Reading for 3/22

Before finishing the Bachelard, we’ll take a slight detour through the utopian dreams of Charles Fourier by way of Dominic Pettman’s Peak Libido. Take a peak at Chapter 3 (pg. 73): “Get Thee to a Phalanstery (or How Fourier Can Still Teach Us to Make Lemonade)”. Until then, stay fierce.

Reading for 3/15

We’ll finish Bachelard’s book in two weeks, but for a change of pace, let’s read the chapter on Max Stirner from Roberto Calasso’s The Forty-Nine Steps (pg. 144). Our next BASTARD Conference will be held on Sunday, June 5th to coincide with the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair. Bring ideas for themes and presentations in the coming weeks if you’ve got em. See you soon.

Reading for 3/8

Continuing with Bachelard’s Lautréamont; this week discussing Chapters 4 (“The Biographical Problem”) and 5 (“Lautréamont: Poet of Muscles and Cries”). By the way, I noticed that there is a section of endnotes in the back of the book which provide some contextual details for allusions along with page numbers for quotes Bachelard pulls from Maldoror (unfortunately from a different edition than the one we’re reading, though they still may help roughly locate a passage), all of which may prove useful. Look forward to seeing you soon!