We are always looking for book recommendations and love nothing more than the feeling of finding a book that you really fall into. We have been on a great roll here over the past few weeks and wanted to share what we have sitting on our nightstands at TSV.
Reality Sandwiches by Allen Ginsberg
This book of poems captures Ginsberg's wake-up nightmares in the Lower East Side, his musings in the public library, his trip across the U.S. in a dream car, his drunken antics in Old Havana and brooding amongst Mayan ruins, his sex daydreams on the West Coast, and his loneliness in a leafy cottage. Dedicated to his friend and fellow Beat poet Gregory Corso, this collection will carry you through the melancholy musings of the famed poet.
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
A Passage to India explores the colonialist implications of Britain's presence in India. It begins and ends with a question- can the English and the Indians be friends? Forster provides a perceptive and acute assessment of the human race as a whole.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
A book as strange and ambiguous as Murakami's other with a distinctly modern edge. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki is a prime example of Murakami's signature blend of fantasy and reality and takes the reader by the hand, leading him down a wild, cerebral path. Like many of us, Tsukuru has "no deep interest in the arts, no hobby or special skill...he blused easily, wasn't especially outgoing, and could never relax around people he'd just met." He is the new hero for the everyman.
Mapplethorpe Polaroids by Sylvia Wolf
This collection of photographs showcases the best of Robert Mapplethorpe. It is visceral, yet beautiful, and masculine with an ethereal current running through it. The images include self-portraits, figure studies, still lifes, portraits of lovers and friends like Patti Smith, Sam Wagstaff, and Marianne Faithful and observations of everyday objects. Marked by a spontaneity and creative curiosity, these fragile images offer an illuminating, personal picture of Mapplethrope's interior life.