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Daily Reading Log
- Lots of reading, amidst the cracks of life as it goes, changes. Halfway through E. Biella Coleman's Coding Freedom, started David Graeber's Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, and wanted to start, but probably have to wait until after the thesis, bell hooks' Where We Stand: Class Matters.
- A piece in the New Yorker about Noah Baumbach, a person whose work I have a lot of sympathy for somehow, but in this piece he sounds like he wants to be a vampire sucking the energy off of his girlfriend's ideas. Is that a great way to have a relationship, or a terrible way?
- I've also been reading Living Anarchy on the train, while very tired lately.
- Zines from the Brooklyn Zine Fest: Alex #4 and #5, Deafula #5, and Indulgence #11.
- Jeppesen, Sandra. "Becoming Anarchist: The Function of Anarchist Literature." Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies 2011.2
- Imhorst, Christian. "Anarchy and Source Code - What does the Free Software Movement have to do with Anarchism?"
- Going to try to finish In Praise of Copying today. This book has pleasantly surprised me in many ways and I'm greatly enjoying it. Highly recommended if you would like to think more deeply about copying (and its mimetic, ever-present nature) on a philosophical level.
Many of the books about intellectual property I've looked at recently discuss the absurdities of various IP situations, or examine IP clashes via specific (often outrageous) legal cases. This book, on the other hand, talks more about the practices and traditions of copying, collaging or appropriating through many different perspectives, going back to the work of philosophers who are long dead but also looking for the mimetic in religious practices, theory, art, and even inside the human body. Totally fascinating.
- Also this article on drone, also by Boon.
- More Moonwalking with Einstein, enjoying the history of the book (as related to memory) section.
- Inching my way through Moonwalking with Einstein, which I've only read over BC lunches in the office.
- Insomnia had me reading Fosterhood in NYC
- About half of In Praise of Copying by Boon, which I am enjoying.
- Read the introduction to Common as Air by Hyde.
- Last week watched the documentary, Kind Hearted Woman. Among many powerful scenes, was struck by those where Robin took family to go walking through the U of M, and how looking at the university and thinking about what it offered was a powerful activity for them.
- While fighting some kind of bug finished Please Kill Me and ripping through Cometbus Omnibus and Straight Edge: Hardcore Punk, Clean Living Youth, and Social Change
- Been reading Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. Not sure if it will help the thesis, but it's a good pick up/put down at random book.
- Also still moving very slowly through Moonwalking with Einstein, my official over-lunch-at-work book of the moment.
- Still finishing up Getting Things Done
- Thesis reading: Living Anarchy by Jeff Shantz
- Democracy Now! and WBAI, who could sincerely use your help.
- Been reading Getting Things Done and trying to get things done.