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TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone (New Autonomy)
Title : TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone (New Autonomy)
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ISBN : 9781570271519
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 147

The underground cult bestseller! Essays that redefine the psychogeographical nooks of autonomy. Recipes for poetic terror, anarcho -black magic, post-situ psychotropic surgery, denunciations of spiritual addictions to vapid infotainment cults - this is the bastard classic, the watermark impressed upon our minds. Where conscience informs praxis, and action infects consciousThe underground cult bestseller! Essays that redefine the psychogeographical nooks of autonomy. Recipes for poetic terror, anarcho -black magic, post-situ psychotropic surgery, denunciations of spiritual addictions to vapid infotainment cults - this is the bastard classic, the watermark impressed upon our minds. Where conscience informs praxis, and action infects consciousness, T.A.Z. is beginning to worm its way into above-ground culture. This book offers inspired blasts of writing, from slogans to historical essays, on the need to insert revolutionary happiness into everyday life through poetic action, and celebrating the radical optimism present in outlaw cultures. It should appeal to alternative thinkers and punks everywhere, as it celebrates liberation, love and poetic living. The new edition contains the full text of Chaos: The Broadsheets of Ontological Anarchism, the complete communiques and flyers of the Association fo Ontological Anarchy, the long essay 'The Temporary Autonomous Zone, ' and a new preface by the author


TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone (New Autonomy) Reviews

  • David Beavers

    First off, it would be criminal of me not to mention that you don't need to buy this book unless you're really into having books around as physical objects (and Autonomedia, the publisher, is a very worthy recipient of your 10 bucks). But this text is freely available, at the author's request, online (just google it), and in the spirit of the book itself, you can "pirate" the text (not to mention the rest of Peter Lamborn Wilson aka Hakim Bey's insane works) from a world that asks you to pay for [...]

  • Flint

    libcom/library/leaving-outWhen I first read this, I would have rated it higher. Since then, I've learned a lot more about anarchism and how out of touch Hakim Bey is with social movements. Still, it has some romantic prose that can be very appealing. If I had to describe Bey's writing methodology; it's sort of like someone who name drops at a party--instead Bey drops esoteric concepts to make himself seem both well read (which he seems to be) and wise (which is very debatable). He gets one star [...]

  • Chloe

    By turns fascinating and hilariously pretentious, this tract of high-level postmodern romanticism mixes linguistic gymnastics with hippie-child idealism and the strongest desire to be truly revolutionary. It boasts starry writing and starry-eyed naivete, sometimes reminding me of the iconoclasts of ages past and sometimes of the mentally unstable, self-proclaimed "messiah"/hobo who once gave me a link to his wordpress blog. Reading this book reminds me of how toothless revolution can be when it [...]

  • Michael

    I approach this book differently from most readers, because I've known the author since my youthful days as an anarchist punk rocker, because I read parts of it before it was published in this form, and because my own Path (or "Trip") has both paralleled and diverged from his in so many interesting ways. I still see this book as a vital introduction to antinomian thought that also transcends most of the shortcomings of other similar projects. I fall in love with the prose every time. I also see [...]

  • Algirdas Brukštus

    Chuliganiška knyga, bet pro tą chuliganizmą prasišviečia naujos epochos spinduliai. Skaitosi lengvai, labiau panašu į poezija, visiškai nesausas kūrinys ir labai linksmas. Man patiko. Ir vis tik anarchizmas, tai visiškai naujo žmogaus būties forma. Kaip rašo autorius: „Be „aukštesnių sąmonės būsenų“ anarchizmas nusigaluoja ir nusenka iki nykios formos, verkšlenančio skundo“. Tiesa, pagarba vertėjui, labai jau neįprastas tekstas. Visiems linkiu smagaus, tačiau kart [...]

  • Michelle

    Quite possibly my most favorite book, and one everyone should read! I re-read it periodically. It's insanity, but mainly about thinking outside the box, about intellectual freedom, about living creatively. I read it during my "travel the country by train and/or bike, live in caves, camp out with rock-climbing hippies, make chain mail and sell it" phase. But I still find it applicable.

  • Nativeabuse

    Here is an excerpt from the book for people to judge for themselves, 90% of the book was this cut-up quasi-mystic-native-american-sorcery-voodoo mess, could someone please tell me what any of this has to do with anarchism? It reads like a el cheapo Burroughs imitation, and being a Burroughs fan I would normally see this as a great thing, if not for the fact that this was supposed to be a book about the history of the TAZ movement, and it reads like crappy hippie poetry."As guests of the Old Man [...]

