Hakim Bey is an avant-garde poet-philosopher
whose work departs from the academic tradition, rediscovering mystery and
magic as means of reconquering joy of life and defeating boredom. Also,
the jihad is on those who would make life obey rules.
Bey is truly a refreshing read. He does not degenerate into ideological
dogma, but rebels against it, invoking irresistible incantations. He writes
on using Moorish curses to banish muzak companies and the use of electronic
networks to establish temporary autonomous zones with equal credibility.
Go naked for a sign.
Some Hakim Bey texts
Note that some of these texts (notably T.A.Z and The Radio
Sermonettes) have been HTMLized in order to better fit into the Web
medium. If you want plaintext versions (for printing, off-Web perusal etc.),
go here for guaranteed HTML-free ASCII
- Temporary Autonomous Zone (hypertext,
indexed edition divided over several files), HTMLized by Mike
Morrison. There is also a single file version,
with some minor corrections (note that this file is 265 kb.)
- A French translation of the Temporary
Autonomous Zone (only the essay), translated and HTMLized by Christine
Treguier of Les
Virtualistes (also, see BabelWeb)
- The Radio Sermonettes, HTMLized
by Tom Jennings
- The Jubilee Saints Project, HTMLized
by Jonathan Rochkind.
- Permanent Autonomous Zone
- The Evil Eye
- Sijil: The Triple Rose of the Adept Chamber,
transcribed & HTMLized by email@example.com.
- Mailorder Mysticism, transcribed
& HTMLized by firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Information War, taken from
- La Guerra De La Información,
a Spanish translation of "The Information War", translated by
- Criminal Bee, a transcription of
a San Francisco performance in 1993. Transcribed and HTMLized by Ovid.
- The Lemonade Ocean &
- Media Creed For The Fin
Nothing is true, everything is permitted.
Information about Hakim Bey exists several places on the web. Many sources
are excellent. Try searching Lycos with the query "hakim
bey" for a list of possible starting points (and a lot of dead
- Be sure not to overlook the Moorish
Observatory Archives, an excellent "guidebook & map to the
self organizing textures of human space-time experience", maintained
by Imam Barbarossa Bey. They also have a Gift
Shop, with some printed works by Hakim Bey on sale.
- Nor should you miss Hakim
Bey at Public Netbase, an excellent infozone from our Austrian friends.
- The Dreamtime Village,
an "experiment in combining the ancient technology of permaculture
with the unlimited possibilties of hypermedia arts...", the formation
of which Hakim Bey had a hand in.
- An excellent Hakim Bey home page with graphics exists here.
- Dutch translations of TAZ
and Radio Sermonettes are stored at Desk.nl.
of Hakim Bey books available from Freecyb
- AK Press has some Hakim Bey books
in their catalog.
They also distribute Autonomedia
and Semiotext(e) books with Hakim Bey material.
Information about Bey
- A telephone interview with
Hakim Bey conducted by Mordecai Watts (no relation whatsoever to Marius
Watz - honest).
- Another telephone
interview with Hakim Bey, conducted by Enzo23.
- Some information from Dan Whitworth
- Information about the dreamtime
talkingmail newsletter published by Xeoxial Endarchy based in Dreamtime
Village where Hakim Bey resides. The newsletter regularly features material
- Last year, Axiom put
out a Hakim Bey spoken word album by the name of T.A.Z. The album
has backing music by Material, one of Bill Laswell's project. The
combination of Hakim's hypnotic drone and Laswell's shifting dub is highly
- A double-CD collection titled State
of the Nation features a track by Hakim Bey.
- High Times has an interview
with Hakim Bey.
Lux et voluptas
- "Why I wrote a fake Hakim
Bey book and how I cheated the conformists of Italian Counterculture",
a communique released by Luther Blissett in the second week of July 1996,
explaining why he wrote "A Ruota Libera - Misera del lettore di TAZ"
and got it published by Italian publisher Castelvecchi. Luther Blissett
has a homepage here,
but it does not mention the prank.
Enclosures, a paper by Peter
Lamborn Wilson, presented at the Doors
of Perception 2 conference.
- The Spunk
Press Home Page. An online project for the collection of anarchist-related
- bolo'bolo by ibu. An incomplete version
of the introduction to Semiotext(e)'s pamphlet.
- Incunabula - "A Catalogue of Rare Books, Manuscripts & Curiosa".
A fictitious catalogue of books and curiosa relating to the Conspiracy.
Sample book: Von Bitter Rucker, Dr R." 'The Cat Was Alive, But Looked
Scared As Hell'
- Aspects of Chaosophy, by Frater
Harpo Ben Ishmael Bey. No relation to Hakim, except maybe spiritual.
Last updated: October 3rd 1996 (created May 1994)
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