Week 1 – Cities: January 26th
Formulary for a New Urbanism
Another City for Another Life
some preparatory questions:
these readings are pro-urban, with a lot of passionate thinking about how cities constrain and also liberate people (or at least have a lot of power to liberate people, if some major things changed). here on the west coast, that is a fairly unusual take these days. mostly people talk about cities being bad places, to raise children, to get away from capitalism and/or the state (ha), to have better kinds of relationships, etc.
what does it look like to take a modern positive view of urban life? how do we think cities could change to be liberatory spaces? what impact would flexible and mobile housing have on cityscapes and our imaginations?
Week 2 – activism: February 2nd
On the Poverty
Critique of the new left
Week 3 – spectacular reality: February 9th
All the Kings Men
Week 4 – desire: February 16th
Perspectives for Conscious Changes in Everyday Life
Instructions for an Insurrection
Response to a Questionnaire from the Center for Socio-Experimental Art
All readings are from the SI anthology
this week’s reading is brought to us by theanarchistlibrary.org, the best archive evar!
two readings on why more people don’t resist (at least not in ways we commonly understand as resisting).
one is by saul newman
and the other is by frere dupont (this is in species being, for those of you who have that book).
based on recommendations by two folks, we’re reading de la boetie’s politics of obedience, available here
the reading starts on page 41.
try not to be freaked out by the murray rothbard introduction… (eek).
the soul of man under socialism, by wilde.
i hear tell squee and paul z will be leading the conversation… 😉
we were supposed to read very bad nihilist, but somone forgot to bring them for people to buy… (d’oh).
so we’ll read that for the 15th, and this week we’re reading the thread on anews on death and heroism.
reading from baedan 2
against the gendered nightmare
if people are into it, then we might read something from baedan 3 for the following week.
through chapter 1 of anti-oedipus (link is in last week’s post).
we’re starting one of our most ambitious readings ever, namely the influential anti-oedipus, by deleuze and guattari.
full text is here.
we will start with the introduction and first chapter (so linear!), so through page 8 (the chapters are short).
and we hope to have a few of the interesting people who have been intrigued and influenced by this text come and talk to us about it, over the course of reading the book. so, stay tuned.
our reading for this week is the preface by foucault to anti-oedipus (a book that has been very influential to some awesome people).
here is the reading.
here is the full book (just in case you’re interested).
this week, in preparation for next week’s visit by crimethinc, we are reading to change everything, which is available in hard copy at the long haul, and in eversion here and in video form (?!) here.