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$34.99
SKU: 9781645709022N
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Somber and silly all at once! Still Missing is both an outstanding collection of folk art and a moving catalog of the sometimes-severed, sometimes-mended bonds between people and their pets. Oh and 100% of the profits go to animal charities! A true labor of love from a brilliant local artist!


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Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season: Selected Poems By Forough Farrokhzad, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr (Translated by) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811231657
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Published: New Directions - April 5th, 2022

“I speak from the limit of night / I speak from the limit of darkness / and of the limit of night

“If you come to my house, O kind one, bring me a lamp / and a tiny opening through which I might look at the crowd in the happy street”

–from “Gift” (Hedyeh)


$20.00
SKU: ANTIDRUGPROPOGANDA
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Very useful information contained herein! Introduced me to so many substances to avoid and in exactly what quantities to avoid them! The pictures were so helpful! Thank you, Desert Island!


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The Tricking Hour By Irene Silt Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781736210451
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Published: Deluge Books - October 2nd, 2022

No more victims, only more criminals. Please heed the words of this magnificent beneficent queen-alicent comrade, an astounding person and my hero (did you ever know?) to whom I aspire. Goodnight, Irene / Goodnight, Irene / I kiss / you in / my dreams.


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My Phantoms By Gwendoline Riley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681376813
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Published: New York Review Books - September 13th, 2022

I wish more books were like this. Give me people irritating one another over lunch any day. Honest and bleak yet never anything but deeply felt. Radiating tortured emotion. It doesn’t need words to speak to us. We feel it.


You'll Like It Here (American Literature) By Ashton Politanoff Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781628974034
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 6th, 2022

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A Sorrow Beyond Dreams: A Life Story (FSG Classics) By Peter Handke, Ralph Manheim (Translated by), Jeffrey Eugenides (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Peter Handke, Ralph Manheim (Translated by), Jeffrey Eugenides (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374533649
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 30th, 2012

Mamma-mento mori


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Foraging Southern California: 118 Nutritious, Tasty, and Abundant Foods By Douglas Kent Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781591939153
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Published: Adventure Publications - October 29th, 2019

Wish you good fortune in the wars to come


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Sarah Kane: Complete Plays: Blasted; Phaedra's Love; Cleansed; Crave; 4.48 Psychosis; Skin (Contemporary Dramatists) By Sarah Kane Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780413742605
Published: Methuen Drama - February 22nd, 2008

Free association: Pleasant Valley State Prison. 'You want it darker' LC.


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Susan Meiselas: Carnival Strippers - Revisited By Susan Meiselas (Photographer), Felix Hoffmann (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Abigail Solomon-Godeau (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Susan Meiselas (Photographer), Felix Hoffmann (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Abigail Solomon-Godeau (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$95.00
ISBN: 9783969990025
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Published: Steidl - May 24th, 2022

Round these parts, this is what we here call a classic.


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Mistaken Identity: Mass Movements and Racial Ideology By Asad Haider Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781839763953
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Published: Verso - March 29th, 2022

New edition, new preface


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Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War By Peter Maass Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679763895
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Published: Vintage - February 25th, 1997

I don't expect you to want to read this. It shouldn't exist. Think of it as atrocity immersion therapy. Avoidance breeds anxiety.


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When We Cease to Understand the World By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by) Cover Image
By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681375663
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Published: New York Review Books - September 28th, 2021

Death chants, breakdowns, and military waltzes. Our neighbor fancies himself an authority on matters of geopolitical import yet finds himself at a loss to identify an herb or shrub in his own backyard


Discourse on Colonialism By Aimé Césaire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781583670255
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Published: Monthly Review Press - January 1st, 2001

Howled into my dead cavernous soul and was not lost. There is no escape. The poet does not look away.


$74.50
SKU: 9783906822365N
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A gleaming slice of bygone Valley nightlife. Shot in rich luminous black and white and brimming with candid portraits of people toolin’ the main and hanging out, Van Nuys Blvd 1972 spotlights a perennially overlooked part of L.A. history.


Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance: The Tenth Anniversary Edition By Rinko Kawauchi (Photographer), David Chandler (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Lesley A. Martin (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Rinko Kawauchi (Photographer), David Chandler (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Lesley A. Martin (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$65.00
ISBN: 9781597115148
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Published: Aperture - December 7th, 2021

Ten years on and this collection is still as sublime and enchanting as ever. It’s like “stop and smell the roses” in book form. And the editing? Forget about it. Perfection. Makes even the simple act of turning the pages a revelation. Never enough praise.


