Thursday, September 18, 2014

Featured: Encyclopaedia Anatomica










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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Featured: Three From The Eridanos Press








Alexander Lernet-Holenia, The Resurrection Of Maltravers
Paperback


 Alexander Lernet-Holenia, Baron Bagge Count Luna
Paperback





Robert Musil, Posthumous Papers Of a Living Author
Paperback





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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Featured: One from Alec Soth's Little Brown Mushroom



Three editioned publications by Lester B. Morrison in one convenient package.

Library for Broken Men
Edition of 500
20 pages, 5.5×8 in, staple-bound, b/w
Lonely Bearded Me
Edition of 500
20 pages, 5.5×8 in, staple-bound, b/w
Lester Becomes Me
Edition of 500
20 pages, 5.5×8 in, staple-bound, color offset











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Monday, September 15, 2014

Event: The Hugely Popular Poetry Reading Series!



Saturday, Oct. 4th at 7pm
at 
Brickbat Books:

 The Hugely Popular Poetry Reading Series 
Presents:

rob mclennan
Stephen Brockwell
Pattie McCarthy


 
The author of nearly thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, Ottawa writer rob mclennan's most recent titles include notes and dispatches: essays (Insomniac press, 2014) and The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014), as well as the poetry collection If suppose we are a fragment (BuschekBooks, 2014). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics, Touch the Donkey and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater. He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com





 
Pattie McCarthy is the author of six books of poetry : Quiet Book (forthcoming 2015 from Apogee Press), nulls (2014, horse less press), Marybones, Table Alphabetical of Hard Words, Verso, & bk of (h)rs. Recent chapbooks include 'x y z &&' (Ahsahta Press), 'scenes from the lives of my parents (Bloof Books), & 'fifteen genre scenes' (eth press). She teaches at Temple University.





Stephen Brockwell is a Canadian poet and small business owner living in the national capital and dreaming of other places. His book Fruitfly Geographic won the Archibald Lampman award in 2005. His fifth collection of poems, Complete Surprising Fragments of Improbable Books was published in 2013. His poem "Sandbagging the River Before The Flood" is currently long-listed for the ongoing CBC Canada Writes prize.



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Featured: Documents Of 20th Century Art




Apollinaire On Art
Hardcover


 

Futurist Manifests, Edited by Umbro Apollonio
Hardcover



Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, My Galleries and Painters
Paperback



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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Featured: Mutant Sounds: Tand Mörkret!




Tand Mörkret! Svensk Konst 1975-1985
Paperback and Compact Disc

Overview of the Swedish art scene from 1975-85.
 "...the music that accompanies this catalog (published by the Gothenburg Art Museum) proves to be a perfect crash course into some of the more peripheral and eccentric Swedish underground musical tangents explored over the course of the 10 year span covered by this survey." -Mutant Sounds




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Friday, September 12, 2014

New Arrival: Ray Johnson's Paper Snake



Ray Johnson, The Paper Snake
Hardcover

"Long out of print (and coveted by Ray Johnson fans), The Paper Snake is an essential work in Johnson’s oeuvre and the second title published by Dick Higgins’s extraordinary Something Else Press in 1965. A vertiginous, mind-bending artist’s book, The Paper Snake was far ahead of its time in its subversive and exuberant confluence of art and life. Assembled and designed by Higgins from his amassed collection of Johnson’s letters, tid-bits and artworks (said Johnson: “all my writings, rubbings, plays, things that I had mailed to him or brought to him in cardboard boxes or shoved under his door, or left in his sink, or whatever, over a period of years”*), The Paper Snake connects disparate elements to unbed fixed relationships and forge new systems of meaning by means of scissors, paste and the American postal system.
An introductory essay by Frances F. L. Beatty, Director of the Ray Johnson Estate, is included as a separate insert, and in the spirit of the original, the print run is the same (1840 copies). This reprint is four-color offset, a different method than the original in which Higgins used a two-color process with innovative ink combinations."

