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THINGS I'VE READ 2012—2013 SKOOL IS OUT

I graduated around a year ago, and I’ve found myself having time to read things I hadn’t been able to while going to school, because I was limited to reading programmatically for classes while also working to pay for school. I don’t know if I could go back to school and read for money, pay for it, but being so broke all the time, I’ve been wondering if I should try to go back for whatever marginal financial support. I was hanging out the today with a friend who is doing freelance journalism, j.g. He’s eking out a living on opeds, synoptically writing digestible opinion pieces for pro labor audiences. He told me over the course of the conversation that it’s given him a realistic place in the world as a helping hand rather awakening him from the misleading seductive underworld paved by the liberal rhetoric of being “one’s own special snowflake”. This made me feel bad for wanting to take my imagination seriously. I work as a barista serving deskjob drones who come in to spend seven dollars a day on lattes. Right now I get by because I’m living in a warehouse and am semi-dependent on a partner who helps me stay afloat. I started to keep track of what I had read starting last summer. Here is an incomplete working list of things I’ve read this last notskool year. 

Books

  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • What is Called Thinking? by Martin Heidegger
  • Being and Nothingness by Sartre
  • The Ethics of Sexual Difference by Luce Irigaray
  • The Speculum of Difference by Luce Irigaray
  • This Sex Which Is Not One by Luce Irigaray
  • Night Vision by Butch Lee and J. Sikai
  • Gramsci is Dead by Richard Day
  • Why Marx was Right by Terry Eagleton
  • Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  • Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank Wu
  • Anarchism and its Aspirations by Cindy Milstein
  • Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  • Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault
  • The History of Sexuality, Volume One by Michel Foucault
  • Society Must be Defended by Michel Foucault
  • Resistance, Rebellion, and Death by Albert Camus
  • The Castle by Franz Kafka
  • Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici
  • Revolution at Point Zero by Silvia Federici
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  • The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt
  • Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
  • Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks
  • killing rage by bell hooks
  • Race Matters by Cornel West
  • The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
  • Some Stories by Clarice Lispector
  • Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Hatred of Capitalism by Sylvere Lotringer and Chris Kraus
  • Writing and Difference by Jacques Derrida
  • Methodology of the Oppressed by Chela Sandoval 
  • Three Poems by John Ashbery 
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  • Forced to Care: Coercion and Caregiving in America by Evelyn Nakano Glenn
  • The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
  • Change the World Without Taking Power by John Holloway
  • One Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse
  • Wildseed by Octavia Butler
  • Who Sings the Nation State? by Judith Butler and Gayatri Spivak
  • Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to Urban Revolution by David Harvey
  • The Coming Insurrection by the Invisible Committee
  • Discourse on Colonialism by Aime Cesaire
  • Commonwealth by Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt 
  • Read my Desire by Joan Copjec
  • Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Culture by Nancy Chodorow
  • Aliens and Anorexia by Chris Kraus
  • Cities Under Siege by Stephen Graham
  • The Invention of America by Enrique Dussel
  • A Tempest by Aime Cesaire
  • Manhattan by Helene Cixous
  • Notebook of a Return to a Native Land by Aime Cesaire
  • Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance by Nancy Tuana and Sharon Sullivan
  • Introduction to Civil War by Tiqqun
  • The Dialectic of Sex by Shulamith Firestone
  • Looking White People in the Eye by Sherene Razack
  • Coldness and Cruelty by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
  • Anti Oedipus by Deleuze and Guattari
  • Psychopathia Sexualis by Robert Kraftt Ebbing
  • Scum Manifesto by Valerie Solanas
  • Black Skin White Masks by Frantz Fanon
  • Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin
  • The Coming Community by Giorgio Agamben
  • A Brief History of Neoliberalism by David Harvey
  • Deviations by Gayle Rubin
  • Written On the Body by Jeannette Winterson
  • Class Matters by bell hooks
  • Debt by David Graeber
  • Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking by Tim Dean
  • Everything we write will be used against us by LIES Collective
  • The Birth of Biopolitics by Michel Foucault
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
  • I Love Dick by Chris Kraus
  • Sex, Race, and Class by Selma James
  • Justine by Marquis de Sade
  • Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body by Susan Bordo
  • Healing Myths Healing Magic by Donald M. Epstein
  • Introduction to Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects,Others by Sara Ahmed 
  • The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity and Love by bell hooks
  • Preliminary Materials For a Theory of a Young Girl by Tiqqun
  • This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace
  • The New Intimacy by Barbara Cully
  • Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant
  • The Problems of Resistance edited by Steve Martinot and Joy James
  • Theories of Race and Racism edited by Les Back and John Solomos
  • Warfare in the American Homeland: Policing and Prison in a Penal Democracy edited by Joy James
  • Two by Duras by Marguerite Duras
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • On Call by June Jordan
  • On Violence by Hannah Arendt
  • Feminists Theorize the Political edited by Judith Butler and Joan Scott
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Clay’s Ark by Octavia Butler
  • Identity by Milan Kundera
  • Colonizer and Colonized by Albert Memmi
  • Woman, Native, Other by Trin Minh Ha
  • Rethinking Love: The Feminization of Sex by Barbara Ehrenreich, Elizabeth Hess, Gloria Jacobs
  • Refusing to be a Man by John Stoltenberg
  • Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law by Dean Spade
  • Loving in the War Years: lo que nunca paso por sus labios by Cherrie L. Moraga 
  • And Our faces, My heart, Brief as photos by John Berger 
  • The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lerner

