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  • Neumusik – The Complete Edition
    Neumusik – The Complete Edition
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    Book containing all six issues of the Neumusik fanzine which David Elliott edited between 1979-82 while at university. The ‘zine focussed on European, electronic and experimental music which had [...]

  • A Record Could Be Your Whole World: Vinyl Records as the Total Artwork Of The Late 20th Century
    A Record Could Be Your Whole World: Vinyl Records as the Total Artwork Of The Late 20th Century
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    This is a book about records considered ‘in themselves’. It is not about musicians, or music, or design, or music history — though all those things are considered at various […]

  • Julia Kristeva – Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection
    Julia Kristeva – Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection
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    In Powers of Horror, Julia Kristeva offers an extensive and profound consideration of the nature of abjection. Drawing on Freud and Lacan, she analyzes the nature of attitudes toward repulsive [...]

  • Greer Lankton: Sketchbook, September 1977
    Greer Lankton: Sketchbook, September 1977
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    Sketchbook, September 1977 is an early journal by Greer Lankton written during her time as an art student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It offers key […]

  • Hermann Burger – Tractatus Logico-Suicidalis: On Killing Oneself
    Hermann Burger – Tractatus Logico-Suicidalis: On Killing Oneself
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    In the tunnel-village of Göschenen, a man named Hermann Burger has vanished without a trace from his hotel room, suspected of suicide. What is found in his room is not […]

  • Martin Wong: Footprints, Poems, and Leaves
    Martin Wong: Footprints, Poems, and Leaves
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    A rich and engaging facsimile of the artist’s first visual poetry book, self-published in 1968 The paintings of Chinese American artist Martin Wong (1946-99) are celebrated for their [...]

  • Marcel Schwob – Spicilege
    Marcel Schwob – Spicilege
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    Exquisitely crafted essays on medieval criminal slang, ancient Greek prostitution, laughter, anarchy and more from the endlessly influential Marcel Schwob “All over the world,” wrote [...]

  • Surreal Spaces: The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington
    Surreal Spaces: The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington
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    An illustrated biography of the pioneering British artist and writer, tracing her life and work through the many places around the world where she lived The British-born artist and writer […]

  • Lucy Sante – Maybe the People Would Be the Times
    Lucy Sante – Maybe the People Would Be the Times
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    In her second collection (after Kill All Your Darlings, 2007), Lucy Sante pays homage to Patti Smith, Rene Ricard, and Georges Simenon; traces the history of tabloids; surveys the landscape […]

  • Marguerite Young – Miss Macintosh, My Darling
    Marguerite Young – Miss Macintosh, My Darling
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    This novel is one of the most ambitious and remarkable literary achievements of our time. It is a picaresque, psychological novel—a novel of the road, a journey or voyage of […]

  • Gabrielle Wittkop – Exemplary Departures
    Gabrielle Wittkop – Exemplary Departures
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    Exemplary Departures consists of five exquisitely wrought novellas depicting five “exemplary” deaths in various exotic locations around the globe: a gentleman spy disappears with his [...]

  • Remedios Varo – On Homo Rodans and Other Writings
    Remedios Varo – On Homo Rodans and Other Writings
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    With the 2018 publication of Letters, Dreams, and Other Writings, Wakefield Press introduced the writings of Surrealist painter Remedios Varo into English for the first time. These texts, never [...]

  • Ray Johnson – The Paper Snake
    Ray Johnson – The Paper Snake
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    A sumptuous facsimile of a vertiginous artist’s book from the founder of the mail-art movement Long out of print and unavailable to wider audiences, The Paper Snake is an essential […]

  • Propaganda and the Holy Writ of the Process Church of the Final Judgment: Process Sex Issue-Fear Issue-Death Issue
    Propaganda and the Holy Writ of the Process Church of the Final Judgment: Process Sex Issue-Fear Issue-Death Issue
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    The rare and collectible Process Church magazines are back in print. Do you dare find out who rules you? The Process Church of the Final Judgement inspired fear and devotion […]

  • Amy Sillman: Faux Pas: Selected Writings and Drawings
    Amy Sillman: Faux Pas: Selected Writings and Drawings
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    This new edition of Faux Pas, the acclaimed collection of writings by Amy Sillman, comes as an expanded edition, with the addition of new essays, including recent texts on Paul […]

