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Death Confetti

Death Confetti Author Jennifer Robin
ISBN-10 9781627310406
Release 2016-05-23
Pages 220
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With savage humor, Death Confetti features performance artist Jennifer Robin's autobiographical sketches of Portland, Oregon, from the grunge-era obscurity of the '90s to its current media-darling status. As an only child raised by reclusive grandparents in upstate New York, Jennifer recalls that she felt "anemic for the real." At seventeen she broke loose and made her way to the west coast. "Civilization is a nightmare-illusion," Jennifer writes, "a three-dimensional spreadsheet perpetuated by machines that hypnotize meat." In a city that's stranger than fiction, grocery-store checkers and meth-heads loom as lost gods. We're introduced to the lady tweaker "Chew Toy," who wears moon boots and sings hair metal songs all night as she collects recyclable bottles. Jennifer visits a bar where executives simulate doggie-style sex acts on the dance floor. Then there's all the tales of late-night life on the city's buses and light rail. Jennifer reflects on her early terror in Catholic school and phone calls with her far-out mother, who disclosed that her gynecologist was a murderer. In the all-too-true pages of Death Confetti, Robin remembers her life among noise musicians, junkies, and her escape from a boyfriend who insisted on reviving the lives of hundreds of deceased fruit flies. Death Confetti jolts the senses, and lingers like a mosquito bite to the Portland of everybody's soul.

The Air Fryer Cookbook

The Air Fryer Cookbook Author Todd English
ISBN-10 9781250160645
Release 2017-03-07
Pages 160
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Air fryers are hot new kitchen appliances that use forced hot air to "fry" foods without oil. This is a huge boon to home cooks who love the flavor and texture of deep-fried foods, but hate the fat, calories, mess, and danger that accompany frying foods in a vat of hot oil.

Growing More Beautiful

Growing More Beautiful Author Jennifer Robin
ISBN-10 0981732208
Release 2009-02-01
Pages 215
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The first and only major book about fashion and beauty ever written by an artist, Growing More Beautiful: An Artful Approach to Personal Style is a lively, buoyant resource guide to projecting your essence with creativity and flair. The elements of making art, including many of the principles of design, help with any creative endeavor whether it is painting or creating an outfit. Not a book about aging gracefully or otherwise, but a guide for women of all ages to discover and project their unique personal style. In Growing More Beautiful learn how to: - Choose color and styles that flatter - Organize your closet and develop a wardrobe plan - Make shopping successful and fun - Buy a great bathing suit - Personalize your purchases with jewelry and accessories - Polish your look with make-up and hair tips - Get the glow by bringing more color, creativity and art into your life.

Behind Secrets

Behind Secrets Author D. B. Jones
ISBN-10 1530662125
Release 2016-04-20
Pages 274
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The fearless, gun-slinging FBI Criminal Investigator, Madison Hart, finds herself questioning her past as she investigates a murdered couple in her hometown of Maitland, Florida. Close friends of her family, whom she had known most of her life are killed only minutes from their home. Solving this case is personal for Madison, but uncovering what lies behind the secrets of their past, may shatter the truth and memories of her own. Once again Madison teams up with Detective Josh Logan, but she finds their relationship is getting in the way of her drive to find the killer. Will she find what she's looking for in the past before she loses what's right in front of her?


Boys Author Suzanne Burns
ISBN-10 1938753259
Release 2018-03
Pages 130
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Boys is a 100% true diary, in poems, of the great, and not so great, loves of Suzanne's life, including the boys she loved in high school who always sat in the back and never raised their hands, that one in college who bought her the This Mortal Coil album so they could dance in his studio apartment as slow as Gothic-ly possible to the song Kangaroo, and the boys she now notices in a mostly non-inappropriate way. "YOU NEED THIS BOOK: Boys is a territory, an index of curios so fragrant they must be touched until this book resembles pumice in your hands. Curios live: Boys and girls from the rural zones in scabby jean jackets, the battered ones, the ones who drink Capri Sun in angora, the ones on their way elsewhere. The characters we don't meet are as potent as the ones we do: a lover's ex-girlfriend with a tattoo on her rear that says USDA Choice, another ex with a 'catastrophic bikini.' With brutally elegant verse, Burns condenses the weight of a novel in each poem. Boys follows the narrator through years of pubescent yearning to the muted barbarism of mid-life partnership. But myths don't die--they propagate. The Earth gives rise to New Boys." --Jennifer Robin, author of Death Confetti: Pickers, Punks and Transit Ghosts in Portland, Oregon "Suzanne Burns' poetry is exquisite in detail, rich in story, and unflinchingly personal. Boys celebrates the sweetness of youth and coming-of-age, but also meditates on the unique nature of small town relationships. This book is a wry yet joyful ode to relationships, yes, with boys, but Burns also writes insightfully about the complex nature of female friendships. Boys is a feast of nostalgic smells, tastes, and sounds; it is both playful and reverent, surprising and comforting. With this collection, Burns captures the human capacity for finding magic in the mundane, and especially within each other." --Jamie Houghton, author of Burn Site in Bloom

