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Looking for Arthur

Fictional “spiritual autobiography,” Arthurian fantasy, and compendium of instruction in mystical and magical practices, _Looking For Arthur_ presents, in a contemporary setting, the entire scope of materials…

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Fictional “spiritual autobiography,” Arthurian fantasy, and compendium of instruction in mystical and magical practices, _Looking For Arthur_ presents, in a contemporary setting, the entire scope of materials surrounding the legend of King Arthur. By turns reverent and impious, earnest and witty, metaphysical and lighthearted, the book is set in present-day Glastonbury amidst a hub-bub of occultists, mystics, and tourists swarming about the ruins of this ancient site of Arthurian lore. We follow the narrator as he is inducted into the living myth of King Arthur, the energies of the sacred landscape, the “secret history” of the earth, and the role of angels, gnomes, and ascended masters in the redemption of human culture, while we experience a completely unexpected side to this once and future myth.


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Madness of the Day, The

Jacques Derrida writes of The Madness of the Day that it is “a story whose title runs wild and drives the reader mad…

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Maurice Blanchot

Jacques Derrida writes of this book that it is “a story whose title runs wild and drives the reader mad…la folie du jour, the madness of today, of the day today, which leads to the madness that comes from the day, is born of it, as well as the madness of the day itself, itself mad….La folie du jour is a story of madness, of that madness that consists in seeing the light, vision or visibility, to see beyond what is visible, is not merely ‘to have a vision’ in the usual sense of the word, but to see-beyond-sight, to see-sight-beyond-sight….The story obscures the sun…with a blinding light.” – Jacques Derrida (in Deconstruction and Criticism)


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Marchen Cycle, The

Bruce McClelland

By the author of The Dracula Poems, this cycle continues McClelland’s involvement with archetypal motifs, this time centered specifically on the Indo-Germnic tales collected by the Grimms…

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Bruce McClelland

By the author of The Dracula Poems, this cycle continues McClelland’s involvement with archetypal motifs, this time centered specifically on the Indo-Germnic tales collected by the Grimms. Each concerns a tale or folk-mythic theme, some more available than others, & each intentionally avoids mere retelling, but chooses rather to articulate the salient dynamics of the particular story. The cycle means as well to get past the trap of interpretation—as the Prelude says, “these stories are not therapies”—for to interpret, in this case, is to deny the activity of the imagination looking at its own history. The result is an arrangement of lyric poems, each capable of standing alone, yet together forming a reasonable narrative of that process known as individuation, with the Wolf doing the talking.


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Memories, Dreams and Inner Voices

Michael Ruby

In Memories, Dreams and Inner Voices, the poet Michael Ruby records three strands of our most elusive experiences:  The involuntary memories of bygone times and places that day and night flash across our minds; the mysterious inner voices heard in the last seconds before sleep; and the imaginary experiences called dreams, most of which we forget on waking….

 

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Michael Ruby

In Memories, Dreams and Inner Voices, the poet Michael Ruby records three strands of our most elusive experiences: The involuntary memories of bygone times and places that day and night flash across our minds; the mysterious inner voices heard in the last seconds before sleep; and the imaginary experiences called dreams, most of which we forget on waking. Fleeting Memories and the hypnagogic Inner Voices Heard Before Sleep, the first and third books of this trilogy, are among the first literary forays into two unsounded terrains of consciousness; while the second book, the hyperrealist Dreams of the 1990s, joins the dream books of such French writers as Leiris and Perec, and the Americans Kerouac and Burroughs. Taken together, Ruby’s trilogy is a unique fusion of personal history, fiction and poetry that not only rescues unplumbed psychic experience, but also exults in the laughter, terror and baffling innuendos of unbidden utterance. With an uncanny ability to elicit our own most elusive moments of consciousness, this book is an instigation and guidebook for readers in their own explorations of the psyche.


