I go through ebbs and flows where I am reading a lot of non-fiction or I am reading a lot of vampire fiction. (Don’t ask, I need a vice! Or, only ask if you want recommendations!) Having first been motivated by the upcoming anarchist bookfair in nyc of last weekend, and then fired up by the people, ideas, and event itself, I’ve been reading less of the vampire stuff and more of the thought-provoking stuff in the past couple weeks.
So my current or recent reads (no particular order):
And a whole bunch of photography books that likely no one is interested in. Plus some stuff on buddhism, depression and meditation. Fun stuff! Oh, and code stuff, which likely is about as interesting as watching rocks grow to most people.
So the books on my bookshelf that are waiting for me to read makes a much longer list (thanks in large part to AK Press, who faithfully sends me books every month, and which I not as faithfully get to eventually):
- Durruti in the Spanish Revolution by Abel Paz
- Free Comrades by Kissack
- Granny Made Me an Anarchist: General Franco, The Angry Brigade, and Me by Stuart Christie
- Beyond Bullets by Boykoff
- Possibilities: Essays On Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire by David Graeber
- Marketing Social Change by Alan Andreasen
- Carbon Trading – a critial conversation on climate change, privatisation and power: development dialogue no 48, september 2006
- Bird Flu: A Virus of our own hatching by Michael Greger
- Rebel Alliances: The means and ends of contemporary British anarchisms by Benjamin Franks
- The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life by Georgy Katsiaficas
- Empty Cages by Tom Regan
- Speciesism by Joan Dunayer
- Che Gurevara and the Latin American Revolution by Manual “Barbarroja” Piñeiro
I have many more, such as “Rogue Economics” and “The Revolution Will Not Be Funded” that I definitely want to read. Probably “End Game” as well.
I can’t recommend, yet, the books I haven’t read, but for anyone interested in anarchism (who hasn’t already read a lot on it), I think that “Conquest of Bread” is a great book. For people interested, in general, in living sustainably and likely a bit outside the confines of wage-slavery, “Nowtopia” and “food not lawns” are great books, with “food not lawns” being (surprise) very focused on gardening. I have found both to be incredibly motivating. They definitely make me feel that if I am not happy with the way things are, then I should change what I have the most power over – which happens to be me and my life. So gardening, forming community and performing acts of mutual aid, these are the things I can do right now.
Other books that I think we should all read would include “Aftershock” and “The Joy of Conflict Resolution” (and that last one, maybe both, are books I’d recommend to everyone everywhere, not just activists, or people interested in AR or anarchism).
So that’s where I’m at in my reading at the moment. I have a lot of reading to get through – so much, in fact, that I often ignore those great heaping piles of books and reach for the fascinating world of vampires.
What are you reading? What would you recommend?