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Pamphlets Concerning the Absent Apocalypse

One Eye Two Crows Press has announced a call for submissions to Pamphlets Concerning the Absent Apocalypse: Encouragement and Instruction for Human Experiments Starting a New Charade, a project to “collect pamphlets, created by you, with the purpose of providing (in however way you see fit) instructions for ongoing participation in life.”

“Definition of Pamphlet (from Merriam-Webster online) Unbound printed publication with a paper cover or no cover. Among the first printed materials, pamphlets were widely used in England, France, and Germany from the early 16th century, often for religious or political propaganda; they sometimes rose to the level of literature or philosophical discourse. In North America, pre-Revolutionary War agitation stimulated extensive pamphleteering; foremost among the writers of political pamphlets was Thomas Paine. By the 20th century, the pamphlet was more often used for information than for controversy.

Pamphlets are amazing. They have the power to stimulate dread, excitement, anger, and shame, frequently from people who steal a glimpse at the cover image, make fleeting eye contact with the agent of distribution, and then run like mad. They are delivered by force to hapless strangers who occupy the wrong sidewalk square, they are thrust upon car windshields in Wal-Mart parking lots, they are crammed into lockers by concerned parent types looking for a quiet way to discourage drug use, fornication, and alternative forms of dress. They were the things we read aloud at fires during camping trips, source material for cut-and-paste zines, and last minute unexpected voting guides that could be carried into privacy booths for cheating. For every person who rejects these fits of poetic terrorism, there’s another who discovers Mormon destiny, finds that creepy fluoride comic scary, or falls down an internet hole searching for the truth inside the potent ramblings of paranoids.” [via]

As was said via e-mail about this, you may be interested in participating if “1.) You are a person who writes things. 2.) You’re an artist of some kind. 3.) You are intelligent. 4.) You have been known to rant and rave politically, philosophically, or spiritually. 5.) You have thoughts, and inclination towards sharing them. 6.) You are a leader in some capacity, and have an authentic message to share.”

“2013 is upon us and if the Four Horsemen don’t show soon, a whole bunch of Hollywood movies are going to seem like bullshit. Kool-Aid is inviting. People will be hunting for instructions, inspirations, marinations, indoctrinations, and verbal masturbations. And since no matter how hard we try to time travel it’s not the 18th century, they will need these pamphlet to be accessible on handheld electronic devices.

The intent of this project is to collect pamphlets, created by you, with the purpose of providing (in however way you see fit) instructions for ongoing participation in life. This could manifest in the form of a thoughtful guide on how to purchase kitchen gadgets, a caps lock manifesto demanding that we stop checking work email on weekends, the recruitment materials of your church (either real or imaginary) with the intent to actively recruit or keep other people away forever, or philosophical ramblings to initiate and inspire. Comic form, prose, poetry, drawings, photography, anything printable goes. The only rules are:

1.) All submissions must be received by January 30th.
2.) Submissions must be electronic (pdf, doc, jpeg, and others – no zip files). Send them to oneeyetwocrows (at) gmail.com with PAMPHLET (Your Pamphlet’s title) in the subject line.
3.) Your submission must be a pamphlet!
4.) All material included in the pamphlet must be your own.
5.) While there’s no official word limitation, if your manifesto is longer than 10,000 words, folks might get exhausted.

Please include name, phone number, preferred email address, and how you’d like to be credited in your pamphlet. A cover image is also being sought, so if you’d like to toss your creation in for consideration, please do.

One Eye Two Crows Press firmly believes that artists and writers should be paid for their work; the amount the artists will be paid will depend on sales. If your art is selected for the cover, you get $200. Pamphlet will appear in electronic format and(possibly) limited edition hardcover.” [via]

Hakim Bey and the Occupy Wall Street movement

In the past few days there was a big increase in traffic to Hakim Bey and Ontological Anarchy, especially to the T. A. Z. The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism and Part 1 – T. A. Z. The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism pages. Presumably, this is due to these pages being referenced by people talking about the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together movements around the country.

For example, some tweets I’ve seen with links have suggested the Occupy Wall Street movement is a “peaceful temporary autonomous zone (TAZ), pirate utopia, encampment of guerrilla ontologists” [via]. I’ve also seen suggestions that the Hakim Bey material is a “key” [via] to Occupy Wall Street, or that that in Bey’s work can be found the “ideological roots of the Wall Street Occupationists” [via].

While I always encourage people to check out material on the Hermetic Library site, and I think it’s great that people are talking about the materials; there’s certainly a couple other things that come to mind for me, which I wanted to mention. Certainly a never ending list of recommendations could be made, but I’ll limit myself to a small handful.

I’d like to suggest that people check out the work of John Brinckerhoff Jackson, especially because of his work around discovering the “vernacular landscape”. When I was reading his work I also posited the existence of an “imaginal landscape”, so you may be inclined to check out one of my personal papers, Sigils of Imagination.

For me, I find myself also thinking about Rebecca Solnit’s Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Landscape Wars of the American West, and want to suggest that to you. The struggle over who and what ideology controls landscape is not a new one to the United States, and this work is for me an interesting and powerful exploration of that.

I’d also highly recommend checking out a variety of other resistance movements, both in the US and Europe. One could look at the history of strikes in the US, the history of the Diggers and Levellers in the UK, or at the history of peasant revolts generally in Europe.

But, I also wanted to recommend to you another online repository of texts which I think may be of interest to those checking out the works of Hakim Bey as possibly influences on the Occupy Wall Street movement. Ken Knabb’s Bureau of Public Secrets is a pretty extensive collection of Situationist International materials, both in France and elsewhere. You can also may find Ken Knabb’s published works interesting, such as Situationist International Anthology and Public Secrets: Collected Skirmishes of Ken Knabb.

Of course, you may also be interested in the Marxists Internet Archive, which is a venerable online repository of materials of possible interest.

Update 2011nov15 @ 4:36pm:

I note now that according to a tweet by @OWSLibrary and confirmed by the history page of their blog the first book entered into their catalog was, in fact, Hakim Bey’s T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism.