Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Self-justification Corner

A lengthy interview with me about Militant Modernism for Ready Steady Book, where I attempt to justify what has elsewhere been described as its 'wilful naughtiness'. Similarly - I'm utterly delighted to be talked about in the Sheffield Star! I must go back soon and then justify at length why I like the dilapidated 60s arcadia of Castle Market so much...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What makes this so worrying is that there is a huge, huge space for the left now, in that the last 30 years of neoliberal economics and politics have suddenly proved to be completely and utterly bankrupt. Yet we just aren't capitalising on it."

Teehee: great Freudian slip at the end there.

1:35 pm  
Blogger owen hatherley said...

The term Capital: it fails me now.

1:38 pm  
Blogger - said...

"... a development, so to speak, that proceeds in sprials, not in a straight line..."

It only occurred to me at the Royal Academy's Russia show last year that Tatlin's Monument to the Third International is a metaphor for the dialectic (just as the Eiffel Tower is a metaphor for liberal progressivism)... you probably realised this some time ago.

2:11 pm  
Blogger Philip said...

Owen Hatherley writes for numerous avenues.

Makes you sound like a suburban graffiti artist.

Word Verification: comangl, to pulp in companionable fashion.

4:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're a CUNT. Why don't you live in a shitty council tower bloke if you love them so...WANKER!

5:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry about my previous message. Got the wrong blog.

11:54 am  
Blogger owen hatherley said...

I'd love to live in a shitty council tower bloke.

2:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm somewhat struck by the seeming absence of any architectural and social housing developments on the continent (eg the netherlands, denmark, sweden) in what I have seen of your writing (I have not yet read your book). Is this by choice - do you see nothing of relevance as having happened there? no continuation of modernist impulses at all? Or is it merely a consequence of concentrating on a certain period? Or is there a deeper dislike there?

3:55 pm  
Blogger owen hatherley said...

Lack of knowledge (bar at the historical level) and lack of travel, and Anglocentrism. I hope to rectify this at some point.

4:19 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

U fucking smug bastard - I have lived in said shitty council flats and I'm so glad not to anymore

5:48 pm  
Blogger owen hatherley said...

Generally I'll just delete shit like this, but as 'if you like it so much why don't you go and live there' gets trotted out so often, I'll make an exception. As you would know if you read much of what I write, I used to live in a flat on a Shitty Sink Estate which had floor-to-ceiling windows, under-floor heating, a decent view and large rooms. And cheap rent. I currently live in private rented accommodation that is considerably worse, with leaking ceilings, tiny rooms with no light, cracks, damp, and expensive rent. On the other hand I used to live on an estate of council houses which was worse than either, with damp, a population of psychos and crappy little rooms. To generalise about this stuff is to be an idiot. So you used to live in Park Hill (that's if you're not referring to Gleadless, as it's mostly houses) and didn't like it. Fine. But the 300 ex-residents who have asked to be rehoused there while it's being redeveloped for yuppies obviously do like it. Now, kindly, go and troll somewhere else.

6:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your reply - here's looking forward to your next book then ;) It'd be good to discover whether the British path (along with attitudes to housing and architecture in general) are as different as I (anecdotally) suspect them to be.

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