Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction

Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction

author: Margaret Killjoy

name: Steev

average rating: 4.00

book published: 2009

rating: 4

read at: 2010/01/21

date added: 2010/01/23

shelves: politics

This is pretty interesting stuff. It gets a bit redundant by about 2/3 of the way through. Some of it is sort of like reading celebrity interviews in something like People magazine, only more niche-market of course, but still with the more famous authors it's a little bit... fawning or fannish. Then the other lesser-known authors are mostly traveller kid types like the editor, so it sort of devolves into a friendly compare-notes kind of chat about lifestyle and "war stories" and such. But, overall, the objective of the book is great, to explore this shadowy undercurrent of storytelling that addresses an underrepresented school of political thought, and the book is about 70% successful at drawing out some interesting insights on the subject from this group of authors.

When I saw the editor speak they had a very entertaining style of presenting ideas both directly related to the book and indirectly related, including the use of a big sketchpad with cartoony drawings. I'd like the book to somehow be more reflective of Magpie's sort of flitting, ADD, multi-tasking multi-media mind and manner, perhaps with more innovative graphic design or something.

But anyway, I'm glad the book exists and I appreciate all the work that went into it.