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Fifth Estate # 306, July, 1981

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The FE bookstore page is more than an advertisement—the actual bookselling part of the project takes time and makes little, if any, money. We like to pass on books that have interested us or that have been “self-published” by friends and comrades, even though we may not agree with everything in them. We also enjoy publishing notices of printing and publishing projects, periodicals and newsletters from around the country, so that our readers can contact each other and battle out their differences or discover their commonalities without having to go through us. Mention of a paper does not imply that we agree with it, just that we think people should check it out on their own. We are also interested in expanding our review section, and welcome contributions from our readers on books, pamphlets and publications that have come their way and had some significance, positive or negative.

If you’ve read something that you think deserves to be shared, send your Comments along. We are looking for short reviews, which sometimes make it possible to say many things about how we feel by focusing on a narrow subject. We can’t read everything, but we’d like to have an idea what is out there…

Some periodicals which have come our way recently are: Citizen Soldier, a paper co-founded by Tod Ensign and Michael Uhl, authors of the only book published to date on the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War; G.I. Guinea Pigs: How the Pentagon Exposed Our Troops to Dangers; More Deadly Than War, published by Playboy Press in 1980 (look for a review of this book in an upcoming issue of the Fifth Estate). This paper contains information on agent orange herbicide use in Vietnam by the U.S. military, and other related subjects. Write 175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1010, New York, N.Y. 10010…

Contrary to popular belief, Open Road is still publishing, and No. 12 is available for $1.00. Write Box 6135, Station G., Vancouver, B.C. V6R 4G5 Canada…

Outta Control: News & Views of the Belfast Anarchist Collective, published every four weeks, welcomes inquiries to BAC, c/o 7 Winetavern Street, Belfast BT1 1J0 Northern Ireland. Also from Ireland, The Contaminated Crow, published “by an assortment of anti-nuclear activists in Belfast and Dublin.” Contains good info on nuclearism in Ireland and elsewhere, Also on chemical pollution and the industrial plague there. Write the same address for Outta Control, or Dublin 6 anti-nukes, 60 Marlborough Rd., Dublin 4 Ireland…

The latest issue of Work & Pay is out, containing articles such as “The Taming of Feminism,” “1% Free: Myths and Realities in the Haight-Ashbury,” “Reflections of a Shoplifter,” and more.

The paper is distributed free, but donations to cover costs are appreciated. Write: c/o Haight-Ashbury Switchboard, 1338 Haight St., San Francisco CA 94117…

The North American Anarchist Network, P.O. Box 18488, Denver, Colorado 80218, has come out with a second issue. They write, “The NAAN is conceived as a totally open medium for exchange of energy within the anarchist/anti-authoritarian movement in North America. Every three months, participants type up a page or so about anything they like, make 50 copies, and send them to us; We exercise no editorial control whatsoever…The network is mailed out free to anyone who requests one or sends us 50 copies of a submission. However, we do request that people send us a donation ($2 recommended) unless they can’t really manage it…”

A mail order catalogue from Left Bank Books has been published, including titles from their own press as well as from Cienfuegos, Partisan, Freedom, and others. It will be in the form of a twelve-page tabloid. Donations for postage are appreciated. Write Left Bank Books, 92 Pike Street, Seattle, Washington 98101…

The First International Symposium on Anarchism is selling books, records, prints, etchings and posters to raise money to publish the proceedings of the symposium. People interested in the symposium can write c/o Lewis and Clark College, LC Box 134, Portland, Oregon 97219. A second symposium has been proposed for Berkeley, California in the Fall of 1981. For information write to Howard Besser, Film Resources Information Group, 11 Eshelman Hall, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720…

We have copies of the Anarchist Black Dragon, as well as back issues of Freedom, Black Flag and foreign language anarchist and libertarian publications in French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Swedish and Portuguese for those who request them with book orders. We also have free copies of Origins of the Anarchist Movement it; China, by “Internationalist” with a foreword by Stuart Christie. If you just want the freebies, send 75 cents for postage and handling…

Black Market Books looking for people to take over its operation. BMB actively solicits publishers, bookstores and individuals for literature which is sent free to any prisoner on request, They write, “Most prisons provide trash books, if anything, and most prisoners can’t afford to buy what they want to read. BMB needs new energy, blood, ideas, people and location. Write to us!” They can be contacted at BMB, P.O. Box 306, Cambridge, MA 02139.

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