  • Kate Zambreno – To Write As If Already Dead
    Kate Zambreno – To Write As If Already Dead
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    To Write As If Already Dead circles around Kate Zambreno’s failed attempts to write a study of Hervé Guibert’s To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life. In this […]

  • Charlie Fox – This Young Monster
    Charlie Fox – This Young Monster
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    This Young Monster is a hallucinatory celebration of artists who raise hell, transform their bodies, anger their elders and show their audience dark, disturbing things. What does it mean to […]

  • Jamie Stewart – Anything That Moves
    Jamie Stewart – Anything That Moves
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    From being caught having their first orgasm by their mom’s best friend to being stalked and propositioned by a fundamentalist pastor; from soliciting spanking dates over the Internet to scoring [...]

  • Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism
    Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism
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    The now-classic exploration of the role of women and the feminine in Buddhist Tantra The crowning cultural achievement of medieval India, Tantric Buddhism is known in the West primarily for […]

  • Wojciech Tochman – Roosters Crow, Dogs Cry
    Wojciech Tochman – Roosters Crow, Dogs Cry
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    Equipped with the sensitivity known from his earlier reportages, in Roosters Crow, Dogs Whine, Wojciech Tochman addresses people with mental illnesses in Cambodia who are imprisoned in kennels, [...]

  • Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings and Interviews
    Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings and Interviews
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    The life and work of Maryanne Amacher are as vast as they are little known. In this volume, Amy Cimini and Bill Dietz offer a heterodox and idiosyncratic selection of […]

  • Erik Davis – Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica
    Erik Davis – Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica
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    In these wide-ranging essays, Erik Davis explores the codes — spiritual, cultural, and embodied — that people use to escape the limitations of their lives and enrich their experience of […]

  • Jonas Mekas: Scrapbook of the Sixties: Writings 1954-2010
    Jonas Mekas: Scrapbook of the Sixties: Writings 1954-2010
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    Andy Warhol, Susan Sontag, John Lennon & Yoko Ono ― Jonas Mekas was well acquainted with a great many New York artists. Born in Lithuania, he came to Brooklyn via […]

  • Jimmy Desana: Salvation
    Jimmy Desana: Salvation
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    Salvation is a previously-unpublished artist book by Jimmy DeSana that he conceptualized shortly before his death in 1990. The publication contains 44 of the artist’s late photographic [...]

  • Emmett Williams – Sweethearts
    Emmett Williams – Sweethearts
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    A founding member of Fluxus and the concrete poetry movement, Emmett Williams (1925-2007) made several performances and poems that stand today as defining gems of those genres. Among them is […]

  • Rene Daumal – Pataphysical Essays
    Rene Daumal – Pataphysical Essays
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    Essays reflecting on the science of imaginary solutions, from an influential figure in pataphysical thought Pataphysics: the science of imaginary solutions, of laws governing exceptions and of [...]

  • Stefan Aune – Indian Wars Everywhere: Colonial Violence and the Shadow Doctrines of Empire
    Stefan Aune – Indian Wars Everywhere: Colonial Violence and the Shadow Doctrines of Empire
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    References to the Indian Wars, those conflicts that accompanied US continental expansion, suffuse American military history. From Black Hawk helicopters to the exclamation “Geronimo” used by [...]

  • Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization
    Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization
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    A landmark work that demystifies the rich tradition of Indian art, Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization analyzes key motifs found in legend, myth, and folklore taken directly […]

  • Daniel Oberhaus – Extraterrestrial Languages
    Daniel Oberhaus – Extraterrestrial Languages
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    If we send a message into space, will extraterrestrial beings receive it? Will they understand? The endlessly fascinating question of whether we are alone in the universe has always been […]

  • Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist
    Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist
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    John Fahey is to the solo acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric: the man whom all subsequent musicians had to listen to. Fahey made more than 40 […]

  • Carmelo Bene – Our Lady of the Turks
    Carmelo Bene – Our Lady of the Turks
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    Carmelo Bene (1937–2002) was a notorious Italian actor, writer, and director who inaugurated his theater in 1959 with Camus’ Caligula then exploded onto the artistic scene with his outré Christ [...]