Articles

  • “Mandela” from New Enclosures by Midnight Notes Collective
  • “Theorizing and Practicing a Critical Pedagogy of Consumption” by Jennifer Sandin
  • “Power of Women and Subversion of the Community” by Maria Dalla Costa and Selma James
  • “The Speculum of Ignorance: The Women’s Health Movement and Epistemologies of Ignorance” by Nancy Tuana
  • “Transfeminist Manifesto” by Emi Koyama
  • “Multiculturalism and The Promise of Happiness” by Sara Ahmed
  • “Lies: A Journal of Materialist Feminism” by LIES Collective
  • “Marx and the Liberal Discourse of Rights” by Peter Critchley
  •  "Neoliberalism and the End of Democracy" by Wendy Brown
  • “Planet of Slums” by Mike Davis
  • “Neighborhood Assemblies” by Colectivos Situaciones
  • “Take Over the City"by Lotta Continua
  • "LA ’92: The Context of Proletarian Uprising by Aufheben
  • "Self Ownership and Property in the Person: Democratization and a Tale of Two Concepts” by Carole Pateman
  • “Defending Prostitution: Charges Against Ericsson” by Carole Pateman
  • “Beyond Power/knowledge: an Exploration of the Relation of Power, Ignorance, and Stupidity” by David Graeber
  • L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Issue 13
  • “Trauma and Ineloquence” by Lauren Berlant
  • “Colonialism Brought Home: On the Colonialization of the Metropolitan Space” by Lorenzo Veracini
  • “Europe and the global south: towards a circle of equality” by Iris Marion Young
  • “Of Other Spaces” by Michel Foucault
  • “Black Woman’s Manifesto” by Third World Women’s Alliance
  • “The Combahee River Collective Statement” by the Combahee River Collective 
  • “The Myth of Black Matriarchy” by The Black Scholar
  • “Double Consciousness and the Problem of Political Legitimacy” by Jane Anna Gordon
  • “White Ignorance” by Charles W. Mills
  • “Epistemologies of Ignorance: Three Types” by Linda Martin Alcoff
  • “On the Absence of Biology in Philosophical Considerations of Race” by Stephanie Malia Fullerton
  • “On the Possibility of Posthumanism, or How to Think Queerly in an Anti Black World” by David Ross Fryer
  • “The Female Complaint” by Lauren Berlant
  • “The Queen of America Goes to Washington City” by Lauren Berlant
  • “Heteropatriarchy and The Three Pillars of White Supremacy” by Andrea Smith
  • “For Lovers and Fighters” by Dean Spade
  • “Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History” by Nancy Fraser
  • “Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying” by Adrienne Rich
  • “The Straight Mind” by Monique Wittig
  • “A Cyborg Manifesto” by Donna Haraway
  • “Heterosexuality and the Colonial/Modern Gender System” by Maria Lugones
  • “Beauty Laid Bare” by bell hooks
  • “Remembered Rapture: Dancing With Words” by bell hooks
  • “The Artifice of Absorption: An Essay” by Charles Bernstein
