THIS IS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD

SO YOU DON’T FORGET ABOUT US

BECAUSE

WE CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER

SO

WE WANT YOU TO KNOW

WE FELL OFF TUMBLR

AND LATELY

POST MOST OF OUR EVENTS/THOUGHTS/HAPPENINGS

VIA @METROPOLARITY ON INSTAGRAM + TWITTER

AND THAT

WE ALSO SEND OUT VERY MUCH APPRECIATED NEWSLETTERS

YOU CAN VIEW THE ARCHIVE HERE

AND SUBSCRIBE HERE.

WE DON’T SEND THEM OUT THAT OFTEN BECAUSE THEY ARE PACKED WITH A LOT OF

{ TASTY REVIEWS / EVENTS / SCI-FI SCHTUFF YOU CAN WATCH+READ+LISTEN TO 4FREE / BIG UPS TO PPL WE LIKE DOING STUFF YOU MIGHT LIKE / RANTS / MEDITATIONS + BLESSINGS / AND THE VERY RARE FANART+FANFIC THOUGHTZ }

IN A CASUAL FASHION.

 

ALSO…

 

WE WOULD LIKE TO LAMENT

HOW TIRED WE ARE OF THESE SUSPECT SCREENS

AND THE CONSTANT ONSLAUGHT

OF INFORMATION

WHICH POWERS THE MACHINES OF OUR OWN BONDAGE.

 

=/

 

SO THERE’S THAT.

 

HOW ARE YOU DOING LATELY?

And we said to ourselves, shoot, it might be cool to share with people what we’ve been digging, so they can dig too. So here’s our 2013 memorial round-up of tasty media we ingested. Ras put together all the descriptions, we supplied the goods.
Enjoy. ::bows:: -Eighteen

 

///////RAS’S PICKS///////

BOOKS
+ The Oryx and the Crake by Margaret Atwood
Biotechnology, corporate surburbia, human trafficking
+ Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing
The gradual decline of society, femme adolescent experience, dissociative experiences
+ The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
Exploration, emergent behavior in artificial intelligence, love
+ Alien Wombs and Spirits by Janice Boddy
Possession, dissociative experiences, anthropology, women’s spirituality
+ Affect and Artificial Intelligence by Elizabeth Wilson
Queerness, cybernetics, Alan Turing, male nerd-bonding
+ Story Revisions: Narrative Therapy in the Postmodern World by Alan Parry & Robert E. Doan
Post-modernity, personal history, multiple selves, existential psychology
+ Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense by Jonathan Moreno
Unspoken contracts, neuroscience, the military, mind-reading
+ Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century edited by Chris Spannos
Participatory government, future visioning, post-Marxism
+ Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-girl by Tiqqun & A. Reines
Mysogyny, girlhood, anger, receptacles
+ Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Cold hard survival, dystopia, tribes, DIY communities
+ The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Anarchism, utopia?, isolation, hard work, wisdom

PAPERS
+ “Nightmares, neurophenomenology and the cultural logic of trauma” by Lawrence Kirmayer

SHORT STORIES
+ “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
Perception of time, linguistics, kinship

WEB
+ Postcolonial Digital Humanities
Digital survival, digital diaspora, digital criticism
+ Longform and Longform/fiction
Narrative, classical digital formats, immersion
+ Socialtext Journal
Open-source scholarship, [post]modern culture, disruption
+ “Neurocultures Manifesto” by Victoria Pitts-Taylor
Neuropower, interdisciplinarianism, decommodifying science

TV
+ The X Files
Trenchcoats, sensible loafers, skepticism
+ Serial Experiments Lain
Manual updates, internet addiction, cyberspaces

FILM
+ Upstream Color directed by Shane Carruth
Abduction, memory, shared trauma
+ Killer of Sheep directed by Charles Burnett
Black Los Angeles, deindustrial wastelands, neverending hustle
+ Ganja & Hess directed by Bill Gunn
African curses, black academia, intense monologues
+ Sound of My Voice directed by Zal Batmanglij
Time travel, cults, faith

 

