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The Age of the Poets
The Age of the Poets
Written by Alain Badiou, Translated by Emily Apter and Bruno Bosteels, Introduction by Bruno Bosteels
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781781685709
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The Age of the Poets
And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose
Written by Alain Badiou
Translated by Emily Apter and Bruno Bosteels
Introduction by Bruno Bosteels


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $95.00

The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger’s famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic nor abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it must declare... Read more >
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Decomposition
Decomposition
Written by Andrew Durkin
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780307911759
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Decomposition
A Music Manifesto
Written by Andrew Durkin


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $28.95

Decomposition is a bracing, revisionary, and provocative inquiry into music—from Beethoven to Duke Ellington, from Conlon Nancarrow to Evelyn Glennie—as a personal and cultural experience: how it is composed, how it is idiosyncratically perceived by critics and reviewers, and why we listen to it the way we do.

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Decomposition
Decomposition
Written by Andrew Durkin
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ISBN: 9780307911766
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Decomposition
A Music Manifesto
Written by Andrew Durkin


Format: eBook, 400 pages
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $14.99

Decomposition is a bracing, revisionary, and provocative inquiry into music—from Beethoven to Duke Ellington, from Conlon Nancarrow to Evelyn Glennie—as a personal and cultural experience: how it is composed, how it is idiosyncratically perceived by critics and reviewers, and why we listen to it the way we do.

Andrew Durkin... Read more >
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The Age of the Poets
The Age of the Poets
Written by Alain Badiou, Translated by Emily Apter and Bruno Bosteels, Introduction by Bruno Bosteels
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781781685693
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The Age of the Poets
And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose
Written by Alain Badiou
Translated by Emily Apter and Bruno Bosteels
Introduction by Bruno Bosteels


Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $24.95

The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger’s famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic nor abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it must declare... Read more >
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The Age of the Poets
And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose
Written by Alain Badiou
Translated by Emily Apter and Bruno Bosteels
Introduction by Bruno Bosteels


Format: eBook, 160 pages
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $23.95

The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger’s famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic nor abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it must declare... Read more >
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What We See When We Read
What We See When We Read
Written by Peter Mendelsund
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780804171632
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What We See When We Read

Written by Peter Mendelsund


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $16.95

A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.

What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us... Read more >
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What We See When We Read
What We See When We Read
Written by Peter Mendelsund
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ISBN: 9780804171649
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What We See When We Read

Written by Peter Mendelsund


Format: eBook, 464 pages
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $13.99

A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.

What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us... Read more >
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On the New
On the New
Written by Boris Groys
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781781682937
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On the New

Written by Boris Groys


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $95.00

On the New looks at the economies of exchange and valuation that drive modern culture's key sites: the intellectual marketplace and the archive. As ideas move from one context to another, newness is created. This continuous shifting of the line that separates the valuable from the worthless, culture from profanity, is... Read more >
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On the New
On the New
Written by Boris Groys
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ISBN: 9781781682920
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On the New

Written by Boris Groys


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $22.95

On the New looks at the economies of exchange and valuation that drive modern culture's key sites: the intellectual marketplace and the archive. As ideas move from one context to another, newness is created. This continuous shifting of the line that separates the valuable from the worthless, culture from profanity, is... Read more >
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On the New

Written by Boris Groys


Format: eBook, 208 pages
On Sale: July 15, 2014
Price: $22.95

On the New looks at the economies of exchange and valuation that drive modern culture's key sites: the intellectual marketplace and the archive. As ideas move from one context to another, newness is created. This continuous shifting of the line that separates the valuable from the worthless, culture from profanity, is... Read more >
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The Total Art of Stalinism
Avant-Garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond
Written by Boris Groys
Translated by Charles Rougle


Format: eBook, 144 pages
On Sale: May 27, 2014
Price: $19.95

From the ruins of communism, Boris Groys emerges to provoke our interest in the aesthetic goals pursued with such catastrophic consequences by its founders. Interpreting totalitarian art and literature in the context of cultural history, this brilliant essay likens totalitarian aims to the modernists’ goal of producing world-transformative art. In this... Read more >
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The Emancipated Spectator

Written by Jacques Ranciere


Format: eBook, 134 pages
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $17.95

The theorists of art and film commonly depict the modern audience as aesthetically and politically passive. In response, both artists and thinkers have sought to transform the spectator into an active agent and the spectacle into a communal performance.

In this follow-up to the acclaimed The Future of the Image, Rancière takes... Read more >
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Rhapsody For The Theatre
Rhapsody For The Theatre
Written by Alain Badiou, Introduction by Bruno Bosteels
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781781681268
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Rhapsody For The Theatre

Written by Alain Badiou
Introduction by Bruno Bosteels


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
On Sale: December 17, 2013
Price: $95.00

For Alain Badiou, theatre—unlike cinema—is the place for the staging of a truly emancipatory collective subject. In this sense theatre is, of all the arts, the one strictly homologous to politics: both theatre and politics depend on a limited set of texts or statements, collectively enacted by a group of actors... Read more >
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Rhapsody For The Theatre
Rhapsody For The Theatre
Written by Alain Badiou, Introduction by Bruno Bosteels
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ISBN: 9781781681251
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Rhapsody For The Theatre

