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Sunday, 15 August 2010

Theory and Essays Y'all

You guys, we are now expanding our Theory/Essays section.

First of all, and believe me when I say this is exciting, we are welcoming into the store the stellar catalogue of avant-garde publisher Semiotext(e). Founded by French theorist and Columbia University Professor Emeritus Sylvère Lotringer, Semiotext(e) has been praised for bringing leading French theory overseas since the 70's.



On top of the radical/deep theory-heavy stuff, the publisher has also been releasing (for a good while now) alternative fiction and non-fiction of staggering intellect and pioneering lucidity.

Exhibit A - everything that comes out of Chris Kraus (I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, Torpor, Video Green). Instead of writing a drawn-out éloge of this person I would do *anything* for, let me show you this great interview of her by Martin Rumsby (see below). In this excerpt from a 7-part interview, she discusses I Love Dick, which chronicles the epistolary madness that ensued after she and her husband attempted to satisfy her infatuation with Dick, a well-known theorist and friend of her husband.



Exhibit B - Hatred of Capitalism: A Semiotext(e) Reader, which collects pieces of fiction, philosophy, and critical theory that were originally published in the Semiotext(e) magazine. In an act of self-aware semi-irony, allow me to quote the book's Amazon Product Description instead of describing it myself:
Texts by Kathy Acker, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Shulamith Firestone, Eileen Myles, Tony Negri, Michelle Tea, Paul Virillio, and others attack questions of madness and capitalism, speed and subjectivity, global flows, and hyperreality. "You really oughta call your publication 'Hatred of Capitalism,'" Jack Smith drawled in the 1980s. Hatred of Capitalism presents models of radical subjectivity in theory and practice.


The second big addition to our Theory section is a series of books called Documents of Contemporary Art, released by London's Whitechapel Gallery and the MIT Press. Each volume in the series collects writing from various perspectives, pertaining to specific themes and ideas in contemporary art. So far, the themes in question are: Appropriation, The Archive, The Artist's Joke, Beauty, Chance, The Cinematic, Colour, Design and Art, The Everyday, Failure, The Gothic, Participation, Situation, The Sublime and Utopias. You'll find them above the Semiotext(e) books, with spines arranged by color to make a rainbow. Gotta catch em' all!

(And finally, know that all of our books on comics history and theory have all been brought together on a shelf, right under the books I just mentioned.)

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