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Bulletins of The Serving Library #7
Stuart Bailey, Angie Keefer, David Reinfurt (Eds.)

This issue concerns itself with “numbers,” ranging from a brief note on “The Psychology of Number” by John Dewey and John McLellan, to Vincenzo Latronico’s historical overview of the ongoing attempt to conjure “truths from thin air” (such as proof of the existence of god). In between are essays and articles by Cory Arcangel, Perrine Bailleux, Rosie Cooper, Dan Fox, Angie Keefer, Mathew Kneebone, James Langdon, Philip Ording, Katherine Pickard, David Reinfurt, and Justin Warsh, plus an indexical book review by the late David Foster Wallace.

Design by Dexter Sinister

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The Reluctant Narrator: A Survey of Narrative Practices Across Media
Ana Teixeira Pinto (Ed.)

Contributions by Erika Balsom, Sladja Blazan, Kerstin Stakemeier, Ana Teixeira Pinto

Often referred to as the “narrative turn,” an explosion of interest in narrative practices at the end of the twentieth century was predicated on the notion that life itself is storied, or—as Jacques Ranciére put it—that the real must be fictionalized in order to be thought. Postmodernism itself was described as a “narrative turn” in which a rekindled interest in the fictive, the chronicle, and the anecdotal upstaged the symbolic unity of high modernism. But as Susan Buck-Morss has noted, modernism and postmodernism are not historical moments, they are political positions: two poles of a recurring movement, expressing the contradictions inherent to the industrial mode of production in the identity and nonidentity between social function and aesthetic form. Rather than opposing a myriad of micro-narratives to the grand narrative of modernism, The Reluctant Narrator attempts to map the migration of narrative modes across several media, bringing together works that intertwine personal biography with historical events, or that deal with stories that fell through the crevices of history.

Copublished with Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, on the occasion of the exhibition “The Reluctant Narrator” (October 15, 2014–January 11, 2015) with works by Julieta Aranda, Armando Andrade Tudela, Leonor Antunes, Kader Attia, Nina Beier, Derek Boshier, Aleksandra Domanović, Dani Gal, Karl Holmqvist, Christoph Keller, David Levine, Amalia Pica, Bojan Šarčević, John Smith, Hito Steyerl, Stephen Sutcliffe, Andreas Töpfer, Gernot Wieland.

A Portuguese edition is available from Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon.

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Mountain Ecstacy
by Nik Douglas and Penny Slinger

1st printing of this fantastic collage classic from 1978 by Penny Slinger and Nik Douglas, published by Dragon’s Dream of Paris.  158 pages of full-colour photographic collage art and poetry.

“‘Mountain Ecstasy’ was my celebration of Tantric alchemy, freed from any restrictions, out of the confines of the house (‘An Exorcism’) and into the wide-open Technicolor landscapes of the high Himalayas. I never really thought of the collages as being material for a book – as they were rather outrageous – but Dragon’s Dream wanted to publish. Whereas ‘An Exorcism’ had been mostly my own photographs, the images for ‘Mountain Ecstasy’ were nearly all ‘objects trouves’. I had traveled for the first time in exotic parts (India, Nepal, Thailand) and the work reflects this input.

Thousands of copies of ‘Mountain Ecstasy’ were subsequently seized and burnt by British customs, my comment at the time was, “They thought it was pornography, they didn’t realize it was its antidote”.”

– Penny Slinger

“Magnificant erotic assemblages of nudes, flowers, masks and rocks against landscapes, they tease, they excite and they dazzle the eye and in the end the sheer voluptuous beauty of these erotic montages finally exist in their own right as works of art and nary a bullet or a bomb in them.”

– Arthur Moyse, Freedom Anarchist Review

* Condition: Very Good (minor wear to cover/spine, inside clean and tight) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Le Surréalisme

First printing of this great exhibition catalogue from the National Art Centre Tokyo via Centre Pompidou Paris, on occasion of the most comprehensive Surrealist exhibition ever staged in Japan, “Le Surrealism: Exposition organisee par Le Pompidou a partir de sa Collection” at The National Art Center, Tokyo in 2011.

Featuring the work of Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, Andre Masson, Francis Picabia, Hans Bellmer, Dorothea Tanning, Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Guilaume Apollinaire, Méret Oppenheim, Luis Buñuel, Yves Tanguy, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Arp, Giorgio de Chirico, and many others, alongside comprehensive documentation of major historial Surrealist exhibitions and documents/publications.

* Condition: Very good – (Tight and clean copy in original printed plastic sleeve) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

 

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