Podcast housecleaning. Talking about the upcoming revised and expanded second edition of For Wildness and Anarchy, reading the new introduction. A little more book talk and Daniel Immerwahr’s How to Hide an Empire. Ted Kaczynski and the Ship of Fools. Sorry everyone, Ted is an awful writer and worse thinker. The revolutionary reductionism and hope for a singular focus. It’s impossible and stupid, civilization is the entire picture and if we don’t account for the details, we miss the whole thing. Outro music: Burning Empires - Emerging Primal.
Episode 19: May 12, 2019
A little different than the usual ranting and raving, taking a look my own writing process and approach. The sadistic compulsion that is writing. Notes to a 20 year old me. Notes for people thinking about getting involved in writing. What I’m looking at when people send submissions for the journal. And a lot of thoughts about how I approach writing, what is and is not important, and a constant reminder of the sad truth: there are no shortcuts.
Episode 18: Book Recommendations, Part 3
April 8, 2019
The trilogy of book recommendations finally concludes. Wild Resistance no 6 is finally out now, plus information on issue no 7 and call for papers. The heavily revised and expanded second edition of For Wildness and Anarchy is nearly done, hopefully will be printer bound within the next few months. Fiction book recommendations, and a reason for the lack thereof. Reader requests: US history recommendations and kid’s book. A plug for Gathered Remains and Cull of Personality. History recommendations. Thoughts on a couple key (or not) anarchist books. And then a quick run through of the massive world of anthropological book recommendations: cultural anthropology, overviews, ethnographies, ethnohistory, and anthropological looks at war.
Episode 17: Politics of Representation and Book Recommendations, Pt 2
March 1, 2019
House cleaning and introduction. The Cull of Personality is out now, discussion about the politics of representation and building narratives without owning other people. Lilia reads the first chapter, ‘A Shallow Grave.’ Wild Resistance no 6 will be here any day, information about the new issue. For Wildness and Anarchy expanded second edition updates. Getting back to work on Of Gods and Country. Greg Grandin’s The End of the Myth and the nature of the American identity. The frontier versus the border in terms of the colonial imagination. Eco-feminist book recommendations and the innate power of the medical industry. Mythologies of civilization’s progress. Anti-missionary book recommendations. Indigenous narrative book recommendations and the complexities of representation. Indigenous resistance versus revolutionary, from the view point of an Apache child during the Apache Wars.
Episode 16: Book Recommendations, Part 1.
January 9, 2019
House cleaning and announcements: Black and Green Podcast is now Primal Anarchy Podcast, Black and Green Review is now Wild Resistance. New book announcement, Cull of Personality: Ayahuasca, Colonialism and the Death of a Healer, e-book out now, print books in hand later this month. Thoughts on primal anarchy vs anarcho-primitivism. Get pissed about what is happening to the Unist’ot’en. Madhusree Mukerjee on the Sentinelese killing missionary John Chau. Book recommendations, part 1: your anti-civ library. You’re welcome nerds. - A Nerd.
Episode 15: BAGR Roundtable Discussion
October 4, 2018
Had the pleasure of swinging by Eugene, Oregon to meet up at John Zerzan’s house over last weekend along with five other current and former editors of Black and Green Review to talk about the journal, direction, discussion about the anarchist milieu and the directions to push anti-civ discussion. Featuring John Zerzan, Evan Cestari, Lilia, Cliff Hayes, and Yank.
B&G Podcast 14: Cults and Personalities
Sept. 24, 2018
A brief response on a 1991 school book on explorers. Focusing on cults and how civilization demands people be broken via domestication. Starting with the NXIVM cult. Reading from ‘Society Without Strangers’ and talk of neoteny. How primal anarchy shapes us, how domestication breaks us, how civilization requires us to be broken, and how cults and gurus can come in to prey on the remnants. Yoga gurus and sexual predation. Other human failures. And the reaping of toxic masculinity among Operation Werewolf and other parasites.
Episode 13: Using Tools, Becoming Tools
September 11, 2018
Special edition: Using Tools, Becoming Tools. Technology and civilization, or why I can't stop hating Elon Musk and all the delusion that empowered him. Techno-colonialism. The beauty of stone tools, the horror of technology, and the victims of civilization.