October 30th, 2012 | Published in Monthly updates
The first signs of winter are in the air and morale seems low. This is a perfect time to sit by a fire and read a good book or two. A time to conspire, prepare for future activities, and stay out of the cold. We have some morale boosters and some rich offerings for future conflicts.
This fall/winter promises to be filled with opportunities to meet, celebrate, and talk about the ideas and projects that inspire us. We will be present at both the Boston & Carrboro bookfairs. In addition we are participating in the first annual East Bay Anarchist Bookfair in the distant city of Oakland, CA (we are based in Berkeley, CA).
Become an Accomplice!
The vision of LBC Books is to publish books within the tension between the conflicts of today and the theory that informs them. We have an aggressive publishing schedule (at least 12 titles a year) that will continue to reflect a range of anarchist and anti-political topics including theory, criticism, history, and more. In the next six months we will publish titles that range from nihilism to anti-civilization, harsh criticism and sympathetic histories, polemics and fiction. We are calling for accomplices! We hereby invite you to join us in this adventure. For $20 a month you get everything we publish, a discount on what we carry, and our very real appreciation for supporting this project.
New Titles for the rest of 2012
Renzo Novatore is the pen-name of Abele Rizieri Ferrari who was born in Arcola, Italy (a village of La Spezia) on May 12, 1890 to a poor peasant family. Unwilling to adapt to scholastic discipline, he only attended a few months of the first grade of grammar school and then left school forever. Though his father forced him to work on the farm, his strong will and thirst for knowledge led him to become a self-taught poet and philosopher. Exploring these matters outside the limits imposed by the educational system, as a youth he read Stirner, Nietzsche, Wilde, Ibsen, Baudelaire, Schopenauer and many others with a critical mind.
Renzo died on November 22 (1922), at the hands of the cops.
This is a collection of all of the known writings of Renzo Novatore, translated by Wolfi Landstreicher. It contains the fiery polemics, poetry, and willful play that readers of “Toward the Creative Nothing” are already familiar with. For those new to the writings of Renzo prepare for an emotional cavalcade of egoism, nihilism, and hatred for democratic mediocrity. To life!
In After Post-Anarchism, Duane Rousselle challenges the hegemony that epistemology has enjoyed for several centuries of political and philosophical thought.
This book takes post-anarchism to its limit through a reading of the philosophy of Georges Bataille. Bataille’s philosophy allows for new ways of conceiving anarchist ethics, ones that are not predicated upon essentialist categories, foundationalist truth-claims, or the agency of the subject in the political context. An anarchist ethics–not pluralist but nihilistic–is proposed.
Coming in November 2012
We are the Anarchist International. Our existence has been kept a secret from you for over a century, although it is almost certain that you have been able to discern our actions when they have taken place.
From this promise is a wishful history made great. More powerful than the orthodox story of soldiers, priests, and facts is the story of a new International. An ad hoc Anarchist International that includes the Uncontrollables, the builders of infrastructure, and the spirit of something amazing based in what went before.
Towards infinite solidarity and the end of time
Coming in December 2012
What is the WhitherBuro? And who are the Whitherpeople, and what do they want? Primarily, orientation to counter the prevailing dis-orientation. When a battle has been lost and the army is in flight, little pockets form in propitious areas to gather the survivors, to protect themselves, and to survey the extent of the disaster with open eyes. We are one such little pocket, and we have opened our eyes.
”Stirner’s Critics” includes the first and only complete English-language translation of Max Stirner’s original replies to his major critics in ”Stirner’s Critics” and “The Philosophical Reactionaries.” ”Stirner’s Critics” is translated by Wolfi Landstreicher and includes an introduction by Jason McQuinn.
Earlier in 2012
Anarchy 101 is an edited and crowdsourced 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. This has been the fastest seller of any book we have published.
Treatise on Etiquette for the Younger Generations – by Raoul Vaneigem
Crime Thought – by Alden Wood
Uncivilized: The best of Green Anarchy Magazine
Theory of Bloom – by Tiqqun
Freedom: My Dream – by Enrico Arrigoni
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
- SLINGSHOT 2013 – The one, the original, Slingshot Organizer! Here to manage your dates, remind you of birthdays, and inform you of random fascinating tidbits of info.
- baeden – queer nihilist journal: Smart and provocative writing in an elegant object to hold; doesn’t get better than this…
- Individualist Anarchism / Revolutionary Sexualism – Thirteen essays by Emile Armand (infamous individualist, nudist, iconoclast) from the new Pallaksch Press, including five new translations, two of which were translated from the French specifically for this printing.
- Lost in the Fog and Dialogue – Initially a pamphlet, now expanded significantly by the addition of an interview of the authors by the Greek anti state communists TPTG.
- Communicating Vessels #24 – Another issue, beautifully produced, with a rich letter section of people who thoughtfully engage with the content ( a writer’s dream!), and articles on freedom, Frederick Douglas, obituaries of Tom Rathgeber and Leonora Carrington, and a poem or two.
- The Collected Communiques of Individualists Tending Toward the Wild – Spanish speaking Anti-civilization Kaczynskists. Do you need to hear more?
- The Broken Teapot – A pamphlet on the weaknesses of most current anarchist scenes when it comes to how to deal with how broken we all are in relationships.
- Expect Anything, Fear Nothing – Included here are conversations, essays, rants, and histories of the Scandinavian Situationist and pro-Situationist scene.
- On Play and Games – In this set of essays Alejandro de Acosta provokes one to consider all life, from its most minute dust swirls to the grand chaos of planets, a game for which we are invited to be open to as endless play.
East Bay Anarchist Bookfair
We are lucky enough to live in a part of the country where there are hundreds (if not thousands) of active anarchists and dozens of interesting anarchist projects. On December 1st is the first annual East Bay Anarchist Bookfair that is going to celebrate the local space and collaborate on what the future holds. A day of conversations, a day of ideas, a day with friends.
New LBC people
LBC has been growing this year. In addition to publishing (and PRINTING!) over a dozen titles this year we are adding new efforts toward video, audio, and more. LBC is a volunteer project and we have recently added more volunteers. These incredible people have moved from all over the country (PNW, midwest, and the East Coast) to join LBC. Welcome them!
Upcoming titles with LBC
- Attentat – A bleak anarchist journal from Pistols Drawn
- Free from Civilization – An anti-civilization manifesto by Enrico Manicardi
- A collection of writing from Bob Black
- More Elephant Editions titles!
We will be near you
- Carrboro NC @ Bookfair – November 9th & 10th
- Boston @ Bookfair – November 9th & 10th
- East Bay @ Bookfair – December 1st
- East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest. – December 8th
- Humboldt @ Bookfair – December 8sth
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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 the 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.