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"Each individual commodity fights for itself, cannot acknowledge the others and aspires to impose its presence everywher...
07/04/2021

"Each individual commodity fights for itself, cannot acknowledge the others and aspires to impose its presence everywhere as though it were alone. The spectacle is the epic poem of this strife."

"Unity & Division Within Appearances," from Guy Debord's SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE.

"Each individual commodity fights for itself, cannot acknowledge the others and aspires to impose its presence everywhere as though it were alone. The spectacle is the epic poem of this strife."

"Unity & Division Within Appearances," from Guy Debord's SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE.

Looks to be a great line up of speakers for week 1 of this year's Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) Publishing Workshop...
07/01/2021

Looks to be a great line up of speakers for week 1 of this year's Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) Publishing Workshop, including long time Zone editor Ramona Naddaff...

Looks to be a great line up of speakers for week 1 of this year's Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) Publishing Workshop, including long time Zone editor Ramona Naddaff...

Check out this recent episode of The Seminary Co-op's Open Stacks for a great little discussion of Daniel Heller-Roazen'...
06/28/2021

Check out this recent episode of The Seminary Co-op's Open Stacks for a great little discussion of Daniel Heller-Roazen's ABSENTEES among other fascinating titles as the bookstore reopens its doors!

On this episode of Open Stacks, we celebrate the Seminary Co-op reopening its doors for in-person browsing – the first time since we closed 15 months ago. Browsers, booksellers, authors, and our own Clancey D'Isa and Bryce Lucas discuss the transfiguration of space, absence and presence, the "invisible" work of bookselling, and how reading needn't be a solo activity. Listen here, or subscribe wherever you find your podcasts: https://bit.ly/3jc2N9s

"Epic, fable, drama, and the novel have long appropriated what the law has been uninterested in ascertaining. The result...
06/26/2021

"Epic, fable, drama, and the novel have long appropriated what the law has been uninterested in ascertaining. The results are fictions of disappearance, in verse as well as in prose."

From "Fictions of the Return," chapter three of ABSENTEES by Daniel Heller-Roazen.

"Epic, fable, drama, and the novel have long appropriated what the law has been uninterested in ascertaining. The results are fictions of disappearance, in verse as well as in prose."

From "Fictions of the Return," chapter three of ABSENTEES by Daniel Heller-Roazen.

Featured on last week's episode of the New Books Network  podcast on science, technology and society, listen to Zone aut...
06/24/2021

Featured on last week's episode of the New Books Network podcast on science, technology and society, listen to Zone authors Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison discuss their book OBJECTIVITY.

#TBT
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Featured on last week's episode of the New Books Network podcast on science, technology and society, listen to Zone authors Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison discuss their book OBJECTIVITY.

#TBT
http://ow.ly/jpfE50FgRys

Check out this recent episode of Wondros Podcast, featuring Zone authors Alexander Rehding & Daniel Chua, as they discus...
06/22/2021
Sending Music to Other Worlds | Ecomusicology | Wondros Podcast Ep 66

Check out this recent episode of Wondros Podcast, featuring Zone authors Alexander Rehding & Daniel Chua, as they discuss ecomusicology & communicating with extraterrestrials through music. Their book ALIEN LISTENING is forthcoming this fall!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCZrSbE0HnI

Jesse and Priscilla talk with musicologists Alexander Rehding and Daniel Chua about ecomusicology, sonic signatures, and communicating with extraterrestrials...

Words from Roger Caillois...epigraph to BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE: THE LOGIC OF LIKENESS by Paul North.  ...
06/20/2021

Words from Roger Caillois...epigraph to BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE: THE LOGIC OF LIKENESS by Paul North.

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Words from Roger Caillois...epigraph to BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE: THE LOGIC OF LIKENESS by Paul North.

http://ow.ly/IbnO50Fa7XP

"As for him, he never knows whether he has made it up, or whether he is only dreaming.... And this was the end of the fi...
06/18/2021

"As for him, he never knows whether he has made it up, or whether he is only dreaming.... And this was the end of the first experiment."

