and is shedding friends like a yellow Labrador sheds hair. She says things she doesn’t understand: ‘My birthday is in Germany’. She writes notes she can’t interpret: ‘Collect the shia’. Sometimes she even speaks in (what she understands to be) tongues: ‘Hees moyse nay’. This obsessively repetitive novel opens in a packed theatre. From her seat in the fifth row, Mala is shouting, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God!’ On stage, a woman dressed as a chicken stands between two men, one of whom wears a tangled wig. Three young women from the audience are leaving the auditorium at speed. Mala’s laughter segues into screams. The show goes on. And on. And on. There are sentences you will not understand and flash chapters that make only the slightest sense. You will be pleased when it’s over, yet glad to be back. You will seek out Mala again and again.
CD Rose
Eric Borstal, The Taj Mahal Does Not Exist
A delight for me this year has been the time spent waiting for public transport in the West Midlands. When the 50 from Maypole or the 1E from Acocks Green eventually arrive, I hop on board and enjoy the pleasant distraction of a dip into Eric Borstal’s affecting travel memoir, The Taj Mahal Does Not Exist.
Using the Situationist technique of the dérive paired with the operations of chance, Borstal roams the world, ever submitting it to his withering and (occasionally) hilarious glance. The lucky reader is thus able to revel in Borstal’s adventures and impressions without ever having to go to the discomfort of actually experiencing them. While some of his observations may seem dated (if not outright bigoted) to the modern eye, it is a pleasure to be constantly challenged by Borstal’s strident opinions. His daring claim that the Taj Mahal (along with the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and other such ‘pure — virtually empty — signs,’ as Barthes would have it) really do not exist is quite bracing, especially when the editor’s note informs us that Borstal wrote the book without ever going any further than the saloon bar of the Twelve Pins in Finsbury Park. Whilst Eric Borstal’s novels are, it is universally agreed, utterly awful, this travelogue is a dazzling gem of the genre.
Christine Fizelle, Phrt
Searching through a skip in Sparkhill earlier this autumn, I was delighted to chance upon a rare copy of Christine Fizelle’s legendary 700-pager. First published by John Calder in 1961 only to then disappear completely, Phrt is nominally the tale of the eponymous character, a man lost in an unnamed totalitarian state who resorts to developing his own private language in an attempt to cope with or confront his situation. Phrt has often been described as ‘difficult’ by its admirers (of whom there are few) and ‘unreadable nonsense’ by its detractors (of whom there are many). This long novel’s reputation for complexity is surely due to the mere fact that it is in large part utterly incomprehensible, and not because of any literary failing.
Lee Rourke
Tristan Bradley Saunders Jr, Flying Paper Aeroplanes in A World Filled With Pain You Cannot See (Norse)
Gus Benson, The Hole in the Whole (William Herschmann)
Whilst ensconced in Oldham for a week to visit a gravely sick relative, who had offered me the most charming Box Room at the front of their terrace house, I read Flying Paper Aeroplanes in A World Filled With Pain You Cannot See by Tristan Bradley Saunders Jr, possibly one of the most moving books of real human pain I have ever had the happiest deep pleasure to read. Based on TBS Jr’s own real, truthful experience, and his grandfather’s recently found travel journals documenting his time travelling through Afghanistan, when it was a beautiful, beguiling, and safe place for Westerners to live and travel cheaply, FPAIAWFWPYCS charts the tumultuous, troublesome, and deeply moving lives of three upper-middle-class brothers forced to travel to exotic, far-flung corners of the globe in search of not only themselves, but their shared past. Reunited at a family wedding in Zurich, we are dealt the devastating aftermath of their sorrow: a family secret so overwhelming (involving their grandfather) it nearly tears them apart. I was gripped, and as my relative slowly faded from this world, I felt like a new world was opening up before me in my own hands. The perfect succour for our troubling times.
Although nothing has come close to FPAIAWFWPYCS this year (and I read a lot of books, in fact I literally breathe literature on a daily basis) I feel I can’t finish this end of year list without mentioning Gus Benson’s The Hole in the Whole, a book I’ve read at least one and a half times now and still I feel it has so much to teach me about ‘Literature’, ‘Form’, the ‘English Language’, and ‘Humanity’. THITW is a great thing; one of those ‘Experimental’ works of fiction, published by a ‘Mainstream’, ‘Traditional’ publisher that doesn’t read like an ‘Experimental’ work of fiction at all, but like a beautiful, lyrical, breathtaking work of humanist fiction, the type you find short-listed on the new ‘Experimental’ writing prizes, glowingly reviewed in the broadsheets, and stacked high on ‘3 for 2’ tables in your local High Street. Benson is a magician: how can a book so ‘Fragmented’, so ‘Brave’, so ‘Out There’ in terms of ‘Form’, be so complete in terms of ‘Beginning, Middle, and End’? I had a good rummage searching for many holes in Benson’s whole and I can honestly say there aren’t any. THITW is a truly ‘Experimental’ feat of astonishingly pitch-perfect ‘Literature’ that makes, beautiful, concise, chronologically precise, easy-to-read, common sense. A book that perfectly illustrates our troubling times.
Fernando Sdrigotti
Pablo Katchadjián, The Thinned Aleph
Following from the experiment that got him sued by Jorge Luis Borges’ widow, María Kodama, Katchadjián embarks once more on a project of Borgesian overtones. The Thinned Aleph presents a thinned version of Borges’ The Aleph. Adjectives, adverbs, unnecessary conjunctions are cut out here and there, with no clear logic. Whole sentences are edited out or replaced by shorter versions of the same sentences. Pretentious quotes are removed. Whole paragraphs are deleted. Critical references to the Argentine literary scene are done away with. The result is a Borges that sounds pretty much like Raymond Carver. That is, a completely irrelevant Borges.
S.T. Havoc (editor), The Ultimate Aphoristic Style Guide for Writers of the Social Media Age
Havoc is an unlikely arbiter when it comes to questions of style (literary or of any kind). And to be fair he is an unlikely arbiter of anything and he should have never been released from prison. Yet this collection of aphorisms on the topic of writing surprises greatly. Havoc becomes here the driving force behind a great number of mediocre idiots writing idiotic truisms about literature, in abridged form. From the expected ‘show not tell’ to the more outlandish ‘don’t masturbate and write with the same hand, particularly not at the same time’, every writerly commonplace can be found here, delivered as an absolute truth. The recurrence of the term #WritingTips after some of these aphorisms seems to suggest Havoc might have lifted the aphorisms from Twitter, and why not? The Ultimate Aphoristic Style Guide for Writers of the Social Media Age is the perfect book for anyone wanting to write just like everyone else. Recommended.
J. M. E. Oliver, I Love Duck (revised)
Cuisine and necro-zoophilia are an unlikely topic for a novella. Yet here J.M.E. Oliver combines them successfully, creating a short masterpiece — an epicurean tale of lust, despair, and unchained obsession. The story begins when J, a fictional chef in a fictional restaurant called Twenty Three, cooks a Roast and Glazed Duck with Spiced Red Cabbage and Cranberries, as part of his new menu. A torrid and unhealthy love affair soon begins, between J and one of the ducks — dead obviously. The very graphic novella — made up of the unhinged letters drunk or extremely coked-up J.M.E. writes to his dead duck lover — is a sharp indictment of the human and the aviary conditions. The collection of duck recipes in the appendix is a welcome addition, as is the inclusion of the court proceedings in this revised edition. A perfect Christmas gift for any duck lover with a very sick mind.