///////RASHEEDAH’S PICKS///////

BOOKS
+ Stalking the Wild Pendulum: On the Mechanics of Consciousness by Itzhak Bentov
Continuous Big Bang, eternal return, quantum cosmology
+ The PsychoBiology of Mind-Body Healing: New Concepts of Therapeutic Hypnosis by Ernest Lawrence Ross
Mind-body communication, self-suggestion, the cycle of healing
+ Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha Womack
The afro multiverse, fiction as activism, domestic aliens
+ Experiments with Light and Mirrors (Getting Started in Science) by Robert Gardner
Puzzlers, diversions, everyday phenomena
+ Everyday Quantum Reality by David Grandy
Mathematical anti-formalism, reality, science present
+ The Speed of Light: Constancy + Cosmos by David A. Grandy
Visual perception, existentialism, universal blending
+ Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington
Medical ethics, institutional sociopathology, rage
+ Myth, Literature and the African World (Canto) by Wole Soyinka
Ritual, storytelling, unity
+ Crystals and Light by Elizabeth A. Wood
Space lattices, point groups, polarization
+ Develop Your Psychic Skills by Enid Hoffman
Right brain, intuition, reprogramming
+ Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software Programs You and Your World by Robert Anton Wilson
Non-Euclidian geometries, general semantics, relativity
+ target=”_blank”The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics by Julian Barbour
Change, time, immortality, Heraclitus
+ The Big Bang Never Happened: A Startling Refutation of the Dominant Theory of the Origin of the Universe by Eric Lerner
Decay, plasma, electromagnetic fields

WEB
+ “Why I Became an Afrofuturist” by Stafford Battle
Populism, Nat Turner, Steamfunk, Janelle Monae
+ PHYS.org
Crystals, sugar batteries, multicellularity, circadian clocks

MAGAZINES
+ Discover Magazine, Nov 2013
Comet ISON, OCD, pachyderms
+ Scientific American, June 2013
Octopii, metallic robots, light deflection

FILM
+ Hidden Colors 1 & 2
Diaspora, indigenous people, African historical presence

TV
+ Fringe
The FBI, mythology, alternate realities
+ Sliders
Wormholes, parallel universes, Earth Prime
+ Warehouse 13
The US Secret Service, South Dakota, supernatural artifacts
+ Medium
Psychic abilities, intergenerational precognition, deja vu
+ Eureka
Global Dynamics, technological breakthroughs, corporate suburbia
+ The 4400
Mount Rainier, The Department of Homeland Security, precognition

 

///////EIGHTEEN’S PICKS///////

 

Eighteen's bookshelf

WEB
+ The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’ by Dahr Jamail
Artic methane, climate nightmares, climate realities
+ Apocalypse, New Jersey: A Dispatch From America’s Most Desperate Town by Matt Taibbi
Real dystopias, vigilante blocks, urban anarchy
+ Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics by Natalie Walchover
The amplituhedron, quantum gravity,locality, unitarity
+ Introduction To Nahuatl by Fermin Herrera
The Mexica Movement, indigenous linguistics, cultural substrates

ZINES
+ Vanitas by Hag Collective
Glitter lips, shiny cream sticky kid, ahaha
+ Undoing Sex: Against Sexual Optimism by C.E., encountered originally at negatecity.tumblr.com (currently defunct)
Anti-fuck, anti-orgasm, perspectives on intimacy
+ Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers by Barbara Ehrenreich & Deirdre English
Witch hunters, the medical establishment, demonization of woman healers
+ ARKDUST 1 by Alex Smith
Home town superheroes, bodega fantasies, ecstacy

BOOKS
+ Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa
False dichotomies, la mitologia de Las Aztecas, The Treaty of Guadalupe, cultural tyranny
+ Happy Baby by Stephen Elliot
The juvenile justice system, pain/pleasure paradox, Chicago
+ Snitch Factory by Peter Plate
Welfare bureaucracy, urban decay, corruption, heroism
+ Doc and Fluff: The Dystopian Tale of a Girl and Her Biker by Pat Califia
Outlaws, violent sex, true love?
+ The Cyborg Handbook by Chris Hables Gray
Cybernetic organisms, prostheses, living machines
+ Robin Hood by Louis Rhead
Chivalry, poachers, merry men

GRAPHIC NOVELS
+ Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Omnibus 1 by Yukito Kishiro
Sky cities, mad scientists, bio-chips

TV
+ Black Mirror
Wireless, techno-paranoia, techno parables
+ Macross Plus
Colonies, rivalries, AI holograms (tw: sexual assault)

