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Will 2017 be 1984?

Will 2017 be 1984?

May 31, 2017

As part of Birkbeck’s Arts Week 2017, we organised a panel titled "Will 2017 be 1984" (you can listen to a podcast recording of the panel here) which considered the uncanny relevance of Orwell’s novel...

Infrastructure and the Anthropocene in Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island

Infrastructure and the Anthropocene in Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island

Oct 30, 2016

To read a Tom McCarthy novel is to find oneself weirdly and wildly awash in grids within grids, maps within maps, of infrastructural objects and systems. Protagonists and minor characters alike obsess over these objects and systems of infrastructure—over their grandeur, their minutiae, their flows and flaws, slows and jams, their symbolic ideological concretizations, their masterful and/or absurd designs, their volumes of strata.