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Marxism & Witchcraft

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978-1-57027-289-9

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$25

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706 pages

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"David Kubrin's Marxism & Witchcraft is a majestic, innovative, and thoroughly engrossing analysis of the root causes of today's ecological crisis. Kubrin argues that Marxism, by omitting the significance of the world's spiritual, animistic past (imbedded in the term 'witchcraft'), inherently supports the advance of capitalism. Only through new ways of seeing the world, and by transcending capitalist and Marxist views of nature alike, can we recover from the ecological destruction wrought by industrial pollution, toxic contamination, and biotechnological alterations of living beings. Anyone interested in the history and future of life on earth will want to read and engage with this pioneering work." — Carolyn Merchant, author of The Death of Nature; Ecological Revolutions; and Autonomous Nature: Problems of Prediction and Control from Ancient Times to the Scientific Revolution

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Hero in Art: The Vanished Traces of Richard Hambleton

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Creator of three major multi-city street art series, Image Mass Murder, I Only Have Eyes for You and Shadow figures, Richard Hambleton is remembered as a visionary underground artist, a daring pioneer of urban interventionist art, a heroic idol of graffiti artists. Esteemed to be the godfather of street art, he was one of the principal players of the new wave of visual arts that erupted in New York's East Village and its neighboring Lower East Side in the early 80s and gave rise to a new breed of defiant guerrilla fighters striving against conformist museum art. In this biographic novel, author Istvan Kantor aka Monty Cantsin, the founder of Neoism and an early friend of Richard Hambleton, tells the eventful, inspiring but also dark story of the world famous street artist and renegade junky. Through his own, sometime very personal experiences, added with recollections by others and fused into a dramatically flowing narrative, Kantor/Cantsin reports on the art and times of Richard Hambleton, his falls and rises, highs and lows, told with honesty, passion and audacity. "He was surprised how much he enjoyed just standing there and looking at the sky above the cityscape... With towering passion and nervous excitement he threw a last glance down to the bottom. It was a powerful moment that opened up his fantasy and changed his perceptions. He left reality and flew up into the holy skies of grandeur and hallucinations, into the place he always wanted to be. It was almost like a prophetic experience. Richard was determined to conquer New York City with his art. He gave himself 5 years to accomplish it."

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Abraham

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"Charles Olson said that if he ever wrote about the American Civil War, he'd inscribe what he wrote to Frank O Hara. Sparrow's Abraham does the opposite: it is the book that Frank O Hara would have written about the American Civil War if he'd lived upstate, attuned to the materiality of everyday life, listening to the ghosts hiding in books found in small town libraries and yard sales, and the clamor of history discovered in a parking lot in Boiceville, NY, while waiting for a ride home." Marcus Boon, author of In Praise of Copying --Back cover blurb

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Thibault or the Secrets of the Sea

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Along with Vanished Signs and Lucky Shadows, this volume contains all that Peter Lamborn Wilson wants to save of his Collected Poems, 1999 2014. In all he has published about 60 books, which have been translated into some 16 languages (the most recent being Greek) in such areas as sufi studies and Persian literature, alternate history, political theory and anarchism, art criticism, fiction and belles lettres. Among his next books will be Cauda pavonis: Esoteric Antinomianism in Yezidi Tradition (Three Hands Press). He has lived in Hindoostan, Persia, England and Ireland, and now resides in the former Dutch colony of NE Turtle Island.

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2020 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints

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Autonomedia's Jubilee Saints Calendar for 2020! Our 28th 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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2019 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints

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Autonomedia's Jubilee Saints Calendar for 2019! Our 27th 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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$9.95, 32 pages, 16" x 11.75", saddlestitched
ISBN: 978-1-57027-536-8

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BEAT: The Latter Days of the Beat Generation

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BEAT is an unfiltered chronicle of the wild escapades of those who made the living poetry that expressed the atomic age and beyond. Here is Ginsberg, Corso, Burroughs, Cassady, di Prima, Waldman, Micheline, Kesey, Bukowski, Kaufman, Vega, Bremser, & many others. First-hand accounts from East Coast to West Coast, Prague to Kathmandu, Andy Clausen was there. Clausen’s eyewitness memoirs stories anecdotes revelations of the generation that changed poetry music literature & ushered in the psychedelic era is infused with the underlying premise that Beat is Alive. With pen-and-ink illustrations from the sketchbooks of Michael Woyczuk.

