Ways of Hearing -- Damon Krukowski

Staff Pick

Turn off what you're listening to (whether it's an audiobook, the author's music with Galaxie 500 or Damon and Naomi, or even the podcast this book began as), take out your headphones, look around you for a second to really see wherever you are, and read this now. It's a beautifully designed reproduction on the page of what feels like the best conversation you've ever had about sound, mostly musical and environmental, in the age of the smart phone. Krukowski's voice on the page is, dare I say, a very centering voice to read: he understands why we shut out the noise of the world around us, why we like having seemingly all music at our fingertips, and also why we need a second just to breathe and reflect on what we really find valuable.





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By Damon Krukowski, Emily Thompson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780262039642
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Published: The MIT Press - April 9th, 2019

Good Will Come From the Sea -- Christos Ikonomou

Staff Pick

Ikonomou's book is an up-to-the-minute fictional portrait of a Greek island as seen by Athens-raised "foreigners" increasingly populating it in the wake of economic crisis and German austerity, much to the resentment of island natives. That premise alone can suggest an explosion of themes and dilemmas -- gentrification, migration, squandered education, a still-mythic national identity in a time of tourism and squalor -- but it's the individual scenes and the fractured charm of the characters that speak loudest: a drunk searching a cave for his lost boy, a couple hoping to start a restaurant without upsetting the neighbors, and a slew of other idealists hoping that good will, indeed, comes from the sea. Let this book sit with you, and you'll feel it slowly expanding within you, waiting to explode.

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By Christos Ikonomou, Karen Emmerich (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781939810212
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Archipelago - March 12th, 2019

Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories -- Ivan Vladislavic

Staff Pick

What is it about unfinished projects that makes them so alluring? I could give you all the usual pop-philosophical theories, or I could just hand you this Ivan Vladislavic miracle-book: a collection of some of his favorite ideas that didn't make it past the idea phase, revisited and expanded with musings on their genesis and all variety of mental tangents their concepts have called up for him over the years. Vladislavic might not be as well known here as in his native South Africa, but it's pieces like these, composed under the stars of Calvino and Borges, that make the case for him as a worldwide treasure.

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ISBN: 9780857425881
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Seagull Books - September 15th, 2018