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Arx Publishing, LLC
P.O. Box 1333
Merchantville NJ 08109, USA


Mission Statement

The Significance of Arx

is a Latin word meaning ‘fortress’ or ‘citadel.’ In antiquity, the arx occupied the highest location in a city and could be a place of defiant opposition or a sanctuary of last refuge. Just as often, it was the mustering point for a determined sortie, the site of a magnificent temple, or where a great triumph was celebrated. The citadel of Troy was the setting of some of the most famous episodes in all of Western literature. In Greece, the Acropolis of Athens continues to be among the most awe-inspiring places on earth. The arx of Rome with its infamous Tarpeian Rock, overlooked the Roman forum and witnessed some of the most dramatic moments of Roman history.

The arx of an ancient city was a symbol of great strength. A proper arx was a high-walled bastion, impregnable to even the most determined foes, well fitted-out to resist siege and famine, and easily defended by a small garrison. From Brennus the Gaul to Suleiman the Magnificent, history is replete with tales of would-be conquerors who swept all before them in the field of battle, only to be humbled by an arx they could not take.

The Goals of our Publishing Program

As Professor Alan Sokal of New York University so convincingly demonstrated, the post-modern elite within academia, literature, and art is intellectually bankrupt. In his celebrated parody article, Transforming Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity, Professor Sokal successfully managed to get a completely nonsensical paper published in a journal known as Social Text [Duke University Press]. This journal describes itself as "a daring and controversial leader in the field of cultural studies...focus[ing] attention on questions of gender, sexuality, race, and the environment." As it turns out, the journal is 'daring' only in that it publishes utter drivel and passes it off as scholarship. It is 'controversial' only in that occasionally, someone with a legitimate scientific or liberal arts education objects to its patently erroneous content. As anyone in the business knows, the publishing industry is positively littered with similar books and journals that offer nothing to advance knowledge or culture, but instead attempt to drown both in a sea of absurdity.

Arx Publishing, LLC is a bastion for authors and works whose high literary style, subject matter, and attachment to traditional values are often at odds with the post-modern literary orthodoxy. Many have asked, "When post-modernism finally reaches its 'imaginary end point,' what will follow?" We believe the answer is a hearkening back to the awesome heritage of the Western literary canon—that endless font which nourished many previous literary and artistic revivals. For examples of what we mean, please see our bookstore or visit our Continental Congress of Art site.

With this in mind, our publishing program is dedicated to the blending of modern genres like the fantasy, farce, science-fiction or action/adventure novel with more ancient forms such as the epic, allegory, or classical history. The goal is to create a list of unique and highly original books that is not only a feast for the imagination, but for the intellect as well: books that are fascinating, relevant, intense, clever, and intellectually challenging. It is our hope that these books will appeal to a wide audience: from fantasy and sci-fi enthusiasts, to students of classical and medieval literature, to the general reader seeking a respite from the usual mass-market offerings.

Our Location

Arx Publishing is located in historic Bristol, Pennsylvania, in a 19th century building whose stout walls and buttresses do a passable impression of a classical arx. Previously just another decaying industrial town on the Delaware, Bristol is undergoing some fairly amazing renewal of its own and we are happy to be a part of this effort. If you'd like to be kept informed, please sign up for our mailing list.

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