reading for 8.3

we’re back to reading two letters a week, so for the 3rd we’re reading yarostan 7 and sophia 7. also lee brought in an article by john moore from the magazine social anarchism #20 called prophets of the new world:chomsky, bookchin, & perlman.
http://www.socialanarchism.org/mod/magazine/display/23/index.php

remember, this is also potluck week. bring vegan food! come at 7pm! eat! talk!

7/20

the readings are going awesomely, we continue to have lively conversations. last week we talked about objects vs subjects and of course about work.

i hope that we can start doing brief recaps of the whole book at the beginning of each reading group, for the people who haven’t been able to keep up (or just are having difficulty following the time line).
we’re now on sophia’s fifth letter.

reading for 7/13

we had a lovely and exciting time three days ago – talking about writing as representation and the question of illegalism, what is really revolutionary behavior.
and the food was good too.

for the 13th we’ll be reading the fifth letter by yarostan (sophia’s fifth letter will be the following week, since the letters are getting longer).

reading for 6/29

we’re continuing with the amazing Letters of Insurgents, the third pair of letters. there continue to be blog entries and oddly chosen pictures at insurgentsummer.org.
also, copies of letters of insurgents are now available for those of us who like to hold the book in our sweaty little hands.

on 6/22 we had a solid showing, including a new person who had personal experience in (and was willing to talk about) repression and contradictions in venezuela (and other places) in the past 30 years or so.

reading for 6/15

the first two letters (yarostan and sofia)… from letters of insurgents.
check out the audio at http://www.audioanarchy.org/letters.html

the best pdfs are at the anarchist library
http://theanarchistlibrary.org/HTML/Sophia_Nachalo_and_Yarostan_Vochek__Letters_of_Insurgents__part_01_10_.html

and commentary at insurgent summer
http://insurgentsummer.org/

reading for june 8

we’ll continuing the reading of intro to civil war, which had an extremely lively start last night… last night was a lot of explanation and questions, next week will perhaps be more about how this french theory/philosophy is relevant to what we’re doing or would like to be doing in our lives.
there was confusion about having the very limited ief pamphlet for some people, and the full book for other people, but confusion can be interesting.
food was good as always, special thanks to arielle for bringing so much yumminess.
we also got a mini report back from the bookfair at the very european city of montreal, where people really know their books.

june 1st

this is the first tuesday of the month, so potluck at 7pm (mostly vegan, preferably nut-free, and we have one person with a no-gluten or fermented foods diet too).
the potlucks are an opportunity to chat and check in, talk about personal stuff and get to know each other in a way that is different from when we’re talking anarchy.
come and eat even if you can’t bring food.

we will start reading excerpts from Intro to Civil War. if you have the book (vs the excerpts in the IEF pamphlet) then bring it tonight. the excerpts are slim pickings…
also, i somehow missed printing the final page. there’s not a whole lot of info on the last page, so i’ll bring it and we can read it on the day of. (people can also go to the ief pamphlet here and read it there, of course.)

future readings

may 25, we’ll be reading the chapter cindy brought in from Anarchism and the City
http://www.amazon.com/Anarchism-City-Revolution-Counter-Revolution-Barcelona/dp/1849350124 .
the chapter is called “mapping the working class city” and she takes no responsibility for how good or bad it is.
then for two weeks we’ll be reading “introduction to civil war” by tiqqun (imposed pdf here http://tarnac9.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/introcivilwar1.pdf)
and then
we are going to start on june 15 reading letters of insurgents as part of the insurgent summer (insurgentsummer.org) project, and we’ll see how working on other people’s schedule works for us. (a lot of reading per week, for some dense text.)

reading for 5.18

“the road to nihilism” brought in by arielle, written by fumiko kaneko (1903-1926), a japanese anarchist and nihilist arrested for conspiring against the emperor.

the road to nihilism

future readings being considered are (not in any order at all)

a) the civil war, by tikkun
b) the revolution of everyday life
c) a chapter from Anarchism and the City (on barcelona from 1898-1937)
d) letters of insurgents (at least some of it, to be part of the insurgent summer project)