What’s New with LBC – Fall 2014

October 2nd, 2014  |  Published in Monthly updates

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

Dangerous Constellations

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

Dangerous Constellations

Insurgencies #1

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.

Insurgencies #1

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.
  • Upcoming Titles

    • 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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Fifth Estate #392 Falll/Winter 2014

September 24th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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This issue of the almost 50-year-old magazine features pieces on art and anarchy, including one by David Solnit of Art and Revolution (they’re the big puppets) fame, Ron Sakolsky on Surrealism (forever!), Tom Nys on anarchist art in the gallery (“chic ornamentation, spectacularization of resistance, or a way to spread the ideas of anarchy?”), and an appreciation of the Yiddish play The Golem, and its anarchist author…

as well as a review of the newly reprinted Letters of Insurgents (get your copy now for gawd’s sake!), an update on Marius Mason (previously Marie), and a call for submissions for the next issue of FE, the theme of which will be contra-Marx. Wheee!

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Modern Slavery #3

July 30th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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The Stockholm Syndrome; Landstreicher on Graeber’s Debt (21 pages worth!); Simons respectful history of illegalism;  Goaman on the Sits and May ’68… this hefty magazine continues to provide thoughtful analysis by long-term anarchists.

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Liminal

July 30th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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Liminal by natasha alvarez

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. An activist dedicates herself to accomplishing a deed, and becomes a mother and lover in the meantime.

 

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The Dictionary of Unhappiness

July 14th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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The Dictionary of Unhappiness by Isaac Cronin, with artwork by Tyler Spangler

For an audience that loves art and is familiar with the Situationist International, Cruel Hospice (an imprint of LBC Books) brings together 80 pages of stunning pop visuals colliding with harsh political definitions. Included are definitions of air, authentic, and anarchist (to name but a few).

Faith: The unshakable belief that God encourages commerce

Criminal: Believes she is alone in her despair and therefore sees only an individual solution to a universal problem – how to live without working.

This is the second book from the Cruel Hospice imprint. The first was a post-situationist set of essays against work and the logic of the management of humans vis a via work. Demotivational Training does this in the ironic tone of exactly such human resources manuals.

Isaac Cronin is one of the founders of the Situationist movement in the United States in the late 60s. As co-creator of the Council for the Eruption of the Marvelous, and a long time provoceteur, he is the author, editor, and translator of eight books of social criticism and hundreds of pamphlets, texts, posters and subversions on dozens of topics ranging from nihilism to the Weather Underground to psycho-geography. His feature length video documentary, Call it Sleep, has been shown at museums and theaters around the world.

Tyler Spangler is a digital collagist with a broad-ranging style and eclectic influences ranging from Godard to Man Ray to trandtional Pop Art. His images have appeared in dozens of magazines around the world, and have been exhibited in galleries in London, Rome, and Los Angeles. Tyler is a graphic designer for skate and surfboards, textiles, film and music collateral.

 

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Black Seed #1

July 14th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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Black Seed is an anarchist paper in the tradition of Green Anarchy magazine (RIP) that that presents through essays, images, stories, and poetry, green anarchist perspectives. In our first issue we have short stories, interviews, and essays, by John Zerzan and others. Black Seed is a 32 page newspaper format biannual publication. This is the first issue.

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Black Bloc Papers

July 14th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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Black Bloc Papers by David Van Deusen & Xavier Massot

The Black Bloc Papers is a set of documents preserved from the anti-globalization movement from 1999 2001. It serves as a punctuated beginning by way of calls to action, manifestos, and action reports of a new era of anarchist organizing and activity. Rather than organizing to last or to win the black bloc enters from stage left as a disruption; to global capital, to protest politics as usual, as ephemeral and ubiquitous.

Suddenly anarchy and the black bloc were front page news in the US and soon would become synonymous with each other. I, like others around the world, watched it on the nascent Indymedia, and was inspired. The raw emotion and energy was a rude awakening for Power and a clarion for the disaffected amongst us. We were breaking free of the confines of polite protest, and were never going to go back.

-scott crow From the Forward

The Black Bloc Papers is intended for those who would like to understand the vigorous protest politics of anarchism, the tactic of the black bloc has practiced over a decade ago, and as a historical signpost reminding us of how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go.

LBC Books is publishing this title in the spirit of anarchist attempts at publishing this document over the past decade. We have used the work of Breaking Glass Press, the Alternative Media Project (Infoshop.org), and the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective in this publication.

