my book, now published

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fort-da game
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Apr 24 2007 13:30
my book, now published

My book species being and other stories has just been published by Ardent Press and is being distributed from: http://ardentpress.org/

Payment and ordering details are available from the publishers who can be contacted via email at: info-at-ardentpress.org

Realistically, I accept that there will be no enthusiasm for this book amongst current contributors to Libcom but perhaps some of the boards’ readers might be interested.

I had originally intended to make the book available privately, as a memento, for friends but I am delighted for Ardent to publish it. I look forward to their publishing more books soon and giving further expression to the various strands of anti-politics.

I would like to thank all my correspondents and collaborators who have inspired me to assemble the book, I hope they are able to accept it as a record of those engagements and that it will provoke them into further elaborating their own arguments. I would also like to thank Aragorn! and Leona especially for seeing the project through to publication.

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Apr 24 2007 14:06

Look forward to getting a copy.

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Apr 24 2007 22:15

Well done on your achievement here Dr.!! cool

fort-da game
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Apr 25 2007 09:08

Wow. Thank you. I'm touched. Yes, it does feel like an achievement in a life not much marked by achievement.

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si
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Apr 25 2007 10:42

is there a british distro or does it have to cross the atlantic - for now at least? Perhaps (re)pressed will be getting a consignment?

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Apr 25 2007 11:14

IF there's no british distribution then you could try to set up a deal with a british print on demand company.

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Apr 25 2007 11:44

My wife tried three different publishers in england, two local, one Mute. With all three there was initial interest followed by rapid cooling after they had received the text (which they may have considered not professional enough, or they didn't want to be associated with, I don't know. All three just said 'talk to us at the end of the week' and then, 'talk to us in two weeks' and then...) this was back in September, and this even though we offered to pay cash. Overall, it has taken something like six months to get going but there was the setting up of the publisher just to publish it (which I wasn't involved with), it could be that the returns would be too small for professional printers to do such a small print run (POD) as I wanted (as I said, it was intended as a friends/informal thing). As for distribution, it is up to the publishers, I understand they will soon be able to take credit card payments which will make it easier – I'm glad I don't have to deal with that stuff but can get on with the next one... I also wouldn't want to cut out the middle man by doing a second edition because the whole purpose of me letting them have it is so they can raise cash for other books.

I really thought I was going to get a kick in the bollocks over this, I am pleased I made the announcement now, it has taken me two weeks to get round to it.

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si
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Apr 25 2007 14:48

well no-one's read it yet wink

fort-da game
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Apr 30 2007 16:57
si wrote:
well no-one's read it yet ;)

I was referring to the anouncement. I always feel like I am a complete fool when posting on Libcom. But the book itself is fair game – I don't feel embarressed about its 'poetics' as I do with a lot of stuff I've published.

To mark the publication I have put my own blurb and an interview/dialogue on my blog http://pressessence.livejournal.com/ (interestingly this contrasts with the recent interview with Bob by Freedom mentioning the same period and also with the Wildcat legacy as discussed in a thread on the History Forum, with gossip deleted) and I have updated the Monsieur Dupont Wiki page to include more reference/connection to influences and context.

p.

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Apr 30 2007 17:44
Dr Cous Cous wrote:
si wrote:
well no-one's read it yet ;)

I was referring to the anouncement. I always feel like I am a complete fool when posting on Libcom. But the book itself is fair game – I don't feel embarressed about its 'poetics' as I do with a lot of stuff I've published.

I don't see why, any regular poster who published a book we'd be more than fine with an announcement. You may or may not come in for some flack with the content of the book itself of course!

I'll take a look at the blurb on your livejournal a bit later.

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Apr 30 2007 21:16

... as I recall, the view of MD's writing was quite positive the only time it was discussed. Anyway, I am waiting for 'em to e-mail me back and tell me I can use a 'Little Black Cart' (?!) online to use a credit card, or something.

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May 1 2007 13:10

Hi,

posi wrote:
Anyway, I am waiting for 'em to e-mail me back and tell me I can use a 'Little Black Cart' (?!) online to use a credit card, or something.

Yes, I’m not quite up to speed on that. Perhaps it's their version of the Hindmarche bag (except you can fill it with burning materials and use it to build barricades)?

posi wrote:
... as I recall, the view of MD's writing was quite positive the only time it was discussed.

I’m not talking about that either, more a sense of personal dread which I guess is a fairly typical reaction when something so personal goes on sale but also it refers to other black thoughts – the longer a situation continues, with no back-up plan, the more of a life gets invested in it, and so the more desperate the prospect seems of discovering that the assumptions it is all based on were wrong to begin with. Reality Testing hurts – and most self-defined anarchists accept the odds against them and move on to something else during their mid-twenties, the refusal of this option causes all kinds of self-contradiciton and inversions of priority later on in life.

