The first Nowt Press anthology collected and updated some older editions from this site, but also some of the material from the Nowt Press pre-history as a pamphleteer. It was a one hundred page ebook entitled ‘Beginning again in the middle’, here is the PDF.
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.
Nowt 13 is another excellent piece of thoughtful polemic from Lawrence Upton.
Pirbright is a poem by Tina Bass.
Nowt 11 is a new text by Simon Ford and Robert Galeta. ‘Allegories of Capital’ is a timely and angry piece, which briefly examines historical allegory in order to cast a pessimistic glance at our current crises.
Here is Nowt 10, another piece by Lawrence Upton, entitled Obedience.
Nowt 09 began as a catalogue essay by Steve Hanson for the Dromology exhibition at South Square gallery, Bradford. It then became a Nowt edition. This piece will re-appear shortly in the first Nowt Press anthology, but the availability period for the first edition has now ended.
Here is Nowt 08, by Lawrence Upton.
Nowt 07 is a revival of the tragic genre in the age of the abject. This has been initiated as a proposal by Hhassall, Llavery and Rraves. The latter also inhabits the text – to a greater or lesser degree – and in this he shadows the compositional strategies, as both author, trope, and collection of rain-soaked, compounded receipts in the gutter, by the iron drain covering.
Nowt 06, I mistrust my understanding, is another text from Lawrence Upton. Upton’s lack of interest in ponderous abstraction – although it is also always very far from simplistic or naïve proposal-wise – is an indication of both confidence and veracity.
Nowt o5 was a sustained, potent set of meditations on the twenty-first century by J.D. Taylor. His book Negative Capitalism – Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era is due to be published shortly by Zero Books. This piece will re-appear shortly in the first Nowt Press anthology, but the availability period for the first edition has now ended.