This is the first in a two part series of books by Peter Lamborn Wilson that collects essays from the past four decades and tells a story about an anarchist and spiritual life.
Included are an interview (done by Antero Alli) originally published in Raven magazine in 1994, “The Caravan of Summer” originally in Gnosis in 1996, “My Summer Vacation in Afghanistan”, “Roses and Nightingales,” and “Grange Appeal,” all published in Fifth Estate in the early 2000s, and a previously unpublished interview done with High Times.
Table of Contents
- Summer Camp & Hobo Poetics
- interview by Antero Alli
- The Caravan of Summer
- My Summer Vacation in Afghanistan
- Roses and Nightingales
- Grange Appeal
- 1994 interview with High Times
Author: Peter Lamborn Wilson
Paper, $8.00, 5.5″x3.5″, 160 pages
Spiritual Journeys of an Anarchist from our distribution partner Little Black Cart.
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.
Author: Alejandro de Acosta
Paper, $16.00, 7″x7″, 316 pages
The Impossible, Patience from our distribution partner Little Black Cart.
A dense compendium of old and brand-new translations of a dizzying array of names from the individualist anarchist tendency, mostly from early 20th Century France. New translations from Wolfi Landstreicher, Shawn Wilbur, and vincent stone. Anyone who is interested in this tendency, fans of My Own, Enemies of Society, Stirner’s works, etc., will find much to enjoy and fodder for future research in this book.
This collection will take you on an emotional journey from triumph to failure, through the thrill of successful crime and the loss of insurrection. It is an enormous package of texts that will make you wish you lived in France 100 years ago and be thankful that someone did the work to bring that time back to life. This is a book of anarchy and life.
Paper, $6.00, 8″x12″, 292 pages
Disruptive Elements from our distribution partner Little Black Cart.
Canenero was a newspaper in Italy started during the time of the Marini Trials, and inspired by the problems of anarchists in that time and place.
This book is a selection of the articles from the paper that are relevant to today in the US anarchist scene. Translated by Wolfi Landstreicher, this newspaper is what inspired Landstreicher to learn and start translating Italian in the first place, and this title includes newly translated pieces, as well as some of the first things he ever translated.
Paper, $6.00, 5″x6″, 144 pages
Canenero from our distribution partner Little Black Cart.
Ron Sakolsky is a rare anarchist for a variety of reasons, including his longevity, his intellectual pursuits (especially challenging academia), and his embrace of art and the surrealists.
Creating Anarchy is a collection of his writings (and art pieces by some surrealist friends), reflecting his interests and thinking over the past couple of decades. This new edition includes more recent pieces (including the particularly relevant “My Life in the Academic Gulag”, in which he discusses how and if one can maintain anarchist positions within the academy) and a new introduction.
Paper, $12.00, 6.5″x8″, 242 pages
Creating Anarchy from our distribution partner Little Black Cart.
The writings of Renzo Novatore are an emotional cavalcade of egoism, nihilism, and hatred for democratic mediocrity. To life!
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.
We are very excited to present this collection of all of the known writings of Renzo Novatore, newly translated by Wolfi Landstreicher. It contains the fiery polemics, poetry, and willful play that readers of “Toward the Creative Nothing” are already familiar with.
Paper, $13.00, 6.5″x8″, 300 pages
Novatore from our distribution partner Little Black Cart.
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 http://anarchy101.org and represents the best responses from dozens of contributors to hundreds of questions about the Beautiful Idea: this thing called anarchy.
Paper, $8.00, 4.5″x6″, 330 pages
Anarchy 101 from our distribution partner Little Black Cart.
The autobiography of Enrico Arrigoni: an Italian anarchist who lived through the Russian Revolution, and was an anarchist war correspondent during the Spanish Revolution, seeing first hand and reporting on the iniquities of the communists as well as the fascists during that war.