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The Impossible, Patience

July 13th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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The Impossible, Patience by Alejandro de Acosta

This title will be most easily read by a philosophically engaged audience at the tail end of its enthusiasm for activism and knuckleheaded rabble-rousing. This is a series of essays by Alejandro de Acosta that are deep, original, and provocative new anarchist thinking engaged in the problems of the 21st century–which include language, nihilism, Delueze, Thacker, critique, and much much more. It is also a type of conclusion, as A de A. is clearly expressing several types of farewell in these pages… but to what exactly?

If an “anarchist” project were constituted, not to preserve itself and thus the milieu (usually in this order in terms of explicitly stated goals, and in reverse in terms of actual operations), but to seek out those who have quit the milieu, numerous salutary effects might eventually be felt: decreased infl uence of “young masculinity” (team-building homosociality as the default social bond), less disappointment and more curiosity about the stakes of quitting, maybe even encouragement towards such abandonment as a sign of intelligence.

Ardent Press has published this beautiful edition of The Impossible, Patience with doubled letterpress impressions and a distinctively precious design aesthetic as a way to participate in this most fully formed expression of The Beautiful Idea.

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The BASTARD Chronicles 2014: social war

July 13th, 2014  |  Published in Things

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These readings are mostly writings from the presenters, from Jason McQuinn to Tom Nomad, William Gillis to Aragorn! The significant exception is the piece on the presentation with CrimethInc and Institute for Experimental Freedom, for which there is a conversation based on the presentation.
Given the conflicting, at times mutually exclusive, ideas about what social war is, this conference allowed people to explore those contradictions and alliances.

The BASTARD conference first happened in 2000, and has happened every year since then.
It was born from the Tuesday anarchist study group, which has been meeting for longer than that (nearly 20 years) every week from 8-10pm. The study group came out of a free school anarchist history course, which then morphed into what it is today (the teacher of the class was part of the group for more than a decade, and it was a challenge when he left, but we continue). BASTARD stands for Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research & Development and it’s the name of the conference, not the name of the study group.
The semi-joking hostility of the name does describe more-or-less accurately one of the main attitudes of the study group (which could also be described as an unwillingness to suffer fools), one that regular attendees either bring with them or
learn to appreciate the group for. The study group has been a major influence on many people, definitely many long-timers, but also some who have passed through briefly, and as well for many who have chosen it as an enemy.

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What’s New from LBC Summer 2014

July 13th, 2014  |  Published in Monthly updates

The year is half over.

We have published 6 new books, 2 journals, and a newspaper so far this year. We have taken Black Seed on tour and made it to the Cleveland and NYC bookfairs. Next up is Philly (August), Seattle (August), the East Bay Anarchist bookfair (December) and a bunch more books! Our collaborations this quarter include a new book from Cruel Hospice, the paper Black Seed, and the new journal from the BASTARD conference.

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Recent LBC Titles

The Impossible, Patience

This is a series of essays by Alejandro de Acosta that are deep, original, and provocative anarchist thinking engaged in the problems of the 21st century–which include language, nihilism, Delueze, Thacker, critique, and much much more. It is also a type of conclusion, as A de A. is clearly expressing several types of farewell in these pages… but to what exactly?

From the back cover:

If an “anarchist” project were constituted, not to preserve itself and thus the milieu (usually in this order in terms of explicitly stated goals, and in reverse in terms of actual operations), but to seek out those who have quit the milieu, numerous salutary effects might eventually be felt: decreased infl uence of “young masculinity” (team-building homosociality as the default social bond), less disappointment and more curiosity about the stakes of quitting, maybe even encouragement towards such abandonment as a sign of intelligence.

Ardent Press has published this beautiful edition of The Impossible, Patience with doubled letterpress impressions and a distinctively precious design aesthetic as a way to participate in this most fully formed expression of The Beautiful Idea.

The Impossible, Patience

The Dictionary of Unhappiness

For an audience that loves art and is familiar with the Situationist International, Cruel Hospice (an imprint of LBC Books) brings together 80 pages of stunning pop visuals colliding with harsh political definitions. Included are definitions of air, authentic, and anarchist (to name but a few).

Faith: The unshakable belief that God encourages commerce

Criminal: Believes she is alone in her despair and therefore sees only an individual solution to a universal problem – how to live without working.

