This is the first half of the preface to Alchemy of Revolution, a hybrid that mixes the genres of memoir and philosophical treatise. What emerges between memories spanning from the Carnival against Capitalism in 1999 to the Occupy movements in 2011-2012 is a story of revolution that begins from a transformation of the self and leads outward to a re-definition of community. The primary inspiration for the book is Raoul Vaneigem’s Revolution of Everyday Life, which is re-read and re-assembled through a prism of the heretics of philosophy (Spinoza, Nietzsche and Deleuze), antipsychiatry (Jung, Reich, R.D. Laing), and different esoteric traditions.
During all the years we were together and apart, separated by distance or circumstance, thinking of you always evoked in me the singular memory of the day we met. Perhaps because it was a memory that wasn’t just a memory. Whenever I recalled its details I didn’t feel transported into an actual day that belonged to the past but into the feeling of the encounter, which has remained with me as an enduring presence beyond the flow of space and time. (more…)