This week, we hope to continue ruminating together on the juicy threads that were invoked in the discussion from last time.
What should anarchy do? What means are at the disposal of anarchy? Should effectiveness of action be a metric to which we compare ourselves? Is anarchy an end?
“Hard Words” — Hard Words
“Debate between J. Jacobi and an Eco-extremist” — Jacobi v MictlanTepetli
We will read and discuss John Zerzan’s The Catastrophe of Postmodernism.
This essay can also be found in the book “Future Primitive Revisited”, available as PDF or mobi format. (See: Part 1, section 4.)
We will read and discuss Against Chill and this podcast episode, from 7:30-9:30 pm California time.
Optional social connection for a few minutes prior and meta-discussion for a few minutes after.
We will read and discuss the Shamanism chapter of Cannibal Metaphysics, which is about 8 pages long. It is Chapter 9 on page 151.
Study group meets from 7:30-9:30.
Optionally, come 10 minutes early for social connection and stay 10 minutes late for metadiscussion.
We will read the controversial article Exiting the Vampire Castle.
Study group meets 7:30-9:30 California time. All are welcome to log in ten minutes early for pre-meeting social interaction and/or stay ten minutes later for meta-discussion.
We will focus on The Proverbs of Hell, within the larger text The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, by William Blake, which has illustrations by Blake.
Text only (easier to read), or find epub/pdf versions.
Illustrations in color here and also here in black and white with text alongside
We will read and discuss Kill the Couple in Your Head, at ungratefulhyenas.noblogs.org, available in both screen reading pdf and imposed pdf (for printing a pamphlet).
Alternatively, you can listen to the full text on Immediatism podcast. Part 1. Part 2.
Reading discussion is from 7:30-9:30 California time. Feel free to come a few minutes early for hellos and stay a few minutes later for metadiscussion, if you like.
We will read Toward the Creative Nothing, by Novatore. The text is available here at TheAnarchistLibrary.org and here at Immediatism.com in podcast form.
Notice that discussion questioning prompts have been added above, in the tab “questions to consider while reading.” Utilize these to the extent they are helpful or inspire you!
Feel free to come 10 minutes early to check in with a friendly hello if you choose to, and also to stay after the meeting for a meta-discussion if you like.
Next week, we’ll be discussing the nihilistic pessimism of Emil Cioran as presented in his book The Trouble With Being Born. We’ll take a look at Chapters 5, 2, and 3. That totals about sixty pages, but given it’s an aphoristic text, many of which are decidedly brief, all three chapters shouldn’t take more than an hour or so to complete (depending on how you ruminate, I suppose). But if for whatever reason you’re unable or disinclined to read all three chapters, it is suggested that you tackle them in the above order. See you soon! ~N