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K-Punk by Mark Fisher, Darren Ambrose


The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004-2016)

Mark Fisher, Darren Ambrose

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2 reviews

Imprint: Repeater Books
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 15 Nov 2018
ISBN: 9781912248285

A comprehensive collection of the writings of Mark Fisher (1968-2017), whose work defined critical writing for a generation.

3 stars out of 5
7 Feb 2019

"engaging, accessible style"

...his engaging, accessible style was informed but not weighed down by his theoretical background... This compilation is not comprehensive — even at 770 pages. A decision to exclude articles published in earlier books omits stirring takes on Michael Jackson after his death or the 2011 UK riots, for example. Typographical errors from the blogs are often left in, while including the year and source at the end of every article as well as in the index would have helped readers.


4 stars out of 5
11 Dec 2018

"beautiful, impassioned sentences"

Many of the ideas that animated “Capitalist Realism” and “Ghosts of My Life” course through the collection. But it is more casual than those books; it allows you to watch Fisher’s theories take shape... There was a deliberate, almost prickly quality to Fisher’s writing and thinking that is rare nowadays, when criticism is more likely to involve open-minded rationalising than steadfast refusal... A sense of tragedy hangs over “K-Punk,” shadowing his beautiful, impassioned sentences about how the future promised to us by fantasy novels and utopian pop music “no longer seems possible.”