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  • booksreddit.com:Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie

    Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed

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    Iggy Pop holding a knife to David Bowie’s throat, 1976.
    (Book). First-ever look at the intertwining, outrageous lives of three rock legends. When Lou Reed and Iggy Pop first met David Bowie in the fall of 1971, Bowie was just another English musician passing through New York City. Lou was still recovering from the collapse of the Velvet Underground, and Iggy had already been branded a loser… Yet within two years they completely changed the face of popular music with a decadent glamour and street-level vibe. With Bowie producing, Reed’s Transfor…


  • booksreddit.com:Bomb the Suburbs: Graffiti

    Bomb the Suburbs: Graffiti, Race, Freight-Hopping and the Search for Hip-Hop’s Moral Center

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    Should graffiti writers organize to tear up the cities, or should they really be bombing the ‘burbs? That’s the question posed by William Upski Wimsatt in his seminal foray into the world of hip-hop, rap, and street art, and the culture and politics that surround it. But to say that the book deals only with taggers and hip-hop is selling it short. Taking on a broad range of topics, including suburban sprawl, racial identity, and youth activism, Wimsatt (a graffiti artist himself) uses a kalei…


  • booksreddit.com:The Darkling: A Treatise on Slavic Vampirism

    The Darkling: A Treatise on Slavic Vampirism

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    Book by Jan Louis Perkowski


  • booksreddit.com:What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved

    What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved

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    Which important Austen characters never speak? Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call one another, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? In What Matters in Jane Austen?, John Mullan shows that we can best appreciate Austen’s brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction. Asking and answering some very specific questions about what goes on in her novels, he reveals the inner workings of their greatness.In twenty short c…


  • booksreddit.com:The Thin Green Line

    The Thin Green Line

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    An autobiographical novel of one man’s half decade spent at one of the world’s biggest retailers. Comedy, tragedy, romance, weirdness and more from behind the Thin Green Line.


  • booksreddit.com:Music in Ancient Greece and Rome

    Music in Ancient Greece and Rome

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    What did popular music sound like in the Roman Empire?
    Music in Ancient Greece and Rome provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of music from Homeric times to the Roman emperor Hadrian, presented in a concise and user-friendly way. Chapters include: * contexts in which music played a role * a detailed discussion of instruments * an analysis of scales, intervals and tuning * the principal types of rhythm used * and an exploration of Greek theories of harmony and acoustics.Music in Ancient Greece and Rome also contains numerous musical…


  • booksreddit.com:Metaphors We Live By

    Metaphors We Live By

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    The now-classic Metaphors We Live By changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects. Because such metaphors structure our most basic understandings of our experience, they are “metaphors we live by”—metaphors that can shape our perceptions and actions without our eve…


  • booksreddit.com:Paul Revere's Ride

    Paul Revere’s Ride

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    Paul Revere’s midnight ride looms as an almost mythical event in American history–yet it has been largely ignored by scholars and left to patriotic writers and debunkers. Now one of the foremost American historians offers the first serious look at the events of the night of April 18, 1775–what led up to it, what really happened, and what followed–uncovering a truth far more remarkable than the myths of tradition.In Paul Revere’s Ride, David Hackett Fischer fashions an exciting narrative th…


  • booksreddit.com:Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

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    You want to know what the BEST tip I EVER got was? “Produce horrible material on purpose.”
    “This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially—statistically speaking—there aren’t any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. For all practical purposes making art c…


  • booksreddit.com:Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative (Will Eisner Instructional Books)

    Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative (Will Eisner Instructional Books)

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    “There isn’t a comics artists alive who hasn’t benefited from Will Eisner’s masterful work and formidable wisdom.”―Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics In Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative, Will Eisner―one of the most influential comic artists of the twentieth century―lays out the fundamentals of storytelling and their application in the comic book and graphic novel. In a work that will prove invaluable for comic artists and filmmakers, Eisner reveals how to construct a story…


  • booksreddit.com:Things Better Than BOOBS

    Things Better Than BOOBS

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    Things Better than BOOBS is creative, suspenseful, sarcastic, and laughter provoking all at once. It’s hilarious and clever take-home message campaigns loudly for an agreeably timeless yet generally unspoken notion. It is a brilliant gift idea for any humorous occasion and a must have on any book shelf or coffee table where sarcasm meets intellectual wit.


