Dec 15, 2022
The Grounded Futures Show, Ep 21: Sparks In-Between, with Scott Branson
“thinking alone is not as exciting as thinking together”
Scott Branson, a Jewish transfemme anarchist writer, and artist, joined carla and Uli for an inspiring virtual walk to think (and feel) together. They go deep into Trans worlding and talk pathways to gender abolition, discovering voice, embracing not knowing, sampling ideas, learning through play and making mistakes, practical anarchism, and more! This joyful conversation covers a lot of ground, including a poetry reading!
“We study with any person who can teach us.” -- Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time
Favourite quote by Ursula K, Le Guin:
“But he had not brought anything. His hands were empty, as they had always been.” -- the Dispossessed
where had we left you?
a long necked white creature
bobbing in the distance
on the lake
it was clear we had overlooked
the mysteries of the world
so white i wondered how it kept clean
in polluted waters
i can’t wear white pants without staining
the sun doesn’t cause waves but lets us see them
and the lake ripples into this white protuberance
a child’s drawing of a sea dinosaur smiling
so happy to be here
where had we left you?
but that’s the best we could have done
on the pier no one sees
she swims unnoticed
except by me, in my quick glance,
and i decide to avert my eyes
and let her be
Scott Branson is a Jewish transfemme anarchist writer, teacher, organizer, musician and artist. Scott is also a co-host on the anarchist radio show/podcast The Final Straw Radio. Their book, Practical Anarchism: A Daily Guide, just published by Pluto Press, offers ways to infuse everyday life with ideas of mutual responsibility and collective liberation, combining anarchist and queer/feminist approaches to relationships, work, and living. Their translation of the queer theorist and gay liberation militant Guy Hocquenghem’s second book, Gay Liberation after May 68, was published in April 2022 through Duke University Press’s Theory Q Series. Scott wrote a critical introduction that situates Hocquenghem’s queer anarchism in relation to current liberation movements. Scott translated longtime prison abolitionist, anarchist, ex-prisoner, and psychologist, Jacques Lesage De La Haye’s The Abolition of Prison (AK Press, 2021). Their edited volume, Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies will be published by PM Press in January 2023.
Music for our show by: Sour Gout
The GF Show art by Robin Carrico
Thanks for listening!