John Cage: A Mycological Foray – Variations on Mushrooms

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From independent publishing house Atelier Éditions, the two-volume monograph John Cage: A Mycological Foray explores the acclaimed (and often experimental) American composer and theorist’s fascination with mushrooms. As Cage famously proclaimed, “I have come to the conclusion that much can be learned about music by devoting oneself to the mushroom.” Limited to an edition of 75, the book features 20 unnumbered lithographs, diary entries and the first-ever full reproduction of Cage’s Mushroom Book, done in collaboration with illustrator Lois Long and botanist Alexander H Smith, in 1972.

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Palomar’s ingenious handheld radio lets users tap into local stations around the world. With 18 keys that can correspond to any number of global cities—from Athens and Barcelona to Istanbul and Jakarta—tuning in is as easy as tapping your selection. To play it, though, one must connect the radio to the CityRadio app, which is available to download on the iOS or Android store, in advance. In total, there are over 60,000 stations available on CityRadio. The device is available in a red and tan or black and blue colorway. Price is in Euros.

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Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything in Between

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A memoir of awakening and hope, writer Amrou Al-Kadhi’s Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything in Between traces their path from god-fearing Muslim child to an empowered, erudite drag queen by the name of Glamrou. Al-Kadhi has authored thoughtful pieces for the Guardian, Independent, Gay Times, and many others. They’ve also penned an episode of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V Gordon’s Apple TV series, Little America, as well as for BBC America’s The Watch. With this book, their voice shines—drawing balance between humor and heartbreak—and acts as a guiding light for those seeking to honor (or even discover) their truest selves.

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City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture

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Within City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture, photographer Arthur Drooker presents expressive, exacting imagery of the administrative hubs of various local governments. The chronological chronicle travels from the early 19th century to today—representing the wonders of Buffalo, Boston and beyond while showcasing styles that range from Federalist to modern. The book includes a foreword by historian Douglas Brinkley, and mayors (current and former) offer stories to accompany Drooker’s images.

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Paula Scher: 25 Years at the Public

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“Why should I correct my mistakes when all of the innovation exists in the mistake?” This kind of rebellious thinking makes Paula Scher’s work feel fresh yet instantly recognizable, evidenced best in her forthcoming book, 25 Years at the Public, A Love Story. The artist, designer and Pentagram partner has been developing the visual language for the non-profit theater group for more than two decades, from its wood type-inspired identity to more than 150 posters—many of which weren’t displayed outside the venue. This graphic-heavy tome chronicles her creative output and “love story” behind it all (firings, re-hirings and redesigns) for the in-depth history of this radical New York institution that’s as inspiring as the performances there.

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Featuring the fervent “Viril” and soaring “Cut Me,” Moses Sumney’s græ is a dazzling two-LP record that bends countless genres—from soul to rock, ambient, classical, jazz, R&B and beyond. At times tender, vulnerable, and ferocious, the 20-track album (Sumney’s second) explores intimacy and identity, resulting in a listening experience that’s unique and entirely exquisite.

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Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet’s Summer Camp 1977

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In the summer of 1977, roughly 300 campers arrived at Mountain Lake summer camp in rural North Carolina. There, the camp’s photography instructor, Andy Sweet, would capture an experience and an era in the images that now compose his book Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet’s Summer Camp 1977. Sweet, who passed in 1982, balances the uniqueness of the time with the universality of camp life. The book is 120 pages, hardbound, with an introduction from New Yorker staff writer Naomi Fry.

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Peter Beard Gesamtkunstwerk

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Once a limited release from TASCHEN, Peter Beard’s “gesamtkunstwerk” (a German word that translates to art assembled from multiple mediums, much like collage) returns. Within the 770-page hardcover, the pioneering artist’s photography interacts with personal writing and doodle-like drawings. Edited by Nejma Beard and David Fahey, with additional text by Owen Edwards and Steven M.L. Aronson, the tome grants access to Beard’s impassioned, international perspective—one that made him a beloved collaborator to other pioneers, from Dalí and Warhol to Truman Capote, Isak Dinesen and the Rolling Stones.

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Stay With Me: A Novel

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Set in the 1980s in Ilesa, Nigeria, Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel, Stay With Me, occurs in the midst of the country’s political tumult, but explores societal pressures, tradition, gender, family, sacrifice, and redemption. It traces the story of a marriage through the wife and the husband’s points of view. Adebayo’s prose captivates and her characters are fully realized, making for an affecting tale.

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The 24-Hour Soup Kitchen

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Journalist Stephen Henderson’s account of his gastro-philanthropic efforts around the world—from Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi to soup kitchens in Israel, South Korea, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and more) The 24-Hour Soup Kitchen: Soul-Stirring Lessons in Gastrophilanthropy—offers heartfelt tales of compassion and humanity. Henderson’s field reports, drawn from time he spent volunteering while on assignment around the globe, enlighten and inspire.

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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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