Art & Architecture
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The Society of the Spectacle
Guy Debord
Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative as Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960s up to the present, the volatile theses of this book have...
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Black Mountain
An Exploration in Community
Martin Duberman
Duberman's unconventional and very smart history is a juicy one for those who care about questions of communal living, pedagogy, and artistic creation. What a lovely, messy experiment. —Recommended by Matt, City Lights Books
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History of Beauty
Umberto Eco
Now in paperback, Umberto Eco’s groundbreaking and much-acclaimed first illustrated book has been a critical success since its first publication in 2004. What is beauty? Umberto Eco, among Italy’s finest and most important contemporary thinkers...
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The Object Stares Back
On the Nature of Seeing
James Elkins
In this “remarkable tour de force” (Publishers Weekly)-a “ceaselessly thought-provoking book” (Kirkus Reviews)-art historian James Elkins marshals psychology, philosophy, science, and art history to show how seeing alters the thing seen and transforms...
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American Jukebox
A Photographic Journey
Christopher Felver
American Jukebox profiles the spirit and heartbeat of our American musical heritage. Christopher Felver has collected over 240 photographs from tours and encounters with musicians over the past 25 years. From Doc Watson to John Cage and Mavis Staples to Sonny Rollins, this collection celebrates the tapestry and diversity of musical styles that...
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Shock Treatment
First Edition
Karen Finley
San Francisco: City Lights., (1990) First Edition. 8vo, 145 pages. Signed by Finley on the title page. Fine in pictorial wrappers.
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Bohemian Paris
Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, and the Birth of Modern Art
Dan Franck
A legendary capital of the arts, Paris hosted some of the most legendary developments in world culture -- particularly at the beginning of the twentieth century, with the flowering of fauvism, cubism, dadaism, and surrealism. In Bohemian Paris, Dan...
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How to Read a Novelist
John Freeman
The novel is alive and well, thank you very much. For the last fifteen years, whenever a novel was published, John Freeman was there to greet it. As a critic for more than two hundred newspapers worldwide, the onetime president of the National Book Critics Circle, and the current editor of Granta, he has reviewed thousands of books and...
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Just My Type
A Book About Fonts
Simon Garfield
"Comic Sans walks into a bar. The bartender says, 'We don't serve your type here.'" This is probably the most fluid, engaging book about fonts you'll ever read. Whether you're a professional designer or just your everyday type enthusiast, you will...
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Wear Your Dreams
My Life in Tattoos
Ed Hardy
This is a fascinating look into the life of a legend – his beginnings, his rise to fame in the 60's and 70's, and beyond. Written in a stream of consciousness type of format, it’s easily digestible and provides valuable insight into the world of tattooing. If you’re a tattoo fanatic, this is a must-MUST-read. —Recommended by Anah, City Lights
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Air Guitar
Essays on Art & Democracy
Dave Hickey
Air Guitar is Dave Hickey's "memoir without tears"—a journey through the vernacular cultural landscape of the United States in the second half of the twentieth century. Looking back from the vantage-point of his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, Hickey specu
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On Architecture
Collected Reflections on a Century of Change
Ada Louise Huxtable
For more than half a century, Ada Louise Huxtable's keen eye and vivid writing have reinforced to readers how important architecture is and why it continues to be both controversial and fascinating—making her one of the best-known critics in the...
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The Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka
Acclaimed graphic artist Peter Kuper presents a brilliant, darkly comic reimagining of Kafka’s classic tale of family, alienation, and a giant bug. Kuper’s electric drawings—which merge American cartooning with German...
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Tiny Homes
Simple Shelter
Lloyd Kahn
Tiny Homes presents some 150 builders who have taken things into their own hands, creating tiny homes (under 500 sq. ft.). Homes on land, homes on wheels, homes on the road, homes on water, even homes in the trees. There are also studios, saunas...

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