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In Pursuit of Revolutionary Love: Precarity, Power, Communities

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In Pursuit of Revolutionary Love: Precarity, Power, Communities

Joy James
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In Pursuit of Revolutionary Love: Precarity, Power, Communities

Joy James

Violence is arrayed against us because we’re Black, or female, or queer, or undocumented. There is no rescue team coming for us. With that knowledge, we need a different operational base to recreate the world. It is not going to be a celebrity savior. Never was, never will be. If you’re in a religious tradition that is millennia-old, consider how the last savior went out. It was always going to be bloody. It was always going to be traumatic. But there’s a beauty to facing the reality of our lives. Not our lives as they’re broken apart, written about, and then sold back to us in academic or celebrity discourse. But our lives as we understand them. The most important thing is showing up. Showing up and learning how to live by and with others, learning how to reinvent ourselves in this increasing wasteland. That’s the good life.

Foreword by Da’Shaun L. Harrison.
Afterword by Mumia Abu-Jamal.

  • 978-1-7398431-0-6
  • 1 b&w illustration
  • 21.6 x 13.9 cm
  • 364 p.
  • Paperback
  • December 2022

About the author

The political theorist Joy James teaches at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Editor of The Angela Y. Davis Reader (Blackwell, 1998), Imprisoned Intellectuals (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), The New Abolitionists (SUNY Press, 2005) and Warfare in the American Homeland (Duke University Press, 2007), James is also author of Resisting State Violence (University of Minnesota Press, 1996), Transcending the Talented Tenth (Routledge, 1997), Seeking the Beloved Community (SUNY Press, 2013), New Bones Abolition: Captive Maternal Agency and the Afterlife of Erica Garner (Common Notions, 2023), and the forthcoming Contextualizing Angela Davis.

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Joy James’s Revolutionary Love is umph-degree love; or love beyond measure. It is anything love. It is love without reckoning. It is love that dares all things, beyond which others may find the spirit-force to survive; to live to fight another day. Such love is also fighting itself, for the sake of ensuring that others may live.

Mumia Abu-Jamal

To take the path of Revolutionary Love is to take a risk. It means walking the razor’s edge. This is not a politics of the heart, not a politics of charity. No need for self-love or self-pity—it’s enough to know where you stand, to embody that moment ‘just before hate’ and, with the energy of despair, to ward off the worst.

Houria Bouteldja

Rooted in community-activism and the ways in which ‘history is always instructive’, Joy James is clear that she is ‘always thinking about and in the community.’ In Pursuit of Revolutionary Love is a beautiful and effective articulation and representation of those commitments.

Kathryn Sophia Belle

Rich, rigorous, poetic, and accessible, this is a book I will return to again and again for guidance and affirmation, a reminder of the interconnectedness of all who resist oppression, of all who despair, of all who live for Revolutionary Love.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Press (10)

Making Revolutionary Love w/ Dr. Joy JamesPhilip L. McKenzieThe Deep Dive25/05/2023
The Alchemy of AbolitionismsJoy JamesInquest28/03/2023
Small Press Newsletter Vol IVNeil GriffithsRepublic of Consciousness24/03/2023
Joy James on Revolutionary Love, Captive Maternals, and AutonomyTime Talks: History, Politics, Music, and Art19/03/2023
Captive Maternal RoundtableDa'Shaun L. HarrisonBlack Agenda Report Book Forum15/03/2023
Captive Maternal RoundtableRebecca A. WilcoxBlack Agenda Report Book Forum15/03/2023
Für Radikale und RevolutionäreJürgen Heiserjunge Welt13/03/2023
Liebe als revolutionärer AktJürgen Heiserjunge Welt04/03/2023

Disorganisation & Sex

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Disorganisation & Sex

Jamieson Webster
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Disorganisation & Sex

Jamieson Webster

Never does the patient seem more ill than when they try to order associations into a logical tale. Classical analysis sees this in terms of a repudiation of sexuality: an attempt to avoid speaking from a place of desire. But why should psychoanalysis reduce everything to sex? If sex only ever achieves partial satisfactions, fragments of pleasure, its pursuit creates our subjectivity and our world. Disorganisation & Sex argues that the sexuality of psychoanalysis is not a reductive biologism, but an archaic remainder that cannot be colonised, endlessly disorienting meaning in our everyday lives. It is our proximity to this terrain that undoes our most tedious habits, and opens onto something revelatory.

  • 978-1-9164250-9-5
  • 1 b&w illustration
  • 21.6 x 13.9 cm
  • 240 p.
  • Paperback
  • June 2022

About the author

Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York City. She is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2011) and Conversion Disorder (Columbia University Press, 2018); she also co-wrote, with Simon Critchley, Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (Pantheon, 2013). She contributes regularly to Artforum, Spike Art Magazine, Apology and the New York Review of Books.

