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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home Cover Image
By Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty (Illustrator), Andy Owens (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781593078225
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dark Horse Comics - October 31st, 2007

BUFFY SEASON #8: This one is strictly for people who are in the know. If you are one of the faithful, then this is a must read. With the advent of Buffy in comics, Whedon has really hit his stride with this medium. The story, characters, dialogue and humor are just as compelling as they ever were when being produced for TV and the scope (now that it's not constrained by a budget) is epic. Also, reading Whedon's Buffy instead of watching it makes it much more obvious what a huge influence his work has been on other great comics writers like Brian K. Vaughan and Brian Michael Bendis.
The patience of the faithful has at last been rewarded and we can once again bask in the glory of the master (just kidding


Actress in the House Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781585673506
Availability: Special Order
Published: Overlook Press - April 14th, 2003

Mcelroy's first novel in 12 years explores the interaction of memory, abuse, love, and violence in a tale of a NY actress who, together with a man in the audience one night, unearth events that have brought them together and may tear them apart. Unfortunately, most people don't know who Mcelroy is, but now here's your chance, because he's coming to Skylight on June 8th. His first novel "Smuggler's Bible", released in '66, has long been included in the list of great American novels of the mid-20th century, but is most often compared to Gaddis and Lowry as another example of a great writer ignored by the public. I'm now in the middle of reading his new novel, "An Actress in the House", and I'm fast becoming convinced that he deserves the attention of a new generation of readers so please join us for this rare opportunity. Charles.


Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780972819640
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Prickly Paradigm Press - April 1st, 2004

For many years now I've been waiting for a book to come along with the same exciting qualities as Hakim Bey's "T.A.Z"; terse, philosophically challenging, a synthesis of brilliant ideas, a manifesto for a new generation's resistance. Graeber's book has actually met those requirements. This is a refreshing and accessible look at our culture's general inability to think outside the box and a clear explanation of some commonsense ideas that simply needed to be put into words. Graeber expands on Hakim Bey by discussing how prevelent anarchist-like systems and cultures are already existing in the world now, but are invisible to the average person who lives trapped by cliches like, "anarchist organization? Isn't that an oxymoron?" Ha Ha. I can't tell you how many times I've heard this lame joke or how vindicating it is to see Mr. Graeber put it to rest. This book is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in the utopian project of envisioning the possibilities for a better world, or anyone who would like a template for understanding the structure of the growing anti-globalization movement, its consensus process, and the threat this poses to our petrified and so-called, "representative democracy".


Special Topics in Calamity Physics Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780670037773
Availability: Special Order
Published: Viking Adult - August 3rd, 2006

With a baroque architecture built around the simple premise of a murder mystery, this is an ambitious work by first-time novelist, Pessl. Structured like a syllabus for a postmodern course in literature, the novel is narrated by a vaguely unlikable and precocious highschool student whose voice could be straight out of something by Nabokov. Hoping for great things from this young author.


Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781401302931
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hyperion - September 1st, 2006

Goodman is the Edward R. Murrow, the Walter Cronkite of our generation. Ironically, her own investigative work makes it clear why people like herself have no voice in the mainstream media anymore. This book is a highly recommended antidote to Pravda...I mean Fox News.


Against the Day Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781594201202
Availability: Special Order
Published: Penguin Press HC, The - November 21st, 2006

Excession Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553575378
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Spectra Books - February 2nd, 1998

Speculative fiction: Post-scarcity/anarchism/cultural imperialism


T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781570271519
Availability: Backordered
Published: Autonomedia - January 1st, 2003

The title alone should be enough of an intrigue to get your attention. Hakim Bey is probably the most popular American writer that no one has ever heard of (check out how many websites are linked to him). For those in the know, Bey is easily the most cutting edge and controversial political philosopher at the end of this American Century. I would go so far as to say that he has the ability to approach common problems of 20th century politics with the same lateral-thinking genius that Einstein brought to 19th century physics; he sidesteps the implicit and invisible assumptions of most political dialogue, treating social change as a zen koan and anarchism as Western culture's crass attempt at something equivalent to Taoism. I promise that you've never read anything quite like this.


Who Killed Retro Girl? Cover Image
By Brian Michael Bendis (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Michael Oeming (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780785156710
Availability: Special Order
Published: Marvel Comics Group - June 1st, 2011

Stand on Zanzibar Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780345347879
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Published: Del Rey Books - April 1st, 1987

One of the great novels in the scifi new wave of the 1960's, 'Stand on Zanzibar' is an early example of the sociological and dystopian scifi that would become predominant in the mid 1990's. Brunner's treatment of population and class status is almost prescient when compared to contemporary works on the subject such as Mike Davis' 'Planet of Slums'. Stylistically, the novel melds a kind of homage to Dos Passos cut-up-newsreel technique with Mcluhan's media fetishism that makes sections of the text feel almost like a script for an MTV-generation docudrama. Difficult to find (but available at Skylight), 'Stand on Zanzibar' is definitely one of the great and almost forgotten gems of speculative-postmodern (read: 'scifi') literature.