“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris


Friday, June 21, 2024

Lovely Spirit Spiritual Songs by Lovely Beings

 This Library of Congress post is incredible. You can hear them singing. 

"I’d like to honor two prodigious collectors of African American spirituals, Becky Elzy and Aberta Bradford. These two African American women, who were born into slavery in Louisiana, remembered over one hundred spirituals and shared them with people who had the institutional means to preserve them. The result is a published book in the Library’s general collections containing 120 songs, a microfilm shared by the American Folklife Center and the Library’s Music Division containing at least 6 unpublished songs, and 3 sound discs in the AFC archive containing 10 recordings of Elzy and Bradford’s singing"

Lovely Review of the New Book

 By Frank Mills, on his wonderful website

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Yeah I Have a Substack and I Said a Thing about a Post of Zizek's

 

I almost liked this a lot. But, come on—feeling sorry for what white people did and do, there’s no harm in it. A little bit (or a lot, even) of guilt and shame never hurt anyone. Just because it might spark a superego spiral is no reason not to go there. And looking stupid while you squirm well, that just comes with the territory. You can’t do this part beautifully. It’s called actual real conscience. Also, I’m not sure the “père” (of whatever kind) is implicitly pire-in-waiting. Even if it is, it’s being nice and irritating and oedipal for now, and that’s good enough for me, as a survivor of a pire of a father like you wouldn’t believe.

- Timothy Morton

Read on Substack

It's Juneteenth. It's Also My Birthday

 


Some Hell Interviews and Launches I'd Love You to See and Hear (links)

There are now loads of interviews and other events about Hell, which I would love you to listen to, so I'm aggregating all the links here. 

The one I just did for Future Fossils is a humdinger: two and a half hours of recording! Look out for the podcast. 

The one for KUHF's Houston Matters with Craig Cohen was so great. 

The dialogue I did at the Norwich launch is out and it was very moving and deep. 

I'm going to be on Sirius XM next Monday. 

Tomorrow I'll be doing the Deconstructionists podcast and next week it's Exvangelical with Blake Chastain. 

Miranda Melcher's New Books podcast was so great. 

My discussion with Paul Miller at the Yale Center for Sacred Music was very enjoyable. 

Andrew Keen's Keen On podcast was very compact and succinct. 

Hell: A User's Guide, the New York launch with Paul Miller was so awesome. 

Spotlights with Sam Mickey was wonderful. 

And The Traveler in the Evening with Andy Wilson was also wonderful. 

Eventually the launch at Washington University will be out on video. 

Talking of Andy Wilson, the Blake Society event was amazing. 

"Paradise," from the launch t Syracuse, was the original and really spontaneous. 

There are some interviews that I've recorded that haven't yet appeared: one with David Dault (Things Not Seen) and one with the Satanic Temple. 

"Dark Green Gods" was a seminar for a UK class on ecology and contemplation. 

The London launch is coming on video! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

This Is Wonderful and Really Important

 

Norwich Launch Photos

 

The Book Hive



The Octagon Chapel

Maurice, Joe Hedinger and Henry Layte






Joe Hedinger

Joe and Ruth 


At the London Launch

The Old Church (1563)

 


It was such an extraordinary contrast with the Norwich one. Complementary. Norwich: an eighteenth-century Unitarian church. London: the one remaining Elizabethan church in London (1563, on land noted in the Domesday Book in 1086. Norwich: pale greens. London: pinks and magenta light. Norwich: octagonal space, almost in the round, with a balcony. London: a stage with chairs surrounding the stage. 

These physical differences were matched by what we talked about. I say we because for me, thinking is a team sport, and now that I've met my cousin Lee, a bespoke suit maker, I understand the concept of decorum afresh. Decorum, a classical rhetorical concept, doesn't have to mean "fitting" language in some cookie-cutter way: language has to fit cliches, established by authority, so that dawn is always the rosy fingers of Aurora and so on... 

Decorum is TAILORING. It's doing what Harman talks about in Guerilla Metaphysics: going with the flow (or against) of the thing, following its directives. It's along the same lines as Heidegger's wonderful remark about rhetoric  as listening. 

Lee and I do the same job, that's patently clear. Lee does it with cloth; I do it with phrases. 

