Summer has come to a close. This summer was delayed for us as our Spring books took a little longer than we would have liked to be completed (here is looking at you Dictionary of Unhappiness) but otherwise was surprisingly busy. Usually summers are very slow for LBC but not this year. Is this a sign of interesting times ahead?
The fall book fair season is nearly upon us. The first bookfair of the Fall (for us) is Seattle. Seattle had an amazing number of workshops and presentations about the kind of material we publish including a presentation from Baeden, another from translators who worked on Disruptive Elements, Black Seed and the Green Anarchist Roundtable (the clumsiest band name ever), and even a presentation on nihilism by a stranger-to-us! Upcoming trips for us include a 10 day journey to the South East of the country (where we will present at the Carborro bookfair but also in Atlanta and Asheville) and the third annual East Bay Anarchist Book Fair in December.
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Huye Hombre Huye: diary of a maximum security prisoner
Huye, Hombre, Huye (Run, Man, Run) is the autobiography of Xosé Tarrío González. His story travels from the boarding school to the reformatory and then to prison. Due to additional punishments, Xosé was never released from prison, and instead spent the rest of his life fighting desperately to escape by any means necessary. This is the first-hand account of one man’s refusal to accept the legitimacy of the privileged’s judgement of the less privileged, a story of collective struggle against an inhumane system, and of the limitless depths that those in power will sink to when challenged. It is the powerful story of an unbreakable spirit.
(This) is the life of a man who survives in subhuman conditions not far from us and who, in these circumstances, has been able to compose an honest and stark testimony about the reality of imprisonment today… I do not foresee a more human horizon, or a more respectful criminal or prison policy, simply because prison is the ultimate container for a quite specific political-economic project. In the context of a State that is abandoning many of its former tasks, of the privatization of important public services, the precarization of the labor market, and economic globalization, etc., I don’t think that there are many spaces left where we could discuss overcoming or even restricting the use of incarceration. This does not mean paralysis or doing nothing, but the other way around: from the highest skepticism a “culture of resistance” can begin, one that keeps critical thinking alive.
-From the Prologue by Iñaki Rivera Beiras
Huye Hombre Huye
Here… at the Center of the World in Revolt
Here is the story of the composition of revolt broken into theory and practice. It is anarchist theory for the 21st century.
The opposition of individual and community is a false one, for every model of individual implies a community, and every community an individual. The Western individual is the building block of a community of commodities. The community of the homogeneous, disciplined revolutionists breaks down into well trained militants who will follow their leaders through any number of defeats. By abandoning blueprints as an artifact and rediscovering visions as an activity, we can reclaim the pancentric society that has room for all of us. Every single one of us is the center of society and therefore the master of our own activity, but because we understand ourselves not as separate individuals but as nodes of unending flows that only exist through our relationships, solidarity and mutual aid will be the most obvious organizing principles. Finally, the individualist and the communist can end their bitter war. The community will be regained through the complicity of all our individual alienations. We will destroy everything, but only so we can mend this fracture.
Pick up your weapons: it is time to heal!
Here… At the Center of the World in Revolt
Women of Plogoff
In the 1970s and 80s France built a nuclear power infrastructure that would come to supply 80% of its electricity needs. During the years of planning and construction, people in France gradually became aware of the dangers and impacts of nuclear energy, and some fought development projects related to it.
The Women of Plogoff is the story of a direct action campaign waged in France against the building of a nuclear power plant in the town of Plogoff and the area of Point du Raz in Brittany in 1980. It is a story told mostly by way of interviews immediately after the six weeks of occupation by the French State (riot police and gendarmerie) when passions were still running high.
Women of Plogoff
Part of the LBC Books series of journals for 2014, this is fiction for our times, sweet and horrible, funny and tragic. A journal to keep an eye on…
Welcome to the first edition of Dangerous Constellations, a vaguely anarchist literary journal of possibilities and the impossible, DC is submission-based and focuses on fiction and poetry in order to create constellations of work relevant to the lives we lead and wars we fight. DC is interested in lies, human connections, subculture, fantasy, and the critique of these and other related topics through creative writing. After all, half of what anarchists write is really fiction anyway…
–from the introduction
We are speaking of the need to avoid the tragedy of the Red Army Faction just as much as the tragedy of Occupy, the need to abandon symbolic terrains of engagement, in which we struggle against unspecific enemies on abstract political terrain through the elaboration of our passions. We are speaking of the necessity of grounding our understanding of what we are doing, separate from that of why we are doing it, in the space in which things actually occur, in the here and now, and to make the effort to base this engagement on concerns of strategy, of hostility toward the enemy in some specific sense, rather than some effort to make a point, “speak truth to power” or whatever might pass for action otherwise. We are speaking of a posture toward the enemy in which we strike when we have the advantage, wait when we do not, and use the means that will accomplish our objectives, rather than the ones which will leave us unburdened by a bad conscience.
Here are new items we are carrying that are worth taking a look at…
- Letters of InsurgentsThis is the brand new reprint of the Red and Black title of fame and infamy, and includes a new foreward by Aragorn!, one of the book’s many fans.
- Liminal – New from Black and Green, here is a novella that grabs you by the heart and brings you down into that uncomfortable space between love, rewilding, and the suffocating despair of a civilization in decline.
- Uncivilised, The Dark Mountain Manifesto – Dark Mountain is a not-anarchist English (mostly literature) project that is remarkably in synch with current green anarchist thinking on the environment and the options of humans (see Black Seed and Desert).This is their manifesto.
- Modern Slavery #3 – The Stockholm Syndrome; Landstreicher on Graeber’s Debt (21 pages worth!); Simons respectful history of illegalism; Goaman on the Sits and May ’68…
- Fifth Estate 392 – The Fall/Winter 2014 issue, of this almost 50-year-old magazine features pieces on art and anarchy as well as a review of the newly reprinted Letters of Insurgents, get your copy now for gawd’s sake!
- Anarchist Survival Guide for Understanding Gestapo Swine Interrogation Mind Games – Required reading for any anarchist who may have to deal with police. Real life experiences from Harold Thompson, long may he be remembered.
- Black Seed 2 – Six months later issue #2 is ready. Green anarchist paper published by LBC
- Anarcho-Pessimism – The Collected works of Laurance Labadie
- How To Live Now or Never – The anxiously anticipated second book from Alejandro de Acosta
- Hostis #1 – A Journal of Incivility. The first issue is on the theme of Political Cruelty
- The 30th Anniversary Edition of the Aboltion of Work
- Anarchist Spirituality and Spiritual Destinations Two new titles from Peter Lamborn Wilson
- and so much more…
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