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In Writing

Mark Fisher Portal

June 2009

Sit Down Man, You're A Bloody Tragedy

Owen Hatherley's Sit Down Man, You're A Bloody Tragedy. Owen was recently described by Jonathan Meades as “a very clever, velvet-gloved provocateur nostalgic for yesterday’s tomorrow, for a world made before he was born”. Many of the themes Owen has pursued in his blog have been crystallised in his book, Militant Modernism, a defence of a lost future in architecture, pop and politics recently published by Zer0 books, which is harvesting a great deal of material from this region of the web – they are also publishing my book, Capitalist Realism later in the year.


Dominic Fox's Poetix follows lines between fiction, music and philosophy in a way that is difficult to find anywhere outside the web. Dominic's writing is deeply thoughtful without being remotely ponderous, informed without being neurotically academic. He is a particularly acute commentator on Black Metal, which forms one of the threads in his book, Cold World, due out soon, also on Zer0 Books. The book will explore the concept of “miltant dysphoria” that Dominic developed on his blog: a condition that maladjusted Goths and metallers everywhere will recognise.

Zone Styx Travelcard

Zone Styx Travelcard is also by a contributor to The Wire, but one who wishes to keep his print and his online IDs separate for the moment. Zone's posts show that he has already mastered the blog-art of making convincing transversal leaps – his post-essays move between the likes of Sonic Youth, David Peace and Herzog.

The Impostume

Relatively quiet of late, Carl Neville's The Impostume is a powerhouse of provocations, a space which forces you to think in new ways about music, film and fiction.

The Blue In The Air

Marcello Carlin set the standard for music blogging with his incomparable The Church Of Me early in the decade, where he showcased his talent for writing about music – from MOR pop to abstruse improv – in way that was intensely personal but not solipsistic. You're never in any doubt that music matters after reading Marcello, who is now blogging at The Blue In The Air.

Object-Oriented Philosophy

Graham Harman's Object-Oriented Philosophy rarely discusses music, but it is an essential click for anyone interested in contemporary philosophy. Graham is at the forefront of the exciting philosophical movement called speculative realism, which is currently revivifying a continental philosophical scene that has long been moribund. Speculative realism is a philosophy still under development, and one that is sure to influence the arts. Graham blogs at the rate that many Twitter. His writing style is hyper-lucid and enthralling, meaning that his blog is one of the best points of entry into speculative realism for the uninitiated.

(Pt II): Splintering Bone Ashes

Last but by no means least, Alex Williams's Splintering Bone Ashes, its title taken from a Scott Walker lyric, is one of the most exhilarating blogs out there. Alex's work is a conduit between speculative realism and music criticism; check out the theoretical verve of his recent analysis of the concept of genre in relation to the Hardcore Continuum and Wonky.

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