[Autonogram] September 2011 Autonogram

Stevphen Shukaitis stevphen at autonomedia.org
Tue Sep 20 11:28:04 EDT 2011

**Greetings Autonogram Subscribers,

After several months of radio silence, here we are again with another 
update from Autono-land, including seven new titles (!), a change in our 
European distributor, an Unbearables book release party, and more 
tabling events. As the cliché goes, when it rains it pours. Here's the 
skinny on all that:


1. New Titles: Spectacular Capitalism; Art Gangs; User's Guide to 
Demanding the Impossible; bolo'bolo; The Occupation Cookbook; Deadly 
She-Wolf and Momma's Song; Forbidden Sacraments; Big Book of Sex

2. New European Distributor: Turnaround!

3. Unbearables Big Book of Sex Release Event September 20th

4. Upcoming Events & Tabling




1. New Titles

Spectacular Capitalism

Richard Gilman-Opalsky

Despite recent crises in the financial system, uprisings in Greece, 
France, Tunisia, and Bolivia, worldwide decline of faith in neoliberal 
trade policies, deepening ecological catastrophes, and global deficits 
of realized democracy, we still live in an era of "spectacular 
capitalism." But what is "spectacular capitalism?" Spectacular 
capitalism is the dominant mythology of capitalism that disguises its 
internal logic and denies the macroeconomic reality of the actually 
existing capitalist world. Taking on this elusive mythology, and those 
who too easily accept it, Richard Gilman-Opalsky exposes the 
manipulative and self-serving narrative of spectacular capitalism.

Drawing on the work of Guy Debord, Gilman-Opalsky argues that the theory 
of practice and practice of theory are superseded by upheavals that do 
the work of philosophy. One could ask: Who better raises questions about 
public and private spheres of influence and control, Jürgen Habermas or 
the water war activists who made a rebellion in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 
the spring of 2000? Or, has any sociological theorist done better than 
the Zapatistas to reframe and raise questions about indigenous identity? 
Spectacular Capitalism makes the case not only for a new philosophy of 
praxis, but for praxis itself as the delivery mechanism for philosophy 
-- for the field of human action, of contestation and conflict, to raise 
directly the most irresistible questions about the truth and morality of 
the existing state of affairs.

More information <http://www.minorcompositions.info/?p=56>

Buy the book here 


Art Gangs: Protest and Counterculture in New York City

Alan W. Moore

Art Gangsexplores the work of artists' groups in New York City after 
1968. From the Art Workers' Coalition through Art & Language, Colab and 
Group Material in the 1980s, in Soho and the Lower East Side, these 
collectives built the postmodern art world. This is the key background 
story of today's politicized international art world with its 
constellations of collectives, a scholarly text written in an accessible 

Alan W. Moore worked with the artists' group Colab and helped start the 
cultural center ABC No Rio. He has worked as a critic, media artist and 
teacher, and earned a PhD in art history from the City University of New 
York. He currently lives in Madrid.

Buy the book here 


User's Guide to Demanding the Impossible

Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination

This guide is not a road map or instruction manual. It's a match struck 
in the dark, a homemade multi-tool to help you carve out your own path 
through the ruins of the present, warmed by the stories and strategies 
of those who took Bertolt Brecht's words to heart: "Art is not a mirror 
held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it."

It was written in a whirlwind of three days in December 2010, between 
the first and second days of action by UK students against the 
government cuts, and intended to reflect on the possibility of new 
creative forms of action in the current movements.

More information <http://www.minorcompositions.info/?p=53>

Buy the book here 


bolo'bolo: 30th Anniversary Edition


"In a larger city we could find the following bolos: Alco-bolo, 
Sym-bolo, Les-bolo, Play-bolo, No-bolo, Sado-bolo, Maso-bolo, Blue-bolo, 
Dia-bolo, Marl-bolo, Marx-bolo, Anarcho-bolo, Incapa-bolo, Herb-bolo, 
Jesu-bolo, Krishna-bolo, and so on... all assisting in the substruction 
of the capitalist and/or socialist Planetary Work Machine."

