LISTEN – Craig Pollard & Jess Higgins


NewBridge Books presents
A conversation between Craig Pollard & Jess Higgins

In place of a live event, NewBridge Books are pleased to host this recorded conversation, marking the launch of a book by Newcastle-based artist, and NewBridge Associate Member, Craig Pollard.

In May this year, Inside a Gleaming Feeling was published by Glasgow’s The Grass is Green in the Fields for You. It is a book of conference papers, lectures and excerpts on music, art making and the internet. Craig is joined here by Jess Higgins, a Glasgow-based artist and writer who sings in the band Vital Idles and is a key member of Good Press, a volunteer-run bookshop for self published printed matter.

It was recorded in the immediate wake of the book’s release, and feels like a fitting celebration for the launch – a meandering conversation taking in music, art, education, DIY, politics and protest, interspersed with bursts of music; a back and forth that suggests the possibility of a kind of essay-making through conversation.

Talking points include (but are not limited to): Institutional fumbling; Re-imagining debt; Opting to not cite the cannon; Language and exclusivity; Normalising scrutiny of professionals; How whiteness replicates itself; Being irreverent to the history you’re taught (or teaching); American hardcore as a romanticised history; Boredom and performance.

Craig and Jess have provided a list of citations for topics mentioned, as well as a track list of songs played (below).

You can buy the book directly from The Grass is Green in the Fields For You here.

Listen here:


Adrian Piper, Funk Lessons; (further reading: Adrian Piper, Notes on Funk I-IV)

Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study

Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, Debt and Study

Ben Lerner discussing ‘bad forms of collectivity’ on New York Public Library Talks (ca. 37 minutes)

Rolling Jubilee

Sara Ahmed discussing citational practices in Living a Feminist Life introduction

Elizabeth Newton, Fierce Attachments

Bare Minimum Collective, Bare Minimum Collective Manifesto

Sara Ahmed, Phenomenology of Whiteness

Dr. Khairani Barokka with Dr Akanksha Mehta, Against Racist Ableism In Arts Education. A lecture at the Centre for Feminist Research, online event 12th June 2020 (recorded but not yet online)

Jeff Feuerzeig, The Devil and Daniel Johnston

Devo, Uncontrollable Urge (Live TV Performance 1979)

Chris Burden, Shoot

Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Gils, Troublesome Women and Queer Radicals preview

Beyonce, Formation

Fred Moten, Black and Blur introduction

Fred Moten, Visible Music from In The Break

Lisa Robertson, Disquiet from Nilling

Fred Moten, B Jenkins

Maggie Nelson on Fred Moten for 4Columns

Eileen Myles, Life: A Performance

2-ply, Hot Desking


RMR, Rascal

No Age, Working Stiff Takes A Break

Ciara, Level Up

Drain Gang, 1:1

Bruce Springsteen, 57 Channels (And Nothing On)

Nina Simone, Ain’t Got No

Megan Thee Stallion, Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé)

Vital Idles, My Sentiments

Jonathan Richman, True Love Is Not Nice

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