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wojtek
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Nov 18 2017 23:53
Reading group?

Here's hoping I continue my stella form of shit topic threads with no replies, but is anyone interested in choosing a book, reading it (or pretending to) and discussing it? Is it feasable on an online forum? As you were...

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Nov 18 2017 23:57

What books do you have in mind?

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Nov 19 2017 03:34

I am rather pessimistic about online reading groups...they all seem to die a death.

Better, i think, are face-to-face readers group of perhaps a magazine discussing the issue's contents.
Or perhaps tackling pamphlets rather than books which are pretty demanding on time.

If something substantial is to be tackled, maybe there is already You Tube video series on it and these can be viewed and debated.

Maybe as an alternative to reading a book...cooperating in the research of a (local) history project or the past development and evolution of a particular subject...What is the history of socialism/anarchism in your district?..and the record of the strikes and disputes in your industry?

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Nov 19 2017 09:33

It depends on the book. Were you thinking political theory, something more like an accoutn/biography or working class literature or just any kind of reading.

I just finished Rivethead which was quite good at describing the life of a GM factory worker, although there were homophobic and misogynistic undertones, which weren't always so under actually.

I don't see why an online group couldn't work, but it is easier face to face, I'm meeting a friend next week to discuss a book we are both supposed to read for work.

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Nov 19 2017 10:47

I can't at the moment as I have too much on, however people here did a capital volume 1 reading group online which I think worked pretty well.

So you could give it a go if there is interest!

wojtek
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Nov 19 2017 12:42

Something intellectual preferably, maybe theory or philosophy? Depends on what suggestions others have. If there was an IRL reading group, I would be unable to commit.

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Nov 19 2017 19:11
wojtek wrote:
Something intellectual preferably, maybe theory or philosophy? Depends on what suggestions others have. If there was an IRL reading group, I would be unable to commit.

I'd be up for something like this, online. I still haven't got round to reading Bray's book which others seem to approve of, if this is what you have in mind. It shouldn't be too hard to get a hold of some digital copy.

wojtek
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Nov 20 2017 11:02

Which Bray book would that be? What would others like to read?

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Nov 20 2017 12:00
wojtek wrote:
Which Bray book would that be? What would others like to read?

Antifascist Handbook. I don't know if this is what you or others have in mind, though.

(Jim, if you're around, did you ever fininsh writing your review?)

wojtek
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Dec 5 2017 23:02

Is there a link or sth to that?

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Dec 5 2017 23:41

To the Bray book? Jura posted a link to it which seems to still work; just click "get." It's in .epub format so might need some kind of e-reader software.

http://libcom.org/forums/general/antifa-anti-fascist-handbook-mark-bray-13092017#comment-598049