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.

Reading for February: To Acid-Words

We had a great discussion in January! Thanks everyone for coming!

Next up, we’ll be discussing “To Acid-Words” by Alejandro de Acosta. This piece is about language, specifically the kinds of words used in radical, activist, and anarchist spaces. What do the words we use, words like “accountability” or even “radical” actually mean? What are the bad words we’re not allowed to say? What are the implications of using words taken from the institutions we seek to destroy? The essay seeks to address some of these questions as well as the possibilities contained in our language. de Acosta also draws on some of the situationist ideas we discussed with last month’s reading!

This one’s a little long but we promise, it’s worth it. Get started early! You can find the reading here.

See you on Sunday, February 3rd from 12-4pm (discussion starts at 2:30pm) at Riffraff bookstore and bar! (Located in The Plant, 60 Valley Street. Tons of free parking across the street.)

Reading for January: On the Poverty of Student Life

For our first event of the new year we’ll be meeting again at Riffraff on Sunday, January 6th from 12-4. Books, pamphlets and more on sale, with our reading discussion starting at 2:30.

Our reading this month is another classic and somewhat long one – we’ll be discussing On the Poverty of Student Life, a Situationist text published by students at the University of Strasbourg in 1966 and a touchstone for the waves of student rebellion taking place at the time. For more background on the piece (which might be helpful considering it makes a number of historical references and uses some jargon!) you can check out the Wikipedia article here.

The full text is available at the anarchist library and is available in audio form from Resonance Audio Distro here.

Reading for December: The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism by Fredy Perlman

Need to get some not-so-last-minute shopping done for the holidays? Join us on Sunday, December 2nd 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’s reading is a classic and one of our favorites – Fredy Perlman’s “The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism”. Over 30 years since it was written, this essay continues to provide an elucidating definition of nationalism and its uses by both “left” and “right” and is all the more relevant in a context in which “nationalism” and “fascism” are terms mobilizing large numbers of people.

The idea that an understanding of the genocide, that a memory of the holocausts, can only lead people to want to dismantle the system, is erroneous. The continuing appeal of nationalism suggests that the opposite is true-er, namely that an understanding of genocide has led people to mobilize genocidal armies, that the memory of holocausts has led people to perpetrate holocausts.

It’s somewhat long as pieces we’ve read go and we’ll be discussing the whole thing, so plan ahead!

You can read the essay here, including the option to print it out for yourself in pamphlet form!

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!