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December 6th, 2019

The Taiga Syndrome, Cristina Rivera Garza (translated by Suzanne Jill Levine & Aviva Kana), 

From our bookseller Adam: “Taiga Syndrome glacially unfurls to reveal a spectacularly disturbing landscape. Traditional detective fiction tropes are turned upside down as our protagonist encounters exponentially more questions than answers.”


The Iliac Crest, Cristina Rivera Garza (translated by Sarah Booker), 

One dark and stormy night, two mysterious women invade an unnamed narrator’s house, where they proceed to ruthlessly question their host’s identity. While the women are strangely intimate―even inventing a secret language―they harass the narrator by repeatedly claiming that they know his greatest secret: that he is, in fact, a woman. As the increasingly frantic protagonist fails to defend his supposed masculinity, he eventually finds himself in a sanatorium.

Durante...

December 1st, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore the relation of word and image with a fascinating history of a radical Detroit printing co-op, cinematic translations of avant-gardist ideals, Notes on Thought and Vision from an erstwhile imagist poet, and the maps accompanying Charles Booth's landmark survey on the socio-economic conditions of late nineteenth-century London. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


Visions and Ecstasies: Selected Essays...

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November 25th, 2019
 
On our Front Table this week, new conceptual frameworks generate fresh insight, from the categories necessary to think alternative ecological futures, to the new meanings revealed by thinking about art from the standpoint of its end, Mormonism from the standpoint of queer theory, and everyday objects from the standpoint of intellectual property. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.
 

A Death: Notes of a Suicide (Wakefield Press)
Zalman Shneour, trans....
November 24th, 2019

 
Not days of anger 
but days of slow connection, 
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Open Stacks Podcast
November 21st, 2019

Vernon Subutex 1, Virginie Despentes (translated by Frank Wynne)
From our bookseller Stéphanie: Road trip immobile au coeur d’une ville en mutation, Vernon Subutex, ancien disquaire punk rock, nous entraîne avec lui dans son errance parisienne, s’accrochant comme il peut à ce qu’il reste aujourd’hui du Paris des années 80-90. Virginie Despentes dresse avec minutie et relief le portrait d’une société en crise et d’une génération désenchantée en quête de sens. Un premier tome vibrant et acéré, où se succèdent une galerie de voix uniques, difficiles à oublier longtemps après que l’on a refermé le livre.


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November 21st, 2019

CometierraDolores Reyes
Cuando era chica, Cometierra tragó tierra y supo en una visión que su papá había matado a golpes a su mamá. Esa fue solo la primera de las visiones. Nacer con un don implica una responsabilidad hacia los otros y a Cometierra le tocó uno que hace su vida doblemente difícil, porque vive en un barrio en donde la violencia, el desamparo y la injusticia brotan en cada rincón y porque allí las principales víctimas son las mujeres.


Jeidi, Isabel M. Bustos
No se llama Jeidi, pero así le dicen porque vive sola con su abuelo en la punta del cerro. Es 1986, al campo están llegando los videoclubes y los niños ven Terminator y van a pescar al estero. Jeidi parece vivir en un planeta paralelo donde se comunica con un Dios extraño, caprichoso y...

November 17th, 2019
On our Front Table this week, find structural approaches to social dilemmas with an account of meth addiction in the context of deindustrialization, an argument that financial systems fail strategically, an exploration of the costs of upward mobility, and an investigation of the ways that Big Food interests drive the problems with school lunch programs. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.

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November 14th, 2019

 From the depths of Moby Dick to the light of something like poetry in author Etgar Keret’s new collection, Fly Already, we follow a line (or is it a fuse?) running between the past and present of contemporary literature on this episode of Open Stacks, featuring Etgar Keret, Jessica Laser, and Daniel Poppick.


Last year, our staff set sail on a Moby Dick reading group, and on this week's episode, you'll hear from a few of its...

Open Stacks Podcast
November 3rd, 2019

On our Front Table this week, find new perspectives on the history of the arts with the construction of the "Russian woman poet," the mathematic syntheses behind Opt Art, the politics of the Moog synthesizer, and Goethe's notes on Hafiz's Divan. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


Wendy Carlos's Switched-On Bach (Bloomsbury Academic)
Roshanak Kheshti

Bob Moog, his namesake...

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