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Welcome to the Curator’s Space

Although the Libertarian Labyrinth archive has always been a fundamentally personal project, I’ve generally let the person behind it—or the monster in the maze, depending on who you ask—remain largely in the background. But there is more to life—even to my life—than radical history and theory. There’s good beer, subtitled crime drama, other varieties of history and theory, news of this and other projects, the occasional observation about current events, etc., and, going forward, that’s what you’ll find here.

To explore the Libertarian Labyrinth Archive, check the pull-down menus above or visit LIBERTARIAN-LABYRINTH.ORG.

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Gaston Leval (Pierre Robert Piller) (1895-1975)

  • L’Enfance en croix, éd. de la Nouvelle Revue, Bruxelles, 1944, 198 p.
  • “L’Anarchisme et l’abondancisme,” (1946?) [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • L’Indispensable Révolution. L’émancipation de l’homme par le socialisme libertaire, éd. du Libertaire, Paris, 1948, 286 p.
  • Le Communisme. L’Etat contre le communisme, éd. du Libertaire, Paris, s.d. [ca. 1950], 71 p.
  • Le Fait russe et l’Etat marxiste, éd. Contre-Courant, s.l. [Paris], s.d. [1953], 8 p.
  • “Bakounine et la science,” Témoins n° 6 (été 1954) [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • “Bakounine et l’Etat marxiste,” Les Cahiers de Contre-Courant, Paris, 1955, 24 p. [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • “Socialiste libertaire ! Pourquoi ?” CONTRE- COURANT de novembre 1956
  • “Libertarian Socialist! Why?” [Contr’un]
  • Le chemin du socialisme (1958) [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • Pratique du socialisme libertaire (1959) [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • Libertarian Socialism: A Practical Outline [Anarchist Library]
  • “Kropotkine et Malatesta,” Les Cahiers de Contre-courant N° 61, 1960 [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • Eléments d’éthique moderne, Gr. socialiste libertaire, La Ruche ouvrière, Paris, 1961, 108 p.
  • L’Humanisme libertaire (1967) [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • “La crise permanente de l’anarchisme” (1967) [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • Espagne libertaire, 1936-1939. L’œuvre constructive de la Révolution espagnole, éd. du Cercle-La Tête de feuilles, Paris, 1971, 402 p.
  • Bakounine, fondateur du syndicalisme révolutionnaire [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • Rus et torrents, illustrations de Luis Brander, chez l’auteur, imp. La Ruche ouvrière, 1975, 124 p.
  • “Bakounine, constructeur de l’avenir,” l’Europe en formation (n° 198/199 — septembre-octobre 1976) [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • La Pensée constructive de Bakounine, Spartacus, Paris, 1976, 270 p.
  • L’Etat dans l’histoire (manuscrit inachevé), introduction de F. Iglesias, éd. du Monde libertaire, Bibliothèque anarchiste, n° 6, s.d. [ca. 1983], Paris, 299 p.
  • L’Individualiste et l’anarchie, imp. Le Chat noir, Bègles, 1987, 22 p. [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • “L’Évolution du socialisme” [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • Conceptions constructives du socialisme libertaire [Monde-nouveau.net]
  • La démocratie libertaire [Monde-nouveau.net]

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Convocatoria/CFP/Appel – NAASN 2017

Convocatoria – Red de Estudios Anarquistas de América del Norte (NAASN)

La Red de Estudios Anarquistas de América del Norte (NAASN, por sus siglas en inglés) convoca a su octava conferencia anual, a realizarse del 28 al 30 de abril del 2017 en la Biblioteca Social Reconstruir (BSR), en la Ciudad de México, México.

Convocamos a investigadorxs independientes, activistas comunitarixs, filósofxs callejerxs, estudiantes, académicxs radicales y artistas a enviar sus propuestas para esta reunión. Invitamos a todxs quienes participan en la investigación, dentro y fuera de las instituciones existentes, como colegios y universidades, asimismo lxs que generan conocimiento más allá de los muros establecidos, para que compartan sus trabajos. Desde la calle hasta la biblioteca, instamos a toda persona interesada en el estudio o la práctica del anarquismo.

