Thursday May 7 at 7:00 PM Spoonbill Books 218 Bedford Ave 718 387 7322
Please join us to celebrate Anthony Alvarado’s new book, D.I.Y. Magic.
A Book of Magic.
A Book of Mind Hacks.
A Cookbook for Creativity.
D.I.Y. Magic is an extraordinary collection of techniques for reaching deeper levels of creative thought – for accessing the power of the subconscious. From vision quests and divination by crows to bibliomancy and using (legal) stimulants, the book also highlights some of the many practices used by such notable visionaries as Salvador Dali, David Lynch, and Leonardo da Vinci as it explores creativity through the lens of actual magic.
Spoonbill welcomes the one and only McKenzie Wark and his newest book,Molecular Red, Theory for The Anthropocene
(Verso, 2015). The author will engage in conversation with Janani Balasubramanian, queer South Asian artivist-techie, and one-half of the spoken word duo DarkMatter. MONDAY EVENING MAY 4, 7PM. Come early, seating is limited. Spoonbill is located at 218 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 718-387-7322.
Following the acclaimed titles The Beach Beneath the Street and The Spectacle of Disintegration, McKenzie Wark—media theorist, philosopher and accelerationist anti-hero—returns with Molecular Red, an earthy mix of figures as unexpected and diverse as Alexander Bogdanov, Andrey Platonov, Donna Haraway and Kim Stanley Robinson. Braiding strands of heretical Russian Marxism, the labor point of view, feminist cyborgology, science fiction and low theory together, Wark shows how these collective works have the power to change life in an age of ecological crisis.
McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, The Beach Beneath the Street and The Spectacle of Disintegration, among other books. He is a professor of Media and Culture at The New School for Social Reseach and Eugene Lange College in New York City.
To mark the publication of volumes 2 and 3 of Eugene Thacker’s Horror of Philosophy trilogy, Spoonbill & Sugartown Books hosts an evening with the author.
Following In The Dust Of This Planet – Horror of Philosophy vol. 1 – by Zero Books…
Starry Speculative Corpse
Horror of Philosophy vol. 2:
Could it be that the more we know about the world, the less we understand it? Could it be that, while everything has been explained, nothing has meaning? Extending the ideas presented in his book In The Dust Of This Planet, Eugene Thacker explores these and other issues in Starry Speculative Corpse.
But instead of using philosophy to define or to explain the horror genre, Thacker reads works of philosophy as if they were horror stories themselves, revealing a rift between human beings and the unhuman world of which they are part. Along the way we see philosophers grappling with demons, struggling with doubt, and wrestling with an indifferent cosmos. At the center of it all is the philosophical drama of the human being confronting its own limits.
Not a philosophy of horror, but a horror of philosophy. Thought that stumbles over itself, as if at the edge of an abyss.
Tentacles Longer Than Night
Horror of Philosophy vol. 3
Our contemporary horror stories are written in a world where there seems little faith, lost hope, and no salvation. All that remains is the fragmentary and occasionally lyrical testimony of the human being struggling to confront its lack of reason for being in the vast cosmos. This is the terrain of the horror genre. Eugene Thacker explores this situation in Tentacles Longer Than Night. Extending the ideas presented in his book In The Dust Of This Planet, Thacker considers the relationship between philosophy and the horror genre.
But instead of taking fiction as the mere illustration of ideas, Thacker reads horror stories as if they themselves were works of philosophy, driven by a speculative urge to question human knowledge and the human-centric view of the world, ultimately leading to the limit of the human – thought undermining itself, in thought.
Join fellow comrades-in-books at Spoonbill for an evening of discourse and diversion to mark Thacker’s ternion. With geniality for the palate by way of edelfäule, rouge and hock provided by Liberal Studies, NSSR at The New School.
Thursday, March 26
7pm, free and open to the public
John Benditt reads from and discusses THE BOATMAKER with Jonas Kyle
John Benditt, author of The Boatmaker, a new debut novel published by Tin House Books, and a resident of the neighborhood, will read from and discuss the book with Spoonbill & Sugartown co-owner Jonas Kyle. A signing will follow.
Of the this new voice in literature, Jonas Kyle says, “I read The Boatmaker over a few nights, and while still in media res I, looked forward to driving toward the end. The novel comes across as fully formed, as if it had already been in existence for some time. At moments I toyed with the fancy that the author had plagiarized in toto an unpublished work of some Scandinavian or Baltic writer from the 19th Century.
It would be fortifying to think that the last century and the present one could resolve themselves in an environmental image as durable as a man on a remote island who has confidence, a far-flung but faithful family and a desire to build wooden boats.
While I was reading The Boatmaker I wondered what Herman Hesse reads like by comparison. As chance would have it, a paperback of Narcissus and Goldmund flaunted itself at me today as I left the store on my way via subway to a meeting in Manhattan. I snatched it for reading material and went through forty or fifty pages over the next few hours.
Although the comparison was on the fly, as it were, I did ascertain that the heroes of the Hesse book do not represent the future of the human race. Neither Narcissus nor Goldmund is capable of forming a lasting bond with a flesh-and-blood woman—Narcissus not even trying and Goldmund going from one to the next until he grows old, sick and tired. The hero of The Boatmaker, by contrast, manages to forge a relationship, for keeps it would seem, and yet also finds his freedom.”
Please join us on the evening Tuesday, February 24th from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Spoonbill will be hosting Guy McPherson for a book signing and reading. He will also do a Q & A session. Wine and cheese will be served.
Guy McPherson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona. He taught and conducted research for 20 award-winning years before leaving the university for ethical reasonsin 2009. McPherson established a homestead and continues his prolific writing and teaching from there.
Poetry reading: Robert Fitterman and Jeremy Sigler
Please join us. Spoonbill Books 218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn.
Thursday, January 15th @ 7:30 pm
is the author of 14 books of poetry including No Wait, Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself
(Ugly Duckling Press, 2014), Rob’s Word Shop
(Ugly Duckling Press, forthcoming, 2015), Holocaust Museum
(Counterpath, 2013, and Veer [London] 2012), now we are friends
(Truck Books, 2010), Rob the Plagiarist
(Roof Books, 2009), war, the musical
(Subpress, 2006), and Notes On Conceptualisms,
co-authored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). His long poem Metropolis,
has been published in 4 separate volumes. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Bard College, Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies. Samples of his writing can be found at his website: http://homepages.nyu.edu/~rmf1/
Jeremy Sigler (b. 1968) is the author of numerous books of poetry including To and To (Left Hand books, 1998) and Mallet Eyes (Left Hand Books, 2000), Crackpot Poet, (Black Square Editions, 2010) and ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ (The Kingsboro Press and For The Common Good, 2014). Sigler co-edited the career retrospective monograph, Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place 1958-2010 (Dia Art Foundation and Yale University Press, 2014)
Please join us to celebrate the new book Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space-Age Nautical Pleasure Pier.
The authors, Christopher Merritt and Domenic Priore, will have a slide show and sign books.