A transsexual woman pieces together fragmented details of a repressive religious childhood and an unsupportive family, drawing from autobiographical experiences of the poet's life.
Fans of Maria Bamford’s acclaimed quasi-autobiographical Lady Dynamite Netflix series already know of her romance with LA painter Scott Marvel Cassidy, as well as her droll pug sidekicks Blueberry and Bert. Now the story has been recounted in this graphic novella written by Bamford/Cassidy, drawn by Cassidy, and narrated by the rescue dogs they’ve adopted.
Corita Kent's photographs of vernacular inspiration--from street signs and folk art to kites, parades and fairs
A compelling exploration of trans art, activism, and resistance.
Spanning over four centuries, this volume brings together a wide-ranging selection of artworks and artifacts that highlight the under-recognized histories of trans and gender-nonconforming communities.
A moving story about love, AIDS, grief, and memory by one of the most adventurous writers to come out of San Francisco's LGBTQ+ scene.
Part of what's so fascinating about this book is following how someone with what society would deem terrible executive functioning skills managed to not only survive but have a deeply influential and lasting impact on numerous art forms and to some extent social sciences. He somehow dodges the piano fall over and over again in life and gets himself both in and out of the craziest situations through his friendships and artistic reputation. That one person accomplished so much and knew so many people is simply astonishing. His life is tragic at times but in the end he kind of wins the game, having hardly ever held a job or wasted a second. Could his friends have made more of their own art if they weren't constantly bankrolling his living expenses (mostly books and drugs)? Or was his total creative and financial interdependence on the people he cared about the major work of his life?
Fragments of a Faith Forgotten: The Art of Harry Smith, the artist's first-ever solo museum exhibition, will be on view at the Whitney Museum from October 4, 2023 through January 28, 2024.
This book is the best twisted pandemic novella. Everyone on Goodreads says it’s full of perfect sentences and it’s true. A quick read but not actually. How would you explain life on earth to an alien? Pondering the meaning of her name, the protagonist (Bird) observes, “Events happen without necessary detail and pass immediately out of view.”
Drawn from private collections around the world, this is the first comprehensive collection of the Saturn label’s printed record covers, along with hundreds of the best hand-designed, one-of-a-kind sleeves and disc labels decorated by Sun Ra and members of his Arkestra.
Every book Camille Roy has ever written is a feat of imagination. The wayward young people whose lives her stories bear witness to apprehend atmospheres of cruelty and injustice in language you can feel before you understand. There’s a toughness to the writing, it beckons without innocence like a sly smile or conspiratorial wink. The seams of narrative are left exposed so that as a reader consuming someone else's past you can't avoid questions of power.
Watching the complete filmography of Bresson is one of the best things a person can do with their time on earth. This strange little book, the only text the influential filmmaker published during his lifetime, originally came out in French in 1975, two years before his deeply pessimistic penultimate film The Devil Probably. In a series of short, aphoristic statements, he succinctly outlines the philosophical ideas that inform his style and working methods. At once mysterious and didactic.
Wite Out documents the author’s experiences as a parent and publishing industry worker navigating historical race and class tensions in Oakland, CA. The text is pieced together from decades of notebooks: its insights emerge out of a dense collage of jotted down memories and reading excerpts. Norton treats the people in her life with deep respect but also exerts this fierce intellect and deadpan wit. I wanted to underline something every other page. If you enjoy this book I also recommend its prequel The Public Gardens: Poems and History.
Poetry. Fiction. Drama. Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. Marie Buck's new Roof Book UNSOLVED MYSTERIES collects a group of short prose pieces that mashup stories from the television show Unsolved Mysteries and her reminiscences growing up in rural South Carolina. Buck's work unravels not only the mysteries of the tv series, but also how American popular culture portrays the working class.
A terrible artist residency in Spain becomes the basis for a hilarious, sometimes frightening examination of the possibilities of friendship within patriarchal society. The internet’s down, the stove’s broken, Scott Walker "It's Raining Today" vibes abound... As a web of bad situations and adversarial relationships builds around her, the speaker pushes narrative back into her surroundings. Honest and demanding, like a good friend, this book will make you look at the world differently.
This 2012 book, galvanized by the Occupy movement, looks at the abstraction of life under finance capital and analyzes this in relation to the slippage between sign and referent that occurs in poetry. Unlike finance, which alienates people and subjects language itself to an increasingly mechanized role in society, poetry “reactivates the social body” and makes possible other forms of relationality outside of those prescribed by capital. See the 2018 sequel of sorts, Breathing, for a more freewheeling elaboration of the book’s ideas.
Poetry. California Interest. Women's Studies. Art. Film. Written from inside its own formal conundrum, SUN CYCLE deals with representation, value, power, gender and the aesthetic. Influenced by 80's film theory updated for 24-hour access screen time, it is obsessed with images and is named for the star that makes vision possible.
This book is impossible to comprehend but it's the sort of text that sticks with you: in it you feel the urgency of a mind pushing at the boundaries of what language can do.
A kind of shadow oral history, this book preserves the talkiness and loose, associative quality of an interview. Goldman's feminism is refreshingly intersectional: women of color like Poly Styrene, Palmolive, Grace Jones, and Neneh Cherry are placed at the center of the discussion, and the complexities of their subject positions are engaged head on.
Just after Trump got elected, Levin toured across the country with poet Eric Sneathen reading the same essay condemning Reaganism night after night. Their latest book emerged out of a set of questions the poet JT Jennifer Tamayo posed: "What does it mean to you to be a white? How does that show up or not in your work? What is justice?" Levin's self-critical response takes the form of fragmentary notes, giving voice to the complex interplay of learning and everyday life.
Former Chicagoan Amina Cain's mysterious, carefully honed stories thrust you into a strange state of suspension. Like Monica Vitti's character in Red Desert, the creatures who populate Cain's world never seem sure of their position vis a vis geography: where does landscape end and selfhood begin?