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subrosa wrote

I am Not a Man, I am Dynamite: Friedrich Nietzsche and the Anarchist Tradition, essay collection, various authors. Finishing up my 'edit' for the T@L, should appear in a couple days. Some of them essays are ridiculously academic in tone; the book clocks in at 526 footnotes, in less than 150 pages.

The Theory of the Four Movements, Charles Fourier. Interesting character imo, but can get absolutely unreadable at times. More of a puzzle than a read to me.

Nightmares of Reason, Bob Black. I thought I had enough after Anarchy after Leftism, but I guess Black dunking on Bookchin is my kind of entertainment.

Added today: The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries, Kathi Weeks. One of the first books I put in the antiwork wiki, figured I should know what's in there.

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lastfutures wrote

Finishing up Still Life with Woodpecker by Robbins and then starting The Savage Detectives by Bolano.

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_caspar_ wrote

Bolaño is fantastic. changed my life in a certain way.

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lastfutures wrote

I know nothing about him. I just heard in an interview that Almodovar picked all the books on the character's shelf in Pain and Glory which I watched recently and that was on there.

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_caspar_ wrote

interesting. would you recommend that one? Ive only seen Broken Embraces and Talk to Her, but its been years. wonder how they would sit with me today.

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existential1 wrote

Honestly I've been reading a lot. Nothing fiction. I've been starting a research project on disparity studies and it is so time consuming and frankly, depressing. This is a highly specialized area of law that happens to coincide with work for me but it's basically a niche industry where consultants study how much an agency, typically a government agency, has underutilized some segment of the population in some way (usually contracting).

What's so interesting about it is that even if you're a government institution, say a city, that wants to setup a program to have race and gender conscious programs, you have to go through so many hoops to do it. And even after you go through the hoops, there may not be the infrastructure to support the program once presented with a legal challenge (and there will be a legal challenge).

For example, suppose that you are some rando city anywhere in the USA and you want to make a program that ensures you equitably contract with LGBTQ+ businesses. First, how will a third party consultant be able to find the volume of those businesses in EVERY business category for which you contract (construction, goods, services, architecture and engineering)? The US census does not ask for that status as they do for race (questionably for gender depending on your flavor of LGBTQ+). So where does that data exist? If you don't have the data to prove that there are x amount of businesses that are not being utilized at the rate that they exist in your market AND you cannot prove that they're not being utilized because of a specific party, you legally cannot create that program.

This is one of the areas of law and public policy in the US that a lot of leftists and anarchists have no idea that exists and its implications. It is literally the area of law that allows government agencies to give specific preference based on race and gender to remedy past discrimination. But it is excessively difficult to do and takes a lot of planning, foresight, and lawyers who aren't scared of white men who will sue because of "reverse racism".

Anyways, like I said...my work has a lot to do with this area and honestly it's just sad that even if you have people that really and truly want to do right, it's exceedingly difficult to do so.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

reading soviet marxism with my boyfriend to define and critique authcom ideology. have not read collaboratively for a long while, I'm sure it will be an interesting experience.

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Bezotcovschina wrote

Would like to hear out your conclusions on this.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

Sure, I will probably post about it, especially if my boyfriend and i get into arguments or otherwise have different perspectives.

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Hibiscus_Syrup wrote (edited )

I haven't been reading anything lately, everything I want to read right now is a tome and I don't have the concentration.

I was thinking of starting Mamdani's Neither Settler Nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities soon though. (Link to download list). Also a tome, but I might get the opportunity to talk with some good people about it so I might get the extra capacity I need.

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masque wrote (edited )

Just finished Whipping Girl by Julia Serano, now starting Philosophical Investigations by Wittgenstein in a continuing attempt to resolve my philosophical problems regarding the "meaning" of gender labels.

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black_fox wrote

Blood of Elves
The Unique and Its Property

the other day i finally read A Quick and Dirty Critique of Primitivist and AntiCiv Thought by Gillis out of curiosity, and while i can’t say the headache i had afterwards was caused by the zine, i can’t also say it wasn’t.

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lastfutures wrote

Gillis texts should come with a list of possible side effects.

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MHC wrote

Software documentation.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

at liberty to share which software?

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MHC wrote

OpenGEM, (GEM), a graphical user environment for DOS. I prefer the GUI format, despite using old/archaic software.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

Interesting, I know less about DOS than the unix derived OSs. what in particular are you using DOS for out of curiosity?

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naut wrote

Lolita, of all things. It's a book that's been on my radar for a while but never picked up. Now that I have, Nabokov has taken me for a trip. It's a full-blown stream of conscious fever dream, but like The Stranger and Crime and Punishment, I've found it eerily fascinating in how the narrator envelops you in their twisted logic and perception of reality.

Also working through On Anarchism (non-fiction is a bit slower for me), and I've started a re-read of For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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Ennui wrote

I guess it’s a thing with Russians.

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jouissance wrote

Dahr Jamail's The End of Ice, a sobering view of a biosphere in hospice.

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CameronNemo wrote

Today I read about a few plant species in California.

I reviewed three species of live oak: canyon live oak, coast live oak, and island live oak. The last is only found on the channel islands.

Also learned about black walnut trees. Theyare reportedly used as rootstock in orchards of non native walnut trees. I don't fully understand what that means, but I am imagining the trunk of the orchard tree being grafted onto the stump of black walnut.

Re-learned about creosote bush. These plants live in the desert and are very old. Some of these organisms are estimated at 10000 years old. They germinated when the climate was very different.

I learned about a couple small trees: Rhus integrifolia (lemonade berry) and Rhus ovata (sugar bush). They grow from 1-10 meters, are evergreen, are highly drought tolerant, and produce small berries that birds like to eat. The integrifolia one is smaller and can be trained to grow in a specific way more easily than the ovata. But the ovata can be toppedtopped without much issue. The wood is very dense.

I learned about Toyon, which is in the rose family and produces fruit similar to apples or rose hips. Reportedly, the fruit contains compounds that help prevent Alzheimer's.

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MHC wrote

In my front garden is a "Bradford" pear tree. I recently pruned it.

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zoom_zip wrote

i relate to this difficulty reading recently due to lack of concentration or motivation. I’ve mostly been reading screenplays. i keep going back to read the lighthouse. but sitting down to read a book just feels like a monumental effort. the last book i read was the buried giant.

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southerntofu wrote

So last night i was reading a long article in french about the link(s) between islamophobia and antisemitism (as paradoxal as it may sound). I fell asleep so i can't say anything about the conclusion but it was good so far.

Today i was reading an article that tries to break the "primitivism"/"progress" binary. That's an interesting perspective, but there's some universalist perspectives i don't agree with.

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Ennui wrote

Some Sartre and some Plato and some Marx. Just wrote an essay on The German Ideology. I think my goal over the summer will be to alternate between reading Das Kapital, Emerson, and Hegel. Then Freud. Then the Frankfurt School. And then, then maybe I can die happy.

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