Christiana Spens
@______, Too Many Characters: How Twitter Ended My Marriage (Blue Hut Press)
Too Many Characters: How Twitter Ended My Marriage by @______ is a searingly honest and unwittingly hilarious memoir (of sorts) about losing love in the modern age. When the author met her husband-to-be, he did not even own a smartphone, but with personal technological advances came distraction, fame, and ultimately, divorce. Told through ironic fragments of 140 characters, this Twitter-inspired ‘auto-fiction’ protests everything that is wrong (or merely confusing) in modern life, and probes the deeper motives for living a life primarily online. At times sad, lacklustre and annoyed, the memoir nevertheless displays genuine compassion for its antagonist, and for the human desire to escape reality (however promising), and champion illusions. A love song out of earshot. An ode to paying attention. An elegy for the blocked.
Adelle Stripe
Aubrey Wilson-Burke, Her Thoughts
M.R. Collins, Palimpsest
Arabella Jones, The Cold Winter
I read three books during my extended stay in Tuscany which have captured my imagination in 2017. The first, a dazzling annotated study of Rita Sackville East, Her Thoughts, contains over 789 of her personal letters, including shopping lists, recipes, doctor’s prescriptions and childhood musings. It is a thrilling and genre-defying experiment in form that evokes her Sisyphean struggle with language. Aubrey Wilson-Burke’s is the 28th book on this subject and is by far the most refreshing literary biography I have come across since Rita: My Gardening Year.
The sophisticated musings of Hampshire’s M.R. Collins provided much inspiration throughout the long summer days by the pool. His remarkable wit and daring ambition in his fourth collection, Palimpsest, reveals the inner turmoil of a traveller abroad. His formative experiences at Marlborough are explored through the exceptional ‘In Love with My Bedders’, an unforgettable Keatsian ode which will stay with me for years to come.
I was struck by the devious and compelling unreliable narrator of Arabella Jones’ YA debut The Cold Winter. It is the first in a series of nine books bought for a seven-figure sum, and one can see why the publishing world is alight over this young Oxbridge talent. The novel is set in the tense surrounds of Chelsea, funnily enough, just down the road from where I live. The dynamic pursuit of protagonist Ziggy reveals her secret life as a psychic-sleuth, set against the backdrop of a Dystopian future; Jones’ captivating tale really tells us who we are as a nation. Recommended.
Joanna Walsh
Here are my books of the year, created by feeding various end of year reviews (mostly from the TLS) into a text randomiser, and messing with the app’s parameters (tho I’d like to note that even a bot can’t be persuaded to score high on the VIDA count: could this be something to do with the text available for me to feed it 🤔) to ensure that the busy seasonal reader has no need to read, critique, buy or gift the volumes in question: we can read it for you wholesale.
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Tony White
Anonymous (Eds.), There Never Was A Light (Or If There Was It Went Out Long Ago) (Codex, £50)
Disappointment drips from every entry in this crowd-sourced compendium of complicity and regret, based on the celebrated blog and social media campaign that simply sought answers to the question: is Morrissey really a racist, and what might your answer say about you? The anonymous editors — surely fans themselves — are to be praised, for without them the subtle sensitivities of so many wounded souls might have been lost, like teardrops in the rain. Preserved in these pages, and fragile as pressed flowers, the cumulative effect of so many tiny epiphanies may just break your heart. Not so much a ‘music book’, then, but with impressive sales, and a wide readership that (despite the price point) has proved not to be limited just to Smiths fans and footsoldiers, There Never Was A Light… is the best of this year’s Morrissey-related titles, and sets the bar for 2018’s inevitable crop of reappraisals very high — or low — indeed.
Too Many Characters painting by Christiana Spens.
Saint Cyanide cover designed by Tim Etchells.
All other cover artwork by Yanina Spizzirri, a Los Angeles-based artist and experimental prose editor at minor literature[s].
- www.3ammagazine.com/3am/3am-books-year/