 

///////ALEX’S PICKS///////

BOOKS
+ Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality by Ronald L. Mallett & Bruce Henderson
Theoretical physics, space-time, circulating laser light
+ Long Division by Kiese Laymon
Post-Katrina, violence, teen rappers
+ Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God From Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human by Grant Morrison
Archetypes, superheroes, modern myths

COMICS
+ Copra by Michel Fiffe
Supervillains, psychedelic dimensions, experimental visuals
+ MIND MGMT by Matt Kindt
Super spies, espionage, government agencies
+ I am not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett
Racial identity, absurdity, recurrent communication problems

ZINES
+ All That’s Left by Eighteen
Commodified bodies, dome-life, block life, enhancements
+ Destroy the Scene: BROS FALL BACK by The Secret Society of Femmes
Hetero-patriarchy, punk scenes, DIY
+ HYPEBEAST print magazine “The Synthesis Issue
Fashion, IRL identity conjuring, online commerce

AUDIO
+ Young Fathers TAPE ONE and TAPE TWO 12″ EPs
Romance, fortune, remains

WEB
+ Black Girl Dangerous
Mia Mackenzie, voice, experience, expression

Over the past several months, the four of us at Metropolarity HQ have seen our likenesses, labor, and wordsmithing appear on myriad outlets across cyberspace and IRL, but visitors to this site probably wouldn’t know about any of that since our primary propagandist is a slovenly beast with failing prosthetics and not enough time discipline, limbs, or plausible fake names to keep up appearances. They now wish to apologize for this lowly recap post, the contents of which you might already know about if you follow us on tumblr, where we are slightly more active, or if you peep the #metropolarity tag on twitter and instagram

But without further ado, we present a small collection of our articles and celebratory bits of news, in screencap format.
Click the pictures to read the articles in full. =}

 

MARCH 2014 ~ We appear in a very favorable arts & culture feature in our local City Paper. Contrary to the headline, we are not all based in West Philly…
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JUNE 2014 ~ The squad and network organize the Liberation Technologies: Science Fiction for World Building and Survival programming track for the 2014 Allied Media Conference in Detroit. One of several, the LibTech track contains eight sessions of speculative workshops and panels for radical educators, artists, and activists involved in media-based organizing.
amc-libtech

 

AUGUST 2014 ~ Ras and Eighteen write about our current operating parameters for Broken Pencil magazine’s Zine Philosophy section. Eighteen is especially fond of the cover tagline “Queer Cyborgs Liberate High Tech,” a delicious conflation of Metropolarity’s work with Eighteen’s own.
us-in-broken-pencil

 

AUGUST 2014 ~ Rasheedah begins a stint as contributing columnist to the Atlanta Blackstar’s BLERDS series, with a solid array of interviews and topical features covering the arts, technology, and the in-between.
rasheedah phillips for atlanta blackstar's blerds series

 

OCTOBER 2014 ~ Eighteen is named a recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s Art & Change grant, money which will help them on their Quest to self-publish a print book and audiobook of their dystopian cyborg series, All That’s Left.
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A few days later, they find out their work was included on the syllabus of a gender and sexuality class for the University of Penn’s English department. One of the required reading pieces is Gentry, a piece written for the 2nd Metropolarity zine, which namedrops Penn in a speculative tirade about a gentrified and flooded out future Philly…………..
our-cyborgs-our-selves-penn-class

 

OCTOBER 2014 ~ Alex writes a Highly Appropriate article for the Philly Weekly about one of the grand masters of sci-fi, Samuel R. Delany. People are rightfully stoked.
alex talks delany

We also did a few zine fests, put out the Future Now collab zine, and Rasheedah incredibly (bow down) put on her yearly AfroFuturist Affair‘s annual costume and charity ball, this year themed Black Holographic Memory, which expanded from the original ball into several days worth of film screenings, workshop days, and rock and roll shows (AND is a community fundraiser that you can still donate to!!). So that’s what we’ve been up to, besides our full time jobs of course. ¬__¬

Make sure to check out our Events Calendar for what we’ve got coming up for these final weeks of 2014.

The quoted part of this post’s title comes from Ursula K. LeGuin’s acceptance speech at this year’s National Book Awards. We consider it a call to arms.