Category Archives: Books

The Soldier with No Name

Claude Cahun, on screen and in print

The Soldier with No Name

Claude Cahun, on screen and in print

Kubin the writer

The sole literary effort from a master of dark illustrations

Kubin the writer

The sole literary effort from a master of dark illustrations

Nice Guys Don’t Work in Hollywood

“A story about the battle between art and business, from a man torn between both worlds who lived to tell the tale.”

Nice Guys Don’t Work in Hollywood

“A story about the battle between art and business, from a man torn between both worlds who lived to tell the tale.”

Fragments in Motion

Valeska Gert, as seen by herself and others.

Fragments in Motion

Valeska Gert, as seen by herself and others.

Tiergarten

An exiled Walter Benjamin recalls his childhood in the city to which he was never to return.

Tiergarten

An exiled Walter Benjamin recalls his childhood in the city to which he was never to return.

Best-Kept Boy in the World

…being the story of Denham Fouts, “muse to Truman Capote, Gore Vidal and Christopher Isherwood”

Best-Kept Boy in the World

…being the story of Denham Fouts, “muse to Truman Capote, Gore Vidal and Christopher Isherwood”

Finding the Woman Who Didn’t Exist

“Women may have faced many limitations in nineteenth-century France, but not everyone played by the rules and Gisèle d’Estoc seems to have broken most of them at one time or another in her colorful life.”

Finding the Woman Who Didn’t Exist

“Women may have faced many limitations in nineteenth-century France, but not everyone played by the rules and Gisèle d’Estoc seems to have broken most of them at one time or another in her colorful life.”

Unknown | The Dandy’s Perambulations

The dandies presented in this charmingly illustrated, uncredited children’s book are bumbling, anxious and coddled.

Unknown | The Dandy’s Perambulations

The dandies presented in this charmingly illustrated, uncredited children’s book are bumbling, anxious and coddled.

Ancient dreams and antique corruptions

“She became, in a sense, the symbolic deity of indestructible lust, the goddess of immortal Hysteria, of accursed Beauty…”

Ancient dreams and antique corruptions

“She became, in a sense, the symbolic deity of indestructible lust, the goddess of immortal Hysteria, of accursed Beauty…”

13 books for 2013

Swordswomen, working boys, crypto-fascist poets, bohemians, Decadents, Surrealists, occultists…business as usual really.

13 books for 2013

Swordswomen, working boys, crypto-fascist poets, bohemians, Decadents, Surrealists, occultists…business as usual really.

Pearls: Jorge Luis Borges

Who wouldn’t prefer the library to the plaza? Especially three days before Christmas…

Pearls: Jorge Luis Borges

Who wouldn’t prefer the library to the plaza? Especially three days before Christmas…

Aspects of Evan

The story of the strange, shadowy aristo-poet – in book form.

Aspects of Evan

The story of the strange, shadowy aristo-poet – in book form.

The poet of the bats

“Did he really invent an orchestra of perfumes, an orchestra of liqueurs, on which he could play the subtlest harmonies of the senses?”

The poet of the bats

“Did he really invent an orchestra of perfumes, an orchestra of liqueurs, on which he could play the subtlest harmonies of the senses?”

Eclipse

“There was a bullet hole in his right temple, and a bullet hole in her left temple. His free arm was wrapped languidly around her neck, and their left hands were clasped. They faced each other…”

Eclipse

“There was a bullet hole in his right temple, and a bullet hole in her left temple. His free arm was wrapped languidly around her neck, and their left hands were clasped. They faced each other…”

Dark Spirits

“Both were influcenced by witchcraft and the occult tradition of western magic, both utilised trance states, and both believed that the realm of the gods had its own intrinsic existence…”

Dark Spirits

“Both were influcenced by witchcraft and the occult tradition of western magic, both utilised trance states, and both believed that the realm of the gods had its own intrinsic existence…”

Death in Persia

If my extensive knowledge (read: brief Googling) of Swiss copyright law is correct, Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s work enters the public domain today.

Death in Persia

If my extensive knowledge (read: brief Googling) of Swiss copyright law is correct, Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s work enters the public domain today.

Night Flower

Vali Myers’ life and art in book form.

Night Flower

Vali Myers’ life and art in book form.

Dances of Vice, Horror & Ecstasy

“The book is saturated with an air of morbidity and decadence; death, dreams, torture, sex and sensuality proliferate often combined with a narcissistic homosexual undertone.”

Dances of Vice, Horror & Ecstasy

“The book is saturated with an air of morbidity and decadence; death, dreams, torture, sex and sensuality proliferate often combined with a narcissistic homosexual undertone.”

Summer Flowers

In writing about people who died long ago, frequently in obscurity, it’s heart-warming to know that their secret influence continues to erupt in unpredictable locations around the globe.

Summer Flowers

In writing about people who died long ago, frequently in obscurity, it’s heart-warming to know that their secret influence continues to erupt in unpredictable locations around the globe.