(image by Luc Schuiten)

The following are some of the books and essays that I’ve read in my research.

Uncategorized, because many defy categorization.

And no links to their Amazon pages, because independent bookshops still exist and I believe we should support them instead of supporting tax evading multinationals that exploit their labor forces. (My 2 cents.) If your local bookshop doesn’t have something in stock, they can order it, so ask!


Adorno, Theodor. “Free Time” and “Resignation.” (essays, available here)

Arendt, Hannah. The Human Condition.

Baker, Josey. Josey Baker Bread.

Beauvais, Michel. Cabanes: 50 plans détaillés pour construire sa cabane (pas forcément au Canada).

Benjamin, Walter. “The Storyteller: Reflections on the Works of Nikolai Leskov.” (essay, available here)

Cabet, Etienne. Voyage to Icaria.

Calvino, Italo. The Baron in the Trees.

Clark, Arthur C. Childhood’s End.

Coyne, Kelly, and Erik Knutzen. Make It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World.

Dartnell, Lewis. The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch.

Graeber, David. Debt: The First 5,000 Years.

Guattari, Félix. The Three Ecologies.

Hayes, Shannon. Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture.

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World.

Krisis-Group. “Manifesto Against Labour.” (essay, available here)

Krissoff, Liana. Canning for a New Generation.

Marazzi, Christian. La place des chaussettes. 

Morris, William. News from Nowhere. (plus many of his essays, most of which can be found online)

Pedrosa, Cyril. Autobio Intégrale.

Reclus, Elie. Le Pain.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. The Social Contract.

Russell, Bertrand. “In Praise of Idleness.” (essay, available here)

Schuiten, Luc. Archiborescence and Vers une ville végétale.

Seneca. On the Shortness of Life. (available here)

Shields, David. Reality Hunger: A Manifesto.

Sholette, Gregory. Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture.

Skinner, EF. Walden Two.

Solnit, Rebecca. A Field Guide to Getting Lost.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. “An Apology for Idlers.” (essay, available here)

Tesson, Sylvain. Consolations of the Forest.

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. (and everything else Thoreau, to be found here and here)

Weeks, Kathi. The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Anti-Work Politics and Post-Work Imaginaries.

Williams, Niall, and Christine Breen. O Come Ye Back to Ireland: Our First Year in County Clare.

Various authors: Why Work? Arguments for the Leisure Society, The Faber Book of Utopias, The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective.