An interrogation of art’s ability to face unpleasant truths. Michel Houellebecq, author of five novels including Atomised and Platform, has become possibly the world’s most famous literary pessimist. His work declares. Ben Jeffery’s Anti-Matter is the kind of intelligent, sophisticated response to provocative work that affirms criticism’s value as art in itself.

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Sharp and short on Houellebecq, DFW et alart, criticism, existance and the futility of life. Post Cinematic Affect Steven Shaviro This book ponders the fate of the movies in a world of digital media, globalization, and massive financial flows. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Houdllebecq the plot.

Houellebecq and Jeffery are skillful at articulating the malaise that often accompanies the search for meaning in contemporary life.

Ben Jeffery whom Edpressive never heard of, but I guess he’s as obsessed with Houellebecq as I am says there’s a snd between what Houellebecq writes, and that he writes, and that Houellebecq is fully aware of this. There are choice quotes from David Foster Wallace whom I’ve never been all that interested in, until nowSlavoj Zizek, and Susan Sontag among others to bring Jeffery’s ideas into greater relief.


Feb 26, Tobias rated it really liked it. A more rigorous, less stylized version of the kind of long critical essay usually associated with writers like Geoff Dyer and Pierre Bayard, Anti-Matter is a work of criticism that honors—and occasionally exceeds—its source. An interrogation of art’s ability to face unpleasant truths. Anti-mather Does it Mean to be Human?

His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian. I think, although Jeffery has particular disdain for it, I will have to after many “false-starts” give Houellebecq’s The Possibility of an Island another shot. Interesting viewpoint on Houellebecq’s depreessivealthough I don’t necessarily always agree with the author lol: Most compelling were Jeffery’s dissection of modern materialist malaise, the cynicism very much in vogue at present, and of art’s role in a world of exploding Nihilism.

Anti-matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism – Ben Jeffery – Google Books

The Dialectic of Sex. You submitted the following rating and review. Where they fall short, however, is in failing to recognize that unrestrained doubt is no sturdier a philosophy than unrestrained belief, even if the former is more fashionable. He has been wildly successful – translated into over 25 different languages mmichel hailed as the voice of a generation.

However, I suppose the biggest takeaway is that, in the end, you must believe in something though that something will say everything about YOUreminds me of a brutally ontological poet I once knew–my mentor for a time, actually.

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Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism

The Myth of Mars and Venus: It’s a critical work on what I take to be the other side of the conversation, namely writers like Jean Philippe Toussaint and Jean Houeloebecq. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. If you meet the Buddha on the Road Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori.

Atlas Can rated it really liked it Jul 23, In Praise of Love. Lovecraft to the Speculative Realist philosophers. Also draws in David Foster Wallace as another writer who grappled with the same tensions but came out in a different place.

It’s a fantastic read. November 16, Imprint: The Philosophers Beach Book.

Employing the usual depressive men-about-town Schopenhauer et al. Item s unavailable for purchase. Along the way, most of his energy is spent trashing The Possibility of an Island, which I consider H’s best novel.

Hopefully Jeffery keeps writing along these lines.