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In the past 10 years we had the pleasure to get to know a lot of the amazing people behind the magazines and publications we try to gather in our store for you, we have seen countless covers on our shelves and browsed myriads of pages. In Novelties & Novelties we want to share some of our latest finds and conversations. Find inspiration in our reviews, enjoy some interviews with amazing people and get to know about our latest activities in Berlin and around the globe.

The final companion to books from the Simpsons

A final companion to books from the Simpsons

Olivier Lebrun
Whether it is a representation of a Homeric moment, a snapshot of the hellish ten-year-old troublemaker Bart or a solemn intellectual disposition featuring Lisa, “A Final Companion To Books From The Simpsons” is a new volume about the books which appeared in The Simpsons. Assembled by French graphic designer Olivier Lebrun and published by Yellow Press, this final collection is displayed in faint yellow and shades of grey screenshot photos of book references that exist within the Simpsons universe, whether taken from real life or invented to suit the plot of the episode. From ‘Flander’s Bible” and “Fear of Flying”, to “Crazy Things Old Ladies Say” and “The Big Book of British Smiles”, to “Ein + 1 = 0”, “From Loser to User” to “Things Fall Apart” an anthology of 339 titles which appeared throughout the years in the legendary tv series.
Gossamer #1 2018 - High Quality

Gossamer #1 2018

High Quality
If you ask its creators what Gossamer is about, they’d reply that before being a magazine, a website and an Instagram feed, they think about it in terms of who it is for. “Discerning and curious individuals” they say, “who happen to smoke weed or who are open-minded enough to hang out with people who do.” This includes all the writers, photographers and creators who contribute to this first issue. For this, Gossamer unveils an array of stories including one about a secret hotel, the strange world of fake food and a story about a fin-de-siècle heiress who shattered a glass ceiling with dinosaur bones. 
Be More Pirate

Be More Pirate

Sam Conniff Allende
Inspired by the Golden Age of piracy (1690-1725), multi award-winning social entrepreneur Sam Conniff Allende reveals what it takes today to be a successful rebel and leave a mark on the 21st century. Piracy isn"t a bad thing. In the contrary, in times of uncertainty where the gap between an extortionately wealthy world elite and the poorer rest has never been more wide, adopting the pirate’s lifestyle is fundamentally commendable and dignifying. Just look at the lives and teachings of old legendary pirates like Henry Morgan and Blackbeard, and modern day rebels like Elon Musk and Banksy, and, perhaps also try to imagine what makes “the average man bristle if you say your father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a pirate.”!
Zehn Gründe warum du deine Social Media Accounts sofort löschen musst

Zehn Gründe warum du deine Social Media Accounts sofort löschen musst

Jaron Lanier
If not already convinced that social media is negatively influencing your life, many of us are quite sceptical about its benefits, and the poorly checked role of culprits like Facebook and Google. Click delete to save your soul is the main message of Silicon Valley pioneer and web rebel, Jaron Lanier. In “Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts” Lanier warns about how algorithms are predicated on triggering negative emotions and manipulating our behaviours. “The evidence suggests”, he says, social media “is making us sadder, angrier, less empathetic, more fearful, more isolated and more tribal.” and as such there will be not solution if we do not take part in the solution. “Quitting is the only way to learn what can replace our grand mistake.”
Protest (EN)

Protest (EN)

The Aesthetics of Resistance
Protest is a book reference to the aesthetically creative forces of resistance of the past fifty years or so. It looks into the different forms of political protest, from the more recent black lives matter to the 1950s and 60s civil rights and student movements. It shows how powerlessness and oppression generate all sorts of cynical, subversive, provocative and at times, violent modes of dissent against those with the power to set up the rules. Arranged according to the various ways of expressing protest including posters, sounds, and bodies, the book’s generous provision of imagery is complemented with analytical texts that dig into the origins and purpose of social discontent.
Conversations with filmmakers

Conversations with filmmakers

Jonas Mekas
Jonas Mekas is a champion of the poetic, experimental cinema of the post-WWII era. His impact on the development of American, and international cinema in general is notable through and through ever since he left his natal country, Lithuania and established in 1954 the publication Film Culture, and then in 1970 the Film Makers Cooperative. His mission was to ‘take a sword and become a self-appointed minister of defense and propaganda of the New Cinema.’ Something he pretty much accomplished with his detailed documentation and critical writings about the industry. The crux of his observations are recorded in a lengthy journal from which Conversations with Film-Makers is extracted. 60 conversations are transcribed into this book along with photos and stills from Mekas films, letters and passages from scripts, all of which capture the throbbing pulse of the New Cinema’s best of days.
Wie die Populärkultur nach Deutschland kam

