Sunday, June 05, 2005

Good readin' (Karl Hess edition)

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usTaking all the libertarian writers that I have been exposed to into account, I'd have to say that one of my favorites is Karl Hess. Brad Spangler (via Jomama) has posted a link to the great 1969 Playboy essay by Hess titled The Death of Politics. Aside from that wonderful essay, there are also two interviews with Hess that are interesting reads that I recommend checking out. Here they are:
The Plowboy Interview
From Far Right to Far Left — and Farther — With Karl Hess


Blogger Wally Conger said...

If you haven't yet read it and can find a copy (it may be difficult), read Hess's 1976 book DEAR AMERICA. It's really a philosophical autobiography, much like Nock's MEMOIRS OF A SUPERFLUOUS MAN. Very wonderful. Someone should reprint it.

Much easier to find than DEAR AMERICA is 1999's posthumous MOSTLY ON THE EDGE, Hess's more traditional autobiography (completed by his son). Great thing about this book is that it includes quite a few Hess essays as an appendix (including "The Death of Politics").

Sam Konkin used to call Karl the "granddaddy" to all of us agorist, antipolitical anarchists.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Wally Conger said...

There was also the famous PLAYBOY interview in 1968 or 1969, which I wish I could get a copy of...

11:54 AM  
Blogger freeman said...

I'll have to be on the lookout for those 2 books.

I didn't know that there was an interview of him Playboy in addition to his essay. I should be able to get a copy of it at work since we have old Playboys on microfilm going back to 1953. I just need to figure out what issue it appears in. Once I get a photocopy of it, I could post it here unless there's a better way to get it online.

4:20 PM  
Blogger freeman said...

A quick Google search resulted in me finding out that there was an interview of Hess that appeared in the July 1976 issue of Playboy. I'll definitely photocopy that interview this coming week. The Death of Politics appeared in the March 1969 issue, which likely explains why you were thinking of '68 or '69 for the interview.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Wally Conger said...

You're right...

I now recall that the Playboy interview was much later than 1968. Now I gotta find ME a copy of that interview...

7:21 PM  
Blogger etnobofin said...

Hi freeman,

Thanks for linking to my audioblog. Your site looks pretty interesting, I'll have to find some time to read your posts.

Regarding, it's pretty basic. You upload your file from your PC to the yousendit website. You need to supply an email address. I use my personal one. Once the upload is finished, yousendit provides a link (both on the webpage and to your email address). You then just post that unique link into your blog text like any other hyperlink. Easy peasy, like Government Magic, really. Works for any file format.

Keep up the good work!


8:18 PM  
Blogger freeman said...

That sounds simple enough.

Thanks etnobofin!

12:16 AM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

There was also a great Hess interview in Omni--in the late '70s, I think.

Two of my prized possessions are Hess' *Community Technology* and *Neighborhood Government*.

8:18 PM  
Blogger freeman said...

It appears that the library I work at only has access to the online version of Omni from 1988 onward. Darn.

9:21 PM  

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