En conformidad con el espíritu abierto y fluido del anarquismo, no estaremos pidiendo temas específicos para discutir, sino que pediremos a lxs partícipes que presenten trabajos sobre diversos temas:

  • desde lo histórico, lo contemporáneo y lo utópico. Esto incluye temas de interés e importancia actual tal como las luchas populares históricas y contemporáneas, movimientos sociales y campesinos, descolonización, racismo, Anarco-punks, violencia policiaca, tortura, “guerra contra el terror”, tecnología, al igual que biografías, historiografía, etc.
  • investigaciones que aborden temas de pueblos indígenas, etnicidad, género, sexualidad, culturas juveniles y urbanas; y estudios que atraviesan otras disciplinas, como: filosofía, teoría política, psicología, musicología, estudios literarios, antropología, sociología, geografía, estudios étnicos, estudios críticos de temas indígenas, estudios queer y transgéneros, estudios de género, estudios de la discapacidad, diseño gráfico y artes plásticas, entre otros.
  • Propuestas para paneles, composiciones individuales, talleres, presentaciones de libros y de formato alternativo se aceptarán con mucho gusto. Para quienes no puedan asistir personalmente, se les invita a enviar su ponencia videograbada con una duración máxima de 20 minutos.

Pretendemos incluir las voces de activistas, militantes, artistas y académicxs. A su vez, instamos a estudiosxs de las ciencias exactas y otras disciplinas quienes pudieran ver en el anarquismo como influencia o relevante a sus labores. También pretendemos que participen organizaciones o colectivos que se sienten más cómodos en la comunidad que en el aula.

En particular nos interesa que se incluyan voces y perspectivas marginalizadas en aras de romper las barreras entre las disciplinas, al igual que las barreras entre la academia y lo no-académico, e inclusive, lo anti-académico.

Favor de difundir esta convocatoria a propixs y extrañxs: nos toca a cada quien que hagamos que estas pláticas sean de la mayor diversidad y complejidad posible.

Para mayor información, ejemplos y actualizaciones del evento, les invitamos a entrar en nuestro sitio de internet en el www.naasn.org. Allí podrán encontrar presentaciones de conferencias previas, materiales visuales, y recuerdos previos eventos. También sugerimos que se unan a nuestra lista de correo electrónico para estar al día e involucrarse en nuestra plática en grupo. El envío de propuestas para la conferencia (que no excedan las 300 palabras) y cualquier duda debe de dirigirse a 8vaconferencianaasn@gmail.com. Favor de incluir en su propuesta una pequeña semblanza (150 palabras). La fecha límite para enviar sus propuestas es el 7 de diciembre de 2016.


CFP – North American Anarchist Studies Network (NAASN)

The North American Anarchist Studies Network is currently seeking presentations for our eighth annual conference to be held April 280, 29, and 30 (2017) at the Biblioteca Social Reconstruir (BSR), in Mexico City, México.

We would appreciate submissions from independent researchers, community activists, street philosophers, students, radical academics, and artists. We invite those engaged in research work within existing institutions, such as colleges and universities, but also those engaged in the production of knowledge beyond establishment walls to share their ongoing work. From the streets to the library, we encourage all those interested in the study or practice of anarchism to submit a proposal.

In keeping with the open and fluid spirit of anarchism, we will not be calling for any specific topics of discussion, but rather are encouraging participants to present on a broad and diverse number of themes:

  • from the historical, the contemporary, and the utopian. This includes topics of current interest and importance such as the historical and contemporary grassroots struggles, social and peasants movements, decoloniality, racism, anarco-punks, police violence, torture, “war on terror,” technology, as well as biography, historiography, etc.
  • works that examine issues of indigeneity, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, youth and urban cultures; and scholarship that cross cuts with other disciplines and fields including but not limited to: philosophy, political theory, psychology, musicology, literary studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, ethnic studies, critical indigenous studies, queer and trans studies, women and gender studies, disability studies, graphic design and plastic arts
  • Submissions for panels, individual papers, workshops, books presentations and alternative format will be gladly accepted. For those who cannot attend in person, we invite to send their proposal videotaped with 20 minutes duration.

