Sunday, November 20, 2011

EVENT: Matt Kish's Moby Dick



Wed. Nov. 30th
at 8PM
at
Brickbat Books!

Matt Kish, Author
of
MOBY-DICK IN PICTURES:
ONE DRAWING FOR EVERY PAGE






“In an age of soulless, cookie-cutter computer illustrations, Matt Kish's intense and obsessive drawings, paintings, and montages are a riotous delight. Kish's artwork renews our age-old love of expressive handmade imagery. He humanizes his material in a way that has all but disappeared from the design scene. It's great to see that passion again.”
—Paula Scher



Portland, Oregon, September 19, 2011—Inspired by one of the world’s greatest novels, Ohio artist Matt Kish set out on an epic journey of his own one day in August 2009. More than one hundred and fifty years following the original publication of Moby-Dick, Kish began illustrating Herman Melville’s classic, creating images based on the text selected from every page of the 552-page Signet Classics paperback edition. Completely self-taught, Kish refused to set any boundaries for the artwork and employed a deliberately low-tech approach in response to the increasing popularity of born-digital art and literature. He used found pages torn from old, discarded books, as well as a variety of mediums, including ballpoint pen, marker, paint, crayon, ink, and watercolor. By layering images on top of existing words and images, Kish has crafted a visual masterpiece that echoes the layers of meaning in Melville’s narrative. In retrospect, Kish says he feels as foolhardy as Ishmael and as obsessed as Captain Ahab in his quest for the great white whale. “I see now that the project was an attempt to fully understand this magnificent novel, to walk through every sun-drenched word, to lift up all the hatches and open all the barrels, to smell, taste, hear, and see every seabird, every shark, every sailor, every harpoon, and every whale,” he says. “It was a hard thing, a very painful thing, but the novel now lives inside me in a way it could never have before.” Kish spent nearly every day for eighteen months toiling away in a small closet he converted into an art studio. In order to share the work with family and friends, he started the blog “One Drawing for Every Page of Moby-Dick,” where he posts art and brief descriptions about his process on a daily basis.







“Not so much honored as reimagined, Moby-Dick in Kish's hands is the vertiginous immersive experience Melville intended.”—Bookforum

“Kish has done something really fascinating [in Moby-Dick in Pictures]. He has not only re-imagined Moby Dick for a modern audience. He has also slyly, almost imperceptibly, yanked this nineteenth century novel into the twenty-first century, underlining its relevance for the post-post-modern world. These illustrations are not simply a sideshow to the novel: they are a well-thought out pleasure that enhances the enjoyment and understanding of Melville’s work.”—The Rumpus

“[A] wondrous compendium . . . sometimes vibrant, sometimes somber, Kish’s images are relentlessly fresh and eye-catching . . . Even the least visual readers will feel energized by
Kish’s artistry and his obvious passion for Melville’s work.”
—Library Journal

"Conjuring the frenetic energy of tempest-tossed waves so integral to Moby-Dick's setting, the artist's bold, full-page drawings in highly saturated colors illustrate passages he's called out, but also extend the narrative to suggest that modern-day man hungers to fulfill his self-proclaimed destiny every bit as much as the legendary whalers did....clearly infused with an intense joy that only comes from following one's heart."—ForeWord Book Reviews





Saturday, November 19, 2011

New Arrivals: Fiction, etc


Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
Hardcover

"Murakami is like a magician who explains what he's doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.
A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 --"Q is for 'question mark.' A world that bears a question." Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.
As Aomame's and Tengo's narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.
A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell's--"1Q84" is Haruki Murakami's most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers"




Colson Whitehead, Zone One
Hardcover

“[Whitehead] takes the genre of horror fiction, mines both its sense of humor and self-seriousness, and emerges with a brilliant allegory of New York living.”-- New York Observer

"A zombie story with brains...Readers who wouldn't ordinarily creep into a novel festooned with putrid flesh might be lured by this certifiably hip writer who can spine gore into macabre poetry...Everything comes to life in this perfectly paced, horrific, 40-page finale shot through with grim comedy and desolate wisdom about the modern age in all its poisonous, contaminating rage. It's a remarkable episode, but elevated by the power of Whitehead's prose to the level of those other ash-covered nightmares imagined by T.S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Cormac MacCarthy.--Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"Highbrow novelist Colson Whitehead plunges into the unstoppable zombie genre in this subtle meditation on loss and love in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, which has become the city that never dies."--USA Today

"For-real literary -- gory, lyrical, human, precise."--GQ





Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot
Hardcover

“Wry, engaging and beautifully constructed.” —William Deresiewicz, The New York Times Book Review

“[The Marriage Plot] is sly, fun entertainment, a confection for English majors and book lovers . . . Mr. Eugenides brings the period into bright detail—the brands of beer, the music, the affectations—and his send-ups of the pretensions of chic undergraduate subcultures are hilarious and charmingly rendered . . . [His] most mature and accomplished book so far” —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