subota, 18. studenoga 2017.

Minus sapiens - update

Moj novi roman, Minus sapiens: ovdje.
Nabaviti ga možete ovdje
a sada je i nagrađen...

Zoran Roško dobitnik Nagrade 'Janko Polić Kamov'

Trejleri i naslovnice Dalibora Barića:

Što se događa kada upadneš u crnu rupu, ili kada si i mrtav i živ, ili kada živiš u kompjutorskoj igri, ili si jednostavno otputovao u 16. stoljeće, da bi pratio Montaignea na njegovu putovanju Europom, ali ne zato što te zanima on, nego snimanje dokumentarca o vodi koju on na tom putu pije, iako i nije jasno pije li on vodu ili krv, je li on čovjek, vampir, ili špijun i plaćeni ubojica, premda postoji mogućnost da je sve to skretanje pozornosti s velike ljubavne priče koja presvođuje stoljeća, ili s grandiozne tajne urote europske povijesti i Holokausta koji je počeo prije 500 godina? Zašto je sve to povezano s pticama i ledom vremena u njihovim očima? Kako vas razni filmovi i sablasti Sebalda, Herzoga, R. F. Langleyja, J. A. Bakera i Brautigana mogu opsjedati u tolikoj mjeri da često oko sebe i ne vidite ništa drugo nego njihove distorzije? Tko su uopće glavni likovi, markiz de Gilgame i Kinski, a još važnije, tko je Alga Marghen? Anđeo ljubavi, anđeo osvete, ili ubojica iz noir-filmova?

Želite li znati odgovore na sva ta pitanja? Vjerojatno ne. Onda ste na pravom putu, ovaj će vas roman voditi kroz labirinte neznanja, ispisujući himnu našoj sreći što ništa ne znamo i što se svijet odvija sam od sebe, neovisno o onome što mi mislimo da znamo o njemu.

Premda se na prvi pogled tako čini, identiteti likova i sami događaji u romanu nisu jednostavno rasuti, razlomljeni i neodređeni, kao primjerice u post/modernističkim djelima. Naime, identiteti i znanje ovdje nikome i ne trebaju, budući da svijet uopće nije strukturiran poput jezika, nego poput mirisa, ili ambijenta. Svijet nije u rasulu, to je već prevladana tema starih vremena, nego se sada na drukčiji način stvara ono što je važno. Ne zavode nas stjecanje znanja, otkrivanje tajni i skrivenih značenja, nego "mirisi" događaja. Svoj svijet više ne spoznajemo (pa i nije važno "što" se točno dogodilo), nego ga "njušimo" (slijedimo njegov "miris", "ambijent"). No nije riječ ni o kakvoj utopiji jer je taj novi čovjek, kako se čini, istovremeno fašist i ekstremni individualist, ubojica i konceptualni umjetnik, pravi čovjek našeg doba – Minus sapiens.