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Wholphin 4Wholphin #4
The wait is over, the fourth issue of Wholphin, The DVD Magazine of Rare and Unseen Short Films, is here!  Eight short, and not-so-short -- the running times span from 2 to 48 minutes in length -- films that you won't see anywhere else; a re-scripted Russian sitcom; a 13 minute preview of the forthcoming Strange Culture, a feature film documenting the Kafka-esque adventures of a CMU art prof mistaken for a bio-terrorist); and the third and final installment of the BBC documentary, Power of Nightmares, that focuses on the shared behaviors of Islamic Fundamentalists in the Middle East and Neocon Fundamentalists in the USA (the first two installments are contained in Wholphin 2 & 3, which we still have in stock!) Read all about it (and watch some previews and some cool, web-only short films) HERE
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Comedy By Numbers
by Prof. Eric Hoffman™ and Dr. Gary Rudoren©
169 ways to be funny followed by an end-of-the-book-bonus Comedy Test:  44 questions and one extra credit.  You too can become an instant expert on all things funny.  It is to laugh.
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Bowl of Cherries

by Millard Kaufman
This provocative 326 page first novel by 90 year old Millard Kaufman follows the world spanning adventures of 14 year old Judd Breslau and "rivals the liveliest comic epics for giddy wordplay and gleeful invention" (at least, according to the fine folks at McSweeney's), proving once again that adolescnce is a state of mind.
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McSweeney's 23
McSweeney's #23
Well, what do you know?  This time around, McSweeney's is a plain old book, containing a nice and neat ten tales by writers known -- such as Chris Bachelder, Ann Beattie and Roddy Doyle -- and, at least to us, unknown -- such as Clancy Martin, Christopher Stokes and Wells Tower.  Well, upon closer inspection, we notice that the cover folds out into a gigantic poster on one side, while on the other is a brain scrambling piece that involves a complicated division of two-dimensional space that is too elaborate to elaborate on here.  And, oh wait, what have we here attached to the inside back cover?  It's a special "trial-size edition" of Comedy by Numbers, a "new manual (that) makes the secrets of comedy accessible..." It is to laugh.
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McSweeney's #21
McSweeneys 21McSweeney's sez: "With work by Roddy Doyle, Stephen Elliott, Peter Orner, Joyce Carol Oates, Yannick Murphy, and Miranda July, as well as the triumphant return of Arthur Bradford and stories concerning fistfighting Mormons, New Zealand police malfeasance, and a man named Trang, and with all of those works interspersed with heartfelt letters to Ray Charles and storyboards by some of the finest pen-and-ink artists of our day, our twenty-first issue is sure to be one of our best assemblages yet."
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McSweeney's 20McSweeney's #20
This time around we have a relatively sedate package:  an embossed hardcover edition with cloth spine that includes new work by Susan Steinberg, Kevin Moffett, Ben Jahn, Tony D.Souza, J. Erin Sweeney and a host of others.  But -- once you open it up you will be treated to a visual feast as this is the official illustrated edition:  51 full-page, full-color illustrations precisely punctuate each and every prose piece proffered.  Artists include:  Fred Tomaselli, Jodie Mohr, Franz Ackermann, Rachel Salomon, Keith Andrew Shore, Wendy Heldmann, Henri Rousseau and many others.
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McSweeney's 19McSweeney's 19
This time around the package is a wild-and-crazy... (wait for it)... cigar box!  Illustrated in lavish full color on all six sides by Michael Kupperman, this issue includes replications (many) of zany  ephemera -- primarily of
cold-war era vintage, but some earlier and some later, all of which is mixed together as a political cocktail of sorts.  And then, buried under it all at the bottom of the box, is the issue itself.  Here's what the folks at McSweeney's have to say about it all:  "Our first issue of 2006 turns toward earlier and equally uncertain years, traveling back by way of pamphlets, info-cards, and letters addressing bygone conflicts and still-constant concerns. Expect, among other recovered works, carefree strategies for insurgencies in Nicaragua, astrological advice for the Nixon/Agnew campaigner, sanguine guidance for the soldier stationed in the Middle East at mid-century, and commonsense reinforcement for the doughboy drifting toward a gonorrhea infection. Also: T.C. Boyle's feral child novella and additional quasi-historical work by new writers."
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McSweeney's 18
McSweeney's #18