  • “The Experimental Disposition: Nietzsche’s Discovery of America, Or, Why the Present Administration Sees Everything in Terms of a Test” by Avital Ronell
  • “Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance” by bell hooks
  • “Misguided, Dangerous, and Wrong: An Analysis of Antipornography Politics” by Gayle Rubin
  • “The Traffic in Women” by Gayle Rubin
  • “Sexual Traffic” Interview with Gayle Rubin by Judith Butler 
  • “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality” by Gayle Rubin
  • “Masculinity as Homophobia” by Michael Kimmel
  • “Internalized Classism: The Role of Class in the Development of Self” by Glenda M. Russell
  • “Philosophy after theory: transdisciplinarity and the new” by Peter Osborne
  • “Sex, Power, and the Politics of Identity” by Michel Foucault
  • “An Attack on Prostitutes is an Attack on All Women” by San Francisco Wages for Housework
  • “Necropolitics” by Achille Mbembe
  • “Starting from the Social Wage” by Camille Barbagallo and Nichoals Beuret
  • “Is Housework Soluble in Love? by Viviane Gonik
  • "Challenging Power and Creating New Spaces for Possibility: A Discussion with Robin D.G. Kelly” by Benjamin Holtzman
  • “Feminism and the Politics of the Common” by Silvia Federici
  • “Sex, Race, and Matrices of Desire in an Antiblack World” by Lewis Gordon
  • “Reckoning Loyalties: White Femininity as "Crisis” by Aimee Carrillo Rowe & Samantah Lindsey
  • “Marjorie Perloff, Avant Garde Poetics, and The Princeton Review of Poetry and Poetics” by Kent Johnson
  • “Is there a Feminine Genius?” by Julia Kristeva
  • “Forced Passages” by Dylan Rodriguez
  • “The Prison Slave as Hegemony’s Silent Scandal” by Frank Wilderson
  • “There is No Interracial Sexual Relationship” by Jared Sexton
  • “Beyond Fantasies into Ecstasy” by Sandy Covahey
  • “Racial Identity and Racial Identification” by K. Anthony Appiah
  • “White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness” by Ruth Frankenburg
  • “Racial Profiling and Societies of Control” by Jared Sexton
  • “Motherhood and the Invention of Race” by Steve Martinot
  • “An Introduction to Female Masculinities” by Judith Halberstam
  • “From Servitude to Service Work” by Evelyn Nakano Glenn
  • “Anti man to Anti patriarchy” by Emily Margulies
  • “Displacing Hegemonic Discourses: Reflections on Feminist Theory in the 80’s” by Teresa de Lauretis
  • “Toward a Black Feminist Criticism” by Barbara Smith
  • “Colonialism and Modernity: Feminist Representations of Women in Non Western Societies” by Aihwa Ong
  • “Chapter 1 Queer Temporality and Postmodern Geographies, In a Queer Time and Place” by Judith Halberstam
  • “I Want a Twenty Four Hour Truce Where There is No Rape” by Andrea Dworkin
  • “On Celibacy” by Dana Densmore

