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Anarchy in the E.V.: Radical reading material at La Plaza Cultural

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Spencer Beswick of PM Press was packing up his wares at the end of Saturday’s Anarchist Book Fair at La Plaza Cultural in the East Village.

“It was fantastic,” he said of how the day went. “The weather was beautiful — the gods of anarchy smiled on us. Sold a lot of books. Had a lot of good conversations.”

Beswick said the bestseller Saturday at the PM Press table was “Zapatista Stories for Dreaming An-Other World: Subcomandante Marcos,” about the leader of the Chiapas, Mexico, insurgency.

He said that, yes, radical book publishers actually do make money, though not as much as mainstream ones.

The bestseller on Saturday at La Plaza Cultural for PM Press. (Photo by The Village Sun)
At the Rosa Luxemburg Film Festival later that night in Tompkins Square Park. (Photo by The Village Sun)

Afterward, people could walk one block over to Tompkins Square Park to watch the Rosa Luxemburg Film Festival, named after the early-20th-century revolutionary socialist.

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  1. John Penley John Penley September 20, 2023

    While MORUS and friends were selling “anarchist” books and talking about Anarchy in La Plaza picnic zone a large gang of Proud Boys and Trumpers took over a city block in Midtown at Trump Tower and held a big rally and Curtis Sliwa and his followers threatened and attacked refugees on Staten Island. MORUS is having a show of Italian Punk bands at See Squat this weekend. All this is pretty sad but MORUS has a 501C3 and can’t advocate squatting or Anarchistic activism and the only protests they have been part of that I know of were Save Charas rallies, which got nowhere, not reclaiming urban space. I get it they need those Google [now under investigation for federal violations] and local Democratic politicians.

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