What's New with LBC - Winter 2015
Now that the dogs have recovered from the pyrotechnic celebration of Colonization, Neoliberalism, and Nationalism we are ready to announce our Summer titles for 2015. This summer features one homage, some mischievousness, and some new titles on old themes.
Spring was eventful this year. Alongside the solid Bay Area bookfair and our sister project the BASTARD conference, were Montreal, NYC, and the brand new (and energetic and affirming) Orange County bookfair. We can't wait to see what they do next year.
The big internal news for us was the purchase of a Challenge Titan 200 paper cutter. Sexy pictorial to come (follow @lbcbooks for more).
The Manual for Revolutionary Leaders
Ardent Press is delighted to re-print an offering from Red and Black (1972) that substantively addresses the lack of a revolutionary/insurrectionary movement and places the blame squarely at the feet of the (community) leaders where it belongs.
This is a text that is more than forty years old yet is still relevant, presented here are a series of quotations, expository writings, and vignettes that will clarify many of the issues plaguing today's committed radicals.
If we were going to change one thing about this Manual for Revolutionary Leaders today it would be the title. If there is one lesson to draw from the political work our comrades have done over the past four decades it is the lesson of Seattle, of Occupy, and of the anti-racist work done today in the streets all over the US: the lesson is that leadership isn't about one person. Leadership is about your neighborhood, it's about your elders, and it's about Community. A better title for this book, that we beg you to consider as you read the colloquial terms used in the original text, would be A Manual for Revolutionary Community Leaders. It is in the spirit of contributing to that community that we share this new edition.
-from the new introduction, by A. Blankee
Check out The Manual for Revolutionary Leaders - by M. Velli
Instead of Work
Finally the essay the Abolition of Work is back in print!
With a fine, nostalgic, introduction by famed SF author Bruce Sterling this a new collection of Bob Black's essays on work, intractable foe of human capacity and imagination. It is an attack on the false compromises of better work condition, reduced work hours, or work privileges (a contradiction in terms if there ever was). It is a clear-eyed critical demand for a world without mediocrity, and therefore without work!
Check out Instead of Work by Bob Black
The BASTARD Chronicles 2015
The second set of the Chronicles, being write-ups and thoughts about the presentations at the BASTARD Conference. The Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research & Development (BASTARD) Conference has been held the day after the San Francisco Anarchist Book Fair for 15 years.
This year's theme was "Utopia and other Science Fictions", and the Chronicles includes some of the best workshops of the day: The Other Black Hoodies: Monasticism and Anarchist Utopias; LIBER NIHIL: the Book of Nothing/Magickal Nihilism; Attached to Happiness with a Chain: on slavery and BDSM in the work of Samuel Delany, as well as write ups about subversive films, the point and process of imagining our own utopias, critical thinking as a practice, Philip K. Dick the genius/the wingnut, the issues with commodification, and to start the whole day out, an awesome talk by Nick Mamatas on Hard Science and Soft Utopias.
Check out BASTARD Chronicles 2015
Recent LBC Titles
- LBC Review 2014
- The Impossible, Patience - Alejandro de Acosta's gift to us regarding language and nihilism.
- Hostis - Cruelty
- Insurgencies #1
Enemy Combatant Publications
Enemy Combatants is a new publishing entity from a rotating list of ghost towns around North America. Their beautiful risograph pamphlets (three so far) are sure to entice your next date if placed on your coffee table. Delicious!
- The Land of the Altruists - John Beverly Robinson
- Solar Economics - Len Bracken
- Appel (Call): An appeal for a baseline for future collaboration.
- The Coming Insurrection - by the authors of "To Our Friends" where the insurrection is claimed to have already arrived!
- Very Bad Nihilist - critical engagements with Baeden and so much more
- Black Seed #3: In the tradition of Green Anarchy magazine but better
- Fire to the Prisons #12: IGD!!!
- Without a Glimmer of Remorse - we finally have copies back in stock!
- Pink & Black pin - we added a color combination to our pin colleciton.
- Black Seed #2
- Letters of Insurgents - This is the brand new reprint of the Red and Black title of fame and infamy, and includes a new foreward by Aragorn!, one of the book's many fans.
Not entirely new (to us) but they have put out some beautiful new editions of some classics
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