Audience size was the same in both cases: one hundred and twenty. But the vibe was different. I would put it this way, in terms of a radius from my personal life, my friendships, my family. Norwich had a greater radius--my life was in there, but the edge of the circle was to do with the political and literary and theological content of the new project(s). London's radius was narrower, which wasn't to say that it didn't include a lot of the book. 

But in London I had cousins, friends I hadn't seen in thirty plus years, friends I hadn't seen in ten plus years, so many wonderful people. My stepdad Maurice's friend Beverley came, a poet whose podcast I recommend most highly. 

Maurice was the continuity between both. How many times do you think I've been with my biological father to an event? Let alone out of town? Let alone to two in a  row? He did show up to one of my lectures, just one, but he didn't tell me he'd be there and I didn't see him afterwards. He did show up to a concert of my music in college, and he did show up to some of me and my brother's gigs. But trust me, it was different. 

 My childhood exemplifies Lacan's phrase "le père ou le pire": the father, or something much worse. It's a real stretch for Zizek to say that this phrase (originally ".... ou le pire") means that the "father" / oedipal authority is something that in the end needs replacing because it's intrinsically bad. I would have given ANYTHING to have a normal, slightly irritating, totally reliable and loving dad. And where do anti-Oedipal solutions go apart from into incest? Really? I'm not talking about an individual. You can imaging a commune whose authority is irritating and loving and consistent. Or you can imagine Jonestown. 

It's been an overwhelmingly wonderful week. 

Friday, June 14, 2024

Saturday, June 8, 2024

"How Deep Is Your Love" essay in a lovely new philosophy book

 ...edited by Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir, Elemental-Embodied Thinking for a New Era

Essay by Treena Balds and me! 





Houston Public Radio Interview!

 It was great to do this. Craig is very good at his job and had created a thoughtful and open atmosphere in his revamped studio. He asked incredible questions about the book. 

UK This Week!

 It'll be the first time I've been back to the country of my birth in FIVE years. 2019 was the last time. We were performing TIME TIME TIME in London to an audience of 800, that place was packed. The election had just happened and people were looking for reasons to think-feel beyond the horrors. There was a colossal standing ovation. People were crying. 

Now I'm going back to launch Hell and to be with my long lost stepfather--those two things are not really in order. I designed the trip to visit with Maurice, then people started talking with me about launching Hell, so Maurice and I will be traveling to Norwich and Stoke Newington too. I'll be signing books and inserting bookplates (they're really nice!) and talking and dialoguing with some wonderful people. For all kinds of reasons it's going to be very emotional. 

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Bad Faith documentary on Christian nationalism looks great

 “The current day assault on democracy did not begin with Trumpism. It did not begin with the Tea Party. It did not begin with the Moral Majority. It did not even begin in this century. The current day assault on democracy began with the White Supremacy Movement in the 1960s as part of a shrewd, calculated, and well executed plan that became cloaked as a religious movement. Today, those white supremacists and their heirs are known as Christian Nationalists. Bad Faith is their story.”

Discount at Columbia Store

 Use code CUP20 and you'll get a nice discount on my new book Hell: In Search of a Christian Ecology, when you buy it straight from the publisher! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Read This Lovely Review of Hell

 

Timothy Morton: Hell #318 by Dr Andreas Matthias

An unusual book review

Read on Substack

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

New Essay

 I'm very proud of it and I'd love it if you took a look. I'm trying to get out there a little more. 


Saturday, May 18, 2024

We Did This. So We're Going to Repair It.

 Since Slavoj just said it I don't feel so bad about it, having been lambasted for it in Japan. 

White politics and thought created the nation state. Then it created one inside a destroyed caliphate. I've seen the maps, drawn by "Lawerence of Arabia" (they're in the Old Library and my alma mater, Magdalen College Oxford):

"As I already suggested in a recent text of mine, ideally the US (with some allies) should simply invade Gaza from the sea, establish its own power zone there where millions of civilian refugees will be safe, providing for their elementary welfare and in this way constrain Israeli power - it is a safe bet that Israel would not risk an open conflict with the US. In crazy times, crazy acts are needed."

