One of the most exciting publishing events in 2009 was the emergence of the new imprint, Zero Books. It publishes short, intelligent polemics on politics and culture, packing a lot of punch into about 80 pages, and they are masterclasses in how supposedly tough theory can be made accessible and help us to understand society. The latest of these is Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by the leading blogger Mark Fisher who has been blogging under the name ‘K-Punk’ for the past few years. It’s a sharp analysis of the post ideological malaise that suggest that the economics and politics of neo-liberalism are given rather than constructions. ‘It’s easier to imagine the end of the world tha the end of capitalism’, Fisher spits, and his book takes in film, Baudrillard, Kurt Cobain, science fiction, mental health, bureaucracy and economics. Zero Books are still sadly absent form the bookshops, but they are must-reads.
This article appears in the current issue of The Bookseller, which came out on the 29th January.