Here’s what caught my attention as I browsed Soft Skull and Counterpoint’s Winter 2008 catalog.
Lydia Millett fans will be happy to know that she has a new book out, How the Dead Dream. The cover features an extreme close-up of what I think is a T. Rex face, and the book deals with a supercharged LA estate developer named T. who eventually takes a "Conradesque"
journey up a tropical island river. Pubbing in January.
Counterpoint is publishing two new books from the late Donald Barthelme. Not-Knowing (February) is a book of essays and interviews. The Teachings of Don B. (February)seems like a hodgepodge: satires, fables, illustrated stories, and plays. The big news here is that Teachings features a foreword by Thomas Pynchon.
Another Barthelme, recently published by Shoemaker and Hoard, is Flying to America, a collection of previously uncollected and/or unpublished stories.
Although I don’t know much about the author, I’m intrigued by The Devil Gets His Due, a collection of Leslie Fiedler’s essays. The copy calls him a popular essayist in Europe who broke down barriers between high and low cinema, literature, and history. Pubbing in March.
And lastly there’s Reproduce and Revolt. This book is a collection of street-savvy political graphics, but since everything in it is open source, anyone can use the included images in whatever they want. Available.