Delaney A. Staff Picks


 

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What We See When We Read Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804171632
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Published: Vintage Books - August 5th, 2014

Peter Mendelsund is the best and most iconic book cover designer since Alvin Lustig back in the 1940s. Not one of, but THE best. You might not recognize his name but you definitely know his covers. And here is a brilliant little book, gorgeously illustrated, describing his phenomenology of reading, of what happens when we visualize characters and fictional spaces and scenes. This is a book about books by someone who clearly loves books. Accessible, whimsical, and erudite all wrapped in one well-designed package.

-- Delaney


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A Cure for Suicide Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101872130
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016

I’m really into Jesse Ball right now after reading his latest full novel, How To Set a Fire and Why, which caught my eye because of the fantastic title. Here’s his previous book with another equally great title. The plot definitely riffs on some old ideas—erasing pain and memories a lá “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”—but Ball is a great writer who really brings his characters to life in a unique way. A talented, immensely current young novelist to keep tabs on.

-- Delaney


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Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780822353928
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Published: Duke University Press - June 3rd, 2013

This is a wild ride through the beginnings of noise music from someone who experienced it firsthand. Novak documents the genre's birth in Japan and charts its journey to the rest of the globe from there. Sometimes dense and academic, but never uninteresting. If you've seen and liked the HANATARASH bulldozer gig videos and pictures, read this book. If you haven't seen them, google them.

-- Delaney


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Project for a Revolution in New York Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781564787828
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 4th, 2012

A nightmare trip through the bowels of the NYC subway system. The book, I mean; although that describes most people's commutes too. Robbe-Grillet's ingenious nouveau nouveau roman style is on full display here, with cinematic writing, visceral body images, and surreal erotic acts. He writes horrific scenes into and then out of existence, but they linger on in the reader's mind.

-- Delaney


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Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374534240
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Published: Scientific American - April 8th, 2014

Really good, exemplary science writing. Supremely readable, and also like, crazy interesting! I had no idea how far bioengineering pets and domestic animals went, beyond the blessed magic of breeding that gave us the Labradoodle.

-- Delaney


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Omensetter's Luck Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780141180106
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Published: Penguin Books - April 1997

Gass's first novel is brilliantly evocative. It features some of the most distressingly beautiful prose I've ever come across--he gets away with writing stuff like, "He hadn't known the sea had holes but how else did you drown?" Stuff that sticks with you.

-- Delaney