Stand Alone | Benjamin DeCasseres, Sidney E. Parker, Voltairine de Cleyre | SA1029

/ Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

This podcast premieres the first audio episode of Stand Alone (2016) and the 11th issue in the series. Stand Alone is mixed medium and format journal produced at irregular intervals. Our podcast, while sporadic, will be divided into two types. News, topical discussions and interviews will be labelled Der Geist, and the reading of historical works by or about egoism will fall under the Stand Alone banner.

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This episode features readings from the work of three figures associated with the history of egoism: Benjamin DeCasseres, Sidney E. Parker, Voltairine de Cleyre.

Though de Cleyre was not an egoist per se, she was at one point and individualist and through her life struggled between individualism and altruism, trying to reconcile the two. Her writing and life has influenced other egoists and individualist anarchists.

Pieces read, in order:
1:04 – Hate by Benjamin DeCasseres
8:08 – Philosophic Spleen by Benjamin DeCasseres
13:50 – Archists, Anarchists and Egoists* by Sidney E. Parker
29:10 – You and I (poem) by Voltairine de Cleyre

*NOTE: The version read is an is an edited version as presented in the Ardent Press title Enemies of Society: An Anthology of Individualist & Egoist Thought. The original essay was published in Parker’s journal EGO (1982), issue number 8, 1986. The piece as read lacks the initial three paragraphs of the original, and includes, at the end, an additional two paragraphs culled from Parker’s response to a critique of his essay by Fritz R. Ward from the next issue, No 9, published in 1987. I thought something was different when I read the essay, but didn’t realize that material was both subtracted from and added to it in the book form. It was, unfortunately, not made clear in the book and the episode is compiled and ready for release. Though I may have still used Ardent Press’s version, I would have made note in the podcast itself, rather than appending this note to the blog post.

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