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Les Cahiers Purple #1

Rare copy of the first and only issue of “Les Cahiers Purple”.

As the extension of Purple Journal, and the diversion away from Purple Fashion, “Les Cahiers Purple has the subtlety, sophistication and poetry expected from editor-in-chief Elein Fleiss. Through a diary-like feel, the publication captured the world through the lenses and words of a diverse array of collaborators and contributors from the worlds of fashion, photography, art, literature, poetry, design and much more.

Contributors included: Judith Affolter, Leonor Antunes, Jean-Christophe Bailly, Arnold Barkus, Laetitia Benat, Amit Berlowitz, Guillaume Besnier, Dike Blair, BLESS, Marcel Cohen, Sonia Collins, Cosmic Wonder Light Source, Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, Tacida Dean, Gérard Duguet-Grasser, Pablo Durán, Anders Edström, Laura Erber, Fabrics Interseason, Oscar Faria, Mark Fishman, Elein Fleiss, Anne Frémy, Danièle Gibrat, Aki Goto, Pablo Guerra, Yannick Haenel, Nakako Hayashi, Michiko Hayashi, Takashi Homma, Kyotaro, Béatrice Leca, Yukari Miyagi, Valérie Mréjen, Raphaël Nadjari, Federico Nicolao, Paulo Nozolino, Gaëlle Obiégly, Jeff Rian, Daniel Riera, Dieter Roelstraete, Tatiana Roque, Henry Roy, Stephen Sprott, Yuriika Suzuki, Sergio Taborda, Itai Tamir, Guillermo Ueno, Antek Walzcak, Szymon Zaleski, Zucca, and more.

contents:
Cahier 01 Marcel Cohen, 10 textes
Cahier 02 Vivre au Japon
Cahier 03 France
Cahier 04 Esprits
Cahier 05 Comunal Argea
Cahier 06 Lisboa
Cahier 07 Caractères
Cahier 08 Vêtements d’hiver
Cahier 09 New York Now and Then
Cahier 10 Buenos Aires, les personnes préférées de Guillermo Ueno
Cahier 11 Idoles
Cahier 12 Aventures
Cahier 13 Szymon Zaleski, La tragédie sémite
Cahier 14 Rio de Janeiro
Cahier 15 Créatures

* Condition: Very Good (as new condition, very little handling/wear, clean and tight copy)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Brian Dillon
Objects in This Mirror

“Like Roland Barthes and Virginia Woolf, Brian Dillon pays lavish attention to curious byways that usually go without saying. In sentences at once playful and majestic, he plumbs the intellectual depths of his subjects, and reveals a perverse, nearly dandyish love for odd facts and iconoclastic vistas. There is more than a touch of W. G. Sebald—the Wordsworthian wanderer, the romantic itinerant—in Dillon’s melancholy yet mood-spiked attitude toward the material objects that greet his sober, ever-evaluating eye.  Reading Objects in This Mirror, we participate in Dillon’s restless perambulations, and we are delighted to be thus transported.”
—Wayne Koestenbaum

Objects in This Mirror is a collection of essays on contemporary art, literature, landscape, aesthetics, and cultural history. Beginning with a polemical and personal defense of generalism and curiosity, Brian Dillon explores the variety of themes it is possible today to corral within the rubric of the critical essay. These pieces engage with the work of such artists as Tacita Dean, Gerard Byrne, Andy Warhol, and Sophie Calle; with the ruinous territories that haunt the work of Robert Smithson and Derek Jarman; with the ambiguous figures of the charlatan, the vandal, the hypochondriac, and the dandy. Taking seriously the playful remit of the essay as form, Dillon treats of compelling obscurities: gesture manuals of the nineteenth century, the history of antidepressant marketing, the search for a cure to the common cold. Whether his topic is the nature of slapstick, his love of the writings of Roland Barthes, or the genre of the essay itself, he is as much concerned with the form of criticism today as with its varied and digressive subjects.

