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  • A Wanderer in the Perfect City: Selected Passion Pieces

    By Lawrence Weschler

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780226893907
    • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
    • Published: April 2006
    “There is something both marvelous and hilarious,” writes Lawrence Weschler, “in watching the humdrum suddenly take flight. This is, in part, a collection of such launchings.”Indeed, the eight essays collected in A Wanderer in the Perfect City do soar into the realm of passion as Weschler profiles people who “were just moseying down the street one day, minding their own business, when suddenly and almost spontaneously, they caught fire, they became obsessed, they became intensely focused and intensely alive.” With keen observations and graceful prose, Weschler carries us along as a teacher  of rudimentary English from India decides that his destiny is to promote the paintings of an obscure American abstract expressionist; a gifted poker player invents a more exciting version of chess; an avant-garde Russian émigré conductor speaks Latin, exclusively, to his infant daughter; and Art Spiegelman composes Maus. But simple summaries can’t do these stories justice: like music, they derive their character from digressions and details, cadence and tone. And like the upwelling of passion Weschler’s characters feel, they are better experienced than explained.  “Weschler seems so hungry for life that the rest of us become hungry for him . . . a magician, a performer, and a scholar. All in one.”—from the Foreword by Pico Iyer “Weschler’s essays are exquisitely written—so perfectly and unobtrusively organized that one can’t imagine telling them a better way.” —New York Times Book Review“Weschler is the owner of a large dose of novelistic vision, and a particularly poetic set of ears, but . . . as important an endowment as a novelist’s eye or a poet’s ear is still the journalistic nose which led him down the proverbial alley.”—National Post (Canada) “Weschler is a thoughtful observer and a superb storyteller.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes

    By Michael Benson

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780810945319
    • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers
    • Published: October 2003
    A collection that pulls together the most spectacular images from the history of robotic space exploration; oversize with B&W and color photographs.
  • Boggs: A Comedy of Values

    By J.S.G. Boggs

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780226893969
    • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS
    • Published: November 2000
    In this highly entertaining book, Lawrence Weschler chronicles the antics of J. S. G. Boggs, an artist whose consuming passion is money, or perhaps more precisely, value. Boggs draws money-paper notes in standard currencies from all over the world-and tries to spend his drawings. It is a practice that regularly lands him in trouble with treasury police around the globe and provokes fundamental questions regarding the value of art and the value of money.
  • Boggs: A Comedy of Values

    By Lawrence Weschler

    Our Price: $11.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780226893952
    • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS
    • Published: June 1999
    Chronicles the antics of J.S.G. Boggs, an artist who draws realistic paper notes in the denominations of standard currencies from all over the world, and then tries to spend the drawings as money. Instead of selling his money drawings outright to interested collectors, Boggs looks for merchants who will accept his drawings in lieu of cash payment. Follows Boggs through counterfeiting charges and currency capers, from galleries to the courtroom, and raises questions on the history of money and systems of value. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
  • Calamities of Exile : Three Nonfiction Novellas

    By Lawrence Weschler

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780226893938
    • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    • Published: May 1998
    From the author of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, Calamities of Exile combines three gripping narratives that afford a sort of double CAT scan into the natures of both modern totalitarianism and timeless exile."Beautiful but harrowing chronicles of three exiles that probe the moral and personal risks of their encounters with totalitarianism. . . . Piercing and timely."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Weschler . . . combines a novelist's gift for drama with the objectivity and research skills of a journalist. . . . The result is three gripping profiles of very human but also extraordinary men."—Publishers Weekly"[Weschler's] thorough accounting of the men's covert operations, assumed identities and strained relationships with fathers, wives, and colleagues creates a disturbing triptych of the perils of totalitarianism."—Lance Gould, New York Times Book Review"Weschler tells these three tragic tales with an admirable combination of psychological penetration, intellectual thrust, concision and compassion."—Francis King, Spectator"Endlessly absorbing. . . . Breathtaking."—Jeri Laber, Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • Covering the New Yorker: Cutting-Edge Covers from a Literary Institution

    By New Yorker

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780789206572
    • Publisher: Abbeville Press
    • Published: October 2000
    Describes the emergence and development of the "New Yorker" magazine's cover art, and offers a collection of covers featuring the New York City experience, topical and seasonal subjects, the arts, sports, and other themes.
  • David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition

    By David Hockney

    Our Price: $65.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9783791353340
    • Publisher: Prestel USA
    • Published: October 2013
    Accompanying one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the past few years, this catalogue captures the grand scale and vibrant color of Hockney's work of the twenty-first century. Hockney's own insight into this latest chapter of his career is found across the book's pages and is accompanied by thoughtful commentary by renowned critic Lawrence Weschler and art historian Sarah Howgate.
  • Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences

    By Lawrence Weschler

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781932416343
    • Publisher: McSweeney's
    • Published: January 2006
    Tetris and Gorbachev, Magritte and Einstein, Cuneiform tablets and Chicago prisons, lips over Paris and clouds under LA - everywhere he looks, Pulitzer Prize finalist Lawrence Weschler encounters unlikely alignments and beguiling resonances. This generously illustrated phantasmagoria compiles his joyous investigations (shades of Nietzsche's 'joyful wisdom'?) into a compelling set of kinships, 'revealing Pollock in the stars, Rothko on the moon, and themissing links - between neurons and websites, fathers and daughters, war crimes and windmills' - hidden in the open until discovered. Image Credits. Illus. 237p. Winner of the National Book Critics Award for Criticism 2006
  • Fred Tomaselli: The Times

    By Fred Tomaselli

    Our Price: $75.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Prestel
    • Published: 2014
    (2014). Oblong 4to. INSCRIBED by Tomaselli. Slight rubbing to edges of boards. P.o. inscription to f.f.e.p. VG.
  • Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes

    By Maya Lin

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780300121209
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: November 2006
    As the book reveals, Maya Lin's earthworks and public sculptures have always developed alongside small-scale exploratory sculptures and monumental temporary installations, such as Avalanche (1998), through which she evokes the physical processes that shape the earth. This volume also introduces three major new installation works created for the 'Systematic Landscapes' exhibition, along with a series of related drawings and reliefs demonstrating the expanding scope of Lin's creative process. Illus., 100 color/25 b&w. 112p.
  • Robert Irwin Getty Garden

    By Robert Irwin

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780892366200
    • Publisher: Getty Publications
    • Published: August 2002
    In the early 1990s the design and creation of the Central Garden at the Getty Center were entrusted to the distinguished contemporary visual artist Robert Irwin. Irwin-a member of California's "light and space" movement-was an unexpected choice for this major commission, and his work has aroused intense interest in the art world and among gardening enthusiasts and visitors to the Getty Center. In Robert Irwin Getty Garden, Lawrence Weschler offers a lively account of the creation of what Irwin has playfully termed "a sculpture in the form of a garden aspiring to be art." Weschler's narrative is followed by a transcript of conversations in which he and Irwin, in a series of walks through the garden, discuss in detail the decisions, both philosophical and practical, that shaped the making of this major art work in Southern California. The book contains more than one hundred color illustrations, many of them specially commissioned from photographer Becky Cohen. The photographs capture the stunning variety of colors and textures of the plant forms selected by Irwin. They also reveal the care and precision that went into the creation of each element of the garden environment, from the handrails and lighting fixtures to the huge azalea rings and waterfall that make a visit to the Getty Central Garden an unusually thought-provoking experience. Robert Irwin has exhibited widely in galleries and museums in North America and abroad.
  • The Marvelous Museum: Orphans, Curiosities & Treasures: A Mark Dion Project

    By Mark Dion

    Our Price: $75.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780811874519
    • Publisher: Chronicle Books
    • Published: October 2010
    What is the role of the museum in contemporary society? Using the Oakland Museum of California as a case study, artist Mark Dion examines how museum practices have shifted over time, what these changes mean for objects in museum collections, and what we can learn about our culture from what's included and what's abandoned. Enclosed in a clamshell case and featuring fourteen specimen cards, this deluxe volume brings the reader into Dion's process and reveals how the order of images can change one's perception of objects. Contributions from celebrated writers, including Lawrence Weschler and D. Graham Burnett, articulate Dion's unique power of examination.
  • True to Life: Twenty-Five Years of Conversations with David Hockney

    By David Hockney

    Our Price: $31.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520258792
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: January 2009
    "Lawrence Weschler is one of the most deliriously entertaining writers alive. He does what the best artists and writers should do: he makes you see the world anew."--Dave Eggers, editor of McSweeney's and author of What Is the What "Weschler guides and entertains the reader at every turn."--John Walsh, Director Emeritus, J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative

    By Lawrence Weschler

    Our Price: $8.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781582437576
    • Publisher: Counterpoint
    • Published: October 2011
    Shuttling between cultural comedies and political tragedies, Lawrence Weschler’s articles have been captivating readers ever since his days at The New Yorker. Here, he furthers that vivid trajectory, collecting the best of his narrative nonfiction from the past fifteen years. The title piece surveys the hapless efforts of digital animation to fashion a credible human face, the endlessly elusive gold standard of the profession. Other highlights include profiles of novelist Mark Salzman, as he wrestles with a hilariously harrowing bout of writer’s block; the legendary film and sound editor Walter Murch, as he is forced to revisit his work on Apocalypse Now in the context of the more recent Iraqi war film Jarhead; the artists Vincent Desiderio, as he labors over an epic canvas portraying no less than a dozen sleeping figures; and a pair of young identical twin artists who may just have made one of the biggest breakthroughs in the depiction of physical reality since the Renaissance. Sources and Image Credits. 304p.
  • Vermeer in Bosnia: Selected Writings

    By Lawrence Weschler

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679777403
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: July 2005
    The author makes the connection between the twentieth century's Yugoslav wars and the equally violent Holland in which Vermeer created his luminously serene paintings. In his profile of Roman Polanski, he traces the filmmaker's symbolic negotiations with his nightmarish childhood during the Holocaust. Here, too, in this lush, astonishing collection of essays, are meditations on artists Ed Kienholz and David Hockney, on the author's grandfather and daughter, and on the light and earthquakes of his native Los Angeles. 432p.

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