I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp by Richard Hell
Look, I loved Patti Smith’s Just Kids as much as the next music nerd. But I love this book even more. It’s less sentimental & affected, much funnier, and sharp as a hypodermic needle. There’s also a lot more sex and drugs to go with the rock’n’roll. Hell presents the events of his crooked life with candor and wit, and in doing so paints an extraordinarily vivid picture of a strange and wonderful moment in music history, as well as of a long-lost New York City where you could live on odd jobs, have dinner with Susan Sontag, and party with Iggy. Hell’s remarkable intelligence and articulacy shine most in his lucid, insightful discussions of the punk movement, the cultural milieu that produced it, and the wrecked lives we associate with it. A splendid, wicked ride.
Monkey Business International Vol. 4 debuted last weekend in Japan at the Tokyo International Literary Festival. The magazine’s founding editor, Motoyuki Shibata, and contributors Brian Evenson, David Peace and Tomoka Shibasaki gave readings and talks at several Tokyo venues.
We’ve got this in-store now and some of us (Tom and Alicia) are kinda losing our minds over it.
So, you’re kicking yourself for not coming to see Richard Hell last night. And you did miss out, no doubt about it. But, there’s hope for you yet! We have ~12 signed copies of his book that would look great in your messenger bag.
Richard Hell, in I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp
See Richard Hell discuss his book TONIGHT 3/14 at 6pm 57th Street Books
A chin for every witticism; or, Oscar Wilde through the eyes of Zuleika Dobson author Max Beerbohm
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Franz Kafka, “The Country Doctor”
The bleak world of Kafka, now with more snow.
I stood there, listening. The wind blew snow from the branches. Snow blew out of the woods in eddies and sweeping gusts. I raised my collar, put my gloves back on. When the air was still again, I walked among the stones, trying to read the names and dates, adjusting the flags to make them swing free. Then I stood and listened.
The power of the dead is that we think they see us all the time. The dead have a presence. Is there a level of energy composed solely of the dead? They are also in the ground, of course, asleep and crumbling. Perhaps we are what they dream.
May the days be aimless. Let the seasons drift. Do not advance the action according to a plan."
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Aye, we know how you feel, Scout.
Keith Richards: pirate, Rolling Stone, alive against all odds… coming soon to the kids’ books section!
Would you like to read some excellent books in translation? How about 25 of the very best?
Poets’ Bookshelves. An ongoing series of posts documenting some of the books collected by our favorite poets. This week: Michael Robbins, author of Alien vs. Predator (Penguin, 2012). His second volume of poems, The Second Sex, will be published by Penguin in the fall.
michaelrobbinspoet is a long-time Seminary/57th Street shopper, so some of those books are almost certainly plucked from our shelves.
If famous artists lived in their own works, it could look something like Federico Babina’s Archist series, which turns famous pieces of art into architectural structures. Babina, who is both an…
This is just the coolest thing we’ve seen all day.
Are you satisfied with the representation of women in the media? Do we hear from enough different voices, do we talk about the right issues, have we made enough progress? ARE YOU SATISFIED?!?! Think about it. Read about it. Celebrate Women’s History Month with books from our window display, which also features some completely ridiculous ads, a hairbrush that looks like a mace, and the all-important question written in lipstick.
Complete list of books & ordering info: http://www.semcoop.com/womens-history-month-adult