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Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear: Poems from Gaza By Mosab Abu Toha Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872868601
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Published: City Lights Books - April 26th, 2022

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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine By Ilan Pappe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781851685554
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Published: Oneworld Publications - September 1st, 2007

Israeli historian Ilan Pappé is neither ideological nor moralistic in this rigorous account of the Nakba. Instead, with almost clinical detachment, his archival material cries out for itself in delineating the campaign of violence, dispossession, and propaganda that shaped the Zionist entity.

I’m a proud, practicing Jew. I went to Jewish elementary school here in LA, had a Bar Mitzvah, light Shabbos candles regularly. There’s a mezuzah on my doorframe which my brother, a rabbi, helped me install. My grandparents fled Austria in ’38; most of their relatives didn’t survive. I’m intimately familiar with Jewish fears and anxieties. But these feelings can’t, don’t, and won’t change the well-documented fact of Zionism’s brutality. And, as Pappé amply demonstrates, they’ve been cynically twisted into apologia for the continuing regime of violence, oppression, and displacement in Palestine.

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Sadao Hasegawa's erotic art is sometimes dreamlike, sometimes nightmarish; sometimes chaotic, sometimes simple; always sexy. Figures from world mythologies--Japanese, Balinese, Disney-ese--populate his images, partaking in the orgiastic feats of pleasure & pain. Get this monograph while it's still in print!

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Halsted Plays Himself, expanded edition (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) By William E. Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635901764
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Published: Semiotext(e) - December 6th, 2022

A deep dive into the life and work of Fred Halsted, the pioneering gay pornographer whose magnum opus L.A. Plays Itself (1972) left Salvador Dalí mumbling “new information for me.” Through rigorous investigative research and interviews with Halsted’s friends and lovers, William E. Jones presents and preserves the legacy of a crucial figure in L.A.’s gay history.

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Lust Unearthed: Vintage Gay Graphics from the Dubek Collection By Thomas Waugh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781551521657
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - November 1st, 2004

An excellent introduction to early illustrated gay smut: the artists, the themes, the clandestine international networks through which these naughty images circulated. Thomas Waugh’s prose is delectable and playful without sacrificing academic rigor. And yeah, it’s pretty hot.

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Corita Kent: Ordinary Things Will Be Signs for Us By Julie Ault (Editor), Jason Fulford (Editor), Jordan Weitzman (Editor) Cover Image
By Julie Ault (Editor), Jason Fulford (Editor), Jordan Weitzman (Editor)
ISBN: 9780999365557
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Published: J & L Books - September 12th, 2023

See the world through the lens of Sister Corita Kent, the nun, printmaker, and art instructor at the (now-defunct) Immaculate Heart College on Western and Franklin. Drawing upon Corita’s expansive archive of spontaneous snapshots interspersed with snippets of wisdom, this thoughtful new compilation becomes a kind of manual for recognizing divinity in the mundane.

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Landscapes of the Solar System By Aina Bestard, Antonio Hales (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781735311531
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Published: Tra Publishing - March 7th, 2023

There’s a whole solar system contained in this ridiculously oblong book. The lavish and vivid illustrations evoke the fantasy and wonder of an archaic encyclopedia—all while presenting up-to-date astronomical information for a general audience. The perfect gift for daydreamers and stargazers of all ages.

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Rifqa By Mohammed El-Kurd, Aja Monet (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Mohammed El-Kurd, Aja Monet (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781642595864
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Published: Haymarket Books - October 12th, 2021

"What do you say to children for whom the Red Sea doesn't part?"

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The Sagas of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Various, Jane Smiley (Editor), Robert Kellogg (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Various, Jane Smiley (Editor), Robert Kellogg (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780141000039
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 1st, 2001

These semi-historical medieval sagas span generations, following the feuds, adventures, and misadventures of families settling a remote rock on the periphery of their known world and beyond. The narration style is dry, restrained, often formulaic; but once you get the rhythm (i.e. skimming the genealogical digressions), you'll find tales of epic proportions, filled with juicy internecine conflict, fatal love, and bizarre supernatural interventions.

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Tom of Finland: An Imaginary Sketchbook By Tom of Finland (Artist), Juerg Judin (Editor), Pay Matthis Karstens (Editor) Cover Image
By Tom of Finland (Artist), Juerg Judin (Editor), Pay Matthis Karstens (Editor)
ISBN: 9788857246512
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Published: Skira - August 30th, 2022

In an oft-cited quip, Tom declared that "a fully dressed man is more erotic than a naked one." By a similar logic, the sketches and studies in this volume feel way hotter—"more erotic"—than the sleek, leather finish of Tom's more iconic images. Whether hastily rubbing out a quick sketch or more fully exploring his hunks & their parts, Tom's hand here is spontaneous, curious, and, frankly, horny! Focused on nailing the relevant bits, Tom leaves the rest of his scenarios to the bare margins of his page (and of our dirty minds).

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Newspaper By Steve Lawrence (Editor), Peter Hujar (Editor), Andrew Ullrick (Editor) Cover Image
By Steve Lawrence (Editor), Peter Hujar (Editor), Andrew Ullrick (Editor)
ISBN: 9781737797944
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Published: Primary Information - April 11th, 2023

Newspaper was a short-lived proto-zine, published in New York between 1968 and 1971, edited in part by Peter Hujar, and featuring a wide array of now-familiar (and lesser known) artists. This volume reprints all 14 issues for the first time, offering a fascinating, focused, and fresh glimpse into a scene and moment.

Enheduana: The Complete Poems of the World's First Author By Sophus Helle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300264173
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Published: Yale University Press - March 28th, 2023

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Gravity and Grace By Simone Weil, Arthur Wills (Translated by), Gustave Thibon (Introduction by), Thomas R. Nevin (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Simone Weil, Arthur Wills (Translated by), Gustave Thibon (Introduction by), Thomas R. Nevin (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780803298002
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Published: Bison Books - November 1st, 1997

French thinker Simone Weil, like the mustachioed Marx, wouldn’t join any club that'd have her as a member. Jewish by birth, but drawn to Catholicism, she resisted formal baptism. Rejecting bourgeois comfort, she put her body on the line for Leftist causes—and yet, riffing on the other Marx (bearded, less funny, no relation), she posits that the “opium of the masses” is, in fact, revolution. Gravity and Grace, compiled posthumously from Weil’s later notebooks, outlines a theology and spiritual ethics riddled with paradox and counterintuitive metaphysics. You’ll instinctively disagree with her until you realize she’s saying something else. Challenging at times, but never cerebral, it's food the soul once you’re comfortable in her universe.