Born OTD in 1844, German philosopher, cultural critic, poet & philologist, Friedrich Nietzsche. Covering topics such as nihilism, Christianity, morality and the famous ‘will to power’, the book was controversially presented as Nietzsche’s all-but-completed magnum opus containing his philosophical system.

Including some of his most interesting metaphysical and epistemological thoughts, as well as some of his most disturbing ethical and … More

Escher was a master of the third dimension. His lithograph Magic Mirror dates as far back as 1946. By taking such a title for the book, mathematician Bruno Ernst stressed the enrapturing spell Escher’s work invariably casts on those who see it. Ernst visited Escher every week for a year, systematically talking through his entire oeuvre with him.

Their discussions resulted in a friendship that gave Ernst intimate access to the life and conceptual world of Escher. Ernst’s … More

From poverty & a Yorkshire orphange, Read became the most significant cultural critic to come out of England in the 20th century. A man who went from being awarded a DSO after the second battle of the Somme, to starting the Institute of Contemporary Arts. For five decades Read argued that humanity had to face up to a new age of uncertainty. The historic certainties of culture, politics, morality and religion were, in Read’s view, no longer tenable.

For Read, in our age of change, the arts are a tool for adjusting and surviving: Art is a biological … More

Focusing upon the production of post-punk art, film, music, & publishing, this book offers new perspectives on an overlooked period of cultural activity, & probes the lessons that might be learnt from history for artists & musicians working under 21st century conditions of austerity.

Full list of contributors: Gavin Butt, Sue Clayton, Kodwo Eshun, Mark Fisher, Green Gartside, Dominic Johnson, Lydia Lunch, Eliete Mejorado, … More