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Lightning Storm Mind

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“Max Cafard’s profound exercise in what he calls ‘anarchography’ is an attempt to say the unsayable (ineffable), a meditation in the form of fragments on the fragments left by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus. But Cafard, an obvious pseudonym with many associations (Kafka, blues, jazz, roaches etc.), interprets him in a radically dialectical way, particularly inspired by taoism, Zen, Surrealism, and certain strands of anarchism. Cafard offers a ruthless critique of things as they are on behalf of ‘divine justice,’ and claims persuasively that Heraclitus taught that opposition brings concord and at the heart of all things is “anarchic harmony.” Cafard champions nothing less than ‘the Custom of Chaos’ in this brilliant and profound series of original meditations, which not only provides new insights into the meaning of the philosopher’s work but touches upon some of the most important and urgent subjects confronting us today. It is further wonderfully illustrated by Michel Varisco’s photos of abandoned industrial landscapes in the Louisiana region and the life-affirming beauty of its trees, plants, water and waterways. What we do to nature is illuminated by what nature, within us all, does to us.” — Peter Marshall

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The Temple of Perseus at Panopolis

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Book as magpie’s nest or mosaic made up of bits of other books, this work aims to give a thick impression of a single Egyptian city, Akhmim, called by the Greeks Panopolis, “city of Pan.’’ As a time machine, this book will take the reader back to the 5th century AD, when the last champions of Paganism were battling against the coming triumph of Christianity. Alchemy, Magic, Gnosticism, Greco-Egyptian religion, psychotropic ritual and other syncretistic elements mingled to give birth to Hermeticism, a still-living tradtion which provides us with the means to appreciate the voyage we will make into a Past that is not dead.

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2017 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints

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Autonomedia's Jubilee Saints Calendar for 2017! Our 25th annual wall calendar, with artwork by James Koehnline, and text by the Autonomedia Collective. Hundreds of radical cultural and political heroes are celebrated here, along with the animating ideas that continue to guide this project — a reprieve from the 500-year-long sentence to life-at-hard-labor that the European colonization of the "New World" and the ensuing devastations of the rest of the world has represented. It is increasingly clear — at the dawn of this new millennium — that the Planetary Work Machine will not rule forever! Celebrate with this calendar on which every day is a holiday!

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The Old Calendrist

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"As you've no doubt guessed, we Old Calendrists are in fact a bunch of bitter rancorous aging hippies who used to believe in Flower Power and Dropping Out and Doing Your Own Thing, and we are now discontented and disgusted by PoMo Post-Civlization, reduced to cynicism and despair by the Triumph of Money and the technologization of consciousness itself. Nevertheless, although incapable of any facile optimism, we cling to our old anti-pessimism — and continue to hope that Time can be redeemed through strategic revolutionizing of the very system of its measurement — a return to a-chronic (neo) paleolithic laziness — a permanent vacation."

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The Rat Hunt Boys

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What remains of being human when everything is lost? After a cataclysm destroyed their world, the dregs of Charnholm made what lives they could along its stony coast. They toil to keep flesh on their bones, and to get clean water from the richards, who live in shelter caves high above the harbor, guarded by mercenaries. To amuse themselves, the richards hold Rat Hunts in which the boldest young dregs, the Rat Hunt Boys, spear plague-ridden vermin; always in danger of a thrust from the fangs of these mutant creatures. As the Hunt grows increasingly deadly, a conspiracy begins brewing to topple the elite and abolish the dangerous game. This is the tale of how they came to rebel, and what success they had.

“In a society of dregs serving the richards in myriad roles — rope dancers, smiths, scutmen, scavengers, harem horii, beaters, rat hunt boys, and rimers — it is Mary Kath M’Cool, apprentice rimer anathematizing rats with verse for hunt boys to more easily skewer, who one day asks her beloved brother, Finn, ‘Are we no the many, they the few? Nobbut a few shelter caves and hundreds of dregs?’ Half the pleasure in reading The Rat Hunt Boys is following the four children of Cider Mother into awareness of who they are and where they could be, and half is the fertile and alliterative, lovely-gruesome, bramble-lyric lexicon Anna Mockler coined to transport us to Charnholm a generation after The Burning where light-boned, agile spawn go spag diving to keep the lamps lit, and dregs sing the revolution.’’ — Amy Holman

“Anna Mockler expertly employs brilliant Swiftian satire, visceral surrealism, and bracing historical fiction smoldering with gothic overtones and riddled with vibrant, sprawling, and rabidly urgent storytelling in this highly potent kaleidoscopic orgy of a post-apocalyptic epic. Expansive, incredibly imaginative, entirely singular and an absolute pleasure to read.’’ — Donald Breckenridge

“The perfect story to read aloud either to your elders or youngsters, whomever is stranger. If language is a virus, as Burroughs put it, this strain of pidgin is mutantly vaccine resistant, bubonic in its intensity; a queerly affecting tale of creatures ravaged by apocalyptic misadventure.’’ — Kevin Riordan

