Alternative Reads: Reading on the Fringe

So, I got into an impromptu conversation on Twitter regarding some books I have from RE/Search publications, and I decided to make that the theme of this week’s writing/author blog. I’ve gotten a little out-of-touch with what’s new in non-mainstream literature, but I’m always open to recommendations on books, and publishing companies, that keep the alt/anarchistic/punk spirit alive. As always, read with an open mind, but also read with intellectual, analytical discrimination.

Here are some of my favourites from my bookshelf (they may have made it to classic status by now *laugh*), along with a few rad publishing companies that put out fascinating books:

RE/Search Publications (lots more at

Industrial Culture Handbook (#6/7)

Modern Primitives (#12)

Angry Women (#13)

The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau

The Atrocity Exhibition by J.D. Ballard

Disinformation [Guides] (

You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths by Russ Kick

(I also just discovered there’s a new/updated one released on Amazon–not the same one I own..

AK Press (long-standing keeper of my future book wish list *sigh*):

Akashic Books (I own Paradoxia: A Predator’s Diary*, by Lydia Lunch, which they have re-released, though they don’t have Adulterers Anonymous by her and Exene Cervenka–which I also own). Check out their other titles here: (*Note: I think this Lydia Lunch book was originally put out by Creation Books–a company called The Tears Corporation/Creation Books also put out the Rapid Eye books–listed below)

Rapid Eye books (1 & 2) are good books from my collection. On Abe’s Books (and Amazon)–out of print, I believe:

Vol. 1:

Vol. 2:

Just for fun–Survival Research Laboratories home page:




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