THE NY ART BOOK FAIR

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Printed Matter’s 8th annual fair happens all weekend long and brings together the best independent publishers in the world.

Henry Darger, Throw-Away Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist

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A new book by Jim Elledge about the ultimate outsider artist, Henry Darger.

For When You’re Lifted To The Mindstate of Your Favorite Rapper

Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book by Shea Serrano and Bun B

The Novel Idea: Robert Meinhardt

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For our new series, “The Novel Idea,” we are asking artists to re-create the covers of their favorite books. Last time, KC Ortiz chose The Count of Monte Cristo, and this time Robert Meinhardt selected Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson. “I read true crime novels almost exclusively,” Robert says. “For whatever reason fiction doesn’t have the power to hold my attention long enough to enjoy finishing a book. Crime and criminals have always been a main interest of mine since I was a young child. What made Hunter S. Thompson’s novel such a joy to read was his eloquent prose and sardonic descriptions of true crime material. For me, it was the best of both worlds.”

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Lunchtime Laughter

Thug Notes – Brave New World

Contact High

This new book from Richard Kern is phenomenal, and yes we do say this in part because it is about topless chicks smoking pot.

Available through PictureBox

{note: boobs}

Bad Graffiti

Bad Graffiti is a photography series by Scott Hocking that documents graffiti in Detroit. “Bad graffiti can be vulgar, juvenile, poorly scrawled, misspelled, ignorant, sexist, racist and ridiculous,” Scott writes in the prologue from the book. “Yet, it can also be… so bad, it’s good.” The book is available here.

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Lunchtime Laughter

Thug Notes – Fahrenheit 451

The Novel Idea: KC Ortiz

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For our new series, “The Novel Idea,” we are asking artists to re-create the covers of their favorite books. Last time, Devin Troy Strother chose Island of the Blue Dolphins, and this time KC Ortiz selected The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.I first read The Count of Monte Cristo at a pretty young age, maybe 12 or 13, and it had a heavy influence on me at the time,” KC explains. “It’s a great classic novel and read, but it’s also full of interesting takeaways that molded my thinking on a number of things, or at least helped me gain an understanding of people and humanity. The system doesn’t work and you have to do things on your own outside of whatever system you are living in, greed is everywhere and will make petty people do horrible things, but you can live outside of all that and by your own laws and system. The world can be cruel and evil but there is always hope. The Count also takes his time with his revenge, there’s no rush as it will all come together in time, so I think the book also helped me gain an appreciation of patience and thinking things through and not just wilding out. Dumas gets into some religious themes at the end but I’d say that part always escaped me, however, there is still truth in the fact that not everything is controllable by you or man in general. I just don’t think God is the reason for that. As in almost all cases, the movies don’t come close to touching what the book offers. It’s a heavy book but well worth the read and if one doesn’t want to bother reading the whole book there is at least one lesson that everyone can learn from the movies as well: Where there is a will there is a way.”

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Outside The Lines

Souris Hong-Porretta curated this huge contemporary coloring book full of names very familiar to TWBE. Great for adults and children alike.

Available here

Lunchtime Laughter

Thug Notes – Of Mice and Men

Nudity Today

A look through the 208 page photography book edited by Jesse Pearson featuring the work of Tim Barber, Jordan Bennett, Ren Hang, Jerry Hsu, Sandy Kim, Sasha Kurmaz, Maggie Lee, Aaron McElroy, Nicole Lesser, Lele Saveri, and Aurel Schmidt.

Available through PictureBox

{note: nudity, duh}

Lunchtime Laughter

Thug Notes – The Hobbit

Atheist Home Invaders Haven’t Got A Clue

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Supreme’s new ‘Stash Book.’

Lunchtime Laughter

Thug Notes – Hamlet

The Women of Orchard Beach

Wayne Lawrence‘s new book, Orchard Beach, will be released in October, and to celebrate, we’re featuring a gallery of the women of the Bronx Riviera. Pre-order it now.

“Most of them (the English intelligentsia) are perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history etc. so long as they feel that it is on ‘our’ side.”

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George Orwell in a 1944 letter that detailed “the thesis of his great novel.”

Jeff Ladouceur: Amen

New zine based on Jeff Ladouceur’s recent exhibition at ZieherSmith.

The Novel Idea: Devin Troy Strother

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For our new series, “The Novel Idea,” we are asking artists to re-create the covers of their favorite books. Last time, Mark Mulroney chose 120 Days of Sodom, and this time Devin Troy Strother selected Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. “The reason why I picked Island of the Blue Dolphins is because my parents have it on one of their bookshelves that faces the room I grew up in,” Devin explains. “So I’ve been staring at the front cover of that book for years. I didn’t even read it; I think I read the CliffsNotes version. I don’t really remember what the fuck it’s about, all I know is that there’s no fuckin’ dolphins in the book, and it was a huge let down! Honestly, when you asked me to do this project, the first thought that came into my head was like, I wanna paint some fuckin’ dolphins tho. Fuckin’ island of the blue nose dolphins, man it’s going down.”

 

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