we’ll be reading something from the brand new issue of black seed (#6), to be determined on the night of… copies available at the long haul tomorrow night.
guillaume visited and spoke last week, and that was very nice. this week we’re reading the newly translated pamphlet by him and some other folks, called the manifesto of the happily unemployed. they were handed out last week, and are not yet online. the conversation will probably be about work, cultural expectations, social credibility, interventions in all of those things, how to intervene, what it looks like when the culture adapts to past interventions (think hipsters), etc.
first chapter of demotivational training…
so late, sorry folks.
on the poverty of student life
next week we’re reading chapters from the art of destruction, specifically “let’s destroy the privilege of the artist” (page 22), and “the art of destruction” (page 55). if you’d like to read more, birds also recommended “uncertain rebellion” (page 15), but 30 pages might be too much for some, so that will be the proverbial extra credit. There are definitely other fun things in the book, so the whole thing has been posted.
thanks to birds for being always on the ball with readings!
we’re going directly to now, by the invisible committee, the first two chapters, and bypassing sahlins’s piece, which we have on informed authority is too referential to other theory, without footnotes, to be intelligible. so, now!
this coming week we’re reading this story from anarchistnews, by david graeber and some other anthro, how to change the course of human history
the following week (and it’s long, so you might want to get a head start on it) we’ll read this piece by sahlins
and the plan is that the following week we’ll read an excerpt from now, the newish book from the invisible committee (in actual hard copy!).
we’re reading the rest of desert.
poked with the question of anti-civ theory that considers the collapse and immediate aftermath, we’re reading the first two chapters of desert. that is, “no global future” and “it’s later than we thought.”
aside from desert, there are definitely pieces on parts of likely collapse scenarios, but not from anarchists (as far as i know).
it also came up last night that people are trying to post comments here and can’t so i’m checking on how to fix that, because it’s terrible! i hear this has been fixed; yay!
i read an article years ago that talked about how just the decomposition of a lot of bodies concentrated in one place would be a toxic disaster on its own. i am not finding that kind of information, and maybe that’s not the sort of thing we’re trying to think about here anyway. but i’m interested in it.