Shit Is Fucked Up And Bullshit: History Since the End of History (Paperback)
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From the writer hailed for giving voice to a generation in Kids These Days comes a bold rejection of a society in which inequality, police violence, and exploitation have come to define our lives
In these new and selected pieces, Malcolm Harris, one of our sharpest and most versatile critics, examines everything from the lowering of wages to the rise of fascism—and the maddening cultural landscape in between. Along the way, he explores protest strategies past and present; questions the wrong (and often racist) lessons we’ve learned from American history; and, most comfortingly, assures us that Marx saw the necessity of a crisis moment just like the one we're in.
Rarely does a writer come along who can turn our world so thoroughly upside down that we can finally understand it for what it really is, but Harris's wry and biting essays do just that, and help us laugh at what we see.
Our economic situation, political discourse, and future prospects have gotten much worse since a guy brought a sign that said "Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit" to the Occupy Wall Street protests. We all knew what he meant then . . . but where are we now? And how has so much happened since the so-called end of history? The over thirty pieces collected here offer compelling answers to these questions and more.
About the Author
Malcolm Harris is a freelance writer and an editor at The New Inquiry. His work has appeared in the New Republic, Bookforum, the Village Voice, n+1, and the New York Times Magazine. His first book was Kids These Days: The Making of Millennials. He lives in Philadelphia.
“[Malcolm Harris’s] directness and frankness are refreshing—even, occasionally, startling. Taken together, his essays are an indictment, a road map, and a call to action.” —The New Republic
“This compilation represents the very best of [Harris’s] work...perfect for fans of Kurt Andersen’s Fantasyland and Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror”—Booklist
"Shit is indeed fucked up and bullshit. But rather than retreat into indiscriminate rage or existential despair, Malcolm Harris takes the near and distant past as an object lesson whose ultimate effect is bracing. The provocations in these essays add up to something we sorely need: a diagnosis of the present that hasn’t given up on the future."—Jenny Odell, author of How To Do Nothing
“The guy with the sign was right in 2011. Malcolm Harris is even more right in 2020. His book is a vivid, illuminating, and prescient history of the tragic recent political past, the maddening strangeness of the oppressive present, and the disorienting disarray of the near future, which seems to always outpace even our fears for it.” —David Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth