Tag: cold war

Against an Aesthetics of Disappearance (review of Timothy Melley's The Covert Sphere)


According to Fabienne Collignon, Timothy Melley’s refusal to submit “clear vectors of resistance” to “so-called democratic states” in The Covert Sphere is far from a shortcoming of the work, and instead marks its distinct quality. The absence of clear political solution, Collignon contends, informs The Covert Sphere’s achievement as a call for a change of mind in a population who, wittingly or not, have “participated in, and continue to collaborate with, a system of pretended innocence and victimization.”

See the Strings: Watchmen and the Under-Language of Media


Engaged in his own kind of structured play, Stuart Moulthrop uses the concept of “under-language” to explore the boundaries, gutters, masked intentions, and hidden meanings of Moore and Gibbons’ Watchmen, while simultaneously using the graphic novel to provide an equally complex, over-determined rendering of the term.

Past Futures, Future's Past


The second in a series of two essays developing the parallels between Iraq and the Peloponnesian Wars, between classical Empire and postmodern Imperialism.

On Materialities, Meanings, and The Shape of Things


Lori Emerson reviews The Shape of the Signifier by Walter Benn Michaels.

Delete the Border!


A first-person narrative of Hactivism, Performance, and growing up at the U.S./Mexico Border from Fran Ilich.

Conspiracy and the Populist Imagination


Timothy Melley reviews Mark Fenster on conspiracies in fact and fiction and finds evidence against the assumption that only nonexistent conspiracies produce conspiracy theories.