About this project
"TRAIN TO POKIPSE is a Catcher in the Rye for the new century, and Rami Shamir is an authentic literary voice for a new lost generation." —Barney Rosset, founder of Grove Press and legendary publisher of Henry Miller, William S. Burroughs, and Samuel Beckett
"TRAIN TO POKIPSE is the best indie novel of the Occupy generation." —Micah White, cofounder of the Occupy Movement
"This intense first novel was 10 years in the making.... POKIPSE is a reading must from one generation to all generations." —Steve Dalachinsky, The Brooklyn Rail
PEOPLE & PRESS: SYDNEY! SWITZERLAND! NYC! Learn what people and the press having been saying about POKIPSE's Kickstarter.
In the past two and a half years, TRAIN TO POKIPSE has dispelled a lot of publishing myths.
Drawing comparisons to the works of J. D. Salinger, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg, TRAIN TO POKIPSE has discredited the criticism put forth by traditional publishers—that books which are published by their authors bear little artistic merit. Upon its release in February 2012, the Brooklyn Rail declared POKIPSE “to be something of a gem which might well glitter on your bookshelf.” This sentiment would be reafarrimed throughout POKIPSE's first edition run. Whether it was Adbusters Magazine concluding its seminal "Best of 2013" issue with an excerpt from the book; the Huffington Post interview, in which I directly took on the Corporate book publishing status quo; or the 2013 Acker Award, of which I was the youngest recipient, POKIPSE's literary and social value has been firmly established.
Simultaneously, TRAIN TO POKIPSE has debunked the impression that authors who undertake the publishing of their books can expect no entry into independent bookstores. At the conclusion of its first edition run, TRAIN TO POKIPSE was carried by 40 independent booksellers nationwide. While the shelf-life of contemporary books (traditionally published or not) rarely exceeds a few months, booksellers afforded POKIPSE with prime shelf space for the full two and a half years of its limited, first edition run.
POKIPSE was the last novel that Barney Rosset—legendary Grove Press publisher and First Amendment activist—edited and helped bring into the world. Its publication dovetailed with the Occupy Wall Street Movement, of which I was an active member from the beginning. After a decade of working on the book, I ended up finishing TRAIN TO POKIPSE in the 2011 encampment at Zuccotti Park. During the two and half years of POKIPSE's first edition run, I've tried to pay homage to the legacies of Barney Rosset and OWS by putting forth an example of a new type of author: one that is socially responsible, politically invested, and staunchly anti-Corporate. This included a total boycott of Amazon for the full run of POKIPSE's limited, first edition, as well as the establishment of an up-to-date network of independent booksellers who are open to carrying books that are published and distributed by their authors. Since its inception in 2013, the POKIPSE network of independent booksellers has helped countless authors in the distribution of their books.
A dedicated group of supporters and readers helped me get this far: through being homeless, fighting as an Occupier for a better and more equal world, initiating a lawsuit to stop the unauthorized publication of a POKIPSE galley-book, and waiting tables at upscale NYC restaurants to survive.
And now I need your help to move forward.
In contributing to this Kickstarter, you will ensure the continuation of this novel's existence, as well as its greater availability in the world. And you'll empower me to move forward as an author.
Your support will go to:
- Printing a new, high-quality trade paperback edition of TRAIN TO POKIPSE.
- Layout and Design
- Storage and Distribution of books
- Producing the first POKIPSE e-book*
*This includes the labor, text conversion, layout, and design. The e-book will be an annotated edition with explanatory notes and selected photographic record.
You have the power to make sure that TRAIN TO POKIPSE remains in the world.
Together we'll continue to show that a contemporary writer can bring their work out with 100 % independence from the Corporate status quo.
Read the excerpt from TRAIN TO POKIPSE that concluded the seminal Adbusters Magazine "Best of 2013" issue here! Available online for the very first time!
I've been really fortunate to enjoy intimate relationships with many of POKIPSE's readers and supporters. In that vein, I've decided to release items from my personal archive that are closely related to the long and interesting history of this book—all exclusively for supporters of this Kickstarter.
Besides enjoying your own copy of TRAIN TO POKIPSE from a beautiful new edition—as well as the first digital-and- annotated editions of POKIPSE's text—supporters of this Kickstarter can receive art packs featuring contemporary countercultural artists, rare books, and a special curation of Occupy Wall Street originals.
It's my way of thanking you and welcoming you to the journey.
