Saturday, July 30, 2011

Featured: Juan Rodolfo Wilcock

...name-checked in the recently Bolaño anthology, Wilcock was a member of the literary circle that included Borges, Ocampo, Casares. He fled Peronist Argentina, eventually settling in Italy where he associated with Moravia, Morante and Pasolini. Like Borges, he breaks with realism, but is more absurdist in temperament, less metaphysical.


Juan Rodolfo Wilcock, The Temple Of Iconoclasts
Paperback



"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 Argentinean-Italian novelist Wilcock (1919-1978) to be published in English. Wilcock's early career in Argentina brought him close to the young Borges, and fans of Borges, Italo Calvino or Stanislaw Lem will recognize Wilcock's methods. The book (his best known in Italy) consists of short essays describing the lives of obsessive eccentrics, some real and some imaginary, with each entry giving significant dates, major works and summaries of the relevant obsessions. Some of the real people here seem stranger than fiction: Roger Babson was a rich American pseudoscientist who directed a foundation dedicated to isolating a gravity 'atom' and finding a substance that could resist it. Another all-too-real oddball is John Cleves Symmes, whose arguments for a 'Hollow Earth' inspired a story by Poe. Wilcock's greatest aesthetic successes come with the characters he makes up from scratch. Catalan director Llorenz Riber believed he was a rabbit, and therefore brought rabbits onstage in his avant-garde interpretations of Europe's classic plays: he also adapted, for the stage, Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, in order to depict the thinker's famous 'duck-rabbit.' Wilcock's inventions get stranger as he moves on: 'At the age of fifty-nine, the Belgian Henry Bucher was only forty-two.' The telepathic hypnotist Jose Valdes y Prom sabotaged an 1878 congress of theologians and scientists by taking over their minds. So Wilcock proceeds, through 30 other oddly comic entries. Venuti renders Wilcock's Italian into lucid, captivating English, and offers a biographical introduction. Lovers of postmodern mind games should certainly start seeking out Wilcock's work--assuming they can be sure it really exists" -Publishers Weekly.




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Friday, July 29, 2011

Featured: Another Edward Gorey


The Dwindling Party
Hardcover, signed by Edward Gorey









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Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Arrivals: Classic Children's Books


Anne Archibold Miller, Little Bigs
Hardcover, illustrated Bernard Westmacott




Marie Hall Ets, Mister Penny
Hardcover




William Hall, The Walking Hat
Hardcover, illustrated by Kurt Wiese




Marian King, Kees and Kleintje
Hardcover, illustrated by Elizabeth Enright





The Night Before Christmas
Hardcover, illustrated by E. MacKinstry



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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Featured: Edward Gorey


Edward Gorey, The Water Flowers
Hardcover

An amusing tale detailing the perils of white sauce. Appears to be out of print, as such.




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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Arrivals: Richard Stark's Parker


“Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible.”—Washington Post Book World

“Elmore Leonard wouldn’t write what he does if Stark hadn’t been there before. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t write what he does without Leonard. . . . Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.”—Los Angeles Times

“Donald Westlake’s Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you’ve been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you’ll want on that desert island.”—Lawrence Block



The Hunter




The Man with the Getaway Face




The Outfit




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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Arrival: EC Comics


EC Comics Cover Portfolio: Tales From The Crypt
30 full color covers in a printed envelope
published by Russ Cochran, 1977




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Monday, July 18, 2011

Featured: Two From Japan


Tadanori Yokoo, Spiritual Pop 1994 With Love Document
Hardcover




Yukio Mishima, Sun & Steel
Hardcover




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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Featured: More Time Inc Editions!

Some of the finest cover designs (Tomi Ungerer, George Salter, Ed Young, Ilonka Karasz) of the post-war period, printed on possibly the worst cover stock of the 20th century. And they have their own singular smell. Is it the ink? The glue? The paper? Hard to say...


Fitzroy Maclean, Eastern Approaches
cover by Ed Young




A.B. Guthrie, Big Sky
cover by George Salter





Romain Gary, Roots Of Heaven
cover by Ilonka Karasz




John Collier, Fancies And Goodnights
cover by Seymour Chwast






William Bolitho, Murder For Profit
cover by Austin Briggs





James Joyce, Portrait Of The Artist
cover by Martin Rosenzweig




Theodor Plievier, Stalingrad
cover by Martin Rosenzweig




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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Featured: Hannah Höch


Cut With A Kitchen Knife: The Weimar Photomontages Of Hannah Höch
Hardcover (out of print)

"Höch, a member of the Berlin Dada group, was recognized as one of the most innovative practitioners of photomontage. In such works as Dada-Ernst and Cut with the Kitchen Knife, she reconstructed the wonderfully seductive mass media images of the New Woman with their appeal intact but with their contours fractured in order to expose the contradictions of the new female stereotypes. Her photomontages exhibit a disturbing tension between pleasure and anger, confidence and anxiety. In Weimar—as today—says Lavin, the representation of women in the mass media took on a political meaning when it challenged the distribution of power in society. Höch's work provides important evidence of the necessity for women to shape the production and reception of the images that redefine their role." -Yale University Press




also available:


Hannah Höch, Bilderbuch (Picture Book)
Hardcover




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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Featured: Alvin Lustig


...a monograph on one of the great 20th century designers. Long overdue and highly recommended!

Born Modern: The Life And Design Of Alvin Lustig
9 x 12 in; 208 pp; color images throughout
Hardcover, $50.00

"Alvin Lustig was modern before it was cool. But there has never been a monograph devoted to his work—until now. A genius best known for his book covers and interior design, his theories on design education were precursors to the curricula of some of the most renowned design schools today. Lustig lent his imaginative vision and talent to a wide range of legendary projects, from the groundbreaking architecture of 1940s Los Angeles to magazine covers that have become collector's items. Spanning the breadth of Lustig's tragically brief but prolific career, Born Modern is a must-have for any student or practitioner of design, as well as anyone interested in the history of American visual culture." -Chronicle



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Thursday, July 7, 2011

New Arrivals: Pulp Sci Fi

a few dozen sci fi pulp anthologies just arrived. Stories by Philip K. Dick, Alfred Bester, Ray Bradbury, Raymond Chandler(?!) and the like. Most $10 and under. This stuff tends to go fast, so don't snooze!
















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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Arrival: Angus MacLise


DREAMWEAPON: The Art and Life of Angus MacLise 1938-1979

Standard edition of the DREAMWEAPON exhibit catalog with texts by Lou Reed, La Monte Young, Ira Cohen, plus exhibit curators Johan Kugelberg and Will Swofford Cameron. This edition includes a laid in memorial letterpress broadside commemorating Ira Cohen, reprinting a 1976 ode to Cohen by Angus MacLise. The broadside printed by Jon Beacham/The Brother In Elysium Press. 120 pages.
Edition of 1000




Also, available from Bardo Matrix/ Starstreams Press (published in Katmandu, Nepal by Angus MacLise & Ira Cohen):




Paul Bowles, Next To Nothing





Jane Falk, Ckrowww (signed and inscribed by author)





Charles Henri Ford, 7 Poems (SOLD!)




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