What’s new with Little Black Cart – Summer 2012

  • Posted on: 16 July 2012
  • By: worker

<table><tr><td>From <a href="http://lbc.anarchyplanet.org/2012/07/16/whats-new-with-little-black-cart... Blog</a>

<p>After an exhausting Spring with visits to NYC, the Midwest, and Montreal we have settled back down to work for the summer. This summer is a great one for LBC as we are growing faster than anticipated with new people getting involved and a great increase this summer in the project. This is especially exciting because summertime can be a time of decreased energy for projects in the Bay Area. Not so this year.</p>

<p>Little Black Cart <a href="http://lbcbooks.com">Books</a> & <a href="http://littleblackcart.com">Distro</a> 2012</p></td><td><img title="Aren't sectarian terms the most honest and/or awesome?" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2010/lbclogo.jpg"></td></tr></ta...
<h2>New Titles for the Summer</h2>
<h3>Anarchy 101</h3>
<p><em>Coming in August 2012</em></p>
<p>Introductions to anarchist ideas, up till now, have suffered from being one-dimensional, too lengthy, or too sectarian. The history, practice, and philosophy of anarchy has suffered for this lack. We haven't encouraged new generations to approach our ideas other than on mostly sectarian terms.</p>

<p><em>Anarchy 101</em> is an edited crowd-sourced introduction to anarchist ideas. The content comes from the website <a href="http://anarchy101.org">Anarchy 101</a> and represents the best responses from dozens of contributors to hundreds of questions about the Beautiful Idea: this thing called anarchy.</p>

<img src="http://littleblackcart.com/images/P/101_400.jpg" width="300">
<a href="http://littleblackcart.com/Anarchy-101.html">Preorder at LBC</a>

<h3>Treatise on Etiquette for the Younger Generations</h3>

<p><em>Coming in July 2012</em></p>
<p>Raoul Vaneigem’s <em>Treatise on Etiquette for the Young Generations</em> represents a refusal of representation and bureaucracy, along with the emphasis on autonomous desire, play and festivity. This book reflects the anarchistic impulse of the Situationist International and the events of May 1968. </p>

<p>This edition will continue to make this important title accessible to a new "Young Generation", as well as offering a new introduction from Jason McQuinn (publisher of <em>Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed</em>, which serialized the english translation before it was available in book form in the US) and an affordable price.</p>

<blockquote>The moment of revolt, which means now, is hallowing out for us in the hard rock of our daily lives, days that miraculously retain the delicious colours and the dreamlike charm which - like an Aladdin’s cave, magical and prismatic in an atmosphere all its own - is inalienably ours. The moment of revolt is childhood rediscovered, time put to everyone’s use, the dissolution of the market, and the beginning of generalised self-management.</blockquote>

<img src="http://littleblackcart.com/images/P/treatise_400.jpg" width="300">
<a href="http://littleblackcart.com/Treatise-on-Etiquette-for-the-Younger-Generat... at LBC</a>
<h3>Crime Thought</h3>

<p>CrimethInc. has been the most accessible introduction to anarchist ideas in the past 50 years. They have also been accused of being ahistorical, lifestylist, subcultural, and more.</p>

<p>It cannot be denied that CrimethInc. has succeeded, far more than any other anarchist publisher, in putting books into the hands of people. The unfortunate corollary is that once those people read CrimethInc. texts, they don't generally get involved in other anarchist activities. The tens of thousands of books from CrimethInc. haven't resulted in tens of thousands of autonomous agents striking out against the existing order. <em>Crime Thought</em> attempts to examine this failure by placing the ideas of CrimethInc. within the broader anarchist and intellectual context that they arise out of. Through this <em>Crime Thought</em> provides a gateway from CrimethInc. to a broad and sustainable anarchist intellectual space that is also a space for attack.</p>

<img src="http://littleblackcart.com/images/P/crime_thought.jpg" width="300">
<a href="http://littleblackcart.com/Crime-Thought.html">Order at LBC</a>

<h3>Uncivilized: The best of Green Anarchy Magazine</h3>

<p>A collection of some of the best that <em>Green Anarchy</em> had to offer (not including When Animals Attack--look for that later!), in thematic sections that echo the humor, the aesthetic, and the sensibility of the magazine that for years was the most consequential voice in the northwest.</p>