Friday, May 17, 2024

On the Unforgettable Sound of the Tornadoes in Houston Last Night

 Nothing prepares you for how a tornado comes in and out of hearing range as its sound is blocked by trees, buildings, slopes...Yeah it's like a "freight train" but it's a gated freight train, as if a gigantic monster had feet made of freight train that made that sound when they hit the ground. As it got closer the house started to shake and you knew that thing was going to be on top of you. Visceral horror, even though it didn't touch down on me and Simon (15): it's the suction and That Sound. I was dizzy for a couple of hours from the massive pressure changes, and I've felt that horror before as I've experienced three tornadoes. But I've never heard them, not like that, and never did I experience the sound of structural torsion and damage to attics and trees and roofs above me.


It is not a reverberant kaboom. Thunder's prolonged resonance is comforting compared with these gated monstrous footsteps. It's the silence in between the roars that is also scary.

One could hear it coming about five minutes before it hit--at first, just a creamy bass white noise, coming in and out. I had heard it all around Houston during hurricane Harvey (when there were about five or six in each direction). This was approaching from the west.

We were up on the top floor where Simon (15) had just started listening to the sound, much clearer up there, when our phones sounded the warning, meaning they had been seen. So we got down into to the pantry, a central room without windows under a supporting beam.

Simon randomly turned to this Psalm:

Psalm 57

For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time he fled from Saul and went into the cave. To be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!” [read on it gets even better]

1 Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!
I look to you for protection.
I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings
until the danger passes by.
2 I cry out to God Most High,
to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.
3 He will send help from heaven to rescue me,
disgracing those who hound me. Interlude
My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.
4 I am surrounded by fierce lions
who greedily devour human prey—
whose teeth pierce like spears and arrows,
and whose tongues cut like swords.
5 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens!
May your glory shine over all the earth.
6 My enemies have set a trap for me.
I am weary from distress.
They have dug a deep pit in my path,
but they themselves have fallen into it. Interlude
7 My heart is confident in you, O God;
my heart is confident.
No wonder I can sing your praises!
8 Wake up, my heart!
Wake up, O lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn with my song.
9 I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
I will sing your praises among the nations.
10 For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
May your glory shine over all the earth.

I was reading it (he asked me) right as it hit. It didn't touch the house but like I say, you could hear it. Visceral horror, no matter what I was thinking.

Ten minutes before it arrived, the street had become so dark that one couldn't see further than the porch light.

Thinking about it, last night was an F2 (I had assumed F0 or F1 on the “Fujita scale”—I got really obsessed and phobic when I first arrived in the USA and found out all about them). It’s a logarithmic curve where F5 is the highest: it’s measured by destruction so you can’t get higher than 5, because it’s 1-3 miles wide and everything becomes powder that isn’t underground… But skyscraper windows blown out and pylons down is F2 not F1…F3 is trains being thrown into supermarket metal doors…

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Isn't This Just Lovely

 “Dear Professor Morton--

“I am reaching out to see if you would be willing to donate a signed copy of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence, which was read by the Indiana Forest Alliance Book Club in January, 2024, for our upcoming silent auction.

“If you would be interested in donating any of your other titles, we would be most appreciative.”

Isn't that just splendid. I'll send them everything. 



Sunday, May 12, 2024

HELL LAUNCH NYC!

 Come to Book Culture on W 112 St. on May 29 and listen to Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky and Timothy Morton discussing Morton's new book, Hell. Tim will also be signing Hell and Being Ecological. Register here! 


Thursday, May 9, 2024

INTERVIEW with Andrew Keen on Hell!

 It was an honor and a pleasure and Andrew had a way of asking questions that were both big and precise--a rare skill. 

Episode 2058: Timothy Morton searches for a Christian Ecology that will get us out of our Planetary Hell by Andrew Keen

An angelic demon's theological guide to living in catastrophic times

Read on Substack

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

More on The National Book Award Panel I'm On

 Here's a nice piece in my school's paper about it, by Brandi Smith. 

In St. Louis

I LOVED talking at Washington University in St. Louis. The event was at the art museum, depicted below, inside and out. 

The book is incredible. It's SO beautiful. I held it for the first time. Others have received uncorrected proofs but this was the first time anyone held a real copy of the thing. It's SO heavy. Like, dense. The paper is beautiful, glossy full color paper all the way through. Some pages are bright orange melting into yellow. Titles are flaming red-orange. Blake and Goya and everyone is in full color facing the page I'm exploring them on. It's weighty, like a book of art...well it is a book of art. 

