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Old 01-09-2017   #1
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Re. Mark Fisher: The Weird And The Eerie

I just came across this review of a book on the Weird by music critic Mark Fisher. The focus seems as much on 20th century music and film as on print. I've not yet read the book myself but the review seems interesting.

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"A weird object or entity is so strange that it makes us think that it should not exist. But by the very fact that it does exist means that it is us who are wrong, and that all of the personal rules we have previously used to make sense of the world are mistaken.

"On the other hand, says Fisher, we tend to find the eerie in landscapes, which have been partially emptied of the human. We donít find the eerie in enclosed, everyday spaces. We find it in forests and ruins. The eerie is often tied up with an idea of agency. Who - or what - caused these ruins, uttered the strange howl? The eerie concerns the most fundamental philosophical questions: why is there something here when there should be nothing. Or vice versa. The eerie can also signal a stark disengagement with how a person views the world but it doesnít produce a shock like the weird does, instead it produces a sense of serenity. The eerie is in fact actually an escape from the mundane and the mundane forces of reality."


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Re: Re. Mark Fisher: The Weird And The Eerie

Wow, though I don't know the circumstances, that seems quite sad.
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Re: Re. Mark Fisher: The Weird And The Eerie

I was very sorry to hear the news about Mark Fisher (K-punk).

His short book Capitalist Realism, which I only read very recently, is a poignant meditation on the sorrows and melancholy of late-capitalist society.

His collection of cultural musings, Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures will appeal to many here, I think.

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Re: Re. Mark Fisher: The Weird And The Eerie

What I hate most is all this patronizing after someone made a decision for which they may have had good reasons.
I only knew him as a capitalism critic. But this book seems interesting.

Hope is a lack of information.
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Re: Re. Mark Fisher: The Weird And The Eerie

I watched/listened to this on my lunch break:


Perhaps half of it is concerned with Mark Fisher.

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Re: Re. Mark Fisher: The Weird And The Eerie

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"On the other hand, says Fisher, we tend to find the eerie in landscapes, which have been partially emptied of the human. We donít find the eerie in enclosed, everyday spaces. We find it in forests and ruins. The eerie is often tied up with an idea of agency. Who - or what - caused these ruins, uttered the strange howl? The eerie concerns the most fundamental philosophical questions: why is there something here when there should be nothing. Or vice versa. The eerie can also signal a stark disengagement with how a person views the world but it doesnít produce a shock like the weird does, instead it produces a sense of serenity. The eerie is in fact actually an escape from the mundane and the mundane forces of reality."
http://www.phespirit.info/momus//20030112.htm

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Re: Re. Mark Fisher: The Weird And The Eerie

Graham Harman on Mark Fisher:

the passing of Mark Fisher | Object-Oriented Philosophy
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Mark Fisher, 1968Ė2017
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