Peter Glassgold

Anarchy!
by Peter Glassgold

In Anarchy! An Anthology of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth, Peter Glassgold brings to the page political activist and anarchist Emma Goldman’s most radical contribution, Mother Earth, a monthly journal about social science and literature. Glassgold has compiled Mother Earth’s most provocative articles, with thematic categories ranging from “The Woman Question” to “The Social War” and features a diverse selection of writers, such as Leo Tolstoy, Margaret Sanger, Peter Kropotkin, and Alexander Berkman.

Mother Earth was published from 1906 to 1918, when birth control, the labor movement, sexual freedom, and the arts where common subjects. The supporters of the journal helped form what was the “radical left” in the United States at the turn of the century. Goldman was imprisoned and ultimately deported to her native Russia. This new edition includes the transcripts from the trial and the summations of both Alexander Berkman and Goldman.

With a new preface by the editor, this book offers historical grounding to many of our contemporary political movements, from libertarianism to the Occupy! actions. Anarchy! provides unprecedented access to Goldman’s beliefs, offering insight to the political activism that existed at the time.


The angel Max
by Peter Glassgold

As a young child in polygolt Kovno, Max Petrovich Kraft had a clear vision of his own future and the wonderful adventures he was going to have in America. America! Where everyone spoke English, so that “no matter what anybody says or how anybody says it, everybody understands.” Who is Angel Max? Born in 1866, he is an orphan, raised by rich realitives, educated and enlightened Jews. As a boy, he becomes obsessed with English and James Cooper while his siblings get caught up in the anarchist/nihilist underground. He comes to America, to New York, and stays with realtives, not on the Lower East Side but in a townhouse on West 11th Street, just off Fifth Avenue. A sound marriage and equally sound business ventures, in real estate, make the American dream immediately come true-city and country homes, servants, carriages-and, above all, speaking English at all times. But there is the other side of the family-revolutionary stepsisters, a crazed, violent half brother, an anarchist cousin-mone other than “Red Emma” Goldman herself. They are in and out of his life, and Max becomes an “angel” for the anarchist cause, a little out of sympathy but more to keep them at a distance. This ambiguity is splendidly rendered in a richly inventive novel filled with memories of a time past, of lives lived and imagined in all seriousness and with empathy and humor.

New Directions
by Griselda Jackson Ohannessian

Since 1936, the New Directions in Prose and Poetry anthologies haveserved as vehicles for the presentation of new and variant trends inworld literature.

Transgression as a Mode of Resistance
by Christina R. Foust

Since industrialization, two major theoretical perspectives have accompanied the vibrant practice of social change. The first, hegemony, emerged as a less deterministic route to revolution from Marxist theory, and forms the common sense of social movement today. Within hegemonic resistance, rhetoric links issues, ideas, and identities to form a recognizable collective agent, whose aim is to transform the status quo into its vision of the world. The second major mode of resistance, transgression, grows from anarchist and autonomous resistance to capitalism. Transgression attempts to free individuals’ uniqueness and creative power by deconstructing authority and explicating the body in resistance. Transgression as a Mode of Resistance: Rethinking Social Movement in an Era of Corporate Globalization provides the conceptual mapping for scholars, students, and practitioners to participate in the growing debate between these rich and powerful forces of social change. Through a broad perspective on philosophy and history, Christina R. Foust demonstrates that hegemony and transgression are sometimes conflicting, oftentimes inter-related practices. She responds to critics who believe that without a social change agent, resistance appears baseless and na ve; without a representational economy to cohere and express common interests, social movement is impossible. Through alternative social relationships and political performances, transgressive resistors may reinvent daily life.

New Directions 19
by Griselda Jackson Ohannessian, Peter Glassgold

Since 1936, the New Directions in Prose and Poetry anthologies haveserved as vehicles for the presentation of new and variant trends inworld literature.

New Directions 24
by Griselda Jackson Ohannessian

Since 1936, the New Directions in Prose and Poetry anthologies haveserved as vehicles for the presentation of new and variant trends inworld literature.

Byways
by James Laughlin

The long-awaited memoirs of New Directions’ founder. James Laughlin, the late founder and publisher of New Directions, was also a poet of elegance and distinction. At his death in 1997 at the age of eighty-three, he left unfinished his long autobiographical poem, Byways . It is no exaggeration to say that his publishing house, which he began in 1936 while still an undergraduate at Harvard, changed the way Americans read and write serious literature. Yet the man who published some of the greatest writers of the twentieth century remained resistant for most of his life to the memoiristic impulse. In the end he found his autobiographical voice by adopting the swift-moving line of Kenneth Rexroth’s booklength philosophical poem, The Dragon and the Unicorn (1952). Byways weaves together family history (the Laughlins were wealthy Pittsburgh steel magnates), the poet’s early memories and travels in Europe and America with his playboy father, his years at Harvard, first meetings with Pound, the beginning of his publishing venture, his reminiscences of close friendships with writers including W.C. Williams, Thomas Merton, and Kenneth Rexroth, his postwar work in Europe and Asia with the Ford Foundation as publisher of its international literary magazine, Perspectives, and not least, his many early loves.

Living Space
by Peter Glassgold

Most of the pieces in this book have never been published in the United States, and it is hoped that their appearance will invite wider interest in a poetry akin to our own, so distinct and yet so compatible.


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