I renewed my deep love of Matisse, which I've had since age 7, by going to see the Matisse exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum. If you're anyway near go. It's just wonderful. I had all kinds of thoughts about his being influenced by African art, different from the "primitivism" argument. And different from theft. 

I'm writing a theology that is indebted to my abiding love of Matisse. I'll try to bottle what I thought along with Lara Schaberg, the artist, in later posts. 

I visited a military bunker with Anya, a visiting artist, and Chris--I've been to a lot of military sites (including, I think, Stonehenge) over the years, as part of my dark-ecological artistic inspiration. I got really bad asthma from the mould! It was without a doubt the mysterium tremendum. The subsequent Matisse was the mysterium fascinans. 

I talked for about 45 minutes and there was a long Q&A. It was recorded--I will link to it just as soon as I can. 

Thank you Meredith and Liz and everyone involved in making this project work. It was so good in every way.  









 

Friday, May 3, 2024

HELL LAUNCH ST. LOUIS: This Monday!!!!


 


Please come if you can! You can register here. I'll be signing Hell and Being Ecological will also be there! 

May 6, 5:30pm

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Santiago Sierra: 52 Canvases Exposed to Mexico City’s Air, Timothy Morton, Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University and director of the Cool America Foundation, will give a talk to celebrate the publication of their  new book Hell: In Search of a Christian Ecology (Columbia University Press, 2024), which explores the relationship between religion and ecology in response to the climate crisis. Morton is the author of several books that bring together politics, art, and ecological studies to better understand how we coexist with one another and with non-humans. 


A book signing will follow the talk. Purchase Hell: In Search of a Christian Ecology in the Museum Shop. 


Free and open to the public. Registration is requested. 


This event is co-sponsored by WashU’s Program in Public Scholarship and is part of the Sam Fox School's Public Lecture Series.

About the Speaker

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University and director of the Cool America Foundation. They are the author of more than twenty books, including Hyperobjects, Dark Ecology, and Ecology Without Nature. Morton has collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Björk, Jeff Bridges, Olafur Eliasson, Susan Kucera, Adam McKay, and Jennifer Walshe.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Hell Is Now Even Outselling the Audiobooks

 It's been the highest selling book (even on pre-order) on Amazon for a week but now it's the highest selling anything. ?!! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

...and I'll Be Launching HELL in The Old Church Hackney

 “A not-for-profit arts venue in the heart of Stoke Newington, and the only surviving Elizabethan church in London.”

Friday June 13. More details to follow! 




I'll Be Launching Hell in the UK in the Octagon Chapel in Norwich

 “The Octagon Chapel is a Unitarian Chapel located in Colegate in Norwich, Norfolk, England. The Chapel is a grade II* listed building. Completed in 1756 by the architect Thomas Ivory and is home to a growing liberal religious community of Unitarians, welcoming people of all religious faiths and none.”

Here's how to sign up





Hell Is Now Outperforming My Other Books

 ...and it hasn't even been published yet. This happened to Hyperobjects: the first edition sold out before it appeared in the shops. 


WHAT IS A FACT? Wow, This Piece about My Class Is Exploding

 Every ten minutes, about one hundred people read it

SACRED MUSIC AND BIOSPHILIA: Online Event with DJ Spooky at Yale Today!

 You can register here for a wonderful event with composers, including DJ Spooky, with a talk by me. It's at 5:30pm EST. 

HELL BOOK LAUNCH UK: Norwich June 12!

 I'll be at the Book Hive in Norwich on 12 June for an exclusive event, and we're also planning an event with the wonderful Sainsbury Centre art museum, which I've loved since I was 13 years old! 

It would be my honor to see you and sign books...

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Daniel Pinchbeck on Me on Zizek

There are definite and significant overlaps between Pinchbeck's thought and mine regarding the left and religion. This is a great essay. Excerpt: 

The philosopher Timothy Morton (Hyperobjects) sees in Žižek’s often-expressed “hostility” to  Buddhism “a narcissistic woundedness so painful that it seems better to paint the whole world with its raw colors than examine itself, even for a second.” I think this is true.

