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Books, stack libraries and the new world of POD/Kindle

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/23/radical-theory-and-academia-a-thorny-relationship/
I must consider myself fortunate to have evaded academia. As a classics major I soon realized I had no PHD track in the vanishing world of classics scholars. I was thus ejected into the capitalist public sphere with no real career, another ironic, if ambiguous, advantage. But in the 1990’s when the discovery of the eonic effect energized my decision to write a book I discovered a great asset, worth more than the title ‘millionaire’, stack rights to a world class library for a graduate of Columbia: I spent five years roaming those stacks reading thousands of scholarly books, the real core of academic raison d’etre. Just at the end around 1999 the first POD companies began to materialize and I was able to publish the result, a unique study of world history, one that could never have arisen in an academic context. But those libraries remain a goldmine. That’s the real value of academia and one might hope these libraries can find a new realization in the public domain, after the failure of the Google project. World History and the Eonic Effect is a generation ahead of the stumblebums academic darwinists, and doesn’t even address the issue of genetics.
I have often been struck by the inability of the academic community to figure out the problems with darwinian theory. Confronting that juggernaut of mind control has left me downright paranoid about academia, as with the wall of silence and total ostracism from academics who can’t communicate with peasants outside the system. This morass of enforced error is appalling.
But a similar charge can be laid against the stale and stalled marxist tradition: in many ways Marx browbeat the whole left into dogmatic allegiance to his theories. They need to be reworked.

The world of books is changing rapidly, the first POD companies now replaced with outfits like Lightening Source or now even Amazon able to create a book from your PDF. Beside Kindle. The world of Kindle has transformed the book and it is interesting to ‘roam’ the Amazon book database to note the near flood tide of 99 cent books on all subjects. That’s a problem in itself, of course. But the issue of what is a book is evolving in a stupor of mutant bibliotics (neologism alert?).

The issue of ‘radical theory’ is a kind of deadletter, referring to poststructuralism and the postmodern moment. I might well be wrong, but it seems in retrospect a flash in the pan. Perhaps like the sufi stop exercise it stopped a certain dogmatic momentum in its tracks. But the future of the stop is a return to the original tasks: the question of modernity seen in a new light. There is no postmodern age, and whether there is a poststructuralism depends on what the original might have meant. The whole gesture might resurface in a new critical form…

As for self-published books, their reputation as beyond the pale is passing away. If noone in academia could have written World History and the Eonic Effect the point is established…

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