“[Andy] inherited Neal Cassady’s American Energy Transmission.”BR> — Allen Ginsberg, New Directions 37

“That’s why I’m reading with Andy Clausen. He’s coming to the fore after living it for years. I’m getting on and haven’t been called punk in years, since prison. Daddy punk and Andy Punk.”
— Gregory Corso, The Whole Shot, Collected Interviews & Exit 13

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Aesthetics, Necropolitics, and Environmental Struggle

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"With typical sangfroid, CAE dissects the beast of our own making: the Anthropocene. Clarifying the philosophical roots of the Euro-American confusion about nature, this text offers severe and essential medicine for coming to terms with our ecological predicament."
Claire Pentecost, professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

"This book presents a perspective about the environmental crisis that I suspected was there but couldn’t put my finger on. Follow these authors deep into one of the biggest cultural lacunas of our day: necropolitics. is book fully abandons solutionist bull in favor of a measured approach grounded only in what we know. Read it, weep, and then kick ass. Once again, CAE has blown my fucking mind."
Mike Bonanno, The Yes Men

"Aesthetics, Necropolitics, and Environmental Struggle takes a deep look at the elephant in the Anthropocene. is book calls the bluff on the unacknowledged relationship with death that has long haunted environmental positions from the far left to the far right. Digging deep into the philosophical underpinnings of the many anthro- and enviro-isms, CAE returns with overlooked contradictions that have been historically and strategically ignored. And despite its unflinching look at the politics of death, the book remains approachable and highly readable, and it won’t have you tightening a noose around your neck."
Rich Pell, Center for PostNatural History

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Welcome Distractions

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“The towers fall and Mary Tyler Moore tosses her beret into the air,” says Wierzbicki in “9/11 Paradox.” Paradoxes like “inertia drives the working masses” inhabit these poems. Wierzbicki constantly puts her finger on the workings of societal insanities so institutionally ingrained they cannot be questioned. There can be no reasonable dialogue because, as she puts it in “Age,” we are in a place “where we all speak different languages and yet push the same buttons.” The experience of reading this book is crucial for our times; the poems are a cagily “accessible” balm for what ails us. — Stephen Paul Miller, author of any lie you tell will be the truth (Marsh Hawk Press)

Wierzbicki successfully challenges the notion of what poetry is as she generously takes us to its core/essence. In this three-part collection, whether they are socio-politically charged poems, odes to the borough she lives in, poems written for her parents & her friends or for music she loves, the brilliant accuracy of her viewpoint, where she stands, & the direct humane manner in which she uses language is her strength & grace. Be ready to open your mind/heart fully to get poetically distracted! — Yuko Otomo, author of STUDY & Other Poems on Art (Ugly Duckling Presse) and KOAN (New Feral Press)
There are plenty of anti-establishment writers who present themselves as wild rebels raging outside the system, or who tell tales about marginalized characters. Wierzbicki’s work offers a more bitter and more accurate takedown of many of the mainstream’s hollow idols and ideas. The deft conclusion of her ruminations is a sense of earned sadness about the tiny shifts people make to preserve a single shred of dignity in the corporate landscape, shown with such measured compassion in “Letter to a Security Guard.” — Jim Feast, author of Neo Phobe and Long Day, Counting Tomorrow (Autonomedia)

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Flasher: A Memoir

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"The only porn I read is Tsaurah Litzky’s. It has the necessary je ne sait toit.” — Tuli Kupferberg, co-founder, the Fugs, author of Teach Yourself Fucking

“The bawdy tales that make up Tsaurah Litzky’s memoir serve as the perfect antidote to the fear and loathing gripping America’s psyche today. Flasher is funny, poignant, sexy, philosophical and one hell of a good read.” — Danny Shot, author of Works

“Tsaurah Litzky is fully exposed. Flasher moves the reader quickly with incisive prose that places you immediately in the moment. This is a beautiful history of New York, old and new, experienced through the life of one woman living unconventionally; balancing lovers, family and bohemia, with a passion for desire and all things lusty and strange.” — Chavisa Woods, author of The Albino Album; Love Does Make Make Me Gentle or Kind; and Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country

“in Flasher, Tsaurah Litzky writes with brio, wisdom, insight, and humor, about sex, yoga, the family, the body and aging, the New York scene past and present, work, and, most of all, love. She illuminates the experiences, processes, and strategies of a bountifully creative woman who has sustained a significant body of work and joyously full life.” — Marjorie Tesser, editor of Mom Egg Review

“The bawdy tales that make up Tsaurah Litzky’s memoir serve as the perfect antidote to the fear and loathing gripping America’s psyche today. Flasher is funny, poignant, sexy, philosophical and one hell of a good read.” — Danny Shot, author of Works

“i think the Greeks got it right when they posited a precarious balance between life (eros) and Death (thanatos). With so much crap being dumped daily on that side of the scale, it’s vital to create life-affirming work to keep everything from being totally erased. Flasher, Tsaurah Litzky’s collection of stories, does that; she not only gets the eros right, she transcends the worldly altogether on her path to the spiritual, taking us along with her on a wild ride! Highly recommended!” — Ron Kolm, author of A Change in the Weather and Night Shift

Flasher: A Memoir is the powerful testimony of woman/human/poet/writer/collagist Tsaurah Litzky whose life is always lived to the maximum in ways only a courageous human spirit can manifest. Written with her uniquely genuine poetic voice, the forty-two chapters can be read individually, each a precious gem with its own charm, or you can read the entire book as a big embracing ocean of dynamic human drama in one shot.the sparkling wisdom born out of a life guided by her non-conformist passion will take you to the magically nurturing world where the tides of life come in and out every morning and night individually.” — Yuko Otomo, author of Study

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