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In The Name Of The Father, the Daughter and the Holy Spirits: Remembering Roberto Rossellini
In The Name Of The Father, the Daughter and the Holy Spirits: Remembering Roberto Rossellini
by Isabella Rossellini
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.71

4.0 out of 5 stars a bellyful!!!, 5 Nov 2008
This really is a strange book. But I like it a lot. Basically it is a remembrance, a very imaginitive tribute, from Isabella Rossellini to her father Roberto, but featuring contributions from the like of Ingrid Bergman and David Lynch. There is also a free dvd of a film written by Isabella and directed by the Canadian maestro Guy Maddin ('The Saddest Music in the World', 'Archangel', and most recently and brilliantly 'My Winnipeg')... The film, entitled, 'My father is 100 years old' and it is moving and funny- Roberto is represented by a giant belly. Altogether an odd, a very odd, book, but if you're a fan, it's fun.


Counterprint
Counterprint
by Karel Martens
Edition: Paperback

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wa wa wee wa, 3 Nov 2008
This review is from: Counterprint (Paperback)
this is a really really beautiful and fascinating book. I don't want to ruin the surprises. If you can't get your grubby mitts (and who can?) on the out of print and highly desireable 'Printed Matter: Drukwerks', then go for this... it's a thoroughly inspiring lesson in imaginative printing, typography, design etc. I love the mechano prints particularly. This book is a selection of Karel Martens' uncommissioned work, and it is a treat.


Another World
Another World
Price: 5.13

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars when your ears have had enough of songs like 'oh my gosssh!', 31 Oct 2008
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This review is from: Another World (Audio CD)
there comes an ep, this ep. i love it. i can't think of a more beautiful cd cover than this one, with a picture of legendary theatrical butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno. the tracks themselves are strange, as another reviewer put it, but i think they're more confident and complex than the ones on 'i am a bird now'. there's less tremor in the voice, maybe, but this underplaying is gorgeous, coy and intriguing. it is also a more experimental set of songs, not requiring the lush gorgeous emotional heavyweight tunes of 'hope there's someone' and 'fistful of love', instead, and from way off the park so that i for one couyldn't see it in my rearview OR my side mirrors, comes a song like 'shake that devil' which sounds like a folk song, a voodoo chant, free jazz and blues all tightly packed, rolled up and smoked in a ny club. love this ep.


I Am A Bird Now
I Am A Bird Now
Price: 10.10

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars frenzy, 31 Oct 2008
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This review is from: I Am A Bird Now (Audio CD)
i have to stop playing this cd in the car. track 7, oh antony if you knew how this song works me into a frenzy, is 'Fistful of Love' and i can't help but launch into tremulous duet, especially at this part: ' and i feeel your burning eyeees, burning holes, straight through my heart, it's outta lo-u-ve, it's outta lo-uve'. Frankly it's dangerous and not just because whipped up like that i am distracted but also because i start waving my fist around and other drivers think i am in the throes of road rage. far from it... they could cut me up all they like and all i would care about is antony, me, lou, love, fists, violence, burning eyes etc. the other songs are great too by the way.


The man with blue eyes
The man with blue eyes
by Lee Harwood
Edition: Unknown Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars if you find this book, buy it immediately, 31 Oct 2008
This review is from: The man with blue eyes
i really like this book. harwood's poetry is loose, beautiful, and elegant. one of my favourite poems in this book is 'new york will welcome me' and this book feels very new-york with a cool, blue, starry cover by joe brainard and an introduction by peter schjeldahl.


Blind Witness: Three American Operas
Blind Witness: Three American Operas
by Charles Bernstein
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the sun always shines on tv, 26 Oct 2008
There isn't much of a description of this item on the page and i'm the first reviewer so I'm going to do my best to give you details. But first, I want to say that these libretti are riotously funny, mesmerizing, confusing and entertaining in many of the same ways that Bernstein's poetry is. I heartily recommend this book.

It features the three libretti that Charles Bernstein wrote for Ben Yarmolinsky: Blind Witness News (1990), The Subject (1991) The Lenny Paschen Show (1992). There is also an introduction by Yarmolinsky and the Extended version of 'Lenny's Monologue' from 'The Lenny Paschen show'. Blind Witness News captures the desperately repetitive mindless chit chat of late night tv but is also, as you'd expect from CB, deeply engaged with the variety and vagaries in language itself. He parodies the lingo perfectly. The Subject is about a session of psychoanalysis.


Chocolate & Zucchini
Chocolate & Zucchini
by Clotilde Dusoulier
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'ce soir j'attend madeleine', 26 Oct 2008
This review is from: Chocolate & Zucchini (Paperback)
'we're going to go to the cinema'. That's a Jacques Brel song.

one of my other favourite songs is the one by 'the smiths' that goes 'take me out tonight, oooh anywhere, i don't care, i don't care, i don't caaa-aare'... but after buying this cookbook i don't agree with the sentiment at ALL! (well only sometimes.)Most often i think 'let me stay in tonight, i'll cook anything, anything, anything from this booo-ooook'.

My favourite recipe is the one for madeleines au Roquefort, Poire et Noix. I give the recipe title in French because it is like that in the book, which is quite nice i guess. i'd much rather make these than pear blue cheese and nut, wouldn't you? I'm being facetious but, it's part of the book's charm because, as every good cookbook should, this sells and promotes a charming, healthy, sophisicated, witty, stylishly simple way of life that i don't just want to buy into... i want to bite into it too!!!

Buy this for someone and make their jour.


A Conversation with David Antin
A Conversation with David Antin
by Charles Bernstein
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars roll over roll over, 24 Oct 2008
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two great poets and great chatterboxes. Both men are very witty, very insightful, very honest. If you want to feel like you've been ringing around in the heads of two of the most influential experimental american poets of the latter half of 20th and into this century, then read this book. i have long admired the work of both poets, which includes Girly Man (CB), The Sophist (CB), Republic of Realities (CB) 'i never knew what time it was' (DA) 'Talking' (DA) 'Tuning' (DA) 'Definitions' (DA). This book lets you surf the wavelength that keeps them writing and talking.


Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture
Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture
by Dung Ngo
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i could hapPLY look at this book all day, 24 Oct 2008
I found out about this book in Andrew Haslam's exciting, learned, inspiring book 'Book Design'... And I can see why he included it. The covers are made of ply wood. But it's the designs inside that really make this book. You haven't lived until you've seen Frank Gehry's 'Cross-check chair' from 1990, or Peter Karpf's flowing, magic carpet-like '82USChair' from 2002... not to mention greats like Alvaar Aalto's Paimio chair from 1931. A beautiful, informative book, for fans of PLY everywhere.


Found Polaroids
Found Polaroids
by Jason Bitner
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Private Polaroids, 24 Oct 2008
This review is from: Found Polaroids (Hardcover)
i was very kindly given this book as a present and the person who bought it for me was spot on when they thought it would be right up my street. And that's just where many of these polaroid photographs were found, right up somebody's street, in someone's yard, on a picnic table, in a puddle etc. etc. Each photo is lovingly spaced out onto a page with a short descritpion of where it was found on the facing page and so there is plenty of lebensraum for you to digest each one. There are some dowwnright beautiful, some frankly bizarre and some very intriguing. Some battered, some bruised and some very fuzzy indeed. This book is a treat.


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