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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Monday, August 25, 2014

Featured: Trading Cards!













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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Featured: Rasheedah Phillips




Rasheedah Phillips
Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales)
Paperback

"A journalist races against time itself to expose the entity preying on young male teens in Philadelphia. A crystal, memory-storing bracelet transports a young mother back to the day of her own mother’s traumatic death. An unknown force of nature causes time to start flowing backwards. . . Using quantum physics as an imaginative landscape, Phillips’ debut speculative collection Recurrence Plot attempts to walk the fine line between fiction and reality, fate and free will, and past, present, and future." Good stuff!



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Featured: Apollinaire, Louys, Bataille




Georges Bataille, Story Of The Eye
Paperback


 

Guillaume Apollinaire, Memoirs Of A Young Rakehell
Paperback


 

Peter Lewys (Pierre Louys) The She-Devils
Paperback



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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Featured: Mano


Cool Italian anthology/journal devoted to comix, art and literature. Contributors include Roland Topor, Art Spiegelman, Antonin Artaud, Balthus, Alfred Kubin, Diane Arbus, Joseph Beuys, Igort, Mattotti, R. Crumb, William Burroughs, Terry Gilliam, Peter Greenaway, Ben Shahn, Ettore Sottsass, Henri Michaux, Jose Munoz & Sampayo, Louise Bourgeois, Jonathon Rosen, Julie Doucet, Peter Handke, Francesco Clemente, Gabriella Giandelli, Chris Marker, Mazzucchelli.



Mano 1



Mano 2



Mano 3




Mano 4



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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Featured: ABC Beitrage zum Bauen 1924-1928 (Contributions on Building)




ABC Beitrage zum Bauen 1924-1928 
(Contributions on Building – A Magazine)



Edited by Hans Schmidt, Mart Stam, El Lissitzky and Emil Roth
This important Swiss contribution (1924–1928) to the history of the avant-garde took a radical, volatile, and entertaining stand on current developments in architecture and construction. Poetry by Majakovsky was printed alongside scientific articles on technical innovations. ABC thrived on provocative contradictions! 26 x 36 cm, boxed. Reprint ABC, First Series: 1–6, Second Series: 1–4, Separate commentary, 55 pages




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Friday, August 15, 2014

Featured: Alberto Moravia




Mistaken Ambitions
More Roman Tales



The Wayward Wife
Bitter Honeymoon



The Fetish
 Command, And I Will





The Empty Canvas 
The Lie




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Monday, August 11, 2014

Featured: Three by Blanchot




Maurice Blanchot, Death Sentence
Translated by Lydia Davis
Paperback




Maurice Blanchot, The Unavowable Community
Translated by Pierre Joris
Hardcover





Maurice Blanchot, The Siren's Song
Translated by Gabriel Josipovici
Hardcover




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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Featured: Carl Andre




Carl Andre, Cuts: Texts 1959-2004
Hardcover

"Just as Carl Andre's sculptures are "cuts" of elemental materials, his writings are condensed expressions, "cuts" of language that emphasize the part rather than the whole. Andre, a central figure in minimalism and one of the most influential sculptors of our time, does not produce the usual critical essay. He has said that he is "not a writer of prose," and the texts included in Cuts—the most comprehensive collection of his writings yet published—appear in a wide variety of forms that are pithy and poetic rather than prosaic. Some texts are statements, many of them fifty words or less, written for catalog entries and press releases. Others are Socratic dialogues, interwoven statements, or in the form of questionnaires and interviews. Still others are letters—public and private, lengthy missives and postcards. Some are epigrams and maxims (for example, on Damian Hirst: I DON'T FEAR HIS SHARK. I FEAR HIS FORMALDEHYDE) and some are planar poems, words and letters arranged and rearranged into different patterns. They are organized alphabetically by subject, under such entries as "Art and Capitalism," "Childhood," "Entropy (After Smithson)," "Matter," "My Work," "Other Artists," and "Poetry," and they include Andre's reflections on Michelangelo and Duchamp, on Stein and Marx, and such contemporaries as Eva Hesse, Robert Smithson, Robert Morris, and Damien Hirst.
Carl Andre's writing and its materiality—its stress on the visual and tactile qualities of language—takes its place beside his sculpture and its materiality, its revelation of "matter as matter rather than matter as symbol." Both assert the ethical and political primacy of matter in a culture that prizes the replica, the insubstantial, and the virtual. "I am not an idealist as an artist," says Andre. "I try to discover my visions in the conditions of the world. It's the conditions which are important." -MIT Press




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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Featured: Two from the Penguin Poets Series






Miroslav Holub, Selected Poems
Paperback




Charles Bukowski, Philip Lamantia, Harold Norse
Paperback



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Friday, August 8, 2014

Featured: Three by Hermann Hesse




 Hermann Hesse, Demian
Hardcover






Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi)
Hardcover



 

Hermann Hesse, Rosshalde
Hardcover




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Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Arrivals: Two from Wakefield Press




