Verity Mensonage and Marcus Karlsberg are a couple of washed up academics from a profligate institution that only ever had fleeting existence in the fugitive inbetweens of fantasy, friendship and the imposition of reality in severalty. They remain optimistic and still find life in the street, the pub, the park, the street Party, and the pages of those books whose authors managed to resist the unceasing demands to professionalise or otherwise polish themselves slick. They believe in full communism and the infinite debt of planetary reparation.
- "We’d mainly, although not entirely, dodged Leninists and Maoists, who to be fair to them, were fairly friendly bunches in this context—history may judge otherwise."
- "This felt exciting, and the footage was great."
- "USO, our original acronym of choice, was already taken by the United Services Organisations, a not-for-profit that aims to raise the morale of US soldiers, as well as being the stock market abbreviation for United States Oil fund."
- "I don’t know what killed the energy."
- "We were ‘lost children’ who’d been accused of various infantile disorders, even the anarchists didn’t really get us – although their poster boy took time out from speaking at German art biennales and inventing the Occupy movement to attend a few events."
- "That Chelsea show was good for that, and we’d fobbed them off with an old, cut-up colouring book, a copy of Capital and a few dozen cocktail sausages."
- "The crowd swelled from nowhere, and then swelled some more, must have been three, four, five-thousand, more."
- "Without that we would have not only been an avant- garde without a classroom, but also a vanguard without a class."
- "Instead of attempting to concoct some narrative that picks a path through heady times, I want to have a critical look at what I now think we were doing then, if that makes any sense, and reevaluate whether there is anything that might be of strategic use to us now that the movement here has whizzed round the room making a farting noise before flopping on to the floor."
- "Or are we furthering ‘our cause’ (I have no idea what that is, short of full communism)."