From the Pulitzer Prize-winning senior art critic for New York Magazine (and social media user extraordinaire), Jerry Saltz, How to Be an Artist dispenses practical wisdom, inspiration, humor and honesty to nourish the artist in all of us. For those already taken by Saltz’s passionate criticism and witty storytelling—as well as those looking to persevere in creative professions—the book will prove to be a beautiful resource.

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Miles Davis: Get Up With It

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A compilation record of songs recorded by legendary trumpeter and bandleader Miles Davis, at NYC’s Columbia Studios between 1970 and 1974, Get Up with It is a foray into jazz fusion, with elements of rock, soul, psych, funk, calypso and more woven throughout. At the time, many jazz purists were surprised by Davis’ oddball and adventurous choices, but the record has proven itself as a significant game-changer. Dedicated to the then-recently deceased Duke Ellington, the album features cameos from an impressive line-up of musicians including Herbie Hancock, Cedric Lawson, John McLaughlin, James Mtume and others.

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By Kenny Gould, The Brewing Cloud deviates from the beer writer’s typical reportage (which he does for the magazine he founded, Hop Culture) in favor of fiction. Using an imaginary “floating city where everyone is involved in some aspect of the beer industry” as the foundation for stories like “The Rat Problem” and “Vampire Brewing,” Gould spins tales of love, luck and more. Gould’s pieces are brief, witty and celebrate the beloved beverage.

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The Phoenicia Diner Cookbook: Dishes and Dispatches from the Catskill Mountains

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The undeniably charming Phoenicia Diner was built on Long Island in 1962 and moved to the Catskills in the ’80s, but it was in 2011 that Mike Cioffi bought it and transformed it into a beloved institution. Now he (along with chef Chris Bradley and author and professor Sara B Franklin) is releasing a cookbook full of the restaurant’s comfort food. Drenched in Americana, the book includes classics like buttermilk pancakes and “The Perfect Bacon, Egg and Cheese” along with modernized takes such as the cider-braised duck and grits. With 85 recipes within, a comprehensive guide to preparing eggs any style, and plenty of photographs of the venue and its gorgeous surrounds, this book will have readers keen to create their own roadside diner at home.

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The first in a triptych of albums (collectively entitled The Perfect Vision), The Peyote Dance sees Patti Smith join experimental musical outfit Soundwalk Collective in a work of tribute to French poet Antonin Artaud. Soundwalk Collective’s founder Stéphan Crasneanscki traveled to the Norogachi municipality of Mexico’s Sierra Tarahumara, where Artaud himself visited in 1936, curious to know whether a peyote shaman from the Rarámuri people could free him of an opioid addiction. Soundwalk Collective recorded in both the village and cave where Artaud lived, capturing sounds earthly and human, delicate and divine. Smith then joined them in studio, back in New York to weave together each track.

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Just Kids Illustrated Edition

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A love letter to New York City, the power of youth, commitment to one’s artistic pursuits and, simply, friendship, Patti Smith’s National Book Award-winning memoir, Just Kids, celebrates destiny—from tumult and tragedy to success. In this illustrated edition, never-before-published photographs and ephemera join Smith’s exceptionally beautiful words. Smith captures a moment and a movement—and honors the life of Robert Mapplethorpe in the process.

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Hotel Chelsea: Living in the Last Bohemian Haven

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A photographic tour of one of NYC’s most storied residences, Hotel Chelsea: Living in the Last Bohemian Haven bridges past to present and myth to reality through deeply textured images by Colin Miller and thoughtful text by Ray Mock. Within, both Miller and Mock convey the Chelsea Hotel’s continued bohemian spirit, carried along by the remaining residents of its previous iteration. It’s an open window to an opulent world defiant of time and circumstance.  

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Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

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Written by music critic Will Hermes, Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever explores the years in the mid-1970s when NYC was failing as a city, but punk, hip-hop, disco, salsa and jazz were thriving from block to block, borough to borough. Beginning with New Year’s Day in 1973 and ending with New Year’s Eve in 1977, the book is encyclopedic and detailed, and tells the fairytale of various music scenes and the fascinating ways they oftentimes converged in a city that was, in many ways, divided.

