I'm sad to hear of the death by suicide, at 48, of the brilliant cultural theorist Mark Fisher, a.k.a. k-punk.
His books Capitalist Realism and Ghosts of My Life are important, as are his blog posts, and the articles he wrote for various media. He wrote about his own depression, and addressed mental health and mental illness as a political issue; this article published in The Guardian in 2012 is a fine example. His latest book, The Weird and the Eerie, was published two weeks ago.
Collective depression is the result of the ruling class project of resubordination. For some time now, we have increasingly accepted the idea that we are not the kind of people who can act. This isn’t a failure of will any more than an individual depressed person can ‘snap themselves out of it’ by ‘pulling their socks up’
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