Thanks to Oliver Eagleton and Counterfire for this insightful review of Keywords. I appreciated Eagleton's serious engagement with the book, and for this critique in particular: While Williams chose to analyse words which could be reclaimed for the left, his inheritor seem to think that ‘the new language of capitalism’ must be rejected wholesale. His … Continue reading New Keywords review published
I was back on WNYC's "On the Media" direct from Lisbon, talking about the college admissions scandal and the weird history of "meritocracy": a word coined to mock the celebration of a oligarchic elite shaped not by high birth, but by access to academic institutions access to which is actually shaped by high birth. Listen … Continue reading “On the Media” and the myth of the myth of “meritocracy”
When your business metaphors and your biological metaphors get a little too close for comfort: from Lisbon.
https://vimeo.com/314597830 I was a guest on Rising Up with Sonali, talking about Keywords. Watch here!
Here I am on Seoul's English-language morning news show, This Morning with Alex Jensen, talking about Keywords, General Motors, and my Twitter prediction, since revised, that the publication of my book would do away with the popularity of #innovation by 2019.
I'm teaching this semester in the Critical Theory program at the Universidade de Lisboa, and this is the syllabus of a class I'm teaching. Download
Is this hell? Find out in this interview I did on the This is Hell! radio show out of Chicago. Click here to listen or download!
You can now order Keywords direct from the publisher, here. Not only do you get a 50% discount through the beginning of 2019, but Amazon won't have it for weeks. It makes a great holiday gift for the crabby neoliberal subject on your list! And for those who have asked through the "suggest a keyword" … Continue reading Keywords now shipping for 50% off from Haymarket Books!
A reader recently suggested the term "safety net," which as they pointed out, is a metaphor that characterizes our working lives as a life-threatening high-wire act. It's appropriate, therefore, that the most popular image search result for "safety net" depicts a construction worker saved at the last minute from certain death. In the absolute best … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 33: Safety Net
Thanks to Rebecca Stoner for this wonderful first review of Keywords. A brief excerpt: By demonstrating how dramatically these words’ meanings have transformed, Leary suggests that they might change further, that the definitions put in place by the ruling class aren’t permanent or beyond dispute. As he explores what our language has looked like, and … Continue reading New review in The Outline