We seek to include voices of activists, militants, artists and academics. We also encourage scholars in the hard sciences and other fields who may see anarchism as influencing or relevant to their work to please become involved. We also seek the participation of organizations or collectives more comfortable the community than in the lecture hall.

We are particularly interested in including marginalized voices and perspectives and encourage the breaking down of barriers between disciplines as well as between the academic and non-academic or even anti-academic.

Please spread this call far and wide: it is up to each of us to make this as diverse and complex a discussion as possible.

For further information, examples, and event updates, we invite you to visit our website at www.naasn.org. There, you can find past presentations, visual materials, and ephemera from our previous annual events. We also suggest that you join our email listserv in order to remain updated and involved in on group discussion. Conference proposal submissions (of no more than 300 words) and further questions should be addressed to 8vaconferencianaasn@gmail.com. Include in your proposal a short (150 words) biography. Please respond by December 7, 2017.


Appel à participation – Réseau d’études anarchistes d’Amérique du Nord (NAASN)

Le Réseau d’études anarchistes d’Amérique du Nord (NAASN – North American Anarchist Studies Network, en anglais) lance un appel pour sa huitième rencontre annuelle qui se tiendra du 28 au 30 avril 2017 à la Biblioteca Social Reconstruir à Mexico.

Chercheuses et chercheurs indépendants, activistes communautaires, philosophes des rues, étudiantes et étudiants, universitaires radicaux et artistes sont invités à envoyer leurs propositions pour cette rencontre. Nous souhaitions réunir toutes celles et ceux qui participent à la recherche, dans ou en dehors des institutions existantes, universitaires ou autres, ainsi que celles et ceux qui participent à la diffusion des connaissances au-delà des frontières établies afin qu’ils partagent leurs connaissances. De la rue jusqu’à la bibliothèque, nous appelons toute personne intéressée par l’étude ou la pratique de l’anarchisme.

En accord avec l’esprit ouvert et accessible de l’anarchisme, il n’y aura pas de thème spécifique à la rencontre, mais nous demandons aux participantes et participants de présenter des travaux qui pourront porter sur différents thèmes :

  • historiques, contemporains ou utopiques, incluant des thématiques importantes actuellement telles que les luttes populaires, historiques ou contemporaines, les mouvements sociaux et paysans, la décolonisation, le racisme, le mouvement anarchopunk, les violences policières, la torture, la “guerre contre la terreur”, la technologie, l’historiographie, des biographies, etc.
  • des recherches portant sur les peuples indigènes, l’ethnicité, le genre, la sexualité, les cultures jeunes et urbaines, ainsi que des études croisant plusieurs disciplines telles que la philosophie, la théorie politique, la psychologie, la musicologie, les études littéraires, l’anthropologie, la sociologie, la géographie, les études ethniques, en relation avec la condition indigène, les études sur le genre, le queer et les transgenres, le handicap, le design ou les arts graphiques.
  • Propositions de panneaux, de compositions personnelles, d’ateliers, de présentations de livres ou toutes autres suggestions alternatives sont les bienvenues. Pour celles et ceux qui ne pourraient pas assister personnellement à la rencontre, il leur est possible d’envoyer leur présentation sous forme de vidéo d’une durée de 20 minutes maximum.

Notre volonté est de réunir les expériences d’activistes, de militantes et militants, d’artistes et d’universitaires. Nous invitons également les chercheuses et chercheurs en sciences exactes et d’autres disciplines qui verraient dans l’anarchisme une influence ou une révélation dans leurs travaux. Nous voulons également que participent des organisations ou des collectifs qui sont plus à l’aise au sein de la communauté que dans une salle de cours.