  • Fernando Pessoa – Philosophical Essays
    Fernando Pessoa – Philosophical Essays
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    Fernando Pessoa claimed to be inhabited by “thousands of philosophies,” all of which he intended to develop in his unfinished project of English-language Philosophical Essays. The resulting [...]

  • Pharmako/Gnosis, Revised and Updated: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path
    Pharmako/Gnosis, Revised and Updated: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path
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    Delving deep into the world of psychoactive plants, including ayahuasca, Pharmako/Gnosis serves as a comprehensive and standalone guide. Celebrated by readers as a modern classic, this is a [...]

  • Russell Hoban – Ridley Walker (expanded edition)
    Russell Hoban – Ridley Walker (expanded edition)
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    Riddley Walker is a brilliant, unique, completely realized work of fiction. One reads it again and again, discovering new wonders every time through. Set in a remote future in a […]

  • Spectral Sounds: Unquiet Tales of Acoustic Weird
    Spectral Sounds: Unquiet Tales of Acoustic Weird
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    From the ringing of a disconnected bell to footsteps in the halls of an abandoned house and the whisper of an unexplained voice in the ear, uncanny sounds are often […]

  • The Mysticism of Sound and Music: The Sufi Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan
    The Mysticism of Sound and Music: The Sufi Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan
    $28.00 | , Add to cart

    “A modern classic of Universal Sufism that explores the mystical dimensions of music-and the musical dimensions of mysticism. Music, according to Sufi teaching, is really a small expression [...]

  • The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman Surrealist Research – Nikolas Schreck
    The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman Surrealist Research – Nikolas Schreck
    $48.00 | , Add to cart

    This is a preorder item that will ship around the first week of August, 2024. We apologize for any delays. Softcover reprint of this rare & much sought after close […]

  • Mike Collino – Come The Maker Carcass
    Mike Collino – Come The Maker Carcass
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    January 6, 2024 Edition of 100 Alien Passengers #97

  • We Jazz Issue 09: Oisters
    We Jazz Issue 09: Oisters
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    The ninth issue of We Jazz Magazine, Oisters. Featuring: Jason Moran, Carlos Garnett, Oren Ambarchi, Darius Jones, Black Fire Records, Robyn Steward, columnist Mats Gustafsson, reviews, and more. [...]

  • We Jazz Issue 05: Amaryllis
    We Jazz Issue 05: Amaryllis
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    2022 release. The fifth issue of We Jazz Magazine, Amaryllis for Mary Halvorson. All articles presented in English. Stories include Mary Halvorson by Peter Margasak, Pi Recordings by Will Layman, [...]

  • We Jazz Issue 04: The Call
    We Jazz Issue 04: The Call
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    2022 release. The fourth issue of We Jazz Magazine, The Call for Horace Tapscott. All articles presented in English. Stories include Horace Tapscott by Andy Thomas, Tigran Hamasyan by Rui […]

  • We Jazz Issue 03: Tetragon
    We Jazz Issue 03: Tetragon
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    2022 release. This is the third issue of the new We Jazz Magazine, Tetragon for Joe Henderson. All articles presented in English. Stories include Joe Henderson by Daniel Spicer, International [...]

  • We Jazz Issue 02: Pursuance
    We Jazz Issue 02: Pursuance
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    We Jazz follows the success of the sold out debut issue of their new magazine with issue number 2 (Fall 2021), entitled “Pursuance”. The cover story by Ashley Kahn features […]

  • Thurston Moore – Sonic Life: A Memoir
    Thurston Moore – Sonic Life: A Memoir
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    From the founding member of Sonic Youth, a passionate memoir tracing the author’s life and art–from his teen years as a music obsessive in small-town Connecticut, to the formation of [...]

