Friday, January 30, 2015

New Arrival: Richard McGuire's Here




Richard McGuire, Here
Hardcover

Chris Ware, "The Guardian"
"A book like this comes along once a decade, if not a century.... I guarantee that you'll remember exactly where you are, or were, when you first read it."

Jennifer Schuessler, " The New York Times
""Getting from here to there can be hard enough. But it has taken Richard McGuire 25 years to do something even more complicated: get form here to here....the book promises to leapfrog immediately to the front ranks of the graphic-novel genre."

Etelka Lehoczky, npr.com
"The magic of Here is that somehow, alchemically, this sparse little exercise begins to yank on your emotions. As your eye lurches around the page, as you flip back and forth between pages, an irresistible sentiment swells. Rare among conceptual works, Here manages to tug your heart even as it undercuts your comfortable role of reader.... Meanwhile, though, the past and present humans continue their tender little lives. Telling stories, playing, making love -- what will be their fate? That's just one of the countless questions Here leaves unanswered. Even so, it's deeply satisfying. Kind of like a story that never ends."

Marnie Kingsley, "San Antonio Current"
"Imaginative and ingenious, Here transcends the canon of traditional graphic novels. McGuire discusses the inconsistencies of memory, a central theme of Speigelman's Maus series. He readapts the labyrinthine quality of Alison Bechel's Fun Home and focuses on the small moments of everyday experience, similar to parts of Craig Thompson' autobiographical graphic novel Blankets. However, Here retains almost no qualities of a novel: It is non-linear, there are no distinct characters, apart from the space, and there is no plot. Despite these seemingly large hurdles, McGuire produces a reading experience that is emotional, thought-provoking and interactive.... A brisk and brilliant read, Here combines genres and styles in a meditation on impermanence and the processes of memory."

Financial Times
"McGuire is able to wring a surprising array of emotions from simple lines and blocks of muted colour interspersed with deliberately hackneyed jokes and the uncanny wisdom of the everyday. And the non-chronological arrangement seems faithful to how consciousness really works, the way we shape and reshape the story of ourselves by editing and re-editing highlights from our lives. I found it compelling to shuttle around in time to discover how earlier events informed later ones. Midway through the book one character says to another: 'Life has a flair for rhyming events.' Clearly, McGuire does too."

Patrick Lohier, Boingboing.net
"I soon found myself immersed and often moved. Here has the surprising depth as a magician's top hat. The combination of the surreal and the nostalgic are mesmerizing. The book is an ingenious epic of time and space, and I think readers everywhere, and of many ages, will find it delightful."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Expanding on an influential piece that first appeared in "Raw "in 1989, McGuire, best known for his illustrated children's books, explores a single patch of land (apparently in Perth Amboy, N.J.) over the course of millions of years.... The flat, hard lines produce art that looks like an approximation of Edward Hopper's clean bright paintings, created on an outdated computer program. McGuire threads miniplots and knowing references through his hopscotch narrative, building up a head of steam that's almost overwhelmingly poignant. His masterful sense of time and the power of the mundane makes this feel like the graphic novel equivalent of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life.""



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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Featured: Hunger!




Knut Hamsun, Hunger
Hardcover



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Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Arrival: Nathaniel West




The Complete Works Of Nathaniel West
Hardcover

All the West you'll ever need...
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Featured: Three by Elizabeth Bowen




Elizabeth Bowen, A World Of Love
Hardcover
(cover by George Salter)




Elizabeth Bowen, Friends And Relations
Hardcover




Elizabeth Bowen, To The North
Hardcover (no dust jacket)



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Friday, January 23, 2015

New Arrivals: Four Books




Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle, Book 1
Paperback



 

 Thomas Piketty, Capital In The Twenty-First Century
Hardcover





Howard Eiland & Michael W. Jennings, Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life
Hardcover





Diego Marani, New Finnish Grammar
Paperback



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Featured: Two from Jonathan Franzen




Jonathan Franzen, My Father's Brain
Softbound 
Signed & Numbered Edition, Limited to 200 copies





Jonathan Franzen, Strong Motion
Hardcover
First Edition



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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Featured: Three from John/Ross MacDonald




John (Ross) MacDonald, The Moving Target
Hardcover (BCE)




Ross MacDonald, The Archer Files
Paperback




Ross MacDonald, The Underground Man
Hardcover



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Arrivals: Comix from Floating World




Steve Aylett, Johnny Viable And His Terse Friends
Staplebound color comic book

"Steve Aylett’s rectangular bargain collects stories from Alan Moore’s ‘Dodgem Logic’ plus a bunch of new tales which emerge like an insect pulling out of its glue. Scratching from the other side of the world’s surface, Aylett collects dimensions like souvenirs. Don’t whack a piñata if you don’t want candy. This is not one of those comics you can read and still expect to live a normal, productive life.
Aylett is the author of THE CATERER comic plus several books including LINT, Slaughtermatic, Heart of the Original and Novahead. A series of administrative errors have resulted in him doing stand-up comedy and making music, art and a film. He resembles some sort of giant hen." -Floating World
“The most original and most consciousness-altering living writer in the English language, not to mention one of the funniest.” – Alan Moore
“The most original voice in the literary scene.” – Michael Moorcock
“Aylett crams more ideas into one sentence than you’ll find in all the novels on the New York Times bestseller list put together.” – Bookmunch
“The coolest writer alive today. ” – Starburst




Jonny Negron, Adapt, Part 2
 Broadsheet

"Jonny Negron’s ADAPT returns for another gorgeous issue!
Adapt, Part 2 of Jonny Negron’s sci-fi exploration of alienation in a utopian society. Our protagonist attempts to make his way back to the inner circle but now Earth feels like an alien world. Inspired by Return From The Stars, by Stanislaw Lem.
“Zeitgeist” – Matt Seneca discusses Krautrock – German music from the 70s that explored “rock music” divorced from its American blues origins. While American culture grew nostalgic in the 70s, European music and comics looked to the future and embraced the truly cosmic and psychedelic. The article is accompanied by illustrations of influential German musicians by Jonny Negron." -Floating World





Heather Benjamin, Delinquent
Broadsheet

"Delinquent collects 8 giant size works of exquisite gore and shocking beauty by Heather Benjamin. You won’t be able to look away from: unreal depictions of autoerotic torture; sensual suicide; eyeballs that leap from their sockets in ecstasy; masochistic blood soaked masturbation; a pussy with a tarantula in it." -Floating World




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Monday, January 19, 2015

New Arrival: Kay Nielsen




Kay Nielsen, In Powder & Crinoline
Hardcover
Illustrated in color
(out of print)









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