December reading: Hello

Hello. It’s something we say to each other every day, it’s also the name of the next reading. Join us Sunday, December 1st from 1-4 at Binch Press (131 Clay Street, Central Falls – Suite 211) – discussion starts at 2:30. Come hang out and get ahead on your shopping for friends and loved ones.

You can find the next reading here

When we spoke of hopelessness, we meant a disregard for everything, but also an attitude toward the certainty of death. When we spoke of fearlessness, it was to distinguish ourselves from everything that lives as though it should not die. So, without fear, without hope, we are playing a game with time and death. Our project, to which we will have been true, will come to an end as well. The game, which comes in several variants, is to know this and remain committed – without illusions.

Commitment to commitment is to know how to communicate the dis-illusion and the game. This is what we are doing when we say: “hello.”

November reading: Against the Gendered Nightmare (excerpt)

Join us for our next event on Sunday, November 3rd from 1-4pm in a NEW location, the Community Cafe at 224 Admiral Street in Providence!

For November, we’ll be reading the first part of Against the Gendered Nightmare from baedan 2 – that’s the beginning and First Mythos: Enkidu and Shamhat. You can find the piece here.

As we’ve denied ourselves the future, we now turn against the past. In this, we abandon any pretensions of certainty or claims to truth. Instead we have only the experiences of those who revolt against the gendered existent, as well as the stories of those whose revolt we’ve inherited. In the spirit of this revolt, we offer these fragments against gender and domestication.

October reading: What is a destituent power? by Georgio Agamben

Our next event will be on Sunday, October 6th from 1pm-4pm at Binch Press (131 Clay Street, Central Falls – Suite 211). Come hear tales of our travels to Toronto and then join us for a discussion starting at 2:30pm!

October’s reading is by Georgio Agamben, someone who I find extremely interesting if not the most easily understood – though the essay is only ten pages, you may want to get a head start on it so you can have some time to read it over again.

From the introduction:

For Agamben, [destituent power] is in the sensible elaboration of the belonging together of life and form, being and action, beyond all relation, that the impasse of the present will be overcome. Ultimately, Agamben points not only towards what it means to become Ungovernable, but towards the potential of staying so.

This essay is usually trapped behind the walls of the Academy but has been lifted by a friend of the distro, and can be read here.

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:

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).

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” ( 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!