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  • Paperback
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  • Ghosts of My Life
  • Mark Fisher
  • English
  • 08 May 2019
  • 9781780992266

10 thoughts on “Ghosts of My Life

  1. says:

    Despite the fact that I spend a lot of my free time reading I'm not the sort of person who goes around saying books have 'changed my life' I struggle to see how even the most brilliant and memorable books I've read have actually changed me But Ghosts of My Life might truly deserve that epithet It is essentially a collection of essays about music TV film and novels but it feels like something much bigger and significan

  2. says:

    I can’t prove it but I believe there’s a bit of a cult of personality surrounding thinkercriticphilosopher Mark Fisher It’s easy to see why His work The Weird and the Eerie for example is must read material for readers of dark fiction and horror as clear an explication of the distinction between the weird and the ee

  3. says:

    Having read Ghosts of My Life I now know hauntology refers to the psychological state of being haunted by a future that for one reason or another never arrived in one of modernity's many vacant slots It's a bit complicated than that though and if some Deleuzian theoretician cornered me in an alley and browbeat me to a definition I'd

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    The slow cancellation of the future has been accompanied by a deflation of expectationsYou're killing me Zero Books just killing me Years ago when Hope and Change were in the air my wife asked me what sort of revolutionary are you I responded I'm a janitor which is likely a uote from a George Clooney film Such is the sinew of my critical o

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    Ghosts of the past are all you have when the future is canceled Something happened in the 1970s that ended the modernist impulse to break new ground and make something new in pop culture and the arts Think about it Would someone from the 1990s be as shocked by the music of 2019 as say someone from 1961 at the musical offerings of 1990 I don't want to sound portentous but it seems like modernism died with the Social Democratic orde

  6. says:

    If we live in a philosophical era it is Fisherian I know that's a bold and perhaps even hyperbolic statement but I firmly believe it to be true Musically and cinematically it's true and the only reason it isn't true literarily is that the tastes of the literary fiction buying public haven't caught up We live in a world ha

  7. says:

    Another work I wish I had discovered back when I was writing my thesis on melancholia and cultural production Fisher's hauntology essays the original text from Derrida and selected Lacanian theory would really have filled out the early sections nicely I used Kristeva but wasn't ready yet to absorb Lacan in pure form Am I haunted by the thesis I promised myself but that never appeared PossiblyMy natural incli

  8. says:

    A collection of blog posts and short essays from the past 10 years or so loosely connected around the notion of hauntology w

  9. says:

    I bought this after enjoying ‘Capitalist Realism’ and having followed the author’s blog k punk on and off for a number of years This is actually a compilation of writings published there and for other magazines and websites and I think

  10. says:

    A collection of essays on the lost futures of popular culture in the face of neoliberalism and capitalist realism Not being a pop culture aficionado like Fisher a lot of the music history went over my head I learn

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Es in the work of David Peace John Le Carré Christopher Nolan Joy Division Burial and many others A collection of blog posts and short essays from the past 10 years or so loosely connected around the notion of hauntology which Fisher takes from Derrida s Specters Of Marx although the word first appeared in Christine Brooke Rose s Amalgamemnon in 1984 This contains some interesting views on amongst other things Joy Division adaptations of Le Carre the works of WGSebald the music of Goldie and Tricky the films of Chris Petit and Patrick Keiller Hauntology itself is thinly described and doesn t contribute much as a theoretical device except as a loose peg to hang the threads upon

