XG Reading Group Archive

The XG Reading Group meets two to four times a month to read (and sometimes read around) a particular book. Texts are voted for somewhat democratically, and I am happy to be guided by Patreons regarding what we read together.

Patreons subscribed to Tier 2 can listen back to the sessions. Patreons subscribed to Tier 3 can take part and participate.

An archive of weekly sessions and the texts read are listed below — most recent first.

Season 1: Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia

The first XG reading group began in May 2020 and is still ongoing. Whilst our focus is Cyclonopedia and its various concepts, we have also read other works and various chapters from Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus as a way to ground the book in its appropriate context.

1.10: “The War Machine”

This week we read the “Treatise on Nomadology — The War Machine” chapter of Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus.

1.9: “The Smooth and the Striated”

This week we read “The Smooth and the Striated” chapter from Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus

1.8: “Traumatic Histories”

This week we read Robin Mackay’s essay “A Brief History of Geotrauma”. 

1.7: “Oil is Fair in Love and War” aka “I Pity the Fuel”

This week we read pages 37-67 — the “Excursus I” and “The Machines are Digging” chapters — of Cyclonopedia.

1.6: “Nature Naturing, Desire Desiring”

This week we read “The Geology of Morals” chapter from Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus as a way of providing the first chapter of Cyclonopedia, which we read last week, with some necessary background. 

1.5: “Chapter One”

This week we (finally) read the first chapter of Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia: “Paleopetrology: From Gog-Magog Axis to Petropunkism”. 

1.4: “Double Articulation and Time”

This week we read H.P. Lovecraft’s “Through the Gates of the Silver Key” and Amy Ireland’s series for the Vast Abrupt, “The Revolving Door and the Straight Labyrinth”. 

1.3: “Lovecraft and Philosophy”

For our fourth session we read H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “The Call of Cthulhu” and “The Z Crowd” chapter from Cyclonopedia.

1.2: “A Theology of the Seething Void”

For our third session, we read sections from Spinoza’s Ethics.

1.1: “A Good Meal”

Extending last week’s session, we discussed the Cyclonopedia chapter “A Good Meal”, alongside Nick Land’s essay “Sore Losers” and Georges Bataille’s “The Accursed Share”.

1.0: “Nerium Oleander”

The first session of the reading group, reading Kristen Alvanson’s introduction to Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia, along with a few other bits from Reza’s book.