It's here.  Here's what they have to say about it:  "Even beyond Edmund White's youthful hustler, Joyce Carol Oates's fatherly killer, and Roddy Doyle's Rwandan refugee, Issue 18 will not stay at home. Bears, clouds, assassinations, and demons lurk in a high-concept labyrinth of stories."  In addition, this issue comes complete with a deluxe slip-cased edition of the first issue of Wholphin, the new DVD quarterly, about which you can learn more at  (Please note that this is the same issue of Wholphin -- albeit with deluxe packaging --  that comes with Believer #30.)
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McSweeney's 17McSweeney's #17
Finally, a culture product that can (nearly) literally be said to be "pushing the envelope."  This, the latest, craziest, and likely to be most controversial issue yet of America's most consistently engaging literary magazine, takes the form of a whacky mish-mash of items designed to look like nothing more than today's mail delivery (the image at left should give you an idea, but you sort of really have to actually hold it in your hands to get the full effect).  But -- surprise -- it's not.  What it is, exactly, is, however, a bit more of a quandary.  Is it parody, pastiche, kitsch or camp?  Is it brilliant or stupid?  Is it subversive or is it selling out? 
Is it form despite or because of content?  Guess what?  Only you can decide!
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McSweeneys 16
McSweeney's 16

This is one of the craziest designs yet -- a sort of cloth covered fold-out folio in which the contents are then inserted.  You'll have to see it for yourself to understand.  We'd say it's their dada (or at least dada-esque) issue.  Here's what they say:  "Issue 16 presents new stories from McSweeney's regulars like Roddy Doyle and Denis Johnson, and exploits a never-before-seen tripartite format to bring you a hilarious Ann Beattie novella and a special shuffle-it-and-read-it-in-any-order deck-of-cards story from Robert Coover, one of the great masters of American experimental fiction. This issue uses more cloth than any issue to date. Also, it comes with a comb."
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McSweeney's 15
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McSweeney's 14
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McSweeney's 13
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McSweeney's 12
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McSweeney's 11 (w/DVD)
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McSweeney's 10 (Thrilling Adventures)
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Wholphin 3Wholphin No. 3 (DVD)
Starting off 2007 with a bang, the much delayed (and much asked after) third issue of this great, theoretically quarterly, DVD "magazine" is the first new item to hit our shelves in the new year.  Included are "The Russian Suicide Chair," a piece of explosive performance art by the one and only Dennis Hopper, an almost-feature-length film, The Passion of Martin, by Alexander Payne, a Yemeni documentary, A Stranger in Her Own City by Khadija Al-Salami, short films by Bob Odenkirk, Alice Winocour, and more, including an original Wholphin Short, "Yeah Yeah, We Speak English, Just Serve."  Also included is a bonus disc containing the the second part of Adam Curtis's powerful  documentary, The Power of Nightmares.  This installment, "The Phantom Victory," continues where part one, included with Wholphin No. 2, left off.  For complete info on this issue, click here.
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Wholphin #2Wholphin #2
It's here, the second issue of the new DVD quarterly brought to you by the fine folks at McSweeney's.  Many of you obtained the first issue as a bounus with The Believer Magazine end -of-2005 special issue or McSweeney's #18.  This issue is chock-a-block with new material from around the world.  Here's the official blurb:  "The second issue of Wholphin includes Steven Soderbergh's intense sci-fi homage to Godard. The Japanese "Bewitched" re-scripted by Daniel Handler and writers of the Daily Show. A hallucinogenic tale of murder and absolution, featuring Boris Karloff's melting head. Donald Trump channeling Citizen Kane. Two Oscar-nominated shorts. A miraculous, scientific discovery 7000 feet below sea. A gothic horror mystery about an aeronautical navigator, his plague-ridden home and the blood-sucking beast with the antiserum. "American Storage:" a short that is soon to become a feature. An instructional video on "poke-poling a monkey-faced eel." And a special moment with Andy Ritcher.  This issue will also include a free bonus disc containing Part One of Adam Curtis's highly acclaimed documentary, The Power of Nightmares, which follows the simultaneous rise of Islamic fundamentalism and American neoconservative thought."  Click here for more detailed info.

