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DARREN

Born and raised in the rough suburbs of LA, Darren has an extensive backstory filled with moments of transcendence and utter despair. Not a believer in guilty pleasures, high art or low art, Darren loves noir, 70's film, comics, and all things musically linked to BOWIE or HALL & OATES. Sincerity preferred to Post-Modern meta posturing.
Zeroville Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933372396
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - November 1st, 2007

Vicar has arrived in Los Angeles in the early days of 1969, with nothing but the clothes on his back and the tattoo of Montgomery Clift and Liz Taylor on his head. Beyond a cineaste, he is labeled “cineautistic” by those who meet him. Intersecting and moving in and out of Hollywood history, Vicar seems destined for nothing or everything. STEVE ERICKSON has given us a love letter to film and a disturbing examination of God’s relationship with man, or, more specifically, children. Deceptively simple prose mirrors frames in a film and scenes in a script. Reset the world and count from zero.


The Fuck Up Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780671027636
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Published: MTV Books - May 1st, 1999

The title says it all. This is a book for people who remember New York the way it used to be: full of dive bars, porno theatres and homeless people. Into this early 1980’s world comes the FUCK-UP who has just lost his job, his girlfriend, surfs from couch to couch and demeans himself in everyway possible to survive. This tragic-comedy is for anyone who has ever been on the edge, barely surviving and wondering what the meaning of it all is. Written in a crisp, eloquent tone, the FUCK-UP is the classic that established ARTHUR NERSESSIAN as the chronicler of the doome


The Dark Stuff: Selected Writings on Rock Music Updated Edition Cover Image
By Nick Kent, Iggy Pop, Iggy Pop (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780306811821
Availability: Backordered
Published: Da Capo Press - May 10th, 2007

This book is chock full of everything you want in a book about rock and roll. The subjects are fascinating, (Iggy Pop, Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones, Brian Wilson, Lou Reed, Syd Barret, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, Gun & Roses, etc. etc.) and the writing is spectacular. NICK KENT spent years in the sordid bowels of rock staring into a musical abyss where darkness courses through the veins of its rock legends. KENT writes with compassion, a distinctive voice, and a healthy disregard for his own safety.


The Adventures of Luther Arkwright Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781593077259
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Published: Dark Horse Comics - May 1st, 2008

"A work ambitious in both scope and complexity that still stands unique upon the comics landscape...stunning"- ALAN MOORE Behold the David Bowie / Jerry Cornelius godhead, a being who exists in only one parallel reality but is able to navigate within all of them. His mission: to stop the parallel world advance of the Disruptors who are bent on nothing less than total enslavement or, if need be, total destruction of all counter earths. LUTHER ARKWRIGHT can be read on so many levels. As an intricately plotted tale of interstellar espionage. As a dissertation on fascism, democracy and mythology masquerading as an action movie. As a densely written and drawn masterpiece that stands along WATCHMEN in quality and scope. You’ll find your own answers and interpretations.


The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781555975388
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 2009

This book has it all. Part true crime (following an actual murder trial), a memoir of Elliott’s strange relationship with his possibly murderous father, and a study of the creative process as shaped by mythologized memories. At its center is a beating heart, a human being trying to communicate with the world and make some sense of it all. A truly astounding book. Full of insight.


Coward Cover Image
By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780785124399
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Marvel Comics Group - May 9th, 2007

CRIMINAL VOL. 1: COWARD is the story of Leo, a man who quit robbing banks after his last heist went horribly wrong. Leo is known as a coward. He plans for everything meticulously. Down to the last detail. But you can't account for every variable. Least of all, her. ED BRUBAKER lives, eats and breathes noir. CRIMINAL is a series he created to contain his stories and characters in a shared world setting. Graced with evocative art by SEAN PHILLIPS, each volume presents a facet of that world. Inspired by DAVID GOODIS, DAN J. MARLOWE, RICHARD STARK, RAYMOND CHANDLER and other crime greats, Brubaker takes his influences and creates something new and exciting with them. LOOK FOR CRIMINAL VOL. 2: LAWLESS CRIMINAL VOL. 3: THE DEAD AND THE DYING & ALL FUTURE VOLUMES AT SKYLIGHT BOOKS!!!


Columbine Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780446546935
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Twelve - April 6th, 2009

The COLUMBINE massacre of 1999 is the story of a million misconceptions fueled by media mythology and the need for quick answers.

DAVE CULLEN'S COLUMBINE, is the exhaustively thorough antidote to the modern news approach. By examining that day and its aftermath from a million different angles and perspectives, Cullin comes away with a compelling narrative that balances seemingly disparate perspectives into a unified whole.

Like Robert Graysmith's ZODIAC or Capote's IN COLD BLOOD, this is a book that will be read years from now because it points to something beyond the moment in time it captures.


