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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: For the Bookworm

10 must-have 2018 reading books, from R. Crumb's "Dream Diary" to Honoré de Balzac's "Treatise on Modern Stimulants." Staff favorites include Karen Green's "Frail Sister," "Jack Whitten: Notes from the Woodshed," Georges Bataille's "The Sacred Conspiracy" and the selected writings of Dick Higgins.

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For the Art Lover

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For the Design Devotee

For the Stargazer

For the Fashion Forward

For the Bookworm

For the Music Lover or Cinephile

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For the Jetsetter

For the Revolutionary

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Wishes

ISBN 9781939663337 $17.95

R. Crumb's Dream Diary

ISBN 9781942884330 $25.00

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Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins

ISBN 9781938221200 $35.00

 
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What it Means to Write About Art
In this remarkable, bricklike collection of interviews with today's leading art critics—spanning Hilton Als to John Yau—Jarrett Earnest delivers something we've been needing for a long time now without even knowing it. Earnest goes deep with John Ashbery, Holland Cotter, Douglas Crimp, Darby English, Hal Foster, Dave Hickey, Chris Kraus, Rosalind Krauss, Lucy Lippard, Fred Moten, Eileen Myles, Molly Nesbit, Jerry Saltz, Peter Schjeldahl, Barry Schwabsky, Roberta Smith and Lynne Tillman, among others, bringing "just the right amounts of chutzpah, curiosity and catholic taste to his conversations, igniting his interviewees' passions." —The Wall Street Journal Holiday Gift Guide. "A must-read for anyone who cares about art writing in the US." — Daniel Larkin, Hyperallergic

ISBN 9781941701898 $32.50

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The Book

ISBN 9781878972422 $15.95

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Karen Green: Frail Sister
Karen Green's Frail Sister "is generous, a beautiful jewel excavated at great cost and with great endurance. It shines brightly and drips blood." —The Paris Review. Of this genre-smashing, feminist work by the author of Bough Down, Roxane Gay writes, "What a beautiful, strange book—found objects and fictional prose brought together to tell the real and imagined story of Constance Gale, through letters to her sister, letters from young men at war. From the beginning to the end of the book, we bear witness to a life, too-short but fully-lived. This is simply fascinating and gorgeously written, gorgeously assembled." Do not miss this moving book from the daring independent press, Siglio. Claudia Rankine calls it "a singular achievement that defies genre naming… a masterwork creating its own terms for existence—every page a marvelous and terrifying journey."

ISBN 9781938221194 $39.95

The Sacred Conspiracy

ISBN 9781900565950 $34.95

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A Blow of Dice Never Will Abolish Chance: A Poem

ISBN 9780999652237 $40.00

 
 
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Jack Whitten: Notes from the Woodshed
This searching, poetic collection of writings by Jack Whitten—the influential yet long overlooked African American painter whose sculptural works were shown for the first time last year (to great acclaim)—is a godsend. Beautifully produced and jam-packed with 520 pages of studio notes, interviews and texts. Hyperallergic's Megan Liberty writes, "Much like his art, Whitten’s writing is dense and forceful, with something underneath struggling to reach the surface." Colony Little of Artnet writes, "We see how Whitten weaves moments of creative serendipity into his paintings and his worldview, using his writing as a workshop for fine tuning them both. These notes aren’t simply a log of his practice, they reveal the soul imprinted within the work."

ISBN 9783906915173 $29.95

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Treatise on Modern Stimulants
Tea, sugar, coffee, alcohol and tobacco—all the things that delight or drive our modern society—are what interested Honoré de Balzac (and probably killed him too). Bookforum describes this short treatise, first published in French in 1839 as an appendix to Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin's Physiology of Taste, as "a marvel of brash opinion, contemporary society, politics and memoir." Within, Balzac describes his "terrible and cruel method" for brewing a coffee that can help the artist and author find inspiration (he was a 10–15 cup a day man); explains why tobacco can be credited with having brought peace to Germany; and describes his first experience of alcoholic intoxication (which required 17 bottles of wine and two cigars).

ISBN 9781939663382 $12.95

 
 

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