Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #2: The Mushroom at the End of the World – On Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins

We invite you for a small and informal reading between man and nature at Zabriskie bookstore to meet, connect and discuss parts of “The Mushroom at the End of the World – On Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins” written by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. The author says about her work:

“This book takes up the story of precarious livelihoods and precarious environments through tracking matsutake commerce and ecology. In each case, I find myself surrounded by patchiness, that is, a mosaic of open-ended assemblages of entangled ways of life, with each further opening into a mosaic of temporal rhythms and spatial arcs.”

The text has a lot to offer. During the reading we will particularly focus on some of her concepts such as ‘assemblage’, or ‘lifeways’ that describe our ‘entangled’ interspecies relationships in this world.

We invite you to read a review via this link and here a quote as a teaser:

“Thinking through assemblage urges us to ask: How do gatherings sometimes become “happenings,” that is, greater than the sum of their parts? If history without progress is indeterminate and multidirectional, might assemblages show us its possibilities? Patterns of unintentional coordination develop in assemblages. To notice such patterns means watching the interplay of temporal rhythms and scales in the divergent lifeways that gather.” [chapt. 1 Arts of Noticing]

Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky and Sina Ribak have selected some passages to read before hand. Those who would like to attend the reading, please rsvp via email to to receive the text selection.

At Zabriskie we will read some passages together to discuss some of Lowenhaupt’s non-human narratives and we invite you to to join us with an open mind.


Where: Manteuffelstr. 73, 10999 Berlin at Zabriskie
When: Wednesday 2nd of August, 7:30pm
Who: small group of lovely people who would like to meet you
Why: to read, be inspired and meet people
Contact: Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky ( and Sina Ribak (