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Narcissism and Death (HC)

“A metapornographical prose with a quite fantastic species of English,” writes novelist David Dalton about these “ten tales slithering, writhing, taunting, tempting, and pouting in the autoerotic embrace”…

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“A metapornographical prose with a quite fantastic species of English,” writes novelist David Dalton about these “ten tales slithering, writhing, taunting, tempting, and pouting in the autoerotic embrace.” Their Italian-born author whom Dalton calls “a hardened metaphysical enchantress, a nihilistic and precocious snake who disdains grammar and logic and thrives on biting her own sequined tail”-belongs in the tradition of Bataille, Genet, Burroughs, and such visual artists as Francis Bacon and Sue Coe. This is writing with an instinctive feel for the erotic base of language, embodying at times “the simplicity of a natural event and at times the simplicity of a supernatural one…the precisely fantastic. It is as if we were to judge each sentence in the light of reason and find them verifiable in our own dreams” (Alan Davies).


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Narcissism and Death (PB)

“A metapornographical prose with a quite fantastic species of English,” writes novelist David Dalton about these “ten tales slithering, writhing, taunting, tempting, and pouting in the autoerotic embrace.”

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“A metapornographical prose with a quite fantastic species of English,” writes novelist David Dalton about these “ten tales slithering, writhing, taunting, tempting, and pouting in the autoerotic embrace.” Their Italian-born author whom Dalton calls “a hardened metaphysical enchantress, a nihilistic and precocious snake who disdains grammar and logic and thrives on biting her own sequined tail”-belongs in the tradition of Bataille, Genet, Burroughs, and such visual artists as Francis Bacon and Sue Coe. This is writing with an instinctive feel for the erotic base of language, embodying at times “the simplicity of a natural event and at times the simplicity of a supernatural one…the precisely fantastic. It is as if we were to judge each sentence in the light of reason and find them verifiable in our own dreams” (Alan Davies).



Night of Broken Glass

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Peter Broner

This widely praised, moving novel interweaves the lives of three men as they confront the terror of Nazi Germany. Faced with the practical and philosophical question of how to best combat evil, each man must choose his own response: Paul escapes to America to fight Germany outright; Johann deliberately seeks commitment to a concentration camp in order to proclaim his solidarity with other victims; Martin—the Martin Schindler of Schindler’s List – chooses to fight from within, establishing a “satellite” concentration camp inside his factory. Delivered with enormous credibility and narrative power, the book’s message – human will and dignity can prevail in the most terrible of circumstances – will reverberate long in the minds of readers.


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On Blank Pages

Peter Van Riper

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On Blank Pages consists of thought/poems bound by the cover of the “Young Fluxus” catalogue.

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Peter Van Riper

On Blank Pages consists of thought/poems bound by the cover of the “Young Fluxus” catalogue. Each of the artists in that exhibition received a blank catalogue and it is on one of these that this book was written.


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One Who Was Standing Apart From Me, The

This work takes the form of a conversation, an interview. An obsessive questioning back and forth builds up Blanchot’s narrative, with its sense – shared with Kafka’s famous “doorkeeper” parable – that behind each question lies the spooky possibility of a further, more imposing, more insoluble question…

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Maurice Blanchot

This work takes the form of a conversation, an interview. An obsessive questioning back and forth builds up Blanchot’s narrative, with its sense – shared with Kafka’s famous “doorkeeper” parable – that behind each question lies the spooky possibility of a further, more imposing, more insoluble question. Thematically, powerlessness, inertia, insufficient speech, weariness, falling, faltering – everything tied to a negative or nonexistent value in ordinary discourse – is given value here by its being articulated, moved into writing and thought. What’s insignificant or worthless gathers weight through its troubling persistence, its failure to disappear. The “endless” conversation of Blanchot’s writing turns “fiction” toward an experience of listening – a far cry from the storytelling most fiction (still) takes itself to be.


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Pathwings

Elliot R. Wolfson

These essays and poems by a leading scholar of Jewish mysticism explore the connections between sexuality, divinity, and textuality, working with topics such as the gender of the Godhead, Apocalypse in the Kabbalah, the suffering of God, the hermeneutics of visionary experience, and other controversial features of Jewish thought…

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Elliot R. Wolfson

These essays and poems by a leading scholar of Jewish mysticism explore the connections between sexuality, divinity, and textuality, working with topics such as the gender of the Godhead, Apocalypse in the Kabbalah, the suffering of God, the hermeneutics of visionary experience, and other controversial features of Jewish thought. The poems and essays reverberate with and shed light on one another, creating a resonance that reinforces the depth and originality of Wolfson’s thought.