T-SHIRT & BOOK
Designed and printed by Adam Void on the softest, most comfortable shirts available today—the American Apparel Tri-Blend Track shirt, made in the USA; inscribed copy of TRAIN TO POKIPSE; plus annotated e-book.
Available in sizes S, M, L, XL.
T-Shirt #2 + Book
Two color design featuring an artist’s rendition of TRAIN TO POKIPSE graffiti painted by Rami Shamir. Designed and printed by Adam Void on the softest, most comfortable shirts available today—the American Apparel Tri-Blend Track shirt, made in the USA; inscribed copy of TRAIN TO POKIPSE; plus annotated e-book.
Available in sizes S, M, L, XL.
ONE-OF-A-KIND HANDWRITTEN PAGE OF FLAWLESS POETRY
Own a piece of history from legendary queer activist Mother Flawless Sabrina. Each one-of-a-kind handwritten page of poetry is unpublished and without copy, making it all your own. Signed and framed.
OCCUPY BUS TOUR screenprint
Limited edition hand painted screenprint by Adam Void of the proposed Occupy Bus Tour in 2013. Edition of 33, signed and numbered by the artist. Printed on found vintage paper.
Rami Reading Pack
Rare copies of three showcards from early TRAIN TO POKIPSE readings, as well as a two page essay from Rami Shamir on “Graffiti as a Right”. Essay is included in Permanent Ink #11, a zine featuring previously unseen photos of 2006 era NYC graffiti. Showcards feature the art of Ryan Rabbit, Adam Void and an illustration of the early POKIPSE poster campaign.
Graffiti Sticker Pack
Each of these two unique compilations feature one of a kind graffiti stickers from NYC masters. Vinyl, hand drawn, and screenprinted stickers from RTD, Infinity, Sour, BR, Faro, Droid 907, Royce Bannon, Amanda Wong, Jeremy Fish, Houla, and Avoid pi. More than 20 stickers in each pack.
DROID 907 HAND-PAINTED ORIGINAL
Original piece of art hand-painted by the legendary DROID 907, depicting his iconic clown character.
Non-Grove Books from the Barney Rosset Library
Continuing the efforts of my mission to democratize the ownership of literary history by democratizing the ownership of rare books from the Barney Rosset Library, I've lowered the Non-Grove tier from $150.00 to $75.00. Also, there's also a new $100 dollar reward tier where backers can get one Non-Grove book from the Barney Rosset Library and their own inscribed copy of POKIPSE.
I was instrumental in helping Barney and Astrid Rosset prepare the historic books and papers which Columbia University acquired from 2011 - 2014. Over the years, I had obtained several books, almost a miniature branch of the library, during my close friendship and working relationship with both Barney and Astrid. As most of these books have been acquired by institutions, they are very hard to come by. Books will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. A full list is available below:
Benderson, Bruce. Pacific Agony. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2009.
Berman, Paul. The Flight of the Intellectuals. New York: Melville House, 2010; first edition.
Buck, Pearl S. Pavilion of Women. New York: John Day, 1946. Buck, Pearl S. Kinfolk. New York: John Day, 1949.
Burroughs, William S. Cities of the Red Night. New York: Holt, Rhinehart, & Winston, 1982; first Owl edition.
Buss, Kate. Studies in the Chinese Drama. Boston: Four Seas Press, 1922; # 378 of an edition limited to one thousand, hand-numbered.
Ernst, Max. Une Semaine de Bonte. New York: Dover Publications; first Dover edition.
Gorer, Geoffrey. The Devil’s Disciple: The Revolutionary Theories of the Marquis De Sade. Paris: Le Ballet des Muses, 1933.
Guevara, Che. Che Guevara on Guerrilla Warfare. New York: Praeger, 1962; first edition, second printing.
Jong, Erica. Fear of Flying. New York: Holt, Rhinehart, & Winston, 1972; first edition.
Miller, Henry. The Rosy Crucifixion: Plexus Book One. Evanston: Greenleaf, 1965. RESERVED FOR BACKER #91
Mori, Ogai. Sansho-Dayu. Tokyo: Hokuseido, 1952; translated by Tsutomo Fukuda.
Mondlin, Marvin and Meader, Roy. Book Row. New York: Carol and Graf, 2004; first edition.
Nersesian, Arthur. Manhattan Loverboy. New York: Akashic Books, 2000; third printing.
