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.
- "So we played a few games with détournement, it was fun, on trains, in newspapers, online."
- "A few months on the cold steps at Occupy might have done the trick."
- "A-History of the UfSO For the uninitiated, UfSO is an acronym for the University for Strategic Optimism."
- "The disorientation that issues from fragmentation suggests an inability to grasp the totality, and so to position oneself within it."
- "This may seem like an elaborate justification of the class trip, which is fine, but let me try to convince you from a slightly different angle."
- "Then there were the militant publishers, who seemed to have been taking lessons on tedium from the SWP."
- "This isn’t a criticism of social media; UfSO has a Twitter account, a blog, a Facebook page (probably), although the pub remains our dearest form of social mediation."
- "We formed after the protest that had seen the headquarters of the Tory party smashed up in response to their announcement that they would be tripling university fees and cancelling an allowance that enabled children from under-privileged families to attend school."
- "They’re gonna try the other one’."
- "The point is that what someone had for lunch, their feelings about this or that TV show, becomes the benchmark for what constitutes something worthy of historification."