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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

author of "the anarchist cookbook" wants it out of print

Well, here's something you don't see every day - a book's author writing a review for explaining why he regrets writing the book and would like to see it out of print. Unfortunately for William Powell, author of The Anarchist Cookbook, he doesn't hold the copyright and the publishers aren't listening to him. In this day and age, it seems to me that trying to cease people from a reading a publication that was once popular is like trying to put toothpaste back in a tube. Here is a link to the review, which I found via, and here are a few excerpts from the review:
During the years that followed its publication, I went to university, married, became a father and a teacher of adolescents. These developments had a profound moral and spiritual effect on me. I found that I no longer agreed with what I had written earlier and I was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the ideas that I had put my name to. In 1976 I became a confirmed Anglican Christian and shortly thereafter I wrote to Lyle Stuart Inc. explaining that I no longer held the views that were expressed in the book and requested that The Anarchist Cookbook be taken out of print. The response from the publisher was that the copyright was in his name and therefore such a decision was his to make \226 not the author's. In the early 1980's, the rights for the book were sold to another publisher. I have had no contact with that publisher (other than to request that the book be taken out of print) and I receive no royalties.

Unfortunately, the book continues to be in print and with the advent of the Internet several websites dealing with it have emerged. I want to state categorically that I am not in agreement with the contents of The Anarchist Cookbook and I would be very pleased (and relieved) to see its publication discontinued. I consider it to be a misguided and potentially dangerous publication which should be taken out of print.


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