Recent Books

  • Opening the Seals

    Price: $16.00

    Opening the Seals
    Robert Kelly
    “I believe that we can bring the deepest language from the mind. This language. All of it. I believe that when we listen deep, deep as cavefolk cut, we find the scratch or cough in stone from which the letters rose, still rise — the written language that comes before all speech… For we are primates of the sign.’’
    OPENING THE SEALS represents poet Robert Kelly’s workings, starting in 2000, with the radical suggestions by the historical linguist Patrick C. Ryan towards the reconstitution of what he calls Proto-Language — a linguistic substrate, ca. 100,000 BC, to all extant human languages — the real Nostratic before Nostratic, ‘our’ language. Ryan argues for a set of meaning-bearing monosyllabic sounds, that work like roots or racemes or perhaps leitmotifs in subsequent languages.

    In Kelly’s poems, each section begins with one of the Meaning-Bearing Monosyllables, and “meditates as well as I can contrive on the sound and its range of meanings....

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  • Crisis to Insurrection

    Price: $20.00

    Crisis to Insurrection
    Notes on the Ongoing Collapse
    Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen
    The crisis runs deep. The economies of the US and Europe are in profound crisis and the developing economies are also beginning to feel its effects. Everywhere it is workers who are paying the price. The crisis is being socialized and austerity is the order of the day; the crisis is used as a pretext for further savings and cuts. In other words, capital has intensified the class war. But the proletariat has started moving. The revolts in North Africa and the Middle East have challenged the neoliberal world order and its division of the world, and the ‘movement of the squares’ in Southern Europe and Occupy in the US have picked up the baton and joined the new protest cycle. Even though dictators have been toppled in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, the protests continue. This is also the case in Greece, Spain and Portugal where people reject the austerity programs....

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  • Placing Space, Picturing Time

    Price: $11.95

    Placing Space, Picturing Time
    Time, Space and Emergent Pictoriality in Some Recent Painting(s) by Terry Winters
    Charles Stein
    Charles Stein’s work comprises a complexly integrated field of poems, prose reflections, translations, drawings, photographs, lectures, conversations, and performances. His essay on Terry Winters’ paintings examines a body of work that develop an abstract language that explores the interaction between information and imagination.
    About the Author

    Charles Stein, born in 1944 in New York City, is the author of thirteen books of poetry including There Where You Do Not Think To Be Thinking, (Spuyten Duyvil) and a verse translation of The Odyssey (North Atlantic Books). His critical writing includes a study of poet Charles Olson s use of the writing of C.G. Jung, The Secret of the Black Chrysanthemum (Station Hill Press) and a collaboration with George Quasha on the work of Gary Hill, An Art of Limina: Gary Hill’s Works & Writings, Ediciones Poligrafa.
    Born in 1949 in New York City,...

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  • Governing by Debt

    Price: $13.95

    Governing by Debt
    Maurizio Lazzarato

    Translated by Joshua David Jordan

    Experts, pundits, and politicians agree: public debt is hindering growth and increasing unemployment. Governments must reduce debt at all cost if they want to restore confidence and get back on a path to prosperity. Maurizio Lazzarato’s diagnosis, however, is completely different: under capitalism, debt is not primarily a question of budget and economic concerns but a political relation of subjection and enslavement. Debt has become infinite and unpayable. It disciplines populations, calls for structural reforms, justifies authoritarian crackdowns, and even legitimizes the suspension of democracy in favor of “technocratic governments” beholden to the interests of capital. The 2008 economic crisis only accelerated the establishment of a “new State capitalism,” which has carried out a massive confiscation of societies’ wealth through taxes. And who benefits? Finance capital. In a calamitous return to the situation before the two world wars, the entire process of accumulation is now governed by finance,...

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  • Duke & Jill

    Price: $13.00

    Duke & Jill
    Stories by Ron Kolm

    From a review by Mike Lindgren:

    For years I have been clamoring for a book that collects all of the hard-to-find Duke and Jill stories of my friend and mentor, the downtown writer and poet Ron Kolm, and finally I have been obliged. Thanks to Bud Smith and his Unknown Press, these iconic tales of the East Village of yore are now snugly in place between two paperback covers.

    Some background is in order. Ron Kolm is perhaps best known as one of the co-founders of the Unbearables, a loose literary collective of writers and poets who take their founding principles from a grab-bag of postmodernist dicta, including the literature of constraint and the concept of the temporary autonomous zone: a scruffy tribe of proudly low-rent situationists.
    Kolm himself came to New York in 1970, worked at the Strand alongside Patti Smith and Richard Hell,...

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  • State in Time

    Price: $32.00

    State in Time
    Edited by Irwin

    Become a citizen of the first global state of the universe! The NSK State in Time emerged in 1992, evolving in the context of the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the transformation Neue Slowenische Kunst. Existing both as artwork and social formation, a state that encompasses all time but holds no territory, the NSK State in Time has for two decades pushed the boundaries of artistic and political practice. This volume collects together for the first time analyses of the NSK State in Time, including its relationship with the changing context of Eastern Europe, the connection between aesthetics and the state, the rise of NSK folk art, and documents the First NSK Citizen’s Congress in 2010.

    180pp. 7½’’x10½” $32.00

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