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 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 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!