I just unpacked my books.
So these are 10 books (and magazines and zines) I picked from those on my shelves right now.

  1. 4 French Comedies
    It includes Jarry's Ubu Roi, but my favorite is Professor Taranne by Arthur Adamov. Adamov was an experimental playwright but Professor Taranne "was the first time I came out of my pseudo-poetic no-man's-land and dared to call things by their name". The intro makes the claim Taranne was all transcribed from a dream. The result is really, really funny.

  2. Harper's Bazaar May 2002
    For some bizarre fashion photography that's sexier in a way more dangerous and questioning than Maxim, Blender and its ilk could ever be.

  3. Infiltration
    I have six issues of this zine about "the joy and discovery and exploration", namely abandoned hospitals, various tunnels, sewers and storm drains, industrial ships, large hotels and civic buildings...Of course, the activities profiled here are not exactly legal, but they're great ways to learn the lost history and geography of your town..if you don't get caught. The zines I have were a dollar, but now I think they cost two bucks and they're between 24 and 30 pages in length.

  4. The Structure of Praise
    A singularly designed book that covers three centuries of religious architecture in New England. I bought it for the clean, beautiful but eccentric layout and I'm also happy that the same care and imaginativeness is found in the text. The author, Arthur B. Mazmanian, is a sculptor/graphic designer who attended and thought school in New England.

  5. Great Beer Guide
    Michael Jackson (not the surgically-altered guy who sang "Beat it"). This book will encourage you to drink more beer and less wine which , as a Belgian, is a mission I completely encourage. Of all the books "The Beer-Hunter" has written, this one is the best designed and most easily readable. If all you drink is Old Style or PBR, do yourself a fave and borrow or buy this book. This one is only 6.5" tall, so if you're a total nerd you can even take it to the grocery store with you.

  6. Subway Art
    Henry Chalfant Still found in most chain stores after so many years, this book is a classic and is supposedly the most shop-lifted book in England. With its companion Spraycan Art and bootlegs of Wild Style, it helped spread (and teach) graffiti worldwide. Damn, do I sound like a retard. Yes, it's a colorful book.

  7. Lucky Luke Special 1
    Morris
    This tome collects three early Lucky Luke stories (La Mine d'or de Dick Digger, Rodeo and Arizona). I keep going back to it: the drawings are fluid and effortless, the comic timing is still great and the coloring is appropriately raw.

  8. Music and Memory, Bob Snyder
    Bob Snyder was a teacher of mine. This book is published by MIT, but had its beginnings in his Composition classes' course packet. Not finding enough material to teach composition to music ed-deficient art students (like myself), and most of the material found being very western music centric, Bob Snyder started writing... Years later, I have the book in heavily-annotated syllabus form, and it's falling apart from readings. I'm buying the published version this week with my birthday money.

  9. Hopping Freight Trains in America
    Duffy Littlejohn
    The title says it all. Unfortunately, it's out of print and pretty rare, but there are copies out there.
    [Sometimes you can find this in anarchist bookstores as well as other helpful how to hop info - like maps - M.]

  10. This last one I'm cheating cuz these books have all been mentioned by others already. They're all great, of course: The Autobiography of Malcom X, American Psycho, Prisonners Inventions and Evguenie Sokolov.

 

- Peter Moran