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12th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair! (March 17th-18th)

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12th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair! (March 17th-18th)

Is anyone from out of town coming to the 12th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair?

If any out-of-towners come to the IWW discussion, I'll buy them a drink during Ward Churchill's speech.

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Mar 2 2007 20:19

And places to crash can be arranged.

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I'll buy them a drink during Ward Churchill's speech.

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Mar 2 2007 21:17

And if you are going to the bookfair, make sure you don't miss the 8 days of Anarchy, which this year have exciting events such as a 24 hour derive, an inagural event of the Anarchist Warrior Society, and a one day (anti)meeting about Creativity and Inspiration where leftists, grad students, and the humorless are not welcome (and yes, there will be a test).

Apparently the 8 days of Anarchy organizers don't like the Anarchist Bookfair because of its commercialism. (They are selling books there after all, instead of giving them away.) Mostly, though, they seem to be offended because the bookfair this year has expanded to two days, and therefore clashes with the highlight of the 8 days of Anarchy: The BASTARD conference.

http://www.8daysofanarchy.org

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Mar 2 2007 22:44

Just when I think anarchism can't sink any lower in the U.S...

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Mar 2 2007 23:14
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And if you are going to the bookfair, make sure you don't miss the 8 days of Anarchy, which this year have exciting events such as a 24 hour derive, an inagural event of the Anarchist Warrior Society, and a one day (anti)meeting about Creativity and Inspiration where leftists, grad students, and the humorless are not welcome (and yes, there will be a test).

Apparently the 8 days of Anarchy organizers don't like the Anarchist Bookfair because of its commercialism. (They are selling books there after all, instead of giving them away.) Mostly, though, they seem to be offended because the bookfair this year has expanded to two days, and therefore clashes with the highlight of the 8 days of Anarchy: The BASTARD conference.

http://www.8daysofanarchy.org

if you are trying to promote or support 8 days of a waste of time and the bastard conf. then fuck off and die. if you are not then sorry for the harsh words and hope to see you at the IWW table.

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anarchists make me want to be a fascist.

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anarchists make me want to be a fascist.

Fascists bathe too much for you.

ZING!

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anarchists make me want to be a fascist.

Fascists bathe too much for you.

ZING!

dam. that was pretty good considering you have never met me....i do need to take a shower right now...

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Mar 2 2007 23:46
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Felix Frost wrote:
And if you are going to the bookfair, make sure you don't miss the 8 days of Anarchy, which this year have exciting events such as a 24 hour derive, an inagural event of the Anarchist Warrior Society, and a one day (anti)meeting about Creativity and Inspiration where leftists, grad students, and the humorless are not welcome (and yes, there will be a test).

Apparently the 8 days of Anarchy organizers don't like the Anarchist Bookfair because of its commercialism. (They are selling books there after all, instead of giving them away.) Mostly, though, they seem to be offended because the bookfair this year has expanded to two days, and therefore clashes with the highlight of the 8 days of Anarchy: The BASTARD conference.

http://www.8daysofanarchy.org

if you are trying to promote or support 8 days of a waste of time and the bastard conf. then fuck off and die. if you are not then sorry for the harsh words and hope to see you at the IWW table.

Dang comrade. Your a bitter one, eh? Have you ever considered relocating to the northeast? I have this wonderful organization I'd like to interest you in. I think you would fit in nicely...

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anarchists make me want to be a fascist.

Fascists bathe too much for you.

ZING!

dam. that was pretty good considering you have never met me....i do need to take a shower right now...

It was a hard leap of logic to make. Wob, anarchist...

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anarchists make me want to be a fascist.

Fascists bathe too much for you.

ZING!

dam. that was pretty good considering you have never met me....i do need to take a shower right now...

It was a hard leap of logic to make. Wob, anarchist...

I hate being called an anarchist...I had two showers yesterday. BOO-YAK-AH-SHAW!

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anarchists make me want to be a fascist.

