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  • Maggie Nelson – Bluets
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    Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color . . . A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and […]

  • Horace McCoy – They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
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    During the Depression, Gloria and Robert enter a dance marathon in return for three square meals a day and a chance at winning the big-money prize. Under the intense scrutiny […]

  • C.G Jung – The Undiscovered Self: With Symbols and the Interpretation of Dreams (Revised)
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    These two essays, written late in Jung’s life, reflect his responses to the shattering experience of World War II and the dawn of mass society. Among his most influential works, […]

  • Violette Leduc – Thérèse and Isabelle
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    “Violette Leduc was Simone de Beauvoir’s protege, an erotic writer to match Jean Genet and a feminist tour de force” (Rafia Zakaria, The Guardian). With this startling new translation of Leduc’s [...]

  • Hanif Abdurraqib – They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us
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    In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib’s is a voice that matters. Whether he’s attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown’s [...]

  • Strange Tales from Japan: 99 Chilling Stories of Yokai, Ghosts, Demons and the Supernatural
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    Strange Tales from Japan presents 99 spine-tingling tales of ghosts, yokai, demons, shapeshifters and trickster animals who inhabit remote reaches of the Japanese countryside. 33 color woodblock [...]

  • Sonorous Desert: What Deep Listening Taught Early Christian Monks–And What It Can Teach Us
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    For the hermits and communal monks of antiquity, the desert was a place to flee the cacophony of ordinary life in order to hear and contemplate the voice of God. […]

  • Joe Brainard – I Remember
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    Joe Brainard’s I Remember is a literary and artistic cult classic, praised and admired by writers from Paul Auster to John Ashery and Edmund White. As autobiography, Brainard’s method [...]

  • Rainald Goetz – Insane
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    Translated for the first time into English, cult German author Rainald Goetz’s debut novel Insane draws upon his clinical psychiatric experience to paint a portrait of the asylum as a […]

  • The I Ching or Book of Changes
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    The I Ching, or Book of Changes, a common source for both Confucianist and Taoist philosophy, is one of the first efforts of the human mind to place itself within […]

  • Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman and His Music
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    Composer-performer Julius Eastman (1940-90) was an enigma, both comfortable and uncomfortable in the many worlds he inhabited: black, white, gay, straight, classical music, disco, academia, and [...]

  • From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film
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    An essential work of the cinematic history of the Weimar Republic by a leading figure of film criticism First published in 1947, From Caligari to Hitler remains an undisputed landmark […]

  • The Freedom Within Us: East German Photography 1980-1989
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    Nearly thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall (the Anniversary will be celebrated in 2019), what do we know about East German photography? This body of work — […]

  • Rudolph Wurlitzer – The Drop Edge Of Yonder
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    Originally published by Two Dollar Radio in 2008 and released as a second edition in 2017, Rudolph Wurlitzer’s first novel in nearly 25 years is an epic adventure that explores the […]

  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha – Dictee
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    Dictée is the best-known work of the versatile and important Korean American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. A classic work of autobiography that transcends the self, Dictée is the story […]

  • Georges Bataille – The Cradle of Humanity: Prehistoric Art and Culture
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    The Cradle of Humanity: Prehistoric Art and Culture collects essays and lectures by Georges Bataille spanning thirty years of research in anthropology, comparative religion, aesthetics, and [...]

  • Wisconsin Death Trip
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    First published in 1973, this remarkable book about life in a small turn-of-the-century Wisconsin town has become a cult classic. Lesy has collected and arranged photographs taken between 1890 [...]

  • B.S Johnson – The Unfortunates
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    B.S. Johnson’s lost classic has been showered with praise: New York Magazine named The Unfortunates one of their Ten Best Books of 2008, listed in The New York Times 100 […]

  • E.M Cioran – A Short History Of Decay
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    E. M. Cioran confronts the place of today’s world in the context of human history—focusing on such major issues of the twentieth century as human progress, fanaticism, and science—in this [...]

  • Camile Paglia – Sexual Personae: Art & Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
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    The fiery, provocative, and unparalleled work of feminist art criticism that launched the exceptional career of one of our most important public intellectuals—”a remarkable book, at once [...]

  • Ariana Reines – A Sand Book
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    “Mind-blowing.” ―Kim Gordon DEADPAN, EPIC, AND SEARINGLY CHARISMATIC, A Sand Book chronicles climate change and climate grief, gun violence and bystanderism, state violence and [...]

  • On the Mesa: An Anthology of Bolinas Writing 50th Anniversary Edition
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    Poetry. California Interest. Afterword by Lytle Shaw. The Song Cave presents an expanded edition of the long out of print City Lights Books classic ON THE MESA: AN ANTHOLOGY OF […]

  • Yoko Tawada – The Naked Eye
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    A precocious Vietnamese high school student ― known as the pupil with “the iron blouse”―in Ho Chi Minh City is invited to an International Youth Conference in East Berlin. But, […]

  • Virginie Despentes – King Kong Theory
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    Out of print in the U.S. for far too long, writer and filmmaker Virginie Despentes’s autobiographical feminist manifesto is back―in an improved English translation―“blistering with anger, and so [...]