  • The Writings of Austin Osman Spare: Anathema of Zos, The Book of Pleasure, and The Focus of Life
    The Writings of Austin Osman Spare: Anathema of Zos, The Book of Pleasure, and The Focus of Life
    $8.00 | , Add to cart

    The Writings of Austin Osman Spare is a collection of three books written by the famous artist and occult author. The three books included in this publication are Anathema of […]

  • Laird Barron – The Imago Sequence
    Laird Barron – The Imago Sequence
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    To the tradition of eldritch horror pioneered and refined by writers such as H.P. Lovecraft, Peter Straub, and Thomas Ligotti comes Laird Barron, an author whose literary voice invokes the […]

  • Harald Voetmann – Sublunar
    Harald Voetmann – Sublunar
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    A great mind and a formidable personality, Brahe is also the world’s most illustrious noseless man of his time. Told by Brahe and his assistants–a filthy cast of characters– [...]

  • Nelson Algren – A Walk On The Wild Side
    Nelson Algren – A Walk On The Wild Side
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    With its depictions of the downtrodden prostitutes, bootleggers, and hustlers of Perdido Street in the old French Quarter of 1930s New Orleans, Nelson Algren’s A Walk in the Wild Side […]

  • Cosmic Scholar: The Life and Times of Harry Smith
    Cosmic Scholar: The Life and Times of Harry Smith
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    What our staff has to say: “The Harry Smith resurgence is upon us.” – Jack He was an anthropologist, filmmaker, painter, folklorist, mystic, and walking encyclopedia. He taught [...]

  • Fernanda Melchor – Paradais
    Fernanda Melchor – Paradais
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    Inside a luxury housing complex, two misfit teenagers sneak around and get drunk. Franco Andrade, lonely, overweight, and addicted to porn, obsessively fantasizes about seducing his neighbor—an [...]

  • Noel Meek & Mattin – Homage to Annea Lockwood Book + CD
    Noel Meek & Mattin – Homage to Annea Lockwood Book + CD
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    Recital presents a book and CD homage to the New Zealand-born American composer Annea Lockwood (b. 1939). The unique concept for this album was conceived by artists Noel Meek (New […]

  • Michel Leiris – Aurora and Cardinal Point
    Michel Leiris – Aurora and Cardinal Point
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    This volume collects two classics of Surrealist fiction, both long out of print, by the writer and ethnographer Michel Leiris (1901–1990). Close to Georges Bataille, Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre and [...]

  • Trinh T. Minh-Ha: The Twofold Commitment
    Trinh T. Minh-Ha: The Twofold Commitment
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    At once an artist’s book and an interview collection by Vietnamese filmmaker, writer and feminist and postcolonial theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha (born 1952), The Twofold Commitment centers on [...]

  • John O’Brien – Leaving Las Vegas
    John O’Brien – Leaving Las Vegas
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    What our staff has to say: “Forget the wack and overly sentimental movie, John O’Brien’s first novel is both a disturbing descent into hell and the best thing to come […]

  • Mariana Dimópulos -Imminence
    Mariana Dimópulos -Imminence
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    A new mother holds her month-old son for the first time, but her body betrays her with an absence of feeling. Disoriented, she wanders with her partner around their plant-filled […]

  • Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Live Audio Essays
    Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Live Audio Essays
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    An anthology of Abu Hamdan’s disquieting audio-essay monologues on the soundscape of political life This volume compiles transcripts from performances and films by Beirut-based Lawrence Abu [...]

  • Louis Aragon – Anicet or the Panorama: A Dadaist Novel
    Louis Aragon – Anicet or the Panorama: A Dadaist Novel
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    This novel, much of it written amidst the horror of the trenches when Louis Aragon (1897–1982) was a medical orderly during the First World War, demonstrates the chasm that separates […]

  • Susan Neiman – Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy
    Susan Neiman – Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy
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    Evil threatens human reason, for it challenges our hope that the world makes sense. For eighteenth-century Europeans, the Lisbon earthquake was manifest evil. Today we view evil as a matter […]

  • A Mammal’s Notebook: The Writings of Erik Satie
    A Mammal’s Notebook: The Writings of Erik Satie
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    This is the largest selection, in any language, of the writings of Erik Satie (1866-1925). Although once dismissed as an eccentric, Satie has come to be seen as a key […]

  • Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Pyschedelic Folk
    Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Pyschedelic Folk
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    In the late 60s and early 70s the inherent weirdness of folk met switched-on psychedelic rock and gave birth to new, strange forms of acoustic-based avant-garde music. Artists on both […]