It was an amazing fall and a fantastic year. In November we visited the Southeast (including the Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair) and participated in the third annual East Bay Book and Conversation event in the nearby town of Oakland, CA. Several of our titles are raising the kinds of heated conversation we are hoping to have (the rest haven’t been discovered by the right people yet). This project of publishing modern anarchist ideas with the hope of inspiring the current and next generation of rabble-rousers is rewarding in-and-of-itself AND appears to be netting results, although perhaps not the ones expected.
We can’t keep some of our titles in print, we can’t fill wholesale orders fast enough, and we can’t keep all of the balls in the air long enough to change the world but we have officially completed three years of publishing a book a month, putting back into print a few neglected classics (like Freedom: My Dream and The Black Bloc Papers), collecting great content from the Internet (like canenero and I Saw Fire), and taking a few risks (Dictionary of Unhappiness.
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How to Live Now or Never by Alejandro de Acosta
How to Live Now or Never collects exploratory and poetic works as a companion to The Impossible, Patience (Ardent Press), published earlier in the year. The two perform a dyadic acrobatic maneuver around the empty space where freedom, imagination, and possibility could exist in textual, temporal, and interpersonal relationships. Whereas The Impossible, Patience was serious play around nihilism and language, How to Live is a surreal anti-thesis “in the form of paradoxes, defending precisely the claims that seem most impossible or disagreeable to maintain.”
This is a book with a stake in games—aesthetic, masque play, seductive.
I dream of summoning up an array of acts I denominate as seductive. They may be classed, by those who are so concerned, as non-coercive, in that arguably they seem to affect only the actor. These seductive acts are ultimately gentle demonstrations, modelizations of behavior that aim at a magnetic, passionate, attraction.
Check out How to Live Now or Never by Alejandro de Acosta
Spiritual Journeys by Peter Lamborn Wilson
Spiritual Journeys is the story, by way of interview and narrative, of Wilson’s travels throughout the Middle East in the 1960s and 70s. This was a opium-fueled nomadic journey involving visits with Muslim heretics and other spiritual vagabonds through the possibility of Islam and a land we now only understand as reactive and terroristic (in the US-War-on-Terror sense of the word), therefore utterly mysterious and ideologically dangerous. While only forty years ago, Wilson’s journey could have been 400 years in the past. No Taliban, smart missiles, or drones, just drug-addled hippies and a no-longer-possible chance to travel the Overland Route with a fellow traveler.
Not only do we disdain tourism for its vulgarity and injustice, and wish to avoid any contamination (conscious or unconscious) from its viral influence, we also understand travel as an act of reciprocity rather than alienation. In other words, we don’t wish to merely avoid the negatives of tourism, but even more outrageously we desire positive travel, which we envision as a productive and mutually enhancing relationship between self and other, guest and host—a form of cross-cultural synergy in which the whole exceeds the sum of the parts.
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Anarcho-Pessimism – The Lost Writings of Laurence Labadie
Son of Joseph Labadie (of the famed Labadie Collection in Ann Arbor), Laurence Labadie was a thinker and a polemicist. Laurence had the good luck to have been in consistent contact with some of the best writing by the American individualist anarchist tradition. Through a series of ingenious counterpoints and elaborations he managed to make of it something entirely new and much more threatening. The vanished anarchism of this deep-rooted radical tradition was the mutinous wellspring into which Labadie dipped endlessly throughout his life, but Labadie is set off from both his father and his other individualist predecessors (like Benjamin Tucker) by his confrontational tone, his sureness of purpose, and his un-matched disillusionment regarding the utter emptiness of all human endeavors.
Laurence Labadie (1898-1975) did stormy battle with socialists, communist anarchists, single taxers, leftists, Gesellites (explained later), social creditors, minarchists, and a host of others… By the mid-1960s, he’d refined his literary and analytic technique into something impressively spine-chilling and acidic—and it is these trenchant, hopeless writings that we have made visible and again available for foraging.
Check out Anarcho-Pessimism: The Lost Writings of Laurence Labadie
Recent LBC Titles
- Huye Hombre Huye: diary of a maximum security prisoner – A dramatic story of a prisoner who would not submit.
- Here… At the Center of the World in Revolt – A book about anarchist strategy, given the last decade of attack.
- Women of Plogoff – The story of the successful direct action campaign against a nuclear power plant in 1980 in Brittany, France.
- Dictionary of Unhappiness – A post-situationist art book in the vein of Ambrose Pierce’s Devil’s Dictionary.
- The Impossible, Patience – Alejandro de Acosta’s gift to us regarding language and nihilism.
- Black Bloc Papers – Finally the book about the North American history of this infamous tactic has arrived!
- Disruptive Elements – Extreme individualist French anarchism–this tome will befuddle expectation.
- I Saw Fire – Doug Gilbert reflects on the past decade of street struggle around nazis, immigration, and Occupy.
- canenero – A collection from the Italian publication, critical, Insurrectionary, and featuring the writing of Alfredo M. Bonanno and Massimo Passamani.
In 2014 we put out 5 (review, bastard, dc, insurgencies, hostis) brand new journals (and a few newspapers).
Hostis is a negation. It emerges devoid of ethics, lacking any sense of democracy, and without a care for pre-figuring anything. Fed up with the search for a social solution to the present crisis, it aspires to be attacked wildly and painted as utterly black without a single virtue. In thought, Hostis is the construction of incommensurability that figures politics in formal asymmetry to the powers that be. In action, Hostis is an exercise in partisanship – speaking in a tongue made only for those that it wants to listen. This partisanship is neither the work of fascists, who look for fights to give their limp lives temporary jolts of excitement, nor martyrs, who take hopeless stands to live the righteousness of loss. Hostis is the struggle to be dangerous in a time when antagonism is dissipated. This is all because Hostis is the enemy.
Hostis was what Rome called enemies of the state, though it also means stranger. The term is inspired by barbarians, who are not understood by Imperial powers because they do not speak a recognized language and break civic norms through uncontrolled acts of violence. For more, see Crisso and Odoteo’s “Barbarian: The Disordered Insurgence,” an amazing 2003 Italian insurrectionist critique of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s Empire, Michel Foucault’s Collège de France lecture “Society Must Be Defended” pages 194-208, and Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s two nomadology plateaus in A Thousand Plateaus.
Note: The first 100 copies of the journal Hostis will have a sandpaper cover. Party!
Check out Hostis #1: cruelty
Here are new items we are carrying that are worth taking a look at…
- The 2014 LBC Review:Tastes of some of our favorites from the year, as well as editorials on… What did we do? What did we do well? Why did we do it? All will be answered in this review of 2014…
- The 30th Anniversary Edition of the Abolition of Work – with an introduction by Bruce Sterling. Bob’s contribution to our literary tradition and ideas around work republished for the first time in decades.
- Spiritual Destinations the second of a pair of new/old titles from Peter Lamborn Wilson
- Voyer, Post-Left Anarchist anthology, Art of the German autonomous movement, Communisation, and more, more, more!
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