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Book Launch: Other People's Politics with J. A. Smith

Tuesday, Jul 16 2019
20:00 - 21:00
J. A. Smith
location: Lighthouse

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How did Trump and Brexit go from laughable impossibilities to everyday reality? Why did digital media stop being cool and progressive, and become a reactionary, brainwashing nightmare? Did the Left get its act together and start winning again?

Join us for a discussion of online culture wars, populism and radical politics with James A. Smith, author of Other People’s Politics: Populism to Corbynism, newly published by Zero Books.

In the words of Yanis Varoufakis: ‘Other People’s Politics is to contemporary political debates what Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own was to early feminism: a call for progressives to work tirelessly so that everyone is granted the material conditions necessary for reading a difficult book like James Joyce’s Ulysses, if they choose to.’

J. A. Smith is an English literary critic and political commentator. He has written books on the 18th century novel and on theories of work. His writings on Brexit, the radical right, the Labour Party under Corbyn, and Bernie Sanders have appeared in The Independent and Jacobin. He is editor of the Everyday Analysis Collective. Smith teaches literature and critical theory at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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As ever we have 15 free tickets available for this event! These are intended to make the evening accessible to those who are unwaged/ on benefits/ might not otherwise be able to attend - If you can afford a £3 ticket please book one as this supports the bookshop and allows us to save free places for those who can’t, thanks!

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