Gabay s Copywriters Compendium

Gabay s Copywriters  Compendium Author J. Jonathan Gabay
ISBN-10 9780750683203
Release 2007
Pages 709
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Marketers, creative writers, and individuals for whom copywriting forms part of their job are often required to produce innovative and engaging copy in a short space of time. Creativity is not always to hand, and therefore on some occasions additional help is required to find the right phrase, description or slogan. Gabay's Copywriting Compendium contains a wealth of inspiring tips, ideas and descriptions to aid the writing process, such as advice on spelling and grammar, examples of rhyming words, suggested euphemisms, and odd facts. - Provides a "Top 25 Rules" section for a number of key topics, such as how to brainstorm, how to write innovative copy, and how to think creatively - Has been carefully designed to ensure the material can be accessed quickly and easily - Easy to read layout will assist copywriters in finding appropriate help at any particular moment

The Sincerest Form of Parody

The Sincerest Form of Parody Author John Benson
ISBN-10 9781606995112
Release 2012-04-02
Pages 194
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The best and funniest material from the bandwagon-jumping MAD imitators, with work by Jack Davis, Will Elder, Dick Ayers, Bill Everett, Jack Kirby and many more, plus expert commentary. Casual comics readers are probably familiar with the later satirical magazines that continued to be published in the '60s and '70s, such as Cracked and Sick, but the comics collected in this volume were imitations of the MAD comic book, not the magazine, and virtually unknown among all but the most die-hard collectors. For the first time, Fantagraphics is collecting the best of these comics in an unprecedented collection!

The Knights of Fuzz

The Knights of Fuzz Author Timothy Gassen
ISBN-10 0979733731
Release 2014-05-01
Pages 502
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An exhaustive documentation of the new garage and psychedelic music scene since 1980.

Swimming Underground

Swimming Underground Author Mary Woronov
ISBN-10 UVA:X006090706
Release 2000
Pages 152
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Swimming Underground is Mary Woronov?s blazing account of her lethal experiences in Andy Warhol?s factory in the late 60s. She takes us on a surreal trip to experience the sights, sounds, moods and decadence of a group of now infamous people (including Ondine, Lou Reed, Nico, Gerard Malanga, International Velvet, Rotten Rita, Billy Name and others...) It?s an amphetamine memoir of lives spinning out of control from an insider who was there at the centre, starring in the films, performing with Lou Reed.

Disco s Out Murder s In

Disco s Out   Murder s In Author Heath Mattioli
ISBN-10 9781627310239
Release 2015-10-19
Pages 230
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Famous for its revolutionary aspects in musical, political, sexual identity and consumerist ideas, punk rock also has its lesser-known gangster ethos as well, explained here by players in the various punk gangs. The Los Angeles, Orange County, and South Bay punk scenes, populated by blue collar kids who responded to the violence and aggression of punk songs and shows. A number of them formed punk gangs that got into beatings, drug dealing and murder. Among them, no gang was more notorious than La Mirada Punks, or LMP. Says LMP chieftain Frank the Shank after getting arrested by police for murder: "After having my hands in so much bloodshed over the years, I most certainly had it coming. I deserved whatever I got." Unexpectedly Frank was bailed out from prison by his father's friend, a mob gangster. "Too many people died at the hands of punk rock violence," said Frank. "I got lucky, some didn't. As an ultra-violent punk rock gangster, I admit my part in ruining the scene. L.A. punk was a magical moment of youth expression like no other. And the gangs ruined punk rock. I still have people telling me today that they quit punk because of LMP. I dig graves at a small cemetery just outside Los Angeles. What else would you expect for Frank the Shank?" Cover illustration by the renowned Raymond Pettibon.