Il nous intéresse tout particulièrement que soient présentées des voix et des perspectives marginalisées, avec la volonté de briser les barrières entre les disciplines, de même que les barrières entre universitaire et non-universitaire, et même, anti-universitaire.

Merci de diffuser cet appel le plus largement possible, aux proches comme aux autres. Il n’appartient qu’à nous de faire que ces rencontres soient les plus riches, les plus diverses et les plus stimulantes possibles

Pour plus d’informations sur l’événement, vous pouvez consultez notre site internet : www.naasn.org. Vous y trouverez aussi des présentations des rencontres antérieures, des vidéos et des enregistrements des précédents événements. Nous vous invitons également à vous inscrire à notre liste électronique afin d’être tenus au courant mais aussi de pouvoir participer aux discussions en groupe. L’envoi de propositions pour la rencontre (300 mots), accompagne d’une brève biographie et toutes questions sont à envoyer à l’adresse suivante : 8vaconferencianaasn@gmail.com. Merci d’envoyer vos propositions avant le 28 février.

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The new neighborhood

The Great Destroying and Rebuilding is well underway! The New Labyrinth is emerging!
Actually, I’m sure that the details of all of this are more more exciting for me that for anyone else, as I’m getting a chance to fix a bunch of problems and transform my archive into something that actually resembles an archive, but there should be plenty of benefits for everyone who uses any of the sites. In general, I have attempted to maintain specialized collections where there seems to be some purpose or demand, while making it much easier to navigate between them. So it’s time to shut the doors here and move on.
From now on, all of my sites can be reached from a single address:
That’s pretty much all you need to know. Once in the new network of sites, the navigation tabs are fairly standard:
  • LABYRINTH takes you to the center of things and the general history/announcements BLOG.
  • LIBRARY takes you to the Omeka catalog.
  • WIKI lets you view the recently relocated Libertarian Labyrinth wiki without leaving the WordPress interface, and WIKI (Direct) takes you straight to the wiki site.
  • TRANSLATIONS goes to the Index of Working Translations.
  • CONTR’UN leads to the new home of my anarchist theory blog.
  • PROUDHON will take you to the Proudhon Library site, where there’s a new blog for my most proudhonological efforts, plus a forum and access to the Proudhon Library wiki. Local navigation this is a little different, because of the forums and a separate PL WIKI, but all the familiar links ought to be there as well. Hint: some navigation menus pull down.
  • BAKUNIN, as you might guess, links to an improved Bakunin Library site.
  • ATERCRACY links to The Great Atercratic Revolution

A few tabs lead out of the network, to sites that will eventually be incorporated:

  • FRONDEUSE links the the La Frondeuse/Black and Red Feminist History site
  • BEER links to my neglected beer-review blog, Well-Aged & Slightly Bitter, with Just a Touch of Funk.
  • OSSAPY links to The High Hills of Ossapy, an even more neglected archive of material on the history of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
  • And something will possibly soon point at a new merger of material from Splendors of the Combined Order and Possible and Impossible Worlds. All of these Blogger collections will eventually find a home in the new configuration, but perhaps primarily as index pages or collection in the Library, with the posts appearing on the main Libertarian Labyrinth blog.

Meanwhile, back in the main network

  • ALL leads to an aggregator of posts, pages and files from all the site.
  • And LINKS brings up all of this information, plus more good places to visit.

However, since I hope that the new arrangement will be fairly intuitive, the main thing to remember is just one address:

Welcome aboard.

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Benjamin R. Tucker’s “Liberty”

In the course of moving things around, I finally got a chance to load the archives of Benjamin R. Tucker’s Liberty into the Omeka library. Here is an updated list in issues.

