Published by New York’s Printed Matter, Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s No New Theories is a careful curation of essays, images, unfinished phrases, and in-depth conversations. Using her own writing, works by writers past and present, autocorrected words and phrases, personal images, pop culture references and more, Rasheed formulates a cohesive statement about blackness—and its vastness. While some pages are left open for interpretation (specifically about a dozen Xerox scans) others pose particular questions or address spiritual, socio-political and ecological issues. Limited to an edition of 1,000, this book is available in-store or online.
Amy Hempel’s fifth collection of short fiction, Sing To It: New Stories, is the first in a decade from the beloved writer. Made up of vignettes, the book includes 15 stories that tackle themes including loneliness, truth and guilt. As ever, Hempel’s prose is somewhat minimal but concurrently undeniably rich.
First published to accompany Jason Moran’s exhibit at the Walker Art Center in 2018, this 272 page book marks the first in-depth exploration of his work and practice. A pianist, composer, visual artist, and frequent collaborator, Moran abides by no rules with regard to the confines of medium—resulting in work that teeters somewhere between jazz history, performance art and sculpture. Fit for music fans and art lovers alike, the Whitney Museum store is selling copies to coincide with his fall 2019 exhibition there.
For anybody interested in analog technologies and music, Gideon Schwartz’s Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design offers a deep dive into the history and renaissance of lo-fi audio. From Bang & Olufsen’s glorious wire recorder from 1947, the Beocord 84U, to the stunning Clearaudio Statement V2 turntable from 2008, and so many more, the products highlighted within this 272-page book are some of the most beautifully designed devices in the world. Audio fans will be delighted by the countless turntables, reel-to-reels, vacuum tubes, amplifiers, speakers and more.
With The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, author Antwaun Sargent addresses breakthroughs for representation of the black image in artistic industries, communities and their respective marketplaces. Turning his attention to pioneering black photographers, Sargent opens a dialogue on institutional barriers, exclusion and the tidal shift underway on an international level. The book, published by Aperture, incorporates 250 four-color images from talent including Awol Erizku, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Dana Scruggs, Tyler Mitchell and more—as well as conversations with Shaniqwa Jarvis, Deborah Willis and CH favorite Mickalene Thomas.
German artist BD Graft’s debut book, Living Things is full of collages and paintings of plants and fruits—some minimal, some colorful and complex, all utterly charming. Published by Zioxla, designed by Affaire, and printed and bound in Barcelona, the softcover book is composed of FSC-certified paper sourced from responsibly managed forests. Further, for every book purchased, one tree is planted.
Written by former jazz and pop critic at The New York Times, Nate Chinen, Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century is a definitive guide to the genre from the past to the present. While today’s jazz may be different, it’s rooted in the same ideals and ethos, and Chinen argues for its continued relevance while highlighting some contemporary talent. He does this while educating readers on the genre’s illustrious and influential past.
Authored by multi-media artist Walt Cassidy (aka Waltpaper), New York: Club Kids proves to be a most comprehensive survey of the legendary antics of ’90s nightlife in NYC. Cassidy, a central figure in the subculture, saw firsthand the “artistic, fashion-conscious youth movement that crossed over into the public consciousness.” Though it includes rare photographs, this book is far more than an attempt at archiving an era that bubbled up from the underground; it also works to contextualize modern-day concepts that originated with the Club Kids: “reality television, self-branding, ‘influencers’ and the gender revolution.”
Respected biographer Meryle Secrest seeks to uncover a Cold War era conspiracy in her new book The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti: IBM, the CIA, and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World’s First Desktop Computer. The story revolves around the Olivetti company and family, best known for their typewriters, but also the brand behind the first personal computer—some 10 years before competitors like Apple and IBM. The book begins with Adriano (the son of founder Camillo Olivetti) dying on a train to Switzerland in 1960—suspicious considering he had previously worked to remove prime minister Benito Mussolini during WWII and had ties to spy networks. In her book, Secrest seeks to understand why Olivetti, being such a pioneering company in the world of tech, fell into obscurity and what really happened to Adriano and lead engineer Mario Tchou, who also died mysteriously a year later.
Cleo Le-Tan’s A Booklover’s Guide to New York is a thoughtfully selected collection of the city’s most charming book stores and libraries; as well as writers’ homes and favorite cafes, bars and restaurants; and well-known literary landmarks. With whimsical illustrations by beloved French artist Pierre Le-Tan (whose work graced countless New Yorker covers) and contributions from Tavi Gevinson, Marc Jacobs and Hamish Bowles, this guidebook can function as a real-life city guide or the entry-point to a daydream.
Intended for readers from four to eight years old, Rebecca Green’s aptly named How to Make Friends with a Ghost details the best technique for becoming pals with a spook. From making them their favorite treats (mud tarts and earwax truffles) to charming them with bedtime stories and serenades, there are plenty of useful tips. Along with whimsical illustrations, the book is sweet, funny and conveys a message of kindness.
Part art book, part cookbook, part biography, Mirka & George: A Culinary Affair documents the life of Mirka and Georges Mora, Melbourne-based couple by way of Paris. Their apartment became a hub for the artistic community and their restaurants accommodated the overflow. This book—through photos, prints of their art, recipes and more—explains why the pair were so beloved and became icons of the Australian city.
Grand Union: Stories is prolific author Zadie Smith’s first collection of short stories. The respected and beloved author features her horror tales alongside historical fiction, reflective pieces on modernity, dystopian tales and more. While diverse in subject and genre, Smith’s writing is consistently rich, thoughtful and measured. There are 19 stories within, 11 of which are new and exclusive to this release.
Produced by Out Of Print, purveyors of all manner of book-related goods, this Where The Wild Things Are tote bag is emblazoned with the cover of Maurice Sendak’s beloved book. Measuring 15 by 17 inches, it’s made from 100% cotton canvas. All purchases from Out Of Print benefit literacy funds and book drives for communities in need.
An autobiography by punk icon Debbie Harry, Face It: A Memoir was crafted by Harry and music writer Sylvie Simmons. The fascinating tome is full of history, anecdotes and wild tales, but steers clear of being a full-on confessional—which perfectly suits Harry’s impeccably crafted Blondie persona. From her teenage years to moving to New York, meeting Chris Stein, her rise to fame and the creation of Blondie (the band and the character), nearly everything gets documented candidly alongside never-before-published photographs and artwork. Of course, there’s much more to Debbie Harry than Blondie, and plenty of that is explored within, too.
A collection of her smart, adroit and beautifully written essays, Trick Mirror is Jia Tolentino’s first book—and essential reading. From workout culture to MDMA, capitalism and politics, social media and beyond, Tolentino navigates the current zeitgeist (with all its anxieties, burdens and joys) adeptly, thoughtfully and at times very humorously. These are nine essays that warrant repeat reads, shares and plenty of discussion.