Our fundraising having been successful, we are now in the process of buying the old Natwest bank building on Portswood Road. Watch this space!
October Books are Buying the Bank!
Buying the Bank: Loanstock Issue 2018
It’s official, come and support us on this exciting new chapter in October Books story. With your support we are organising the purchase of an old bank building in Portswood with the idea of creating a community hub in the space, so we can truly say we are ‘more than just a bookshop’.
This new venture will help to secure the long-term future of the shop as we will no longer be paying out excessive amounts in rent and it will be amazing for you all to support us in this venture. At this stage, we are announcing the offer of Loanstock Issue 2018 which will run from today 9th March to 31st May 2018. The Loanstock offer documents can be downloaded and completed and returned to us at the shop or to email@example.com with LOANSTOCK in the subject line.
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The documents contain information about loanstock, our current financial position and some information on long-term business and financial plans. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information. The initial issue of loanstock certificates will be on the 21st March 2018.
Our most recent Annual Accounts and Report can be downloaded here. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
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Membership application documents can be downloaded here.
Members will have a vote at Members’ Meetings and be able to stand for the Management Committee. You do not have to be a Member to buy loanstock and you do not need to buy loanstock to become a Member. Membership is a one-off purchase of a £5 share which is non-redeemable, non-transferable and becomes void if you cease to be a Member.
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We look forward to seeing you soon and co-creating a new story for October Books.
The October Books Team – Annabel, Clare, Jess, Joey and Jaquie
Bid to Buy the NatWest Bank
We are really excited to announce that our proposal to buy the old NatWest bank in Portswood has been accepted in principle. As many of you know, we have been looking for new premises and the NatWest bank building provides more than enough space for the relocation of the bookshop. The bid was a consortium proposal with collaboration with other local organisations, including the Society of St James and Social Enterprise Link Wessex. We have until March 23rd to raise most of the funding required.
The proposal requires £300,000 of community funds plus a loan in order to make the purchase possible. This seems like a big ask, but we have over £70,000 already pledged by community members and supporters of the scheme, which will see the space develop into a community hub. The plans are not finalised yet as we had to move quickly in order to make the most of this opportunity but we imagine the space to provide rooms for hire for community events and health and well-being activities, a social enterprise hub as well as supported housing for the homeless.
We are asking you, our community, to pledge funds for a minimum of five years to make this project possible. This is your opportunity to be a part of a new kind of High Street, one where you are involved and one which you can help to create. This is such an exciting opportunity and we need your help to make this happen.
Please pop in to the bookshop for more details or write to us firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. If you’d like to have a look at the plan for the bank building, you can download it here.
Exciting new chapter for October Books
‘October Books is starting a new chapter as it seeks to move into new premises in Portswood in 2018. It wants to reviltalise it’s community role and it wants you to be part of it. Will you?’
- Do you know of suitable premises in the Portswood area?
- Do you want to contribute financially to the setting up of a new community hub?
- Do you know of an organisation or other community business that would like to share premises
- Do you have expertise in financial and business planning, project management or other skills that might be helpful?
- Could you offer time volunteering in the shop or behind the scenes?
Kill All Normies – Review
In March 2016, Nagle’s extensive and brilliant essay, documenting the emergence of a specific political sensibility, ‘The New Man of 4chan’, for ‘The Baffler’ was circulated with much interest among those documenting the emerging ‘Alt-Right’. Developing the observations made in this essay – a by-product of her ongoing research on online communities for her Doctorate – Nagles’ ‘Kill All Normies‘ is one of the latest entries in Zero Books’ excellent series of timely polemics, including titles such as the late Mark Fisher’s ‘Capitalist Realism’.
Nagles’ work presents a very specific developmental thesis of the rise of the Alt-Right, following a critical recounting of the stages of argumentation that, in retrospect, cultural critics of the mid to late noughties employed to pronounce the seemingly inevitable advantages offered specifically to progressives by the anarchic and decentralised features of an emerging landscape of political communities moulded by, and primarily operating within, the medium of social media, to which the experiences of Occupy and the Arab Spring, both heavily employing social media, gave succour. The emerging realities of the far from progressive political orientations to which this medium could be utilised accompanies the beginning of her account into the politics, trolling, ironic sensibilities and shock humour of 4chan and the embryonic Alt-Right, and the inability of the aforementioned cultural critics to foresee this is attributed to a fetishisation of the notion of societal transgression, rooted in the countercultural movements of the 1960s and institutionalised in certain brands of postmodern and libertarian thought.
This core thesis is then expanded towards the end of the book into a broader analysis of the values and practices of both sides in a hypothesised ‘culture war’ to mirror that in the US of the ’90s between what she terms ‘Tumblr-Liberalism’ and the Alt-Right. Both movements, for Nagle, in their beliefs in the political virtues of transgression, fused with their use of the same medium, display similar dynamics and forms of behaviour (this is most emphatically not, however, for Nagle, an assertion that the two sides are interchangable and that the politically content of both is morally equivalent, despite assertions to the contrary in some critical reviews). The cultivated ironic ‘edginess’ and shock humour of Anonymous and the Alt-Right, although defended often on different grounds of a Right-Libertarian invocation of free speech by the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos, is regarded as especially deserving due to its transgression (Nagle often invokes the example of the extreme misogynist De Sade for a salient point as regards the political content of transgression not always being inherently anti-conservative). Central to both stages of her argument is a rejection of the notion that both transgression as a cultural value and the decentralising, anonymising features of social media inherently have any political content.
Suffice it to say, this is not strictly a historical overview of the development of the Alt-Right, and those looking for such a work should look elsewhere – Nagle has a very specific thesis to advance. It has to be said, though, that some treatment of the Right-Libertarian movement in the United States around the time of Obama’s first presidency, and its possible contribution to the growth of the Alt-Right, would have been a useful contribution and one would have thought a natural point of analysis for her thesis. Also on a critical note, although on a formalist one, one has to say that some footnotes for the theoretical texts Nagle employs would have been useful, although given the short and polemical nature of the work, this is to be expected.
Overall, this is an extremely timely work, putting forward a provocative thesis with significant explanatory value for the background of the political background of the online culture wars – it deserves a wide audience and serious engagement, whatever one thinks of the thesis. Personally, this reviewer finds it quite convincing.