Peggy Lee's sit-pessimism doesn't get much of a mention on Libcom these days, I'll give her last word:

And so I sat there watching the marvelous spectacle.
I had the feeling that something was missing.
I don't know what, but when it was over,
I said to myself, "is that all there is to a circus?

p.

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May 1 2007 14:30

It looks quite interesting actually

Might even buy one myself

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May 1 2007 15:43

From the website,

Quote:
Only the people in MD, of all the people in the world, as far as I know, have the
theoretical tools and certainty to attempt any proper and clear intervention in the far left,
and such an intervention is necessary at the point when times become interesting - i.e.,
when we have no choice (i.e., when it is a matter of survival or when we see a chance,
that we feel we cannot refuse, to better our positions). However, it would have been
good (for the sake of history and humanity!!) to have been able to continue in our work
(in these non-interesting times) with great vigour until we achieved some real successes
but, alas, we had our lives to live.

That is messianic self-aggrandisement to a mental extreme.

posi
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May 1 2007 16:30
Dr Cous Cous wrote:
Yes, I’m not quite up to speed on that. Perhaps it's their version of the Hindmarche bag (except you can fill it with burning materials and use it to build barricades)?

huh. I wondered if it might be their version of the Black Iron Prison, just one you fall into while shopping. And aluminium.

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May 1 2007 17:18

Self-deluding, self-important, self-congratulatory and totally up yourself and finally not much cop

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May 2 2007 09:20
posi wrote:
Dr Cous Cous wrote:
Yes, I’m not quite up to speed on that. Perhaps it's their version of the Hindmarche bag (except you can fill it with burning materials and use it to build barricades)?

huh. I wondered if it might be their version of the Black Iron Prison, just one you fall into while shopping. And aluminium.

Perhaps its wheels will jam automatically at the edge of the website.

As for the other comments, I agree of course – but to achieve even the smallest innovation from a proletarian position there has to be a degree of bragging (and this is common in many forms of proletarian self-expression). I tend to prefer anti-bragging but it has the same purpose.

Self-praise or self-validation seems morally distasteful to others, in a micro-culture that praises self-sacrifice, and when it concerns an individual's positive assessment of his/her own achievements (and is often intended to be because it is part of a mutual struggle to assert the self) and yet remains invisible when it is fed through an abstract circuit for fetishising a particular organisation (this mis-direction of patriotism was always our main concern).

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May 2 2007 10:23

Bollox

fort-da game
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May 2 2007 12:28

we developed our ideas together from our position as proletarians and our experience of industrial activity as postmen (and from experiences with groups within the anarchist milieu) – for this reason we disbanded MD when one of us went on to train as a teacher, as this new position would falsify a continuation of the same activities which we had already fenced off as ‘pro-revolutionary’ rather than deluding ourselves that our role was important, or in any way contributory.

I should say here I would welcome a substantiated critique of our class analysis which actually refutes our conclusions and which I would be happy to include within my analysis – of course I would only accept the validity of such a critique from individuals who derive their ideas from experience within the essential productive proletariat.

But for the moment I will compare the paragraph so readily diagnosed by Pingtiao above (and yet taken out of a context of self-dismissal and resignation as if it were a symptom) with comments made by ‘Bob’ in favour of the AF in the recent Freedom interview, in which he claims a doubling of the AF’s membership – for some reason these claims are not picked up as messianic or self-aggrandising (claims which I take to be true in substance but skewed in implication) because they are fed through loyalty to an abstract structure. The success of the party is good but the perceptions of a self-affirming individual (who has accepted that he cannot change anything) is deluded.

The fact is we did produce a pure understanding of our actual position, and the understanding is correct as far as I can see within a context of class struggle, if you wish to reintroduce political categories then it is a different matter.

p.

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May 2 2007 15:26

Where the fuck did "Bob" say anything "messianic", he was just stating a fact.
And please learn to express yourself in clear and concise language rather than the pompous and turgid and circuitous persiflage you seem to have a prediliction for ( translation = cut out the poncey language)

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Jun 28 2007 10:21

Just as an FYI we have finally got our distribution site up and running. You can find this book at http://littleblackcart.com/product/species_being/

ftony
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Jun 28 2007 10:23

i liked fort-da game's old name better sad

lem
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Jun 28 2007 12:17

who was she/he?

wel well done. i'd settle for a phd and a kick up the bum. never going to happen tho sad

anyway, wrt arrogance: you clearly see a need to validate your own interpresonal norms [on how to communicate ethically], or you would have simply said 'yeah i'm arrogant - i am that good'. also ethics can't really be equated with self sacrifice - not by you anyway tongue . and also i dunno aren't we after truth, and a way of writing that helps truth smile

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Jun 29 2007 08:34
lem wrote:
who was she/he?

Dr Cous Cous