Fragments across today – someone on Tumblr posted up this documentary produced by Adam Curtis in 1984. It’s good, and if you take a 49-and-a-half-minute lunchbreak, you can watch it in your lunchbreak. It’s ostensibly an investigation (or ‘inquiry’) into the incredibly poor quality of British ‘system-build’ (or ‘pre-engineered building’) social housing, which reached its nadir in the Ronan Point...
Notes on ressentiment, 'wretched idealism' and... →
thepresentconditions: Compiling various notes, tweets and earlier Tumblr posts in one place… Wretched idealism … a principle which cannot be put into practice immediately is relegated to the future and its present innocuous elaboration left to ‘thinkers’. We must clearly warn against those hypocritical friends, who…
Roger, whether the tree is made To speak or stand as a tree should Lifting its branches over lovers And moving as the wind moves, It is the longed-for, loved event, To be by another aloneness loved. Hell with this and hell with that And hell with all the scunnering lot. This can go and that can go And leave us with the quick and slow. And quick and slow are nothing much. We either...
The squatters' estate agency
From the book ‘Squatting: The Real Story’ published in 1980, Part of an account by Heathcote Williams of the Ruff, Tuff, Creem Puff Estate Agency, run by and for squatters in London in the 1970s. Another man, who’d just come out of Parkhurst where he’d been serving 9 years for armed robbery, crashed through the door in a feverish state and said: ‘You’re social workers,...
Self Employed Piling up the years I awake in one place And find the same face Or counting the time Since my parents died Certain less is theft Than was spent - I am employed Every morning Whose ore I coin Without knowing How to join Lid to coffer Pillar to groin Each day hinges On the same offer. Samuel Menashe