The Berkeley Anarchist Study Group persists, but we no longer use this website for updates. If you’ve found us here, we’re glad, but head over to for current readings and updates. We’re still convening each and every Tuesday evening from 7:30-9:30 at The Long Haul (3124 Shattuck in Berkeley). Any questions? Send em to birdsoffire [at] riseup [dot] net.

Reading for 4/14

I am unequivocally the worst when it comes to posting readings before the weekend. However, it shouldn’t matter as much this week as tuesday we’ll talk about Emil Cioran’s morose misanthropy as displayed in his book Anathemas and Admirations

It’s an aphoristic work, so instead of all reading the same chunk, let’s each dive into the text randomly and read as much as we’re able and interested in, so that we might share different parts with each other on tuesday.

Reading for 4/7

For the next month or so, we’re not going to be meeting at the Long Haul bc of the pandemic. Instead, we’ll be meeting irl at a few different locations—not all of which we’re interested in posting publicly. If you’re thinking about attending the study group for the first time, or a returning participant that’s not a part of our fb chat group, email and I’ll let you know where we end up deciding to meet each week. For anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable gathering irl at the moment, we’ll be using the app Jitsi to allow you to take part remotely. The room name is


Tomorrow’s reading is a short one: John Gray’s recent piece “Why this crisis is a turning point in history” (LINK UPDATED!) join him in indulging in a little historical prognostication.