  • Shawn

    As all the reviews show, pretty polarizing - I'm happy I can walk the middle line on this and got what I could out of the book. Some good stuff here, and the dubious stuff can be covered mostly under the "romantic" approach of the philosophy and writing (really, it makes all the complaints about Bey not being part of some accepted philosophical system or history of Anarchism pretty redundant, and those that claim such things seem to have missed the point entirely - people don't storm barricades [...]

  • Eden

    I want to say that this book is brilliant. Indeed, that was my impression upon reading it. Bey/Wilson is a unique talent - his writing is poetry: all of it hits you in the heart. I still want to say that this is an excellent book, definitely essential for anyone who wants to start up a cultural space and for anyone who likes dreaming and is inspired by the tenuous relationship between dreams, creativity and reality. I also want to maintain that this is certainly one of the best books I've ever r [...]

  • Purnacandra Sivarupa

    All talk of TAZ and ontological anarchism must be contextualized: Violent, revolutionary anarchism is a perpetual failure for the very fact that it tries to destroy the structures on which it relies for its meaning. If the whole "system" were brought down, the anarchists would lose their purpose. The same can be said of any revolutionary group, which is why Communism also has never really worked. If Hakim Bey's thoughts are flawed, they are not so because they broke from anarchist orthodoxy — [...]

  • Graham

    Awful. I put this book here cause it is the kind of individualistic anarchist crap that has the potential to suck in otherwise bright young kids. Punks out there that are supporting Ron Paul have probably read this garbage. The worst part: hipsters read this and actually believe it has some merit. But I guess that goes without saying. There is no love of humanity in this book, just a love of self-centered 'hipness'. Yuck!

  • Jeffrey

    Part of the thought cloud that contains the Church of the Subgenius, the Discordians, Fight Club, Flash mobs, Burning Man (prior to the corporate take-over), and Illuminati. This is the seamy underbelly of Western culture and what happened to the hippies that didn't sell out. In many ways the whole thing is a bizarre parody of/homage to the catch-phrase spouting dialectic of the Cold War idealists, in that jargon and obscure claims of repression replace any sort of intelligent discourse; except [...]

  • Brian

    "kidnap someone, and make them happy" embodies the general stance taken by this cultural anthropologist luddite. refreshing ideas of play as alternative modes of existence to our hyper-capitalist climate. i thoroughly enjoyed the post-revolutionary approach which reminds me of a time where i had lost my copy of t.a.z. and attempted to locate it at liberation books, downtown los angeles. after looking between the marx and mao to no avail, i asked the clerk if they had any hakim bey. the clerk ask [...]

  • Jacob

    Laura, when I lent you this book I hoped that you would read it. When you returned it the other day with the Kafka book I lent you at the same time, I wondered if you had ever cracked this book open and seen the passages that I underlined in red pen. "If rulers refuse to consider poems as crimes, then someone must commit crimes that serve the function of poetry, or texts that possess the resonance of terrorism. At any cost re-connect poetry to the body. Not crimes against bodies, but against Ide [...]

  • José Vázquez

    Aunque la he sentido más una formulación de una utopía que una teoría real y aplicable (básicamente el anarquismo), tiene pasajes interesantísimos y que permiten despegarnos del maldito aquí y ahora y pensar en posibles futuros distintos del que nos han trazado. Me pregunto qué pensará Hakim Bey del internet actual, aunque viendo los comentarios al final que aparecen en la edición que tengo yo nada bueno y desde luego, nada parecido a lo que él hubiera querido.

  • Ganglion Bard-barbarian

    Hakim Bey is a pedophile, monarchist, anti-abortionist, pro-porn, anti-feminist, orientalist who prefers Fiume to anarchist Ukraine and Catalonia. Thinks anarchists should just become bohemian decadents who don't care about fighting the state. Claims to be an expert on Sufism despite his abject lack of scholastic credentials. Totally worthless. Recommended for New Age fruitcakes.

  • Carolee Wheeler

    Part insanity, part raucous inspiration.

  • Jan

    splendid!

  • Eric Steere

    This seemed dada masturbation masquerading as instruction. Entertaining, but not worth it, even though it's free on the internet.

