When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

18 January 2006

Loompanics Unlimited is going out of business

Oh, no. This word just in: Loompanics Unlimited, publishers of fringe-libertarian and just downright weird and wonderful books for over thirty years, is shuttering its operations.

If there's a silver lining in this dark grey cloud, it's that all remaining stock in inventory is 50% off!

Over at Reason's Hit and Run blog, there's a lot of reminiscing going on about Loompanics and the stuff they've published over the years.
...[S]ad news for those of us who always enjoyed perusing the company's catalog, which reads like a D.I.Y. guide on crystal meth -- the list of titles published under the Loompanics imprint ranges from How to Start Your Own Country to How to Rip Off a Drug Dealer. I'll certainly miss it: As a publisher and as a bookseller, Loompanics was the go-to joint for tomes on radicalism, survivalism, and what the catalog itself described as "weird ideas."

(Loompanics, RIP at Hit and Run)
See also: More Loompanics Thoughts (Hit and Run).

I guess in the era of the World Wide Web, when High Weirdness is just a click or two away, this kind of mail-order eccentricity isn't a workable business model any more.

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