About Us

The Alexander Berkman Social Club is a group of anarchists who want to talk about what anarchism is, how anarchists see things and what anarchy could look like. Named after the editor of San Francisco’s mighty The Blast, we hope to have continual monthly meetings that are open to all. If you come you’ll get a membership card, the chance to win thousands of dollars (alright – the odd book or two) and hopefully something to think about and act on. You failed the audition for “So You Think You Can Dance,” and you just don’t seem with it. Don’t worry. The ABSC will have you. See you there!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Meeting on Thursday!

We're meeting this Thursday, July 31 at 7pm sharp! (doors will open at 6:45)
Our topic this month is Anarchism and Sexuality and we've got a jam packed lineup for you.

First up, the musical stylings by the beautiful and talented Jesse Quatro.

Our featured speakers will be Joey Cain and Terence Kissack.

Joey is a co-founder of the Edward Carpenter Forum and a member of Bound Together Bookstore and will be speaking on Edward Carpenter.

Terence Kissack is the author of the Free Comrades: Anarchism and Sexuality in the United States, 1895-1917, recently published by AK Press. Terence will be speaking on the topic of his book, but with a focus on your friend and mine, Mr. Berkman.

As always our meeting will include refreshments, (this time including snacks and maybe something more exciting to drink than coffee) time for socializing, raffles and more. All for the low low price of $5!

Hope to see you all there!

ABSC meeting rooms
522 Valencia St.
San Francisco

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I dream of Pittsburgh

Reason number two to visit Pittsburgh:

The Loose Organization of Surreal Ethereal Realists presents the first annual Alexander Berkman Memorial Music and Labor Festival. 8pm at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Oakland.

According to the organizers, "The evening also includes a farcical re-enactment of the shooting and a Berkman lookalike contest meant more to encourage period dress than to locate a posthmous body double for the author of Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist

A New Music Festival is Founded in Memory of Alexander Berkman
Alexander Berkman Music Festival

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist

"Prison Memoirs is a fascinating insight into prison life, his relationship with Emma Goldman, and the slow evolution of his personality, from complete wanker to alright guy."

From a recent review of Berkman's Prison Memoirs of an Anarchists at Dreaming Neon Black

If you've never read this book, you really should.

Book Talk in San Francisco

Terence Kissack will be presenting his new book, Free Comrades, at the GLBTHS on Wednesday, July 30th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

In his book, Kissack examines the trial and imprisonment of Oscar Wilde, the life and work of Walt Whitman, periodicals including Tucker's Liberty and Leonard Abbott's The Free Comrade, and the frank treatment of homosexual relations in Berkman's Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist.

Terence Kissack is a former Executive Director of San Francisco's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society, and he currently serves on the board. His writings have appeared in Radical History Review and Journal of the History of Sexuality.

GLBT Historical Society
657 Mission Street #300
San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone: 415.777.5455
Fax: 415.777.5576
email: info@glbthistory.org

Consulta July 20th at Bound Together Books

WHAT: DNC / RNC Bay Area Consulta
- discuss the conventions - learn about what's planned - bring proposals - network and plan with other groups in the area who are going
WHERE: Bound Together Bookstore, 1369 Haight Street (near Masonic) San Francisco, CA
WHEN: Sunday July 20th 12Noon to 6 pm

This will be a BT backyard event -- enter thru the bookstore. For more information contact Bound Together Books