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Tobias Frere-Jones (born Tobias Edgar Mallory Jones; 1970) is an American type designer who works in New York City. He was formerly a partner with designer Jonathan Hoefler at Hoefler & Frere-Jones, a type foundry in lower Manhattan. Frere-Jones teaches typeface design at the Yale School of Art MFA program, with type designer Matthew Carter.

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What can words be, or rather, what can’t they be? Poet Alastair Reid introduces children and adults to the wondrous waywardness of words in Ounce Dice Trice, a delicious confection and a wildly unexpected exploration of sound and sense and nonsense that is like nothing else. Reid offers light words (willow, whirr, spinnaker) and heavy words (galoshes, mugwump, crumb), words on the move and odd words, words that read both ways and words that read the wrong way around (rezagrats), along with much else. Accompanied by Ben Shahn’s glorious drawings, Ounce Dice Trice is a book of endless delights, not to mention the only place where you can find the answer to the question: What is a gongoozler? Well, all I can say is quoz.

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An Essay on Disorder and Order

This essay is an attempt to reconcile the disturbing contradiction between the striving for order in nature and in man and the principle of entropy implicit in the second law of thermodynamics - between the tendency toward greater organization and the general trend of the material universe toward death and disorder.

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"A hero with Huck Finn’s heart and charm, lighting by El Greco and jokes by Punch and Judy.... Riddley Walker is haunting and fiercely imagined and―this matters most―intensely ponderable." ―Benjamin DeMott, The New York Times Book Review

"This is what literature is meant to be." ―Anthony Burgess

"Russell Hoban has brought off an extraordinary feat of imagination and style.... The conviction and consistency are total. Funny, terrible, haunting and unsettling, this book is a masterpiece." ―Anthony Thwaite, Observer

"Extraordinary... Suffused with melancholy and wonder, beautifully written, Riddley Walker is a novel that people will be reading for a long, long time." ―Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

"Stunning, delicious, designed to prevent the modern reader from becoming stupid." ―John Leonard, The New York Times

"Highly enjoyable... An intriguing plot... Ferociously inventive." ―Walter Clemons, Newsweek

"Astounding... Hoban’s soaring flight of imagination is that golden rarity, a dazzlingly realized work of genius." ―Jane Clapperton, Cosmopolitan

"An imaginative intensity that is rare in contemporary fiction.’ ―Paul Gray, Time

Riddley Walker is a brilliant, unique, completely realized work of fiction. One reads it again and again, discovering new wonders every time through. Set in a remote future in a post-nuclear holocaust England (Inland), Hoban has imagined a humanity regressed to an iron-age, semi-literate state―and invented a language to represent it. Riddley is at once the Huck Finn and the Stephen Dedalus of his culture―rebel, change agent, and artist. Read again or for the first time this masterpiece of 20th-century literature with new material by the author.

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Geometric Abstract Art, 1910-1980

CONTRASTS OF FORM: GEOMETRIC ABSTRACT ART 1910-80 by DABROWSKI/MODERN/ BIG 1985

CONTRASTS OF FORM: GEOMETRIC ABSTRACT ART 1910-1980. BY MAGDALENA DABROWSKI. INTRODUCTION BY JOHN ELDERFIELD. FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART INCLUDING THE RIKLIS COLLECTION OF McCRORY CORPORATION. New York: The Museum of Modern Art

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In 1855, Walt Whitman published — at his own expense — the first edition of Leaves of Grass, a visionary volume of twelve poems. Showing the influence of a uniquely American form of mysticism known as Transcendentalism, which eschewed the general society and culture of the time, the writing is distinguished by an explosively innovative free verse style and previously unmentionable subject matter. Exalting nature, celebrating the human body, and praising the senses and sexual love, the monumental work was condemned as "immoral." Whitman continued evolving Leaves of Grass despite the controversy, growing his influential work decades after its first appearance by adding new poems with each new printing. This edition presents the original twelve poems from Whitman's premier 1855 publication of Leaves of Grass. Included are some of the greatest poems of modern times: "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," and "There Was a Child Went Forth," works that continue to upset conventional notions of beauty and originality even today.

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This remarkable atlas has been the best-known, bestselling atlas title in the Rand McNally World Atlas line for more than 40 years. Filled with colorful maps which present the world in great detail and reflect world changes, the atlas contains large-scale maps of continents, countries, states, and provinces. Its comprehensive place-name index includes more than 69,000 entries.

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The leading figure of absurdist theater and one of the great innovators of the modern stage, Eugène Ionesco (1909-94) did not write his first play, The Bald Soprano, until 1950. He went on to become an internationally renowned master of modern drama, famous for the comic proportions and bizarre effects that allow his work to be simultaneously hilarious, tragic, and profound. As Ionesco has said, “Theater is not literature. . . . It is simply what cannot be expressed by any other means.”

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