Our friends at Collaboration Journal share the following announcement: The Sri Aurobindo Association has received donations for one-year gift subscriptions to Collaboration journal for nonsubscribers, as a means to broaden our reade …
New Reading Group: Soliciting Interest in the Subject of “Consequential Reality”
Fakes, egregores, and conspiracies are overtaking our perceptions of the world—what’s behind such reality mirrors, and where do the reflections or projections in them come from? Join Brigid and a group of kindred spirits for readings, discussion, and a deep exploration of these intriguing questions at the edges of our knowing.
See You In Our Dreams—A worm’s-eye view from the Readers Underground of a social dreaming experiment in progress
Another intimate Readers Underground group has formed around Maia’s See You In Our Dreams, a book described as “a long, complex, slow exploration of the final paroxysms of a dystopic future before something starts to change.”
Sri Aurobindo Reading Circles
Infinite Conversations has been pursuing an extended reading program for Sri Aurobindo’s writings for several years now. Here is an update on our progress, with information on how you can participate…
See You in Our Dreams
Intimate Reading Performance and Social Dreaming Experiment beginning June 19th The story, set in the 2050s, focuses on an underground community of poets, artists, scientists, and theater geeks (Bard-lovers) who share the weird experience of receiving …
Collaboration Journal Call for Submissions
Now in its 46th year of publication, Collaboration explores the evolutionary vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, the practice of integral yoga, what it means to be human, the workings of consciousness, psychic emergence, and reflective articles on the politics of capital, changing technologies, comparative philosophy, deep ecology, and the arts.
Consciously Evolving Language, with Lisa Maroski
Starts Sept 8: an exploration of how we can make changes to the structure of our language that reflect and catalyze a planetary paradigm shift towards always-already connectedness…
Introduction to the Editors: Mary Thaler
Who am I and what do I write? I spent the early part of my career as a scientist studying oceanography, and some of that science attitude—the attention to detail, the feelings of wonder and humility—have infused my writing practice. Plus I have a nerdy …
Introduction to the Editors: Brigid Burke
I have been an Assistant Editor here at Metapsychosis for a few years now, and on this site I have published a couple of essays, offered one class on underworld mythology, and also currently produce the bi-weekly Chthonia podcast, which focuses on dark …
The Ecstasy of a Book Club
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” —JC There is the possibility of ecstasy in a book club—this I aver. It’s a religious thing—or should be—the intercourse among “people of the book” (or rather, “ …
Synthesis of Yoga Practicum
An open-ended reading and discussion of Sri Aurobindo’s Synthesis of Yoga, with a virtual meeting every 2nd and 4th Wednesday until the book is fully read.
Visionary Voices Read Aloud: John Milton’s Paradise Lost
Since Fall 2019, we have been reading works by “visionary poets.” While what constitutes “visionariness” is an open and dynamic question (with intense contemporary relevance) we began our quest to bring visionary voices to life by alternately reading a …
Savitri Reading Group
We are performing an intimate reading of Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri – A Legend and a Symbol, with a virtual meeting every 1st and 3rd Wednesday until the poem is fully read.
Bateson Reading Group
We will be reading one of the 20th Century’s seminal works, the collection of essays by Gregory Bateson assembled in the book called Steps to an Ecology of Mind, and, as a counterpoint, essays and poems by his daughter Nora Bateson under the title Small Arcs of Larger Circles.
Octavia Butler’s Parable Novels
Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents tell, in the author’s words, a “cautionary tale”—which some have called prophetic, and some attribute to extraordinary powers of extrapolation—about a speculative version of America betwe …
Journey to Supermind
The Life Divine is one of the great spiritual works of the 20th century, if not all time. It presents Indian/Integral philosopher, poet, and yogi Sri Aurobindo’s conception of the origin, structure, and destiny of creation, from the primordia …
The Minor Gesture
Erin Manning is a friend and colleague who lives in Montreal and heads up the SenseLab at Concordia University. Her book Relationscapes—Movement, Art, Philosophy profoundly influenced my own work at the intersection between the sciences and t …
We are reading Nobel Prize winner Gao Xinjiang’s novel Soul Mountain. Learn more »
Spheres Reading Group
We are reading all three volumes of philosopher Peter Sloterdijk’s Spheres trilogy: Bubbles, Globes, and Foam. The live-recorded conversations for Bubbles took place between April and August, 2017, and the conversations for Globes took place between October 2017 and May 2018. However, the conversation continues in our forum. A reading schedule for Foam is yet to be determined.
Katherine Dunn, the original Freakmother, makes muses of monstrosity in her 1989 masterpiece, about a bizarrely geek-inspired, traveling circus family, born of the stale kernels of boxing reports and advice columns—a celebration of human adap …
Bahiyyih Nakhjavani’s poetic prose is a continuation of the Persian tradition of using lush, mystical imagery to awaken the soul. We hope you will join us as we take a journey inward with The Saddlebag.This was the third reading of Readers Underground …
Winter of Origins
This was the second reading of Readers Underground (then #litgeeks). The conversation continues in our forum. In a world racked by vast inequality, climate change, and political upheaval, Gebser’s work so aptly points out that these problems are a …
December of The Dispossed
This reading took place Dec 1, 2015–Jan 2, 2016, and was the very first Readers Underground (then #litgeeks book club) read together. It served as a beta test of our format, forum software, and other systems. The conversation continues in our forum.
Spheres Reading GroupBubbles, by Peter Sloterdijk – Conversation 9
#9 of 9 live conversations on Peter Sloterdijk’s Bubbles. Topics: Ch. 8, “Closer to Me Than I Am Myself – A Theological Preparation for the Theory of the Shared Inside,” Excursus 10: Matris in gremio – A Mariological Cricket,” and “Transition: On Ecstatic Immanence,” pps. 539–632.
Spheres Reading GroupBubbles, by Peter Sloterdijk – Welcome & Overview
Readers Underground group for Bubbles, by Peter Sloterdijk – Welcome & Overview page
ShantaramReading Group for Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts
Join the Readers Underground for a group reading of Gregory David Roberts’ novel Shantaram, hosted by David Gaian and Marco V Morelli, starting April 17, 2017.
Chaos, Crisis, and Creativity. A live hangout with the editors of Metapsychosis
Join us this Thursday, August 4th, at 8 p.m. EDT (time zone conversion) for a live Zoom hangout with the editors of Metapsychosis, as we close out our Inception cycle (0.6)—and look ahead to our next phase.
Geek LoveGeek Love Opening Hangout
In this hangout on July 28, 2016, we explore ideas from both the novel and one another’s personal experiences. It’s a LIVE Freak out!
Benjamin, Literacy and the Stars
Jenn Zahrt, fellow Metapsy author and publisher at Rubedo Press, is hosting a new course with Kepler College. “Benjamin, Literacy and the Stars” explores the lesser known role that astrology played in German philosopher Walter Benjamin’s oeuvre.
The Culture of the Current: A Workshop for Facing the World We Live in Now
Conner Habib is a man of many hats, but if there’s one thing he’s been at the forefront of, it’s been his sharp, philosophical appraisals of the cultural pulse of Western civilization. I first discovered Conner through our mutual i …