Phillips, Lisa. The American Century: Art and Culture 1950 -2000. New York; London: Whitney Museum of American Art; W. W. Norton; 1999
Ratner, Michael. Against War in Iraq. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2003.
Reed, John. Tales of Woe. New York: MTV Press, 2010; first edition.
Sanders, Ed. Revs of the Morrow: New Poems. New York: Lbellum, 2008; second printing.
Salter, James. A Sport and a Pasttime. New York: FSG, 2006.
Turner, Steve. Jack Kerouac: Angelheaded Hipster. New York: Doubleday, 1996; first edition.
Wallach, Lori. The WTO: Five Years of Reasons to Resist Corporate Globalization. New York: Seven Stories Press, 1999.
Winslow, Kathryn. Henry Miller: Full of Life: A Memoir of America’s Uninhibited Literary Genius. Los Angeles: Ernest Scott Books, 1986; first edition.
SIGNED FIRST EDITION PENNY ARCADE BOOK FROM BARNEY ROSSET LIBRARY
Very rare and without copy, this one-of-a-kind first edition book of Penny Arcade's "Bad Reputation: Performances, Essays, Interviews" is from the Barney Rosset Library. Signed by Penny for this Kickstarter, it's now truly a rare object in the history of American counterculture.
OCCUPY WALL STREET RARITIES PACK
Rare, curated collection of Occupy Wall Street articles, all obtained from original OWS encampments and protests, including:
1 Occupied Wall Street Journal
1 color D17 poster 3 Occu-Cards
6 OWS stickers
1 "Ten Tips for Filming OWS Protests"
1 "Flood Wall Street" Placard
1 "All Roads Lead to Wall Street: First Anniversary of OWS" placard
1 "Ten Commandments" Anti-Death Penalty Magnet
1 American Spring or Mayday Flyer
1 New World in Our Hearts zine
4 Miscellaneous OWS Flyers from OWS encampments and protests, 2011-2012.
1 article about OWS, featuring Rami Shamir (signed)
BARNEY ROSSET LIBRARY: GROVE
Besides enjoying your own copy of TRAIN TO POKIPSE from a beautiful new edition—as well as the first digital-and- annotated editions of POKIPSE's text—you have the rare opportunity to own a bit of publishing history by obtaining your own copy from the Barney Rosset Library. Books from the Barney Rosset Library are part of the collection that went on to be donated to Columbia University in 2012 as an addition to The Rosset Papers. They were given to me over the years of a long friendship with Barney; and after much consultation, I agreed that he would have wanted some of them released in order to expand POKIPSE's reach and my mission as an author.
Supporters pledging $250 or more can receive a first edition of one of the many Grove, Evergreen, or Foxrock books that Barney published during his storied half-century in American publishing from the library. Copies are marked with the official "Barney Rosset" stamp and include first edition works from Samuel Beckett, John Kennedy Toole, William Burroughs, Henry Miller, Alfred Jarry, Pia Petra, and Jack Kerouac.
1968 CHICAGO DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION PRINT
One-of-a-kind photographic print of Jean Genet, William S. Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg marching in the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. From the Barney Rosset Library, affixed with the official BARNEY ROSSET stamp on back of print. The photograph is mentioned in the introduction to Newsweek's seminal 2008 profile of Barney "The Most Dangerous Man in Publishing."
RARE BOOK LIBRARY
Collection of rare contemporary :
1 book from the OWS Library at Zuccotti Park, stamped with the official "OCCUPY WALL STREET LIBRARY" Stamp
1 book from the Barney Rosset Library, inscribed by the author to Barney Rosset
1 Grove Press first edition from the Barney Rosset Library
1 signed first edition Gary Indiana book from the author's personal library, donated exclusively for this Kickstarter
1 Illegally Published Galley Book of TRAIN TO POKIPSE (signed)
1 inscribed copy of TRAIN TO POKIPSE
1 3 x 5 Foot Poster of "Letter Urging Booksellers to Carry Naked Lunch"
Thank you again. Your support means the world to me!
Risks and challenges
Thanks to my decade of experience with publishing, this project does not face the risks and challenges that endanger others of its kind. I’ve prepared thoroughly to print a new edition: there are final production quotes for every aspect of the project. Many of the rewards are already in hand, and I've been conservative in the estimated dates of reward fulfillment to ensure timely delivery.
All the files for POKIPSE's ebook annotation are in place, and I've already started an advanced education in the creation of digital books, so that I can oversee all the production processes once this Kickstarter is successfully funded.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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