Ronin Publishing

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Ronin Publishing
Predecessor And/Or Press[1]
Founded 1983
Founder Sebastian Orfali and Beverly Potter[1]
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Berkeley, California
Publication types Books
Nonfiction topics Personal development, Visionary alternatives, Expanded consciousness
Imprints Leary Library
Lilly Library
Official website http://www.roninpub.com

Ronin Publishing, Inc. is a small press in Berkeley, California, founded in 1983 and incorporated in 1985, which publishes books as tools for personal development, visionary alternatives, and expanded consciousness. The company's tagline is "Life Skills with Attitude!" In a 1996 Publishers Weekley profile, the company describes itself as a "strong player in the hemp and psychedelia market" that has little competition from major publishers.[2]

Ronin's catalog includes the Leary Library,[3][4] The Lilly Library, The Fringe Series,[5] The Entheo-Spirituality Series, and various books on psychedelia.

The company has been subpoened by the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide names and addresses for people having purchased their books on marijuana horticulture.[6][7][8] A number of their books are reprints of out-of-print works from the 1960s and 1970s — including a number of titles published by Ronin's predecessor, And/Or Press[9] — on the psychedelic experience and related subjects.

In 2006, Ronin republished the 1963 Discordian religious text Principia Discordia with altered text, altered images, and a new name, so Ronin could copyright the work. This action offended many fans of the original work,[10] whose authors, Greg Hill (Malaclypse the Younger) and Kerry Thornley, had died several years previously. Malaclypse the Younger, et el purposefully put their book, Principle Discordia into the public domain outside of copyright. Beverly Potter then created a derivative of the work, as she did with eleven Timothy Leary and three John Lilly works.

Titles published[edit]

Timothy Leary Library[edit]

(original date of publication; Ronin edition)
  • Start Your Own Religion (1967; 2004)
  • High Priest (1968; 1995)
  • The Politics of Ecstasy (1968; 1998)
  • Psychedelic Prayers (1972; 1997)
  • Chaos & CyberCulture (1994)[11] — Leary's last published work before his death[12]
  • Turn On Tune In Drop Out (1999) ISBN 1579510094
  • Change Your Brain (2000)
  • Politics of Self-Determination (2000)
  • Your Brain is God (2001)
  • Politics of PsychoPharmacology (2001)
  • Musings on Human Metamorphoses (2003) ISBN 1579510582
  • Evolutionary Agents (2004)
  • The Fugitive Philosopher (2007)

Other titles (selected)[edit]

  • Mike Marinacci, "California Jesus" 9781579512309 (2107)
  • William L Conwill, PhD, "Training Black Spirit" (2116) 9781579512224
  • Mary Baker, "Citizen Ninja" (2016) "9781579511913
  • Ernest Callenbach, Living Cheaply With Style: Live Better and Spend Less (1993) ISBN 0-914171-61-5
  • Bruce Eisner, Ecstasy: The MDMA Story (1989, 1994 revised ed) ISBN 0-914171-68-2
  • Mark James Estren, A History of Underground Comics (1993) ISBN 091417164X (one of the few reference works on underground comix)
  • Mark James Estren, A History of Underground Comics, 20th Anniversary Edition (2012) ISBN 978-157951156-2 (includes some updates and some all-new material)
  • Mark James Estren, Phd., "Prescription Drug Abuse" (2013) 9781579511685
  • Stephen Gaskin, Amazing Dope Tales (1999) ISBN 1579510108
  • Original authors, Greg Hill and Kerry Wendell Thornley (not their title), Discordia: Hail the Goddess of Chaos and Confusion (2006) ISBN 1-57951-029-9
  • Francis Moraes, The Little Book of Opium (2003) ISBN 0914171836
  • Beverly A. Potter and Sebastian Orfali. Brain Boosters: Foods & Drugs That Make You Smarter (July 1993) ISBN 0-914171-65-8, ISBN 978-0-914171-65-2
  • Beverly A. Potter, PhD, Overcoming Job Burnout (1980) ISBN 978-1579510749
  • Beverly A. Potter and Sebastian Orfali, "Drug Testing at Work", (1995)9781579510077
  • Beverly A. Potter, Phd, "Pass the Test" (2000) 9781579510084
  • Beverly A. Potter, PhD, Managing Yourself for Excellence, (2009) ISBN 978-1579510893
  • Beverly A. Potter, Ph.D. and Mark J. Estren, Ph.D., Question Authority to Think for Yourself (2012) ISBN 978-1579511623
  • Beverly A. Potter, PhD, "Cannabis for Seniors", (2017) 9781579512422
  • Beverly A Potter, PhD, "Heal Yourself: How to Harness Pleccbo Power, (2113) 9781579511739
  • Beverly a. Potter, Phd, "Animal House of Acid: A Memoir" (2015) 9781579511937
  • Beverly A Potter, Phd, "Te Worrywarts Companion" (1996) 978157951153
  • Beverly A. Potter, Phd. :From COnflict to Cooperation", 91994) 9780914171799
  • Beverly A. POtter, PhD, "The Way of the Ronin" (1985) 9781579510510
  • Beverly A Potter, Phd, "Patriots Handbook" (2010) 978157511081
  • Richard Boire, JD. "Marijana Law" (1995) 9780914171867
  • Richard Boire, JD. "Sacred Mushrooms & the Law" 9781579510619
  • Carl A. P. Ruck, PhD "Sacred Mushrooms & the Goddess" (2011) 9781579510305
  • Carl A. P. Ruck, PhD "Entheogens, Myth & Human Consciousness" (2013) 9781579511418
  • David Hillman, PhD "Gynomorphs: Goddesses with Peninses (2012) 9781579511715
  • David Hillman, PhD "Original Sin: Ritual Child Rape & the Church" (2013) 9781579511449

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stafford, Peter. Psychedelics (Ronin Publishing, May 1, 2009), p. 182.
  2. ^ "The next generation." Publishers Weekly 18 Nov. 1996: 36. Literature Resource Center. Web. 29 Sep. 2012.
  3. ^ Laura Mansnerus (November 26, 1995). "Conversations/Timothy Leary;At Death's Door, the Message Is Tune In, Turn On, Drop In - New York Times". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  4. ^ Farmanfarmaian, Roxane. "For publishers, Leary lives on." Publishers Weekly 5 May 1997: 26. Academic OneFile. Web. 29 Sep. 2012.
  5. ^ "Beyond the Fringe." Publishers Weekly 14 Aug. 2000: 285. Academic OneFile. Web. 29 Sep. 2012.
  6. ^ "Marijuana Book Buyers Sought". Lodi News-Sentinel. Oct 29, 1997. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Feds Waiting for Marijuana Book Info". The Sunday Courier. Phoenix, United States. Nov 11, 1997. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "DEA SUBPOENAS OUT OF LINE.(Editorial)". Seattle Post-Intelligencer  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 31 October 1997. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "OBITUARY -- Sebastian Orfali," SFGate (November 6, 1997).
  10. ^ Hogan, Ron (2006-11-06). "Free Radical Book Now Under Copyright - GalleyCat". Mediabistro.com. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  11. ^ Yoshitake, Dawn (3 June 1996). "LEARY LEAVES TECHNICAL LEGACY". Daily News  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Timothy Leary, Pied Piper Of Psychedelic 60's, Dies at 75". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 

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