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The Complete Works of Michel de Montaigne: Introduction by Stuart Hampshire (Everyman's Library Classics Series) By Michel de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (Translated by), Stuart Hampshire (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Michel de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (Translated by), Stuart Hampshire (Introduction by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781400040216
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Published: Everyman's Library - April 29th, 2003

I feel seen


$50.00
SKU: 9781838424817N
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Sir Mix-A-Lot would be proud. Ditto Bloom in Nighttown. A true labor of love and compulsion. A tail as old as time. The catalogue of a pathetic little man and his suffocating need to … ahh .. gulp: … well, you’ll see. [Psst! For more titles off the beaten track, visit our Shopify page: skylight-books.myshopify.com]


$22.95
SKU: 0812743023167
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I adopted a kitten recently so this is probably the toxoplasmosis talking. These adorable wittle bookends are sure to be received kindly by our furry overlords (insert obligatory Hail Bastet, Hail Kasha, et al.)—and if not, they’ll be batted away with a supremely disinterested swipe and a yawn. Oh, oh, and please see also Alex’s pick Masahisa Fukase: Sasuke. Because I said so.


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SKU: 0812743020074
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I adopted a kitten recently so this is probably the toxoplasmosis talking. These adorable wittle bookends are sure to be received kindly by our furry overlords (insert obligatory Hail Bastet, Hail Kasha, et al.)—and if not, they’ll be batted away with a supremely disinterested swipe and a yawn. Oh, oh, and please see also Alex’s pick Masahisa Fukase: Sasuke. Because I said so.


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Bress 'n' Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes from a Sixth-Generation Farmer By Matthew Raiford, Amy Paige Condon (With) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781682686041
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Published: Countryman Press - May 11th, 2021

I'm getting hungry just thinking about it


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The Complete Works of Michel de Montaigne: Introduction by Stuart Hampshire (Everyman's Library Classics Series) By Michel de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (Translated by), Stuart Hampshire (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Michel de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (Translated by), Stuart Hampshire (Introduction by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781400040216
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Published: Everyman's Library - April 29th, 2003

I feel seen


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It's Life as I See it: Black Cartoonists in Chicago, 1940 - 1980 By Dan Nadel (Editor), Charles Johnson (Contributions by), Ronald Wimberly (Afterword by), Kerry James Marshall (Designed by) Cover Image
By Dan Nadel (Editor), Charles Johnson (Contributions by), Ronald Wimberly (Afterword by), Kerry James Marshall (Designed by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781681375618
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Published: New York Review Comics - June 1st, 2021

Cry while you laugh. Pairs well with Going There: Black Visual Satire by Richard J. Powell and Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah


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The Savage Detectives: A Novel By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by) Cover Image
By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780312427481
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Published: Picador - March 4th, 2008

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Nichols and May: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers) By Robert E. Kapsis Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781496831040
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - October 1st, 2020

Have The Heartbreak Kid and Ishtar been remastered/released yet? Can't we just throw all of Miss May's movies into a boxset and call it a day? I mean, how hard can it be?


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Live Long And . . .: What I Learned Along the Way By William Shatner, David Fisher Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250166692
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - September 4th, 2018

dedicated to Ian


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Sula (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033430
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Beguiling. Ribald. Bleak. Insular.....probably'd do me good to read this more than once.


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Dead Souls: A Novel (Vintage Classics) By Nikolai Gogol, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by) Cover Image
By Nikolai Gogol, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679776444
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - March 25th, 1997

The story of an exceedingly clever fellow with dreams of rising above his station who manages to swindle half of Russia before things start to come apart, and of the people whose wealth and privilege have blinded them to the grifter at their door and the monstrously unjust system beneath their feet.


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The Grapes of Wrath By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by), Robert DeMott (Notes by) Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by), Robert DeMott (Notes by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039433
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

Skeletal, elemental, consumed with rage at the suffering casually inflicted on the most vulnerable and the unbelievable cruelty of those who see that suffering as necessary and deserved, The Grapes of Wrath is a wrenching howl for compassion and solidarity.


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Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present (The Open Yale Courses Series) By Frank M. Snowden Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780300256390
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Published: Yale University Press - May 1st, 2020

Amid all the talk of living in unprecedented times it's oddly comforting to discover that almost nothing about our current situation is - Word of the Year 2021 - unprecedented. Now if only we could learn from our mistakes we might . . . ahh, who am I kidding.