Paperback of Criticism of Theology due out early 2012

The good people at Haymarket Books are getting this fat tome out as a cheapie, by early 2012. It is the third volume of the Criticism of Heaven and Earth series.


And while we are at it – a couple more book covers

First, the cover for the paperback of Criticism of Religion (volume 2 in the series), which will be out by May with Haymarket:

And then the son of N.T. Wrong has produced a nice little cover for Right Behind: A Novel of the Arse-End of Time (which I was urged yet again today to get published):

Why do I feel more at home with ‘Historical Materialism’

At the beginning of ridiculous two weeks of talks and conferences and myriad other stuff, I am in London for the energetic Historical Materialism conference, brimming full of people (most younger than me) calling each other ‘comrade’ or (more commonly) ‘fucking comrade’, having intense debates about what Lenin meant on page 426 in volume 19 of his Collected Works, the meaning of Hilferding’s Finance Capital, Rosa Luxemburg today, Marx’s new work ‘On the Muslim Question’ and so on. People here from Turkey, China, Japan, Croatia, Brazil, South Africa and even Australia. I must admit I also like these people because they began publishing the Criticism of Heaven and Earth series when it was a still a relatively small venture. Apart from plenty of tips for my study of Lenin and theology, and a chance to talk with some Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung people about a ‘Marxism and Religion’ network, I also had some long talks with the comrades at Haymarket Books, a non-profit Lefty organisation that makes you realise the USA isn’t a wasteland for left politics. They told me that Amazon takes more than 65% of the profit margin on a book, so they urged me to change my links for my books published with them to go to their website.

As for the HM people, you can check out  more here. And watch for an Australian gathering soon.

Criticism of Theology proofs arrive

And I am now busily working away at them, but meanwhile a cover also arrived:

It weighs in at a shade under 370 pages – big Brill pages too, which are a shit to proof. Publication is listed for end of October. The Table of Contents is as follows (collection of pictures back here):


Chapter 1. The Superstitions of Max Horkheimer

Chapter 2: The Dissent of E.P. Thompson

Chapter 3: The Zeal of G.E.M. de Ste. Croix

Chapter 4: The Alchemy of Michael Löwy

Chapter 5. The Myths of Roland Barthes

Chapter 6: The Flights of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari

Chapter 7: The Radical Homiletics of Antonio Negri


Now, being a hardcover and Brill book, it ain’t cheap (lovely paradox, of course), as you will find at the Brill website or Amazon.

But you can order it for your library, toss away your inheritage, sell an ovary or testicle, ask a Chinese friend to copy it for you, or simply copy it yourself … until the paperback comes out from those reputable lefties at Haymarket Books. First I have to get the proofs done.

NB: Criticism of Theology is volume three of the Criticism of Heaven and Earth series.