Tues May 21, 730pm: Anarcho-Surrealism in the Midwest

On Tues, May 21 we will venture into the history of anarcho-surrealist imagination, focusing in particular on several figures rooted for years in the Chicagoland area. This selection of texts includes some classic mid-century essays, as well as some more contemporary ones. All are welcome. BYOB / light snacks provided.

Dreams of Arson & the Arson of Dreams: Surrealism in ‘68  (Don LaCross)

The Psychopathology of Work (Penelope Rosemont)

Disobedience: The antidote for Miserablism (Penelope Rosemont)

Mutual Acquiescence or Mutual Aid? (Ron Sakolsky)


APRIL 9th, 730pm: Abandonment, Exhaustion, Endurance —Le Guin & Povinelli


On Tues April 9th we will be reading the famous short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” by the late Ursula K. Le Guin. Accompanying this piece will be readings from the contemporary anthropologist Elizabeth Povinelli. Her collaborative work with an Aboriginal group in Northwestern Australia investigates how the lives and worlds deemed worthless by settler liberalism find ways to endure amidst the exhausting conditions of social abandonment. We have prepared a zine especially for this occasion.



On April 23rd, we will be discussing the Insurrectional Anarchism reader that recently came out. We encourage everyone to read the pieces “Insurrectionary Organization” by Jean Weir and “The Anarchist Ethic in the Age of the Anti-Globalization Movement” by Killing King Abacus, and whichever other pieces speak to their interests. The hope is to clarify the basic contours of the IA current for ourselves, as both a revolutionary strategy and a set of theoretical assumptions about how social movements and revolutionary struggles expand and grow.

We will meet at 730pm, at 2412 W. 24th Place.