Reading for 1/12

Had a wonderful time talking with you all last time, especially our meta-discussion on how we use the group. Feel like we came away with some concrete ideas for how we can make sure the group feels welcoming and encouraging to newcomers and those of us who are less garrulous. We’ll no doubt continue that discussion periodically in the future.

Next week we’re going to begin checking out Laura Riding’s book Anarchism is Not Enough, starting with the introduction “Creating Criticism”. It looks to be well-worth taking a look at, so join us!

Here I will make note of two suggestions we’ve had for forthcoming readings: Antonin Artaud’s Heliogabalus, or The Crowned Anarchist and the anonymous piece “Revolution of Fungal LIfe” from Black Seed 7 (at least I think this was the piece from that issue you said you enjoyed, K).

Finally, some of you said you were interested in checking out a podcast a handful of folks from this group started a while back. We’ve got two more episodes in the can alongside an interview with Jason McQuinn on his Critical Self-Theory, all of which I am finally finishing the editing on and will appear soon. In the meantime, enjoy the one episode we have posted currently and let us know what you think.

Reading for 1/5

Best wishes in the new year, friends (at least to those abiding by the Gregorian calendar). Next week, we’re going to spend our first 90 min or so discussing two pieces which appeared in Killing King Abacus: “The Persistent Refusal of Paradise” by Penelope Nin and “Freedom” by Albert Libertad. Cory has recorded both of these for her podcast Immediatism. Thanks Cory! The remaining time will go towards a meta-conversation about the reading group itself and how we use our time. Periodically this group has found it worthwhile to take a step back and examine the dynamics of our discussions, so that we can all more intentionally get what we want out of each meeting. So please give some thought to the things you like and don’t like, as well as any ideas you have for experimenting with the forms our circle takes, and don’t be hesitant to share them!

Wishing you all a 2021 filled with much playful mayhem!