ENGL 101, What Is a Fact? featured in The Conversation

 Yes that's right. Thanks to the team at The Conversation my very popular class is now news

Sunday, April 28, 2024

See You in St. Louis Next Week?

 I do hope, if you're near, that you can join me for an exclusive lecture and some book signing. It'll be at the Kemper Art Museum and my title is

THIS IS HELL: IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD

It'll be at 5:30pm on May 6. 

It will not be streamed. 

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Santiago Sierra: 52 Canvases Exposed to Mexico City’s AirTimothy Morton, Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University and director of the Cool America Foundation, will give a talk to celebrate the publication of their  new book Hell: In Search of a Christian Ecology (Columbia University Press, 2024), which explores the relationship between religion and ecology in response to the climate crisis. Morton is the author of several books that bring together politics, art, and ecological studies to better understand how we coexist with one another and with non-humans. 

A book signing will follow the talk. Purchase Hell: In Search of a Christian Ecology in the Museum Shop. 

Free and open to the public. Registration is requested. 

This event is co-sponsored by WashU’s Program in Public Scholarship and is part of the Sam Fox School's Public Lecture Series.

ASL Interpretation


American Sign Language interpretation can be arranged for public events upon request. This service is free, but we ask for two weeks' notice. Requests can be made by contacting kempereducation@wustl.edu.

About the Speaker


Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University and director of the Cool America Foundation. They are the author of more than twenty books, including HyperobjectsDark Ecology, and Ecology Without Nature. Morton has collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Björk, Jeff Bridges, Olafur Eliasson, Susan Kucera, Adam McKay, and Jennifer Walshe.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Acid Tracks (in case you didn't know)

 ...by Phuture, aka DJ Pierre, with whom I was talking at IMS last week on Ibiza. 


Friday, April 26, 2024

I Spoke with Phuture about the Future in Ibiza

 Yes. One of my heroes. The reason I write so much of what I write. DJ Pierre, who turned an envelope filter on the Roland TR-303 baseline and changed music. Who made scary dance music, an innovation in itself: acid house. 

I was on a panel with him at IMS Ibiza this week, having given the keynote to set the tone for the whole conference of about 1000 DJs, producers and musicians. Other panelists included DJ Madame Gandhi, who was brilliant, and Georgia Taglietti, who seemed to have read everything I had ever done, Maria May and Ruth Daniel, who both spoke plangently on the ethical and political dimensions of techno. 






Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Paradise (Hell lecture)

 500 people, Syracuse University Art Museum. Thank you thank you to Edward Morris and Susannah Sayler! 


Monday, April 22, 2024

Earth Day Rant from Hell

 I made MAGA. I did. Well not just me. 

1. I can only take responsibility myself for what I see in the world. 

2.  People like me stopped talking about God to our students. 

3. Ecological language is Old Testament revenge speak and Joe Truck Driver has something BETTER: Jesus loves him anyway.

4.

5. Seriously I never got the memo about not speaking about God from theory class, at which I am a bona fide alpha plus student. A never given grade at Oxford which I got for my theory exam. The top is alpha minus. Believe me I can destroy you using Hegelian Marxism. But I shan't. Because it sucks. 

6. Until people like me talk forgiveness and mercy and Jesus we have ceded a HUGE area to the ultra right. 

7. This is the main reason I wrote Hell. It's coming. 

8. All the scientistic yelling has done jack lshit. 

9. Scholars created the internet as the Wild West forgetting about the legacy of slavery and what would happen if there was a new Wild West. 

Hellspike for Earth Day

 The single fang of Björk and the molars of books versus the triple snaggleteeth of Hell LOLOL




"The Marriage of Religion and the Biosphere" (massive awesome interview (MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF BLAKE))

 

Great New Interview

 

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Hell Launch in Houston: What Happened

 I can do no better than send you extracts from an email I sent to my publisher and others: 


Club night was amazing. Stefano [Cagol] came FROM VENICE (he had invited me to give the first ever Hell lecture, in the Dolomites on Zoom, last year). Ed came from Syracuse (yes, that Ed[ward Morris], from that lecture! [I gave one at Syracuse in February]). Paul [Miller aka DJ Spooky] was so great not only behind the decks but as an amazing host. 

