The Institute for the Radical Imagination and the Situations collective is pleased to announce the online and print edition of Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, Volume VII, nos. 1 and 2, Spring 2018. The print edition will be available in August 2018. The issue features two excellent scholarly interventions of literary interest. One is a psychoanalytical and social approach to Melville’s early work, Mardi and its pre figurative framing of Moby Dick. Authored by Philip Castille, this study also engages in an acute psychohistory and integrates some of the crisis Melville experiences in his personal life into the writerly- creative process that delivers Mardi.
The second scholarly intervention is by Don Dombowsky on the relationship of Ian Curtis to what could be called “German guilt.” Links are drawn in this essay to Joy Division’s lyrics and the conspiratorial murders of some of the Baader- Meinhof group. Poignantly, Dombowsky draws the relationship of Ian Curtis not only to his native Manchester and its working class consciousness but also to the history of working through the past, i.e. placing responsibility and moral courage where it belongs and the levels of ambiguity this entails.
In this issue, there is a section devoted to Slacker politics and the refusal to work and zero work movements. Kristin Lawler sets the tone in the first essay of the group by looking for potential sabotage techniques while Michael Roberts engages the new “why work?” attitude and practice by occupying the hammock. Both authors understand very well that capitalism not only steals your money but moreover, your time. The arguments presented in these essays are strong in their advocacy for shorter hours. Essays by Situations collective members, Ryan Moore and Luca Delbello round out this section of the new Situations issue.
And finally, Arto Artinian demands that we rethink Lenin’s role in History and his tactical and strategic value for today’s struggles. Through a careful reading of Tamas Krausz’s critical biography of Lenin, Artinian actually reloads Lenin’s brilliant strategic mind and consequent actions for use in the contemporary and critical conjuncture we inhabit.
We encourage our readers and friends to subscribe to the journal. Our next issue will also feature essays that engage literary figures and topics alongside social and political essays on contemporary themes.
Michael Pelias, co-managing editor of the journal, Situations.