Civilization, Technology, the Left, Resistance, and Decolonization are some of the themes, with articles by John Zerzan, Ted Kaczynski, Aragorn!, Dan Todd, Jesus Sepulveda, Ron Sakolsky, Wolfi Landstreicher, Fire, and interviews with Ward Churchill and the remarkable Godfrey Reggiou.</p>

<img src="http://littleblackcart.com/images/P/best_of_green_anarchy.jpg" width="300">
<a href="http://littleblackcart.com/Uncivilized-the-best-of-Green-Anarchy.html">O... from LBC</a>


<p>If you are part of an independent, anarchist, or interesting bookstore, then you might like to order titles from us. We now have a distinct landing page for you at <a href="http://littleblackcart.com/bookstores.html">LBC Bookstore Page</a>. Check it out!</p>

<h2>New Material From our Friends</h2>

<li><strong>Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed</strong> - Issue 72/73 <a href="http://littleblackcart.com/Anarchy-a-journal-of-desire-armed-72-73.html"... 72/73</a> (CAL Press)</li>
<li><strong>Sovereign Self</strong> - The eighth and final issue of this egoist project. <a href="http://littleblackcart.com/Sovereign-Self-8.html">Sovereign Self 8</a></li>
<li><strong>Communicating Vessels</strong> - #23 Breugel's paintings, Francois Villon, Radovan Ivsic and a great Letters to the Editor section <a href="http://littleblackcart.com/Communicating-Vessels-23.html">Communicating Vessels 23</a> (Communicating Vessels)</li>
<li><strong>Piece Now</strong> - Peace Later: Anarchists and firearms. <a href="http://littleblackcart.com/Piece-Now-Peace-Later.html">Piece Now</a> (Black Powder Press)</li>

<h3>New Ardent Press Website</h3>

<p>One of our publishers has a newly designed website. It is pretty. Check it out at <a href="http://ardentpress.com">Ardent Press</a></p>

<h3>Elephant Editions</h3>
<p>For a few years we haven't seen enough of the fantastic publishing work from Elephant Editions in the United States. We are slowly going to bring all of the excellent work that EE does to the United States. Expect to see approximately one new EE title every month. Most of these titles will be in charming pocket-sized editions with textured cover stock and cover illustrations by a local friend. </p>

<li><strong>Incognito</strong> - Experiences that defy idenfication <a href="http://littleblackcart.com/Incognito.html">More</a></li>
<li><strong>Anarchist Tension</strong> by Alfredo M. Bonanno <a href="http://littleblackcart.com/The-Anarchist-Tension.html">More</a></li>
<li><strong>Locked Up</strong> by Alfredo M. Bonanno <a href="http://littleblackcart.com/Locked-Up.html">More</a></li>
<li><strong>Apart from the Obvious Exceptions</strong> by Alfredo M. Bonanno <a href="http://littleblackcart.com/Apart-From-the-Obvious-Exceptions.html">More<...
<li><strong>Simon Radowitzky</strong> and the People's Justice <a href="http://littleblackcart.com/Simon-Radowitzky-and-the-People-s-Justice.htm...

<h3>Upcoming titles with LBC</h3>

<li>Renzo Novatore - A complete collection of Novatore's work in English, including newly translated material </li>
<li>After Post-anarchism - A critical engagement, on its own terms, with post-anarchism</li>
<li>Attentat - A bleak anarchist journal from Pistols Drawn</li>
<li>Free from Civilization - A translation of an Italian anti-civilization manifesto by Enrico Manicardi</li>

<h2>We will be near you</h2>

<li><a href="http://seattleanarchistbookfair.org/">Seattle @ Bookfair</a> - August 25th & 26th</li>
<li><a href="http://anarchistbookfair.com">Los Angeles @ Bookfair</a> - September 8th & 9th</li>
<li><a href="http://victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca/">Victoria @ Bookfair</a> - September 8th & 9th</li>
<li>Houston @ Bookfair - LBC South will be in attendance</li>
<li><a href="http://tcanarchist.org/">Minneapolis @ Bookfair</a> - September 15th & 16th</li>

<h2>We are...</h2>
<p><strong>Little Black Cart</strong>
PO Box 3920 Berkeley CA 94703</p>

<p>Our mission is the total transformation of society into one that is stateless and classless, a society of mutual aid, voluntary cooperation, and the liberation of desire. We call this mission anarchy, but also accept it being called anarchism, (anti-state) communism, anti-authoritarianism, or not naming it at all. This goal is not immediately forthcoming, and many of our efforts haven't been particularly rewarding. Therefore we spend our time doing things that increase the quantity and quality of an understanding of our mission, of what we truly desire, even if we aren't entirely sure how to directly achieve it. </p>

<p>We know what we want but not how to get there. In this spirit we offer a selection of things, meaningless on their own, but in a context (social, historical, genealogical) that have been meaningful for each of us. Even though we are fully aware of contradiction of our participation in commodity culture, the spectacle, and even plain old petit-bourgeois capitalism, we maintain a resolve that this is worth doing. Why? Because the context of interacting with other inquisitive people, with each other, and with others involved in the project of social transformation, is the closest we have come to such a society.</p>


That is a pretty awkward sounding literal translation of the original French title "Traité de savoir-vivre à l’usage des jeunes générations." Seriously that sounds like a Google translation. Whose translation are you using? Donald Nicholson-Smith's is regarded as the standard English translation, and here's what he said about the title on the first page of the translator's preface:

"The Revolution of Everyday Life is not a title I care for: I would have preferred The Rudiments of Savoir-Vivre: A Guard for Young Persons Recently Established in the World or more simply The Facts of Life for Young Readers."

So are you guys using his translation and disregarding his input in the preface, or is it a new translation? If it's a new translation, is it as stiff and literal as the translation of the title? I would guess whoever made the call on the title doesn't speak French. And either way, it's interesting that Nicholson-Smith himself is supposedly re-translating the whole text from scratch, to be published by PM in September.

Or are you guys actually publishing that re-translation? That would be the most interesting possibility! Anyway, I really want to know what's the deal with your translation?

get ready for another retraction.

"The Rudiments of Savoir-Vivre: A Guard for Young Persons Recently Established in the World"

Think you meant "guide for young persons" not "guard"

is PM donating any of their proceeds to longterm anarchist prisoners?

The first poster's reply regarding the new edition of Vaneigem's book raises some good points, maybe LBC could reply to them? At least tell us which translation you've used...

The second edition DNS translation

"This edition will continue to make this important title accessible to a new "Young Generation", as well as offering a new introduction from Jason McQuinn (publisher of Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, which serialized the english translation before it was available in book form in the US"

"We started a serialization of Raoul Vaneigem’s Revolution of Everyday Life in Anarchy #22, the last issue of 1989"

from "The Life and Times of Anarchy" by Jason McQuinn: http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/jason-mcquinn-the-life-and-times-...

But the first edition of Nicholson-Smith's translation (as a book) was by Left Bank Books and Rebel Press in 1983.

So, what?

that was my mistake. i thought the ajoda serialization was prior to the left bank edition.
thanks for pointing it out.


That begs the question: how could you make such a stupid mistake in the first place?

just me being a big fucking idiot again, i guess.

so sad.

yeah well it's the type of mistake that speaks volumes about your intentions

woahh... someone is a little salty. could it be that someone has some *cough* vested interest in this not being readily available at a low price point?

You are so stupid. The text has been available on-line for free for a long time.

"begs the question" is not the same as "raises the question". it's a really common mistake.


also: stop being a kidney stone.

(This is the person who pointed it out, not the same person who called you stupid below.) Maybe you checked the second edition of the Left Bank version, which was 1992. I have also heard rumor of a different edition that existed as a book in English before Nicholson-Smith's translation, but I've never seen it. It was apparently a pretty bad translation.

Still curious what translation you're using.

1) I didn't call Leonora stupid, I called her mistake stupid
2) I didn't call Leonora's mistake stupid "below"
3) I called Leonora's mistake stupid *above*

That is all. Please continue

You are a fucking dork and her name is Leona, not Leonora. Excuse me for not remembering whether responses post above or below, I obviously don't have as much commenting skill or experience, you dork.

*Good insult!* I am wounded quite mortally! And now, I can do nothing . . . but . . . die.

Shakespeare style, as in you STILL won't STFU even when dying.

Oh left bank books... isn't that the anarchist distro that was totally destroyed by walmart, oops I mean AK

wow, we really need the pretentious goof from applied nonexistence to tell us why crimethinc isn't as cool as, i dunno, agamben or something? fuck our lives.

