Mark Schneider---May Day Books 31570 Page Mill Road; Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 650-941-6707 - firstname.lastname@example.org
"Ideas, like rivers, do not flow backward." Victor Hugo
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My name is Mark Schneider. I grew up in Compton, California, lived in LA and on its west side where I met my bookselling mentor, the inestimable Paul Encimer. In 1971, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to join a community called the Land. There we lived on 750 acres without bosses or bureaucrats, temporarily autonomous. Here's a picture of the two-story tower I built. I couldn't find a reliable source of ivory so i built it out of wood. That's Winnie (the goat) admiring it along with you.
Here's a picture of me outside Nora Barnacle's childhood home in Galway during a recent trip to Ireland. They've taken down the historic plaque I'm pointing to and closed up the museum. Is nothing sacred? Some of my travel essays, including the trip to Ireland, can be found here.
Since 1997, I've been selling books over the internet and by occasional mail-order catalogue. If you'd like to be on my email or snail mail list let me know. I'm planning to expand into a shop one of these days, but in the meantime my stock lives with me here in this charming country cottage high above Palo Alto, California, in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains.
I'm part of an intentional community which has been in existence at this location since the 1960s. Coming out of the anarchist pacifist countercultures of such groups as Draft Resistance, the Institute for the Study of Non-Violence, and the War Resisters League, it is known as Struggle Mountain---a name given to it by Joan Baez when she lived here (referring to the struggle for a better world). Today, it is home to a lucky dozen of us. Here's a few of my fellow communards posing with me in front of the fireplace in the Big House after one of our monthly meetings.
I have a general used stock with special interests in left-wing politics (particularly anarchism), earth-based goddess religion, and satyagraha (nonviolence). Most of the books I have on these subjects are not yet online. If you don't see what you're looking for, don't hesitate to ask.
Most of my books are hardcover or trade paperback. My highest grade is `Fine' in a scale that runs, `Fine, Near Fine, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor.' Needless to say, anything less than `Very Good" needs to be a book of particular interest to me, either because it fetches a nice price or because I like the book.
Occupy Wall Street
"Occupy Wall Street brought attention to
the increasing disparity of wealth and power in the United States,
largely because of the unorthodox tactic of occupying the subject public
space on a 24-hour basis, and constructing an encampment there." (emphasis added)
Hon. Michael D. Stallman in his denial of OWS' application for a
temporary order restraining New York authorities and Brookfield
Properties from their eviction activities, 15 Nov 2011.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gujarati: મોહનદાસ કરમચંદ ગાંધી, Hindi: मोहनदास करमचंद गांधी, IAST: mohandās karamcand gāndhī, IPA: [mohən̪d̪as kərəmtʃən̪d̪ gan̪d̪ʱi]) (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. In India, he is recognized as the Father of the Nation. October 2nd, his birthday, is commemorated each year as Gandhi Jayanti, and is a national holiday. He was the pioneer of Satyagraha — the resistance of tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence — which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi is commonly known in India and across the world as Mahatma Gandhi (Sanskrit: महात्मा mahātmā — "Great Soul") and as Bapu (Gujarati: બાપુ bāpu — "Father").
As a British-educated lawyer, Gandhi first employed his ideas of peaceful civil disobedience in the Indian community's struggle for civil rights in South Africa. Upon his return to India, he organized poor farmers and labourers to protest against oppressive taxation and widespread discrimination. Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for the alleviation of poverty, for the liberation of women, for brotherhood amongst differing religions and ethnicities, for an end to untouchability and caste discrimination, and for the economic self-sufficiency of the nation, but above all for Swaraj — the independence of India from foreign domination. Gandhi famously led Indians in the disobedience of the salt tax on the 400 kilometre (248 miles) Dandi Salt March in 1930, and in an open call for the British to Quit India in 1942. He was imprisoned for many years on numerous occasions in both South Africa and India.
Throughout his life, Gandhi remained committed to non-violence and truth even in the most extreme situations. A student of Hindu philosophy, he lived simply, organizing an ashram that was self-sufficient in its needs. Making his own clothes — the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl woven with a charkha, he lived on a simple vegetarian diet. He used rigorous fasts, for long periods, for both self-purification and protest. Gandhi's life and teachings inspired Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Biko and Aung San Suu Kyi and through them the American civil rights movement and the freedom struggles in South Africa and Myanmar respectively.
Mark Twain on Waterboarding
"Funston's example has bred many imitators, and many ghastly additions to our history: the torturing of Filipinos by the awful 'water- cure,' for instance, to make them confess -- what? Truth? Or lies? How can one know which it is they are telling? For under unendurable pain a man confesses anything that is required of him, true or false, and his evidence is worthless. Yet upon such evidence American officers have actually -- but you know about those atrocities which the War Office has been hiding a year or two...."