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Try Anarchism for Life (2022, Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness) 5 stars

Try Anarchism for Life revolves around a thought experiment: What are some of the many …

very very cute

5 stars

good and cute. nice little essay to help already-anarchists think more, but that could be also a nice little introduction for people who are not yet familiar with this way of life. and the illustrations are all so good! it would be amazing to wheatpaste them all around our dirty grey cities!

A Country of Ghosts (Paperback, 2021, AK Press) 5 stars

Dimos Horacki is a Borolian journalist and a cynical patriot, his muckraking days behind him. …

short and bittersweet

5 stars

it is still a story of war, but i like the attempt of showing how a "country" following anrchist principles might look like. this scenario, although fantasy, is much closer to us that the alien and very pragmatica annares (sorry, le guin, but that's true).

Imago (1997, Aspect) 4 stars

Child of two species, but part of neither, a new being must find his way. …

doesn't really seem a conclusion

4 stars

like, it's meant to be a trilogy, but the three stories just seem to live by itself, without really needing each other much, and that's why the conclusion doesn't really bring closure in my opinion?

still, it's definitely worth reading it.

of course, if amongst your hobbies there is "destroy gender", this book will kind of hurt you not a little bit, but, for example, i was happy to inflict myself that pain just to read butler.

so, you know, check where you stand and decide.

Abolish Work (2014) 5 stars

Available for the first time in a single volume, the two influential and well-circulated pamphlets …

As a hospitality industry worker

5 stars

I wasn't expecting to be so mindblowned by it. I've learnt many things and understood better many others. This is a short and necessary reading for everyone. And for you in particular. Yes, you.

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Paperback, Publishing) 5 stars

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy pits utopian anarchists against rogue demon …

Good fun I might say.

5 stars

After The Dispossessed, it was nice to read another "anarchist fiction", but with some queerness in it this time. Two completely different kind of stories of course, but both enjoyable. While TD focus is on a bigger scale, Killjoy narrates the story of a chosen family. It was fun to see the not-at-all-subtle voice of the publisher, especially when queer-related content ended up being "explained". This world is so boring.

The Dispossessed (Paperback, 1994, Eos) 5 stars

The story takes place on the fictional planet Urras and its moon Anarres (since Anarres …

What else can I say.

5 stars

I mean, everybody has read it already over here, right? The only thing I would "criticise" are some outdated and not very inclusive ideas/concepts. However, this is only pushing me to find more queer and contemporary fiction. Or, worst case scenario, write it myself. :P

On a sunbeam (EBook, 2018, First Second) 5 stars

Throughout the deepest reaches of space, a crew rebuilds beautiful and broken-down structures, painstakingly putting …

Make it dreamy and everything is better.

5 stars

So, you got a queer sci-fi coming of age story. But also a queer young adult epic. Then you have this amazing drawing style that turns everything soothing and cosy. Hence, when the drama happens doesn't really mess up with your brain. Which is a plus, I believe, nowadays.

Field Notes on Survival (Paperback, Bad Betty Press) 5 stars

‘With Field Notes on Survival, Bad Betty Press prove yet again that they are consistently …

Words are relevant

5 stars

And there's an abyss before victim and survivor.

The longest collection of poetry I've read recently. A very long and deep journey.

Which inevitably reminded me of "I May Destroy You", Michaela Coel's TV series. Which I believe we all should watch no matter what.

A Recipe for Sorcery (Paperback, Burning Eye Books) 5 stars

Commended poems featured in the Forward Anthology 2018.

Vanessa Kisuule’s second release is a poetry …

When you say poetry...

5 stars

... you end up spelling Vanessa Kisuule.

A journey through cooking as art and memories as history. The sorcery is in the way she gets you stuck on that little book until you finish it.

She's amazing. I can't wait to see her performing live.

The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction (Paperback, 2019, Ignota Books) 5 stars

In The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, visionary author Ursula K. Le Guin tells the …


5 stars

I've read the original edition from The Anarchist Library (hence no Donna Haraway introduction or Lee Bull illustrations).

However, that's more than what you need to realise how the patriarchy (or whatever you want to identify as the main issue) has infected literally anything. Also the way we see, use and absorb storytelling.

Like, I've possibly thought about all of those issues listed in this tiny book already, but the way Le Guin just put them altogether while also offering a constructive alternative is enlightening.