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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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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
Format: eBook
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
Format: Trade Paperback
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 >
The Emancipated Spectator
The Emancipated Spectator
Written by Jacques Ranciere
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781844677610
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The Emancipated Spectator

Written by Jacques Ranciere


Format: Trade Paperback, 134 pages
On Sale: October 1, 2011
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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The Total Art of Stalinism
The Total Art of Stalinism
Written by Boris Groys, Translated by Charles Rougle
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ISBN: 9781844677078
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The Total Art of Stalinism
Avant-Garde, Aesthetic Dictatorship, and Beyond
Written by Boris Groys
Translated by Charles Rougle


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
On Sale: August 8, 2011
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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Nonconformity
Writing on Writing
Written by Nelson Algren
Afterword by Daniel Simon
Noted by C.S. O'Brien


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $9.95

The struggle to write with deep emotion is the subject of this extraordinary book, the previously unpublished credo of one of America's greatest 20th-century writers.
"You don't write a novel out of sheer pity any more than you blow a safe out of a vague longing to be rich," writes Nelson Algren... Read more >
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Five Lessons on Wagner
Five Lessons on Wagner
Written by Alain Badiou, Afterword by Slavoj Zizek, Translated by Susan Spitzer
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ISBN: 9781844674817
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Five Lessons on Wagner

Written by Alain Badiou
Afterword by Slavoj Zizek
Translated by Susan Spitzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: October 17, 2010
Price: $26.95

For over a century, Richard Wagner’s music has been the subject of intensedebate among philosophers, many of whom have attacked its ideological—some say racist and reactionary—underpinnings. In this major new work,Alain Badiou, radical philosopher and keen Wagner enthusiast, offers adetailed reading of the critical responses to the composer’s work, whichinclude Adorno’s... Read more >
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lacan (But Were Afraid to Ask Hitchcock)
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lacan (But Were Afraid to Ask Hitchcock)
Edited by Slavoj Zizek, Contribution by Pascal Bonitzer, Miran Bozovic, Michel Chion and Mladen Dolar
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ISBN: 9781844676217
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lacan (But Were Afraid to Ask Hitchcock)

Edited by Slavoj Zizek
Contribution by Pascal Bonitzer, Miran Bozovic, Michel Chion and Mladen Dolar


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $26.95

The contributors bring to bear an unrivaled enthusiasm and theoretical sweep on the entire Hitchcock oeuvre, analyzing movies such as Rear Window and Psycho. Starting from the premise that ‘everything has meaning,’ the authors examine the films’ ostensible narrative content and formal procedures to discover a rich proliferation of hidden ideological... Read more >
The Necessity of Art
The Necessity of Art
Written by Ernst Fischer, Translated by Anna Bostock, Introduction by John Berger
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ISBN: 9781844675937
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The Necessity of Art

Written by Ernst Fischer
Translated by Anna Bostock
Introduction by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
On Sale: June 14, 2010
Price: $21.95

“Art is necessary in order that man should be able to recognize and change the world. But art is also necessary by virtue of the magic inherent in it.”—Ernst Fischer

Reissued with an introduction by John Berger, The Necessity of Art is a beautifully written meditation on art’s importance in viewing the... Read more >
The Situationists and the City
The Situationists and the City
Edited by Tom McDonough
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781844673643
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The Situationists and the City
A Reader
Edited by Tom McDonough


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $26.95

The Situationist International (SI), led by the revolutionary Guy Debord, were active throughout the 1950s and 60s. They published the journal Internationale Situationniste that included many incendiary texts on politics and art, and were a galvanizing force in the revolutions of May 1968. The importance of their work has been felt... Read more >
In Search of Wagner
In Search of Wagner
Written by Theodor Adorno, Translated by Rodney Livingstone, Foreword by Slavoj Zizek
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ISBN: 9781844673445
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In Search of Wagner

Written by Theodor Adorno
Translated by Rodney Livingstone
Foreword by Slavoj Zizek


Format: Trade Paperback, 148 pages
On Sale: June 9, 2009
Price: $12.95

Written in exile from Germany, this potent study of Europe’s most controversial composer explodes the frontiers of musical and cultural analysis. Measuring key elements of Wagner’s oeuvre with patent musical dexterity, Adorno sheds light on a nineteenth-century bourgeois figure whose operas betray the social gestures and high-culture fantasies that helped plant... Read more >
The Future of the Image
The Future of the Image
Written by Jacques Ranciere, Translated by Gregory Elliott
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781844672974
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The Future of the Image

Written by Jacques Ranciere
Translated by Gregory Elliott


Format: Trade Paperback, 147 pages
On Sale: February 2, 2009
Price: $17.95

In The Future of the Image, Jacques Rancière develops a fascinating new concept of the image in contemporary art, showing how art and politics have always been intrinsically intertwined. Covering a range of art movements, filmmakers such as Godard and Bresson, and thinkers such as Foucault, Deleuze, Adorno, Barthes, Lyotard and... Read more >
The Architecture of Happiness
The Architecture of Happiness
Written by Alain De Botton
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ISBN: 9780307481566
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The Architecture of Happiness

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $15.99

The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs... Read more >
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The Architecture of Happiness
The Architecture of Happiness
Written by Alain De Botton
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ISBN: 9780307277244
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The Architecture of Happiness

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $18.00

The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs... Read more >
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