Liberty, 1881-1908
  • Vol. 1, No. 1 — 1 — August 6, 1881
  • Vol. 1, No. 2 — 2 — August 20, 1881
  • Vol. 1, No. 3 — 3 — September 3, 1881
  • Vol. 1, No. 4 — 4 — September 17, 1881
  • Vol. 1, No. 5 — 5 — October 1, 1881
  • Vol. 1, No. 6 — 6 — October 15, 1881
  • Vol. 1, No. 7 — 7 — October 29, 1881
  • Vol. 1, No. 8 — 8 — November 12, 1881
  • Vol. 1, No. 9 — 9 — November 26, 1881
  • Vol. 1, No. 10 — 10 — December 10, 1881
  • Vol. 1, No. 11 — 11 — December 24, 1881
  • Vol. 1, No. 12 — 12 — January 7, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 13 — 13 — January 21, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 14 — 14 — February 4, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 15 — 15 — February 18, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 16 — 16 — March 4, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 17 — 17 — March 18, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 18 — 18 — April 1, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 19 — 19 — April 15, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 20 — 20 — May 13, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 21 — 21 — May 27, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 22 — 22 — June 10, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 23 — 23 — June 24, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 24 — 24 — July 22, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 25 — 25 — August 19, 1882
  • Vol. 1, No. 26 — 26 — September 16, 1882
  • Vol. 2, No. 1 — 27 — October 14, 1882
  • Vol. 2, No. 2 — 28 — October 28, 1882
  • Vol. 2, No. 3 — 29 — November 11, 1882
  • Vol. 2, No. 4 — 30 — November 25, 1882
  • Vol. 2, No. 5 — 31 — December 9, 1882
  • Vol. 2, No. 6 — 32 — January 20, 1883
  • Vol. 2, No. 7 — 33 — February 17, 1883
  • Vol. 2, No. 8 — 34 — March 17, 1883
  • Vol. 2, No. 9 — 35 — April 14, 1883
  • Vol. 2, No. 10 — 36 — May 12, 1883
  • Vol. 2, No. 11 — 37 — June 9, 1883
  • Vol. 2, No. 12 — 38 — July 21, 1883
  • Vol. 2, No. 13 — 39 — August 25, 1883
  • Vol. 2, No. 14 — 40 — October 6, 1883
  • Vol. 2, No. 15 — 41 — December 15, 1883
  • Vol. 2, No. 16 — 42 — May 17, 1884
  • Vol. 2, No. 17 — 43 — May 31, 1884
  • Vol. 2, No. 18 — 44 — June 14, 1884
  • Vol. 2, No. 19 — 45 — June 28, 1884
  • Vol. 2, No. 20 — 46 — July 12, 1884
  • Vol. 2, No. 21 — 47 — July 26, 1884
  • Vol. 2, No. 22 — 48 — August 9, 1884
  • Vol. 2, No. 23 — 49 — August 23, 1884
  • Vol. 2, No. 24 — 50 — September 6, 1884
  • Vol. 2, No. 25 — 51 — September 20, 1884
  • Vol. 2, No. 26 — 52 — October 4, 1884
  • Vol. 3, No. 1 — 53 — October 25, 1884
  • Vol. 3, No. 2 — 54 — November 8, 1884
  • Vol. 3, No. 3 — 55 — November 22, 1884
  • Vol. 3, No. 4 — 56 — December 13, 1884
  • Vol. 3, No. 5 — 57 — January 3, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 6 — 58 — January 31, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 7 — 59 — February 28, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 8 — 60 — April 11, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 9 — 61 — April 25, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 10 — 62 — May 23, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 11 — 63 — June 20, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 12 — 64 — July 18, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 13 — 65 — August 15, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 14 — 66 — September 12, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 15 — 67 — October 3, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 16 — 68 — October 24, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 17 — 69 — November 14, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 18 — 70 — November 28, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 19 — 71 — December 12, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 20 — 72 — December 26, 1885
  • Vol. 3, No. 21 — 73 — January 8, 1886
  • Vol. 3, No. 22 — 74 — January 23, 1886
  • Vol. 3, No. 23 — 75 — February 6, 1886
  • Vol. 3, No. 24 — 76 — February 20, 1886
  • Vol. 3, No. 25 — 77 — March 6, 1886
  • Vol. 3, No. 26 — 78 — March 27, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 1 — 79 — April 17, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 2 — 80 — May 1, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 3 — 81 — May 22, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 4 — 82 — June 19, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 5 — 83 — July 3, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 6 — 84 — July 17, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 7 — 85 — July 31, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 8 — 86 — August 21, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 9 — 87 — September 18, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 10 — 88 — October 30, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 11 — 89 — November 20, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 12 — 90 — December 11, 1886
