"Vivid, surprising, and utterly timely, Akiko Busch's How to disappear explores the idea of invisibility in nature, art, and science, in search of a more joyful and peaceful way of living in today's increasingly surveilled and publicity-obsessed world Inour increasingly networked and image-saturated lives, the notion of disappearing has never been both more enchanting and yet fanciful. Today, we are relentlessly encouraged, even conditioned, to reveal, share, and self-promote. The pressure to be public comes not just from our peers, but vast and pervasive technology companies, which want to profit from patterns in our behavior. A lifelong student and observer of the natural world, Busch sets out to explore her own uneasiness with this arrangement, and what she senses is a widespread desire for a less scrutinized way of life—for invisibility. Writing in rich painterly detail about her own life, her family, and some of the world's most exotic and remote places—from the Cayman Islands to Iceland—she savors the pleasures of being unseen. Discovering and dramatizing a wonderful range of ways of disappearing, from virtual reality goggles that trick the wearer into believing her body has disappeared and to the way Virginia Woolf's fictional Mrs. Dalloway feels a flickering of personhood as an older woman, Busch deliberates on subjects new and old with equal sensitivity and incisiveness. A unique and exhilarating accomplishment, How to disappear is a shimmering collage of poetry, cinema, memoir, myth, and much more, which overturns the dangerous modern assumption that somehow fame and visibility equate to success and happiness"—
A portrait of the Hollywood artist details the iconic photograph that catapulted Eve Babitz to notoriety, her high-profile affairs, her unheralded literary achievements, her years in seclusion, and her recent re-emergence.
This rollicking ride through the history of paperback pre-teen series of the 80s and 90s reveals the stories behind the best-known books, including Pen Pals, Dear Diary, The Pink Parrots, Cheerleaders and many others. Original.
This absorbing, heartfelt work uncovers the story of the real dancer behind Degas' now-iconic sculpture, and the struggles of late 19th-century Parisian life.
Reveals the deeply complicated, gregarious and eccentric man whose darkly hilarious and whimsically morbid art filled over a hundred books and illustrated the works of Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Edward Lear, John Updike and Bram Stoker.
Part homage, part artistic and sociological journey, The Wall of Birds tells the story of birds' remarkable 375-million-year evolution. Full of lush photographs of gorgeous life-size birds painted in exacting detail, the book lets readers explore these amazing creatures family by family and continent by continent.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist presents a curated selection of images from her work in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, in a collection that features essays by such contributors as Dexter Filkins, Suzy Hansen and Christy Turlington.
A photojournalist documents her relentless pursuit of complex truths in the years after Sept. 11, describing her witness to the American invasion of Afghanistan and the lives of people before and after Taliban reign.
An Academy award-winning actress, producer and entrepreneur invites readers into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.
Combines biography and memoir in a collaborative portrait of the visionary filmmaker, artist and creator of Twin Peaks that draws on Lynch's own contributions as well as those of his closest colleagues, friends and family members.
An eye-opening exploration of how a child's playthings and physical surroundings affect their development reveals the surprising histories behind human-made elements in a child's landscape and how they influence a child's behavior, values and health.
Connecting significant religious art and artifacts to their sartorial expressions, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination provides a critical analysis of fashion's engagement with notions of the divine.
In a star-crossed, real-life love story set in 18th-century France that also serves as a cautionary tale of greed and the dangerous dream of windfall profits, Louise Magoulet and Louis Chevrot fall in love despite their fathers' rage and abuse and are determined to conquer all of the obstacles standing in the way of them being together.
Monster Portraits investigates the concept of the monstrous through a mesmerizing combination of words and images. An uncanny and imaginative autobiography of otherness, it offers the fictional record of a writer in the realms of the fantastic shot through with the memories of a pair of Somali-American children growing up in the 1980s.