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Reading threads for Theory and History [message #223] Mon, 11 February 2019 20:12 Go to next message
Red Moon
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Registered: February 2019
Given the slow nature of the board right now, I was wondering what everybody thought would be an appropriate structure for reading threads? I was thinking of making threads that aren't really scheduled reading discussions, but rather general discussions of a particular book or writer's works. People can come in and ask questions about certain passages, or simply give their impressions of the book's chapters as they go along. It might be a bit "bloggy" at first to maintain some kind of activity without the traffic, but hopefully the content will eventually draw outside interest in participating on the forum.

If that seems acceptable, I'm leaning towards making threads about specific writers in which the OP contains links to particular books by the writer, and people can come and go asking questions or writing about their thoughts on the content.
Re: Reading threads for Theory and History [message #225 is a reply to message #223] Tue, 12 February 2019 00:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Karl
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Registered: January 2019
Good question. Book/reading threads are definitely a good idea. I think that blog-like posts would be the most productive for now, since we can't count on long active discussions due to the low usercount.
Re: Reading threads for Theory and History [message #226 is a reply to message #225] Tue, 12 February 2019 04:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Purged
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Oh that will be lovely, what authors are on the menu?
Re: Reading threads for Theory and History [message #227 is a reply to message #226] Tue, 12 February 2019 06:18 Go to previous message
Red Moon
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Purged wrote on Tue, 12 February 2019 04:19
Oh that will be lovely, what authors are on the menu?
Anybody can start a thread for whoever, but I guess what I was asking about in particular was whether creating threads that may be dominated by one person's posts would be acceptable for now or be seen as shitting up the board. And in addition to all of that I figure it would be appropriate to have threads for a single book if the book is large/dense enough and particularly influential, like with capital. Or fuck, if someone wants to go wild and do a Phenomenology thread or something, I'm not so interested in diving into that.

Personally I was going to start with some historians/sociologists that I've been meaning to read. I wanted to make a thread for Fernand Braudel or Immanuel Wallerstein. But I also liked the idea of being a little boring and starting from some kind of beginning. Like for the classical political economists just starting out with an Adam Smith thread, or for political philosophy starting with Locke or something. However, since this IS a leftist board it may be helpful to have several reading threads about other basics from Marx, Engels, Lenin etc.
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