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Love Works
San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 2
Janice Mirikitani
This impressive collection brings together Mirikitani's strongest poems on a diversity of subjects: the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the fragility and challenges of family relationships, and the quest by people at the...



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Stranger Music
Selected Poems and Songs
Leonard Cohen
For the first time in paperback—the selected work of the legendary singer, poet, and performer. Stranger Music presents a magnificent cross-section of Cohen's work—including 11 previously unpublished poems—and demonstrates definitively that Cohen is a writer of dazzling intelligence and a force that transcends genres.



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A Season in Hell and Other Works/Une saison en enfer et oeuvres diverses (Bilingual)
Arthur Rimbaud, Stanley Appelbaum
This excellently translated collection of witty, sarcastic, and expressive works includes the complete version of Rimbaud's autobiographical A Season in Hell, his entire Illuminations, a large selection of early verse poems, and "The Drunken Boat,"...



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Great Short Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky
Fyodor Dostoevsky
The shorter works of one of the world's greatest writers, including "The Gambler" and "Notes from Underground". The short works of Dostoevsky exist in the very large shadow of his astonishing longer novels, but they too are among literature's most...



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Black Music
LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)
"Jones has learned—and this has been very rare in jazz criticism—to write about music as an artist."—Nat Hentoff Black Music is a book about the brilliant young jazz musicians of the early 1960s: John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Ornette...



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To Be at Music
Essays & Talks
Norma Cole
Spotlighting 21 works of prose from an esteemed poet, translator, and visual artist, this innovative collection reflects an ability to make the critical essay an art form that engages both the sensual and the cerebral, as well as the aural and the...



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How the World Works
The Real Story Series
Noam Chomsky, Arthur Naiman
According to The New York Times, Noam Chomsky is “arguably the most important intellectual alive." But he isn't easy to read . . . or at least he wasn’t until these books came along. Made up of intensively edited speeches and interviews, they offer...



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Music for Mussolini
Nick Johnson
Excellent debut from San Francisco-via-Baltimore poet Nick Johnson, which is stuctured in musical movements in order to deconstruct and reconstruct his world—both fictional and real, political and apolitical. Like getting to know someone. —Recommended by Chris, City Lights Publishers



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Music in the Air
The Selected Writings of Ralph J. Gleason
Ralph J. Gleason, Toby Gleason
The co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine, Ralph J. Gleason was among the most respected journalists, interviewers, and critics writing about popular music in the latter half of the twentieth century. As a longtime contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Down Beat, and Ramparts, his expertise and insights about music, musicians...



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Selected Works
Justin Chin, Jennifer Joseph
A Bay Area legend who knew how to excite readers, make them laugh, leave them devastated. Then, make them fall in love (with him), say "Heck yeah!" & clap their hands until it hurt—it still hurts. A beautiful soul taken too soon. —Recommended by Jared



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Absolutely on Music
Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
Haruki Murakami