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“Thanks For The Dance” White Vinyl

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Released after Leonard Cohen’s death, the nine-song album Thanks for the Dance finds the artist’s son Adam fleshing out some of his father’s incomplete sonic sketches with the help of several extraordinary collaborators—Bryce Dessner of The National, Damien Rice, Javier Mas, Patrick Watson and Beck included. A startlingly beautiful addition to Cohen’s lengthy portfolio and a labor of love, the album offers finality. This 180g white vinyl pressing is a Barnes & Noble exclusive edition.

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Dimes Times: Emotional Eating

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With more than 50 recipes from menus past and present at Dimes—the beloved all-day restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown—Dimes Times: Emotional Eating lets regulars (and everyone else) bring home some of their healthy, delectable dishes and signature sauces. Founded by Sabrina De Sousa and Alissa Wagner, Dimes (and later, its companion, the nearby Dimes Deli and Market, founded with Sophie Helsby) changed the culinary landscape of its neighborhood. The cookbook features snippets of conversation from inside the restaurant, captured by Wagner and Toniann Fernandez, and honors its loyal community. Mary Manning contributes numerous photographs and Erin Knutson, who co-designed the book with De Sousa, adds the abstract graphics.

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What’s Your Pleasure?

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Featuring her dramatic delights “Adore You” and “Spotlight,” Jessie Ware’s upcoming fourth studio album What’s Your Pleasure is available for pre-order. With production and writing credits from Kindness, Metronomy’s Joseph Mount, Danny Parker, Benji B and others—along with singer/songwriter Ware herself, of course—the record will officially release on 5 June. If the sultry, hypnotic and infectious singles are teasers, this new album promises to be a lush dose of nu disco.

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Owner of Lincoln, Nebraska’s Goldenrod Pastries, baker Angela Garbacz’s first-ever cookbook, Perfectly Golden, collects some of her beloved dairy- and gluten-free recipes (which can also be made with butter, all-purpose flour and other alternatives, if one so pleases). More than 100 photographs accompany the recipes—which range from her grandma’s famous peach coffee cake to lemon meringue pie and chewy almond cookies. Garbacz dedicates an entire section to “Frostings + Fillings + Extras,” too. Lessons from her mother and grandmother, as well as learnings from her community bakery, all found in this book, represent an inclusive philosophy that all bakers will benefit from.

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More than a collection of personal essays, Little Weirds, by actress, comedian and author Jenny Slate, offers memoir-like intimacy and impossible-to-categorize insight. From moments of vulnerability to acts of eccentricity, Slate encourages readers not only to read but to play along as the planet goes about its strange business.

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

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Written by acclaimed author and activist Olga Tokarczuk and beautifully translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead blends a whodunit murder mystery with William Blake’s poetry, astrology, nature, gender and power. The confounding and dazzling tale centers on Janina Duszejko—its 60-something protagonist—and portrays a small, rural Polish town, but expands far beyond; becoming a kind of fairytale about humans and their innate capacity for cruelty. First published in 2009, the book was translated a decade later, the same year Tokarczuk won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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With its Broadway opening on 6 October 2019, Slave Play entered a new echelon of groundbreaking, successful theatrical works and amplified the invigorating voice of playwright Jeremy O Harris. Not only daring, but deeply important, the three-act play—which centers around three interracial couples undergoing sexual therapy—challenges viewers. Reading the written text, now published by the Theatre Communications Group, only brings one closer to Harris’ words.

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Soviet Space Graphics: Cosmic Visions From the USSR

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Made in collaboration with the Moscow Design Museum, Alexandra Sankova’s Soviet Space Graphics: Cosmic Visions From the USSR (out 1 April on Phaidon) chronicles the Cold War-era graphics that accompanied ambitious plans for outer space exploration—most notably the race to the moon. While some images were pulled from popular-science magazines, others take creative liberty in depicting extraterrestrial visits, life found outside of our solar system, and the lofty infrastructure we’d need to inhabit Mars. At 267 pages, this book services both the design-minded and the space-obsessed.

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