Websites

  • “What Poetry Teaches Us About the Power of Persuasion” by Dorothea Lasky
  • “To Find the Cost of Freedom: Theorizing and Practicing a Critical Pedagogy of Consumption” by Jennifer Sandlin
  • “Confronting the State: M.Butterfly and A Tempest as Examples of Postcolonial Drama”
  • “All the Sad, Young, Pretty Girls” by Kate Zambreno
  • “Why We As Women of Color, Join the Call for Divestment From Israel” by Barbara Ransby
  • “Clicktivism is Ruining Leftist Activism” by Micah White
  • “In the Time of Fear: Bergman and Jarman” by Masha Tupitsyn
  • “Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy” by Andrea Smith
  • “The New Sexual Radicalism” by Peter Drucker
  • “Queer theories and militant practices” by Girard Gabriel
  • “Rainer Werner Fassbinder” by Ariana Reines
  • “Privilege Politics is Reformism” by Will, Close Friend of Black Orchid Collective
  • “Violent Economic ‘Reforms’ and the Growing Violence Against Women” by Vandana Shiva on Aljazeera
  • “Slavery, Genocide, and the Politics of Outrage” by Hishaam Aidi
  • “Columbus Day: U.S. Capitalism built on slavery, genocide” by Peta Lindsay
  • “Django in Chains: American racism and the bootstrapping myth” by Matthew Cole
  • “Masked Racism: What is the Prison Industrial Complex? Why does it matter?” by Angela Davis 
  • “Filth and Sexual Excess” by Jack Sargeant: M/C Journal
  • “An End to Self Care” by B. Loewe
  • “Wages Against Housework” by Silvia Federici, Power of Women Collective and Falling Wall Press 
  • “Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy: The Struggle Against the Oppression of Neoliberalism; A Conversation with Peter McLaren, Part 2” by Sabastjan Leban
  • “Sex as Work and Sexwork” by Laura Agustin
  • “Fertile Ground: A Witches’ History Lesson” by Alison Parker
  • “Living with Andrea Dworkin” by John Stoltenberg
  • “Can we end violence against women and girls?” by Soma Chadhuri
  • “The False Promise of School Choice” by Barbara Miner
  • “Asian Americans to Pew Study: We are not your model minority” by Julianne Hing
  • “Hugo Chavez knew that his revolution depended on women” by Selma James and Nina 
  • Lopez
  • “Kimani Gray: Was the Brooklyn Teen Killed by NYPD Innocent?” by Edward Wyckoff Williams
  • “The Good Racist People” by Ta Nehisi Coates
  • “Mass Protests in Portugal over Austerity Cuts” by Aljazeera
  • “Permanent Reproductive Crisis: Interview with Silvia Federici” by Marina Vishmidt
  • “On Not Loving Yourself” by Lovemme in Black Girl Dangerous
  • “The Prude’s Progress” by Radical Trans Feminist
  • “Precarious Thought” by Bhaskar Sunkara
  • “I Don’t "Get” Poetry Readings" by Bethany Prosseda 
  • “Adrian Brody” by Marie Calloway
  • “The Imperial Archive: Key Concepts in Postcolonial Studies” by Sinead Caslin
  • “A Day Without Care” by Sarah Jaffe
  • “Caring on Stolen Time: A Nursing Home Diary” by JONO
  • “Agent of Change: An Interview with bell hooks” with Tricycle
  • “October 2006 Interview with bell hooks” by Pierce Freelon
  • “Interview with Gloria Steinem” at No Safe Place: Violence Against Women
  • “How Do You Practice Intersectionalism? An Interview with bell hooks” by Randy Lowens
  • “About Purportedly Gendered Body Parts” by Dean Spade
  • “Capitalism and Loneliness: Why Pornography is a Multibillion Dollar Industry” by Harriet Fraad
  • “Hypocrisy of antitrans "feminism” at National Women’s Studies Association by eminism

