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Book Launch: Eugene Thacker and Leila Taylor on pessimism

  • 99 New Montrose Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11211 United States (map)
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"Scholarly advice for dark times." —The New Yorker

"Provides a metric ton of misery and a lot of company." —The New York Times

"Teeming with aphorisms and hilarious one-liners... probably philosophy’s only beach read." —Vice

"Belongs on the shelf next to the likes of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer... Thacker’s voice is quiet, a desperate whisper into the void that is both haunting and heartbreaking." —Into the Void magazine

Eugene Thacker will be in conversation with Leila Taylor about his new book INFINITE RESIGNATION. 

Comprised of aphorisms, fragments, and observations both philosophical and personal, Thacker’s new book traces the contours of pessimism, caught as it often is between a philosophical position and a bad attitude. Reflecting on the universe’s “looming abyss of indifference,” Thacker explores the pessimism of a range of philosophers, from the well-known (Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Camus), to the lesser-known (E.M. Cioran, Lev Shestov, Miguel de Unamuno). 

Readers will find food for thought in Thacker’s handling of a range of themes in Christianity and Buddhism, as well as his engagement with literary figures (from Dostoevsky to Thomas Bernhard, Osamu Dazai, and Fernando Pessoa), whose pessimism about the world both inspires and depresses Thacker. By turns melancholic, misanthropic, and darkly funny, (“Birth is a metaphysical injury — healing takes time — the span of one's life”), many will find Infinite Resignation a welcome antidote to the exuberant imbecility of our times.

Eugene Thacker is the author of several books, including In 'In The Dust Of This Planet' (2011), and 'Cosmic Pessimism' (2015). He is Professor at The New School in New York City.

Leila Taylor is the Creative Director of Brooklyn Public Library, an AfroGothicist, and soon to be published author. Her Twitter handle is @hello_leila