“Wolfson has discerned that the poetic mode is more than a stylistic accessory to his Kabbalistic texts, for the poetic way opens modes of logic inaccessible to traditional philosophizing. Rather than maintaining strict dichotomy between philosophy and poetry, Wolfson offers a fruitful convergence. Here, as always, this brilliant thinker and master of paradox steeps his readers? minds in the glistening depths of Jewish mystical waters.”-Barbara E. Galli, McGill University


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Scorpions, The

Robert Kelly

This classic hallucinatory thriller of the 1960s, newly available, is a book charged with sexual obsession and haunted by the sense that all narrative is itself obsessive and violent…

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Robert Kelly

This classic hallucinatory thriller of the 1960s, newly available, is a book charged with sexual obsession and haunted by the sense that all narrative is itself obsessive and violent. The Scorpions is Robert Kelly’s early novel about a psychiatrist who begins to believe one of his patient’s paranoid inventions and searches for hard evidence in a funny, crazy, sometimes dark, even spooky American world that cooperates with what he wants to find in it.


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Screaming Hawk

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This visionary narrative, reminiscent of Robert Bach’s Illusions, follows the spiritual initiation of a white Christian into the Native American tradition and reveals a deeper Christian impulse that is consistent with Native American wisdom…

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Patton Boyle

This visionary narrative, reminiscent of Robert Bach’s Illusions, follows the spiritual initiation of a white Christian into the Native American tradition and reveals a deeper Christian impulse that is consistent with Native American wisdom. Set in the western United States on an unnamed Indian reservation, the novel describes the seeker, a White Man who has come to the home of Native American medicine man, Flying Eagle. Through Flying Eagle’s teachings on a variety of subjects, the protagonist awakens to a new understanding of self, the nature of truth, and the role of a warrior for truth. With reverberations of Carlos Castaneda, Screaming Hawk becomes not just a novel of traditional and Native American religion, but also a compelling spiritual journey for its readers.


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Screaming Hawk Returns

Patton Boyle

In this sequel to Screaming Hawk, Flying Eagle, the gruff and prankish medicine man, conducts his Christian student, Screaming Hawk, along the “Principle Paths of Divine Circumstance: The Paths of the Greatest Good, the Inner Journey, Silence, Humor, Illumination, and Indifference”…

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Patton Boyle

In this sequel to Screaming Hawk, Flying Eagle, the gruff and prankish medicine man, conducts his Christian student, Screaming Hawk, along the “Principle Paths of Divine Circumstance: The Paths of the Greatest Good, the Inner Journey, Silence, Humor, Illumination, and Indifference.” Together they discover the need to laugh at themselves as Flying Eagle turns out to be a rather fallible mentor who must learn lessons as poignant and incisive as the lessons that he teaches.


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Scribble Death

In what has been called a “post-modern Gothic experimental novel,” Franz Kamin interlaces dream-narrative with death-event vignettes and…

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In what has been called a “post-modern Gothic experimental novel,” Franz Kamin interlaces dream-narrative with death-event vignettes and revelations concerning the composition of the text. He links the scribbling of children, artists and dreamers with the hopes and terrors of obsession and delirium. Through all of this one may almost detect a somber chuckling from the authorial domain. In a Baudelairean sense, Kamin extends the comic to new ranges of the grotesque.


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Sketches for a Life of Wassily

Lydia Davis has created in Sketches for a Life of Wassily a moving portrait of the doomed dreamer.

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Lydia Davis has created in Sketches for a Life of Wassily a moving portrait of the doomed dreamer. This is a small chapbook printing this single story. Davis is a 2003 MacArthur Fellow, as well as one of the mainstay writers of McSweeney’s, perhaps the defining organ of the literary avant garde in this country at present. This is the issue in wrappers, with brown endpapers.


