Burnt Bookmobile

Summer “Book It” at the CCC
07/08/2009, 4:39 PM
Filed under: Milwaukee area, update

We know we’re a bit late to announce this (perhaps our disregard for lateness is but a hint at what non-capitalist time might look like).  From the start of July until the end of August, the CCC (located at 732 E Clarke st.) and their sponsors the Burnt Bookmobile will be organizing a “Book It” program encouraging participants to partake in the critical and joyous adventure of reading.  Some of you might remember “Book it” from your days in elementary school, for which many schools received corporate sponsorship from Pizza Hut or assorted theme parks as an attempt to present a carrot in front of us poor mules as a reward for our seemingly inevitable development into our parents.

Arguably one of the most hindering aspects of compulsory education is that it is compulsory.  The world of work invades our desire to interact critically, making it undesirable to think in ways that are not financially functional.  Whatever does not fit into a niche commodity or identity within capital is illogical, a waste of our precious time which we could otherwise be spending to cultivate our “human capital”.  Our aim is to steal this concept away from schooling, to expropriate critical analysis from the commodity logic of work that the modern social function of schooling preforms, and instead venture into territories of decadent desire oriented intellectual feasts, critical gift economies, lust for the creative destruction of analysis and bibliophilic foreplay.

Many of us have accumulated growing stacks of unread books; here is even more of an incentive to read some of them.

Participant Guidelines

– Those who meet the minimum suggested reading of 100 hours in the two months noted will be invited to a free pizza party which will be announced before the start of August. Charts (maybe with little stickers) will be available at the CCC to mark hours read, and to be verified by peers.

– Those who read 150 hours will receive a 30% discount on all books at the CCC.

– Extra gifts will be awarded to those who read suggested readings (noted at bottom), possibly with rudimentary quizzes for extra credit.

Suggested Readings

-Letters of Insurgents by Yarostan Votchek and Sophia Nachalo

-The Coming Insurrection by the Invisible Committee

-The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano

-Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

-Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

-The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

-The Thief’s Journal by Jean Genet

-Bukaka Spat Here by Alexander Brenner and Barbara Schurz

-The Coming Community by Giorgio Agamben

-Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

-Capitalism and Schizophrenia (either Anti-Oedipus or One Thousand Plateaus) by Gilles Delueze and Felix Guattari

Many of these books can be found at the local public library and the CCC lending library for free check out, or bought from either the Burnt Bookmobile or the CCC.

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