Nick Lezard warns “Set your hackles to be raised” by the new set of Radical Thinkers, the fourth cycle in the series:
An extremely pleasant surprise: a new imprint from Verso called Radical Thinkers, and a pile of white-covered paperbacks by the likes of Theodor Adorno, Fredric Jameson, Guy Debord and Walter Benjamin. Not only do they have nifty cover designs, they are, for Verso, ridiculously cheap – a small part of me wonders whether £6.99 is in fact a misprint for £16.99, in which case it would be wise to snap them up before they realise their mistake.
I pick on the Baudrillard because, quite simply, it is the most fun. Originally appearing in French in 1990, it has been reprinted by Verso quite a few times, so while new to me, it is hardly new – but the nature of Baudrillard’s thought is such that it will always have a fresh savour to it, as well as that period savour that comes off when he writes, as he does here, of La Cicciolina or Michael Jackson. This is Jackson before the child abuse allegations; but these accusations would have come as no surprise to Baudrillard, and are not in the slightest way inconsistent with what he has written in this book. And you suspect the subsequent mass public mawkishness regarding his death (cf Jade Goody) would have been observed by him with a rueful shrug and the words, “I told you so”.”
Read the full review here.