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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Episode 87: On Anarchist Scenes and Subculture

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FRR returns with Rydra and Squee as they give an update on FRR’s return and new projects(audiobooks & presentations) that we are getting into.  Rydra gives a report back from the Seattle Anarchist Bookfair, further discussion of Bob Black and social relationships, and they have a long discussion on anarchist scenes/milieus and the value or lack thereof in subcultures read more

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.
Click here to check out AJODA Magazine, Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed read more

Seattle Anarchist Bookfair: Presentation on Hostis and The Politics of Cruelty

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Free Radical Radio Records Things presents:
Andrew, of the Hostis Journal, gives a 30 minute presentation at the Seattle Anarchist Bookfair on the politics of Cruelty. In the talk Andrew discusses the religious history of anarchism, utopianism, apocalyptic millennarianism, revenge, movies, ethics & morality, and the problem with the “good life.” This is followed by about an hour of conversation(some of the questions are low audio so I wrote down what people said in the timestamps) on topics ranging from revenge, lone wolf actions, asymmetric conflict theory, defining enemies, and much more.
Find Hostis here: http://littleblackcart.com/books/anarchy/hostis/
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Update on the show

Hi people who sometimes or frequently or infrequently listen to our podcast/radio show. We have been inactive for a bit now because we are going through some transition. Bellamy is continuing his leave from the show which can now be described as indefinite. The show will resume soon with a new co-host and I will be putting up a couple of new recordings in the next week, a recording of a talk at the Seattle Anarchist Bookfair, and an audio recording of Against Identity Politics. Thanks for the emails and messages and I look forward to continuing to engage with interesting and dangerous ideas and people. read more

Episode 86: On Avoiding Work, Post-left Anarchy, and How Discourse and Action Interact

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Rydra and Squee host episode 86 of Free Radical Radio with the help of Rev. Doc and discuss Rydra and Bellamy’s upcoming visit to Seattle for the Anarchist Bookfair, Wild Reaction’s latest actions, post-left anarchy and why so many have so much trouble grasping what it means, work and how we attempt to avoid it, and more. read more

Episode 85: Hack the Planet!, Cheating, & Green Anarchism

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Rydra and Squee host Episode 85 of Free Radical Radio. They discuss recent attacks/hacks on the hardware and software of the internet, Tom Brower’s revenge, monogamy and puritan values as they exist in society and what this means for our bodies, some actions and sabotage happening in the US and Mexico, and finish off with a long and meandering discussion of Green Anarchy and what it means to take non-human organisms into your anarchy read more