Treacherous Women: Kaneko Fumiko by Helene Bowen Raddeker

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Pak Yeol (left) and Fumiko (right) being lewd in the courtroom

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I don’t know where to start describing my relationship Kaneko Fumiko.

Fumiko was a nihilist during in early 1920’s Japan. She grew up unwanted and abused – her parents never registered her when she was born, meaning she didn’t legally exist for the first half of her life. Her dad abandoned her; her mom tried to sell her into prostitution; she ended up in Korea as a child servant working for her colonizer grandparents. She dropped out of school to hang out with some anarchists, publish some radical magazines and found the Futeisha (translated as “The Malcontent’s Society,” which was basically just her and her nihilist friends hanging out). Then she was arrested for  trying to blow up the emperor, and killed herself in prison at the ripe old age of 23 in a joyous affirmation of her power over her own life. read more

Driftglass by Samuel R. Delany

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Driftglass is a tender monster story.  The monster is an amphiman gnarled by a deep sea accident.  In it Delany explores loss, aging, youth, pain, and memory, all experienced by those who live in a world in which they have little control.  It is a world of humans turned merpeople, working for the government and large corporations, who work deep under the sea.  The beauty and subtlety of this story wash over the reader, first as soft shorebreak, then as occasional tidal waves of grief and pain.

With his apolitical bent, Delany takes us on a journey into the sea, into ourselves, musing
on the questions of connection and loss, of how we relate to each other
and why.  He asks what it means to both be young and to age, and tells
the story of a monster grown old.  I am constantly struck by the tender
beauty of this tale, and I hope you are too. read more

Bloodchild by Octavia butler

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Octavia Butler describes herself as “a forty-seven-year-old writer who
can remember being a ten-year-old  writer and who expects someday to
be an eighty-year-old writer… a hermit, a pessimist if I’m not
careful, a  feminist, a Black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water
combination of  ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, and drive”.
She started writing science fiction at 12 because she thought men were
doing a terrible job, and she could do better. In her work, it’s
apparent she believed humanity was inherently flawed and doomed to
destroy itself. I get sad about her early death and miss her a lot. read more

Armed Joy by Alfredo M. Bonanno

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This book was written in 1977 in the momentum of the
revolutionary struggles taking place in Italy at the time, and that
should be borne in mind when reading it today. … This book has become
topical again, but in a different way. Not as a critique of a heavy
monopolising structure that no longer exists, but because it can point
out the potent capabilities of the individual on his or her road, with
joy, to the destruction of all that which oppresses and regulates them.
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Against Identity Politics: Spectres, Joylessness, & the Contours of Ressentiment

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Lupus Dragonowl’s “Against Identity Politics: Spectres, Joylessness, & the Contours of Ressentiment,” originally publishd in AJODA, is read aloud by Arabella Story Tella.

This essay discusses and critiques identity politics and identity politicians and offers a different way of seeing and viewing the identities forced upon us by society and its structures. Using a Stirnerian critique, Dragonowl breaks down the thoughts, actions, and ideas of identity politics, defining them as another iteration of leftism. Full of anecdotes from the anarchist and radical milleu, this essay attempts to shed light on the workings of identity politicians.
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