Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Event: Sex Panic! Carolina Maugeri, Marion Bell Reading



Friday, Feb. 27th at 7pm 
at 

Brickbat Books:
Sex Panic!
Carolina Maugeri
Marion Bell 


Marion Bell is a poet who lives in Philadelphia. She has written a chapbook called The Abjector and a manuscript titled You People (both of which she can email you as pdfs). You can find some of her poems in Jupiter 88, Elective Affinities, Edwin Johns, Maestra Vida and Bedfellows. She’s doing some new writing under the working title of Austerity/Austerities.


Carolina Maugeri's recent chapbook, many a holy & obsequious tear (2014), was published by Horse Less Press. Other poems can be read in bedfellows, Fact-Simile, and Trinity Review. She lives in South Philly. 


Sex Panic! is a Toronto-based pure sound collective, including Michael Cavuto, Julian Butterfield, Hamish Ballantyne, and Alex MacKay. Since their foundation in 2013, they have regularly performed throughout Toronto, while also cultivating the myth of Dance Poetry and publishing in such journals as Rivet 5, the Hart House Review, and the White Wall Review. They are currently traveling the northeast USA on their Minitaur MEGAtour, and distributing their chapbook, MAN-PIANO: 15 homolinguistic translations.

Monday, February 16, 2015

New Arrival: Carlo Mollino



Carlo Mollino: Polaroids
Hardcover

"In a career that spanned more than four decades, Carlo Mollino designed buildings, homes, furniture, cars and aircraft. One of the most dashing figures of mid-century Italy, Mollino was famed for his design finesse and his elegant organicism. In 1949 he published an important book on photography: Message from the Darkroom. Sometime around 1960, he began to seek out women-mostly dancers-in his native Turin, inviting them to his villa for late-night modeling sessions. The models would pose against extraordinary backdrops, designed by Mollino, in clothing, wigs and accessories that he had carefully selected. Finally, having printed the Polaroids, Mollino would painstakingly amend them with an extremely fine brush, to attain his idealized vision of the female form. The pictures, which totaled around 1,200, remained a secret until after his death, in 1973. Only a few were ever publicly shown, until the acclaimed first edition of this volume was published by James Crump in 2002. Reviewing that book, The New Yorker declared, "This lavish selection of several hundred Polaroids preserves the essential mystery of a project both decadent and hermetic. Though clearly the product of a deep obsession, the photographs are deliberately impersonal, each baroque detail an invitation for the viewer to imagine Mollino's encounters with the women." Now back in print, with a newly designed cover, this beautiful volume offers a captivating portrait of a unique erotic sensibility."
"Carlo Mollino (1905-1973) studied mechanical engineering, art history and architecture before working in the architectural practice of his father, Eugenio Mollino, in Turin. His first architectural masterpiece was the Turin Equestrian Association headquarters (1937). In 1965 he designed the Teatro Regio in Turin, which is now regarded as one of his best works. A 1949 Mollino table was sold at auction by Christie's in 2005 for a staggering $3.8 million. In 1960-68 he designed an enigmatic apartment for himself that today has become the Museo Casa Mollino."

 

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Featured: New From Wakefield Press





Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes 
The Emperor Of China, The Mute Canary & The Executioner Of Peru
Paperback

"Three savage plays from the man André Breton designated as one of the only “true Dadas” (alongside Tristan Tzara and Francis Picabia): The Emperor of China (1916), The Mute Canary (1920) and The Executioner of Peru (1928). The first two have long been acknowledged as highpoints in the Dada movement’s contribution to the theater, but in their brutal depictions of violent sexuality and nightmarish tyranny, and their casts of manipulative bureaucrats, murderous henchmen, insane dictators, lascivious virgins, Ubuesque cuckolds and nonsense-spewing enigmas, these plays also echo the work of such other dissident surrealists of the era as Georges Bataille and André Masson. These unsettling theatrical works were significant anticipations of Antonin Artaud’s Theater of Cruelty and the Theater of the Absurd of the 1960s." -Wakefield Press

Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes (1884–1974) was a French writer and artist, and one of the fiercest adherents of the Paris Dada movement, acting as the group’s secretary, and for which he authored some of its most vitriolic texts. Disenchanted with the Surrealist movement that followed, Ribemont-Dessaignes allied himself instead with such other Surrealist dissidents as René Daumal and the Grand Jeu. Throughout his long life, Ribemont-Dessaignes authored a sizable oeuvre of novels, plays, poetry, essays and memoirs, none of which has to date been translated into English.
“[The Emperor of China] is a powerful play that combines the elements of nonsense and violence which characterizes the Theater of the Absurd.”—Martin Esslin



