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Public Secrets: Collected Skirmishes of Ken Knabb: 1970-1997

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Literary Nonfiction. Politics. Critical Theory. The first half of the book consists of two new texts. "The Joy of Revolution" is a series of observations on the problems and possibilities of a global antihierarchical revolution. Beginning with a brief overview of the failure of Bolshevism and the inadequacy of reformism, it examines the pros and cons of a wide range of rad ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Bureau of Public Secrets (first published January 1st 1997)
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Dave
May 11, 2012 Dave rated it it was amazing
The Author, Ken, donated a number of his books to an anarchist bookstore in the bay area. From there, they made their way all across the country in to prisons. I was the recipient of both Public Secrets, and The Situationist Anthology which he had translated from french. I had plenty of time to read, and I did-voraciously. After getting into the situationist tracts in the Anthology, and then first reading Knabb's "Joy of Revolution" in Public Secrets then his compiled earlier work, I realized al ...more
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Ken Knabb is, of course, most well known for his editing of the important Situationist Anthology. I had some brief correspondence w/ him & he sent me ads for his bks. That irritated me because I have no intention of becoming a consumer of someone else's radicalism. SO, I wrote to him & told him that if he wanted to trade w/ me, fine, but otherwise to please not send me advertisements - reagrdless of whether the product is something I support. To his credit, he agreed to trade & I sen ...more
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Dec 01, 2007 Graham rated it liked it
This is only mildly interesting. I guess we are supposed to care about the life of a man that really wished he lived in Paris during the 60's and 70's, but instead was stuck in San Francisco. The one thing that Ken Knabb has going for him is his translations of important books that are left with no copyright. His translations are good, but his original essays are somewhat weak.

In the end, i'd say that it is good that Knabb is out there to translate old and forgotten essays by French radicals if
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Ken Knabb (b. 1945) is an American radical writer and translator, particularly known for his translations of Guy Debord and the Situationist International. His works include The Relevance of Rexroth (1990), the Situationist International Anthology (1981), and the collection Public Secrets (1997). More recently, Knabb has written extensively on the Occupy movement. He holds a bachelor's degree fr ...more
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