Chris Marker's LA JETÉE

"As for him, he never knows whether he has made it up, or whether he is only dreaming.... And this was the end of the first experiment."

Chris Marker's LA JETÉE

Tomorrow at the Musée d'Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, hear art historian Romy Golan speak at a colloquium on the exhibi...
06/16/2021
Les leçons de l’École de Paris

Tomorrow at the Musée d'Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, hear art historian Romy Golan speak at a colloquium on the exhibition “Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine: The Paris School, 1905-1940.” Golan's book, FLASHBACK ECLIPSE is forthcoming from Zone this fall!

http://ow.ly/nvMn50F9Ygy

Découvrir le programme S’inscrire pour assister au colloque à l’auditorium S’inscrire pour suivre le colloque en ligne

In case you missed it this past Sunday, check out the playlist for 88.5 FM Radio's "The Dylan Hours," featuring a discus...
06/15/2021

In case you missed it this past Sunday, check out the playlist for 88.5 FM Radio's "The Dylan Hours," featuring a discussion with Timothy Hampton, author of BOB DYLAN: HOW THE SONGS WORK.

http://ow.ly/lEg250F9UPa

In case you missed it this past Sunday, check out the playlist for 88.5 FM Radio's "The Dylan Hours," featuring a discussion with Timothy Hampton, author of BOB DYLAN: HOW THE SONGS WORK.

http://ow.ly/lEg250F9UPa

Tomorrow, from 9-11AM (PST) tune into 88.5 FM Radio for "The Dylan Hours," featuring guest DJ Timothy Hampton, author of...
06/12/2021

Tomorrow, from 9-11AM (PST) tune into 88.5 FM Radio for "The Dylan Hours," featuring guest DJ Timothy Hampton, author of BOB DYLAN: HOW THE SONGS WORK.

http://ow.ly/g3n150F7vUQ

Tomorrow, from 9-11AM (PST) tune into 88.5 FM Radio for "The Dylan Hours," featuring guest DJ Timothy Hampton, author of BOB DYLAN: HOW THE SONGS WORK.

http://ow.ly/g3n150F7vUQ

Going to print with the covers for our forthcoming fall titles...ALIEN LISTENINGby  Daniel Chua & Alexander RehdingMARKE...
06/10/2021

Going to print with the covers for our forthcoming fall titles...

ALIEN LISTENINGby Daniel Chua & Alexander Rehding
MARKETS IN THE MAKING by Michel Callon
FLASHBACK ECLIPSE by Romy Golan

Coming up on Sunday, June 13th, tune into 88.5 FM Radio for "The Dylan Hours," featuring guest DJ Timothy Hampton, autho...
06/08/2021

Coming up on Sunday, June 13th, tune into 88.5 FM Radio for "The Dylan Hours," featuring guest DJ Timothy Hampton, author of BOB DYLAN: HOW THE SONGS WORK. 9-11AM PST!

http://ow.ly/qtPw50F4H2s

Coming up on Sunday, June 13th, tune into 88.5 FM Radio for "The Dylan Hours," featuring guest DJ Timothy Hampton, author of BOB DYLAN: HOW THE SONGS WORK. 9-11AM PST!

http://ow.ly/qtPw50F4H2s

"The disappearance of an individual can give rise to a number of new shapes, for in place of an absent human being, vari...
06/06/2021

"The disappearance of an individual can give rise to a number of new shapes, for in place of an absent human being, various substitutes may be set... No culture has lacked a means to record missing persons."

From "The Transient Image," chapter four of ABSENTEES: ON VARIOUSLY MISSING PERSONS by Daniel Heller-Roazen.

"The disappearance of an individual can give rise to a number of new shapes, for in place of an absent human being, various substitutes may be set... No culture has lacked a means to record missing persons."

From "The Transient Image," chapter four of ABSENTEES: ON VARIOUSLY MISSING PERSONS by Daniel Heller-Roazen.

Reckoning with the turn that capitalism has taken since the 1980s, Zone’s NEAR FUTURES series aims to illuminate its man...
06/04/2021

Reckoning with the turn that capitalism has taken since the 1980s, Zone’s NEAR FUTURES series aims to illuminate its manifold implications, taking stock of what neoliberal reforms and the dictates of finance have wrought.

