Lunchtime Laughter

Thug Notes: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Ai Weiwei: According to What?

This introduction to the work of Ai Weiwei was published in conjunction with his wonderful US retrospective, which luckily enough opens at the Brooklyn Museum this Friday, April 18th.

Insatiable: Porn — A Love Story

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Asa Akira’s new memoir gets you deep inside the mind of a porn star as she tells her tale of going from school girl at Manhattan’s United Nations International School to AVN Performer of the Year. Complemented with a cover by David Choe, it’s a hard to miss book on the shelf, and a worthy purchase to pass on to your lady for encouragement.

Available here

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My Father, The Drug Lord by Tony Dokoupil

Big Tony Dokoupil–a charismatic, high-living drug trafficker–made his fortune moving dozens of tons of weed, then bottomed out and lost it all. His estranged son finds him two decades later, ruined, and confronts the man who abandoned his family to rule over the golden age of marijuana.

BEPAD

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Opening tonight and maintaining hours through the weekend, BEPAD is a suite event at The Lowell Hotel featuring rare books, photographs, artist interventions, and cultural artifacts from the likes of Fulton Ryder, Harper’s Books and Karma.

Hours:

Wednesday, April 9: 5:00 – 10:00pm
Thursday, April 10: 12:00 – 8:00pm
Friday, April 11: 12:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday, April 12: 12:00 – 8:00pm

Location:

The Lowell Hotel
28 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065

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Eddie Martinez: Studio Drawings

A small monograph that was published in 2013 which focuses on Eddie’s drawings and includes an essay by Glenn O’Brien.

Available here

The Instagram Bookseller

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If you can’t make it to London’s Dover Street Market to do your book shopping, the IDEA books instagram feed is the next best thing. Rare titles from heavy hitters like Richard Prince, Andy Warhol, and Guy Bourdin are available, as well cult classics like the first issue of the now defunct Versace Magazine or one awesome copy of Vans: A Book of Rolling Rooms. Be warned though, titles go fast. So check now, and check often.

— Chris Black / @donetodeath

Pud Season: An Interview with Jason Nocito

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If you’re an idiot, you might look at Jason Nocito’s beautiful new book, designed by Ari Marcopolous and Camilla Venturini and premiering sixteen new photographs, and say, “It’s a bunch of pictures of puddles.” And you wouldn’t be totally wrong. Aptly titled PUD, Jason’s new book does heavily feature stunning large format images of iridescent pools filled with cigarettes and leaves, but it a lot more than that. It’s an ode to Charlie Brown, death, and American street photography, for starters. I called up Jason while he was working in Los Angeles so he could explain it to all the idiots.
 
CHRISTIAN: I got a look at the book. It’s beautiful. It’s shorter than what I’m used to but I think that really works well.

JASON: I guess it’s shorter but I don’t really see it as a one-off, done deal. I don’t think of it as a conscious project, it’s just a body of pictures that I put together.After making I Heart Transylvania, which was a larger body of work, this is like the beginning of something else for me. I Heart Transylvania was very personal, and so is this work, but in a different way. It’s personal without showing any humans, which is really different than I Heart, which showed a lot of close people in my life.
 
You shot the whole thing on an 8×10 view camera, correct?

Yeah, it started a few years ago when I as talking to a friend about Ten Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass, the Ed Ruscha book. I guess it started before that actually, when I moved back to New York from Vancouver. Every place I am, I want to make photographs. I’ve never been the person who says I’m going to go to this place and do this project and do it and be done. I’ve always kind of hated that, it’s not what I’m about. I was living in New York and I was burnt out professionally and emotionally. I would walk around the city all the time with my head down, like a lot of people do, and I would see all these things. That’s what I was looking at, so that’s what I photographed. A lot of that stuff is made right in my neighborhood in Chinatown. I tried it a few different ways with different kinds of cameras but at one point I met with my friend and photographer, Danny Gordon, and we talked about 8×10 large format camera. Its a different process and a different microscope to look at things. I started playing around with it.

I’m also really interested in the 8×10 process and the way that, in five or ten years, the process will probably be gone. It’s sort of a slowly-dying way to make images and the film will probably be impossible to get in the near future. I was really interested in using it as of an extension of thinking about death.

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A Farm Dies Once a Year

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Great friend and contributor to this site, Arlo Crawford’s first novel is out today through Henry Holt and Co.. A Farm Dies Once a Year is a memoir that takes Arlo back to the organic farm in Pennsylvania that he grew up on to work through a season of building and reflection, and to revisit the murder of a neighbor and close family friend. From the moment he straps on his Red Wings and returns to the soil, Arlo tends to the details of the story with the same tenacity that his father dedicates to his tomatoes. A book that will briefly make you reconsider a life behind a desk, A Farm Dies Once a Year is a hardcover (with a map!) to be bought, read, and shared by you.

Pictures of Palm Trees

Palmes pour memoire is a 1991 book compiled by Pierre Marc Richard featuring photographs that include palm trees—from the mid-1800s until the time of publish.

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The 25-Year-Old at the Helm of Lonely Planet by Charles Bethea

Last year, a media-shy billionaire bought the flailing Lonely Planet travel-guide empire, then shocked observers by hiring an unknown 24-year-old former wedding photographer to save it. Charles Bethea straps in for a bizarre ride as a kid mogul tries to remake a legendary brand for the digital age.

The World’s Best Spicy Food

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A very relevant book

Over, under, around & through

Photographs by Tim Barber in this 2013 book made from a project commissioned by WACKO MARIA

Painting Letters in a Word Store

Stephen Powers at The Strand

Book signing and Q&A on March 25th

Modern Toss: A Decade in the Shithouse

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Modern Toss are brilliant, so supporting this 560-page “ball-breaking hardback collection of timeless classics and exclusive unseen cartoons” is a must.

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California

A new zine by Mikael Kennedy. Published by Done To Death Projects.

Jonas Wood: Interiors

A look through this 2012 book featuring Jonas Wood’s paintings of the great indoors.

Available here

Lolita

A Thug Notes summary and analysis.

A Love Letter to The City

The definitive guide to Stephen Powers and ICY signs’ global public art project.

Available in a hardcover through First & Fifteenth or in a soft cover through Amazon

For more images of the Love Letter project in Philadelphia, click here

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