This is the second book from the Cruel Hospice imprint. The first was a post-situationist set of essays against work and the logic of the management of humans vis a vis work Demotivational Training.

Dictionary of Unhappiness

The Black Bloc Papers

The Black Bloc Papers is a set of documents preserved from the anti-globalization movement from 1999 2001. It serves as a punctuated beginning by way of calls to action, manifestos, and action reports of a new era of anarchist organizing and activity. Rather than organizing to last or to win the black bloc enters from stage left as a disruption; to global capital, to protest politics as usual, as ephemeral and ubiquitous.

Suddenly anarchy and the black bloc were front page news in the US and soon would become synonymous with each other. I, like others around the world, watched it on the nascent Indymedia, and was inspired. The raw emotion and energy was a rude awakening for Power and a clarion for the disaffected amongst us. We were breaking free of the confines of polite protest, and were never going to go back.
-scott crow From the Forward

The Black Bloc Papers is intended for those who would like to understand the vigorous protest politics of anarchism, the tactic of the black bloc has practiced over a decade ago, and as a historical signpost reminding us of how far we’ve come and how far we have left to go.

LBC Books is publishing this title in the spirit of anarchist attempts at publishing this document over the past decade. We have used the work of Breaking Glass Press, the Alternative Media Project (Infoshop.org), and the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective in this publication

The Black Bloc Papers

The BASTARD Chronicles 2014: social war

These readings are mostly writings from the presenters, from Jason McQuinn to Tom Nomad, William Gillis to Aragorn! The significant exception is the piece on the presentation with CrimethInc and Institute for Experimental Freedom, for which there is a conversation based on the presentation. Given the conflicting, at times mutually exclusive, ideas about what social war is, this conference allowed people to explore those contradictions and alliances.

From the back cover:

The BASTARD conference first happened in 2000, and has happened every year since then.
It was born from the Tuesday anarchist study group, which has been meeting for longer than that (nearly 20 years) every week from 8-10pm. The study group came out of a free school anarchist history course, which then morphed into what it is today (the teacher of the class was part of the group for more than a decade, and it was a challenge when he left, but we continue). BASTARD stands for Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research & Development and it’s the name of the conference, not the name of the study group.

The semi-joking hostility of the name does describe more-or-less accurately one of the main attitudes of the study group (which could also be described as an unwillingness to suffer fools), one that regular attendees either bring with them or
learn to appreciate the group for. The study group has been a major influence on many people, definitely many long-timers, but also some who have passed through briefly, and as well for many who have chosen it as an enemy.

This book is also available as a free download. Help us by talking about this publication and our project.

The BASTARD Chronicles 2014: social war
The BASTARD Chronicles is also available as a free download.

Distro Items

Here are new items we are carrying that are worth taking a look at…

  • Society of the Spectacle: Annotated – From Ken Knabb and the Bureau of Public Secrets comes the first ever annotated version of SOTS, a new and improved translation.
  • Black Seed: A Green Anarchist JournalBlack Seed is an anarchist paper in the tradition of Green Anarchy magazine (RIP) that presents through essays, images, stories, and poetry, green anarchist perspectives.
  • My Own #13My Own is a publication of anarchist, egoist, individualist ideas, literature, and analysis coming from an explicitly anti-capitalist, non-market egoist perspective aimed at encouraging the interweaving of individual insurrections against all forms of authority, domination and enforcement of conformity.
  • 325 #11The newest issue from our friends at 325. A journal of insurrection, this issue is dedicated to Ryo and Darko Mathers
  • Rolling Thunder #11, Spring 2014The long-awaited new issue. It sports smaller dimensions, but still the same snazzy design.

Upcoming Titles

  • HERE – Somewhere, we need to find the courage to be hopeless. To face our defeat, and go on fighting, but this time with the whole of ourselves, with blind rage and with long sight.
  • The Women of Plogoff – A story about the direct action campaign that stopped the installation of a nuclear power plant in France.
  • Huye Hombre Huye – Xosé Tarrio Gonzalez spent 16 years imprisoned in Spain, most of these years in isolation under the FIES regime. He responded to the brutal circumstances of prison with dignity and courage. He writes of escape plans, struggle inside prison, suffering, and strength. His words expose painful details of a life behind bars.
  • Hostis – A Journal of Incivility. Issue 1 is on Political Cruelty
  • Insurgencies – A journal from the Institute For The Study of Insurgent Warfare

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