We sold so many copies of Being Ecological! Many many! It was lovely to sign them.  There was a huge line. 

Lecture was also amazing. I’ve done dialogues many times and that was the BEST. Paul was very enthused about the book and he knows everyone. He wants to launch it in NYC. He got Cornel and Slavoj together at the New School last week. He wants to hook up with Columbia etc etc. If anyone can make it work in NYC it’s Spooky. 

So much lovely conversation. I have a thing about “I have a dream” [MLK] that is much more than even in the book now, I’m so happy with it. And I felt at home with the U of H Downtown students, many continuing ed, genuine, emotionally connected people, great students of all ages. There is now other stuff that isn’t in the book. I researched the original Greek in “But deliver us from evil”—it’s really really really powerful and nothing like what I was taught, ever. 

I was TERRIFIED. Not since my first big keynote in 2005 have I been terrified like that, with cotton mouth. I talked about it and made people laugh. I read Thomas Merton’s “Moral Theology of the Devil” at the start. I did a really heavy powerpoint like I haven’t done since Hyperobjects. Ed [Morris], an artist who had persuaded me strongly to do a presentation, was impressed. 

I handed out the 100 flyers for the book promotion at Brazos Bookstore

It was such an honor and a privilege to launch the book this way. 

The Sound Resounds Underground

 Thanks to Andrew Melchior for sending me this incredibly interesting article about recordings of life in the soil. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Register free for this Zoom lecture on Blake and ecology and religion: 11:30 LA 1:30 today CST, 2:30 EST, 7:30 London, 8:30 Europe

 It's gonna be so great to talk to the Blake Society! 

https://blakesociety.org/product/timothy-morton/

Order Hell from My Favorite Store and Get a Signed Bookplate Designed by Me!

 Brazos Books is one of those local treasures that you just want to live in, hidden in a corner. It's like a bakery of books, that freshly baked book smell. They do readings and all kinds of events. And right now they're running a promotion. If you order the new book from them, they'll include a bookplate I've designed (based on the art of William Blake, with a lovely quotation that Blake genius Andy Wilson found), and more, signed by me. 




Here We Go

 My fourth Hell lecture, the first specifically about Blake, the first ever for the Blake Society. I'm nervous! 

There's still time to register. It's at 1:30pm my time, 7:30pm UK time. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Register Free Here for the Hell Club Night in Houston!

 Ten days from now, two world class DJs will spin Hell into existence (as it were LOL) along with celestial cocktails and more, at the acclaimed Avantgarden club in Houston. You can register free here

Saturday, March 23, 2024

New Website: Christian Ecology

 I decided to start a Facebook page dedicated to the subtitle of Hell. It's going to be less intense than the YouTube page, more contemplative and softer. Take a look if you wish and I would be honored if you followed it. 

Monday, March 11, 2024

I Am on TikTok (Heaven Help Me?)

 ...Heaven indeed, for I am Professor from Hell. I'm posting little things about the book and the launch (4.18, Houston, Avantgarden!)

Friday, March 8, 2024

If You Use ADT, The Burglar Is Already in Your Home

From the Daylight Robbery Department: 

 "I am rejecting this response because: No other loan I have ever paid off early requires me to pay the interest I would have paid if I had not paid it off early. None. I am paying two mortgages. I have paid off two mortgages. I have bought three cars. I am paying one mortgage off in half the time (approximately), 15 rather than 30 years. ADT's "early termination fee" would be like the mortgage company charging me for the 15 years of interest I saved. Or like having to pay the rest of my car loan's interest after I paid off the loan in four years rather than ten. This is entirely unacceptable and, I suspect, not legal. This is a scam. I want this bill rescinded and I want no further contact from ADT. 

I am the author of 25 books (46 translations in 19 languages), and I have a fairly big presence in the media. There are pieces about me in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and the Guardian. I have worked for the BBC, I have made a movie with Jeff Bridges and have written a book with the pop musician Björk. If ADT persists in trying to charge me for interest I SAVED by paying early for the equipment, I will immediately start a conversation with my media contacts. I suspect ADT must be doing this to a large number of customers. 

Sincerely,

Timothy Morton"

Context: I paid about $2500 for alarm equipment because Treena's mom (in Jamaica) was terrified of gangs of armed MAGA thugs. I bought it early. ADT are charging me over $2500 as an "early termination fee." 