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PLEASE NOTE: Wholphin #1 is part of McSweeney's #18, listed above.

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Surviving Justice
Surviving Justice: America's Wrongly Convicted and Exonerated
edited by Dave Eggers and Lola Vollen
This is the first volume in the Voice of Witness series, which will "allow those most affected by social injustice to speak for themselves" by providing oral histories to "illustrate human rights crises through the voice of its victms."  Surviving Justice presents the cases of thirtreen men and women who were unjustly incarcerated for crimes they did not commit and who managed through a combination of lengthly struggle, outside legal assistance and/or sheer luck to prove their innocence and finally be realeased from prison -- usually after ten years or more served.
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Noisy OutlawsNoisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs,and Some Other Things That Aren't as Scary, Maybe, Depending on How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray Cellphones, Creatures from the Sky, Parents Who Disappear in Peru, a Man Named Lars Farf, and One Other Story We Couldn't Quite Finish, So Maybe You Could Help Us Out
edited by Ted Thompson, with Eli Horowitz
This hardcover volume is designed with younger readers in mind, but is advertised as being capable of being enjoyed by all, regardless of age.  It starts off with an introduction by Lemony Snicket and continues on with a bevy of tales by, in order of apearance, Nick H
ornby, George Saunders, Kelly Link, Richard Kennedy, Jon Scieszka, Sam Swopek, Clement Freud, James Kochalka (full color comics), Neil Gaiman, Jeanne DePrau, and Jonathan Safran Foer.  And every story is illustrated in full color by, again in order, Brett Helquist (the intro), David Heatley (the Hornby), Juliette Borda (you get the idea), Shelley Dick, Jan Van Der Veken, Lane Smith, Marcel Dzama, Peter de Séve, Rachell Sumpter, anf Barry Blitt.  And it comes complete with an "excessively difficult crossword!"
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H.P. Lovecraft:
Against the World, Against Life

by Michel Houellebecq
Translated by Dorna Khazeni  /  Introduction by Stephen King
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Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
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McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories
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The Future Dictionary of America
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Created in DarknessCreated in Darkness by Troubled Americans:
The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category
Forty-nine humorous essays, all culled from the McSweeney's internet archives, are herein collected in this mid-size hardcover volume with a dustjacket illustrated by Charles Burns.  Plus:  thirty pages of lists!
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Lady Into Fox

by David Garnett
The latest from The Collins Library, is, in keeping with this series' mission, a reissue of a long (but unfairly) forgotten classic of early twentieth century literature. Lady Into Fox is "a lost classic of the Bloomsbury circle" which was originally published in 1922 and received some amazing raves at that time.  To wit:  "Magnificent... write twenty more books, at once, I beseech." -- Virginia Woolf; "It is the most successful thing of the kind I have ever seen... flawless in style and exposition, altogether an accomplished piece of work." -- Joseph Conrad; and finally, "The most amazingly good story I have read in a long time." -- H.G. Wells.  Well, we've read it and it's pretty great.  A lot like a Kafka's Metamorphosis (published six years earlier in 1916) in its matter-of-fact tone and straightforward plunge into absurdity; but in this case, the metamorphosis is undergone by the narrator's spouse rather the the narrator, and is accompanied by the differences in perspective and outcome that such a shift implies.  Comparative Lit profs, please take note!
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How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers
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Your Disgusting Head
By Dr. & Mr. Doris Haggis-on-Whey
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Giraffes? Giraffes!
(2nd edition)
By Dr. & Mr. Doris Haggis-on-Whey
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To Ruhleben — And Back
By Geoffrey Pyke
Edited by Paul Collins
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English as She is Spoke
By Jose da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino
Edited by Paul Collins
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Samuel Johnson Is Indignant
By Lydia Davis
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This Shape We're In
By Jonathan Lethem
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