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Cows Are Freaky When They Look at You Cover Image
By David Ohle (Editor), Roger Martin (Editor), Susan Brosseau (Editor)
$17.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780922820139
Published: Watermark Press - April 1st, 1991

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Top Stories Cover Image
By Anne Turyn (Editor)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781736534618
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Primary Information - March 22nd, 2022

An experimental periodical edited by the photographer Anne Turyn, each issue of Top Stories featured a single authors story, poetry or artwork. The entire run is reproduced in a two volume set including works by Kathy Acker, Laurie Anderson, Constance DeJong and the incredible "How to Get Rid of Pimples" by Cookie Mueller


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The Helens of Troy, New York (New Directions Poetry Pamphlets) Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780811220422
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: New Directions - March 26th, 2013

I have been reading all the Bernadette Mayer books I have been able to find after reading The Basketball Article, sadly most of her stuff is currently out of print. I highly recommend the Bernadette Mayer Reader as well as this incredible chap book. Each page contains a photograph of a different Helen from Troy, New York, followed by a biography poem.


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Masahisa Fukase: Sasuke Cover Image
By Masahisa Fukase (Photographer), Tomo Kosuga (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$55.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9782365113106
Published: Editions Xavier Barral - September 7th, 2021

One of the creators of a new style of photography in Japan, with Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama, recently featured at a show at MoMa. Masahisa Fukase turned his lens to his new cat Sasuke, and later Momoe. Most of the photos are eye level with his cat; he said he would crawl around after her in an effort to become a cat. In some of the photographs, you can see little glimpses of him reflected in the cat’s eyes; he considers the cat photos his self-portraits. My favorites are the close-up shots of the cats yawning.


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The City of Belgium Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781770463424
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - June 1st, 2021

This sprawling story follows 3 strangers through the night as they make their way to the Disco Haram. Jona is moving to Berlin all of his friends ditch him on a night out alone he runs into a character from his past that he is trying to forget, Victoria escapes from her overbearing friends and family who are trying to comit her, Rodolphe is reconsidering his lifestyle when he gets a drink full of a potent drug poured on him. Brecht Evens beautiful artwork creates a beautiful and menacing narrative.


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Flavors of the Sun: The Sahadi’s Guide to Understanding, Buying, and Using Middle Eastern Ingredients Cover Image
By Christine Sahadi Whelan, Kristin Teig (Photographs by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781452182452
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Chronicle Books - September 7th, 2021

I started cooking a lot when I moved to New York as a way to save money. Whenever I needed a particular spice for a recipe, I would head to Sahadi’s on Atlantic Ave., an experience not at all dissimilar to the description in the introduction. They carry every spice imaginable and make, hands down, my favorite spicy hummus, which I miss greatly. Arranged by spice, this cookbook gives you ideas for spice blends you can make, and ways to use the spices in multiple dishes. Also included is the coveted spicy hummus recipe.


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Alberto Breccia's Dracula (The Alberto Breccia Library) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781683964391
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Published: Fantagraphics - August 24th, 2021

Five wordless stories of the last days of Dracula, wandering around a small nameless Argentinian town that exists under a brutal military dictator. Dracula has his fangs removed by a butcher dentist, and corrupt politicians have already drained all the life from the people living under their oppressive regime. Compared to his beautifully drawn horror and science fiction comics (Mort Cinder, The Eternaut), Breccia’s illustrations are unrecognizable; the characters are rendered in garish colors and drawn as twisted caricatures.


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Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780684870199
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 7th, 2001

Larry McMurtry uses Walter Benjamins essay Illuminations to reflect on the idea of the storyteller. When the Dairy Queens started opening up in the small isolated towns all over Texas they became the defacto town squares where all of the residents would meet to share stories and gossip. His local Dairy Queen serves as McMurtry's place to reflect on the history of his town, family, his body of work and most of all his love of reading. RIP the great Larry McMurtry


$55.00
SKU: 9782918960997N
Availability: Out of Stock

Eric Tabuchi has assembled a visual guide containing 1500 pictures accross 256 pages. From the publisher of Los Angeles Standards this book functions as a more universal style guide.


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The Cowboy's Dreams of Home: Blank Forms 7 Cover Image
By Lawrence Kumpf (Editor), Joe Bucciero (Editor), Anthony Elms (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$20.00
ISBN: 9781733723596
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Blank Forms Editions - September 7th, 2021

The newest Blank Forms journal highlights one of my favorite songwriters/artists, Terry Allen. In a lengthy interview Allen discusses his career and life existing on the fringes of the country music world while making art. Also featuring a beautiful reflection on the life of Milford Graves, a free jazz drummer/ healer/ inventor. Check it out and listen to Terry Allen


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The City of Belgium Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781770463424
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - June 1st, 2021

This sprawling story follows 3 strangers through the night as they make their way to the Disco Haram. Jona is moving to Berlin all of his friends ditch him on a night out alone he runs into a character from his past that he is trying to forget, Victoria escapes from her overbearing friends and family who are trying to comit her, Rodolphe is reconsidering his lifestyle when he gets a drink full of a potent drug poured on him. Brecht Evens beautiful artwork creates a beautiful and menacing narrative.


