No event in August, we’re back in September!

We’re taking a month off in August, but we’ll be back on September 8th from 1-4 at Binch Press.

Because we’ve got a bit more time we’ll be reading something longer: the classic bolo’bolo by P.M. This is one we’ve been meaning to get to for a while now, and we’re looking forward to discussing it together!

“bolo’bolo is also a modest proposal for the new arrangements on the spaceship after the Machine’s disappearance. Though it started as a mere collection of wishes, a lot of considerations about their realization have accumulated around it. bolo’bolo can be realized world-wide within five years, if we start now. It guarantees a soft landing in the second reality. Nobody will starve, freeze or die earlier than today in the transition period. There’s very little risk.”

Find it on the anarchist library here: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/p-m-bolo-bolo

Binch is on the second floor and towards the back of 131 Clay Street in Central Falls, and we’ll have some signs up to guide your way. Parking is available on street or in the lot to the right of the building (disregard the “tenants only” sign).

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Reading for July: Give up Activism

Join us for our monthly bazaar and reading discussion back at its usual first Sunday of the month on July 7th from 1-4 at Binch Press.

This month we’ll be reading the classic essay “Give up Activism” by Andrew X critiquing the role of the activist in creating radical change.

The activist is a specialist or an expert in social change. To think of yourself as being an activist means to think of yourself as being somehow privileged or more advanced than others in your appreciation of the need for social change, in the knowledge of how to achieve it and as leading or being in the forefront of the practical struggle to create this change.

You can find the full essay on the Anarchist Library here. We’d also suggest reading the afterword written by the author here, which manages to be a little less embarrassing than Alyson Escalante’s recanting her essay on gender nihilism (though it certainly gets close).

Binch is on the second floor and towards the back of 131 Clay Street in Central Falls, and we’ll have some signs up to guide your way. Parking is available on street or in the lot to the right of the building (disregard the “tenants only” sign).

Location for June: we’re back at Binch on the 16th!

*please note that we’ll be starting at 1 pm again!

Forgive the late notice, but for June’s bazaar and reading discussion we’ll be back at Binch Press on June 16th from 1-4. Reading discussion starts at 2:30 as usual, this time on the subject of Monsieur Dupont’s “Anarchists must say what only anarchists can say” (https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/monsieur-dupont-anarchists-must-say-what-only-anarchists-can-say). Binch is located at 131 Clay Street (studio 211) in Central Falls – the actual studio is on the second floor and towards the back, but we’ll have some signs up to guide your way. Parking is available on street or in the lot to the right of the building (disregard the “tenants only” sign).

See you there!

Reading for June: Anarchists Must Say What Only Anarchists Can Say

We’re still in the process of finalizing our June event date. So keep your eyes peeled but in the meantime…

Our June reading will be a piece by the inimitable Monsieur Dupont, “Anarchists must say what only anarchists can say.” You can find it in the book Nihilist Communism and online here.

Although this piece was written more than 15 (!) years ago, it’s still painfully relevant to us as anarchists trying to figure out how to live amidst the machinery of endless recuperation and commodification of even our most basic desire for freedom. What’s an anarchist to do, if we don’t believe that an idyllic revolution is just around the corner? And what is the anarchist role when seemingly revolutionary moments do present themselves?

To quote Monsieur Dupont:

It is not for anarchists to celebrate when ‘the people’ take over, anarchists ought not to be so amazed at examples of natural ingenuity and resilience, that is after all what they base all their principles on. Unfortunately their proper political task is less appealing and more controversial, it is to poke their fingers into the wounds of revolution, to doubt and to look for ways in which the Zapatistas, FLN, ANC or any other bunch of leftwing heroes will sell out, because they always do. The questions we must ask of civil emergency and economic breakdown, which are the occasions where various social and pro-revolutionary movements appear is how exactly does capital re-establish itself again and again despite the apparent revolutionary intent of the general populace.

We’re excited for this one! See you in June!

Reading for May: BE GAY. DO CRIME.

Join us for our monthly event at a NEW LOCATION AND TIME!

Sunday, May 12th (note: this is the SECOND Sunday, not the first!) from 1-4pm

We’re VERY excited to be meeting at Binch Press, a newly formed, cooperatively run print and ceramics space, located at 131 Clay Street (studio 211) in Central Falls. Check them out on facebook and insta for more info on how to get involved! They have some cool events coming up, including open studio days and ceramics workshops.

As always, we’ll have books and zines for sale. From 2:30-3:30pm, we’ll be discussing the essay, “Be Gay, Do Crime” by the Mary Nardini Gang. You can find the reading here: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/mary-nardini-gang-be-gay-do-crime

This essay and others are included in an awesome new book from our friends at Contagion press. Come grab a copy!

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Reading for April: “Uncivilized, Exotic, Dangerous”

Our next monthly event will be at Riffraff on Sunday, April 14th from 12-4! Please note that this is the second Sunday of the month, rather than our usual first. As usual, we’ll have books, pamphlets and more on sale and the Viscera crew to hang out with, and our reading discussion starts at the usual 2:30.

The reading this month is “Uncivilized, Exotic, Dangerous”, a short zine produced by the French distro Breakdown Editions and recently translated by the newly announced Down and Out Distro.

Originally produced in French, ‘Uncivilized, Exotic, Dangerous: reflections on the ‘beurette’ identity, against humanity – in pursuit of self-abolition’ is a critical reflection on the construction of the identity ‘buerette’- a french slang term referring to woman of Maghrebian and Arab decent and defined in the text thusly:

A French woman whose family originates from Maghreb
(North Africa). The term is ‘verlan’ (french back slang) of ‘rebeue’ (slang for Arab).

-An informal word for a whore/slut:
“A Friend: ‘This bitch, she wears too much makeup’
Me: ‘Normal, she’s a ‘beurette’. ”

You can find the reading here, and Down and Out’s full description here.

Reading for March: Two pieces on Nietzsche and Nihilism

Our next monthly event will be at Riffraff on Sunday, March 3rd from 12-3:30 – please note that we’ll be wrapping up a half-hour early! As usual, we’ll have books, pamphlets and more on sale, with our reading discussion starting at 2:30.

The next reading is two pieces on Nietzsche and nihilism from Albert Camus and Gilles Deleuze – for those of you who enjoyed the philosophical bent of our last reading, you’ll likely enjoy this one as well! This is another longish reading, so we recommend starting it a bit early.

You can access the reading here.