Stay tuned for our new NF title, MARKETS IN THE MAKING by Michel Callon. Coming this fall!

Reckoning with the turn that capitalism has taken since the 1980s, Zone’s NEAR FUTURES series aims to illuminate its manifold implications, taking stock of what neoliberal reforms and the dictates of finance have wrought.

Stay tuned for our new NF title, MARKETS IN THE MAKING by Michel Callon. Coming this fall!

“Growing numbers of young people see no path forward to the good life that previous generations were promised…the econom...
06/02/2021

“Growing numbers of young people see no path forward to the good life that previous generations were promised…the economic fault-lines that four decades of neoliberal fiscal and financial policies have produced are becoming visible.”

From THE ASSET ECONOMY, a new work by Zone author Melinda Cooper, along with Martijn Konings and Lisa Adkins. Out from Polity. Read an excerpt up at the LA Review of Books.
http://ow.ly/JLve50F1y8W

“Growing numbers of young people see no path forward to the good life that previous generations were promised…the economic fault-lines that four decades of neoliberal fiscal and financial policies have produced are becoming visible.”

From THE ASSET ECONOMY, a new work by Zone author Melinda Cooper, along with Martijn Konings and Lisa Adkins. Out from Polity. Read an excerpt up at the LA Review of Books.
http://ow.ly/JLve50F1y8W

"What here is atmosphere, what likeness? How do you receive the particular array of marks and their asymmetrical distrib...
05/30/2021

"What here is atmosphere, what likeness? How do you receive the particular array of marks and their asymmetrical distribution?"

"World is an asymmetrical array," from BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE:THE LOGIC OF LIKENESS by Paul North.

"What here is atmosphere, what likeness? How do you receive the particular array of marks and their asymmetrical distribution?"

"World is an asymmetrical array," from BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE:THE LOGIC OF LIKENESS by Paul North.

While a work of art does bear witness to the moment of its fabrication... it is equally important to understand its temp...
05/28/2021

While a work of art does bear witness to the moment of its fabrication... it is equally important to understand its temporal instability: how it points away from that moment, backward to a remote ancestral origin.

New in paperback, ANACHRONIC RENAISSANCE and HISTORICAL GRAMMAR OF THE VISUAL ARTS, two art history titles that reach back in time...

While a work of art does bear witness to the moment of its fabrication... it is equally important to understand its temporal instability: how it points away from that moment, backward to a remote ancestral origin.

New in paperback, ANACHRONIC RENAISSANCE and HISTORICAL GRAMMAR OF THE VISUAL ARTS, two art history titles that reach back in time...

Next month, tune in for an event with Daniel Heller-Roazen as he discusses his new book ABSENTEES, for the University of...
05/26/2021

Next month, tune in for an event with Daniel Heller-Roazen as he discusses his new book ABSENTEES, for the University of Toronto's webinar series in Law & Literature. June 15th!

http://ow.ly/pVeG50EVVFk

Next month, tune in for an event with Daniel Heller-Roazen as he discusses his new book ABSENTEES, for the University of Toronto's webinar series in Law & Literature. June 15th!

http://ow.ly/pVeG50EVVFk

"On the highest note, when the breath falters for an instant and the voice wavers, he remakes the word, cracking it open...
05/24/2021

"On the highest note, when the breath falters for an instant and the voice wavers, he remakes the word, cracking it open to reveal the life inside 'alive.'...at last, he delivers the song, sending it out toward the stars.Young at heart."

From Timothy Hampton's BOB DYLAN: HOW THE SONGS WORK. The "Ramblin' Man" turns 80 today...

"On the highest note, when the breath falters for an instant and the voice wavers, he remakes the word, cracking it open to reveal the life inside 'alive.'...at last, he delivers the song, sending it out toward the stars.Young at heart."

From Timothy Hampton's BOB DYLAN: HOW THE SONGS WORK. The "Ramblin' Man" turns 80 today...