  • Omar Ali

    Great fun if you are young. Maybe less so as you age. But still, great fun. Broaden your mind

  • Akira Watts

    Reading this, I can kind of understand why Bey, amongst others, drove Murray Bookchin into a frothing rage. This can be bit of an infuriating read - Max Stirner through a lens of Discordianism, sprinkled with endless references to culture both high and low, going on questionable tangents, and all in a prose style that is somewhat overwrought. But, behind it all, Bey is getting at something interesting, an attempt to take Stirner's ideas and translate them into the late 20th century while, at the [...]

  • Ben

    I'm truly lucky and honored to have discovered this work and this man. I rate this work a few notches lower than Khalil Gibran's "The Prophet" but something that deserves much thought and action.Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey) is essentially re-inventing Anarchism. Anarchism is now a co-opted bought out dry intellectual shell of what it once was. Dry intellectual discussions with the FBI watching them hoping one will break a window or spray paint an "A" to get an easy justice by points bust [...]

  • Ian Drew Forsyth

    The closest thing to a bible I may ever own. More quotable and exuberant than an avantgarde poet of an Golden Age all their own soaring on the myriad spiritual intoxicants of Idea. A linguistic coup against Consensus Reality that is not merely "lifestyle anarchism"--instead an insurrectionary call for the bohemian ends of history.Best read from last section to first, for the first section on Chaos wasn't as good as the section on TAZs and Communiques of AOA

  • Müslim

    daha kitaba başlamadan kafamda öyle mükemmel bir şekilde kurgulamıştım hatta kim bilir , belki de hayal edemeyeceğim kadar mükemmeldir diyordum . başladım ve beklemeye devam ettim . çevirdiğim her sayfada umudum biraz daha azaldı ve hayal Kırıklığım biraz daha arttı. en son sayfayı da çevirince geriye bir hiç kaldı . ne yazık ki böyle

  • Monster

    This collection is not comprehensive, well-cited, theoretically rigorous (but tries hard), linear, completely thought out (esp. in discussing why so few POCs are in anarchic cultures), or entirely coherent. It is thoughtful, nostalgic, joyful, and deliciously irreverent. Maybe this was what Crimethinc was trying to do

  • Tim

    This stimulating collection of short essays made a big splash in the 1990s, and may still be doing so today. The pieces touch on a variety of themes, all connected by Bey's idiosyncratic left wing ideology and/or attitude. Attitude would be a better choice because the former implies some type of systematic theorizing, and Bey tends to stay away from this. He is at his best roaming the intellectual landscape, picking up on things he can use here and there, commenting on events and ideas which int [...]

  • Amy

    Temporary Autonomous Zones——or TAZ as they are affectionately called—are forged rather than entered. The surveillance ruins, serving as a reminder of the war, crumble under the center of TAZ. Some ruins are composed out of metabolized programs. The other problem with rules is the instantaneous feature of a strict hierarchy, as anyone familiar with the latest studies has been informed. In TAZ there are sometimes options to get to a point. Activity scallops, repeating important and non-impor [...]

  • Trevor Bryant

    Hakim Bey is an influential underground thinker, often thrown into such categories as post-Left or (by his own wording) ontological anarchism. This short book is likely his most well-known offering and consists of brief, poetic pieces which act as directed meditations on topics ranging from the role of spirituality in political experience to "poetic terrorism", pleasure in anti-authoritarian situations, and beyond. These artful presentations lay the framework for his discussion of the T.A.Z. as [...]

  • Michael Palkowski

    This book seems to capture the beat aesthetic at the time which was a combination of delirious romanticism, abstract obstructionism and small medial transgressions of daily life. It's often heralded as being a book of optimism when concerning sabotage with its poetic defiance of power, thwarting the capitalist commodification process, but this is wrong. The book is actually very cynical in it's analysis, taking on situationist forms of cultural jamming, small unfocused acts of destruction and cl [...]

  • Graham

    I don't really know how to review this one, and I really wish I didn't have to give it a star rating so I'm just gonna give it a three because there are some five-star moments to this and some one-star (if you're gonna think about it like that).On the most literal level, this work is a compilation of tracts on ontological anarchism that were originally published in the mid-1980s. There's a strong debt to Dadaism and the Beats (especially the latter, though that could just as easily be through th [...]