In May 2020, The Dig launched book clubs across the world, for listeners to read and discuss left-wing books that are featured on the podcast.
Each month, we select one book that Dan is reading for a show interview. We distribute questions and book discount codes to reading groups, who organize their own meetings to discuss the book.
After groups have had time to read and discuss the book, Dan and the author host a Zoom call for all participants to join and ask questions or bring comments about the book selection and corresponding podcast episode.
NOTE: the April book club with Charisse Burden-Stelly will be the final Dig book club event. Self-organized clubs have been a great way to connect folks regionally and internationally, and author Zooms have introduced a new degree of access and interactivity to the show. A year on, though, people are getting tired of Zoom and the Dig has some big new projects that it needs to turn its attention to. So: please join us on April 24 at 2PM ET to discuss a selection of Burden-Stelly’s articles, available through the links below:
- “The Absence of Political Economy in African Diaspora Studies” in Black Perspectives
- “Modern U.S. Racial Capitalism” in Monthly Review
- “Constructing Deportable Subjectivity” in Souls
- “Why Claudia Jones Will Always Be More Relevant than Ta-Nehesi Coates” in Black Agenda Report
If you are not already on the mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the Zoom link.
Book clubs have previously read and discussed Kim Phillips-Fein’s Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, Mike Davis’s Prisoners of the American Dream, Johanna Fernández’s The Young Lords: A Radical History, Matthew Countryman’s Up South: Civil Rights and Black Power in Philadelphia, Paul Renfro’s Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State, Wendy Brown’s In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West, Thea Riofrancos’s Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador, Sarah Jaffe’s Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone, and Paolo Gerbaudo’s The Digital Party: Political Organisation and Online Democracy.