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Re: <nettime> what would be nettime's reading list?
     Jorn Ebner <>
Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement
     ben moretti <>

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Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 20:59:22 +0000
Subject: Re: <nettime> what would be nettime's reading list?
From: Jorn Ebner <>

> (Would it include Empire, Crowds and Power, Male Fantasies, a Foucault,
> Ahrendt or even Deleuze? How much history (of science)? How much would
> politically correct and which titles would really be useful? Geert)

my friend Alan reckons that The Catcher in The Rye is easily the best 
book ever. I'd disagree: however, it did once fit into a coach journey 
from London to Hamburg. The other day, Italo Calvino's The Nonexistent 
Knight & Cloven Viscount, published in one volume, were too short to 
fit into a coach journey from Newcastle to London and back again.

when I recommended to Alan to read White Noise, he could not bear Don 
DeLillo, saying he was too clever-clever, instead, he raved about The 
Corrections which I choose to ignore. Writing is more interesting to me 
when it attempts to achieve something with writing, formally - or, if 
it is realist, then at least it should attempt to clarify the muddled 
nonsense of existence rather than spin a yarn or reflect on the fabrics 
of society. Sometimes this is interesting when it describes a different 
society from the one around. Then the problem occurs whether I want to 
trust the writer.

lists of writing are also problematic in terms of availability: the 
city's public library in Newcastle doesn't hold anything that is 
vaguely obscure, like Dos Passos; the university's library doesn't have 
updated collections of French writers such as Robbe-Grillet (the 
collection breaks off somewhere in the 1980s) and hardly anything by 
Marguerite Duras who has published extensively. The university even has 
a French Department...

i can't read French, hence I depend on translations. I am lucky that I 
can read them in two languages: in English there are a few novels by 
Duras translated and currently available, even more are available in 
German; Robbe-Grillet has only a few books in print in the UK, and even 
less in Germany.

in the opening sentences of Extinction, Thomas Bernhard's narrator 
gives his private pupil Gambetti, amongst others one of Bernhard's 
early short works to read: Amras. I would have given him Bernhard's Old 
Masters which I recommend to students, only in the UK you have to be 
lucky to find it in bookshops as it is only published in English 
translation by American publishers. Public libraries could provide it 
if you lived in Kensington, central London. The German of course would 
be better anyway, as the rhythm of the language works better in the 
original, and the sublety of existential humour is more refined. In the 
book, the focal character comes regularly to a museum to search out the 
errors old masters made. 'El Greco could not even paint hands properly!'

some writing I could not recommend to students in the UK, because it 
just isn't in translation: Gert Hoffmann's Blindensturz, which is told 
by the three blind men from a Breugel painting. Another one, Abfall 
fuer Alle by Rainald Goetz, is probably even untranslateable, as the 
cultural references in this book - first published as a daily online 
log during 1999 - are most likely to be only understood by people 
living in Germany. However, it is one of the most exciting books I ever 
read, that proposes artictic / literary positions as well as providing 
a document of a whole year, both personal and political-objective (as 
in: accessible to understanding by a broad readership) at the same time.

i guess that the beauty of mailing lists such as nettime is that 
readers of books in languages other than English can report on writing 
that is exciting but unavailable in mainstream of translated 
Anglo-American publishing. Hence there cannot be a Reading List as this 
list composes of all the individual reading lists that could 
potentially be pooled here. The lists would be a reading collection 
rather than a canon (which might become at least temporary canon, 
reflecting current fashions of interest) or list. However, as English 
is the Lingua Franca here, it will never really transcend its realm of 
language and by default miss out on other possibly exciting writing be 
that scientific, artistic, or otherwise.


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Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 19:37:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: <nettime> what would be nettime's reading list?

If I may offer some additions:

Tony Cliff: State Capitalism in Russia (1955/1974)
Surrealist Subversions Rants, Writings & Images by the Surrealist Movement 
in the United States Ron Sakolsky, Ed.
Free Software Foundation: General Public License
Debian Social Contract
The Dammapada
Networks and Netwars:  The Future of Terror, Crime, and Militancy John 
 Arquilla, David Ronfeldt (editors)                     
Voltaire: Candide
Eric S. Raymond: The Cathedral and the Bazaar         
Paulo Lins: City of God
Vernor Vinge: The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the 
 Post-Human Era
Bruce Sterling: Tomorrow Now
Gamahucher: The Aesthetics of Anti-Poetry: A Manifesto
Noam Chomsky
Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil
The Gospel of Mary Magdaline

Theres much more then what time is limiting to adding, but basically, any
book that expands a readers realityHorizon is a good place to put on the
list, which imho, should be outside of texts that are the blueprints of
bygone epochs.  The inclusion of authors whose output exists in the
shadows of todays society often accompany the most amazing dissection, of 
the present day, human.


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Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 14:06:17 +1100 (EST)
From: ben moretti <>
Subject: Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement

// Here's what I think should be on the Nettime 
// reading list. Ben

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                o General Notes of the United States
                o Schedule of the United States
          * Annex 2-C Pharmaceuticals
   3. Agriculture
   4. Textiles and Apparel
   5. Rules of Origin
          * Annex 5-A, General Notes
          * Annex 5-A, Product Specific Rules of
            For a description of the products covered
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   6. Customs Administration

   7. Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

   8. Technical Barriers to Trade

   9. Safeguards
  10. Cross-border Trade in Services
  11. Investment

  12. Telecommunications
  13. Financial Services
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  15. Government Procurement
          * Annex 15-A - H, Combined Government
Procurement Annexes
  16. Electronic Commerce
  17. Intellectual Property Rights
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  21. Institutional Arrangements and Dispute
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