Preface for Everything Gardens by R.C. Smith


This preface opens my forthcoming book Everything Gardens and Other Stories: Growing Transition Culture (University of Plymouth Press, April 2015).

That fundamental system change constitutes a vital requirement of this century is no mystery. The reorganisation of society, the alteration of shared coordinates for the benefit of a more socially and ecologically just world—this is our collective challenge. It is by no means an easy endeavour. Even the most progressive theories and discourses, which see revolutionary change as a continuous and many-sided process, do not fail to show awareness of the complexity of the challenge. Read more

The First Firangis: How Foreigners Became Indian

Originally published in on February 13, 2015.

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Jonathan Gil Harris
The First Firangis:
Remarkable Stories of Heroes, Healers, Charlatans, Courtesans & other Foreigners who Became Indian

318 pp. – ₹495
ISBN: 978-93-82277-63-7
Aleph Book Company, 2015

Giambattista Vico, a Neapolitan philosopher from the late seventeenth century, suggested that it was ‘from Jove that the muse begun’. Jove, or Zeus, is the Greek god of thunder, and the cracking of thunder, its sudden irruption over the tapping of rain, startles the body and jolts it out of position, constellating in an instant a horizon of questions. What was that?

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Oedipus is So Bourgeois: Zizek and the Mediating Subject


Originally published in the Oxford Left Review, vol. 14 on February 12, 2015.

Book Review
R.C. Smith
The Ticklish Subject?
A Critique of Žižek’s Lacanian Theory of Subjectivity, with Emphasis on an Alternative

152 pp. – £14.99
ISBN: 978-0-9570961-3-4
Heathwood Press, December 2013

No slave is more deluded than one who turns dependence from a master into condescendence or, worse, appreciation for ‘the way things are’. This, in a nutshell, is the dilemmatic condition of the neoliberal subject, Read more