Eh. Nobody's going to read that. Don't trouble yourself.

speaking of which, where is AN? Did it finally step into praxis and apply some non existence to itself?

AN has evidently negated their goofy ass website: http://appliednonexistence.org/

Praise god!

Woooo, they finally negated something!

Upcoming titles from LBC …

Attentat - A bleak anarchist journal from Pistols Drawn


yeah and

After Post-anarchism - A critical engagement, on its own terms, with post-anarchism


"once those people read CrimethInc. texts, they don't generally get involved in other anarchist activities."

All you have to do to fact-check this assertion is ask around the anarchist milieu. Are there people in it who came in via CWC texts? What proportion do they make up? The authors of those books will be the first ones to spell out their failures (see their ten year report) but I don't think the main problem here is crimethinc. I hope this book has a wider relevance than just more "I need to make my name by knocking my childhood heroes off a pedastal" blather.

The assertion was not that most anarchists did (or didn't) pass through a "Crimethinc phase". The assertion was that a small percentage of the people who have consumed Crimethinc product (aka their books) have gone onto putting their ideas into practice (involvement in anarchist activities). We are thousands not tens (or hundreds) of thousands.

I get that, but is it really realistic to hold CWC responsible for not EVERYONE who reads their stuff becoming an active anarchist? I wonder what the statistics are for other entry-level publishers (not that everything they do is entry-level). I bet the Coming Insurrection didn't do any better in its wave of popularity, even if its emphases are more timely than the earlier CWC material.

Another way to put this is, there really doesn't need to be a book-length version of the anews comment about the straw man who dumpsters bagels. If this isn't that, then great, but I'm not holding my breath.

Why don't you read the book instead of making presumptuous comments about the blame being placed on Crimethinc?

I don't know if this topic is dead or not, but I have a few thoughts.
I hear this number of high hundreds to at most 10,000 a lot and I feel like it's silly low, pessimistic and honestly fairly arrogant. As far as the amount of people in the USA that are, say, reading anarchist news or a comparable site regularly, buying books from the small handful of anarcho-publishers, or part of some kind of collective with a website, known outside of the state, then sure, that number sounds about fair. But my personal experience has shown that people in those boats are a tiny minority of the overall anarchist identifying population. Then again, that goes back to the point of all this... that people aren't involved, whatever that means. But so much gets ignored in assumptions, that if one hasn't heard of actions and projects in their small circle of websites and collective houses, it doesn't exist. But how would someone know? To assume that more people aren't fucking shit up because there's not enough communiques posted online, or more people aren't building anarchistic projects because they haven't read a zine about it yet is just silly. Most of the anarchist identifying population has no need for validation from a barely connected cool kid community and thus few know. For example today at work in the suburbs I saw someone in a gas station with a bunch of anarchist tattoos, such as the decentralize symbol, then rode a bus past a bunch of punks with patches celebrating anarchy, then walked to a library and saw a person with a beehive collective patch and then happened into a food not bombs, went inside and saw both an employee with a circle e tattoo and many people I have seen at the occupation in my city on the side of the anarchists, chanting anti cop and capitalist slogans with masks on. That's in one day. To assume all these connections (made up almost entirely of people that would not be counted as "the anarchist crowd") in the town I live are just a bunch of idiot punks and hipsters is as silly as assuming instantly that they are heroes of anarchy. The point is that great things and people are everywhere, and only a handful are bent on scene glory... the ones that tell our history, unfortunately. The only exception I can think of is through incarceration... as has been talked about a decent amount in the last year or so very few of our political prisoners are people that would have come to mind as being part of the anarchist community in their towns before their arrests, and often times were unknown to the cool kids until being arrested. I'm not trying to be overly optimistic about how many there are, and I'm not trying to be down on "the cool kids" but I think that sort of it's not happening if it's not my friends attitude is something we should drop, and fast. My guess would be closer to half a million, with millions in the sympathetic but nonlabelled boat.

I think my fave is the anarchy 101. sectarianism > the truth. I can't wait to read the Jarach Bible, through which we learn that people of color are not anarchists, women whine too much, and everyone sucks except for rich people.

troll harder asshole

or we could just upload everything into zinelibrary...

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