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Station Hill Blanchot Reader, The

This new reader from Station Hill (Blanchot’s longtime publisher in the United States) is six books in one, and the first and only collection of Maurice Blanchot’s celebrated fiction and critical/philosophical writing…

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Maurice Blanchot

This new reader from Station Hill (Blanchot’s longtime publisher in the United States) is six books in one, and the first and only collection of Maurice Blanchot’s celebrated fiction and critical/philosophical writing. Regarded both on the European continent and in America as one of the truly great authors of French Post-Modernism, Blanchot’s reputation and readership in English has already established him as a modern classic. The Blanchot Reader brings together a substantial collection of critical and philosophical writings (The Gaze of Orpheus) and the only edition in print in English of his major works of fiction (Thomas the Obscure, Death Sentence, Vicious Circles, The Madness of the Day, When the Time Comes and The One Who Was Standing Apart From Me). General readers and students alike will seek out these essential works by the writer Susan Sontag referred to as “an unimpeachably major voice in modern French literature.”

This new reader from Station Hill (Blanchot’s longtime publisher in the United States) is six books in one, and the first and only collection of Maurice Blanchot’s celebrated fiction and critical/philosophical writing. Regarded both on the European continent and in America as one of the truly great authors of French Post-Modernism, Blanchot’s reputation and readership in English has already established him as a modern classic. The Blanchot Reader brings together a substantial collection of critical and philosophical writings (The Gaze of Orpheus) and the only edition in print in English of his major works of fiction (Thomas the Obscure, Death Sentence, Vicious Circles, The Madness of the Day, When the Time Comes and The One Who Was Standing Apart From Me). General readers and students alike will seek out these essential works by the writer Susan Sontag referred to as “an unimpeachably major voice in modern French literature.”

Maurice Blanchot is now recognized as a major twentieth century philosopher whose influence extends to the works of Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, Lacan and others. Blanchot’s philosophical works explore issues concerning the problematic acts of speech and writing, death and questions of political right—concerns that also shape his fiction. Blanchot’s fiction draws the reader in by upsetting expectations, we are confronted by characters who are in situations they don’t completely understand. The settings are mysterious, almost surreal. As we read further into the story, hoping for greater clarity – why is this character here? Where did he come from?, etc. – meaning and resolution are constantly deferred. The lack of closure in Blanchot’s fiction gives it at an odd kind of suspense and his spare but poetic language contributes to creating a very distinct atmosphere. Within and outside of these philosophical struggles there is the German occupation of France, and Auschwitz. The presence of an arbitrary or absurdist power and the spectre of death hover. Blanchot never concludes his exploration of the these issues, they remain indeterminate, but writing continues, despite its seeming impossibility.

“Maurice Blanchot’s work is an invitation to the reader to join him on those severe and icy slopes of consciousness, to experience what it means to be both fully dead – utterly separated from the world, “a shadow on the sun” – and fully alive. It is an amazing, exhilarating, appalling experience. Station Hill Press should be congratulated for its courage in bringing forth this important but obviously not very commercial enterprise. Blanchot’s work is, as he says, “a force for transformation and creation, made to create enigmas rather than to elucidate them.” For the first time, we are able to see it with some clarity.” – Seminary Co-op Bookstore


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Tabula Rasula

Jed Rasula

Donald Byrd says of this book: “Laughing Gnosticism is the most ancient of the secret traditions. Its earliest texts were discovered in a cave in the Caucasus in 1927…”

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Jed Rasula

Donald Byrd says of this book: “Laughing Gnosticism is the most ancient of the secret traditions. Its earliest texts were discovered in a cave in the Caucasus in 1927. I have reason to believe that Rasula’s Tabula is based on these ancient texts. The central tenet of Laughing Gnosticism is that Laughter is a divine language which humans continue to use, with more or less adequate syntax and diction, despite the ancient loss of its semantic. Its meditational practices are variously directed toward the recovery of the ancient code.” A first book by the editor of Wch Way magazine.


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Tales of Uncle Tompa

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The Western world has become familiar with Tibet through the Buddhist teachings of Buddhist Lamas. With these tales of an outrageous popular rogue, Uncle Tompa (who manages to embody a spirit of popular wisdom despite his roguishness), we are introduced to another side of Tibet…

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The Western world has become familiar with Tibet through the Buddhist teachings of Buddhist Lamas. With these tales of an outrageous popular rogue, Uncle Tompa (who manages to embody a spirit of popular wisdom despite his roguishness), we are introduced to another side of Tibet: a bawdy world of humor, and the rough and tumble, everyday, secular life of the Tibetan people. Each story is charmingly illustrated with line drawings in a style derived from traditional Tibetan drawing.


