Review: Jesús Sepúlveda – The Garden of Peculiarities (2011 Missing Books)

Review: Jesús Sepúlveda – The Garden of Peculiarities (2011 Missing Books)
It is rare to discover a book as trenchant, poetic and philosophically profound as The Garden of Peculiarities. Originally published in Spanish in 2002, translated into English in 2005 and now re-released by local alternative publisher Missing Books, this short work by Chilean anarchist and radical environmentalist Jesús Sepúlveda is nothing less than a manifesto ...

ghosts

ghosts
  When we look out at the sky at night, we’re also looking back into the past. The light from distant stars takes so long to reach us that we cannot really be sure that, in reality, they’re still there. Although the myriad things that surround us on Earth – rocks and rose bushes and ...

Is there no alternative?

I heard it yet again the other day: ‘if you’re not a socialist by age 19, you have no heart. If you’re not a capitalist by age 29, you have no brain.’ What fascinates me about this ‘truism’ – and those who spout it – is its sense of utter resignation. Not only are we ...