This autobiography was originally published by Arrigoni and the Libertarian Book Club (which he helped start, in New York, and which still continues to this day), and went out of print and has been hard to find. This is an updated version that we are excited to present to anarchist readers who are interested in history, of who just like an exciting life story well told. Arrigoni went by many names (most commonly Frank Brand) in his illegal travels around the world, and escaped from many harrowing situations, including being held in one of the most brutal jails in Spain during the civil war there (his release was effected only through the personal efforts of some people including Emma Goldman).
The book is in two main sections, the first about his life and travels and adventures, the second about Spain – being reprints of his articles sent to the u.s. from many of the fronts of the war.
Arrigoni’s character comes through every page, with humility, humor, a love of life, and a dedication to egoism, a kind of anarchy that was less popular in his day than it is even today.
Paper, $12.00, 5.5″x8″, 330 pages
Freedom: My Dream from our distribution partner Little Black Cart.
An Anthology of Bash Back!
Through collections of essays, communiqués, narratives, images, and interviews, this anthology hopes to account for what Bash Back! was and what happened to it. We have included a number of actions, theories, and other essays that were not explicitly or implicitly related to Bash Back! as a name. In this context, if we do not recognize the actions of related tendencies and publications, then we fail to tell the complete history of Bash Back! as a network and as a tendency.
The term queer in this book is used both loosely and inclusively. We view queer as the blurring of sexual and gender identities. Queer is the refusal of fixed identities. It is a war on all identity. In line with the Bash Back! tendency, for the uses of this anthology queer is trans because the gender binary is inherently oppressive. More often than not, our use of the term queer is interchangeable with our use of trans, though that is not necessarily true of the way in which trans-whatever is used. We acknowledge that society ensures Queer is an oppressed identity. Anti-Queer oppression is the systematic violence encountered by people who fall outside of traditional sexual or gender categories. This terminology might be confusing, but it is likely that the content within this anthology will clear the air. Admittedly, it might create more confusion among our straight counterparts. With revolution complete and the black flag burned, the category of queer must too be destroyed.
Bash Back! was not just a group or organization, but a militant tendency on the part of queer individuals. While Bash Back! was occasionally public and campy, bashing back was more of an everyday evolutionary occurrence than any sort of activist entity. Most of what can be attributed to the Bash Back! period never made it onto the internet or into newspapers. Bashing back meant bar fights, outrunning lynch mobs, glamdalization, attacking the homes of heterosexist murderers, outright chaos, alleged lootings, theory discussions, self-defense tips, social gatherings, beat downs, the acquisition of large quantities of pepper spray, and attempts at sexual liberation. It was a temporary counter culture amongst friend groups and peers that called for nothing short of direct confrontation with the (mostly) straight, (mostly) white and always normative society: the ultimate queer propaganda by queer deed.
More information about QUV can be found here
crime opacity insurrection
This is the second of our pocketbook series (Species Being is the first) that highlights new (and some old) translations from the French. This is also the second version of this book.
The texts you are about to read have been collected here in order to tell a story for those of us living in this moment. It is not a story of a new politics nor of a single authorial group, but rather of a position, a position that has spread beyond its origins, and which is being elaborated here and there, there where we dream it most violently, here where we feel ourselves so deperately alone.
It is our intention that, read together, they will coalesce for you with ease and clarity.
-From the Introduction
What citizens are abandoned to in the guise of “existence” is no longer anything but a life or death effort to make themselves compatible with Empire. But for the others, for us, each gesture, each desire, each affect encounters in some way the necessity of annihilating Empre and its citizens.
On this criminal path, we take our time. What we are talking about here is nothing less than the constitution of war machines.
Paper, $10.00, 4.5″x6.5″, 171 pages
Order Til the Clocks Stop from our distribution partner Little Black Cart.
Table of Contents
- Introduction to the Second Edition
- And the War has Only Just Begun
- Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Jeune-Fille
- Ready-Made Artist and Human Strike: A Few Clarifications
- A Fine Hell
- Building a Permanent Movement
- “A critical metaphysics could be born as a science of apparatuses”
- How is it to Be Done?