As this year begins–our third of publishing at least a book a month–we think we have found an answer to the pernicious question: what is the task for committed rabble-rousers when nothing else is going on? The answer is to recuperate, review, and prepare. Our way of approaching each of these is to Publish Books.
The innovation for this year is the publication of a series of journals that we believe will hit all of these themes, including a literary journal, a review of the past year, poetics, a strategic rapprochement, and a theoretical journal or two. We will be generating new ways to deeply investigate and interrogate what has come before and to plan for a more compelling practice, one that doesn’t look like leftist activism, wishful adventurism, or hipster don’t-careism.
Additionally we have another dozen or so books planned this year on themes like living a life in hostility to the world that is, communization theory, a history or two, an anthology or six, and collaborations with other editorial groups like the Institute for Experimental Freedom, Cal Press, Black Seed, The Institute For The Study of Insurgent Warfare, Cruel Hospice, and more. We continue to do what we do and look forward to something else going on too.
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As a publishing project we are interested in smashing into dust the stupid discussions about (and distinctions between) the individual vs the community (and perhaps sprinkling this dust into our coffee to fuel us for other fights). This smashing must begin with a major corrective: ninety percent of all discussions about this set of topics begins with unclear jargonistic assumptions. Egoism can be forgiven its excesses if it can correct the sloppy thinking and ideological bullying of the communitarians. This short anthology makes this case.
From the back cover:
The project of self-realisation is born of the passion for creation, in the moment when subjectivity wells up and aspires to reign universally. The project of communication is born of the passion of love, whenever people discover that they share the same desire for amorous conquest. The project of participation is born of the passion for playing, whenever group activity facilitates the self-realisation of each individual.
Isolated, the three passions are perverted. Dissociated, the three projects are falsified. The will to self-realisation is turned into the will to power; sacrificed to status and role-playing, it reigns in a world of restrictions and illusions. The will to communication becomes objective dishonesty; based on relationships between objects, it provides the semiologists with signs to dress up in human guise. The will to participation serves to organise the loneliness of everyone in the crowd; it creates the tyranny of the illusion of community.
2013 LBC Books Review
In this, our inaugural issue, we present an editorial exploration into the themes and contexts of some of our 2013 publications. This pretty little book obscures the terrible fangs and claws of the LBC vision.
From the introduction:
Anarchists have had to make do with the fact that even as we succeed we rarely get credit for it, while we always get the blame for our failures and lack of success. As a publisher in this family of ideas we measure our own success partly by our own continued interest in our broad project, and on whether these ideas merit discussion and further research.
If the goal was to produce engaged, interesting, anarchist material than it’s conservative to say that we have succeeded. If our goal was to shape the minds of a new generation of antiauthoritarians, then our project hasn’t succeeded. This is the work we have ahead of us.
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2013 LBC Review
This book is the most clear and concise articulation of the situationist project published in English. This jargon-free text isn’t written for youth culture or relics of the 70s but for an audience raised on a diet of protestant work ethic and american utopianism. Hard work didn’t get the results it was supposed to in our parents’ generation, and it does even less now. This book talks about why more hard work isn’t the answer either.
Today the managers want nothing less than to make every employee a situationist, enjoining them to be spontaneous, creative, autonomous, freewheeling, unattached, and greeting the precariousness of their lives with open arms. Trying to outdo this would be absurd.
Queer Ultraviolence: Abridged
This new slimmer version of QUV brings you all the punch of the first edition at half the price. With a new introduction, this prisoner friendly version is a must have.
Let’s be explicit: We are criminal queer anarchists and this world is not and can never be enough for us. We want to annihilate bourgeois morality and make ruins of this world. We’re here to destroy what is destroying us.
Let’s be speaking of revolt. We are tracing the lineage of our queer criminality and charting the demise of the social order. And oh the nectar from which we drink: lesbian pirates raging the seas, queer rioters setting cop cars ablaze, sex parties amidst the decay of industrialism, bank robbers wearing pink triangles, mutual aid networks among sex workers and thieves, gangs of trannyfags bashing-the-fuck-back. We’ve been assured that each day could be our last. As such we’ve chosen to live as if every day is. In turn, we promise that the existent’s days are numbered.
