February 24, 2018 at 7pm
Nicola Maye Goldberg
March 9, 2018 at 7pm
Join us for an event for the release of Jackie Wang’s new book Carceral Capitalism, presented by the Woodbine Research Group.
In this collection of essays in Semiotext(e)’s Intervention series, Jackie Wang examines the contemporary carceral techniques that have emerged since the 1990s. The essays illustrate various aspects of the carceral continuum, including the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, cybernetic governance, and algorithmic policing. Included in this volume is Wang’s critique of liberal anti-racist politics, “Against Innocence,” as well as essays on RoboCop, techno-policing, and the aesthetic problem of making invisible forms of power legible.
Wang shows that the new racial capitalism begins with parasitic governance and predatory lending that extends credit only to dispossess later. Predatory lending has a decidedly spatial character and exists in many forms, including subprime mortgage loans, student loans for sham for-profit colleges, car loans, rent-to-own scams, payday loans, and commercial bail bonds. Parasitic governance, Wang argues, operates through five primary techniques: financial states of exception, automation, extraction and looting, confinement, and gratuitous violence. While these techniques of governance often involve physical confinement and the state-sanctioned execution of black Americans, new carceral modes have blurred the distinction between the inside and outside of prison. As technologies of control are perfected, carcerality tends to bleed into society.
Jackie Wang is a student of the dream state, black studies scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, performer, trauma monster, and Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University in African and African American Studies, with a primary field in History. She is the author of the book Carceral Capitalism (Semiotexte / MIT Press), a collection of dream poems titled Tiny Spelunker of the Oneiro-Womb (Capricious), and a number of punk zines including On Being Hard Femme. She tweets at @loneberrywang and blogs at loneberry.tumblr.com.
EXCERPTS: --“Carceral Capitalism”: https://thenewinquiry.com/carceral-capitalism/ --““This Is a Story About Nerds and Cops”: PredPol and Algorithmic Policing”: http://www.e-flux.com/journal/87/169043/this-is-a-story-about-nerds-and-cops-predpol-and-algorithmic-policing/ --“Against Innocence: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Safety”: http://www.liesjournal.net/volume1-10-againstinnocence.html
Woodbine Research Group: “In 2018 we would like to start meeting and thinking together again at Woodbine. Last year, we hosted our Notes from the Swamp series, to go beyond outrage and find a way forward in the era of Trump. The best counter to a mad, nihilistic world is a thoughtful and courageous coming together, to find common paths through today's terrain. We have nothing to lose but our illusions, and worlds to gain.”
January 26, 2018 at 7pm
December 18, 2017 at 6pm
RIDGEWOODTEKA zaprasza na coroczne wydanie świąteczne, podczas którego będziemy rozmawiać o książkach, które warto kupić pod choinkę dla najbliższych, albo dla siebie. W zestawie m.in. "Gombrowicz. Ja, geniusz" Klementyny Suchanow, laureat Nagrody Nike Cezary Łazarewicz i jego książka o zabójstwie Grzegorza Przemyka, biografia Stanisława Lema, zbiór opowiadań Pawła Sołtysa, który na scenie muzycznej funkcjonuje pod pseudonimem Pablopavo, wywiad rzeka z poetą Marcinem Świetlickim, nominowany do Paszportu POLITYKI Marcin Wicha i jego wspaniała książka "Rzeczy, których nie wyrzuciłem" oraz wiele innych nowości, które w tym sezonie podbiły polski rynek wydawniczy. Zapraszamy serdecznie !
December 8, 2017 at 6pm
Paul is the local zen master of the Lower East Side, a veritable raconteur from some nightmare dreamscape involving Melvin Van Peebles, Gil Scott Heron, Henry Miller, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline.
We dont know his real name; some say Chavis, Colt, Seale...he says it is to avoid heat from his days in the Black Liberation Army, but we think its a scarcely latent paranoia, which just might feed into his outside-inside art, his anti-Symbolist hagiography.
Some people call him the Lion King. Long live the king.
Please join us for a visual journey through the magnificent world created by our dear friend Paul.
November 30, 2017 at 7pm
The colonial relationship of mainland USA to Puerto Rico is long, strong, and currently unfolding. Yet, it is elided in the education system and rarely included in discussions of contemporary US imperialism. This teach-in is a chance to learn about the US-Puerto Rico historical relationship, the ravages of neoliberalism and the current state of the island, as well as what, concretely, can be done to begin dismantling the colony in our own backyard.
Seven weeks after hurricane Maria, the majority of Puerto Rico is still without electricity. Black mold festers in buildings soaked by the storm, where people have to cook and clean as well as they can with limited supplies and lack of clean water. Doctors operate under the light of cellphones. The old and the infirm die in unsanitary conditions with no respite from heat and humidity. By many accounts, the official death toll at 51 is vastly underestimated. A not insignificant number of those who can and deem life here increasingly impossible leave the island in search for dignity elsewhere––a de facto forced migration. A nurse delegation that visited two dozen urban and rural towns described the situation in Puerto Rico as far worse than the aftermath of both Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.
Is it too bold to suggest that the inadequate response to the situation reflects a desire to depopulate the island and weaken its autonomy for monetary gains?
The event is free, open to the public and will be presented in English. Hosted by The Puerto Rico Review and Topos Press.
With a donation of $5, you'll enter a raffle with great book prizes generously provided by New Directions Publishing. A $10 donation gets you 3 raffle tickets, and $20, 5 raffle tickets. Winners will be announced on December 30th! Get raffle tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disaster-capitalism-and-resistance-in-puerto-rico-tickets-40846453843
All proceeds will go to a fund to support writers, translators, and independent publishers in Puerto Rico. The arts are central to long-term resistance and self-determination, and in the present situation, sharing and redistributing resources to protect and enable criticism, experimentation, and free thought is crucial.
November 27, 2017 at 7pm
Tarot cards are a mystical tool for introspection. For centuries, mediums, artists, and writers from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu traditions have worked with its wisdom for insights on the human experience. The symbolism of the Major and Minor Arcana can illuminate light and shadow in our lives and reveal the intricate web of karma we (un)consciously weave. Working with the visual language of tarot cards, we can transform our psychic wounds into blessings.
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert tarot reader, please join me for tarot study at Topos Bookstore, November 27, 7-9 pm, to explore the heroic narrative of The Fool’s Journey found in the Major Arcana. We will consider the themes of life, death and rebirth as we move from The Magician to the World. Explanations of individual cards will be grounded in the imagery of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. The session will include a lecture on card symbolism and significance, group discussion and card games that facilitate the memorization of card meanings.
Suggested donation of $10. Pay what you can, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
I am a Toronto-based artist and art historian. I have been working with tarot cards for twelve years. If you would like to book a tarot reading with me in Brooklyn please visit https://calendly.com/tarotwithanamika-nyc. I will be doing short readings at Topos on Tuesday November 21 and longer sessions at The Tarot Society on Sunday November 26.
November 20, 2017 at 6pm
Ridgewoodteka zaprasza na spotkanie z Romualdem „Aldkiem” Romanem, autorem książki "Amerykański dom wariatów". Roman, który na co dzień mieszka w Filadelfii, jest- jak obiecują jego liczni znajomi- osobą barwną i nietuzinkową. Ukończył Wydział Leśny Uniwersytetu Rolniczego im. Hugona Kołłątaja w Krakowie w 1971 oraz Temple University w Filadelfii. Był między innymi taternikiem, narciarzem, nauczycielem, a nawet konsultantem ONZ w Polsce i Rumunii. "Na jego dorobek pisarski składają się pełne humoru i niebanalnych obserwacji eseje, felietony oraz opowiadania – mówiące zarówno wiele o Zakopanem, w którym się urodził, jak i amerykańskiej Polonii".
November 10, 2017 at 4pm
Twin Peaks originally aired in 1990 and was soon followed by a far darker prequel. "Fire Walk With Me" laid out the sordid backstory of high school princess Laura Palmer that led to her untimely death; drug addiction and sexual abuse were revealed as the murky undercurrents of a life that, on the surface, was all popularity and promise.
In 2014, David Lynch released "The Missing Pieces", a feature-length complement to "Fire Walk With Me" that consisted mostly of extended scenes and tangents that had been left on the cutting room floor a decade and a half earlier.
Later that year, Q2, a prolific fan-editor whose other work includes extended cuts of "Titanic" and "Blue Velvet" and a mash-up of "The Wrestler" and "Black Swan", released "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me–Teresa Banks and the Last Seven Days of Laura Palmer", which reincorporates "The Missing Pieces" into the original film, creating an integral edition of the prequel.
On Friday, November 10th, at 4pm, Topos Bookstore will be screening the fan-edit, followed by a panel discussion with Daniel Kurland, Karla Lončar, and Christopher Vitale. Donuts provided by Moe's Doughs.
Run time: ~ 180min
Daniel Kurland is a freelance writer, comedian, and critic, whose work can be read on Splitsider, Bloody Disgusting, Den of Geek, and across the Internet.
Karla Lončar is a Croatian film scholar and film critic, who holds a degree in Comparative Literature and Sociology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, where she is enrolled in the PhD program in Literature, Performance Studies, Film and Culture. She is employed at the Miroslav Krleza Institute of Lexicography in Zagreb, working as a Full-Time Expert Associate on compiling The Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Cinema. She currently lives in New York City, where she is doing her dissertation research at the Pratt Institute, dedicated to the dream world of Twin Peaks, for which she was awarded with the Fulbright scholarship.
Christopher Vitale is Associate Professor of Media Studies, and a founding member of The Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. View the past event page.
October 19, 2017 at 6:30pm
"Ridgewood Chocolate" is a short film by documentarians Hanna Utkin and Andrew Alvarez, about a Ridgewood couple--Constantine and Rubi--who started making their own chocolate after their houseware store started losing customers when faced with the rise of the retail behemoth Amazon. They transformed their business but kept their genuine philosophy. They now produce and sell bean to bar chocolate that is vegan, with a twist.
Q&A and chocolate samples to follow! Visit the event page.