Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Guardian Review of My Penguin Book

For USA people this will be published soon by MIT Press. It's called Being Ecological. I'm launching it at the London Review of Books bookshop next week! Details soon.

Here's a nice review of it in The Guardian

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

After the End of the World: 30 000 People Can't Be Wrong

If you're anywhere near Barcelona do go to the CCCB and see After the End of the World, an exhibition I helped to design with five rooms designed by me with mini lectures about time, hyperobjects, waiting...things to do with ecological awareness. They just passed thirty thousand visitors!

Next Up: London and Iceland

So London is for one of the Being Ecological launch events, at the LRB bookshop. They told me they were sold out weeks ago but you might get lucky...

Then Reykjavik at the very beginning of February.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Being Ecological Tours

It's pretty much time to start talking about what I'll be up to promoting Being Ecological (Penguin, soon). I'll be talking at the LRB bookshop in London a bit later this month. I'll be in the Netherlands. I'll be in Iceland. I'll be in Madrid. And various other things! Hopefully Laurie Anderson and I will figure out some mad things too. Philosophy shouldn't be mansplaining art but I don't mind being Lauriesplained as I pointed out to her last week lol...

Monday, January 1, 2018

The Ecological Thought

Happy new year! I just saw that The Ecological Thought, which I always think of as ET, just surpassed 1000 citations. Thanks people. You really should read it. It's the philosophical backbone of the way I like to think. It's my shortest book (even Realist Magic is a bit longer). I wrote it in 3 pages and just kept adding to those pages over about eight weeks in Chelsea, in 2008...

Monday, December 25, 2017

Fuck TFW

TFW you realize that using the second person singular to advertise an unsharable experience has turned you into a PR person for a commodity called yourself that no one can buy, because you're a luxury commodity.

A Thousand and One Citations of The Ecological Thought

...it took a little while, and I want people to read it a lot, because it's the philosophical groundwork for Ecology without Nature. I wrote it in a couple of months in London in 2008. I wrote a three page version and just kept adding sentences!

Gary Snyder read it and it's why he was the first person to call one of my books philosophy.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Pre-Order My Book Being Ecological

MIT are distributing it in the USA. It's being published by Penguin. Here's the UK version.

Laurie Anderson and I are talking about doing some stuff connected to it. What an honor it is to have been sought out by her intellect and brilliance. Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Divide and Conquer

"Facebook’s response to criticism of its political advertising standards has been more robust. During the 2016 presidential election, the company was complicit in what the Trump campaign acknowledged was a massive “voter suppression” effort. Trump’s digital team spent more than $70 million on Facebook advertising, churning out hundreds of thousands of microtargeted “dark” ads, which appeared only on the timelines of the target audience and did not include disclosures that they were paid for by the campaign. A hefty portion of those adstargeted voters from major Democratic demographics with negative messages about Hillary Clinton and was intended to dissuade them from going to the polls. Facebook employees embedded with the Trump teamaided this effort, helping with targeting and ensuring the ads were approved through an automated system. " --Media Matters

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Morton in Japanese

Here's a list of things of mine that have been published in Japanese. Ecology without Nature is coming in spring 2018 sometime.

“Kankyo shugi” Gendai shiso, trans. Midori Ogawa, vol. 43 no 1, 112-129, January 2015.(= “Environmentalism,” in Nicholas Roe, ed., Romanticism: An Oxford Guide (Oxford UP, 2005)

“Kuia ecoloty” Gendai shiso, trans. Masatake Shinohara, vol. 43 no. 10, 64-75, June 2015. (= “Queer Ecology,” PMLA 125.2 (March 2010), 1-19.)

“Namida ni kure, Ikokuno hatanaka ni tatitukushita” Gendai shiso, trans. Midori Ogawa and Masatake Shinohara, Gendai Shiso, vol 43. no. 13, 144-167, September, 2015. (= “She Stood in Tears Amid the Alien Corn: Thinking Through Agrilogistics,” diacritics 41.3 (2014), 90-113.)

My brilliant translator, Masatake Shinohara, writes: Gendai shiso is the leading Japanese journal of contemporary thought. We have learned philosophies of thinkers  such as Deleuze, Derrida, Heidegger from this journal.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Here's an Interview

...for Springerin, a German magazine (this is a translation). I think it's nice...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

All My 2017 Essays

Jeez, there are 26 of them! 

