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T.A.Z. the Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism (New Autonomy Series) Paperback – August, 1991
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Hakim Bey writes in a beautifully poetic style. The book begins with a series of essays on chaos, art, sorcery, etc. Examples of what he calls poetic terrorism: Break into someone's home and leave a bizzare object behind, kidnap someone and make them happy, put up a commemorative plaque where you've had memorable orgasm, etc. Hillarious! If ever you're feeling down just pick a page at random and I promise you'll never find better medecine.
The final portion of the book consists of a long essay entitled The Temporary Autonomous Zone. A T.A.Z. is a virtual/physical space beyond the reach of the Spectacle where no rules exist. It is temporary and constantly changing because only this way can it avoid absorbtion by the Beast/Empire/Spectacle/Choronzon, whatever you choose to call it. Ultimately though, any attempt to describe what the T.A.Z. "is" becomes a lie, like trying to define God or Tao.
Another great thing about the book is that it is small enough to carry in your pocket. I have it with me everywhere I go, and I always keep a backup copy at home in case I loose it or give it away.
Anyway, if you value your life and (in)sanity forget this garbage review you just read and buy/steal your own copy of T.A.Z.
This is only an outline, a mere review, I leave discerning and interpreting the details to you...Get this book today (also available in spoken word from axiom records).
Essentially this book, in spite of its claims to the contrary, seems to me a variety of art movement and not the "ultimate" anything, but as with anything so incendiary and beautiful its value can still hardly be overestimated. Who can resist Poetic Terrorism or Bey's felicity with language (eg. Chaote art)? The language and imagery are colourful and bursting full. Imagine a feast laid out on a table with barely enough room for the feasters' plates--and certainly not enough for their elbows--and everyone seated around it wearing purple plumage or velvet saris or nothing at all & laughing with food in their mouths.
I'll take what i need and leave the rest, as it goes. Implicit in most of the writing is criticism of those who would reject any part of the "freedom" described, but who's afraid of Hakim Bey? I'm glad he wrote even if i won't be taking all of what he wrote to heart.
The first section deals with Poetic Terrorism, an extension of Situationist praxis beyond street theatre. Basically, any action taken against the spectacle fits into this, but especially those aimed at institutions of misinformation. The second part is comosed of broadsheets detailing everything from surrealism to black magick. The third is TAZ proper, or improper as the case may be. Bey includes some fascinating information on pirate utopias and the lost Roanoke colonies that were almost certainly left out of your high school history book.
The book does not so much suggest techniques as it does evoke a spirit of revolt. This is anarchy for those who like their insurrections occult and their politics way outside the mainstream.
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this book more than any other i have, inspires me to write! and to try new things, CHEERFULLY! read and reread it. take it with you everywhere. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by enigmatic aethers
10/10 get it. Now, quickly! Or not. Doesn't really matter. It's an amazing book with some very interesting ideas. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by stanley c.
Have a couple of dictionaries standing by, or be sure to have a few dozen bookmarked online while reading this, for if you're to appreciate Bey's prose, you're likely to need 'em. Read morePublished on February 23, 2003 by Psyche
This is one of those pieces of literature that you simply cannot afford to miss. It's like discovering Marge Piercy at the tender, malleable age of 12, or finding Clarissa Pinkola... Read morePublished on January 8, 2003 by Dawn Swain
TAZ is an amazing book. I personally see it as a philosophy and a self-improvement book. Hakim Bey presents his ideas about how the universe should be, chaotic. Read morePublished on June 13, 2002
And I think so. But most people aren't spending their days searching for the answers that are found in this book. Read morePublished on March 27, 2002 by Gordon Smith
Bey's "Temporary Autonomous Zone" is a personal favorite of mine, and although many despise it and mistakenly write it off as mystification or the work of a phony posing... Read morePublished on November 12, 2001 by J from NY
Sometimes an artifact of such profundity can enter your life hidden between the walls of ink that reminds you that if something like this is out there ...WHY WORRY?!Published on September 24, 2001 by Dom Evans