Jean Baudrillard meets Cookie Mueller in this gathering of French theory and new American fiction.
Compiled in 2001 to commemorate the passing of an era, Hatred of Capitalism brings together highlights of Semiotext(e)'s most beloved and prescient works. Semiotext(e)'s three-decade history mirrors the history of American thought. Founded by French theorist and critic Sylvere Lotringer as a scholarly journal in 1974, Semiotext(e) quickly took on the mission of melding French theory with the American art world and punk underground. Its Foreign Agents, Native Agents, Active Agents and Double Agents imprints have brought together thinkers and writers as diverse as Gilles Deleuze, Assata Shakur, Bob Flanagan, Paul Virillio, Kate Millet, Jean Baudrillard, Michelle Tea, William S. Burroughs, Eileen Myles, Ulrike Meinhof, and Fanny Howe. In Hatred of Capitalism, editors Kraus and Lotringer bring these people together in the same volume for the first time.
Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, including I Love Dick and Summer of Hate; two books of art and cultural criticism; and most recently, After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography. She received the College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism in 2008, and a Warhol Foundation Art Writing grant in 2011. She lives in Los Angeles.
Sylvère Lotringer is Jean Baudrillard Chair at the European Graduate School, Switzerland, and Professor Emeritus of French literature and philosophy at Columbia University.
... a fat document of cultural resistance, written by those who thought about it and those who lived it.
Bay Guardian, San Francisco
Hatred of Capitalism proposes a certain kind of freedom, which may involve unlearning as much as learning, dying as much as living—and which is characterized by an enlarged and even exalted sense of the possible.
Robert Gluck, Bookforum
Semiotext(e) has consistently probed the intersection points between high theory and art and life in America. Publishing both French theory and American first-person fiction, Semiotext(e) invents a new plateau of thought which is dizzyingly complex and deeply subjective. Their work is resolutely difficult, dense, exhilarating and defiant, at once responsible to the past and bravely forward looking.
Semiotext(e) has for a generation been the leading edge of the most incendiary and exciting revolution in the West. Hatred of Capitalism dips into the very fertile archives of this magazine and its book publishing arm for some of the greatest examples of the Semiotext(e) charm, menace, play and triumph. I can't think of an anthology more important or more urgently necessary for these times.
Semiotext(e)'s strange tomorrow is our strange today.
Joshua Clover, Village Voice
Slyly compiled, this anthology brings together fiction, narrative, philosophy, and critical theory without imposing a hierarchy among genres.