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THE FORCE OF WHAT’S POSSIBLE

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By Lily Hoang (Editor), Joshua Marie Wilkinson (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781937658274
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Published: Nightboat Books - December 1st, 2014

This anthology collects the answers, explorations, philosophies, poetic wanderings, prosaic wonderings of some of our best writers in prose and poetry as they grapple with the idea of the avant-garde in contemporary literature. A must have for any reader looking to stay on the cutting edge of today’s writing, while peering over the edge at whatever the future of literature might hold.

Josh


HAUSFRAU

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780812997538
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Published: Random House - March 17th, 2015

Though it may seem based in a tired plot, (bored housewife has affairs), Hausfrau is a crackling and original work. Essbaum's sharpness, originality, and vitality of imagery exploded the quiet (even quietly desperate) and mundane moments of the protagonist’s perpetual wallow, scattering the shrapnel of all too familiar images to distant corners of intellectual and emotional exploration.

Josh


Signs Preceding the End of the World

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By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781908276421
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Published: And Other Stories - March 10th, 2015

If you start highlighting what stuns you about Yuri Herrara’s debut novel in English, Signs Preceding the End of the World, every page will be mottled with fluorescent lines. Herrera writes in prose that feels like you are standing on both sides of the uncanny valley while something beautiful happens below and above you, creating a delectable unease, cut through with the simple joy of precise and surprising images. Herrara will draw the obvious comparisons to Roberto Bolano, but Signs Preceding the End of World should also find a should also find a home next to Jesse Ball and Italo Calvino.

 

Josh

 


Bluets and Autobiography of Red

What is the color of loss? Nelson might answer blue, Carson might answer red, but in forming their answers both writers have produced totally unique, totally brilliant works of art. Through personal meditation and the lens of classical Greek literature both authors’ explorations illuminate far more of human experience than just the moments and thoughts subject to their inspection. Two works of genius.


Josh

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ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

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ISBN: 9780375701290
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

Thrown

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ISBN: 9781936747924
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Published: Sarabande Books - October 14th, 2014

Unlike anything you've ever read, THROWN is a philosophical exploration of what it means to be alive through the lens of Mixed Martial Arts. The work of an intense intellect, THROWN uses the lives of two fighters to struggle with the biggest questions of experience, very directly fighting for meaning and significance in our chaotic and confusing world. A major work by a major mind.

Josh


Cover

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ISBN: 9781576876671
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Published: powerHouse Books - August 5th, 2014

For the book lover, the art lover, the graphic designer, the coffee table book collector, Cover collects artist Peter Mendelsund’s many breathtaking and arresting cover designs. As an added bonus, Cover features an interview with Mendelsund that first appeared on none other than the Porter Square Books Blog.


Josh


Thrown

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781936747924
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Published: Sarabande Books - October 14th, 2014

Unlike anything you've ever read, Thrown is a philosophical exploration of what it means to be alive through the lens of Mixed Martial Arts. The work of an intense intellect, Thrown uses the lives of two fighters to struggle with the biggest questions of experience, very directly  fighting for meaning and significance in our chaotic and confusing world. A major work by a major mind.

Josh


Broken Monsters

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ISBN: 9780316216821
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 16th, 2014

In Broken Monsters, Beukes is both brutal and delicate, grotesques and subtle, fantastical and realistic, stretching, twisting, and distorting expected genres into something new and thrilling. It’s no wonder she has been praised by the likes of Stephen King and James Ellroy. Broken Monsters has raised the bar for contemporary horror.

Josh


Big Machine

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ISBN: 9780385527996
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 9th, 2010

I recommend this book constantly. Despite how strange it is, I think it fits into the tastes of many different readers. I love how it starts out just a little strange with a mysterious message and a bus ticket and accumulates weirdness as the book progresses. But Lavallee has done more than just write a weird, quirky novel. He’s told a powerful story of redemption and recovery that should be thought of as a modern classic.

Josh


Insel

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By Mina Loy, Elizabeth Arnold (Editor), Sarah Hayden (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781612193533
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Published: Melville House Publishing - May 13th, 2014

An unjustly lost masterpiece of art, ideals, and philosophy by one of the important American writers you might not have heard of. Mina Loy was an influential modernist poet and surrealist artist, who is due for a major revival. Insel brings together her poetic talents and her artistic vision into one blistering, intellectual novel and will hopefully re-introduce America to one of its forgotten masters.

Josh


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