"Heller-Roazen has produced yet another tour de force of eloquence and erudition. ABSENTEES is essential reading for any...
05/22/2021

"Heller-Roazen has produced yet another tour de force of eloquence and erudition. ABSENTEES is essential reading for anyone interested in the legal or literary treatment of personhood in all its forms, whether dead, missing, diminished, or presumptively whole."

Bernadette Meyler

"Heller-Roazen has produced yet another tour de force of eloquence and erudition. ABSENTEES is essential reading for anyone interested in the legal or literary treatment of personhood in all its forms, whether dead, missing, diminished, or presumptively whole."

Bernadette Meyler

"It is very rare that one comes across a book like Paul North's BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE. I'm tempted to...
05/20/2021

"It is very rare that one comes across a book like Paul North's BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE. I'm tempted to say that it constitutes itself a 'bizarre-privileged item in the universe,' in the best possible meaning of this formulation...Extraordinary."

Alenka Zupančič on BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE by Paul North.

"It is very rare that one comes across a book like Paul North's BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE. I'm tempted to say that it constitutes itself a 'bizarre-privileged item in the universe,' in the best possible meaning of this formulation...Extraordinary."

Alenka Zupančič on BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE by Paul North.

THE CIVIL CONTRACT OF PHOTOGRAPHY by Ariella Azoulay, essential reading on disasters & how they & their victims are repr...
05/17/2021

THE CIVIL CONTRACT OF PHOTOGRAPHY by Ariella Azoulay, essential reading on disasters & how they & their victims are represented, highlighting two groups that have been rendered invisible by their state of exception: the Palestinian noncitizens of Israel & women in Western societies.

https://www.zonebooks.org/books/6-the-civil-contract-of-photography

THE CIVIL CONTRACT OF PHOTOGRAPHY by Ariella Azoulay, essential reading on disasters & how they & their victims are represented, highlighting two groups that have been rendered invisible by their state of exception: the Palestinian noncitizens of Israel & women in Western societies.

https://www.zonebooks.org/books/6-the-civil-contract-of-photography

Jacket proofs for new books by Michel Callon, Romy Golan, and Daniel Chua & Alexander Rehding...Coming from Zone this fa...
05/15/2021

Jacket proofs for new books by Michel Callon, Romy Golan, and Daniel Chua & Alexander Rehding...

Coming from Zone this fall!

Jacket proofs for new books by Michel Callon, Romy Golan, and Daniel Chua & Alexander Rehding...

Coming from Zone this fall!

Readings for our times...#SaveSheikhJarrah
05/13/2021

Readings for our times...

#SaveSheikhJarrah

Readings for our times...

#SaveSheikhJarrah

"His excitement made him forget for a moment that the meeting at the museum had been the last."  Chris Marker's LA JETÉE...
05/11/2021

"His excitement made him forget for a moment that the meeting at the museum had been the last."

Chris Marker's LA JETÉE
http://ow.ly/mWSl50EK4Wk

"His excitement made him forget for a moment that the meeting at the museum had been the last."

Chris Marker's LA JETÉE
http://ow.ly/mWSl50EK4Wk

“The intelligence, originality, and range of Riegl’s writings remain unsurpassed in the history of art-historical schola...
05/08/2021

“The intelligence, originality, and range of Riegl’s writings remain unsurpassed in the history of art-historical scholarship."

Benjamin Binstock on Aloïs Riegl's HISTORICAL GRAMMAR OF THE VISUAL ARTS. Now out in paperback.
http://ow.ly/CUv650EHAH2

“The intelligence, originality, and range of Riegl’s writings remain unsurpassed in the history of art-historical scholarship."

Benjamin Binstock on Aloïs Riegl's HISTORICAL GRAMMAR OF THE VISUAL ARTS. Now out in paperback.
http://ow.ly/CUv650EHAH2

"What is it to be banished from human company , to become a nonperson and noncitizen? What are the roles of the outsider...
05/06/2021

"What is it to be banished from human company , to become a nonperson and noncitizen? What are the roles of the outsider, the shunned, the outlaw, and the maverick in regard to the arts and to human society?"