  • booksreddit.com:The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979

    The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, an…

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    ****New York Times Best Seller**** ****Picked by Billboard as One of the 100 Greatest Music Books of All-Time********Pitchfork Book Club’s first selection**** Here’s what The Rap Year Book does: It takes readers from 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up to the present, with Shea Serrano hilariously discussing, debating, and deconstructing the most important rap song year by year. Serrano al…


  • booksreddit.com:Imperial Leather: Race

    Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest

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    Imperial Leather chronicles the dangerous liaisons between gender, race and class that shaped British imperialism and its bloody dismantling. Spanning the century between Victorian Britain and the current struggle for power in South Africa, the book takes up the complex relationships between race and sexuality, fetishism and money, gender and violence, domesticity and the imperial market, and the gendering of nationalism within the zones of imperial and anti-imperial power.


  • booksreddit.com:Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel

    Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel

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    For decades, readers throughout the world have enjoyed the marvelous stories and illustrations of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. But few know the work Geisel did as a political cartoonist during World War II, for the New York daily newspaper PM. In these extraordinarily trenchant cartoons, Geisel presents “a provocative history of wartime politics” (Entertainment Weekly). Dr. Seuss Goes to War features handsome, large-format reproductions of more than two hundred of Geisel’s…


  • booksreddit.com:The Art of Shen Ku: The First Intergalactic Artform of the Entire Universe

    The Art of Shen Ku: The First Intergalactic Artform of the Entire Universe

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    What is Shen Ku? Roughly translated: “Pure Traveler” or “Phantom Passenger.” What exactly is the “art of…?” Mastering the skill and knowledge of practically everything anyone comes across while on Earth, including:* Tying knots and enhancing sex* Numerology and self hypnosis * Herbal therapy and forecasting weather * Curing nosebleeds and removing stains* Kung fu and magic tricks* Isometric and breathing exercises of monks* Self defense and catching fishAnd this is only the beginning.Irreve…


  • booksreddit.com:Oblivion

    Oblivion

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    Humanity flourishes in the aftermath of their destructive ways. When the Apocalypse ravaged Earth a thousand years ago, mankind paid a heavy price for their sin. To prevent future destruction, humans are now watched and guided by mysterious beings. Vincent and Lillim are in love. Ever since he found her alone and dying amid the destruction of a demon raid two years ago, they’ve been inseparable. Armed with only her name and no memories of her past, Lillim’s destiny is becoming larger than she…


  • booksreddit.com:Master Of Defence: The Works of George Silver

    Master Of Defence: The Works of George Silver

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    George Silver’s Paradoxes of Defence (1599) and Brief Instructions upon my Paradoxes of Defence (ca. 1605) are probably the most important works ever written on the Western martial tradition, straddling the medieval and Renaissance worlds and summing up the collective experience of centuries of European warcraft. With in-depth analyses by the author and others, this is an indispensable reference.


  • booksreddit.com:Go the F**k to Sleep

    Go the F**k to Sleep

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    “Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation, which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years, quite like this.”–The New Yorker”A parenting zeitgeist”–Washington Post”A hilarious take on that age-old problem: getting the beloved child to go to sleep.”–National Public Radio”A new Bible for weary parents”–New York Times”Resonates powerfully with almost everyone”–Boston Globe”Go the F*** to Sleep challenges stereotypes, opens up prototypes, and acknowledges that shar…


  • booksreddit.com:The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (Annotated...

    The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (Annotated…

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    Carol Strickland’s The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern offers an illustrated tutorial of prehistoric to post-modern art, from cave paintings to video art installations to digital and Internet media.”Like music, art is a universal language. Although looking at works of art is a pleasurable enough experience, to appreciate them fully requires certain skills and knowledge.”–Carol Strickland, from the introduction to The Annotated Mona Lisa: A C…


  • booksreddit.com:Threshold - Volume 1: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny

    Threshold – Volume 1: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny

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    The first in a six-volume series, Volume 1: Threshold contains all of Zelazny’s short works from his early years through the mid 1960s–a period of experimentation and growth that flowered into gems such as “A Rose for Ecclesiastes,” “The Graveyard Heart,” “The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth,” and “He Who Shapes.” The stories in this series are enriched by editors’ notes and Zelazny’s own words, taken from his many essays, describing why he wrote the stories and what he thought abo…