Happy Non-Denominational Non-Sectarian Inter-Faith (or not) Winter Holidays, everyone! In preparation for the season of giving, we’ve accumulated a lot of really. Awesome. Books. Literature, philosophy, social sciences, women’s studies, art… With a humongous amount of bargain books to boot. As for the newsletter synopsis: The Book of the Month is Jonathan Crary‘s 24/7 (20% off), a searing critique on late capitalism’s effect on our circadian rhythms, the Book Club title is Roberto Bolano‘s By Night in Chile (15% off), a night-long rant on the intertwining of church and state in Chile, and finally (breath) we hope you’ll consider voting on our upcoming Monthly Featured Author deal (link’s at the bottom of this newsletter). There’s no events this month as we’ll be heading home for the holidays soon enough, with the shop closing from the 23rd of December to the 2nd of January, so drop by while the getting’s good.
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Book of the Month: 20% off
24/7 by Jonathan Crary
“Jonathan Crary’s 24/7 is a polemic as finely concentrated as a line of pure cocaine. If you’re wondering what Crary’s position is on late-stage capitalism: he’s against it. How much? A lot.” (Benjamin Reiss, “Sleep’s Hidden Histories”, LA Times)
All too often we North Americans like to discuss our sleep patterns, with ‘less is more’ acting as a badge of honour. So you still worked your eight-hour shift on only three hours of sleep? Man, you look tired, what did you get up to last night? Must have been a crazy adventure in sleep deprivation.
Let’s face it: Late capitalism demands that the engine keeps moving at every hour of the day. New York is no longer the city that never sleeps. In this book, “Jonathan Crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation between an intensified, ubiquitous consumerism and emerging strategies of control and surveillance. He describes the ongoing management of individual attentiveness and the impairment of perception within the compulsory routines of contemporary technological culture. At the same time, he shows that human sleep, as a restorative withdrawal that is intrinsically incompatible with 24/7 capitalism, points to other more formidable and collective refusals of world-destroying patterns of growth and accumulation.” (Verso Books)
New & Latest Arrivals
There’s just so many great books here that it’s hard to know where to begin: Frederic Gros’ A Philosophy of Walking? The 2014 Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano‘s Suspended Sentences? New selected poetry from John Berryman? Margaret Atwood‘s Stone Mattress? The first-hand account and poetry of one of Kim Jong-il favoured poets and known defector Jang Jin-sung? Bargain books from J.G. Ballard, Roddy Doyle, Amy Hempel, Lydia Davis and more? And we’ve got copies of Humans of New York for only $10?!?
These titles may be great, but they’re going fast since going on display a few days ago. If you see anything you like, or something you think would make a good gift for someone, feel free to give us a call or send us an email to reserve something.
Click the title of a book to view information on or a review of that title, or just search for them in our catalogue (recommended for price checks).
LITERATURE & POETRY
- Stone Mattress: Stories by Margaret Atwood
- The Laughing Monsters: A Novel by Denis Johnson
- Six Drawing Lessons by William Kentridge
- Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas by Patrick Modiano
- All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
- The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
- Smoke River by Krista Foss
- The Heart Is Strange: New Selected Poems by John Berryman (ed. by Daniel Swift)
- Specimen Days & Collect by Walt Whitman
- The Thief’s Journal by Jean Genet
- The Complete Short Prose of Samuel Beckett (1929-1989)
- The Soil by Yi Kwang-su
PHILOSOPHY, SOCIAL STUDIES & WOMEN’S STUDIES
- A Philosophy of Walking by Frederic Gros
- Women In Dark Times by Jacqueline Rose
- Quasi Una Fantasia: Essays on Modern Music by Theodor Adorno
- On the New by Boris Groys
- A Religious Orgy in Tennessee: A Reporter’s Account of the Scopes Monkey Trial by H.L. Mencken and Art Winslow
- Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee—A Look Inside North Korea by Jang Jin-sung
- Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look and Meilo So
- The Hole by Oyvind Torseter
- My Father’s Arms Are A Boat by Stein Erik Lunde and Oyvind Torseter
- Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
- Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
- Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman
- Every Love Story is a Ghost Story by D.T. Max
- Volunteer Slavery by Jill Nelson
- An Emergency in Slow Motion: The Inner Life of Diane Arbus by William Todd Schultz
- Invisible by Paul Auster
- The Iliad by Homer (translated by Stephen Mitchell)
- A History of the Present Illness by Louise Aronson
- The End of the Story by Lydia Davis
- Tumble Home by Amy Hempel
- Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
- The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller
- Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
- The Conundrum by David Owen
- See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid
- Born to Buy by Juliet B. Schor
- Hunger by Knut Hamsun
- From a Crooked Rib by Nurddin Farah
- Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
- Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson
- Beyond Innocence: An Autobiography in Letters, The Later Years by Jane Goodall
- The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah
- Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
- The City Cook by Kate McDonough
Our Next Book Club Title
Our next read will be By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño:
“By Night in Chile‘s single night-long rant provides — as through a crack in the wall — a terrifying, clandestine view of the strange bedfellows of Church and State in Chile. This wild, eerily compact novel — Roberto Bolaño‘s first work available in English––recounts the tale of a poor boy who wanted to be a poet, but ends up a Jesuit priest and a conservative literary critic, a lap dog to Chile’s rich and powerful cultural elite, by whose (favours) he meets Pablo Neruda and Ernst Jünger. Father Urrutia is offered a tour of Europe by agents of Opus Dei (to study “the disintegration of the churches,” a journey into realms of the surreal); and ensnared by this plum, he is next assigned — after the destruction of Allende — a secret, never-to-be-disclosed nighttime job involving Pinochet. Soon, searingly, Father Urrutia’s memories go from bad to worse.” (New Directions)
On January 21st, we’ll get together to discuss the book over some drinks. Everyone’s welcome, and anyone partaking receives a 15% discount off the book. If you would like to join in for our monthly discussions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive regular updates.
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Happy Non-Denominational Non-Sectarian Inter-Faith (or not) Winter Holidays, Everyone!