Written by Alain Badiou
Introduction by Bruno Bosteels


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $24.95

For Alain Badiou, theatre—unlike cinema—is the place for the staging of a truly emancipatory collective subject. In this sense theatre is, of all the arts, the one strictly homologous to politics: both theatre and politics depend on a limited set of texts or statements, collectively enacted by a group of actors... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
Rhapsody For The Theatre

Written by Alain Badiou
Introduction by Bruno Bosteels


Format: eBook, 160 pages
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $24.95

For Alain Badiou, theatre—unlike cinema—is the place for the staging of a truly emancipatory collective subject. In this sense theatre is, of all the arts, the one strictly homologous to politics: both theatre and politics depend on a limited set of texts or statements, collectively enacted by a group of actors... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.
Aisthesis
Aisthesis
Written by Jacques Ranciere, Translated by Zakir Paul
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781781680896
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Aisthesis
Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art
Written by Jacques Ranciere
Translated by Zakir Paul


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $29.95

Composed in a series of scenes, Aisthesis–Rancière’s definitive statement on the aesthetic–takes its reader from Dresden in 1764 to New York in 1941. Along the way, we view the Belvedere Torso with Winckelmann, accompany Hegel to the museum and Mallarmé to the Folies-Bergère, attend a lecture by Emerson, visit exhibitions in... Read more >
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Aisthesis
Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art
Written by Jacques Ranciere
Translated by Zakir Paul


Format: eBook, 304 pages
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $29.95

Composed in a series of scenes, Aisthesis–Rancière’s definitive statement on the aesthetic–takes its reader from Dresden in 1764 to New York in 1941. Along the way, we view the Belvedere Torso with Winckelmann, accompany Hegel to the museum and Mallarmé to the Folies-Bergère, attend a lecture by Emerson, visit exhibitions in... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.
The Spectacle of Disintegration
The Spectacle of Disintegration
Written by Mckenzie Wark
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781844679577
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The Spectacle of Disintegration
Situationist Passages out of the Twentieth Century
Written by Mckenzie Wark


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $26.95

Following his acclaimed history of the Situationist International up until the late sixties, The Beach Beneath the Street, McKenzie Wark returns with a companion volume which puts the late work of the Situationists in a broader and deeper context, charting their contemporary relevance and their deep critique of modernity. Wark builds... Read more >
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The Intellectual and His People
Staging the People Volume 2
Written by Jacques Ranciere


Format: eBook
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $29.95

Following the previous volume of essays by Jacques Rancière from the 1970s, Staging the People: The Proletarian and His Double, this second collection focuses on the ways in which radical philosophers understand the people they profess to speak for. The Intellectual and His People engages in an incisive and original way... Read more >
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The Intellectual and His People
The Intellectual and His People
Written by Jacques Ranciere
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ISBN: 9781844678600
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The Intellectual and His People
Staging the People Volume 2
Written by Jacques Ranciere


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $29.95

Following the previous volume of essays by Jacques Rancière from the 1970s, Staging the People: The Proletarian and His Double, this second collection focuses on the ways in which radical philosophers understand the people they profess to speak for. The Intellectual and His People engages in an incisive and original way... Read more >
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Transmission and the Individual Remix
Transmission and the Individual Remix
Written by Tom McCarthy
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780345803276
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Transmission and the Individual Remix

Written by Tom McCarthy


Format: eBook, 64 pages
On Sale: June 4, 2012
Price: $1.99

Sub-titled "How Literature Works" this essay by the renown novelist is a provocative and entertaining work of postmodern theory that re-evaluates literature and literary meaning from Aeschylus to Kraftwerk. A VINTAGE EBOOK ORIGINAL.

Tom McCarthy is one of the most vital young voices in contemporary literature, and in this essay he identifies...

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Quasi Una Fantasia
Quasi Una Fantasia
Written by Theodor Adorno
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ISBN: 9781844677924
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Quasi Una Fantasia
Essays on Modern Music
Written by Theodor Adorno


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: January 16, 2012
Price: $15.95

This collection covers a wide range of topics, from a moving study of Bizet’s Carmen to an entertainingly caustic exploration of the hierarchies of the auditorium. Especially significant is Adorno’s “dialectical portrait” of Stravinsky, in which Adorno both reconsiders and refines his damning indictment of the composer in Philosophy on Modern... Read more >
Bento's Sketchbook
Bento's Sketchbook
Written by John Berger
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780307379955
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Bento's Sketchbook

Written by John Berger


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $32.50

Bento's Sketchbook is an exploration of the practice of drawing, as well as a meditation on how we perceive and seek to explore our ever-changing relationship with the world around us.

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Bento's Sketchbook
Bento's Sketchbook
Written by John Berger
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ISBN: 9780307906922
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Bento's Sketchbook

Written by John Berger


Format: eBook, 160 pages
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $18.99

Bento's Sketchbook is an exploration of the practice of drawing, as well as a meditation on how we perceive and seek to explore our ever-changing relationship with the world around us.




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The Necessity of Errors
The Necessity of Errors
Written by John Roberts
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ISBN: 9781844677399
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The Necessity of Errors

Written by John Roberts


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: October 24, 2011
Price: $27.95

Truth and error are interdependent; claims to truth can be made only in the light of previous error. In The Necessity of Errors, John Roberts explores how, up to Hegel, emphasis was placed on error as something that dissolves truth and needs to be eradicated. Drawing on the fragmented corpus of... Read more >
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