Zines 

  • The Undesirables by Venemous Butterfly Press
  • Moonroot 1
  • Moonroot 2
  • Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Gender Anarky Selected Writings by Gender Anarky Collective 
  • Autonomist Marxism by Nick Dyer Witheford
  • Uncontrollable: Contributions Toward A Conscious Nihilism by Untorelli
  • The Politics of Radical Relationships by Revolt, She Said
  • Whiteness and the 99% by Joel Olson
  • Up Against the Wall: A History of Resistance to Policing in Philadelphia by Artura Castillon
  • The Flatbush Rebellion by Anonymous
  • When Feminism is Revolting by stacy aka sallydarity
  • Safety is an Illusion by Angustia Celeste
  • Hello, a greeting from Nowhere by Anonymous
  • Capitalism: A Very Special Delirium by Felix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze
  • Human Strike in the Field of Libidinal Economy by Claire Fontaine
  • The City in the Female Gender by Lia Magale
  • Kiss me, Rape me, Fuck me by D.E. Machina
  • Dangerous Spaces: Villent Resistance, Self Defense, and Insurrectional Struggle Against Gender by Untorelli Press
  • Theses on the Terrible Community by Tiqqun
  • The Suspended Step of Communization by Bernard Lyon
  • Gramsci’s Black Marx: Whither the Slave in Civil Society? by Frank Wilderson III
  • Pink and Black Attack Issue 6 by Gender Mutiny

When you dedicate your time to live your life … may it be growing personally, building your business, helping other people get ahead, meeting new people, catching up with friends … (whatever it may be) choose an environment where you’re present and feel at ease. It’s so important if you want to fully give of yourself and achieve your ambitions.

Today I was out in nature, and I achieved my goals for the day in less than an hour. Why? Because I was FOCUSED & PRESENT, COMMITTED, DEDICATED, FELT GOOD, LEARNT NEW THINGS … that’s it.

Action step:

Look for an environment that helps your achieving your goals. Make a list of all the places in your city that allow you to fully focus & be present to give your best.

(Alternatively, think about how you can organize your home, so it helps you create more value to your clients.)

Mario Montreal


#PersonalGrowth #PersonalDevelopment #SelfEducation #Success #Inspiration #FeelGood #DoItNow #GetThingsDone

I read this book in one day and i enjoyed it so much. I highly recommend this book for those who are interested in feminism, thomas sankara explains in this book why it is very important to involve women in the revolution. How women have been(and saddenly still are) being oppressed by the patriarchal society we live in & the difference between the oppression of men and women. It shows the history of women’s rights in Burkina faso and how to organize a society build with equal rights. This shows how intelligent thomas sankara was and it makes me sad that a great man like him is no longer among us, i wonder how burkina faso and the rest of the african countries would look like if he was still alive. This is what africa needs, revolutionary leaders like thomas sankara who are not afraid to challenge capitalism and to die for their ideals, reading this book felt like as if thomas was talking to me beyond the grave. 

“The women and men of our society are all victims of imperialist oppression and domination. That is why they wage the same battle. The revolution and women’s liberation go together. We do not talk of women’s emancipation as an act of charity or out a surge of human compassion.It is a basic necessity for the revolution to triumph ~ THOMAS SANKARA.”(December 21, 1949 – October 15, 1987)

cc: my whole family - both sides. It’s like nothing I do matters unless that expensive sheet of paper (that NONE of them can afford) validates it all… Last time someone asked me if I was still in school, I said “Nah… and I ain’t going back.” // #StillSmarterThanYourDaughterWhoJustGraduated #sorryNotsorry #dropoutsociety #UnschoolYourself #autodidact #selfeducation #rp (at www.udemy.com/dream-big)

The first step in ANY endeavor is to educate yourself. Know what you really want out of the situation, then find out how to get that. Learn the ins and outs.. the traditional ways and the shortcuts.. the pros and the cons. And guess what??? - you don’t even need a teacher to #EducateYourself // #BHS #ByeHighSchool #UnschoolYourself #pathtosuccess #autodidact #selfeducation #selfie #learning (at www.udemy.com/dream-big)