Comrade for a Day | Graduate Game

Disillusioned long ago by Capitalism you look to Marx’s Capital but think, ‘f*** me, that’s a big book.’ Bearing this in mind you go to Marxism Festival 2012 for answers …

Comrade for a Day | Graduate Game.


13 thoughts on “Comrade for a Day | Graduate Game

  1. Much shorter Radical Reads are The Communist Manifesto or Malatesta’s Anarchy, but I guess going to a Festival is more fun.

    • Thanks for the suggestions, Nick. I’ve read the Manifesto, certainly rousing stuff. So i’ll give the other a try some time. The festival was good but i missed a couple of the talks i really wanted to go to, eg. One about Marxism and John Steinbeck cos i’d just read The Grapes of Wrath – heartbreaking stuff, man.
      – M

      • Sad times. There was once a time where I would have eaten my own arm for a ticket to that kind of thing. Possibly less so these days. But there are some Marxist thinkers that I am still a big fan of. I still love Michel Foucault (if you can call him a marxist) for his critiques on Psychiatry and sexuality, I don’t believe that any psychologist or psychiatrist or neurologist has since come close to summing up the ineptitudes of the mental health system in the way that he did in Madness and Civilisation. I also love Althusser and Gramsci for his work on the politics of language. Just finished reading a book by Tony Crowley on The Politics of Language in Ireland about how the Brits really fucked the poor innocent Irish over and are continuing to do so, The English speaking world is an absolute shit and will get its cummupence one day. tiochfaidh ar la.

  2. I can give you the other book by Malatesta. As I say, it’s not very big. It was given to me by another history student that I used to be friends with. She got onto a PhD at Oxford University but then decided to drop out and throw thousands of pounds worth of funding away. Which is particularly annoying when I’ve been trying to secure funding for the same for the last 3 years. But we don’t speak anymore. So you can have the book, as it will immensely satisfy me to get rid of my memories of her and hopefully give you some pleasure at the same time. Maybe I will come and hunt you down while you’re “chugging” and emburse you with some radical books. To be fair I’ve got quite a few that are still weighing me down.

    • Please do ‘hunt me down’ – I’d be happy to take them off your hands! Sorry about your friend. It’s always hard to get to grips with these things when we’re all in different head spaces but I guess the heart wants what it wants. Take the time that you need and keep trying, Nick. I know you’ll get it in the end 🙂 What was your phd proposal, anyhow?

      And thanks again for the suggestions. Since I’ve been out of uni I’ve been worried that my brain will just disintegrate (you may have read that blog post:p), and although I’ve wanted to keep up with ‘academic’ reading, I’ve been a little lost as to where to start. I really resent that one can’t access academic journals for free when not part of an institution. But yeah, Foucault is definitely one I’ve been meaning to catch up on for a long time. Thanks for refreshing my memory 😉

      • Just realised I only half replied to your message. I applied for funding for a collaborative project with Swansea, Liverpool and Bangor and the proposal was to look at the neurochemistry of people that have taken drugs. But I’ve also applied for quite a few existing projects, the one I’m waiting to hear on at the moment is for fMRI of Multiple Sclerosis sufferers. So yeah it’s all psychology/neuroscience stuff really. I studied sociology as a minor for my first year of my undergrad and although I didn’t carry it on I really enjoyed reading some of the stuff. Plus I studied the philosophy of the mind later on so that was an interest as well. It’s all linked in somewhere.

        When I finished at Bangor I was feeling the same, so I enrolled on a Hindi evening class at Manchester Uni which was very interesting. Unfortunately however the lovely young lady that taught us became suddenly ill and tragically passed away half way through so I didn’t get chance to finish. I do feel like I’m rotting now though, especially as I’ve been unable to find graduate work, and there aren’t too many people that I know around that I can talk to about what I’ve read or learnt. I do miss being around like minded individuals.

        I know it is annoying not to be able to get on to journals, but I found out the other day that I was able to access a surprising number at my local library. Also, if you email the author they will generally send you a copy. Anyway, I’ll see what books I can dig out that might be of interest to you.


      • Hey Nick, I’ve only had a chance to check back on here tonight. I want to write you a proper reply because it sounds like you’ve been up to some really interesting stuff, but its pretty late and I should go to sleep!

        I’m working the streets of Birmingham tomorrow, so, if you get the chance, come find me! I’m not sure which street I’ll be on yet but have a look around. I’ll try and let you know which one (on here) if I’m able to 😉

        – M

  3. I will try and hunt you down! Maybe you could make it easier by giving me a clue about where you’re going to be! Do you work in Birmingham City Centre most days?

      • Hi, I came into town today. Saw your sister and your colleague by the little church in the middle. Your colleague said you were working on Broad Street, probably by the ICC. I walked up round there, but didn’t see you.

        I did bring some books for you. But it’s ok because I was going into town anyway, and it’s always nice to get out of Bromsgrove.

        My number is 07591 055 033. Let me know if you would like to meet sometime (let’s do things the easy way in future…)


      • Hey Nick. Ah, that’s a shame. That was really kind of you. I must have been on my break. Did you meet my sister? I’ll save your number and be sure to let you know next time I’m in Birmingham, or Bromsgrove for that matter!

  4. Marianna. My phone has been stolen. My email address is Please get in touch with me this way for the time being. By the way, in response to your message, I saw your sister but I didn’t speak to her. She was regailing potential customers with stories of her Italian heritage. Howcome she is so proud of her roots but you try and distance yourself?

    Please let me know if you would like to meet socially, it doesn’t have to be when you’re at work!


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