  • Vol. 4, No. 13 — 91 — January 1, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 14 — 92 — January 22, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 15 — 93 — February 12, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 16 — 94 — February 26, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 17 — 95 — March 12, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 18 — 96 — March 26, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 19 — 97 — April 9, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 20 — 98 — April 23, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 21 — 99 — May 7, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 22 — 100 — May 28, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 23 — 101 — June 18, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 24 — 102 — July 2, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 25 — 103 — July 16, 1887
  • Vol. 4, No. 26 — 104 — July 30, 1887
  • Vol. 5, No. 1 — 105 — August 13, 1887
  • Vol. 5, No. 2 — 106 — August 27, 1887
  • Vol. 5, No. 3 — 107 — September 10, 1887
  • Vol. 5, No. 4 — 108 — September 24, 1887
  • Vol. 5, No. 5 — 109 — October 8, 1887
  • Vol. 5, No. 6 — 110 — October 22, 1887
  • Vol. 5, No. 7 — 111 — November 5, 1887
  • Vol. 5, No. 8 — 112 — November 19, 1887
  • Vol. 5, No. 9 — 113 — December 3, 1887
  • Vol. 5, No. 10 — 114 — December 17, 1887
  • Vol. 5, No. 11 — 115 — December 31, 1887
  • Vol. 5, No. 12 — 116 — January 14, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 13 — 117 — January 28, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 14 — 118 — February 11, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 15 — 119 — February 25, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 16 — 120 — March 10, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 17 — 121 — March 24, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 18 — 122 — April 14, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 19 — 123 — April 28, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 20 — 124 — May 12, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 21 — 125 — May 26, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 22 — 126 — June 9, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 23 — 127 — June 13, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 24 — 128 — July 7, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 25 — 129 — July 21, 1888
  • Vol. 5, No. 26 — 130 — August 4, 1888
  • Vol. 6, No. 1 — 131 — August 18, 1888
  • Vol. 6, No. 2 — 132 — September 1, 1888
  • Vol. 6, No. 3 — 133 — September 15, 1888
  • Vol. 6, No. 4 — 134 — September 29, 1888
  • Vol. 6, No. 5 — 135 — October 13, 1888
  • Vol. 6, No. 6 — 136 — October 27, 1888
  • Vol. 6, No. 7 — 137 — November 10, 1888
  • Vol. 6, No. 8 — 138 — December 1, 1888
  • Vol. 6, No. 9 — 139 — December 15, 1888
  • Vol. 6, No. 10 — 140 — January 5, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 11 — 141 — January 19. 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 12 — 142 — February 2, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 13 — 143 — February 23, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 14 — 144 — March 16, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 15 — 145 — May 18, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 16 — 146 — June 8, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 17 — 147 — June 19, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 18 — 148 — July 20, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 19 — 149 — August 10, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 20 — 150 — September 7, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 21 — 151 — October 5, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 22 — 152 — November 23, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 23 — 153 — December 28, 1889
  • Vol. 6, No. 24 — 154 — January 25, 1890
  • Vol. 6, No. 25 — 155 — February 15, 1890
  • Vol. 6, No. 26 — 156 — March 8, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 1 — 157 — April 19, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 2 — 158 — May 24, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 3 — 159 — June 7, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 4 — 160 — June 21, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 5 — 161 — June 28, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 6 — 162 — July 12, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 7 — 163 — July 26, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 8 — 164 — August 2, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 9 — 165 — August 16, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 10 — 166 — August 30, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 11 — 167 — September 13, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 12 — 168 — September 27, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 13 — 169 — October 18, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 14 — 170 — November 1, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 15 — 171 — November 15, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 16 — 172 — November 29, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 17 — 173 — December 13, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 18 — 174 — December 27, 1890
  • Vol. 7, No. 19 — 175 — January 10, 1891
  • Vol. 7, No. 20 — 176 — January 24, 1891
  • Vol. 7, No. 21 — 177 — February 7, 1891
  • Vol. 7, No. 22 — 178 — February 21, 1891
  • Vol. 7, No. 23 — 179 — March 7, 1891
  • Vol. 7, No. 24 — 180 — March 21, 1891
  • Vol. 7, No. 25 — 181 — April 4, 1891
  • Vol. 7, No. 26 — 182 — April 18, 1891
  • Vol. 8, No. 1 — 183 — May 2, 1891
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Deschutes/Hair of the Dog “Collage”

