[act-ma] Nowtopia reading at Symposium Books; Friday, May 16

David R. Ladon david.ladon at gmail.com
Thu May 15 10:38:05 PDT 2008

*What:* Writer, publisher, editor, and community organizer, Chris Carlsson
will be reading from his newest book -
*Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot
Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today!*
*When: *Friday May 16th at 6pm

*Where: *Symposium Books, 526 Commonwealth Ave, Kenmore Square (Symposium
Books is an independent bookstore that specializes in overstocks and
remainders from independent and academic presses).
For more info contact Kenmore at symposiumbooks.com or 617-585-6559

*Snacks will be provided!
**A signing will follow the reading

*More Info:  *Outlaw bicycling, urban permaculture, biofuels, free software,
and even the Burning Man festival are windows into a scarcely visible social
transformation that is redefining politics as we know it. As capitalism
continues to corral every square inch of the globe into its logic of money
and markets, new practices are emerging through which people are taking back
their time and technological know-how. In small, under-the-radar ways, they
are making life better right now, simultaneously building the
foundation-technically and socially-for a genuine movement of liberation
from market life.

*Nowtopia* uncovers the resistance of a slowly recomposing working class in
America. Rarely defining themselves by what they do for a living, people
from all walks of life are doing incredible amounts of labor in their
"non-work" time, creating immediate practical improvements in daily life.
The social networks they create, and the practical experience of cooperating
outside of economic regulation, become a breeding ground for new strategies
to confront the commodification to which capitalism reduces us all.

The practices outlined in *Nowtopia* embody a deep challenge to the basic
underpinnings of modern life, as a new ecologically driven politics emerges
from below, reshaping our assumptions about science, technology, and human
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