Books

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WINDOWS OF THE SOUL : My Journeys in the Muslim World by Alexandra Avakian is now available.

The book is a memoir of the two decades (or so) Alexandra spent documenting the world of Islam from Central Asia, throughout the Middle East, Persia, Africa and the United States.

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Eleven years in the making and spanning 30 years of material, Deformer chronicles Templeton’s err… unique life and upbringing through photographs, journal excerpts, letters from his strict grandfather, religious notes from his mother, personal sketches, and artwork.

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Radio Silence is a selected visual history of American Hardcore Music. Compiled by authors Nathan Nedorostek and Anthony Pappalardo. The book is published by MTV Press and distributed by PowerHouse Books.

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I just landed after a 15.5 hour flight into Hong Kong so I thought my first post report from China should be the background as to how this project came into being. Since many of you desire to publish your own books, you might find some useful info in the posts over the next few days.

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They steal, they hit, they kill dogs. And for New Year, they decorate the holiday tree in the backyard with the skeleton of a Russian soldier.

After some 14 years of war, terror and lawlessness, the children of Chechnya have been damaged in ways outsiders can barely fathom. Even now, with the war part of the war essentially over, Chechnya remains a place of hidden horrors, where life is fragile and exceedingly cheap.

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We meet, for example, Leslie Bairstow, an expert on belemnites (the fossil remains of ancient squid-like beings) who joined the museum in 1932. During his tenure at the museum, Bairstow published nothing but collected everything, including the string from parcels that had been sent to him. When he retired, the string turned out to have been filed in boxes according to length; one box contained “pieces of string too small to be of use.”

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Needless to say, this type of self publishing seems to require a fair amount of work – but then, the photographer is in full control of the final product (and I’ll take a book produced this way over any on-demand book at any given time – if you’ve ever seen examples of both types you know why); and who says that producing a book should take no time? But how much work exactly? How much does it cost? What does one have to do to create a book like this?

Several photographers/artists were kind enough to send me information about the process etc.

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Anthony Lappe and Dan Goldman’s Shooting War is one of the strongest graphic novels I’ve read in years, a tough anti-war comic that provides trenchant, spot-on commentary about the relationship of the news-media to all sides of modern war.

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Back in the mid-1990s, while on a short college tour, the singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield found herself looking for windows to jump from if her depression became too much to bear. She didn’t want to kill herself but to “not feel anything anymore,” she said.

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Liu Heung Sheng (or HS as he is widely known) is a Pulitzer-prize winner who came to photography by a circuitous route, but one which has helped him produce the new book China: Portrait of a Country (Taschen), a remarkable study of the rich but virtually unknown history of Chinese photography since 1949.

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eBoy is everywhere. If you’re a geek, you saw their poster for MakerFaire. If you like beats, you picked up the latest issue of BPM. And if you collect toys, you have an opinion on their Peecol figures. Now eBoy has teamed up with JoshSpear favorite ROJO for the production of a limited edition monographic book entitled Schmock.

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Her upcoming book, Annie Leibovitz: At Work, looks to be a behind-the-scenes study of some of her more famous shoots, including the royal shoot referenced above.

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The fact that many of the prisoners Khan describes appear to have been innocent of the vague accusations against them, were imprisoned for years without formal charges or fair hearings and were eventually released by the United States without apology or compensation makes the abuse they suffered during years of imprisonment all the more outrageous. By giving us the perspective of the detainees, “My Guantánamo Diary” provides a valuable account of what we can now recognize as one of the most shameful episodes in the war on terror. It is hard to read this book without a growing sense of embarrassment and indignation.

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The book is out on the 5th of September but we are having a book launch event on Sunday 31st August in London – The Little People Treasure hunt! I will be placing four installations at various locations around London and it is up to YOU to track them down and find them.

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Three of Heller’s dictators considered themselves artists and eagerly participated in marketing their brands. Mao fancied himself a poet and master calligrapher; Mussolini wrote a pulp novel and portrayed himself as a hypermasculine sex symbol. Hitler was an aspiring architect and avid watercolorist before adopting what Heller calls his “sociopolitical art project.” The Führer sought to control all aspects of the Nazi brand, from the swastika “logo” to his own image, with mustache but without glasses. Heller argues that Mao with his “Mona Lisa smile” and Lenin with his proletarian cap functioned in much the same way as “trade characters” like Joe Camel or the Geico gecko, putting “a friendly face on an otherwise inanimate (or sometimes inhumane) product.” Like modern corporate competitors, these leaders borrowed freely from one another, with Hitler taking the straight-armed Roman salute from Mussolini and Mao adopting Socialist Realism from the Soviets.

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Rather than immediately leaping to the woman’s rescue, our protagonist tells the intruder to find a safe haven of his own. It is only when the barbarian refuses to leave that our hero draws his sword, attacking with such swiftness and ferocity that the would-be rapist is cleaved in two. Who said chivalry is dead?

Some readers — those with a complete collection of Hawkwind albums and possibly an old Phototron growing dust in the closet — will recognize this moment from one of the earliest tales of Elric, the brooding, amoral adventurer first set down on paper by Michael Moorcock more than 45 years ago. And to them I won’t need to explain why a long-overdue reissue, titled Elric: The Stealer of Souls. Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné, Volume I (Del Rey/Ballantine, paper, $15), about the exploits of an aging swashbuckler whose heyday predates the Pentagon Papers, could not have arrived at a more opportune moment.

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In his notebooks Camus excoriates “the newly achieved revolutionary spirit, nouveau riche, and Pharisees of justice.” He names Sartre and his followers, “who seem to make the taste for servitude a sort of ingredient of virtue.”

He mocks their conformism: cowardly, besides, he implies, citing the story of a child who announced her plan to join “the cruelest party.” Because: “If my party is in power, I’ll have nothing to fear, and if it is the other, I’ll suffer less since the party which will persecute me will be the less cruel one.”

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Cody’s Books, the half-century-old Berkeley bookstore that has long been an East Bay institution — one of the truly great west coast stores — has closed its doors forever.

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We’re proud to announce that the Brazilian artist Alexandre Orion is the latest artist to participate in our “Wooster Special Edition” project. Alexandre follows sold out editions from such artists as Faile, Shepard Fairey, Space Invader, BAST, and Darius and Downey.

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