As far as as it`s not the end of the world today, the big wheel keeps on turning and I`d like to recommend this great project on the topic of revolution: Revolution: A Reader. This publication provides texts by Giorgio Agamben, Hannah Arendt, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Guy Davenport, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Charles Fourier, Donna Haraway, The Invisible Committee, J. Krishnamurti, Marshall McLuhan, Eileen Myles, Jacques Rancière, Saskia Sassen, Situationist International, Gertrude Stein, Vivienne Westwood – just to name a few. The texts are organized roughly along a chronology of living: from “beginning,” to “childhood,” “education,” “adulthood,” and “death.”
Compiled and annotated by Lisa Robertson and Matthew Stadler, the publication aims to “[...] bring the embodied fact of revolution into the lived present by engaging readers with language that takes them there, no matter where they are to begin with. We are all in revolution, now. Reading can make this fact primary and conscious, and shared. [...]”
The book includes an annotated bibliography of revolution by David Brazil as well as “[...] annotations from Lisa Robertson and Matthew Stadler —composed simultaneously and in response to one another— fill the margins of this 1200-page book, unfolding in a kind of web of argument that stitches across time [...]“.
It`s worth to visit the Revolution: A Reader`s website – not only to check out further information in form of a good web-overview, but also to take a look at the amazing idea to make the texts accessible for free online AND prepare the opportunity for readers to annotate the book online – all annotations in the free reading commons can be read, and responded to, by others! Fine!
From the introduction: “[...]This book doesn’t represent revolution as a general concept, but it follows the specific revolutions we have experienced in our conversations with one another, in our friendships and communities, and with the writers we love. Every one of these texts is in this book because we have been moved by it, emotionally, intellectually, and bodily. And it was our need to bring revolution home into our bodies, to experience the radical potentials of our limit, our human embodiment, that energised our work. The risk of embodiment is what these texts have in common too. We think that there is no public space that is not an embodied public space. We think that there is not a politics that does not begin in our desiring cells. We think that this corporal surplus, the movement beyond our biographies and our perceived or administrated limits, is the force that makes and changes worlds. One of us uses the word soul to name this surplus, and one of us doesn’t. But what we have learned from our intense performance together is that a common vocabulary is not necessary, and probably not desirable. For us, revolution will be the difference that each of us brings into living, the difference that resists the imperatives of markets and market ideologies, and that resists even the smoothing activities that can be part of community formation. It’s only by staying with the often difficult texture of difference that we can begin, that there can be a stance that opens into a movement beyond. We are committed to giving each other the space for such an opening, and we call this gift politics.[...]”
Buy Revolution: A Reader for regular price online or at bookshops that carry it (e.g. order it online at do you read me?)
The book is available now in all forms from Publication Studio in North America ($28 + shipping; ebook $10) and Paraguay Press in Europe (€28 + shipping), and at a network of like-minded bookstores* (ask publishers for details).
Read it free online
You can read the book free, online, in the free reading commons. Readers can also annotate the book there. All annotations in the free reading commons can be read, and responded to, by others.
Read it with others
The publishers will provide the book at cost (app. 30% savings) to readers who plan to meet with others to share their interest in the book. Join a dinner or gathering at the calendar of public events; or email your plans to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buy it for libraries
The publishers will provide the book at cost (app. 30% savings) for any circulating libraries. email inquiries or orders to email@example.com.
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