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Caliban and the Witch :: Introduction

Caliban and the Witch is much more than a book of history. Today we introduce our new book, get oriented to the subject matter, define some terms, and cover highlights from the preface and the introduction. Order the book from AK Press here. It can also be found free online as a scanned PDF here And possibly as an EPUB ebook here. ---------------- Also mentioned: Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture by Arthur Evans Music on this episode by Big Blood and I Love You. Email us at thebookonfirepodcast@gmail.com [[ Dave & Janet's Radical Vitalism :: Blog :: Instagram :: Website ]]

1hr 2mins

17 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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The World Needs a Jolt :: Caliban & The Witch, Chapter 1

Life during feudalism, popular revolt, heretical resistance: "All the World Needs Jolt: Social Movements and Political Crisis in Medieval Europe". Further reading: Tragedy of the Commons on Wikipedia "First as Tragedy, then as Fascism", article from The Baffler about the legacy of Garrett Hardin, who popularized the "tragedy" in a 1968 essay. The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem (PDF) Music on this episode by Big Blood and I Love You. Email us at thebookonfirepodcast@gmail.com [[ Dave & Janet's Radical Vitalism :: Blog :: Instagram :: Website ]]

1hr 16mins

30 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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Capitalism in a Nutshell, Part 1 :: Caliban & The Witch, Chapter 2

We begin discussing the pivotal second chapter. There was too much to fit into one episode, so this conversation will be continued. Mentioned: Q, the novel, by Luther Blissett The World Turned Upside Down, by Christopher Hill Music on this episode by Big Blood and I Love You. Email us at thebookonfirepodcast@gmail.com [[ Dave & Janet's Radical Vitalism :: Blog :: Instagram :: Website ]]

1hr 19mins

16 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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Capitalism in a Nutshell, part 2 :: Caliban and the Witch, Chapter 2 continued

We return to finish chapter 2. Mentioned on the show: The podcast series "Seeing White" from Scene on Radio Dr. Kim Tallbear on For the Wild podcast Music on this episode by Big Blood and I Love You. Email us at thebookonfirepodcast@gmail.com The Book on Fire Facebook group [[ Dave & Janet's Radical Vitalism :: Blog :: Instagram :: Website ]]

54mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #4

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Following threads in the Anthropocene

To begin Season 2 we are following threads from last season's discussions of Donna Haraway's Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene before starting our next full book. Next time we will also have new music, so enjoy Reanimator one last time. We discuss articles by two authors, all of which can be found online. First up is a piece by Australian artist Tega Brain, called "The Environment is Not a System" Then we move on to three articles by Stephanie Wakefield on living in the Anthropocene's "Back Loop" find them at these links: https://brooklynrail.org/2017/06/field-notes/Field-Notes-from-the-Anthropocene-Living-in-the-Back-Loop https://www.affidavit.art/articles/dreaming-the-back-loop https://www.academia.edu/37771372/Inhabiting_the_Anthropocene_back_loop Diagram of the adaptive cycle: Also mentioned on the podcast: Dave's article: Sun Medicine / Moon Medicine Next time we will begin discussing Silvia Federici's Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation, a historical work about the previous worldwide transition that the planet experienced at the birth of capitalism in the era of European colonization. Order it from AK Press here. It can also be found free online as a scanned PDF here And possibly as an EPUB ebook here? See you next time! Email us at thebookonfirepodcast@gmail.com [[ Dave & Janet's Radical Vitalism :: Blog :: Instagram :: Website ]]

1hr 5mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Sympoiesis::Haraway-Staying with the Trouble-Chpt 3

Could our intestinal microbiome be luminescent? In this episode we discuss "Sympoiesis: Symbiogenesis and the Lively Arts of Staying with the Trouble", chapter 3 of our book. Link to Our new Facebook discussion group Featured in the show: The Hawaiian Bobtail Squid The Bee Orchid comic from xkcd.com Website for the Crochet Coral Reef (note:  Dave's excited explanation of the hyperbolic mathematics involved in the crochet reef didn't make the final cut for this episode. But the math is fascinating. Check it out.) The Indigenous Critique of the Green New Deal Navajo Churro ram Email us at thebookonfirepodcast@gmail.com [[ Dave & Janet's Radical Vitalism :: Blog :: Instagram :: Website ]]

1hr 18mins

18 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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Sowing Worlds / A Curious Practice::Haraway-Staying with the Trouble-Chpts 6 & 7

Apologies! this episode was accidentally deleted and is now being re-posted. Mentioned in this episode: More about Dave & Janet Ursula Le Guin's Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction essay (PDF) Everything Matters: Why This is No Time for Cynicism by Janet The Evolution of Beauty (book) by Richard O. Prum A recent Radiolab episode about The Evolution of Beauty [[ Dave & Janet's Radical Vitalism :: Blog :: Instagram :: Website ]]

1hr 10mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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Making Kin / Awash in Urine::Haraway-Staying with the Trouble-Chpts 4 & 5

Two chapters this week: "Making Kin" and "Awash in Urine." Haraway proposes that voluntary non-reproduction may be a solution to ecological crisis. Is she right? Mentioned in this episode: Kim TallBear's lecture "Making Love and Relations Beyond Settler Sexualities" Permaculture and the Myth of Overpopulation and as always.. The Book on Fire Facebook group Email us at thebookonfirepodcast@gmail.com [[ Dave & Janet's Radical Vitalism :: Blog :: Instagram :: Website ]]

1hr 4mins

31 Mar 2019

Rank #8

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Tentacular Thinking::Haraway-Staying with the Trouble-Chpt 2

Discussion of Chapter 2 of Staying with the Trouble, "Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene" Music by our friends Reanimator, from their album "Special Powers" Email us at thebookonfirepodcast@gmail.com [[ Dave & Janet's Radical Vitalism :: Blog :: Instagram :: Website ]]

1hr 3mins

3 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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Camille Stories::Haraway-Staying with the Trouble-Chpt 8

With some delay, this is our discussion of the last chapter of Staying with the Trouble, a speculative fiction called "The Camille Stories: Children of Compost".  Stay tuned for our for our final thoughts about Haraway's book before we move on to new material. Mentioned in this episode: The trailer for Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival Inhabit: Instructions for Autonomy [[ Dave & Janet's Radical Vitalism :: Blog :: Instagram :: Website ]]

1hr 8mins

12 May 2019

Rank #10