Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Friday, February 23, 2018

I Am Disabled

Mark Fisher was my friend. He was and I am disabled, only on the inside. I scored 96% on the depression test, and the psychiatrist said, “I can’t believe you made it this far,” aka in my life, alive. 

The amount of negativity I’m receiving is an indication of how unacceptable mental illness still is. I will never stop speaking up for the importance of taking care of oneself. 

The kind of disability we have/had requires pills, not wheelchairs. I am on the maximum dose of a drug called Wellbutrin. The pills have limits. Like everything else. One thing they do is, they make sure you don’t die.

I love Mark’s sentences. They’re amazing. I wrote him fan letters about them. We need more amazing sentences. 

I yearn for more of Mark’s. What he wrote about Joy Division is utterly unsurpassable. I think about it a lot. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Ever so sorry to have written a tweet that is causing upset. I’ve deleted it.

You’re welcome to suggest ways I can repair anything I’ve damaged if you wish. It’s an issue that is very close to my heart, and the last time I spoke with Mark it was about all this, and it included an exchange on Twitter where we discussed what had then just been released to the media, namely a report that claimed these sorts of medicine were no better than placebo.

One problem for me is, I’m still going through grief processes about Mark myself, and when someone I care about commits suicide I tend to go straight from shock to anger. But this doesn’t make it easy for others to receive my communications about it.

I’m very out about my own depression (same intensity level as Mark’s), and am determined to help people know they can get help, in various different ways.

The Lancet just published something that confirmed that antidepressants do work much better than placebo, and I think it’s important to talk about that. I’ll see if I can find ways of doing it that are less personal.

Monday, February 19, 2018

New Bio

Just in case--sorry, but I do so much stuff that my bio keeps going out of date! And I just heard an old one that must have been copied and pasted from this site. Here's the official one:

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He has collaborated with Björk, Jennifer Walshe, Olafur Eliasson, Haim Steinbach, Emilija Skarnulyte and Pharrell Williams. He is the author of Being Ecological (Penguin, 2018), Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People (Verso, 2017), Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (Columbia, 2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (Chicago, 2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (Minnesota, 2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007), eight other books and 200 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food. In 2014 Morton gave the Wellek Lectures in Theory. Blog: Twitter: @the_eco_thought

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Guardian Review of My Penguin Book

For USA people this will be published soon by MIT Press. It's called Being Ecological. I'm launching it at the London Review of Books bookshop next week! Details soon.

Here's a nice review of it in The Guardian

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

After the End of the World: 30 000 People Can't Be Wrong

If you're anywhere near Barcelona do go to the CCCB and see After the End of the World, an exhibition I helped to design with five rooms designed by me with mini lectures about time, hyperobjects, waiting...things to do with ecological awareness. They just passed thirty thousand visitors!

Next Up: London and Iceland

So London is for one of the Being Ecological launch events, at the LRB bookshop. They told me they were sold out weeks ago but you might get lucky...

Then Reykjavik at the very beginning of February.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Being Ecological Tours

It's pretty much time to start talking about what I'll be up to promoting Being Ecological (Penguin, soon). I'll be talking at the LRB bookshop in London a bit later this month. I'll be in the Netherlands. I'll be in Iceland. I'll be in Madrid. And various other things! Hopefully Laurie Anderson and I will figure out some mad things too. Philosophy shouldn't be mansplaining art but I don't mind being Lauriesplained as I pointed out to her last week lol...

Monday, January 1, 2018

The Ecological Thought

Happy new year! I just saw that The Ecological Thought, which I always think of as ET, just surpassed 1000 citations. Thanks people. You really should read it. It's the philosophical backbone of the way I like to think. It's my shortest book (even Realist Magic is a bit longer). I wrote it in 3 pages and just kept adding to those pages over about eight weeks in Chelsea, in 2008...

Monday, December 25, 2017

Fuck TFW

TFW you realize that using the second person singular to advertise an unsharable experience has turned you into a PR person for a commodity called yourself that no one can buy, because you're a luxury commodity.

A Thousand and One Citations of The Ecological Thought took a little while, and I want people to read it a lot, because it's the philosophical groundwork for Ecology without Nature. I wrote it in a couple of months in London in 2008. I wrote a three page version and just kept adding sentences!

Gary Snyder read it and it's why he was the first person to call one of my books philosophy.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Pre-Order My Book Being Ecological

MIT are distributing it in the USA. It's being published by Penguin. Here's the UK version.

Laurie Anderson and I are talking about doing some stuff connected to it. What an honor it is to have been sought out by her intellect and brilliance. Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Divide and Conquer

"Facebook’s response to criticism of its political advertising standards has been more robust. During the 2016 presidential election, the company was complicit in what the Trump campaign acknowledged was a massive “voter suppression” effort. Trump’s digital team spent more than $70 million on Facebook advertising, churning out hundreds of thousands of microtargeted “dark” ads, which appeared only on the timelines of the target audience and did not include disclosures that they were paid for by the campaign. A hefty portion of those adstargeted voters from major Democratic demographics with negative messages about Hillary Clinton and was intended to dissuade them from going to the polls. Facebook employees embedded with the Trump teamaided this effort, helping with targeting and ensuring the ads were approved through an automated system. " --Media Matters

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Morton in Japanese

Here's a list of things of mine that have been published in Japanese. Ecology without Nature is coming in spring 2018 sometime.

“Kankyo shugi” Gendai shiso, trans. Midori Ogawa, vol. 43 no 1, 112-129, January 2015.(= “Environmentalism,” in Nicholas Roe, ed., Romanticism: An Oxford Guide (Oxford UP, 2005)

“Kuia ecoloty” Gendai shiso, trans. Masatake Shinohara, vol. 43 no. 10, 64-75, June 2015. (= “Queer Ecology,” PMLA 125.2 (March 2010), 1-19.)

“Namida ni kure, Ikokuno hatanaka ni tatitukushita” Gendai shiso, trans. Midori Ogawa and Masatake Shinohara, Gendai Shiso, vol 43. no. 13, 144-167, September, 2015. (= “She Stood in Tears Amid the Alien Corn: Thinking Through Agrilogistics,” diacritics 41.3 (2014), 90-113.)

My brilliant translator, Masatake Shinohara, writes: Gendai shiso is the leading Japanese journal of contemporary thought. We have learned philosophies of thinkers  such as Deleuze, Derrida, Heidegger from this journal.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Here's an Interview

...for Springerin, a German magazine (this is a translation). I think it's nice...