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Night Shift

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“Ron Kolm’s Night Shift stands alongside other wage-slave masterpieces like Charles Bukowski’s Factotum and Harvey Pecar’s American Splendor. Winking and grinning in the face of punch-clock death, Kolm finds a way to somehow stay alive and even to eventually triumph. One senses in these moving and sometimes hilarious little vignettes that Kolm wrote them in flagrante dilecto; a gypsy moth blue collar poet-scholar recording his emergence from sooty cocoon to winging oracle of the smokestacks, junkyards, tenements and roads of the national creep-scape.’’ — Alan Kaufman, author of Drunken Angel; editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Literature

“Kolm has always been a true NYC poet, with a sensitive urbanity and absurdist humor that barely looks both ways as taxis filled with rich yupsters swerve around downwardly mobile moppets with new wave beards. His is a voice that realizes the foreverness of beat vision. Where we all come together to love the noise of the great metropolis we are lucky to have this guy in the room.” — Thurston Moore, author of Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture and Stereo Sanctity -– Lyrics & Poems

“Ron Kolm is an American original and Night Shift is a testament to a life lived in the margins — which is where the real action has always been. Wise, ribald, human, unexpectedly soulful, these stories have the grit and rhythm of real live as filtered through a sensibility finely tuned to the absurd and comic.’’ — Michael Lindgren reviews for the Brooklyn Rail, L Magazine and Rain Taxi

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Spiritual Journeys of an Anarchist

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A collection of little seen (or unpublished) writings from one of the most interesting, well-traveled, controversial, iconoclastic thinkers (and good writers!) of his time.

Included are an interview (done by Antero Alli) originally published in Ravenmagazine 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

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Spiritual Destinations of an Anarchist

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The second in what will eventually be a trio of books of little-known or never-before-printed pieces by Peter Lamborn Wilson, on his travels, interviews, life, and cogitations.

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Chaos, Eros, Earth, and Old Night (radical neo-hermeticism and ecological resistance)
Spiritual Anarchism (topics for research)
Anarchist Religion
Quantum Chaos and the Oneness of Being (meditations on the Kitab al-Alef)
Anarchy and Ecstasy
Evil Eye
Against Metaphor
Secrets of the Assassins
Secular Antinomian Anabaptist Neo-Luddism
Interview with INTO-GAL
Phone Interview with Jacob Eichert
Stain Your Prayer Carpet with Wine

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To Dare Imagining:

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Paperbound, 6 x 9 inches, 160 pp, 14 color illustrations, $16.00

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"Preface," The Editors
"Hope in Rojava," David Levi Strauss
"Syria’s Kurdish Revolution: The Anarchist Element and the Challenge of Solidarity," Bill Weinberg
"Why Is the World Ignoring the Revolutionary Kurds in Syria?" David Graeber
"No. This Is a Genuine Revolution," David Graeber & Pinar Öğünç
"Abdullah Öcalan," Peter Lamborn Wilson
Öcalan’s Angels," Newsha Tavakolian
"No Miracles at Work," Havin Güneşer
"A Revolution of Life," Saleh Muslim & Jonas Staal
"Woman fighters of the YPJ," Murat Bay
"The World’s First Army of Women," Evren Kocabiçak
"Two Excerpts from 'Liberating Life: Women’s Revolution'," Abdullah Öcalan
"New Wars and Autonomous Self-Defense in Kurdistan," Nazan Üstündağ
Dispatches From Rojava," El Errante / Paul Z. Simons
Rojava: To Dare Imagining," Dilar Dirik
"The Mastery of Non-Mastery," Michael Taussig
Acknowledgments & Bios
Sources & Resources
The Charter of the Rojava Cantons

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Opening the Seals

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Paperback, 6"x9", 158 pp., $16

“I believe that we can bring the deepest language from the mind. This language. All of it. I believe that when we listen deep, deep as cavefolk cut, we find the scratch or cough in stone from which the letters rose, still rise — the written language that comes before all speech… For we are primates of the sign.’’

OPENING THE SEALS represents poet Robert Kelly’s workings, starting in 2000, with the radical suggestions by the historical linguist Patrick C. Ryan towards the reconstitution of what he calls Proto-Language — a linguistic substrate, ca. 100,000 BC, to all extant human languages — the real Nostratic before Nostratic, ‘our’ language. Ryan argues for a set of meaning-bearing monosyllabic sounds, that work like roots or racemes or perhaps leitmotifs in subsequent languages.

In Kelly’s poems, each section begins with one of the Meaning-Bearing Monosyllables, and “meditates as well as I can contrive on the sound and its range of meanings. And let me say that it is the range of meanings that Ryan finds subtended or implied by the syllable that first caught my attention and excited me: not so much, then, the sense of the sound as a root, but the sound as a complex aural seal, which has to be opened to find all the meanings it proposes — and thus connects…. As if the secret affinities of all things and processes in the world were already encoded in these beast sounds our sweet mouths still fashion.’’

ROBERT KELLY is the Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature at Bard College and codirector of the Bard WrittenArts Program. He was the founding director of the Writing Program of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, and is a contributing editor of Conjunctions.

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