“No one’s more adept at channeling teenage angst than Jeffrey Eugenides. Not even J. D. Salinger . . . It’s in mapping Mitchell’s search for some sort of belief that might fill the spiritual hole in his heart and Madeleine’s search for a way to turn her passion for literature into a vocation that this novel is at its most affecting, reminding us with uncommon understanding what it is to be young and idealistic, in pursuit of true love and in love with books and ideas.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times





Nicholson Baker, House of Holes: A Book of Raunch
Hardcover

"Shandee finds a friendly arm at a granite quarry. Ned drops down a hole in a golf course. Luna meets a man made of light bulbs at a tanning parlor. So begins Nicholson Baker's fuse-blowing, sex-positive escapade, "House of Holes." Baker, the bestselling author of "The Mezzanine," "Vox," and "The Fermata," who "writes like no one else in America" ("Newsweek"), returns to erotic territory with a gleefully over-the-top novel set in a pleasure resort, where normal rules don't apply. Visitors, pulled in via their drinking straws or the dryers in laundromats, can undergo crotchal transfers . . . make love to trees . . . visit the Groanrooms and the twelve-screen Porndecahedron . . . or pussy-surf the White Lake. It's very expensive, of course, but there are work-study programs. In charge of day-to-day operations is Lila, a former hospital administrator whose breast milk has unusual regenerative properties.

Brimful of good-nature, wit, and surreal sexual vocabulary, "House of Holes" is a modern-day Hieronymous Boschian bacchanal that is sure to surprise, amuse, and arouse."





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Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Arrival: Lubok 4


Lubok 4
Paperback

63 black and white linocuts by Jules de Balincourt, Luis Gispert, Stuart Hawkins, Justin Lieberman, Tim Lokiec, Tom McGrath, Danica Phelps, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Dana Schutz, Aaron Spangler, Tal R, Phoebe Washburn
Paperback, 98 pages, 32x24 cm, edition of 1500




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Sunday, November 13, 2011

New Arrivals: More United Dead Artists

The final UDA shipment has arrived...

Le Muscle du Sommeil, Gilles Berquet







ReBonjour, Roland Topor







Grossesse Nerveuse, Ichiba Daisuke






To kick a wind to, Chris Hipkiss





Le Muscle Carabine - troisième gorgée




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Saturday, November 12, 2011

New Arrivals: United Dead Artists

Just in from France! Shocking, intense, beautiful: UDA editions are always gorgeously produced. We've managed to get a hold of most of their in print catalog. Below is the first batch to arrive from France for the holidays...


Haldernablou, Alfred Jarry & Tom de Pékin





Sous ta barbe mon âme est morte, Aurélie William-Levaux





La tranchée Racine N°1





The Land Unknown, Gary Panter





Bêtes à bon dieu, Anne Van Der Linden





Viande de chevet





Reborn Again, BLEXBOLEX & Stefanie Schilling







Le Tendon revolver 3







Le Tendon revolver 2







La Caverne Sentimentale, Anne Van Der Linden




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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Arrival: The Goops!


The Goops, And How To Be Them by Gelett Burgess
Hardcover with dust jacket (early Lippincott edition)





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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Featured: Four by Edward Gorey


You Read Me, I'll Read You by John Ciardi
Illustrated by Edward Gorey
Hardcover with dust jacket (early Lippincott edition)




The Monster Den by John Ciardi
Illustrated by Edward Gorey
Hardcover with dust jacket (early Lippincott edition)




Penny Candy by Edward Fenton (rare)
Illustrated by Edward Gorey
Hardcover with dust jacket (early Lippincott edition)





Harry Vernon At Prep by Franc Smith (out of print)
cover illustration by Edward Gorey
Hardcover with dust jacket




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Monday, November 7, 2011

Featured: Cy Twombly's Fifty Days At Illium


Cy Twombly, Fifty Days At Ilium
Hardcover accordion book, with clear mylar cover



"Cy Twombly's Fifty Days at Iliam is a rare type of work for a twentieth-century artist--a painting that illustrates a narrative. Long inspired by classical antiquity, Twombly here pays homage to what is perhaps the definitive narrative of Western literature: Homer's Iliad, the tragic story of the final fifty days of the Trojan War, probably written before 700 B.C. Twombly's series in ten parts progresses from the fiery moment when the Greek warrior Achilles is inspired to join the fight against Troy (Iliam) to an almost blank canvas filled with the silence of death. The installation develops in both diachronic and synchronic fashion: the story unfolds chronologically, while simultaneously one wall presents a predominantly Greek mood, passionate and explosive, as the facing wall depicts an essentially Trojan attitude, more contemplative and cool. Twombly uses the visual language he had derived over twenty years earlier, full of scrawling marks, seemingly random brushstrokes, and legible numbers and letters, to create his own tribute to an anchor of Western culture." Ann Temkin, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections







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Sunday, November 6, 2011

New Arrivals: Two by William Steig


The Lonely Ones (1942)
Hardcover with dust jacket (out of print)




The Bad Speller (1970)
Hardcover with dust jacket (out of print)




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