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· November 30th, 2021

TO READ · 06/02/2015

Adventures in the Austin Bat Cave

The Austin Bat Cave is a nonprofit organization that helps kids and teenagers develop writing skills. This is a very good thing for a nonprofit to focus on, because writing is a skill that:

a) Can be used profitably in daily life and in job situations
b) Can NOT be done by a robot or computer
c) Helps you think creatively
d) Is useful on Valentine’s Day and other holidays

The Austin Bat Cave is a nonprofit organization that helps kids and teenagers develop writing skills. This is a very good thing for a nonprofit to focus on, because writing is a skill that:

a) Can be used profitably in daily life and in job situations
b) Can NOT be done by a robot or computer
c) Helps you think creatively
d) Is useful on Valentine’s Day and other holidays

For the above reasons, we strongly support the work that our friends at the Austin Bat Cave do. Recently, we were honored to sponsor the latest anthology of student writing produced by the organization.  The book circled the theme of correspondence, and it was accompanied by an auction of correspondence-related treasures written by everyone from Lena Dunham to Willie Nelson (!) to Amy Poehler to George Saunders.

We had a ball.

 

 

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TO READ · 05/26/2015

Geoffrey Young: Lights Out

Poet and gallerist and small-press legend Geoffrey Young has been publishing literary gems for decades and discovering tomorrow’s greatest artists for almost as long.

Poet and gallerist and small-press legend Geoffrey Young has been publishing literary gems for decades and discovering tomorrow’s greatest artists for almost as long.

We’re proud to carry books from his small press, The Figures, at our retail stores—including Lights Out, a collection of Young’s own poetry, which ranges in topic from Ray Charles to blue jays to other poems to adjectives to pocket lint to string theory.

It’s incredible. Find it at a Warby Parker store near you.

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TO BUY · 04/24/2015

Jerry Saltz: Seeing Out Loud

Jerry Saltz is a man of many talents. He’s the senior art critic at New York magazine, where he profiles Damien Hirst, considers Cindy Sherman and writes definitive takedowns of Banksy. He is the proprietor of one of the funniest (and most NSFW! You’ve been warned!) Instagram accounts currently in operation. He had a cameo role on Girls. 
Before he was at …

Jerry Saltz is a man of many talents. He’s the senior art critic at New York magazine, where he profiles Damien Hirst, considers Cindy Sherman and writes definitive takedowns of Banksy. He is the proprietor of one of the funniest (and most NSFW! You’ve been warned!) Instagram accounts currently in operation. He had a cameo role on Girls. 

Before he was at New York magazine, he wrote art criticism for the Village Voice, and a selection of his greatest columns is collected in a book called Seeing Out Loud, which we are proud to carry in our retail stores. Published by independent press The Figures, Seeing Out Loud is a precise and nuanced snapshot of the art world at a certain point in time. It is as riotous at the cover suggests.

Swing by one of our stores and pick up a copy. Your brain will rejoice.

 

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TO BUY · 04/10/2015

We’re Publishing A Book

…and it’s available for pre-order right now! What you see right above is the book’s cover. The real thing.

…and it’s available for pre-order (on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and many others) right now! What you see right above is the book’s cover. The real thing.

About the book: 50 Ways to Lose Your Glasses is an illustrated gift book that reveals the many surreal, insane, glorious, mysterious ways that a pair of glasses can go missing. It’s the ultimate book for anyone who has ever loved and lost a pair of frames.

The book is written by us, illustrated by our talented friend John Lee, and can be pre-ordered RIGHT NOW, which guarantees that you’ll be among the very first to get your paws on it. (It’ll become available in bookstores near you this coming fall, on October 27.)

We’re so excited.

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TO BUY · 03/27/2015

Books We Love: So You've Been Publicly Shamed

So you’ve been publicly shamed.

Haven’t we all??

So you’ve been publicly shamed.

Haven’t we all??

In his new book, Jon Ronson—expert in psychopaths, weaponized paranormal activity, and political extremists—brings his beloved brand of self-deprecating inquiry to a topic a little closer to our tender hearts. Meet the plagiarizers, Twitter gaffers, SEO hackers, and outed adulterers who populate our contemporary land, where all-but-eternal embarrassment is just a misstep away.

Read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed  and you’ll never click ‘send’ without double-checking your recipients ever again.

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TO READ · 03/12/2015

Andy Warhol: A Biography

Of all the artifacts surrounding Andy Warhol—books written by him, books written about him, books written about books written about him—why are we reading this one?

Of all the artifacts surrounding Andy Warhol—books written by him, books written about him, books written about books written about him—why are we reading this one?

Because it is written by Wayne Koestenbaum! (Duh.)

Around Valentine’s Day of this year, Open Road Integrated Media launched a series called Factory Books— a collection of memoirs, biographies, and essays about the world of Andy Warhol. There’s a memoir by Candy Darling, recollections from Ultra Violet, a video novel (!) by Viva, and a handful of other brightly-colored offerings from Factory superstars and Factory-adjacent observers. Yum.

We’re partial to the bio of Warhol because the author, Wayne Koestenbaum, is the literary equivalent of a mythical hybrid creature: he’s part poet, part critic, part historian, part theorist. He is the hippogriff of writers. Or maybe the cockatrice!

Either way, magical.

 

 

 

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TO READ · 02/17/2015

Books We Love: The Age of the Crisis of Man

HELL yes you can judge a book by its cover. (This cover is glorious and so are the ten chapters inside.)
Mark Greif is a founder of n+1, a small-but-mighty magazine that we stock in our retail stores and have been reading since it first emerged from Brooklyn.
Greif has written elegantly on everything from …

HELL yes you can judge a book by its cover. (This cover is glorious and so are the ten chapters inside.)

Mark Greif is a founder of n+1, a small-but-mighty magazine that we stock in our retail stores and have been reading since it first emerged from Brooklyn.

Greif has written elegantly on everything from Mad Men to exercise to Don DeLillo, and now he has written a book: The Age of the Crisis of Man.

It’s the kind of volume you assign yourself the pleasure of reading over six months in order to emerge a better-armed thinker and observer of institutions, humankind, language, modernism, the social sciences, the arts, and novels by Thomas Pynchon.

Heartily recommended.

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