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Reza Negarestani is an Iranian philosopher and writer whose philosophical works have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Collapse, Angelaki, Ctheory, Identities, and The Speculative Turn. Rated by Artforum International as as one of the best books of 2009, his post-genre theory-fiction book Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials reached international acclaim. The book, along with his other texts have been the focus of seminars and classes at The New School, Columbia University, and Duke University. Most recently, Negarestani co-edited with Robin Mackay an extensive volume on philosophy and culinary arts entitled Culinary Materialism.