The pseudonym p.m. (taken from the most common initials in the Swiss 
telephone directory, mostly spelled in lowercase, p.m.) is used by an 
otherwise anonymous Swiss author (born 1946), best known for his 1983 
anarchist / anticapitalist social utopian book bolo'bolo, published with 
the paranoia city verlag of Zürich in German, in English from 
Autonomedia in New York, and in many other languages.

Buy the book here 


The Occupation Cookbook

The Occupation Cookbook is a "manual" that describes the organization of 
the student occupation of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 
that took place in the spring of 2009 and lasted for 35 days. It was 
written for two reasons: to record what happened, and to present the 
particular organization of this action in such a way that it may be of 
use to other activists and members of various collectives if they decide 
to undertake a similar action.

More information <http://www.minorcompositions.info/?p=50>

Buy the book here 


Deadly She-Wolf and Momma's Song

Music and Concept by Fred Ho / Illustrations by Mac McGill

Very cool packaging, a music CD with a fully-illustrated soft-cover book.

Before the old Fred Ho died on August 4, 2006 of advanced colo-rectal 
cancer, he had created an amazing body of radical, "popular avant garde" 
operas and music/theater works, which he interchangeably called "manga 
music/theater or opera" or "martial arts opera" or "living comic books." 
Autonomedia is proud and honored to release the first-ever "jazz" and 
"new music" manga-CD project of two of these works joined as one.

Deadly She-Wolfpays homage to the 1970s "yellow exploitation" 
manga-movie series, Lone Wolf and Cub. Momma's Song is a dark-as-night 
epic cosmo/choreo-poem written by native American poet Christine Stark 
of a horrific and brutal tale of genocide, ecocide and matricide visited 
upon Turtle Island.

Buy the book here 


Forbidden Sacraments: The Survival of Shamanism in Western Civilization

Donald P. Dulchinos

The indigenous practice of shamanism has been under siege for as long as 
Western European societies have practiced colonialism and Christian 
missionary work. Only very recently has there been a backlash condemning 
the cultural chauvinism that labels indigenous shamanism "primitive." 
Increasingly, shaman-centered cultures are respected for values of 
community, environmental consciousness, and first-hand spiritual 
experience. What is not widely known is that Western civilization 
itself, beneath layers of Christianity and industrialism, stands upon 
its own, largely suppressed, shamanic and entheogenic foundation.

Buy the book here 


2. New European Distributor

After years of being distributed in Europe by our comrades from Pluto 
Press, Autonomedia is switching our distribution there to Turnaround 
<http://www.turnaround-uk.com>. Although it is always sad to part ways, 
Turnaround is a very capable and skilled distributor. This switch should 
make it much easier for bookstores and wholesalers to acquire copies of 
our book in the UK and Europe without paying the exorbitant rates for 
transatlantic postage.

So if you're run a bookstore, infoshop, art gallery, traveling circus, 
or other venue that is interested in carrying the latest in subversive 
literature from Autonomedia, get in touch with the folks from Turnaround 
to arrange wholesale and trade purchases.


3. The Unbearables Big Book of Sex Release Party

Wednesday September 21, 2011

7PM at Gathering of the Tribes Gallery <http://www.tribes.org>

285 East 3rd St, 2nd Floor (between Ave C & D)

Facebook event page <http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=262478917116737>

Another mammoth compilation from Downtown New York's "drinking group 
with a writing problem," authors previously of The Worst Book I Ever 
Read, Crimes of the Beats, and Help Yourself! among other innumberable 
assaults on decency and good taste. Now they finally turn themselves to 
their most unlikely subject matter ever (even if it's frequently as much 
a matter of fantasy and theory as deviant practice)!

Contributors include: Jonathan Lethem, Samuel Delany, Penny Arcade, 
Peter Lamborn Wilson, Bob Holman, Chavisa Woods, Tsaurah Litzky, Gerard 
Malanga, Jordan Zinovich, Jennifer Blowdryer, Susan Scutti and more!


4. Upcoming Events / Tabling

Autonomedia will be tabling at a number of events and bookfairs in the 
coming months:

NY Art Bookfair <http://nyartbookfair.com> September 30 -- October 1

Rebellious Media Conference <http://rebelliousmediaconference.org/> 
October 8 -- 9

London Anarchist Bookfair <http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk> October 22



That is all for now. More to follow shortly.




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