Hugo Ball, Flametti
Illustrated by Tal R
Paperback

“The idea of the Cabaret Voltaire grew out of literary thoughts as well as the slum atmosphere of the music-hall performers, the singers, the magicians, fire-eaters, and others portrayed by Ball in his novel Flametti.”—Richard Huelsenbeck
In 1916, Hugo Ball (1886–1927) cofounded the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich and penned the “Dada Manifesto,” launching what would become the Zurich Dada movement. That same year he completed his semi-autobiographical novel, Flametti, or The Dandyism of the Poor, which would be published two years later. Drawing from his pre-Dada period of struggle and poverty in the nightclub circuit, Ball immerses us in the rise and fall of Max Flametti and his vaudeville company. Fishing in the local river to feed his company, dabbling in drugs, strolling through the vegetable market on the Gemüsebrücke in Zurich, ducking into a side street to avoid running into the police, Flametti marches through the pages of Ball’s novel passionately pursuing a career that culminates in the presentation of the theatrical extravaganza The Indians at the Krokodil in Zurich (a locale that still exists today as a Spanish restaurant). Overcoming odds and alternately averting, succumbing to and embracing financial ruin, Flametti ultimately emerges as a tragic figure—a Willy Loman of vaudeville. Flametti portrays a frenetic Zurich that had been the backdrop to the Dada movement, and is comparable to other such literary cities and eras as Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin." _Wakefield Press

Hugo Ball (1886–1927) founded the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in 1916, a year after moving there with his wife, Emmy Hennings. In doing so, he helped launch (and according to some accounts, named) the Dada Movement. After authoring one of the first Dada manifestos and some landmark sound poems, he grew disenchanted with how Dada was evolving, broke ties with the movement and relocated to the Swiss countryside with Hennings, where he wrote one of the first studies on the work of Hermann Hesse. 
 
“Hugo Ball, the co-founder of Dadaism and co-initiator of the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in 1916, was, alongside Franz Kafka, the most significant German-language vaudeville existentialist… In his 1918 novel Flametti, or The Dandyism of the Poor, he assembles a pandemonium of marginal figures from the sideshow and circus milieus and has a speaker declare that these people are truer humans than the ordinary citizens who seemingly manage to keep to the middle. The vaudeville people know more about ‘real life’ because they are those who have been thrown to the margins, the fallen and the battered. These ‘jostled humans’ are perhaps the only ones who still exist authentically.”—Peter Sloterdijk





Pierre Louÿs, Pybrac
Illustrated by Toyen 
Paperback
 "In turns amusing and offensive, Pierre Louÿs’ Pybrac is possibly the filthiest collection of poetry ever published, and offers a taste of what the Marquis de Sade might have produced if he had ever turned his hand to verse. First published posthumously in 1927, Pybrac was, with The Young Girl’s Handbook of Good Manners, one of the first of Louÿs’ secret erotic manuscripts to see clandestine publication. Composed of 313 rhymed alexandrine quatrains, the majority of them starting with the phrase “I do not like to see…,” Pybrac is in form a mockery of sixteenth-century chancellor poet Guy Du Faur, Seigneur de Pibrac, whose moralizing quatrains were common literary fare for young French readers until the nineteenth century. Louÿs spent his life coming up with his own evergrowing collection of rhymed moral precepts (suitable only for adult readers): a dizzying litany describing everything he disliked witnessing, from lesbianism, sodomy, incest, and prostitution to perversions extreme enough to give even a modern reader pause. With the rest of his erotic manuscripts, the original collection of over 2,000 quatrains was auctioned off and scattered throughout private collections; but like everything erotic, what remains collected here conveys an impression of unending absurdity and near hypnotic obsession."-Wakefield Press

Pierre Louÿs (1870–1925) was a best-selling author in his time, and a friend of and influence on such luminaries as André Gide, Paul Valéry, Oscar Wilde, and Stephane Mallarmé. He achieved instant notoriety with Aphrodite and The Songs of Bilitis, and his 1898 novel The Woman and the Puppet has been adapted for the screen in such noteworthy films as Josef von Sternberg’s The Devil Is a Woman and Luis Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire. But it was only after his death that his true legacy was to be uncovered: nearly nine hundred pounds of erotic manuscripts were discovered in his home, all of them immediately scattered among collectors and many lost. The body of work that has since been gathered—manuscripts continue to be discovered—leaves little doubt: Louÿs is the greatest French writer of erotica there ever was.

“Louÿs entered eroticism the way others enter politics or religion”—Jean-Paul Goujon
“One of the great and glorious erotomaniacs of the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth”—André Pieyre de Mandiargues




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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Featured: Three by Gertrude Stein




 Gertrude Stein, Picasso
Hardcover




Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography Of Alice B. Toklas
Hardcover (1st edition)





Gertrude Stein, How To Write
Paperback



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Monday, August 4, 2014

New Arrival: Jesse Moynihan




Jesse Moynihan, Forming II
Hardcover

"The long-anticipated sequel that encompasses all; mythology, theology, hermaphrodites, super-alien gods and the simple task of creating the cosmos. Jesse Moynihan‘s trilogy is back on our bookshelves this summer and it’s as exhilarating and  immersive as Forming Volume 1. Moynihan, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for his episode “Too Young” in the third series of Adventure Time, delivers fresh doses of humour and visual stimulation like no other.
Civilization, but not quite as we know it, has started to take shape. And now, in the continuing chaos, the world and most of its inhabitants have brandished their swords and, in various fashions, have charged onto the battlefield. If Forming I hailed the birth of civilization and mapped out the genesis of life, mass, time and space, then Forming II is the raging war that ensues in the Universe’s years of adolescence.
Epic confrontations between gods and mutants, philosophical reflections, hilarious dialogue and powerful artwork make for an impressive sequel of galactic proportions. Forming II is as funny, sophisticated and mind-blowingly beautiful as the first part of Moynihan’s unique trilogy." -Nobrow














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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Featured: Flowers, Fruits, Etc





Irving Penn, Flowers
Hardcover (out of print)




Fruit: An Illustrated History
Hardcover (out of print)




Redoute's Fairest Flowers
Hardcover (out of print)





Botanical Prints
Paperback (out of print)




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