[Autonogram] New editions of old books! Radical bookfairs! Vague promises!
Ben at Autonomedia
Fri, 10 Oct 2003 02:27:11 -0400
Hello, friends --
Just a few short announcements to make you get out your maps and
compasses, and maybe check out a book or two...
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Autonomedia's in attendance at THREE bookfairs in the next three
weeks! Come to one or all of them -- they promise to be splendid
affairs, the lot, and because I enjoy obsessiveness as much as the
next guy, I'll gladly give a special award to anyone who DOES show up
at all three. Here are the details:
1. The Mid-Atlantic Anarchist Bookfair is this weekend (OCTOBER 11
and 12) in Baltimore, put on by the Black Planet Radical Bookstore.
For details, a schedule of events, and directions, go to their web
site at http://www.blackplanetbooks.org/bookfair.html . Look for me
behind the piles of discount "War in the Neighborhood"'s, and pick up
a 2003 Radical Saints or Sheroes calendar (they'll probably be free
if you ask passionately).
2. The Cheap Small Press Bookfair promises a room full of
stimulating, unusual, and certainly cheap books and printed ephemera
in Brooklyn on OCTOBER 19, as part of the DUMBO Arts Festival.
Nothing at this fair will be more than $10, and the list of
participants will cause you to spout verse until people start looking
at you with jealous awe. For details on this event, go to
http://www.odetogo.com , and then go to the corner of Front and
Washington Streets in DUMBO, Brooklyn, between 11 and 5 on Sunday the
3. I heard such terrific stories about the New Orleans Radical
Bookfair last year that I nearly moved down for good. This year's
fair should be ten times as good, certainly quite free with the
jubilalia, and probably late to begin and ambling to an end, in that
New Orleans way. The event happens on OCTOBER 25 at the Contemporary
Arts Center, and they've got about a million different small presses
and zines participating, as well as an artists-book show called the
Babylon Lexicon happening at the same time.
http://www.nolabookfair.com will have the answers to all your
questions around this event, and look out for the french-fry po-boys.
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Just in time for all these events, we've got new editions of two
classic titles finally ready to walk out the door.
New TAZ! Hakim Bey started writing the essays and communiques in
T.A.Z. about twenty years ago, and they still manage to shake people
up in unexpected ways. We ran dry the well on this book last year,
and rather than do a standard reprint, Hakim Bey agreed to write a
new introduction for this edition, reflecting on the life the book
itself has had over the years, with an eye towards how it has
matured. This edition also includes the full text of "Aimless
Wandering: Chuang Tzu's Chaos Linguistics", which originally was
published as a pamphlet by Xexoxial Editions in Wisconsin as an
extension of material in TAZ. There's a web page for the book at the
above link, with more material to come in the near future.
New Pirate Utopias! Peter Lamborn Wilson's 1995 book about European
merchants who tired of their Christianity, converted to Islam, and
became pirates on the high seas might make you reconsider your
career, or at least encourage you to change your wardrobe. Or, if you
already ARE a pirate (sorry for the pun!), perhaps there's a secret
history of social organization that you'd do well to learn. In any
case, renowned piratologists Christopher Hill, Marcus Rediker, and
Peter Linebaugh all liked "Pirate Utopias," and the new edition is
now available, with added material about a 17th-century Dutch pirate
who, along with his wife, raised all kinds of hell in nascent New
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As for vague promises, well, the 2004 Jubilee Saints calendars and
the 2004 Sheroes and Womyn Warriors calendars are nearly ready;
slightly further down the pike are the cyberfeminist collection "Next
Protocols" by the Old Boys Network, a reprint of "Scandal: Essays in
Islamic Heresy" from Peter Lamborn Wilson, Silvia Federici's
long-awaited study of the female body in the transition to
capitalism, "Caliban and the Witch", "I Am Not A Man, I Am Dynamite!:
Nietzsche and the Anarchist Tradition", and plenty more where that
came from. Stay tuned to these occasional Autonograms for notices of
availability, and other surprises.
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