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Saturday, February 14, 2015

New Arrivals: Comix



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Dash Shaw, New School
Hardcover

"Graphic novel from the acclaimed author of Bottomless Belly Button and BodyWorld, Dash Shaw dramatizes the story of a boy moving to an exotic country and his infatuation with an unfamiliar culture that quickly shifts to disillusionment. A sense of "being different" grows to alienation, until he angrily blames this once-enchanting land for his feelings of isolation.
All of this is told through the fantastical eyes of young Danny, a boy growing up in the '90s fed on dramatic adventure stories like Jurassic Park and X-Men. Danny's older brother, Luke, travels to a remote island to teach English to the employees of ClockWorld, an ambitious new amusement park that recreates historical events. When Luke doesn’t return after two years, Danny travels to ClockWorld to convince Luke to return to America. But Luke has made a new life, new family, and even a new personality for himself on ClockWorld, rendering him almost unrecognizable to his own brother. Danny comes of age as he explores the island, ClockWorld, and fights to bring his brother home.
New School is unlike anything in the history of the comics medium: at once funny and deadly serious, easily readable while wildly artistic, personal and political, familiar and completely new." -Fantagraphics





Frank Santoro, Cold Heat
Staple-bound pamphlet

"An action comic like no other. Over the course of twelve monthly issues, Castle, the 18 year old hero of the story, embarks on a life altering adventure through Prozac, corporate rock, globalization, and, of course, sex. Along the way she meets Howard Stern, Barry McGee, and a well-preserved Adolf Hitler."

“What I imagine some could think is the worst comic book ever and others like me feel is simply a compelling, straight-forward thriller drawn with audacious flair by Frank Santoro.”–Comics Reporter

“A comic that feels like a cable from a world where the only thing that exists is a dimly lit bedroom in which you’re wearing ripped jeans and you just keep listening to and rewinding “Teenage Riot” over and over again. Outstanding”–The Comics Journal




Michael Deforge, Ant Colony
Hardcover

In the few short years since he began his pamphlet-size comic book series Lose, Michael DeForge has announced himself as an important new voice in alternative comics. His brash, confident, undulating artwork sent a shock wave through the comics world for its unique, fully formed aesthetic. With his debut Drawn & Quarterly title, DeForge affirms his place as a defining new voice of alternative comics.

From its opening pages, Ant Colony immerses the reader in a world that is darkly existential, with false prophets, unjust wars, and corrupt police officers, as it follows the denizens of a black ant colony under attack from the nearby red ants. On the surface, it’s the story of this war, the destruction of a civilization, and the ants’ all too familiar desire to rebuild. Underneath, though, Ant Colony plumbs the deepest human concerns—loneliness, faith, love, apathy, and more. All of this is done with humor and sensitivity, exposing a world where spiders can wreak unimaginable amounts of havoc with a single gnash of their jaws.

DeForge’s striking visual sensibility—stark lines, dramatic color choices, and brilliant use of page and panel space—stands out in this volume.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Arrival: Dr Seuss




Dr. Seuss, The Seven Lady Godivas
Hardcover
(out of print)



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Monday, February 2, 2015

New Arrival: Ring Lardner




Ring Lardner, The Ecstasy Of Owen Muir
Hardcover
(1st British Edition)



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Sunday, February 1, 2015

New Arrival: Temple Of Iconoclasts



Juan Rodolfo Wilcock, Temple Of Iconoclasts
Paperback

"One of the greatest and strangest . . . writers of this century." - Roberto Bolaño

From an armchair in England, Rosenblum hatches a complicated plot to return the world to the year 1580-reintroducing ruffs, doublets, codpieces, and sundry period diseases. By sheer force of will, Littlefield discovers that he's able to crystallize table salt into the shapes of "chickens and other small animals." Babson founds an international organization with the declared aim of annulling the law of gravity. These are only a few of the dozens of eccentrics, visionaries, and downright crackpots who populate the pages of Juan Rodolfo Wilcock's charming fiction in the form of a biographical dictionary. Temple's brief portraits blend mordant satire and profound imaginative sympathy, taking in the whole dazzling spectrum of human folly-including a handful of colors that only Wilcock's Swiftian eye could possibly have perceived.