The label said “Best after 4/30/2013.” It was still 2012 when I bought the bottle, plunking down more for 12 ounces than I often pay for 22 or 25. But a collaboration between Deschutes and Hair of the Dog was certainly an occasion, particularly when it involved a barrel-aged blend of four really fine brews. Early reviews were mixed, but they were also well before that “best after” date. Into the below-stairs “cellar” it went, and I’ve done my best to forget about it for a while. 
But I just wrapped up the hard work on a translation project, and went to look and see what I might have cellared which was appropriately celebratory. I decided to give the 11.6% ABV “Collage” a try.

It pours dark brown, with some reddish highlights. The little bit of head disappears quickly. Both pinot and bourbon are there in the tart nose. The first sip is heavy on oak and alcohol. Another, bigger sip is even boozier, but more complex. With all of the aging components (“Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sherry, Pinot Noir, Bourbon, new American Oak, and new Oregon Oak”), and the variety of base beers (The Dissident and The Stoic and Fred and Adam: Oud Bruin, Belgian quad, American strong ale, and old ale, respectively ), it’s hard to tell what’s what, but also not all that important. Everything is there, but the components come and go in waves. The sour in the base and the wine in the barrels lead on the palate, and might be strong, were the alcohol, whiskey and oak not even stronger. The quad seems to bridge things. The result is surprisingly drinkable. 
This one started at cellar temp, and has slowly warmed. Perhaps it has smoothed a bit, or perhaps it is just the alcohol. But it has remained a very interesting, very complex drinking experience. It’s always tempting to wonder whether waiting a little longer with an “ager” would have been better. In this case, I think that the delay had been enough to let the various battling flavors reach something of a level, and the sharper edges that remain are both sufficiently representative of their styles and sufficiently transitory to be welcome. There might be an equally delicious state a few months down the line, but this was remarkable enough that I certainly don’t have any regrets about drinking it at this moment.

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Petrus oak-aged pale

Petrus Aged Pale, from Brouwerij Bavik, is a 7.3 % ABV Belgian sour aged in oak casks. It pours on the orange side of straw, with a fizzy head which rapidly disappears. It resembles an Oud Bruin, but lighter, both in color and on the palate. It is indeed sour, but very pleasantly so, with a solid malt base that smooths things out. There are notes of apricot, and a very prominent, delicious oak finish. This came highly recommended, and it is certainly very drinkable, and would probably make a good introduction to sour brews.

