What I’m Reading

The hiatus continues, but regular (as in more or less daily) posting will resume in early to mid-May. In the meantime, I’m going to try to make some sparing contributions.

I thought I’d make a quick post on what I’ve been reading lately. I finished a very fruitful re-read of Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow last month, and have since been working through Dan Simmons’ Hyperion . GR dovetails with much of the material I discuss here and in my column for the Duke Chronicle– Hyperion , not so much.

I intend to finish Hyperion within a week’s time, if work allows, at which point I’ll move on to Matthew Bruce Alexander’s Withur We . From what I gather, the novel explores the philosophy of anarcho-capitalism within a science fiction-style setting, so I’m sure that I’ll have a thing or two to say about it once that gets underway.

On the non-fiction front, I’ve been tearing through Gary Chartier and Charles Johnson’s collection of left-libertarian essays in Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power and Structural Poverty . I picked it up off of the shelf intending only to flip through an essay while killing time the other day, and have since become engrossed. The collection includes recent work from a collection of thinkers as well as older pieces from names like Proudhon and Benjamin Tucker. As someone who is not particularly familiar with the left-libertarian literature I am finding the book to be a strong ambassador for this school of thought, and will certainly post on it once I get the time to make informed and substantive contributions again.

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