"The Paper Snake is copyrighted, I don’t know why—that seems excessive caution." -from an unattributed 1965 review found in the Ray Johnson Estate archives

"Almost twenty years after his death, Ray Johnson (1927-1995) continues to be revealed as one of the most quietly consequential figures in American contemporary art. An influential pioneer of Pop art, Conceptual art and Mail art (though he eschewed all of these monikers), Johnson’s extrasensory perception and insatiable curiosity resulted in an immense body of work that spans collage, correspondence, performance, sculpture, drawing, painting and book arts. Johnson’s work operates in a space of void, fragmentation and dispersion; from his early geometric abstract paintings to the collage and text work he called “moticos”; from the dancing black glyphs and morphing animal signatures to the later dense silhouette collages; from his writings, artist’s books and correspondence art to the (non-) performances he called “Nothings.” Fully charged with negative capability, Johnson’s work in “nothingness” hinged on communication and relationships. His circle of friends, including Josef Albers, Ruth Asawa, George Brecht, John Cage, Christo, Chuck Close, Joseph Cornell, Albert M. Fine, Dick Higgins, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Richard Lippold, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, James Rosenquist, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol, among others, reads like a Who’s Who of 1950s-70’s American art. Despite sharing major exhibitions between 1957-1978 (with the likes of Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Allan Kaprow and Andy Warhol, among others) as well as having important solo shows at major galleries and museums (such as at The Whitney in 1970), Johnson systematically refused or flouted most opportunities to popularize his work through mainstream art commerce. On January 13, 1995 Johnson leapt from the Sag Harbor bridge in Long Island in an apparent suicide."


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Featured: Jean-Patrick Manchette




Jean-Patrick Manchette, The Mad And The Bad
Paperback

"Michel Hartog, a sometime architect, is a powerful businessman and famous philanthropist whose immense fortune has just grown that much greater following the death of his brother in an accident. Peter is his orphaned nephew—a spoiled brat. Julie is in an insane asylum. Thompson is a hired gunman with a serious ulcer. Michel hires Julie to look after Peter. And he hires Thompson to kill them. Julie and Peter escape. Thompson pursues. Bullets fly. Bodies accumulate.
The craziness is just getting started.
Like Jean-Patrick Manchette’s celebrated Fatale, The Mad and the Bad is a clear-eyed, cold-blooded, pitch-perfect work of creative destruction. "

"Jean-Patrick Manchette: raconteur, bon vivant, leftist militant, agent provocateur, swinger, French crime kingpin, gadfly foe of the Fifth Republic. Man-oh-man Manchette was a decades-long hurricane through the Parisian cultural scene. We must revere him now and rediscover him this very instant. Jean-Patrick Manchette was Le Homme."
—James Ellroy
"This early masterpiece by Jean-Patrick Manchette shows him in most glorious, coldest fury, wrapping a scathing critique of the excesses of greed and capitalism in the bloody bow of a chase thriller. You’ll want to turn the pages of The Mad and the Bad at the fastest possible clip, but slow down a little and you’ll see how much Manchette packs in—and how much of a punch this mean little book packs."
—Sarah Weinman, Editor of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives



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Friday, September 5, 2014

Featured: Some New Arrivals 9-5


Yukio Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
Hardcover, Stated First Edition 



Thomas McGuane, The Sporting Club
Hardcover, 1st edition, 2nd printing 



John Dos Passos, Streets of Night
Paperback, out of print 



Mark Harris, Bang the Drum Slowly
Hardcover, 1st edition 3rd printing 



Henry Green, Back
Hardcover 



Doris Lessing, Briefing for a Descent Into Hell
Hardcover 



Julio Cortazar, Cronopios and Famas
Hardcover, Stated 1st Edition 



Mariano Azuela, Marcela
Paperback, (scarce)


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014




Harry Partch: A Biography
Hardcover




George Lewis, A Power Stronger Than Itself
The AACM And American Experimental Music
Hardcover





Steve Reich, Writings On Music
Hardcover





Messiaen
Hardcover




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