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Tequila Mockingbird

Carter Ratcliff

The unforgettable sexy spirited fashion model Fiona Mays obsesses with supermodel best friend Brenda Rawlings in Carter Ratcliff’s hilarious Tequila Mockingbird. Fiona’s irresistible, loving, smart, sexually hyperactive, racing thoughts fill every page and make us fall in love with her. When Brenda receives death threats from Sergei Propokoff, the Russian oligarch she’s been dating, the story turns from the fast life in New York’s fashion world to thriller where the beautiful princess must be saved from the ogre, and it’s up to Fiona and Fiona alone.

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Carter Ratcliff

The unforgettable sexy spirited fashion model Fiona Mays obsesses with supermodel best friend Brenda Rawlings in Carter Ratcliff’s hilarious Tequila Mockingbird. Fiona’s irresistible, loving, smart, sexually hyperactive, racing thoughts fill every page and make us fall in love with her. When Brenda receives death threats from Sergei Propokoff, the Russian oligarch she’s been dating, the story turns from the fast life in New York’s fashion world to thriller where the beautiful princess must be saved from the ogre, and it’s up to Fiona and Fiona alone.


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The Assassination

Paul Metcalf

The Assassination is an experimental historical narrative about Booth at the time of Lincoln’s assassination, and forms part of a longer work, Waters of the Potowmack.

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Paul Metcalf

The Assassination is an experimental historical narrative about Booth at the time of Lincoln’s assassination, and forms part of a longer work, Waters of the Potowmack.


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The Ballad of Sara and Thor

Andrew McCarron

On a September evening shortly before the millennium, a recent graduate of a small liberal arts college in upstate New York murdered his girlfriend in the parking lot of an Episcopal Church. Andrew McCarron, the author of The Ballad of Sara and Thor, was friendly with the couple, within earshot of the murder, and among the first to arrive on the scene….

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Andrew McCarron

On a September evening shortly before the millennium, a recent graduate of a small liberal arts college in upstate New York murdered his girlfriend in the parking lot of an Episcopal Church. Andrew McCarron, the author of The Ballad of Sara and Thor, was friendly with the couple, within earshot of the murder, and among the first to arrive on the scene. The assailant was eventually declared not guilty by reason of insanity and remanded into the custody of a New York mental health facility. After a few years, he was deemed rehabilitated and underwent the process of societal reintroduction. The Ballad of Sara and Thor is not only about this murder. The semi-fictionalized story draws on the genre of a murder ballad to detail the experiences of a young person undergoing the universal process of maturation and define what it is to be human. While few young adults bear witness to such a horrific event, most are faced with experiences that suddenly and starkly shatter the relatively simple existence of youth into the shades of grey that characterize a mature experience of the world. In publishing this novella, Station Hill Press aims to respect the author’s wishes that attention be brought not to the sensational aspects of a crime of passion. Rather, we wish to emphasize the book’s underlying and painfully beautiful arch of the coming of age of a consciousness passing from that of a young college student into an adult. The Ballad of Sara and Thor is at once a morality tale, murder ballad, and psychological true-detective exploration of the motivations and implications behind the violent death of a promising young person.


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Thomas the Obscure

Before Sartre, before Beckett, before Robbe-Grillet, Maurice Blanchot created the “new novel, ” the ultimate post-modern fiction…
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Maurice Blanchot and Robert Lamberton (Translator)

Before Sartre, before Beckett, before Robbe-Grillet, Maurice Blanchot created the “new novel, ” the ultimate post-modern fiction. Written between 1932 and 1940, Blanchot’s first novel, here brilliantly translated by Robert Lamberton, contains all the remarkable aspects of his famous and perplexing invention, “the ontological narrative”—a tale whose subject is the nature of being itself. This paradoxical work discovers being in the absence of being, mystery in the absence of mystery, both to be searched for limitlessly. As Blanchot launches this endless search in his own masterful way, he transforms the possibilities of the novel. First issued in English in 1973 in a limited edition, this re-issue includes an illuminating essay on translation by Lamberton.


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