Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 2003. 2nd Edition. 12mo, publisher’s stiff illustrated wraps.
"Art tells gorgeous lies that come true." Second edition of late anarchist author and poet Hakim Bey’s underground bestseller. Born Peter Lamborn Wilson, Bey remains a key figure in post-left anarchy. His early writing was predominantly philosophical in nature, inspired by his travels in the Middle East. Upon returning to the US, he began to address anarchist ideals, French poststructuralist theory, and larger historical narratives in his work. He remains best known for his concept of the Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ), the socio-political tactic and liberatory practice of evading formal structures of control through a deliberately short-lived space. After engaging with various formulations of TAZ between 1981 to 1988, Bey collected and published a series of articles on the concept in this volume through nonprofit publisher Autonomedia in 1991. T.A.Z. was and remains a divisive text within anarchist circles and with the advent of cyberculture has become influential within the larger cultural imagination. This second edition contains an introductory preface by Bey and an appendix of additional material. Fine. Item #5800