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Pareidolia

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"Pareidolia's field of play is that of the questions behind the questions. Granted, as Watson suggests, a determinist science has proved humans are basically simple machines, rotors, churning a mix of DNA & biological chemicals. And granted a determinist outside of persuasive ads, sellthrough thoughts & FB solicitations have configured people into simple, will-free consumption buckets. Watson poses this question: Not only is there but has there even been a human life? And if there has been how could it survive under this determinist assault? The answer unrolls in querulous, curious infernos of seductive lyrics. Referencing (and poking) Stevens, Hopkins, Eliot & Baudelaire, these poems (like those of the last master mentioned) offer the reader the excitement & ecstasy of a sponge bath of blood in the basement of the famed Heartbreak Motor Lodge." — Jim Feast
"Talking of pareidolia, Leonardo Da Vinci said, If you stare at the stained wall long enough, you see an infinite number of unimaginable things. Like a sharply observant clear-eyed artist, Carl Watson stares at the stained wall called LIFE in order to reflect its mesmerizing light & shadow on his psyche. His vision will guide those who are ready to morph themselves into anything unimaginable to reach the untouched shore pulsing with the devastatingly ecstatic & cruelly existential JOY of LIFE to its highest degree." — Yuko Otomo
"Carl Watson is a writer who comes from the ancient age of madness, with his singular style and approach to the phenomenon of living. Watson s work explores with an unrivaled intensity the essence of our common destiny. For those readers who really pay attention, his words are like small bobs injected into the brain and memory that we cannot defuse or neutralize. We are proud to have him in our catalog." — Benoit Laudier

Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life

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Imaginal Machines explores with humor and wit the condition of art and politics in contemporary capitalism. It reviews the potentials and limits of liberatory art (from surrealism to Tom Waits) while charting the always-resurgent creations of the collective imagination. Shukaitis exhibits a remarkable theoretical breadth, bringing together the work of Castoriadis, the Situationists, and autonomous Marxism to define a new task for militant research: constructing imaginal machines that escape capitalism. Imaginal Machines is truly a book that makes a path by walking.” – Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch: Women the Body and Primitive Accumulation

“If you have ever had someone say to you, ‘okay it’s fine to criticize but what would you do?’ this is the book for you. Shukaitis takes us on a raucous ride through actually existing alternative organizations that are anarchic, loving, fun, and best of all they work. We meet people and organizations who imagine a completely different way of being together in the world. And we are never far from a sophisticated theoretical travelogue as we walk these roads with the author. What would you do? Try this, and this, and this!” – Stefano Harney, Chair in Strategy, Culture, and Organization, University of London

Red Genes, Blue Genes: Exposing Political Irrationality

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“American politics is irrational, but Guillermo Jiménez explains why this is the case so rationally and sensibly that this country would be in a far better place if everyone read this very well-written book — and better yet, examined and reconsidered their voting patterns because of it.” — Gene Stone, author of The Bush Survival Bible

"Guillermo Jiménez brings an element to political analysis that is both rare and welcome: self-reflection. His theory of political irrationality is not likely to please hyper-partisans of either the left or the right. For that very reason, it strikes me as indispensable." — Mark Goldblatt, political columnist, author of Africa Speaks

The Worst Book I Ever Read

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“The Unbearables bare all; they are unbearably smart, unbearably talented, and unbearably lively — but here are the Unbearables at their highly bearable best. It’s a pleasure to find out what this group finds unbearable in such an engaging manner.” — Samuel Delany, author of Dark Reflections."The Unbearables are a bunch of cranks, crackpots, malcontents, misanthropes,ass-pains and brain-aches. Bless their sour pusses.” — John Strausbaugh, author of Sissy Nation and Black Like You

“From stapling together issues of the National Poetry Magazine Of The Lower Eastside at CBGBs in the mid ‘80s, to the publication of the Unbearables, Crimes of the Beats, Help Yourself! and now The Worst Book I Ever Read anthologies, the Unbearables have doggedly held onto their collective ideal, punk irreverence, and endless store of creative energy. It’s like the Disneyfication of downtown New York never happened.” — Brandon Stosuy, editor of Up Is Up, But So Is Down

“The Unbearables ARE!” — Bob Holman, Monsignor of the Bowery Poetry Club and King of the Spoken Word.

"The Unbearables are a bunch of cranks, crackpots, malcontents, misanthropes, ass-pains and brain-aches. Bless their sour pusses.” — John Strausbaugh, author of Sissy Nation and Black Like You

“Is this ‘nuevo lingo’ or just the infuriating talent of the avant garde? Kauffman and Feast, among others, self-expertise their talents of the comic thrown off centrifuge. So hang onto the Handel bars. The values here are devious, deviant, and delicious.” — Barney Rosset, former publisher of Grove Press & Evergreen Review

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