"Further to my response to ADT, I would like to add the following: 

1. Throughout the complaint ADT have lied about when I was charged for the full amount of the equipment. I was NOT charged when I asked to cancel my account. I was charged after an error that they did not tell me about. 

2.Throughout the complaint ADT have lied (perhaps based on a false technician's report) about the incident with the thermostat. The technician declared that he was unable to fix the thermostat. It had not been connected to the internet or bluetooth for weeks. 

3. Since getting ADT they have been confusing, discourteous and drastically prone to error. One customer service person told me I had a thermostat they had not sold me, and nearly made me break the existing one. My method of payment was stopped when a machine ate my card, and they didn't tell me. They just started charging me late fees and sending me red letters. I believe that this is the cause of me being charged the full amount for the equipment, without warning. At no point did anyone call me to alert me to the problem with my account." 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Those Hell Blurbs

 ...and they rock so hard, there's no need for a description on the back. It's all there: 

Hell: In Search of a Christian Ecology/Timothy Morton

  

“What a massive relief to have another book about the biggest disasters of our age from the hilarious, wise, and brilliant Timothy Morton. Wild and free, Tim’s ideas give me hope.”

—Laurie Anderson

 

“Timothy Morton journeys with the restless and radical spirit of William Blake through Hell, seeking synthesis and reconciliation between the methods of science and the spirit of religion. Signaling to us through the flames of their own personal hell, Morton shapes a space where we—freed from Cartesian subjectivity and the demands of old, vengeful gods—may glimpse the prospect of a new Jerusalem, one built on love.”

—David Dorrell, writer, curator, cofounder of LOVE, member of M/A/R/R/S

 

“Hell is an ecstatic sermon beamed in from another dimension, one far stranger and more human than our own. I often think that dimension is where Timothy Morton’s consciousness resides, and we are so very lucky for it.”

—Laura Hudson, journalist, editor, writer

 

“Reading Timothy Morton is something between watching a gifted comedian and experiencing a religious conversion. This book is classic Morton, and it’s more. It’s William Blake’s ‘mental fight’ reimagined for our contemporary world. It’s religion reloaded after a major born-again experience (yep), British colonialism, ecological catastrophe, and the efflorescence of diversity on every racial, sexual, and gender level one can imagine (and then some). Hell is a trip, and a flip. Get ready. You probably already are.”

—Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of How to Think Impossibly: About Souls, UFOs, Time, Belief, and Everything Else

 

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University and director of the Cool America Foundation. They are the author of more than twenty books, including Hyperobjects, Dark Ecology, and Ecology Without Nature. Morton has collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Björk, Jennifer Walshe, Susan Kucera, Adam McKay, Jeff Bridges, and Olafur Eliasson.

 

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

...yet I Did Get Carried Away into Aggression at Syracuse

 ...I'm really examining the micro actions, including speech, right now. I'm noticing how a strong desire to impress people led me to a cheap place, once, in my lecture at Syracuse. I talked about killing people, with relish. Something compelled me to go beyond what I was saying, which was about nonviolence. 

I am struck by how Gandhi says, you have to be ready to kill in order to be nonviolent, otherwise you're a coward. That was the context. Then I got carried away. 

There is a very seductive language of violence, for instance when it comes to ecological action. I was speaking out against blowing up a pipeline--it would only hurt nonwhite people, and nonhuman beings, and so on. But I felt I needed to prove that I was equally capable of imagining violence. 

I'm very grateful to my hosts, because this new project is bigger than Hyperobjects, and I truly need to gig it and road test it before I've really "thought" it, which his how that book became so incredibly great. 

Friday, February 23, 2024

Well that was great. Great, I tell you

 I'm about to get the shuttle to the airport in Syracuse NY after giving a lecture to about five hundred people at the Art Museum on the occasion of the opening of Assembly, a wonderful exhibition curated by Susannah Sayler and Ed Morris. They've produced a gorgeous book too, for which I'll be writing an essay. Thank you everyone! I road tested some Hell and it seemed to work really well. 

There are some very key neurological ideas, one very simple and another intriguing and deep, which line up with religion so beautifully. 

Monday, February 19, 2024