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Starting again, on a sour note

It only makes sense, after so long a break, that there might be a few sour notes. Hopefully, this one won’t be too bad. 
A couple of nights ago, I opened a bottle of Bridgeport’s 2013 “Stumptown Tart,” brewed this year with raspberries, blueberries & blackberries, and weighing in at 7.8% ABV. I usually pick up a bottle or two every year, if only to encourage my local supermarket to carry sours. It is always pleasant, as I expect from Bridgeport brews, and never exceptional. I find that as my taste for sour beers has developed, my appreciation of “Stumptown Tart” has remained roughly the same. The first year I tried it I was something of a sour novice, and was a bit surprised to find it a pleasant brew. As I’ve developed into a little bit of a sour snob, I’m still pleasantly surprised to find it well-brewed and tasty. 
To be fair, “Stumptown Tart” is merely tart, and not at all in a pucker-inducing way. It has a restrained Belgian character, no doubt thanks to the yeast, and a revolving variety of delicious regional berries give it enough sweetness so that you’re sure you’re drinking a fruit beer, but overall it is perhaps a bit drier than you might expect. It is no substitute for a trip down to the Cascade Barrel House, but it is always a very pleasant addition to the selection in the supermarket coolers. 
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Tonight’s treat is a bit more outspoken sour, The Common’s seasonal “Biere Royal,” a 5.5% ABV “sour ale with black currants,” which gets its bite from a combination of Lactobacillus for wild-ale magic and the currents adding their sugars to the fermentation. It’s light-to-medium bodied, and pours purplish-pink with a fizzy head which quickly disappears. The currents and yeast are strong in the nose. The taste is indeed sour, with the currents restrained enough so that at times this comes across more like a mystery-berry brew. But sour beers always play a sort of balancing act between the specific flavors and the sour, and this does not strike a bad balance. There are notes of lacto funk—think yogurt in your beer, because that’s the right yeast—and the brew seems to be gaining complexity as it warms. The malt base, which includes spelt, is of the sort that you know is good because you don’t have to think about it. The Saaz hops function in roughly the same way. Folks who like the Russian River wild ales might well enjoy this. There’s enough to it for a fall night, but it is not heavy. Honestly, when I go for a sour or wild ale, I usually go for something a little heavier, but I’m enjoying this quite a bit.
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The one real sour note of recent days was a bottle of Lost Coast’s “Raspberry Brown.” Their tangerine beer is one of my favorite of the readily accessible fruit beers, and I had high hopes, but this was quite simply not a very good beer. 

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The Hollow Earth theories of John Cleves Symmes

hollowearthOne of the collections that I most enjoy working on is “Possible and Impossible Worlds,” which collects proto-science fiction, utopian stories, weird science and the like. There are close connections between that material and the anarchist history archives. Free thinkers in one area often tend to be mavericks in others as well, and there is no shortage of alternative scientific accounts in the main collection. John Cleves Symmes, however, doesn’t seem to have been political in any very serious sense, although he came out of the same milieu, Cincinnati in its early heyday, as Josiah Warren. His crusade was to establish the truth of his theory that the earth was hollow, composed of concentric spheres and inhabitable within. He had his work cut out for him. As in the case of Emperor Norton, I’ve been a bit surprised at how difficult it has been to round up Symmes own writings on the hollow earth theory. After combing several newspaper archives, and searching secondary sources for clues, I think I have now assembled six of the first seven “memoirs” which James McBride, a contemporary of Symmes and popularizer of his work, identified as essential. I’ve identified over thirty texts by Symmes and dozens of commentaries and responses. As with my Emperor Norton collection, I’m posting a preliminary selection online, under the title “Principles of the Mundane System,” and will periodically update the pdf as I uncover new texts.

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Proclamations of Emperor Norton

Norton-2Sometimes interesting commentary on political questions comes from unusual sources, and, of course, there has always been an eccentric element in anti-authoritarian thought, which has even at times demonstrated delusions of grandeur. Think of Stephen Pearl Andrews’ pantarchy, for example. While I wouldn’t go so far as to claim Norton I, the would-be Emperor of the United States of North America and Protector of Mexico (etc.) as an anti-authoritarian figure, I do think his semi-delusional perspective on government is sometimes good to think with. And the Emperor’s proclamations are, if nothing else, entertaining reading.

I’ve started to compile a bibliography of Emperor Norton’s published proclamations on the Labyrinth wiki, and have posted a first collection of the proclamations in the catalog. This is an ongoing project, and I’ll be regularly updating the anthology.

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