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Scorched Earth by Jonathan Crary
Apr 12, 2022 | ISBN 9781784784447

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Praise for 24/7 by Jonathan Crary:

“A dark, brilliant book.”
– Michael Hardt, Artforum

“A polemic as finely concentrated as a line of pure cocaine.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

24/7 is the capstone of Crary’s archeology of the spectacle and arguably the most significant of the lot. It’s informed by the erudition of one of the most thorough and original researchers on the planet.”
– PopMatters

“A masterful exploration of the place of the human individual, their dreams and the future of the species in today’s age of nonstop neoliberal capitalism and its multitude of manifestations.”

“Jonathan Crary updates Marcuse’s One-Dimensional Man with a vigilant critique of the totality of the seemingly eternal present.”
– McKenzie Wark, author of The Spectacle of Disintegration

24/7 cuts through a lot of the starry-eyed nonsense people talk about the empowering nature of new technologies and keeps in mind the whole time that, as far as late capitalism is concerned, we are nothing more than ultimately disposable units for keeping economies running … Read this, and ponder its implications. I would even venture to suggest you sleep on it.”
– Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

“Crary’s talent as a pamphleteer is unequaled…”
– Corriere della Sera

“Sleep is a standing affront to capitalism. That is the argument of Jonathan Crary’s provocative and fascinating essay, which takes 24/7 as a spectral umbrella term for round-the-clock consumption and production in today’s world. The human power nap is a macho response to what Crary notes is the alarming shrinkage of sleep in modernity. ‘The average North American adult now sleeps approximately six and a half hours a night,’ he observes, which is ‘an erosion from eight hours a generation ago’ and ‘ten hours in the early twentieth century’ … A humane and bracingly splenetic counterblast, with a lot of interesting micro-theses along the way.”
– Steven Poole, New Statesman

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