Here is the first Nowt Press anthology. It collects and updates some older editions from this site, but also some of the material from the Nowt Press pre-history as a pamphleteer. It is a one hundred page ebook entitled ‘Beginning again in the middle’.
We have recently become interested in ebooks and their possibilities, and this is our first, pdf-only, editioned anthology. We are looking for partners to collaborate with us on the further dissemination – in terms of both print and digital editions – of Nowt Press writers and artists, and here we are privileged to present Robert Galeta, Simon Ford, Steve Hanson, Lee Hassall, J.D. Taylor and Lawrence Upton.
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The need for an anthology began to rise as the little Nowt editions accumulated on this site, and it became clear that they were ‘all of their time’ – by which I mean of now – despite contributions across generations, from writers in their twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, genealogies going back to Bob Cobbing, Jeff Nuttall and Ian Hinchliffe, then forward again to British psychogeography and over the smashed fragments of Marxism… So I have split the book into Diagnoses (where we are now), Practices (what to do about it), and Augurs (pure speculations about what might happen from here on).
So this is a kind of manifesto by example, which is responding in its own way to the various crises of now. Because what Nowt Press did when it revived itself was simply what everyone does all of the time, we begin again, as Deleuze described it, in the middle, never at the start. So here we present a set of notes which describe the current situation of that inevitable starting-over, for artists, writers, and agitators, and try to suggest a loose set of practices via which we might go about that starting-over.
You may notice that when the transition occurs, from Diagnoses to Practices, there is a marked shift towards something like hope. This is inevitable, because the diagnosis is necessarily, historically, very bad, and the practitioners here – also for historical reasons – are very good, by which I mean they practice their art. This is about re-emerging in the middle, but in a very particular time and way, as I tried to lay out – tangentially and critically – with Guy Begbie, in the pamphlet Dock, we’re back in the river…