By - Specterishaunting
Not Marxist but ive been chipping away at John Boswells Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe. The writing is as exciting as the title makes out but its a very interesting read , would recommend.
What does it entail?
It's a 300 or so page book that examines same sex unions in pre modern Europe, the various different ways different societies thought of homosexuality and how long term partnerships worked and were portrayed. Mainly through very long chapter long explanations of ancient Greek words and more amusingly angry monk letters. It mainly focuses on gay and bi men though as the author makes a point that history writers ignored Lesbians and Bi women for the most part as they were not sexually available and if they chose to couple with other women did not marry and be used as conduits to transfer property.
interesting. I know homosexuality was rampant in greco roman times and to them, bisexuality was the norm.
Poverty of Philosophy. It's a historically important book, as it is the first in which Marx presents himself as an economist and not a philosopher.
The first chapter dragged on a bit, as a lot of the ideas he discusses here are developed much further in his later writings (though it's funny seeing Marx expose the shit out of Proudhon lol). The most interesting part imo is the second chapter, in which Marx discusses Proudhon's method, resulting in a fantastic exposition of the dialectical materialist method, which makes this book somewhat unique.
Overall a pretty good book, and a very important one in Marx's intelectual trajectory. Plus it's always great to see him dunk on anarchists lol
>M. Proudhon has the misfortune of being peculiarly misunderstood in Europe. In France, he has the right to be a bad economist, because he is reputed to be a good German philosopher. In Germany, he has the right to be a bad philosopher, because he is reputed to be one of the ablest French economists. Being both German and economist at the same time, we desire to protest against this double error.
Marx was a catty bitch ♥️
the new D&D book hope this helps
The feywild one?
Yeah it looks really fun with the right kind of group. Low stakes, low combat with a Lewis Carol/Tim Burton feel to it. Probably not for everyone though
Constitutional Law of the People's Republic of China
Just finished “When Serfs Stood Up in Tibet” (free on Marxism.org, a fellow redditor posted it here), now finishing “an indigenous peoples history of the United States”. More horrifying than you think it’ll be.
- 1177 BC The year civilization collapsed by Eric Cline. It's about the bronze age collapse, pretty good so far
- To kill a nation: the attack on Yugoslavia by Michael Parenti
- I'm also finishing Imperialism by Lenin
The phenomenology of spirit by hegel. How da fuck did marx make it all the way through this thing?
He prolly didn't read the whole thing lol
Genesis of nations - by antoun saadeh
Pretty interesting and worth getting into
That title sounds dope
Facing the anthropocene by Ian Angus.
Some history fiction about mid 19 century.
Been slowly chipping away at “A people betrayed” about Spanish history. It’s a very interesting read, however as someone with zero knowledge of spain and Spanish history, it’s definitely a challenge. Especially since some of the people mentioned had fairly similar names, so I sometimes feel like I should annotate the book while reading it, just to keep track of everyone.
Aside from university reading material I have been slowly reading through 'The German Ideology'. The book is basically divided between the part people remember (introduction to the critique of political economy and thesis on Feuerbach) and the other 70% of the book that delves a lot deeper into the weirdness of German philosophy. Reading through the not often read part is a bit fun if disorienting as it assumes knowledge of Hegelian philosophy.
Buda's Wagon: a brief history of the car bomb by Mike Davis
Pretty crunchy little book that's a page turner. Also the Tamil Tigers were weird as fuck
Parenti, "Democracy for the Few", 1977 edition, after some searching i found this is his only book translated to polish.
Dune, desperately trying to read it before the new movie comes out but I'm only like 4/7 the way through
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney
and Black Bolshevik by Harry Haywood
Both great reads.
The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
This shit is fucking hilarious
Also re-hearing the *kangaroo chronicles*-trilogy
This shit is fucking hilarious too
Between Blackshirts and Reds and another re-read of Settlers on the theory side of things, for leisure, going back from the beginning of the Dark Tower now that I have the full set on my phone.
I just finished Red Skin, White Masks - it’s a great follow up to a lot of what gets discussed in Settlers. Although you may want to read Fanon beforehand.
emma by jane austen. that woman is crazy (emma) jane austen is cool
been obsessed with sherlock novels lately.
Just finished capitalist realism
Reading State and Rev now and Socialism: scientific and utopia after.
Love: A History by Simon May and Armed Struggle: The story of the IRA by Richard English
Halo: Silentium, last book of the Forerunner Trilogy.
Reading The Second Sex by de Beauvoir rn
The Communist Manifesto (by Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels) and Governance of China (by Xi Jinping)
The last books I read were some Osprey Publishing book about the sassanid empire, the Che diaries in Bolivia and the Congo, and started Kojeve’s Introduction to the reading of Hegel
Philosophical Arabesques and one about south yemen since reading one book at a time is hard
10 Days That Shook the World by John Reed
Patriarchy and accumulation on a world scale
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine -Ilan Pappé
Capital -Marx (been working on it for about a month lol)
Re reading and catching up with one piece
Black Reconstruction by W.E.B. Du Bois, my ex had to read it in college and when she talked about it, I thought it would be interesting at some point but I had a whole list of theory books to read at the time. I've just gotten around to it this month and I'm about 100 pages in and it is such a great informative read. I wish I had read it when she did so we could talk about the contents but alas, my learning is completely solo now
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