After an exhausting Spring with visits to NYC, the Midwest, and Montreal we have settled back down to work for the summer. This summer is a great one for LBC as we are growing faster than anticipated with new people getting involved and a great increase this summer in the project. This is especially exciting because summertime can be a time of decreased energy for projects in the Bay Area. Not so this year.
New Titles for the Summer
Coming in August 2012
Introductions to anarchist ideas, up till now, have suffered from being one-dimensional, too lengthy, or too sectarian. The history, practice, and philosophy of anarchy has suffered for this lack. We haven’t encouraged new generations to approach our ideas other than on mostly sectarian terms.
Anarchy 101 is an edited crowd-sourced introduction to anarchist ideas. The content comes from the website Anarchy 101 and represents the best responses from dozens of contributors to hundreds of questions about the Beautiful Idea: this thing called anarchy.
Treatise on Etiquette for the Younger Generations
Coming in July 2012
Raoul Vaneigem’s Treatise on Etiquette for the Young Generations represents a refusal of representation and bureaucracy, along with the emphasis on autonomous desire, play and festivity. This book reflects the anarchistic impulse of the Situationist International and the events of May 1968.
This edition will continue to make this important title accessible to a new “Young Generation”, as well as offering a new introduction from Jason McQuinn (publisher of Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, which serialized the English translation) and an affordable price.
The moment of revolt, which means now, is hallowing out for us in the hard rock of our daily lives, days that miraculously retain the delicious colours and the dreamlike charm which – like an Aladdin’s cave, magical and prismatic in an atmosphere all its own – is inalienably ours. The moment of revolt is childhood rediscovered, time put to everyone’s use, the dissolution of the market, and the beginning of generalised self-management.
CrimethInc. has been the most accessible introduction to anarchist ideas in the past 50 years. They have also been accused of being ahistorical, lifestylist, subcultural, and more.
It cannot be denied that CrimethInc. has succeeded, far more than any other anarchist publisher, in putting books into the hands of people. The unfortunate corollary is that once those people read CrimethInc. texts, they don’t generally get involved in other anarchist activities. The tens of thousands of books from CrimethInc. haven’t resulted in tens of thousands of autonomous agents striking out against the existing order. Crime Thought attempts to examine this failure by placing the ideas of CrimethInc. within the broader anarchist and intellectual context that they arise out of. Through this Crime Thought provides a gateway from CrimethInc. to a broad and sustainable anarchist intellectual space that is also a space for attack.
Uncivilized: The best of Green Anarchy Magazine
A collection of some of the best that Green Anarchy had to offer (not including When Animals Attack–look for that later!), in thematic sections that echo the humor, the aesthetic, and the sensibility of the magazine that for years was the most consequential voice in the northwest.
Civilization, Technology, the Left, Resistance, and Decolonization are some of the themes, with articles by John Zerzan, Ted Kaczynski, Aragorn!, Dan Todd, Jesus Sepulveda, Ron Sakolsky, Wolfi Landstreicher, Fire, and interviews with Ward Churchill and the remarkable Godfrey Reggiou.
If you are part of an independent, anarchist, or interesting bookstore, then you might like to order titles from us. We now have a distinct landing page for you at LBC Bookstore Page. Check it out!
New Material From our Friends
- Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed – Issue 72/73 Anarchy 72/73 (CAL Press)
- Sovereign Self – The eighth and final issue of this egoist project. Sovereign Self 8
- Communicating Vessels – #23 Breugel’s paintings, Francois Villon, Radovan Ivsic and a great Letters to the Editor section Communicating Vessels 23 (Communicating Vessels)
- Piece Now – Peace Later: Anarchists and firearms. Piece Now (Black Powder Press)
New Ardent Press Website
One of our publishers has a newly designed website. It is pretty. Check it out at Ardent Press
For a few years we haven’t seen enough of the fantastic publishing work from Elephant Editions in the United States. We are slowly going to bring all of the excellent work that EE does to the United States. Expect to see approximately one new EE title every month. Most of these titles will be in charming pocket-sized editions with textured cover stock and cover illustrations by a local friend.
- Incognito – Experiences that defy idenfication More
- Anarchist Tension by Alfredo M. Bonanno More
- Locked Up by Alfredo M. Bonanno More
- Apart from the Obvious Exceptions by Alfredo M. Bonanno More
- Simon Radowitzky and the People’s Justice More
Upcoming titles with LBC
- Renzo Novatore – A complete collection of Novatore’s work in English, including newly translated material
- After Post-anarchism – A critical engagement, on its own terms, with post-anarchism
- Attentat – A bleak anarchist journal from Pistols Drawn
- Free from Civilization – A translation of an Italian anti-civilization manifesto by Enrico Manicardi
We will be near you
- Seattle @ Bookfair – August 25th & 26th
- Los Angeles @ Bookfair – September 8th & 9th
- Victoria @ Bookfair – September 8th & 9th
- Houston @ Bookfair – LBC South will be in attendance
- Minneapolis @ Bookfair – September 15th & 16th
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PO Box 3920 Berkeley CA 94703
Our mission is the total transformation of society into one that is stateless and classless, a society of mutual aid, voluntary cooperation, and the liberation of desire. We call this mission anarchy, but also accept it being called anarchism, (anti-state) communism, anti-authoritarianism, or not naming it at all. This goal is not immediately forthcoming, and many of our efforts haven’t been particularly rewarding. Therefore we spend our time doing things that increase the quantity and quality of an understanding of our mission, of what we truly desire, even if we aren’t entirely sure how to directly achieve it.
We know what we want but not how to get there. In this spirit we offer a selection of things, meaningless on their own, but in a context (social, historical, genealogical) that have been meaningful for each of us. Even though we are fully aware of contradiction of our participation in commodity culture, the spectacle, and even plain old petit-bourgeois capitalism, we maintain a resolve that this is worth doing. Why? Because the context of interacting with other inquisitive people, with each other, and with others involved in the project of social transformation, is the closest we have come to such a society.