Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism By Cindy Milstein

Looking forward to giving this to my nephew when he can read big words. 120 This really was not what I wanted it to be. The art was monotonous and not great and the writing was tedious and somehow wordy. I rolled my eyes a lot, and listen, I'm the choir; there should have been fist-pumps, not yawns. 120 Schöne Grafik, aber die Texte kommen nicht über das Niveau eines peinlich-proklamativen Unity-Geschwätzes hinaus. Linker, ahistorischer Kitsch. 120


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Consisting of 10 collaborative picture-essays that weave poetic words with intricate yet bold images, this collection aims to challenge readers into thinking of community action in a positive light. Depicting what it would be like to live, every day, in a world created from below, where coercion and hierarchy are largely vestiges of the past, Paths Toward Utopia suggests some of the practices that prefigure the self-organization that would be commonplace in an egalitarian society. This stirring book ultimately mines what people do in their daily lives for the already-existent gems of a freer future—premised on anarchistic ethics like cooperation and direct democracy. Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism

I agree with the other comments that this was overly wordy. I always find it funny (and by funny I mean very frustrating) how anarchists and those advocating for amore equitable world always use small font and inaccessible wording. The intro I had deep difficulty understanding and had to reread many paragraphs. The comic portion was cozy and fun but didn't necessarily offer paths rather just showed some ways. I did however really enjoy the section on libraries. 120 I love the idea for this book - a visual artist and writer collaborating to illustrate examples of anarchy in action right in front of our faces. But I almost wish that Occupy, Egypt..would not have happened while they were writing it. Because the most powerful chapters are actually the ones that talk about smaller things. My favorite is the chapter on pubic parks. Everyone is there just doing their own thing and respecting each other and the space - unorganized but not chaotic. 120 Ok, so for the record, sometimes I like Milstein's writing and sometimes I find it really tedious, repetitive, and buzz wordy. Example: her book put out by IAS and AK about anarchism felt refreshing and interesting. This book, Paths toward utopia opens with a massive classic cindy essay managing to talk somewhat about the process of creating the work and much more about her thoughts and feelings regarding possibilities of everyday anarchy. I found the text in the visual essays to be rather dull and uninspired. But that might also have been because i worked through the essay by her at the beginning. Erik Ruin's images are nice. Not as shocking or immerseive as other illustrators I've seen/read, but good, solid stuff. I think this new way of collaborating really needs some work. Usually, in graphic novels the illustrator is able to visually show what Milstein wrote throughout each page of illustration. It felt more like Ruin's work was a backdrop for Milstein's writing--which didn't seem particularly collaborative to me. Each essay had a truth to tell and politically/socially I agree with them. I just think Milstein needed to take a step back and let the illustrator work with the text to develop something resembling the text without all the excess words. A good try at a new collaboration that needs more work. 120

Conceptually, I think this book is really strong but I wish the execution had been tighter. The artwork was monotonous and the writing had an overly-verbose, from-the-pulpit feel to it. I agree with almost everything the artists are saying with this work, I just wish they had found a more engaging way to say it.

120 Long ago, I didn't really understand anarchism.  I thought I did, but I didn't.  And then I became friends with folks who I later realized were anarchists.  They were pretty cool people.  In fact, their politics were right on point.  And then I realized that anarchism was different than how I understood it.  It was something incredible, engaging, empowering.  I learned that it meant community activism, community-centered politics, anti-capitalism, pro-giving, pro-caring, pro-horizontal structures.  

Paths Toward Utopia shows us a future where anarchism reigns: it's peaceful, arguments are solved via talking and discussion, power structures are dissolved.  It shows us these ideas through a graphic novel, comic-esque means to literally illustrate what these systems would look like.  

The only thing is that I wish I knew how to get to those ideas from our current society.  After all, radical change requires, well, radical change.  And I don't know what that looks like.  However, that might have not been the scope of their book!  And that's totally a-okay.  What this book did for me was illuminate and educate, and it therefore did its job.  I definitely recommend this to folks who are curious about anarchism and other means of revolution.

Review cross-listed here! 120