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This collection of writings by Mark Fisher, author of the acclaimed Capitalist Realism, argues that we are haunted by futures that failed to happen. Fisher searches for the traces of these lost futures in the work of David Peace, John Le Carré, Christopher Nolan, Joy Division, Burial, and many others.

©2015 Mark Fisher (P)2020 Repeater Books

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Jumble of previously published articles, well-read

Started promisingly but seemed to degenerate into pseudery quite a bit, and the choice of topics diverged from the supposed topic of the book. Then I found out they were mainly old blog posts and the book doesn't really have a theme, except whatever was in the mind of the person who collected these together. However the narrator was good and breathed life into these articles, and there was some thought-provoking stuff in here, in-between all the pining for the 90s rave scene. I think if I'd have realised these were just all posts from his blog before buying this I would have just read them online instead and saved the credit.

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  • 03-02-22

Essays from English Postmodernism

Mark Fisher is an interesting thinker. His insights blend some of the thoughts of Derrida, Marx over a contemporary cultural experience of niche English music, film, art, and time.

At times his prose is dense, ambiguous and even tortured; at others it soars and reveals the subjectivism of an acutely sensitive mind.

In his gleanings here he shares himself. A haunted self almost desperately seeking purchase of beauty, hope, and tomorrow in a today too soon slipped by.

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  • Tezby
  • 31-07-21

An anthology of varying interest

Ghosts of My Life is a collection of essays, blog posts, reviews and other collected works by Mark Fisher. The opening essay on hauntology, Derrida, and an array of pop cultural hauntological expressions, is superb. It also happens to be the longest and most detailed section of the book, with fascinating discussion of the band Japan, and an unlikely connection between their song Ghost of My Life, and its spectral presence in early Jungle tracks. While there are many fascinating observations and wry asides in subsequent chapters in this book, they’re of varying interest. The final two chapters, on the films Inception and Robinson in Ruins, are also worth the price of entry, but overall the book is of varying levels of interest. The narration is incredibly well done, even if Tom Lawrence seems to confuse Sly and The Family Stone, with Sylvester Stallone. The only thing missing in the audio book is a playlist of all the music Fisher discusses!