Design by John Morgan Studio

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Robert Walser
Microscripts

Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878-1956) worked as a bank clerk, a butler in a castle, and an inventor’s assistant, and produced nine novels and more than a thousand stories. He stopped writing in 1933 when he was hospitalized for mental illness, declaring, “I am not here to write, but to be mad.”

Robert Walser wrote many of his manuscripts in a highly enigmatic, shrunken-down form. These narrow strips of paper (many of them written during his hospitalization in the Waldau sanatorium) covered with tiny ant-like markings only a millimeter or two high, came to light only after the author’s death in 1956. At first considered a secret code, the microscripts were eventually discovered to be a radically miniaturized form of a Germanic script: a whole story could fit on the back of a business card. Selected from the six-volume German transcriptions from the original microscripts, these twenty-five short pieces are gathered in this gorgeously illustrated co-publication with the Christine Burgin Gallery. Each microscript is reproduced in full color in its original form: the detached cover of a trashy crime novel, a disappointing letter, a receipt of payment. Sometimes Walser used the pages of small tear-off calendars (but only after cutting them lengthwise and filling up each half with text). Schnapps, rotten husbands, small town life, the radio, pigs (and how none of us can deny being one), jealousy, Van Gogh and marriage proposals are some of Walser’s subjects. These texts take strength from Walser’s motto: “To be small and to stay small.”

W.G. Sebald called Robert Walser “a clairvoyant of the small,” and nowhere is the phrase more apt than in his “microscripts.”

“The incredible shrinking writer is a major twentieth-century prose artist who, for all that the modern world seems to have passed him by, fulfills the modern criterion: he sounds like nobody else.” — Benjamin Kunkel, The New Yorker

“One of the profoundest products of modern literature.” – Walter Benjamin

Translated by Susan Bernofsky.  Contributions by Walter Benjamin.

Prize-winning translator Susan Bernofsky has translated numerous works by Robert Walser including The Microscripts, The Tanners, and The Assistant. She is currently at work on a biography of Robert Walser

Walter Benjamin was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and is the author of Illuminations, The Arcades Project, and The Origin of German Tragic Drama.

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A Little Ramble: In the Spirit of Robert Walser

Contemporary artists respond to the work of Robert Walser.

A Little Ramble: In the Spirit of Robert Walser was initiated by the gallerist Donald Young, who saw in Robert Walser an exemplary figure through whom connections between art and literature could be discussed anew. He invited a group of artists to create and exhibit work in response to the writings of Robert Walser. This book is a result of that collaboration.

A Little Ramble is a Walser reader of material chosen by the artists. There are Walser love stories discovered by Thomas Schütte in the 70s appearing here for the first time in English, translated by Susan Bernofsky; the poem Snow which inspired Rosemarie Trockel also newly translated for this edition by Christopher Middleton; the little known Walser story A Painter’s Life illustrated by Josiah McElheny; Pantoums by Rodney Graham based on the first line of Walser’s Berlin stories and excerpts from Wandering with Walser, conversations with Walser recorded by his guardian, Carl Seelig, chosen by Moyra Davey to name only a few. Also included in the book is an afterword by Lynne Cooke and an introduction by Donald Young.

Robert Walser (1878–1956) was born in Switzerland. He left school at fourteen and led a wandering and precarious existence working as a bank clerk, a butler in a castle, and an inventor’s assistant while producing essays, stories, and novels. In 1933 he abandoned writing and entered a sanatorium—where he remained for the rest of his life. “I am not here to write,” Walser said, “but to be mad.”

Distinguished poet and translator Christopher Middleton lives in Austin, Texas. His awards include the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Schegel-Tieck Translation Prize.

Prize-winning translator Susan Bernofsky has translated numerous works by Robert Walser including The Microscripts, The Tanners, and The Assistant. She is currently at work on a biography of Robert Walser

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