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On Friday, McMaster Rare Books rightly took issue with the erasure of archival labour coincident with the use of a letter written by Bertrand Russel, which is in their archives. This letter has “gone viral” several times over the last few years, variously claiming to have been “unearthed” by a...

J. Moufawad-Paul, The Communist Necessity: Prolegomena to Any Future Radical Theory, Kersplebedeb, 2014. Finally, after decades of post-modernism and capitalist triumphalism, it is no longer considered impolite for academics and popular intellectuals to speak the word communism. (15). I started my undergrad in 1995, six years after the fall of...

In “Books and the Nation”, her chapter in the Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book (2015), Trish Loughran writes that the fact remains: there is no radical history of the book, no comprehensively leftist or revolutionary or decolonizing tradition to speak of. There is no queer history of...

In my review of Jacques Rancière’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster, I asked the following question: What if the library recognized and took ownership of its etymological history as a place of books? What if it began to take seriously a mission not of ‘access to information’ or ‘access to material’, but...

When I was in library school, we discussed the ways in which information is a commodity. We never actually decided on a definition of “commodity”; like pornography, we were expected to know it when we see it. But anyone with a passing familiarity with Marx’s Capital knows that the concept...