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The Right to be Lazy and Other Studies by Paul Lafargue

This week’s book is a translation of some essays by Paul Lafargue, whose work prompted Karl Marx to write to a friend, “I am not a Marxist”. Lafargue was also Marx’s son-in-law, and the essay “The Right to be Lazy” is probably the work he is best known for today. If you want any of the small number of copies available, let me know that you have made a minimum $10 donation to West Coast… read more The Right to be Lazy and Other Studies by Paul Lafargue

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Pedagogy of the Oppressed plus As Soon As You’re Born They Make You Feel Small

Had a little break from this, but this week I made an edition of Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed with some nice interior papers, hot pink cover, and a dark blue marker ribbon. I’m including with it this anarchist pamphlet about children’s freedom, As Soon As You’re Born They Make You Feel Small. As always, this is a very small run. The first six people who can tell me that they have made a minimum… read more Pedagogy of the Oppressed plus As Soon As You’re Born They Make You Feel Small

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Publishing the Present – call for submissions!

Repost from our friends at the Libby Leshgold Gallery and Wendy’s Subway CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! As part of Wendy’s Subway’s residency at READ Books and the Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, we’re assembling an online archive of independent publications that respond to this contemporary moment of international urgency.>We’re looking for submissions of print or digital publications via our open call form! In centering the work of independent publishers, we… read more Publishing the Present – call for submissions!

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The Shagganappi by Tekahionwake E. Pauline Johnson

This week, a small run of The Shagganappi, a by Tekahionwake E. Pauline Johnson. This is one of two collections of stories published posthumously in 1913, the year that she died of cancer and was buried near Third Beach in Stanley Park, where a cairn still stands. If you would like to pick up a copy locally in Vancouver, let me know that you have donated a minimum of $10 to @gidimten_checkpoint and I’ll set… read more The Shagganappi by Tekahionwake E. Pauline Johnson

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Vindication of the Rights of Woman – Pandemic Books

“Men, in general, seem to employ their reason to justify prejudices, which they have imbibed, they cannot trace how, rather than to root them out. The mind must be strong that resolutely forms its own principles; for a kind of intellectual cowardice prevails which makes many men shrink from the task, or only do it by halves.” This week’s Pandemic Book is Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman. This is almost certainly the… read more Vindication of the Rights of Woman – Pandemic Books

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Three Zines about Direct Action

This week: three zines about direct action. These are all open-copyright publications that discuss movements or strategies that function outside of electoral, regulatory, and legal systems to seek justice. Standing on the Land to Stand Up Against Pipelines was published in 2013 by the Unist’ot’ten Camp; Fuck Abuse in 2018; and What Will it Take to Stop the Police from Killing? was published this year. All three can be downloaded freely from the crimethinc.com website,… read more Three Zines about Direct Action

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Neo-Nazis and the War Against Women’s Reproductive Freedom (1995)

This week’s Pandemic Book is a pamphlet from 1995, Neo-Nazis and the War Against Women’s Reproductive Freedom. Reading this account of the links between fascism and anti-choice harassment and violence, it occurs to us that the names may have changed, but the methods remain the same in our current moment. Fascist organizers latch on to not only misogyny, but racism, homophobia, transphobia, and poor-bashing in right-wing movements, and are now often given support by politicians… read more Neo-Nazis and the War Against Women’s Reproductive Freedom (1995)

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The Interesting Narrative of Gustavus Vassa or Olaudah Equiano, the African

Olaudah Equiano, known for most of his life as Gustavus Vassa, was born in the Kingdom of Benin, and was enslaved as a child, eventually purchasing his freedom and becoming a leading advocate for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. This book has extremely small print by contemporary standards; it is an early-19th-century edition of his memoir, first published in the 18th century. If you’re interested in picking up a copy of this… read more The Interesting Narrative of Gustavus Vassa or Olaudah Equiano, the African

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Carrie Williams Clifford, Sowing for Others to Reap

Here is the ninth publication in our series of Pandemic Books: Sowing for Others to Reap by Carrie Williams Clifford. This started as a something that I could do in the studio for a few hours every week, namely to make a very short run of a public domain, open copyright, or publicly owned work that we haven’t made before and probably won’t make again. It has also been an adventure in reading and research,… read more Carrie Williams Clifford, Sowing for Others to Reap

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Sojourner Truth: Narrative and Book of Life

After skipping a week, Pandemic Books is back with a very short run of the life story of Sojourner Truth. She is probably best known to many people for her speech on feminism, usually titled “Ain’t I a Woman?” However, she was a lifelong activist for freedom and equality, with many accomplishments. Born into slavery around 1797 in New York, she escaped from bondage in 1826, later saying “I did not run off, for I… read more Sojourner Truth: Narrative and Book of Life