That's just because you fail to see the revolutionary potential of body modification:

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We certainly do need to change our bodies and ourselves, and in perhaps a much more radical way than the cyberpunk authors imagine. In our contemporary world, the now common aesthetic mutations of the body, such as piercings and tattoos, punk fashion and its various imitations, are all initial indications of this corporeal transformation, but in the end they do not hold a candle to the kind of radical mutation needed here. The will to be against really needs a body that is completely incapable of submitting to command. It needs a body that is incapable of adapting to family life, to factory discipline, to the regulations of a traditional sex life, and so forth. (If you find your body refusing these "normal" modes of life, don't despair-realize your gift!)

Hardt & Negri: Empire, The New Barbarians

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it always puzzles me when i see this picture why the guy on the left is wearing a jumper but no trousers...

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Mar 21 2007 10:40

It always puzzles me why the guy in the middle is using grecian formula.

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Mar 21 2007 15:53

actually the guy in the middle looks a little bit like an OAP chomsky grin

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Mar 23 2007 00:45

Not really certain if I want to get into this, but a few comments are necessary. First, those wingnuts in the photo were not at the first day of the Bookfair this year (it stayed chilly and foggy the whole day Saturday). The crazy fascist flogging the picture reminds me of the hilarious anti-gay cretins flogging photos of the Gay Pride Parade in SF...
Second, there are plenty of reasons to look at the Bookfair critically, only one of which is its "commercialism"--whatever that might mean. The fact is that a few of the Bookfair organizers took it upon themselves to extend the bacchanalia of commodities to a second day. From a large distributor perspective it makes good business sense; roughly the same effort for potentially twice the sales. So AK Press (who have an influential presence on the Bookfair organizing committee) and Left Bank probably did quite well. Smaller concerns, with fewer bodies to staff display tables, and fewer commodities, probably didn't fare so well, I suspect. The concern BASTARD organizers had was that a two-day Bookfair would force us to make choices that we'd prefer not to make: staff a table on the second day (which, by the way, sounded like a contract requirement for renting table space at all) and miss the conference, or skip the Bookfair completely because of the two-day requirement. Turns out that if a potential vendor pleaded hardship, they could rent a table for only one day for half price--but they had to complain and question the contract material. All of the BASTARD organizers have been vendors at the Bookfair almost every year; some of us complained and had tables for Saturday only; others decided not to have a table.
It was mainly the total lack of consideration for other projects that we objected to, not some vague "commercialism." Although of course, the privileging of market exchange over any other interactions by supposed anarchists is pretty offensive to many.
Add to that the continual inviting of non-anarchist speakers, and it becomes a bizarre occasion indeed.
The BASTARD conference is explicitly non-commercial (except for the sliding scale donation for attending), and non-sectarian. We have hosted workshops by members of the IWW, a member of NEFAC, pro-Pareconists, other anarcho-syndicalists, individualists, academics, kooks, green anarchists, libertarian communists, and plenty of anarchists without adjectives.
I don't see how that is an objectionable event.

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Mar 23 2007 00:52

BASTARD's politics are boring as fuck.

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Mar 23 2007 02:32
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It was mainly the total lack of consideration for other projects that we objected to, not some vague "commercialism." Although of course, the privileging of market exchange over any other interactions by supposed anarchists is pretty offensive to many.

I dunno, I think the most redeeming aspect of this years SF Bookfair is that they didn't take the Bezerkley anarcho-wingnuts into consideration when they organized their event. Good for them. Maybe there's some hope for the Bay Area anarchist scene afterall...

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Mar 23 2007 02:47

How dare they sell books at the... er... um... ah... bookfair.

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Mar 23 2007 05:50

My comrades in Berkeley did an excellent job with this year's conference. The people I was hanging out with really enjoyed it to. I thought it was pretty funny when I got under Lawrence's skin during the trivia session when I threw ought some pop culture anarchist trivia. Trivia about dead anarchists gets boring after a while.

I really don't get the complaints about commercialism at the bookfair. As Thugarchist correctly points out, a bookfair is about selling books and other merch. I can see why you don't allow the sales of merch at the conference, but I think that allowing people to table would make for a better conference. We did spend some time in that session talking about commerce vis a vis Anarchy:AJODA and other magazines.

As for commercialism at the bookfair, the Infoshop table didn't sell much at all. We did talk to lots of people and I was excited that the Infoshop tabling was a group effort. Next year we will be selling books, magazines and other merch.

We paid the full price for a table for two days, but we left free material on the table and attended BASTARD. I tried to find people to table for us on Sunday, but had no luck.

I really, really appreciate the work that the bookfair people do. They put on a good bookfair every year. However, I wish they'd be more open to criticisms. Scheduling a second day for the bookfair to conflict with an established anarchist conference is a serious slap in the face of the idea of anarchist solidarity. I haven't head of any effort by the bookfair people in trying to work out a compromise or some arrangement that would be good for both events. It really, really sucks that the Bay Area anarchist scene is so fucked-up and sectarian.

There are some long-standing criticisms of the bookfair which were still an issue this year. The bookfair has added a second track of speakers, which does get more anarchists on the bill, but once again the featured speakers are non-anarchists and outlier anarchists like Ward Churchill. There are plenty of excellent anarchist speakers out there who could be on the program. Hell, the BASTARD conference had Ashanti Alston and Cindy Milstein this year.

I was angry that on Saturday the bookfair closed before the Churchill talk ended. I was hoping to sell some t-shirts and talk to some people when that event ended. Instead of seeing those 500 people come through the bookfair in one last wave, they were all funneled to the outside.

In any case, I had a good weekend at all of the events.

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Mar 23 2007 23:18

How diverse is BASTARD I was under the impression it was all the 'post left'. I suppose if they are more diverse than I thought the sectarianism is dissapointing, but if not I'm with SRB I'm all for doing our own thing and leaving them the hell alone.

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How diverse is BASTARD I was under the impression it was all the 'post left'. I suppose if they are more diverse than I thought the sectarianism is dissapointing, but if not I'm with SRB I'm all for doing our own thing and leaving them the hell alone.

Sectarian conspiracy theorist.

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Mar 24 2007 01:35

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is "the story about anarchy"? love how they place that right after a documentary about Sacco and Vanzetti tongue

and, what is the "Anarchist Warrior Society"? it looks like they got Monson to speak for it. eek

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How diverse is BASTARD I was under the impression it was all the 'post left'. I suppose if they are more diverse than I thought the sectarianism is dissapointing, but if not I'm with SRB I'm all for doing our own thing and leaving them the hell alone.

What? You expect to find the post-left under every rock?

Oi vey, this is the kind of conspiracy theory I'm talking about.

Jeff Monson was a no show. There were talks by Ashanti Alston, Cindy Milstein, and others. I attended a discussion on the Spanish Civil War, anarchism and martial arts, and the anarchist trivia tournament.

Cindy talked about Horizontalism.

Chuck

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Mar 24 2007 06:25

I hearby decree that Cindy and horizontal shall from hereforth be two concepts never used in the same sentence.

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Mar 24 2007 19:58

They call their conference BASTARD??!?!?!

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Mar 24 2007 23:07

Its a clever acronym. Bay Area Stupid, Tedious And Retarded Dimwits I think. Something like that.

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Mar 25 2007 06:11

Yeah, thug, the organizers of an explicitly non-sectarian annual anarchist theory conference are boring as fuck, stupid, tedious, and dimwitted. Your critical insights are amazing and awe-inspiring. Members of your own outfit have participated; supporters of your style of organization have participated (on a panel even). Every anarchist is welcome to participate, organize a workshop, engage in debate and discussion. What's boring, stupid, and tedious about that? BASTARD is an ad hoc group of anarchists who come together for a single specific task--organizing an annual conference--and then dissolve. There is no formal membership. Past organizers help out when they want to, and new organizers become involved on their own initiative. There have been only three or four consistent organizers for all seven years. Some years there are as many as a dozen, but since we don't make anyone fill out a questionnaire, we don't necessarily know the politics of each organizer--other than they all feel it's a good thing to organize a non-sectarian anarchist conference. Sorry if that's boring and stupid to you. The name of the non-permanent and informal organization stands for Berkeley Anarchist Students of Theory And Research and Development.

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Mar 25 2007 06:14

What's my outfit?

Edit - And what's my style of organization? WTF are you talking about?