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November 14, 2013

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - November 14, 2013

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly


In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, and comics.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.

Every week, Montreal's Librairie Drawn & Quarterly bookstore recommends a selection of new books, including fiction, art books, magazines, and comics.


Acorn

"Acorn"
by Yoko Ono

In a similar vein to her iconic 1964 work Grapefruit, Ono's newest book, Acorn, is also a collection of poetic, yet concise instructions for the reader to try out. The text was garnered from an experimental blog that Ono did a few years back, in which she posted something new every day for 100 days. Now in book form, each instruction is coupled with a pointillist illustration by Ono. Potential for creative thought experiments abounds!


Ballad

"Ballad"
by Blexbolex

The latest from French graphic artist Blexbolex defies easy categorization into a particular genre. Part fairy-tale and part graphic novel, it pushes the envelope of what a narrative can be, and offers an open-ended experience to the reader. The highly saturated, vibrant, silk-screened illustrations are absolutely stunning in their own right, and the darkly fantastic story lends itself well to multiple readings.


The Art of Rube Goldberg (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius

"The Art of Rube Goldberg (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius"
by Rube Goldberg et al.

There is something undeniably poetic about an excessively complex machine devoted solely to performing the simplest of tasks. Without the work of cartoonist/engineer/inventor/sculptor Rube Goldberg, the man who is the namesake of all such contraptions, countless of the past century's most beloved films and cartoons simply would not exist. (Try to imagine, say, The Goonies, without the gadgetry. Impossible!) This book compiles the cream of the crop of Goldberg's cartooning career, as well as a pile of previously unpublished memorabilia, essays, sculptures, patents and photographs.


Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson

"Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson"
by Darran Anderson

In this newest addition to the the always insightful 33 1/3 series, Anderson makes a case for Histoire de Melody Nelson as iconic French chanteur Serge Gainsbourg's masterpiece. Though the album's themes of sexuality and general sleaze are familiar Gainsbourg turf, it also reveals his true talent as a songwriter way ahead of his time. Anderson's in-depth exploration of this fascinating album and the artist behind it is a must-read for Gainsbourg aficionados and dabblers alike.


Marcel Dzama: Sower of Discord

"Marcel Dzama: Sower of Discord"
by Marcel Dzama

Winnipeg's pride and joy, Marcel Dzama, has seen a tremendous ascent to international renown in the contemporary art world. This book chronicles not only the dark, 'psychosexual' drawings for which he is most famous, but also includes pieces from the broader scope is his work in other mediums. Featuring written contributions from such heavy-hitters as Dave Eggers, Rayond Pettibon and Spike Jonze, this monograph truly showcases Dzama's many talents and his wide-ranging influence in contemporary art.

Thanks David! Have a good week!


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