$18.00
SKU: 9781735075037N
Availability: Out of Stock

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Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780684870199
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 7th, 2001

Larry McMurtry uses Walter Benjamins essay Illuminations to reflect on the idea of the storyteller. When the Dairy Queens started opening up in the small isolated towns all over Texas they became the defacto town squares where all of the residents would meet to share stories and gossip. His local Dairy Queen serves as McMurtry's place to reflect on the history of his town, family, his body of work and most of all his love of reading. RIP the great Larry McMurtry


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Tono Monogatari Cover Image
By Shigeru Mizuki, Zack Davisson (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770464360
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - March 9th, 2021

A beautiful adaptation by the creator of the Yokai comics Kitaro. Tono Monogatari is a collection of folktales from the Tono region of Japan, collected 1910. Mizuki hoped to retrace the footsteps of the folklorists that collected the stories however he was too old, the work he created is his loving retelling of some of the most famous stories of the Yokai as well as his meeting between himself and Kunio Yanagita one of the original researches that collected the stories. The artwork is absolutely beautiful


$145.00
SKU: SOFTNEED23
Availability: Out of Stock

Really amazing limited edition final issue of the long running journal devoted to William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin as well as the beat writers influence on contemporary literature and art. Published as a 260 page full color oversized art book full of photo's, essays, poetry and printed ephemera.


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Katrina: A History, 1915-2015 Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9780674971714
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Published: Harvard University Press - July 7th, 2020

Starting in 1915, New Orleans began expanding farther into floodplains and oil companies started digging canals that contributed to erosion of natural barriers, bringing the Gulf of Mexico farther inland, dooming the great city of New Orleans. An exhaustive history of the corruption and greed that led to the devastation of New Orleans by hurricane Katrina in 2005.


As the pandemic shut down the world, people started ordering books they had been putting off, usually longer classics. Lonesome Dove was one of these long classics, by one of my favorite authors (I highly recommend the Thalia Trilogy for more McMurtry). This collection brings together 4 important Westerns that reframed the West as needlessly violent, cruel, and lonely.


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Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307948472
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Published: Vintage - November 17th, 2020

Willis Wu dreams of being Kung Fu Guy, but right now he is stuck playing Generic Asian Man in various scenes on the generic cop show Black and White. Most of the book is Willis’s internal thoughts about his family, racial stereotyping, his apartment building, and how to get himself seen. Infuriating, heartbreaking and hilarious.


The Man Without Talent Cover Image
By YOSHIHARU TSUGE, Ryan Holmberg (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781681374437
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: New York Review Comics - January 28th, 2020

J&K Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781683962229
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Published: Fantagraphics - February 4th, 2020

Parallel Lives Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781683961406
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Fantagraphics - December 4th, 2018

The Labyrinth Cover Image
By Saul Steinberg, Nicholson Baker (Introduction by), Harold Rosenberg (Afterword by)
$60.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781681372433
Published: New York Review Books - November 20th, 2018

We Are All Me: Toon Level 1 Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781943145355
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Published: Toon Books - September 4th, 2018

Catastrophe: And Other Stories (Art of the Story) Cover Image
$16.99
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ISBN: 9780062742735
Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2018

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Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee (33 1/3 #128) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781501321436
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - March 22nd, 2018

One of my favorite entries in the 33 1/3 series. Each chapter is devoted to a different misreading of Okie from Muskogee. 


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Trenton Doyle Hancock: Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass Cover Image
By Denise Markonish, Trenton Doyle Hancock (Contributions by), Frank Oz (Contributions by), Lauren Haynes (Contributions by)
$45.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9783791358215
Published: Prestel - July 12th, 2019

First comprehensive monograph of the great Houston artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. Including a primer of his Moundverse, as well as conversations between different artists. 


Anni Albers Cover Image
By Ann Coxon, Briony Fer, Maria Müller-Schareck, Brenda Danilowitz (Contributions by), Magdalena Droste (Contributions by), Nicholas Fox Weber (Contributions by), María Minera (Contributions by), Priyesh Mistry (Contributions by), Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye (Contributions by), T'ai Smith (Contributions by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780300237252
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Yale University Press - August 7th, 2018

Confessions of a Mask Cover Image
By Yukio Mishima, Meredith Weatherby (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811201186
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: New Directions -

The Penguin Book of Hell Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143131625
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Classics - September 4th, 2018

Duchamp's Last Day (ekphrasis) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781941701874
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: David Zwirner Books - November 20th, 2018

I Refuse for the Devil to Take My Soul: Inside Cook County Jail Cover Image
$40.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781576878880
Published: powerHouse Books - December 24th, 2018

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101972052
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - September 29th, 2020

Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781878972439
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Exact Change - September 17th, 2019

I found a bunch of the Foxfire books a few years ago in a used bookstore in Tennessee, every so often I pick one up, open to a random page and discover something fantastic. Starting in 1966 the Foxfire project was started as a way to document the Lifestyle, craft, cooking, folktales and tall tales of the people of Appalachia.  


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Arm in Arm: A Collection of Connections, Endless Tales, Reiterations, and Other Echolalia Cover Image
$19.95
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781681373737
Published: NYR Children's Collection - October 8th, 2019

One of my absolute favorite children's books reprinted in a beautiful hardcover by New York Review of Books. Remy Charlip's books are always full of beautiful illustrations and absurd wordplay. 


Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World Cover Image
By Jacques Barsac (Editor), Sebastien Cherruet (Editor), Pernette Perriand (Editor)
$60.00
ISBN: 9782072857195
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Editions Gallimard - November 25th, 2019