"Two octopuses got married and walked down the aisle arm in arm in arm in arm in arm in arm in arm in arm." HA! For fans of Shel Silverstein and Lynda Barry, this book is pure rainbow joy.
In former Adventure Time artist Jesse Moynihan’s imaginative new deck, he describes his process of creating this deck like building a car from scratch. And so each spare part evokes an apocalyptic acid trip, an antidote for the self-serious, and a look into the balance of light and dark. Divine away!
Rules are made to be broken. And in this stunning collection from poet Solmaz Sharif, the rules are certainly broken. Set in a kind of nowhere space (customs at the airport, the tireless process of migration), each poem stares into the face of American systems—poetic, bureaucratic, and otherwise—and asks the question why?
Part memoir, part ghost hunt, part investigative journalism… this book will turn your world upside down. Simply put, this is an exploration of the things that haunt us: the dead, unread books, addiction, One Direction. Instead of approaching it all with fear, Hunt demonstrates a way forward that is full of hope and wonder. A wonderful book for all!
If satire equals tragedy plus time, Everett's unflinching resurrection of the Emmett Till murder added together with a radical sense of justice in the BLM era is the perfect equation. I screamed; I laughed; I wandered the woods like a detective myself. Absolutely haunting and side-splitting.
page 242... i'd put this salsa on everything.
I wouldn't say Carl Wilson falls in love with Celine Dion, but his portrait of Celine and her fans is one of reverence and respect. An ode to schmaltz, the unironic, the eager, the unabashed... all that Celine Dion is. The first time I read this book the large part of me that is a fangirl of all things pop-culture felt so validated, especially when he broke down crying as she sang My Heart Will Go On. An essential read for all music fans.
No Gods, No Masters.
This book invented tabloids and celebrity gossip as we know it. And in a Free Britney era, I do mean that this book is a step too far into the toxic concept of celebrity. Three girls climb their way to various degrees of stardom, finding bad men and a love of "dolls" (pills) along the way. It is such a salacious beach read that is the perfect substitute for People magazine.
When I was little, I was obssesed with this old elevator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts with a golden metal gate and a man in a uniform operating it with all it's ancient, stubborn buttons. This book and its wonderfully graphic illustrations takes me back to that elevator and oh, what a joy that is!!
Dive into the world of Cookie Mueller! Whether it's on set for John Water's Pink Flamingos, giving birth to her son, acid trips, or taking photos with Mapplethrope, Cookie pens a life full of art and exploration. She's a total It Girl and I hope this reprint finds her a new generation of devoted fans.
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Divine your future with THEE William Blake's take on tarot. He kicks wands, cups, swords, pentacles to the curb. Instead, this deck is full of the things of imagination and creativity: painting, science, music, and poetry. This deck has provided some of the most enlightening readings of my little life!
Absurdism meets all too real societal collapse in this cult favorite from Vanessa Veselka. Armed with a geology masters and stuck behind the counter at the vegan diner, Della watches bombs go off across her city as a war begins. Her central question becomes to stay and rebel or to flee the country to get away from the bullshit. A deeply anti-capitalist novel, I found this ride to dig at a lot of my central questions about what to do when the end is nigh (which let's admit, it could be). But I swear, this book is fun!
In the 1920s, there were over one million Black farmers; today there are just 45,000. Through photos, interviews, and poetry, Baszile builds an insightful look at land, memory, and food. I found myself constantly unlearning my perceptions of the history and future of farming. It’s rare for a book to display both problem and solution. This strikes a perfect balance.
Absolutely love this collection of stories from Camille Roy. Each one feels part truth, part fiction. Either way, I was left careening down the streets of sexy, lively nights full of temptations and fantasy. This is joyous, queer writing by and for the queer community from a San Francisco legend.
I have such fond memories of reading the comics every morning with my dad. It taught me so much about character, humor, and storytelling. Moomin wasn’t part of my childhood, but I can picture myself curled up with this collection falling in love with the whimsical world of Moominvalley. Tove Jansson is a treasure!
If asked what book recently shattered my brain, the answer is Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World. Defying the standard immigration story, Makina travels across the U.S.–Mexico border to deliver a message to her brother, with plans to return home. Herrera paints a surreal, mystical, and malleable borderland—joined in this collection by two other stellar novellas.
UFOs, the subway, pandemics, the church, men who will sell you a parking space and charge you for them to watch your car … all of these things can be found in the labyrinth of a city that Juan Villoro constructs in Horizontal Vertigo. Great gift for your travel bud, urban planner, or CDMX ex-pat.
I love this book so much. Kvothe is a flawed hero but I'm always left cheering for him. Cocky, charasmatic, unlike any other person in his world, he runs around trying to create a life for himself when he has very little. The first in the unfinished series, it is full of songs, magic, myth, adventure, friendship. Devoid of typical fantasy tropes, this is a fantasy novel for anyone to enjoy. It took Patrick Rothfuss 15 years to write this book and I will wait another 15 for the next one.
Food writing is vastly undervalued! It is personal, fragile, sensual. The 26 difficult fruits (one for each letter of the alphabet) Lebo presents in her essays are each a lesson of natural history, the land we're on, personal journies with diet and food, and so much more.
Absolutely ridiculous and beautiful. Sissy Hankshaw and her giant thumb make for a great travel read or moment of escapism. There's no one quite like Tim Robbins in terms of melding absurdism, magic, and American iconography. If you're looking for a good time, this is certainly it!
A whirlwind of a "memoir" -- though really it is a biomythography (biography, mythology, and history all wrapped into one to create the legend of Audre Lorde). To see Audre Lorde live such a radical life through the '30s and into her years in Mexico always reminds me of the many lifetimes we are capable of having. If you want to radicalize your existence, take note!
When Sara Cwynar had an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, I went all the time. The museum was free (bless) and a few blocks from my house and I would sit and watch her videos that tie ephemera to history, feminism, and production by investigating the creation of specific colors. I'm so excited to see these works translated into a new form!
Beautiful and simple writing. So glad to have this book in print again. Hazzard is an often overlooked writer who employs cosmic metaphors and feminine connections to keep you hooked!
We Too is an incredible collection of essays from the sex work community. There is so much to be learned here about how we value labor, intimacy, health, safety, and more. As we look to dismantle the systems we live in, why not learn from the people who have been living and working and loving outside the system? Sex work is work!!!
Looking at these photos feels so personal because the work is so energetic, full of life, and so rarely seen. They are a photos of a beautiful and bygone LA. It reminds me in so many ways of Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Things (maybe it's the gloves and the glamour), but with drag queens and far more grit.
I first fell in love with Maggie Nelson through her proflific works Bluets and The Argonauts. But there is something about The Red Parts that continues to stick with me. As the media remains fascinated with the murders of young white women, this book tells the story of the families deeply traumatized by the publicity and continuous unearthing of tragedy.
Feminism. Horror. Aliens. What frontiers hasn't Octavia tackled?