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  • Frans De Waard – America’s Greatest Noise
    Frans De Waard – America’s Greatest Noise
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    The next book on Korm Plastics contains no photographs of the artists, no list of released records, no pictures of record sleeves, and no footnotes. It is not a hardcover, […]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 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 […]

  • Cosmic Scholar: The Life and Times of Harry Smith
    Cosmic Scholar: The Life and Times of Harry Smith
    $31.00 | , Add to cart

    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 [...]

  • Susan Neiman – Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy
    Susan Neiman – Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy
    $25.00 | , Add to cart

    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
    $30.00 | , Add to cart

    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 […]

  • Erich Neumann – The Origins and History of Consciousness
    Erich Neumann – The Origins and History of Consciousness
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    The Origins and History of Consciousness draws on a full range of world mythology to show how individual consciousness undergoes the same archetypal stages of development as human consciousness [...]

  • Renata Salecl – Perversions of Love and Hate
    Renata Salecl – Perversions of Love and Hate
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    Why, when we are desperately in love, do we endlessly block union with our love object? Why do we often destroy what we love most? Why do we search out […]

  • Auguste Villiers De L’Isle Adam – Isis
    Auguste Villiers De L’Isle Adam – Isis
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    Here, presented in English in a long-belated translation by Brian Stableford, is Isis, the first novel of the acclaimed author of Contes cruels, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam. Deserving to be reckoned [...]

  • Hélène Picard – Sabbat
    Hélène Picard – Sabbat
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    Sabbat, by Hélène Picard (1873-1945), first published in 1923, is one of the most forthright contributions to the rich French tradition of “literary Satanism.” It was issued as part [...]

  • William Seabrook – Astounding Secrets of the Devil Worshippers’ Mystic Love Cult
    William Seabrook – Astounding Secrets of the Devil Worshippers’ Mystic Love Cult
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    “Beast or poet? Monster or moralist? Charlatan or magician? Genius or madman?” These are the questions William Seabrook, the great writer on such things as zombies and witchcraft, [...]

  • Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader
    Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader
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    Since launching his career at the Village Voice in the early 1980s Greg Tate has been one of the premiere critical voices on contemporary Black music, art, literature, film, and […]

  • Lucie Delarue-Mardrus – Amanit
    Lucie Delarue-Mardrus – Amanit
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    Amanit, is one of the most distinctive works that the highly distinctive Lucie Delarue-Mardrus ever produced, written in 1929, when the author was fifty-four years old, and her meteoric career [...]

  • Giovanni Intra – Clinic of Phantasms: Writings 1994-2002
    Giovanni Intra – Clinic of Phantasms: Writings 1994-2002
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    Artist, gallerist, and writer Giovanni Intra’s inventive approach to art writing provides a guide to the New Zealand and Los Angeles art scenes of his era. Everything you read about […]

  • Sun Ra: Collected Works Vol. 1 – Immeasurable Equation
    Sun Ra: Collected Works Vol. 1 – Immeasurable Equation
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    Sun Ra was a master jazz musician unlike any before or after him. Here is a stunning collection of 260 of his cosmic poems and selected prose.

  • The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales: Expanded Edition
    The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales: Expanded Edition
    $23.00 | , Add to cart

    Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairy tales is the subject of this groundbreaking and intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s [...]

  • Try to Tell a Fish about Water: The Art, Music, and Third Life of Norma Tenega
    Try to Tell a Fish about Water: The Art, Music, and Third Life of Norma Tenega
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    In addition to her accomplishments as a gifted musician and songwriter, Norma Tanega was a noted gallerist, teacher, and a central figure in the vibrant and homegrown creative scene of […]

  • Three New York Dadas and the Blind Man: Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, Beatrice Wood
    Three New York Dadas and the Blind Man: Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, Beatrice Wood
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    Three New York Dadas and The Blind Man relates the story of the triangular relationship between Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché and Beatrice Wood, told in the words of two of […]

  • Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
    Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
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    The foundational work on shamanism now available as a Princeton Classics paperback   Shamanism is an essential work on the study of this mysterious and fascinating phenomenon. The founder of [...]