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This collection of writings by Mark Fisher author of the acclaimed Capitalist Realism argues that Having read Ghosts of My Life I now know hauntology refers to the psychological state of being haunted by a future that for one reason or another never arrived in one of modernity s many vacant slots It s a bit complicated than that though and if some Deleuzian theoretician cornered me in an alley and browbeat me to a definition I d be inclined to run away than hold my ground and submit a response But it is the brevity of explanation and economy of opinion that allows the non philosopher to at least understand the fundamentals Were the author not ostensibly a music journalist by origin it s doubtful I would have read this sort of book at all or if I had the odds are I wouldn t have stuck with it What makes Ghosts of My Life such a welcome read is that it is written with a journalist s short form approach to fact albeit with a florid capacity for academic dissection when reuired the latter elevating the whole project above the sort of thing we might read on Vice or The GuardianThe main idea of the book or at least the one that seems to crop up most freuently is this while the means of transmitting culture has increased culture itself has slowed down what we actually see in C21st post Ford capitalism is the means of production whirring at an ever uickening pace but the forms being shunted along by the process everything from literature to graphic design but with the main focus here on music becoming increasingly bottle necked by a tendency towards remixing sampling and all other branches of recursionAs author of Capitalist Realism Fisher s opinions on the latter are unsurprising with free time increasingly encroached upon by market forces which reuire us to be online virtually at all times with the welfare safety net that kept the likes of Morissey the Sex Pistols and many other musical acts off the production line long enough for them to develop their talent slowly being hauled away is it any surprise that the C21st has broken so little ground in the typical areas staked out by cultural studies Actually I think it is places like Berlin have seemingly resisted doctrinal austerity but there still doesn t seem to be anything going on there comparable to the techno innovations Berlin heralded in the 80s and 90s Also it s worth considering that many of the bohemian radicals of the early C20th certainly the painters were funded by rich parents and there are still plenty of thoseUnsurprising for a music critic Fisher is much better when he is critiuing music a branch of the arts which though he considers bereft of practically any originality he nonetheless takes great pleasure in analysing This is also where Fisher s prose abilities really come to life I love the description in chapter 2 of Rufige Kru s ground breaking record Terminator as possessing aberrant impossible geometries If you ve ever heard this track you ll know exactly what he means I think the author is also onto something where he mentions the trend for Jungle producers at the time to sample in addition to Terminator 1 2 Predator and Blade Runner and that these films are all connected by the act of hunting one thing stalking another thing either through the literal Jungle or the concrete one an experience of paranoia and thrilling exhaustion which the whole genre at least back then conjured up perfectlyWhat I was less impressed by were the articles on Burial and James Blake Not that the writing flags in these parts I just don t think either are particularly interesting contra Fisher I can t agree that Burial s debut album delivered what Massive Attack promised but never really achieved or that it s everything Goldie s Timeless promised but never really achieved In spite of the obvious effort put in Burial s music is always constrained by a sort of Tramadol uniformity to my ears all the tracks sound interchangeable the inertia can barely lift a finger to switch sample packs but maybe that s what Fisher likes about it all and thinks is evoking of our late capitalist malaise Whether you agree with such counter opinions it s likely your enjoyment of this book will rest on similar matters of taste ie whether you re as interested in or enraptured by the various musicians or film makers that Fisher is Yet when it comes time for the vicious take downs of corporate hip hop and the ubiuity of autotune music most will probably be inclined to agree The suggestion that William s I Got A Feeling is the rather bleak unconvincing self help affirmation of a depressive attempting to goad himself into some form of social engagement if only a swift half at Wetherspoons is spot on As is the politically minded analysis of Guetta s Play Hard which is unremittingly savaged as the perfect anthem for an era in which the boundaries between word and non work are eroded Perhaps the only real problem with Ghosts of My Life is that you ll be inclined to see the hauntological everywhere after finished it And since the definition of hauntology is sometimes blurred and insubstantial you might also spend unnecessary amounts of time uestioning whether these are genuine examples at all Is League of Gentleman hauntological Is Moon Wiring Club I think they might be but I m not entirety sure There is certainly a bit in Looper which would easily ualify for inclusion While brow beating the protagonist the mendacious boss of the looping syndicate remarks on our hero s clothes You re dressing like are just copying other movies It s Goddamn twentieth century affectations Do something new huh Put a glowing thing around your neck or use rubberizedjust be new Just a shame we ll have to wait till 2044 for the real backlash to beginii

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We are haunted by futures that failed to happen Fisher searches for the traces of these lost futur If we live in a philosophical era it is Fisherian I know that s a bold and perhaps even hyperbolic statement but I firmly believe it to be true Musically and cinematically it s true and the only reason it isn t true literarily is that the tastes of the literary fiction buying public haven t caught up We live in a world haunted by the promised futures that never came to be and the cultural products of our time reflect this haunting If you re so inclined I wrote extensively on this topic here


About the Author: Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher 1968 – 2017 was a co founder of Zero Books and Repeater Books His blog k punk defined critical writing for a generation He wrote three books Capitalist Realism Ghosts of My Life and The Weird and the Eerie and was a Visiting Fellow in the Visual Cultures department at Goldsmiths University of London Librarian’s note There is than one author in the Goodreads database wit