  • Hideous Gnosis: Black Metal Theory Symposium I
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    Essays and documents related to Hideous Gnosis, a symposium on black metal theory, which took place on December 12, 2009 in Brooklyn, NY. Expanded and Revised.

  • Theodore Roszak – Flicker
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    From the golden age of art movies and underground cinema to X-rated porn, splatter films, and midnight movies, this breathtaking thriller is a tour de force of cinematic fact and […]

  • Maya Deren – The Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods Of Haiti
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    Includes photographs and drawings. Foreword by Joseph Campbell This is the classic, intimate study, movingly written with the special insight of direct encounter, which was first published in [...]

  • Eileen Ormsby – The Darkest Web: Drugs, Death and Destroyed Lives . . . the Inside Story of the Internet’s Evil Twin
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    Dark… A kingpin willing to murder to protect his dark web drug empire. A corrupt government official determined to avoid exposure. The death of a dark web drugs czar in […]

  • Raymond Queneau – The Blue Flowers
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    The Blue Flowers follows two unlikely characters: Cidrolin, who alternates between drinking and napping on a barge parked along the Seine in the 1960s, and the Duke d’Auge as he […]

  • Always in Trouble: An Oral History of Esp-Disk’, the Most Outrageous Record Label in America
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    You never heard such sounds in your life In 1964, Bernard Stollman launched the independent record label ESP-Disk’ in New York City to document the free jazz movement there. A […]

  • Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House
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    Altered State—now updated—is the definitive text on ecstasy culture, using a cast of characters to track the origins of the scene through psychedelic subcults, underground gay discos, and the [...]

  • Julio Cortazar – All Fires The Fire
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    “One of the most adventurous and rewarding collections since the publication of Cortázar’s own Blow-up.” ―Los Angeles Times A traffic jam outside Paris lasts for weeks. Che Guevara and Fidel […]

  • Marlen Haushofer – The Wall
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    A haunting feminist sci-fi masterpiece and international bestseller that is “as absorbing as Robinson Crusoe” (Doris Lessing) While vacationing in a hunting lodge in the Austrian mountains, a [...]

  • Werner Herzog – The Twilight World
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    The great filmmaker Werner Herzog, in his first novel, tells the incredible story of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who defended a small island in the Philippines for twenty-nine years […]

  • Joan Didion – Play It As It Lays
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    A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected […]

  • Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm
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    He wasn’t known to mainstream audiences, even though he worked with renowned acts like D’Angelo and Erykah Badu and influenced the music of superstars like Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. […]

  • Fernando Pessoa – The Book Of Disquiet: The Complete Edition
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    The Book of Disquiet is the Portuguese modernist master Fernando Pessoa’s greatest literary achievement. An “autobiography” or “diary” containing exquisite melancholy observations, aphorisms, and [...]

  • The Wire – #461 July 2022
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    “AMM: For 50 years, Eddie Prévost, Keith Rowe and John Tilbury have had their sights set firmly on sonic freedom, changing the landscape of music in the process. By Clive […]

  • The Wire – #460 June 2022
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    “On the cover: Phew. The Japanese punk survivor and intrepid vocalist/composer continues to build an impressive catalogue of collaborations, solo projects and band work in a career now [...]

  • Nurse With Wound – Gyllensköld, Geijerstam And I At Rydberg’s (CD & Book)
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    Deluxe art book CD of 24-pages, sewn; all artworks by Babs Santini. “This 1983 period in which Gyllensköld was recorded was a fantastic time for the evolution of Steven Stapleton’s [...]

  • Untitled Zine – #4
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    The fourth issue of Untitled includes articles, artwork and interviews with: • MK9 • Erik Nystrand [Capers/VMS Elit] • Cherif El-Masri [Tarkamt] interview by Zachary Lipez • Paul van Trigt […]

  • Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia, Volume III
    $33.00 | , Add to cart

    This volume of drawings and photographs completes the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia trilogy. Danzig Baldaev’s unparallelled ethnographic achievement, documenting more than 3,000 tattoo [...]

  • Numero – Soul Music Of Ohio
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    The first comprehensive overview of soul music from the great state of Ohio, this 344-page volume chronicles over 1700 artists, 500 record companies, and 3000 individual releases between the [...]

  • Hito Steyerl – Duty Free Art
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    What is the function of art in the era of digital gloablisation? How can one think of art institutions in an age defined by planetary civil war, growing inequality, and […]

  • Maggot Brain – Issue #9
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  • Doris Lessing – Briefing For A Descent Into Hell
    $14.00 | , Add to cart

    A fascinating look inside the mind of a man who is supposedly “mad.” Professor Charles Watkins of Cambridge University is a patient at a mental hospital where the doctors try […]

  • Bret Easton Ellis – The Informers
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    This time is the early eighties. The characters go to the same schools and eat at the same restaurants. Their voices enfold us as seamlessly as those of DJs heard […]

  • Cecilia Pavón – Little Joy
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    The best of contemporary Argentine author Cecilia Pavón’s short stories. Poet, writer and translator Cecilia Pavón emerged in the late 1990s as one of the most prolific and central figures [...]