The Demon’s Librarian

The librarian John Griogair Bell reviews The Demon’s Librarian by Lilith Saintcrow.

Lilith Saintcrow The Demon's Librarian

Here’s me reading this book:

“Okay, here we go! Huh. Interesting take on the Order of the Dragon and vampires. Yep, definitely chicklit. Oh. That was interesting. Hey! Secret magical library! That’s great, and I sure wish I had one. Wait, I do have one. Man, my life is awesome. Back to the story … ooo, this would make great anime! Yeah, take that bad guys and good guys; don’t piss off the librarian!” [via]

Austerity and Revolt

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Austerity and Revolt by Werner Bonefeld and John Holloway.

Werner Bonefeld John Holloway Austerity and Revolt

This number of South Atlantic Quarterly supplies a wealth of Marxist reflection on the 21st-century relationships among capital, government, and populace. Several give particular attention to what I suspect of being an illusory question, namely, How is revolution possible? The “logic” of the dilemma is that since social oppression creates the political horizons for people, how can those people orient themselves to something beyond oppressive systems? But this bind is something of a Zeno’s paradox, premised on assumptions of closed systems and rigid continua. In fact, society is always changing, and no change in such a complex system is so deterministic as to foreclose on the possibility of enhanced liberty.

The “Against the Day” section of this issue is concerned with the recent uprisings in Egypt and Turkey. Even though there was no “happily ever after” to the events described here, their details are perhaps grounds for encouragement. [via]