The Stars My Destination Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679767800
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Published: Vintage - July 2nd, 1996

STARS MY DESTINATION, along with DEMOLISHED MAN are two of the greatest science fiction books ever written. They blazed onto the scene in the 1950’s and instantly rewrote the rules of the genre. THE DEMOLISHED MAN is about the world’s richest man who wants to commit murder in a world policed by telepaths. STARS MY DESTINATION is about Gully Foyle, hardened convict and unlikely hero seeking revenge and getting something altogether different. Great stories innovative in style and execution, it is no accident that they continue to influence writers today including KURT VONNEGUT, NEIL GAIMAN, HARRY HARRISON, ISAAC ASIMOV, SAMUEL R. DELANEY, MICHAEL MOORCOCK and the CYBERPUNK MOVEMENT.


The Hunter Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780226770994
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 1st, 2008

Parker is a sociopath, an unrepentant crook and everyone's revealed id.  God help you if you get on his bad side. The post-modern crime genre begins and ends here. Many have immitated STARK.  All have failed to come close. STARK'S writing is so good that you will find yourself rooting for Parker to succeed while you gag and wretch with disgust at what that says about you.

PARKER BOOK 3: THE OUTFIT

PARKER BOOK 4: THE MOURNER

PARKER BOOK 5: THE SCORE

PARKER BOOK 6: THE JUGGER

PARKER BOOK 7: THE SEVENTH

PARKER BOOK 8: THE HANDLER

PARKER BOOK 9: THE RARE COIN SCORE


Sway Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316113113
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 10th, 2009

The 1960’s became a nightmare. The death of Brian Jones. Altamont. The Manson murders. These events have become modern myths. This poetic dirge comes to terms with that era by giving it the gravitas of a great song. By making its characters part of an unstoppable Greek tragedy. By blurring fiction and fact.

This is an intense book but totally worth it.

For fans of Velvet Goldmine.


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$7.99
ISBN: 9780385731348
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 14th, 2004

"Imagine what might happen if HOLDEN CAULFIELD stepped into H.G. WELLS’ THE INVISIBLE MAN and you’ll have an idea how good FADE is…" STEPHEN KING CORMIER’S only book to rival and some would argue surpass THE CHOCOLATE WAR, FADE is the story of Paul and his discovery of his family’s unspoken secret ability to fade (turn invisible). What at first seems like a gift to Paul, leads to the discoveries of dark secrets in his town. Secrets and taboos of incest, racism, abuse and chaos bubbling under the surface. Secrets he must now live with. A generational tale of legacies and choices between dark and light, FADE peals away the façade of everyday life, forcing us to look at what lies beneath. A source of censorship attacks since its initial publication in 1988, FADE, like the CHOCOLATE WAR, remains popular because it refuses to talk down to its audience and is written in an eloquent yet simple style.


Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143036722
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Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 2006

In the aftermath of PUNK's narcissistic demise, a varied and adventurous musical movement rose from the ashes in the UK and America, pushing the aesthetic and thematic boundaries of music into an imagined future. Covering diverse groups like Devo, Joy Division, Orange Juice, Joseph K, The Fall, Wire, Gang of Four, the Slits, Human League, Talking Heads, Scritti Polliti, Flipper, Liquid Liquid, ESG, Soft Cell, Pere Ubu, Throbbing Gristle, Adam & the Ants, Magazine, PiL, etc. SIMON REYNOLDS makes the argument that POST-PUNK was a varied, adventurous and far reaching movement which eclipsed its more famous antecedent.
CAUTION!!! ADDICTING!!! You will visit the itunes store and Amoeba Records many times while reading this book!!!


The Demolished Man Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780679767817
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - July 2nd, 1996

DEMOLISHED MAN, along with STARS MY DESTINATION are two of the greatest science fiction books ever written. They blazed onto the scene in the 1950’s and instantly rewrote the rules of the genre. THE DEMOLISHED MAN is about the world’s richest man who wants to commit murder in a world policed by telepaths. STARS MY DESTINATION is about Gully Foyle, hardened convict and unlikely hero seeking revenge and getting something altogether different. Great stories innovative in style and execution, it is no accident that they continue to influence writers today including KURT VONNEGUT, NEIL GAIMAN, HARRY HARRISON, ISAAC ASIMOV, SAMUEL R. DELANEY, MICHAEL MOORCOCK and the CYBERPUNK MOVEMENT.


The Chocolate War Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780375829871
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2004

Jerry Renault has refused to sell chocolates for Trinity Catholic School’s number one fundraiser. Why does he do this and why won’t he stop? And what does it all have to do with the uneasy alliance between a secret society of elite students known as the Vigils and the sadistic Brother Leon? Ostensibly marketed as a young adult book upon its initial publication, THE CHOCOLATE WAR has a powerful narrative that can be enjoyed by teens, but is anything but juvenile. It deals with the relationship between the powerful and the powerless. The institutions that abuse that power and the ultimate lessons they teach to the young and impressionable. A source of censorship attacks since its initial publication in 1974, THE CHOCOLATE WAR remains popular because it refuses to talk down to its audience and is written in an eloquent yet simple style.