Against Civilization

Against Civilization Author John Zerzan
ISBN-10 9780922915989
Release 2005-01
Pages 275
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Against Civilization, first published in 1999 by Uncivilized Books and out of print for several years, is the well-regarded primer to Green Anarchism, Anarcho-Primitivism and the most radical but relevant form of anarchism to develop in the past decade. Anarcho-primitivism is a shorthand term for a radical current that critiques the totality of civilisation from an anarchist perspective and seeks to initiate a comprehensive transformation of human life. Revised and expanded edition.

The Maid s Version

The Maid s Version Author Daniel Woodrell
ISBN-10 9780316205863
Release 2013-09-03
Pages 176
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The American master's first novel since Winter's Bone (2006) tells of a deadly dance hall fire and its impact over several generations. Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri. Her husband is mostly absent, and, in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? The embittered local gypsies? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident? Alma thinks she knows the answer-and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. Her dogged pursuit of justice makes her an outcast and causes a long-standing rift with her own son. By telling her story to her grandson, she finally gains some solace-and peace for her sister. He is advised to "Tell it. Go on and tell it"-tell the story of his family's struggles, suspicions, secrets, and triumphs.

The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir

The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir Author Susan Daitch
ISBN-10 9780872867017
Release 2016-07-18
Pages 312
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"With shades of Umberto Eco and Paul Auster, this brilliant, addictive adventure novel is about the search for a mythical lost city located somewhere in modern-day Iran. As a succession of explorers and shady characters dig deeper into the landscape, the ancient secret of Suolucidir is gradually revealed. This is brainy, escapist fiction at its best."--Publishers Weekly, Starred & Boxed Review "The author's prose is rich with winking allusions and sendups of modern tomb-raiding tropes, down to an explorer with 'a long stiff braid down her back.'"--The New Yorker " . . . cerebral, satirical, and entertaining archaeological thriller . . . this richly crafted and handsomely written novel rewards rereading."--David Cooper, New York Journal of Books "It's always a delight to discover a voice as original as Susan Daitch's."--Salman Rushdie "One of the most intelligent and attentive writers at work in the US today."--David Foster Wallace Indiana Jones meets Italo Calvino in a masterful, absurdist blend of biting social satire, rollicking adventure, invented history and mythology. A series of archeological expeditions unfolds through time, each one looking for the ruins of a fabled underground city-state that once flourished in a remote province near the border of present-day Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Sealed off for centuries by seismic activity, Suolucidir beckons with the promise of plunder and the glory of discovery, fantasies as varied as the imaginations of her aspiring modern-day conquerors. As the tumult of the twentieth century's great wars, imperial land grabs and anti-colonial revolutions swirl across its barren, deserted landscape, the ancient city remains entombed below the surface of the earth. A succession of adventurers, speculators and unsavory characters arrive in search of their prize, be it archeological treasure, oil, or evidence of crimes and punishments. Intrigue, conspiracies, and counter-plots abound, and contemporary events interfere with each expedition, whether in the form of the Axis advance, British Petroleum, or the Revolutionary Guards. People disappear, relics are stolen, and the city closes in upon itself once more. A satiric, post-colonial adventure story of mythic proportions, The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir takes place against a background of actual events, in a part of the world with a particular historical relationship to Russia and the West. But though we are treated to visual "evidence" of its actual existence, Suolucidir remains a mystery, perhaps an invention of those who seek it, a place where history and identity are subject to revision, and the boundaries between East and West are anything but solid, reliable, or predictable. Praise for The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir: "Susan Daitch has written a literary barnburner of epic proportions. The question buried at the core of The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir is one of empirical--or is the imperial?--knowledge itself. Her labyrinthine tale of archeological derring-do calls to mind both 1984 and 2666, and does so by looking backward in time as well as forward. It is also utterly original, the work of a visionary writer with an artistic sensibility all her own."--Andrew Ervin, author of Burning Down George Orwell's House "This is a novel of archeology and history, of mythology and empire, powered by an undeniable call to adventure and a deep yearning for understanding, written by a novelist who manages to surprise on nearly every page."--Matt Bell, author of Scrapper "Daitch's latest is a beguiling and virtuoso companion to our inevitable end: a novel that wrenches, sentence by fine sentence, some order from the chaos, while never shortchanging the chaos itself."--Mark Doten, author of The Infernal "Daitch's novel is Indiana Jones for the introspective c

