Report on "The Coming Insurrection" book launch at NYC Barnes and Nobles, Sephora, Starbucks

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During the last week this mysterious message made its way across the internet:

SEMIOTEXT(E) Book Launch: The Coming Insurrection by the Invisible Committee

“Two centuries of capitalism and market nihilism have brought us to the most extreme alienations—from ourselves, from others, from worlds. The fiction of the individual has decomposed with the same speed that it once became real. Children of the metropolis, we offer this wager: that it’s in the most profound deprivation of existence—perpetually stifled, perpetually conjured away—that the possibility of communism resides.”

—The Coming Insurrection, Introduction to the English edition

THE COMING INSURRECTION has been labeled a “manual for terrorism” by the French government, who recently arrested its alleged authors. Philosopher Giorgio Agamben has called the book “one of the most intelligent works of our time” and numerous commentators have seen it as a heir to the legacy of situationist Guy Debord. Meanwhile, bootleg translations have circulated around the world and passages from the book appeared on the walls of Athens during last December’s uprising.

Anonymously written in the wake of the riots that erupted throughout the Paris suburbs in the fall of 2005, THE COMING INSURRECTION articulates a rejection of the official Left and its reformist agenda, aligning itself instead with the growing number of those—in France, in the United States, and elsewhere—who refuse the idea that theory, politics, and life are separate realms.

Please join us for the official book launch, including discussion of the text as well as content-appropriate activities, on Sunday, June 14 at 5pm on the fourth floor of Union Square Barnes and Noble.

I arrived at the fourth floor of Barnes and Nobles right on time. Continue reading

Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint –LOUISE MICHEL

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May 29 — LOUISE MICHEL
Feminist hell-raiser, key figure in the Paris Commune of 1871.

MAY 29, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Jewish Shavuot.
*Netherlands: Luilak (Lazy Bones Day). Troops of young people whistle & beat on pots and pans, ringing doorbells & waking everyone up. Anyone refusing to join the fun is branded Luilak.

ALSO ON MAY 29 IN HISTORY…
1829 — “Hollow Earth” theorist John Cleves Symmes dies, New Jersey.
1830 — French Communard leader Louise Michel born, Vroncourt, France.
1989 — Tien-An-Men Chinese student protesters construct replica of Statue of Liberty.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

Today’s Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – JACQUES BREL

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April 8 — JACQUES BREL
Belgian-born wry, sardonic folksinger, composer.

APRIL 8, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Thailand & Japan: BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY. Children’s holiday; dancing & the release of captive animals.
* DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN DAY.

ALSO ON APRIL 8 IN HISTORY…

1341 — Petrarch crowned poet laureate, steps of Capitol in Rome
1864 — Thirteenth Amendment passes, abolishing slavery in the U.S.
1898 — Yip Harburg, American lyricist born.
1929 — Ironic Belgian folksinger Jacques Brel born.
1973 — Spanish painter and communist Pablo Picasso dies, Mougins, France
1978 — French anarchist combatant, historian Gaston Leval dies.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective