Reading for 5/26

Next week we’re starting what may be an extended biweekly dive into surrealism, and who better to kick it off with than Benjamin Péret? Here’s a few pieces of his courtesy of one of our participants: ENJOY

(edit: somehow the files got saved as pages docs instead of pdfs. they’ve now been reuploaded to the link above as pdfs; sorry about that!)

Another reminder that we’re meeting from 7:30-9:30pm each Tuesday for the next few months. As always, join us as with room name bastardanarchy.

Lastly, here is the infamous photo from La Révolution Surréaliste no. 8, captioned “Our Collaborator Benjamin Péret Insulting a Priest”:


Reading for 5/12

Thanks to our new participants and and those we hadn’t seen in a while for joining us last night — hope you will all make a habit of it!

We really liked James P. Carse’s book Finite and Infinite Games (see below), so in two weeks we’re going to pick back up with that, but next time we’ll revisit an old classic: On the Poverty of Student Life, the text which essentially took the Situationist International from an obscure groupuscule mired in the ashes of the Lettrist avant garde to an organization that would become synonymous with the uprisings of May 1968 and leave indelible marks in the annals of art, revolt, and criticism.

One of our participants will be providing a little historical context and background to the SI for those of us who haven’t encountered them before. If your hunger is still not glutted, you might read Bob Black’s essay on the SI.