Cultural Logic of Insurrection
These essays are a dialogue with Tiqqun’s logic and their successes (and failures) as a project. As such, this collection provides the start to a body of secondary material on Tiqqun that contextualizes them.
The failure of the radical left to seriously contest post-Fordist late-capitalism, has stultified its position and has frozen all anti-capitalist rhetoric and discourse, pushing the left into a self-reflexive circle that cannot escape its own irrelevance. The anarchist slogans of yesteryear to “smash the state” and the communist insistence on viewing labor as the revolutionary subject all fail to see such revolutionary posturings for what they are: mere anachronisms.
Cultural Logic of Insurrection
In 2014 we are expanding our publishing beyond books. With old and new friends we are announcing the publication of six journal projects that, alongside our books, we believe will demonstrate that the world of anarchist ideas is more vibrant, vital, and fierce than ever.
- The LBC Review – We already published our Review for 2013 (which you can download here) and will publish another at the end of 2014.
- Hostis: A Journal of Incivility
- Insurgencies – From the Institute For The Study of Insurgent Warfare
- Dangerous Constellations – a vaguely anarchist literary journal
- Reprobus: A Journal of Anti-Language
- The BASTARD Chronicles – a reportback on a decade and a half of anarchist theory and connection
LBC Launch Party!
On March 20th we are ecstatic to be hosted by our friends at Station 40 in San Francisco for our 2014 LBC Book Launch party. Come, meet with us and celebrate another year of publishing books like Demotivational Training, The Cultural Logic of Insurrection, Egoism, Canenero, Disruptive Elements, I Saw Fire, and many more. We will also have readings, snacks, drinks, mellow discussions, and scheming.
Little Black Cart now has an office, which means open office hours! LBC has outgrown its home base and has joined the larger East Bay radical space at the Long Haul Infoshop http://thelonghaul.org/ at 3124 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA. 94705. We will keep office hours from 10 AM to 2 PM most every day of the week. Feel free to stop by for conversation, to take a look at our books, or to talk about shared collaborative projects. We’re happy to become a part of the Long Haul and look forward to participating in it as a hub of radical activity.
Here are new items we are carrying that are worth taking a look at…
- Endnotes 3: Gender, Race, Class and Other Misfortunes - In light of these struggles, it seems clear that now is not the time for pronouncements, but rather careful analysis. Now is the time to put those tools to work, to try to understand the new sequence of struggles in its unfolding. We must be open to the present — its tendency to surprise us, to force us to reconsider every supposedly fixed truth — while remaining intransigent about the revolution as communisation: there will be no theoretical compromises.
- Datacide – a magazine of noise and politics – A thoughtful magazine discussing some of our favorite topics: music and politics.
- My Own #11 – My 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.
- Canenero – This book collects the most relevant articles from this weekly anarchist publication from Italy, which was produced between 1994 and 1997. One of the ideas behind Canenero was to provide a means for ongoing communication and discussion in the face of this repressive operation of the state [around the Marini Trials]. A substantial portion of the material in the paper dealt with the situation and the various anarchist responses to it.
- I Saw Fire: Reflections on Riots, Revolt, and the Black Bloc – Discussing violence, social change, and organization at length I Saw Fire examines why many young people are turning away from the organizations which have historically sold-out the working class – and starting a riot of their own.
- Disruptive Elements: Exploring the Extremes of French Anarchism – Disruptive Elements is a collection of previously hard to find or untranslated writings of French anarchists from the mid-19th to the early 20th century. Much of the material presented here was translated specifically for this book, and offers up a lost thread from the fabric of history, one we find particularly vibrant.
- 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.
- The Most Dangerous Idea – by Alfredo Bonanno (selected insurrectionary writings from Elephant Editions)
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