[Autonogram] super-cheap books on the radical tip

Ben at Autonomedia ben at autonomedia.org
Fri Aug 18 16:15:19 EDT 2006

greetings Autonogram subscribers --

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1. Cheap, cheap books
2. A few new items (new Cometbus, old Surregionalist Manifestos, 
really old Walter Benjamin...)
3. Recent activity on the Interactivist Info Exchange

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This is just a short note to alert you to a huge sale we're having 
through the end of the month at the Autonomedia (online) warehouse. 
Nearly every Autonomedia title is discounted from 20-70%, in an 
effort to clear some stock off the shelves as well as generate some 
cash to pay the printers for our upcoming season of new titles. There 
are many, many hidden gems in our warehouse, and we're eager to use 
this sale to move them into your hands. Some examples:

"This World We Must Leave," a collection of essays from the 
challenging ultraleftist French/Italian writer Jacques Camatte, for 
less than $5:

"An Existing Better World," a memoir of the Bread and Puppet Theater 
by George Dennison, a radical educator and long-term comrade of the 
ensemble, for $7. 

"The Anarchists," by John Henry Mackay, a great novel set in 
Victorian London at the time of the Haymarket riots. This book was 
originally published in 1891, and reissued by Autonomedia just over a 
century later, and it's under-read, to say the least. It's great! And 
we've got it on sale for $6 and change!

And there are many more. Go to 
for a full list of Autonomedia books, and please consider picking up 
something you haven't heard of, and maybe another copy of a favorite 
book as a gift, or a charged object to be left in a public place...

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Some new books you'll find in the bookstore:

* The brand new issue of Cometbus mysteriously showed up in our 
warehouse, stinking of newsprint and old beer. This issue includes 
interviews with members of TV on the Radio, Low, Neurosis, The Evens, 
Casual Dots, and more, as well as bunch of new stories, a NYC Used 
Bookstore report, and a 26-page mini-book bound in the same covers. 
Your $2 copy awaits at 

* Walter Benjamin, On Hashish. Benjamin was no stranger to the hash 
pipe, and documented his experiments with hashish between 1927 and 
1934, investigating what he called "profane illumination." At issue 
here, as everywhere in Benjamin's work, is a new way of seeing, a new 
connection to the ordinary world. Under the influence of hashish, as 
time and space become inseparable, experiences become subtly 
stratified and resonant: we inhabit more than one plane in time. What 
Benjamin, in his contemporaneous study of Surrealism, calls "image 
space" comes vividly to life in this philosophical immersion in the 
sensuous. Yowza.

* Max Cafard, The Surre(gion)alist Manifesto and Other Writings. 
Regarding this inspiring and rollicking brew of surrealism, 
anarchism, Chinese philosophy and Nietzschean trouble-making, Andrei 
Codrescu wrote the following: "[H]is insurgent writing gave our 
readers the sudden frisson that they were in the presence of 
something new. One never forgets that frisson when first encountering 
Nietzsche, Cioran, Derrida, or Deleuze... The frisson is renewed by 
each encounter, but the original feeling of the discovery is 
unequalled. This was precisely my epiphany on encountering Max 
Cafard's manifesto: I am in a new place." Only $12, and available at 

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Please also make the Interactivist Info Exchange a regular part of 
your network browse. Some recent stories posted (at 
http://info.interactivist.net) include

A powerful post-ceasefire account of life in Lebanon

A proposal to adopt the anniversary of the 2003 Blackout as an 
Unofficial Popular Holiday

A very interesting call for submissions on the topic of anarchist propaganda

A provocative essay comparing the tactics of the Israeli Defense 
Forces with the philosophical writings of Guy Debord and Deleuze / 

And much more. The easy way to see a table of contents for the Info 
Exchange is to register for a (free) account, which gives you greater 
control of viewing options, and will bring you one step closer to 
co-participating in the Exchange. Please join us!

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As always, thanks for reading this, please check out some books in 
the bookstore, and if you see something you like, tell someone about 
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Ben Meyers

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