Erik Ruin

Erik Ruin Photo by Yoni Kroll

Erik Ruin is a printmaker, shadow-puppeteer, and occasional maker/editor of various publications, including the anthology Realizing the Impossible: Art against Authority (coedited with Josh MacPhee, AK Press, 2007). He frequently works collaboratively with other artists or activist campaigns, and has created imagery for urban farming and prison abolition groups. He is a founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and resides in Providence.

Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism

Paths toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism

SKU: 9781604865028
Authors: Cindy Milstein and Erik Ruin • Introduction: Josh MacPhee
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604865028
Published: 9/2012
Format: Paperback, ePub, PDF, mobi
Size: 6 x 8
Page count: 128
Subjects: Art-Graphic, Politics


“Writing-speaking differently is part of the struggle for the world we want to create and are creating, a world that moves against-and-beyond capitalism. These picture-essay-poems break the existing world both in what they say and how they say it. A fabulous book”.
—John Holloway, author of Crack Capitalism

Paths toward Utopia combines beautiful art, crafted insights, and exemplary stories to plant inspiring seeds of a better future. What more could one ask for?”
—Michael Albert, author of Parecon: Life after Capitalism

“This remarkable book is inspiring and emboldening, allowing us to see the contours of another world that is not only possible but already in formation.”
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960–1975

Paths toward Utopia winds us through the political beliefs we know in our hearts, but sometimes lose sight of. It grounds us, embodies us, makes us feel wonder and see the beauty of the work we are doing.”
—Cindy Crabb, author of Doris zine

“This fine collection of graphic essays indicts a contemporary failure of imagination, and restores utopian politics that does not surrender to the drumbeat of everyday emergencies, tasks, and defeats.”
—Andrej Grubacic, author of Wobblies and Zapatistas

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