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Why Read Jose Ma. Sison? A Review of Building People’s Power (2016)

Note: This review was published by Bulatlat.com. It was also read during the book launch and International League of People’s Struggle 15th anniversary gathering at the Carillon Tower, Baclaran Church on May 28, 2016. Why read Jose Ma. Sison, known by his comrades as Ka Joma, if you’re not a red flag-waving activist? Sison’s writings are being read in leftist…

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Iain Banks’ The Culture: Automation and Digital Networks under Communism

I first came across Iain Banks’ The Culture series while reading Nick Dyer-Witheford’s superb albeit uneven Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex last December. The series was mentioned by Dyer-Witheford as a work of fiction that best demonstrates how accelerated technological advancements, artificial intelligence, and wired networks can function in a communist setting. The…

The Emergence of Social Space

On Rimbaud, the Paris Commune, and Social Space

The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune by Kristin Ross seems to be more about Rimbaud than the emergence of social space or the Paris Commune, more literary criticism than a deeper meditation on the politics of space. I find a tendency to over read into the acts of the Communards (like…

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The Aesthetics of Resistance

I finally read the first volume of Peter Weiss’ The Aesthetics of Resistance this year (along with Marat/Sade which I may write about sooner or later once I beef up on my knowledge of theatre). Before anything else, I think it would be best for readers to do without Fredric Jameson’s dense and circuitous introduction…

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Mr. Palomar and Marcovaldo

Having liked Invisible Cities which I read earlier this year, I took the time to read two other short books by Italo Calvino which I bought very cheap from one of my acquaintances on Facebook. Mr. Palomar seems to me like a brochure of classic postmodern doctrines and procedures on the indeterminacy of meaning, the…