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Patti Smith Collected Lyrics, 1970-2015 Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062345011
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Published: Ecco Press - October 27th, 2015

Pure punk rock poetry from Patti Smith! This indispensable volume gathers everything from her earliest poems through her groundbreaking debut album, “Horses,” all the way to her latest work. Perfect for lovers of contemporary music and poetry. (Keaton)


Drawing Blood Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062323644
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Published: Harper - December 1st, 2015

Aspiring artists will be riveted by this memoir from Crabapple, whose hip, provocative artwork has given witness to many of the world’s recent nightmares, from labor camps in Abu Dhabi to Guantanamo Bay. Political and potent, Crabapple’s life story provides a vital example of the work of art in the twenty-first century. (Ben)


Humans of New York: Stories Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250058904
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 13th, 2015

From the beloved website to the first book, comes the 2nd book with more text and more histories of the humans we can't help but want to know about. Empathetic, artistic and as utterly diverse as the city itself, HUMANS OF NEW YORK is great for people of every age. (Mark)


The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802123985
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Published: Grove Press - November 3rd, 2015

Know an aspiring comedian? They’ll be riveted by this history of stand-up comedy, which covers masters ranging from Milton Berle to Louis C.K. Of course, lurking under all the humor is a profound personal story. What darkness drives men--yes, usually men--like these into a career where they have to constantly make people laugh? (Ben)


Interlock: Art, Conspiracy, and the Shadow Worlds of Mark Lombardi Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781619025653
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 13th, 2015

What drove the tragic life of Mark Lombardi, a conceptual artist who possessed grand ambition and eventually met an untimely--and ambiguous--end? Goldstone, a successful reporter, masterfully reconstructs Lombardi’s life from conversations with those closest to him, digging into the artwork that so often got him in trouble--even with the CIA. A tremendous book for lovers of art and biography, especially those that reveal the contradictions inherent in life. (Ben)


How to Watch a Movie Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781101875391
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 3rd, 2015

Thompson is one of America’s foremost film scholars, and with this brief and engaging new book, he discusses the ways in which we’re shaped by the movies--and the ways in which we shape the movies we watch. After all, what happens in our brains when we look at great film? Using a wealth of cinematic examples, from Citizen Kane to 12 Years a Slave, to dig into the twentieth century’s signature art form. Perfect for film buffs and the casual enthusiast alike! (Ben)


Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014 Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300196641
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Published: Yale University Press - October 20th, 2015

Compiling nearly thirty years of Greil Marcus’ “Real Life Top Ten” columns, this volume is ultimately a chronology of popular culture as seen through the eyes of the greatest rock critic of all time. A terrific gift idea for people who love insightful critiques of pop culture. (Keaton)


We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781612194554
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Published: Melville House Publishing - November 17th, 2015

These days, we swim in so much technology we hardly even notice the data streams behind everything we do. Is this way of living good for us? Author White plunges into this debate--one that many people have strong opinions about, but one for which all the, yes, data may not yet be in. This book will intrigue anyone who has a sneaking suspicion that, well, maybe they should just take a deep breath and look up from their little screens. (Ben)


The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393241921
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 5th, 2015

We all have our guilty pleasures, song-wise--those songs we know are just candy, empty and not terribly nourishing, but that we can’t get enough of. What produces this effect in our brains? Seabrook looks at recent pop stars--Britney Spears, Rihanna, Katy Perry, and more--to discuss a new kind of song factory that has emerged in the last couple decades. A hip but thoughtful work of cultural criticism, breaking apart one of the most pervasive “art” forms of our day. (Ben)


City of Clowns Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781594633331
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 3rd, 2015

Acclaimed novelist Daniel Alarcon revisits one of his own short stories, “City of Clowns,” and reinterpreting it as a graphic novel. The city of Lima becomes a character in itself, and this milieu and its characters get illustrated in striking black and white, creating a potent kind of travelogue. A must for fans of graphic novels and visually arresting literary works! (Ben)


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