Reading for November: The Invention of Non-Psychiatry by David Cooper

Join us on Sunday, November 4th for our monthly anarchist bazaar and discussion at Riffraff bookstore + bar (60 Valley Street in Providence, inside The Plant)! We’ll have books and zines for sale from 12pm-4pm and the discussion will start at 2:30pm.

This month we’ll be discussing David Cooper’s The Invention of Non-Psychiatry. A South African-born psychiatrist, Cooper is credited with first using the term “anti-psychiatry” in 1967. The anti-psychiatry movement of the 1960s and 70s formed as a critique of institutionalization and the role of psychiatry and psychoanalysis as tools of repression and social control. Influential writers such as Thomas Szasz and R.D. Laing (both psychiatrists themselves) questioned the growing interpretation of mental illness as a disease of abnormal brain physiology, a view that has become the bedrock of contemporary biomedicine. At the same time, philosophers like Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari began to sketch the relationship between psychopathology and the interests of the capitalist power structure.

You can find the reading here. There’s also a brief essay in the margin by Eli Messinger on the history and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which we’ll touch on if time permits.

*Note: We’ve had some trouble printing this file so we recommend reading it online for now. We hope to post a printer-friendly version soon!

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Reading for October: How to Change the Course of Human History

Our next event will be held the first Sunday of October, 10/7 at Riffraff Bookstore/Bar in Olneyville (located at The Plant, 60 Valley Street, Unit 107A) for our monthly bazaar and literary discussion! Discussion starts at 2:30!

We’ll be discussing How to Change the Course of Human History (at least, the part that’s already happened), an article by David Graeber and David Wengrow reconsidering narratives of human progress through history. You can find the article on the Anarchist Library or in pamphlet form here.

Reading for September: excerpt from The Old Calendrist

Due to Labor Day we’ll be meeting on Sunday, September 9th (that’s the second Sunday of the month) at Riffraff Bookstore/Bar in Olneyville (located at The Plant, 60 Valley Street, Unit 107A) for our monthly bazaar and literary discussion! Discussion starts at 2:30!

We’ll be reading the first three sections of The Old Calendrist on the tyranny of the modern Western calendar (and how bad capitalist time is in general). You can find the reading below or on this site.

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What do we want? We want those golden days of September stolen from us by the idolaters of science and rationalist utilitarianism. We hope that the restoration of sacred pagan time will induce a new wide-spread consciousness open to a radical critique of technology as alienation. Stage by stage we’d like to regress toward the status quo ante 1752. Abolish the Industrial Revolution and the post-Industrial reign of time as money. Abolish not only electricity and infernal combustion but also the steam engine. Bring back agrarian green artisanal social time. Abandon the Capitalist Hell Realm. And by the way, let’s also get rid of Daylight Saving Time. Down with all Time Lords. Free Time.

Between now and then you can also find us at the Lowell Anarchist Book Fair on Saturday, August 25th from 11-5! We’ll have our full stock of books and pamphlets on display, plus some new stock!

Reading for August: The Abolition of Work by Bob Black

Join us on Sunday, August 5th at Riffraff Bookstore/Bar in Olneyville (located at The Plant, 60 Valley Street, Unit 107A) for our monthly bazaar and literary discussion! Discussion starts at 2:30!

We’ll be discussing Bob Black’s seminal critique of work, “The Abolition of Work”, which can be found below or on the anarchist library.

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No one should ever work.

Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost any evil you’d care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working.

Reading for July: An Invitation to Desertion

Join us once again at Riffraff Bookstore/Bar in Olneyville (located at The Plant, 60 Valley Street, Unit 107A) for our one year anniversary bazaar and literary discussion!

We’ll be reading Bellamy’s essay “An Invitation to Desertion” from the new journal Backwoods: a journal of anarchy and wortcunning – you can find the reading here. This essay is rather long so we may not have a print copy on hand, though you can find the journal in its entirety among our goods on display.

This piece is an introduction to the theory motivating Backwoods…It is presented as an antidote to the reigning ideology of neoliberal republicanism, aiming to delve into the roots of our crisis so as to understand how to live as much as possible outside it and against it.

Join us on June 3rd–NEW time, NEW location!

On Sunday, June 3rd, we’ll be meeting for the 12th (!) installment of our monthly anarchist bazaar and book discussion!

We’re very excited to be meeting at a *NEW* location, Riffraff Bookstore/Bar in Olneyville (located at The Plant, 60 Valley Street, Unit 107A)!

We’ll be trying out a new time as well–2pm to 6pm with discussion from 4:30-5:30pm. Let us know what you think!

Come explore Riffraff’s wide selection of books, have a drink, and join Viscera for a discussion on an excerpt from Blessed is the Flame: An Introduction to Concentration Camp Resistance and Anarcho-Nihilism. We will, of course, have an array of reading material for you to peruse, including some new stuff!

And if you’re really feeling adventurous, come check us out on Saturday, June 9th at the NYC Anarchist Bookfair!

Reading for May: Selections from The Broken Teapot and elsewhere

Join us for our next bazaar and literary salon next month on our usual first Sunday (May 6th) at fortnight wine bar

This month’s discussion will be on some selected readings from The Broken Teapot as well as others on the subject of “rape, abuse, accountability, and anarchism”

You can find those readings here

and for those of you in the Boston area (or who just want to come visit), we’ll be tabling at New Zineland at the Cambridge Elk’s Lodge from 12-6 on Saturday the 21st.

Find more information here