Wie die Populärkultur nach Deutschland kam

Christian Huck
Professor Christian Huck from the English Department of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel studies the roots of popular culture in Germany and the changes it has undergone throughout the 20th century until the present moment. From the power of saxophones and girls to TV series, penny journals, cocktails, breakdancing, jeans and computer games, Huck revisits the transatlantic exchanges of culture from an academic perspective, in a language understandable by the general German-speaking reader. Focusing on the enthusiasm behind appreciating particular trends of culture in Germany and the social, economic and technical circumstances that led to their spread, Huck argues that popular culture is able to suspend social differences allowing for moments of a generalized sense of social equality --until countering subcultural movements take place.
Flaneur #7

Flaneur #7

Treze de Maio - Sao Paulo
From the detailed reality of one street to crafting a story that resonates universally, is what Flaneur is all about. One street, one issue, story after story. This time, it’s the street of Treze de Maio in São Paulo named after the day slavery was abolished in Brazil back in 1888. Double-sized and decidedly the most satisfying to date, issue number 7 passes a series of accounts excavated from the daytoday lives of the street’s residents, passers-by and shop owners in poetical texts, photographs, collages and drawings. Layer upon layer, Flaneur patiently tells us about the street’s concerns, fears, joys, and the activities of its artists along those of its butchers and aged grandmothers.
The Noise of Being

The Noise of Being

Sonic Acts Festival 2017
The noise is here to stay! During the 2017 Sonic Acts Festival in Amsterdam for instance, different kinds of noises were produced throughout the Festival’s organized conferences, clubbing nights, and in the partner museums and cinemas. This purple/green book is simply the assemblage of a selection of these noises. The noise of technology, the noise of capitalism, the noise of communication when it breaks to pieces, the noise of distractions, of bots, of screens and screams, the noise of advertisers, of molecular engineering, bacteria and policy makers. Imbued with both thought provoking texts and images, the Noise of Being is a reminder and an invitation to continue the reflection about the dissonances of living.
Machines and Robots

Machines and Robots

Edition Digital Culture #5 - Dominik Landwehr
Machines and Robots studies how the subject of robotics have been approached in science and technology, in literature and art, and in cultural history, wondering whether machines are able to be creative. Several leading scholars looked into this, including Andreas Broeckmann who approaches the issue from the cultural scientist’s perspective, studying the impact that machines and robots have had on art during the 20th century. Whereas Philipp Theisohn, director of the research program “conditio extraterrestris” at Zurich University describes the rich history of robotics in science fiction, and Roland Wetzel, director of the Tinguely Museum in Basel, is an expert on the sculptor’s art and is familiar how much it influenced contemporary artists.
Night Fever (EN)

Night Fever (EN)

Designing Club Culture
What does this magnificent volume from Vitra Museum’s ongoing Night Fever exhibition has to offer? For one, a luminous flashback into the frenzies of the last fifty years’ nocturnal living with rare insights into how the nightlife culture evolved hand-in-hand with design ideas. It starts with the years leading to the rise of disco, in a time the dance floor turned into a magnetic field for all types of creatives. Hovering through the allure of nightly melodies, lights, design and architecture, Night Fever profiles a superb list of clubs from the Italian Radial Design clubs and Manchester"s Hacienda, to studio 54 of Andy Warhol and the Ministry of Sound in London, showing some of the period’s promotional leaflets, party invitations, floor plans, vintage photographs and records, and many great stories about the wicked creatures of the night.
Penguin Modern Poets #6

Penguin Modern Poets #6

The Deeper Into Life - Claudia Rankine, Denise Riley, Maggie Nelson
First introduced in the early 1960s, the Penguin Modern Poets was relaunched last summer with a new series aiming for the same goal: ‘to introduce contemporary poetry to the general reader.’ Each of the series’s volumes exhibits the work of three remarkable poets who are currently writing. The series follows a shared rationale where the poets’ work in every issue is interconnected. So for example the first volume by Emily Berry, Anne Carson and Sophie Collins is about female experience in the present, and all the way back to ancient Greece. Whereas in the second issue it is the humorous style which distinguishes the writing of the three poets...etc. With six volumes issued to date, and a new volume coming up every three months, the series is potentially unlimited.
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