  • Gabrielle Wittkop – Murder Most Serene
    Gabrielle Wittkop – Murder Most Serene
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    In the last days of the Venetian Republic, the successive wives of Count Alvise Lanzi suffer mysterious, agonizing deaths. Murder Most Serene offers a cruel portrait of a beautiful but […]

  • Ibn Khaldûn – The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History
    Ibn Khaldûn – The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History
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    The Muqaddimah, often translated as “Introduction” or “Prolegomenon,” is the most important Islamic history of the premodern world. Written by the great fourteenth-century [...]

  • Joseph Cornell – Dreams
    Joseph Cornell – Dreams
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    A selection of dream epiphanies and reveries from Joseph Cornell’s voluminous diaries Joseph Cornell is well known for the oneiric quality of his art and films. Many have tried, often […]

  • A Something Else Reader
    A Something Else Reader
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    A previously unpublished anthology of classic texts from Something Else Press, assembled in the 1970s by Dick Higgins, with works by John Cage, Al Hansen, Claes Oldenburg and many more […]

  • Unica Zurn – The Man of Jasmine & Other Texts
    Unica Zurn – The Man of Jasmine & Other Texts
    $24.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “A unique and disturbing memoir from an underread surrealist master” – Cleo Anagram play meets psychic crisis in Unica Zürn’s acclaimed [...]

  • Jan Morris – Hav
    Jan Morris – Hav
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    Hav is like no place on earth. Rumored to be the site of Troy, captured during the crusades and recaptured by Saladin, visited by Tolstoy, Hitler, Grace Kelly, and Princess […]

  • Love, Icebox: Letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham
    Love, Icebox: Letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham
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    Cage’s passionate, distraught and affectionate letters to Cunningham provide a vivid portrait of the start of their life together These early letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham will [...]

  • Walter Benjamin – Illuminations: Essays and Reflections
    Walter Benjamin – Illuminations: Essays and Reflections
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    A selection of works from one of the most original cultural critics of the twentieth century–as selected by Hannah Arendt and including a classic essay of her own about Walter […]

  • Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound
    Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound
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    Pink Noises brings together twenty-four interviews with women in electronic music and sound cultures, including club and radio DJs, remixers, composers, improvisers, instrument builders, and [...]

  • Greil Marcus – Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century (Anniversary)
    Greil Marcus – Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century (Anniversary)
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    Greil Marcus, author of Mystery Train, widely acclaimed as the best book ever written about America as seen through its music, began work on this new book out of a […]

  • Theodore Roszak – Flicker
    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 – Essential Deren: Collected Writings on Film
    Maya Deren – Essential Deren: Collected Writings on Film
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    Until now, Maya Deren’s essays on the art and craft of filmmaking have not been available in a comprehensive volume equally handy for students, film enthusiasts, and scholars. Essential [...]

  • Eileen Ormsby – The Darkest Web: Drugs, Death and Destroyed Lives . . . the Inside Story of the Internet’s Evil Twin
    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 […]

  • Arkady & Boris Strugatsky – Roadside Picnic
    Arkady & Boris Strugatsky – Roadside Picnic
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    Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that […]

  • Walter Tevis – The Man Who Fell To Earth
    Walter Tevis – The Man Who Fell To Earth
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    A man wanders into town one day seemingly out of nowhere. He starts by peddling valuables just to get by. But he possesses uncanny scientific knowledge, which he uses to […]

  • Construction Site for Possible Worlds
    Construction Site for Possible Worlds
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    Perspectives from philosophy, aesthetics, and art on how to envisage the construction site of possible worlds. Given the highly coercive and heavily surveilled dynamics of the present moment, [...]