Michael Palmer on ABSENTEES by Daniel Heller-Roazen.
https://www.zonebooks.org/books/139-absentees-on-variously-missing-persons

"What is it to be banished from human company , to become a nonperson and noncitizen? What are the roles of the outsider, the shunned, the outlaw, and the maverick in regard to the arts and to human society?"

Michael Palmer on ABSENTEES by Daniel Heller-Roazen.
https://www.zonebooks.org/books/139-absentees-on-variously-missing-persons

This Wednesday, May 5th, The Center for the Humanities  hosts an online event with members of the investigative research...
05/04/2021

This Wednesday, May 5th, The Center for the Humanities hosts an online event with members of the investigative research group Forensic Architecture, as they discuss the effects of toxic clouds. 2PM EST!

http://ow.ly/q3qs50EDOT0

This Wednesday, May 5th, The Center for the Humanities hosts an online event with members of the investigative research group Forensic Architecture, as they discuss the effects of toxic clouds. 2PM EST!

http://ow.ly/q3qs50EDOT0

Paul North's BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE infiltrating the Western Philosophy section at our favorite LA ind...
05/02/2021

Paul North's BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE infiltrating the Western Philosophy section at our favorite LA indie bookstore, Skylight Books.

#IndieBookstores #ZoneBooksInTheWild

Paul North's BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE infiltrating the Western Philosophy section at our favorite LA indie bookstore, Skylight Books.

#IndieBookstores #ZoneBooksInTheWild

"We're waiting for the harmony to go somewhere else, but it keeps moving back and forth between those two first chords, ...
04/30/2021

"We're waiting for the harmony to go somewhere else, but it keeps moving back and forth between those two first chords, as if there were no escape... People give the hero messages that he can't understand."

Timothy Hampton, author of BOB DYLAN: HOW THE SONGS WORK, interviewed in 3:16.
http://ow.ly/I2l950EAZ9J

"We're waiting for the harmony to go somewhere else, but it keeps moving back and forth between those two first chords, as if there were no escape... People give the hero messages that he can't understand."

Timothy Hampton, author of BOB DYLAN: HOW THE SONGS WORK, interviewed in 3:16.
http://ow.ly/I2l950EAZ9J

Wendy Brown, Zone author of WALLED STATES & UNDOING THE DEMOS, weighs in on the Chauvin trial, liberalism, and 'democrac...
04/28/2021
Wendy Brown on the Chauvin trial, classical liberalism, and ‘democracy of the streets’ | MinnPost

Wendy Brown, Zone author of WALLED STATES & UNDOING THE DEMOS, weighs in on the Chauvin trial, liberalism, and 'democracy of the streets.'

"I want to suggest that the Chauvin trial, and the outcome, is one of those beautiful moments where, instead of people feeling powerless when they go and rally ..., is actually one of those moments that change the political conscience and consciousness of part of the country."

"Paul North’s exploration of the logic of likeness is unlike anything I have read... the book connects domains that we t...
04/24/2021

"Paul North’s exploration of the logic of likeness is unlike anything I have read... the book connects domains that we thought were as far away from one another as Darwin’s notebooks and Surrealism."

Peter Szendy on BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE by Paul North.

"Paul North’s exploration of the logic of likeness is unlike anything I have read... the book connects domains that we thought were as far away from one another as Darwin’s notebooks and Surrealism."

Peter Szendy on BIZARRE-PRIVILEGED ITEMS IN THE UNIVERSE by Paul North.

View of Earth taken by an astronaut on the Apollo 8 mission, December 22, 1968 (NASA).Fig. 3.3 in OUTLAW TERRITORIES by ...
04/22/2021

View of Earth taken by an astronaut on the Apollo 8 mission, December 22, 1968 (NASA).

Fig. 3.3 in OUTLAW TERRITORIES by Felicity Scott. #EarthDay
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View of Earth taken by an astronaut on the Apollo 8 mission, December 22, 1968 (NASA).

Fig. 3.3 in OUTLAW TERRITORIES by Felicity Scott. #EarthDay
http://ow.ly/mbjT50Evmq8

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