Photo: Yelena Yemchuk

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This book is a dare. By giving desire back to sex, Webster offers us a blueprint for talking about sex at a time when we’ve forgotten how to do so.

Ricky Varghese

Putting her finger on the difficulty of sexuality, one of our savviest psychoanalytic commentators limns its impossibilities – but also its potential for inventing something new.

Tim Dean

Being dragged into the orbit of Webster’s mind is like entering the Magic Mountain: you go in as a visitor, and stay as a patient.

Tom McCarthy

Who knew the hole was what Freud had in mind when he invented psychoanalysis and wouldn’t stop saying ‘sex’. Take a tumble into Wonderland with Dr Webster and decide for yourself what counts as real.

Courtney Love

Press (12)

The Relief of Sex: An Interview with Jamieson WebsterAna Cecilia AlvarezThe Oxonian Review13/02/2023
Book Review Essay: “Disorganisation and Sex” by Jamieson WebsterIsabel MillarEuropean Journal of Psychoanalysis09/12/2022
Books of the YearKatherine AngelThe White Review08/12/2022
Jamieson Webster’s “Disorganisation and Sex”Los Angeles Review of Books Radio Hour02/12/2022
Disorganisation & SexParapraxis, Issue 0131/10/2022
Disorganisation & SexSpike Art Magazine28/10/2022
Disorganisation & SexEugenio DuarteNew Books in Psychology14/10/2022
Disorganisation and Sex—Jamieson WebsterAnnette LepiqueStillpoint09/2022
Jamieson Webster, Disorganisation & Sex (Divided 2022)Cassandra SeltmanNew Books in Psychoanalysis Podcast23/08/2022
Cancelling Sexuality (ft. Jamieson Webster)Douglas Lain Sublation Media27/05/2022

London-rose | Beauty Will Save the World

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London-rose | Beauty Will Save the World

Fanny Howe
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London-rose | Beauty Will Save the World

Fanny Howe

It feels we aren’t reading prose but language that oscillates between liturgy and prayer.

Eugene Lim

The story of failure asks one question only: What do people who lose do next? “Let the best one win.” War is one way. The other way is religion. Let me at the stakes. It’s so much a matter of patience. No fury, beyond all reason, no sequence broken, but diverted. Nothing seems to cooperate when you lose control. Blue becomes violet. Bend your head to the blank. The solution is so simple: don’t identify yourself with your description of yourself.

  • 978-1-7398431-1-3
  • 1 b&w illustration
  • 21.6 x 13.9 cm
  • 104 p.
  • Paperback
  • April 2022

About the author

Fanny Howe is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose. She has taught literature and writing for many years. She is currently Professor Emerita in Literature at the University of California at San Diego. She has mentored a generation of American poets, activists and scholars working at the intersection of experimental and metaphysical forms of thinking.

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The Irreconcilable Fanny HoweJamie HoodThe Baffler16/05/2022
Office PoliticsFanny HoweHarper's Magazine, May 202205/2022
A Story of Supernatural KindnessFanny HoweBookforum26/04/2022

World of Interiors

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World of Interiors

Aurelia Guo
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World of Interiors

Aurelia Guo

In World of Interiors I use collage and appropriation to destabilise the first-person ‘I’. I also write directly about the inescapable condition of being perceived and positioned by other people. Our lives take place in time and space, meaning in history and geography, as well as in relation to one another – not just interpersonally, but intergenerationally, with all the baggage of race, class, gender and nation that this implies. I write about economic cycles of wealth and poverty at the levels of the individual, group and state. The book is about travel and immigration: migrants, tourists and refugees. It is about the work of survival and the cost of survival. It is also a hopeful book – about how strong and indomitable the will can be.

  • 978-1-9164250-5-7
  • 2 b&w illustrations
  • 21.6 x 13.9 cm
  • 138 p.
  • Paperback
  • April 2022

About the author

Aurelia Guo is a writer and researcher based in London. She is a lecturer in law at London South Bank University.

Photo: Amy Gwatkin

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Tracing the borders between essay and poem, quotation and the fragment, Aurelia Guo’s writing circles and contradicts narratives of power. Her close readings of contested histories, abject biographies and her own experiences of migration and displacement transfix and unsettle. This book is mesmerising.

Natasha Soobramanien

An uncategorisable writer … intimate, impersonal, visionary and pitiless.

Sam Riviere

Press (5)

SPAM Press Presents: Deep Cuts 2022Colin LeemarshallSPAM18/12/2022
Aurelia Guo - World of InteriorsKatie (@greenwinginmymouth)Instagram10/2022
London (Poverty)Charlie MarkbreiterThe New Inquiry, 7607/2022
5 Questions with Aurelia GuoCher TanLiminal17/06/2022
International Women's DayNatasha Soobramanien & Luke WilliamsFitzcarraldo Editions08/03/2022