"Rodolfo Wilcock is a legendary writer. . . . His greatest work, The Temple of Iconoclasts, is without a doubt one of the funniest, most joyful, irreverent, and most corrosive books of the twentieth century . . . a festive, laugh-out-loud read . . . a writer whom no good reader should miss." - Roberto Bolaño
"Fictitious histories so engaging as to seem true and true histories so amusing as to seem fictitious." - Roberto Calasso, author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

"Compellingly whimsical, alienated, pseudo-scientific, bizarre: all these adjectives describe this fiction in the form of a short reference work, the first book by admired Argentinian-Italian novelist Wilcock to be published in English...Venuti renders Wilcock's Italian into lucid, captivating English, and offers a biographical introduction. [Perfect for] lovers of postmodern mind games." - Publishers Weekly

Born in Buenos Aires in 1919, Juan Rodolfo Wilcock was a member of the circle of innovative writers that included Borges and Bioy Casares. Self-exiled in Rome, he became a leading Italian writer, publishing numerous books of poetry, journalism, fiction, and translation.



Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Arrival: Harold Bloom's Flight To Lucifer




Harold Bloom, The Flight To Lucifer

Paper Wraps, Uncorrected Proof
Signed and inscribed by the author



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Friday, January 30, 2015

New Arrival: Richard McGuire's Here




Richard McGuire, Here
Hardcover

Chris Ware, "The Guardian"
"A book like this comes along once a decade, if not a century.... I guarantee that you'll remember exactly where you are, or were, when you first read it."

Jennifer Schuessler, " The New York Times
""Getting from here to there can be hard enough. But it has taken Richard McGuire 25 years to do something even more complicated: get form here to here....the book promises to leapfrog immediately to the front ranks of the graphic-novel genre."

Etelka Lehoczky, npr.com
"The magic of Here is that somehow, alchemically, this sparse little exercise begins to yank on your emotions. As your eye lurches around the page, as you flip back and forth between pages, an irresistible sentiment swells. Rare among conceptual works, Here manages to tug your heart even as it undercuts your comfortable role of reader.... Meanwhile, though, the past and present humans continue their tender little lives. Telling stories, playing, making love -- what will be their fate? That's just one of the countless questions Here leaves unanswered. Even so, it's deeply satisfying. Kind of like a story that never ends."

Marnie Kingsley, "San Antonio Current"
"Imaginative and ingenious, Here transcends the canon of traditional graphic novels. McGuire discusses the inconsistencies of memory, a central theme of Speigelman's Maus series. He readapts the labyrinthine quality of Alison Bechel's Fun Home and focuses on the small moments of everyday experience, similar to parts of Craig Thompson' autobiographical graphic novel Blankets. However, Here retains almost no qualities of a novel: It is non-linear, there are no distinct characters, apart from the space, and there is no plot. Despite these seemingly large hurdles, McGuire produces a reading experience that is emotional, thought-provoking and interactive.... A brisk and brilliant read, Here combines genres and styles in a meditation on impermanence and the processes of memory."

Financial Times
"McGuire is able to wring a surprising array of emotions from simple lines and blocks of muted colour interspersed with deliberately hackneyed jokes and the uncanny wisdom of the everyday. And the non-chronological arrangement seems faithful to how consciousness really works, the way we shape and reshape the story of ourselves by editing and re-editing highlights from our lives. I found it compelling to shuttle around in time to discover how earlier events informed later ones. Midway through the book one character says to another: 'Life has a flair for rhyming events.' Clearly, McGuire does too."

Patrick Lohier, Boingboing.net
"I soon found myself immersed and often moved. Here has the surprising depth as a magician's top hat. The combination of the surreal and the nostalgic are mesmerizing. The book is an ingenious epic of time and space, and I think readers everywhere, and of many ages, will find it delightful."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Expanding on an influential piece that first appeared in "Raw "in 1989, McGuire, best known for his illustrated children's books, explores a single patch of land (apparently in Perth Amboy, N.J.) over the course of millions of years.... The flat, hard lines produce art that looks like an approximation of Edward Hopper's clean bright paintings, created on an outdated computer program. McGuire threads miniplots and knowing references through his hopscotch narrative, building up a head of steam that's almost overwhelmingly poignant. His masterful sense of time and the power of the mundane makes this feel like the graphic novel equivalent of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life.""



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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Featured: Hunger!




Knut Hamsun, Hunger
Hardcover



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