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Nein. A Manifesto by Eric Jarosinski

Nein. A Manifesto

by Eric Jarosinski

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Affirmations are for wimps

Nein. A Manifesto by Eric Jarosinski (Grove Press/Black Cat, $16).

Sick of all the positive-thinking, affirming assholes in your life? Be reassured; there’s a philosophical underpinning for your desire to negate everything.

In Nein. A Manifesto, Eric Jaronsinski collects Twitter-length thoughts on existential nothingness in the most Germanic negative way imaginable, drawn from Jaronsinski’s account @NeinQuarterly.

Curmudgeonly ranting that stares into the abyss and then bludgeons it with snark, these aphorisms are often poetic (“Ideology: The mistaken belief that your beliefs are neither beliefs nor mistaken.” ) and almost always funny (The good news:/Technology has brought us together/And yes:/That is also the bad news.”).

Jaronsinski calls it “utopian negation.” It’s also known as being fed up with everything, and it’s worth a good laugh.

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1. Ontology: what the fuck?
2. Causality: why the fuck?
3. Epistemology: how the why the fuck?
4. Phenomenology: the fuck.

Nein. A Manifesto is the brainchild of Eric Jarosinski, the self-described “failed intellectual” behind the hugely popular @NeinQuarterly, a “Compendium of Utopian Negation” that uses the aphoristic potential of Twitter to plumb the existential abyss of modern life—and finds it bottomless.

Stridently hopeless and charmingly dour, Nein. A Manifesto is an irreverent philosophical investigation into our most urgent questions. And the least. Inspired by the aphorisms of Nietzsche, Karl Kraus, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno, Jarosinski’s short-form style reinvents philosophy for a world doomed to distraction.

Nein. A Manifesto will be packaged as an attractive small-format hardcover, with a handful of Jarosinski’s aphorisms laid out on each page. Critical thinkers, lovers of language, bibliophiles, manics and depressives alike will be drawn to this compelling, witty, and often hilarious translation of digital into print. Theory into praxis. And tragedy into farce.

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