Madeleine Is Sleeping

Madeleine Is Sleeping Author Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
ISBN-10 0547541805
Release 2005-11-01
Pages 272
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When a girl falls into a deep and impenetrable sleep, the borders between her provincial French village and the peculiar, beguiling realm of her dreams begin to disappear: A fat woman sprouts delicate wings and takes flight; a failed photographer stumbles into the role of pornographer; a beautiful young wife grows to resemble her husband's viol. And in their midst travels Madeleine, the dreamer, who is trying to make sense of her own metamorphosis as she leaves home, joins a gypsy circus, and falls into an unexpected triangle of desire and love. An extraordinary debut, Madeleine Is Sleeping received jubilant critical acclaim and was honored with a National Book Award nomination. Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, this "dream of a book" (Michael Cunningham) is an adventure in the discovery of art, sexuality, community, and the self.

Puppet Skin

Puppet Skin Author Danger Slater
ISBN-10 1621052230
Release 2016-07-18
Pages 126
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Hannah graduates from middle school on Friday. That's the day she transforms into a living puppet, like her parents and teachers before her. No longer a human girl made of flesh and feelings, but a perfect wooden new self, whose strings lead up from her limbs into an endless black void above. With no pain. No sorrow. No sickness. No fear. But Hannah has begun to suspect that something is very, very wrong. And in a world where emotion is treated like a disease, and unknown terrors lurk inside everyone, just keeping your soul alive past childhood might be the greatest challenge of all. "PUPPET SKIN is a dark, grotesquely-beautiful Bizarro nightmare fable for alienated teens of all ages. If you've ever felt lost in this deranged universe, Danger's book knows exactly what you mean." - John Skipp, author of THE LIGHT AT THE END and THE ART OF HORRIBLE PEOPLE

Stacking Doll

Stacking Doll Author Carlton Mellick III
ISBN-10 1621052656
Release 2018-03
Pages 138
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For almost 20 years, Carlton Mellick III has been writing some of the strangest and most compelling novels the bizarro fiction genre has to offer. Described as one of the top 40 science-fiction writers under the age of 40 by The Guardian and "one of the most original novelists working today" by extreme horror legend Edward Lee. In his 56th book, Mellick has created a surreal love story that explores the ugly and beautiful nature of relationships. Stacking Doll is the story of Benjamin Hammond, a young man who is in love with a Russian nesting doll. But in this world, nesting dolls are not just antique wooden toys. They are a race of people known as Matryoshkans, a subspecies of human who are born with a very peculiar abnormality--they have a collection of smaller people living inside of them. Benjamin never thought he'd ever fall in love with anyone, let alone a Matryoshkan, but from the moment he met Ynaria he knew she was the only one for him. Although relationships between humans and Matryoshkans are practically unheard of, the two are determined to get married despite objections from their friends and family. After meeting Ynaria's strict conservative parents, it becomes clear to Benjamin that the only way they will approve of their union is if they undergo The Trial--a matryoshkan wedding tradition where couples lock themselves in a house for several days in order to introduce each other to all of the people living inside of them. No human has ever gone through The Trial before, so Benjamin has no idea what's in store for him. He assumes that he'll love each of Ynaria's inner selves just as much as he loves her, but as she peels off her layers he realizes that each one is more neurotic and difficult to deal with than the last. And if they're ever going to be together, Benjamin must fall in love with each and every one of his fianc's inner personalities, no matter how strange or disturbing they turn out to be. From the author of Quicksand House and The Terrible Thing That Happens, comes yet another one-of-a-kind bizarro story that only Wonderland Award-winning cult author Carlton Mellick III could tell.


Portlandness Author David Banis
ISBN-10 9781632170002
Release 2015
Pages 190
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"Modern cartography tells the hidden stories of Portland in these fascinating and colorful infographic maps. When mapmaking takes on nontraditional topics like patterns of graffiti or locations of strip clubs or even which neighborhoods favor which house colors, finding your way around the city takes on a whole new meaning. The work of two leading geographers, this atlas of over 150 maps explores such unexpected topics as city chickens, wild coyote encounters, the growth of man-made land, the (non)use of umbrellas, and queer culture. Each map starts with the gathering of at least one data set about a given topic, then translating that to a visual format that blends traditional cartographic skills with modern graphic design. Each map is different and and mesmerizing in its own right."