FF: Thinking Out Loud #2

By Magdalena Obmalko

As the long-awaited Christmas break draws near, Faber Futures returns with along overdue second instalment of Thinking Out Loud series – our curated list of inspiring multi-media resources to Read, Watch or Listen to.

In response to your warm feedback after releasing our first list in the early days of the pandemic, we are sharing its winter counterpart with pleasure. May this audiovisual palimpsest – from fiction and geopolitical theory, to podcasts and documentaries, serve you to understand the complexity of current matters, to search for the alternatives or, simply, to escape the zeitgeist.

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A little glimpse into a selected collection of readings from our studio’s bookshelf that have inspired our thinking in the past months.

London: Headline Publishing Group. Reprint.

Butler, O.E. (2019) Parable of the Sower. London: Headline Publishing Group. Reprint.

Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Escobar, A. (2018) Design for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

New York: Viking Press.

Kagge, E. (2017) Silence: In the Age of Noise. New York: Viking Press.

London: Ignota.

Le Guin, U.K. (2019) The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction. London: Ignota.

Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press.

Reider, R. (2009) Dreaming the Biosphere: The Theater of All Possibilities. Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press.

Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Yusoff, K. (2018) A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. Available at:


Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientific Revolution (2019)

John Feldman’s documentary on Lynn Margulis – an American biologist and evolutionary scientist whose theory of symbiogenesis has shaken the neo-Darwinian world of science. A must-see to realise that science IS political.


Perfect lockdown escapism into the deep sea magnificent life. This Instagram account offers real ocean breeze experience at your fingertips. Don’t miss our personal favourite, the gloriously vibrant cuttlefish!


Real Time Audio Display of the Coronavirus Genome (2020)

Sonification of the SARS-CoV-2 genomic RNA sequence for the real geeks. The music repository comprises 12 individual audio tracks derived from the actual RNA sequence and metadata, created by Mark Temple – a musician and academic at Western Sydney University in the School of Science. Tune in…

Talking Politics podcast: History of Ideas (2020)

From patriarchy to the idea of the market and colonial logics, the podcast hosted by David Runciman – a professor of politics at Cambridge University and a writer – takes us on an ideological journey through the biggest thinkers behind modern politics. Each episode, followed by a subsidiary reading list, delivers a truly academic experience but with the reassuring meditative resonance of David’s voice in the background.

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