REVOLUTION: A READER compiled and annotated by Lisa Robertson and Matthew Stadler
The book includes an annotated bibliography of revolution by David Brazil
Kathy Acker • Etel Adnan • Giorgio Agamben • Arakawa + Gins • Hannah Arendt • Dodie Bellamy • Hakim Bey • David Brazil • Edmund Burke • Thomas Carlyle • Bernal Diaz del Castillo • Mahmoud Darwish • Guy Davenport • Angela Davis • Gilles Deleuze • Stacy Doris • Hal Draper • Frantz Fanon • Shulamith Firestone • M.F.K. Fisher • Michel Foucault • Charles Fourier • Mavis Gallant • Jean Genet • George Grosz • Ian Hamilton Finlay • Alan Halsey • Donna Haraway • Harry Hay • William Hazlitt • Christopher Hill • Langston Hughes • Ivan Illich • The Invisible Committee • Calvin Johnson • J. Krishnamurti • Thomas Kuhn • Violette Leduc • Mina Loy • Lucretius • Asmaa Mahfouz • Agnes Martin • Marshall McLuhan • Louise Michel • Eileen Myles • Elena Poniatowska • Miguel Leòn-Portilla • Michel Ragon • Jacques Rancière • Kristin Ross • Edward Said • Saskia Sassen • Percy Bysshe Shelley • Situationist International • Valerie Solanas • Rebecca Spang • Gertrude Stein • Jalal Toufic • Edward John Trelawney • Flora Tristan • Oscar Tuazon • Vivienne Westwood • Oscar Wilde • Raymond Williams • Mary Wollstonecraft • George Woodcock.
Revolution: A Reader is less a collection and more, quite literally, a conversation about revolution. 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 and texts to make a unified, new thing: a reader.
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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. — from the introduction [Read the book's introduction and Table of Contents here.]
Revolution: A Reader is compiled and annotated by Lisa Robertson and Matthew Stadler. The texts are organized roughly along a chronology of living: from "beginning," to "childhood," "education," "adulthood," and "death." The hope is 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. Readers can buy Revolution: A Reader for regular price online or at bookshops that carry it. Or they can buy the book at cost (app. 30% savings) and meet with others who share their interest over a meal or drinks. Readers who plan to meet can get their books at cost either by emailing their plans to firstname.lastname@example.org or consulting our online calendar of public events and joining a gathering that is already planned. BOOKSTORES wanting to carry the book should contact the publishers for terms at email@example.com.
ISBN (USA): 978-1-933662-87-7 ISBN (FRANCE): 978-2-918252-13-9
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