The Situationists and May 1968: An Evening with Ken Knabb
Thursday, Sept 13, 2018, 7pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Ken Knabb, leading translator of Guy Debord and the Situationist International, will discuss the situationists' key influence on the nationwide May 1968 revolt in France, and how that astonishing social eruption remains relevant to our present-day world. Portions of Debord's film "The Society of the Spectacle" will also be shown, featuring dramatic footage from the May revolt.
Ken Knabb is a writer, translator, and radical theorist, known for his translations of Guy Debord and the Situationist International. His own English-language writings, many of which were anthologized in Public Secrets (1997), have been translated into over a dozen additional languages. He is also a respected authority on the political significance of the anarchist poet and essayist Kenneth Rexroth. His translations include Guy Debord's film scripts (Complete Cinematic Works), Debord's Society of the Spectacle, the Situationist International Anthology, and Ngo Van's In the Crossfire: Adventures of a Vietnamese Revolutionary. Knabb's own writings include leaflets, comics, pamphlets and articles on Wilhelm Reich, George Brassens, and Gary Snyder.