Neo-Proudhonian Mutualism.—Between Contr'archy and Guarantism.—The Multiplication of Free Forces is the True Contr'un.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Taking Wing...Once Again
It's been an up-and-down ride for Corvus Editions, in its first, exploratory year. But a combination of my growing confidence in the general soundness of the project and my growing dissatisfaction with the options have finally pushed me to "quit the day job" at Borders, and give Corvus another year—this time as a full-time business. I know things have been rather quiet on that front, as I've been reinventing myself and the business in a variety of ways. But I've been working steadily at new pamphlets, attending book-fairs, finding new supplier and honing some new skills. I expect the full transformation of the project to be complete around June 1, but in the meantime a lot of new features will be evident. The pamphlets will be almost entirely printed on 100% recycled paper—Eco Paper "Cane Fields" (75% bagasse (sugar-cane waste), 25% farm-raised eucalyptus) or New Leaf 100% post-consumer waste—with 100% recycled cover papers incorporating agricultural waste (banana, palm, mango, lemon and coffee), also from Eco Paper and New Leaf. A few projects will use other non-tree papers (hemp, lokta, mulberry, elephant dung(!), etc.) as I match up the right papers to the right projects.
The most exciting and demanding element of the reinvention has been my long-promised and much-delayed entry into hand-binding. The 4 & 20 Blackbirds line—all hand-bound in editions of 24 copies—is now a reality, with the release of Mme. Oscine's Songbird #1: "The Whisper-Song of the Catbird." The Songbirds will all be writings by radical writers, on subjects we don't usually pay much attention to. This first issue collects an exchange in Bird-Lore magazine, inspired by J. William Lloyd, who had a question about the "melancholy" song of a catbird, and elicited a really remarkable collection of responses. Anarchist bird-watching is certainly a niche interest, but, so far, there's been a lot of enthusiasm for the project. Future Songbirds will cover 19th-century aviation theory, library cataloging schemes, etc. And 4 & 20 Blackbirds releases of a little more conventional sort will start to appear in the new future, beginning with an edition of Emile Pouget's Sabotage.
I've been redesigning covers, correcting texts, and adding titles to the catalog. Check out the Corvus Shop to see what's new.