1.     “The Love of Wisdom” The Philosophical Salon, December 10.
2.     “Spectral Life: The Uncanny Valley Is in Fact a Gigantic Plain, Stretching as Far as the Eye Can See in Every Direction,” in Jami Weinstein and Claire Colebrook, eds., Posthumous Life: Theorizing Beyond the Posthuman (New York: Columbia, 2017), 271–293.
3.     “En introduktion til ideen om ‘hyperobjecter’,” in Maya Byskov, Sissel Thastum and Line Thastum, eds., Vi Kan Bo Her Mens Viventer: Stemmer I den antropocene tid (We Can Stay Here While We Wait: Voices in the Anthropocene) (Aarhus: The Independent AIR, 2017), 42—51.
4.     “Solidarity and the Symbiotic Real,” in Gediminas Urbonas, ed., Public Space? Lost and Found (Cambridge: MIT, 2017), 117–118.
5.     “Down Beneath the Horror It’s Quiet and I Can Hear Myself Think,” in Olafur Eliasson, ed., Open House: Take Your Time, vol. 7 (Berlin: Studio Olafur Eliassosn, 2017), 365–369.
6.     “The Party Cools of Stoan,” in Martin Clark, ed., I Aint the Noing Uv It Im Onle the Showing Uv It (Bergen Kunsthall, 2017), 147–154.
7.     “A New Holism,” in Daniela Zyman and Eva Ebersberger, Olafur Eliasson Green Light: An Artistic Workshop (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2017), 44–51.
8.     “Dark Ecology: Interview with Timothy Morton,” Springerin 4 (2017), 16–20.
9.     “Specters of Ecology,” in Eric Hörl with James Burton, General Ecology: The New Ecological Paradigm (New York: Bloomsbury, 2017), 303–321.
10.  “Charisma and Causality,” in Matthew Post, ed., A Rock that Keeps Tigers Away (Kunstverein München, 2017), 13–23.
11.  “And You May Find Yourself Living in an Age of Mass Extinction,” in Kari Conte, ed., Aqueous Earth (ISCP, 2017), 33–45.
12.  “Attune,” in Jeffrey Cohen and Lowell Duckert, eds., Veer Ecology (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017), 151–167.
13.  “Spectral Depth,” Worldviews 21:3 (October, 2017).
14.  “Queer Green Sex Toys,” in Whitney Bauman, ed., Meaningful Flesh (Punktum, 2017).
15.  “Subscendence,” e-flux journal 85 (October, 2017).
16.  “And You May Find Yourself Living in an Age of Mass Extinction,” Anthropology of Consciousness 28:2 (September, 2017).
17.  “Amar las cosas implica permitir que sean raras,” interview, La Vanguardia (Barcelona), April 25.
18.  “Why Ecological Awareness Is Loopy,” in Solveig Nitzke and Nicolas Pethes, eds., Imagining Earth: Concepts of Wholeness in Cultural Constructions of Our Home Planet (Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2017), 91–111.
19.  “Always Arranged but Never Complete,” sleeve notes for Caoimhín Breathnach, The Golden Cassette (Aisteach, 2017).
20.  “Groundbreaking Scholar Timothy Morton Wants Philosophers to Face Their ‘Buddhaphobia’,” interview with Sam Littlefair, Lion’s Roar, August 29.
21.  “Time to Press the Space Bar: On Sarah Wood, Without Mastery,” Oxford Literary Review 39:1 (2017), 135–145.
22.  “A Quake in Being,” in Imre Szeman and Dominic Boyer, eds., Energy Humanities: An Anthology (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), 357–373.
23.  “X-Time,” Preface, Heitham Al-Sayed, In the Droom (Paris: Onslaught, 2017), 9–13.
24.  “Earworms,” Soundscape 15:1 (Fall/Winter 2016), 9–14.
25.  “Spectral Causality,” in Allora and Calzadilla, Puerto Rican Light (New York: Dia Art Foundation, 2017), 127–132.

26.  “Ecology,” in Imre Szeman Jennifer Wenzel and Patricia Yaeger, eds., Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment (New York: Fordham, 2017), 117–119.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Stop with the TFW already

That feeling when you realize that the trope everyone now uses transmutes uniqueness into typicality, thus precisely embodying the current state of being what remains of a person despite your ostensible left wing beliefs.

Personalized alienation.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Jeff VanderMeer says lovely things about Humankind

Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People by Timothy Morton (Verso Books) – Considered by many to be among the top philosophers in the world, especially among those tackling issues related to human effects on our environment, Morton herein provides an important, spirited, and sometimes frenetic analysis of the foundational assumptions of Marxism and other -isms with regard to nature and culture (whilst also wanting to redefine those terms). Morton makes a compelling case for how our existing ideologies must adapt or change radically to repatriate ourselves with a world in which we are entangled physically but which we have convinced ourselves we are estranged from, or stand apart from, in our minds. If that sounds wordy, it’s because this is a complex topic and Morton is better than I am at expressing complex concepts in ways that are useful to a layperson.--The Millions

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Israel

According to hardcore fundamentalists here in the USA, the return of Jews to Israel will trigger the apocalypse. Then, if they don't convert to Christianity, they will be slaughtered--by Jesus.

Discuss.