March 13, 2014
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.
Let's Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste
by Carl Wilson
In 2007, Continuum published the fifty-second volume in the 33 1/3 series of books about albums. Its title, Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste, seemed to suggest that it would be a book about Céline Dion. But it turned out to be so much more than that. Wilson does indeed discuss Celine Dion, but the book is so good because Wilson uses her as an opportunity to examine the very concept of taste, in a way that's highly erudite (he breaks down a history of aesthetic theory from Kant to Pierre Bourdieu) as well as deeply personal. This new edition from Bloomsbury is expanded with contributions from such diverse figures as James Franco, Sheila Heti, and Mary Gaitskill.
by Laura Broadbent
We received a selection of poetry chapbooks from a new Montreal press called Metatron this week, including the second book from store favourite (and Montrealer) Laura Broadbent, whose Oh there you are I can't see you is it raining? is one of the best-selling titles in our poetry section. Her new one is a collection of putative "posthumous interviews" with Clarice Lispector, W.G. Sebald, and Jean Rhys. Also from Metatron, we have the first book of poetry by Roland Pemberton (aka Cadence Weapon).
Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis
by Benjamin Kunkel
This is the second book by n+1 editor Benjamin Kunkel, whose debut novel, Indecision, was a breakout hit upon its release in 2006. As a follow-up, Kunkel offers a very different book: an introduction to contemporary Leftist thinkers including Slavoj Žižek, David Graeber David Harvey, and Fredric Jameson, informed by n+1's close engagement with the Occupy movement. Discussing the ongoing crisis of capitalism in light of ideas of full employment, debt forgiveness, and “fictitious capital,” Utopia or Bust is an engaging crash course in political economy that aims to help a new, post-crash generation rediscover the value of Marxist thought.
Things Look Different in the Light
by Medardo Fraile
This collection of stories by Spanish short-story master and experimental playwright Medardo Fraile (b. 1925) is only the most recent book out of a brace of titles that we received from Pushkin Press this week. Not unlike the New York Review of Books Press, Pushkin (founded in 1997) is devoted to publishing beautifully-designed English translations of modern classics and contemporary fiction from around the world. Notably, Pushkin also publishes Stefan Zweig, whose stories were the inspiration for Wes Anderson's new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Metro: Design in Motion
by John Martins-Manteiga
The charm of Montreal's subway system (opening in 1966), which boasts unique artist/architect collaborative designs at every station, has captivated tourists and residents for decades. More than that, it now represents a particular moment in Montreal history when the city was at its highest fortunes, hosting Expo '67 and investing in massive, then-futuristic public infrastructure projects. This lavishly-illustrated bilingual survey of the Metro system (first published in 2011 but new at the store) is a thorough document of one of Canada's national treasures.
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