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A few hot looking poets on the beach

In Books, Chatter on May 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm

From the good people over at Flavorwire, a summary of great writers in their bathing suits.

You’ll need to click-through to find out the classic author below.   Any guesses?

Aldous Huxley First Editions

In Chatter on May 26, 2012 at 9:01 am

This beautiful collection of first editions by the ‘Brave New World’ author includes extraordinarily experimental works that have proved hugely influential.
In ‘The Doors Of Perception’, 1954, Huxley treated himself as guinea-pig in a mind-bending experiment, exploring the consciousness-altering powers of drugs and recording experiences with a mix of scientific precision and poetic language. Among his many fans were the music group The Doors, who took inspiration for their band name from his title, which in turn was lifted from a William Blake poem.
In ‘The Doors” equally ambitious companion book ‘Heaven And Hell,’ Huxley continued his quest to cleanse his perception and attain greater understanding, trying both ancient and new methods.
‘Science, Liberty & Peace,’ published in 1947, is a perceptive examination of how mankind mishandles technological advances, using science to empower the ruling minority, rather than to support wider society. It’s a powerful plea for the humanistic application of  knowledge, that seems as relevant today as ever.
‘Time Must Have A Stop’ and ‘The Genius and the Goddess’ are both novels with great scope, exploring relationships, individuality, and the trials of the human soul. The former is as bizarre and multi-layered as the latter is humorously dry.
These are all elegantly-designed rare copies, complete with original dust jackets.
Available in our Soho shop today.

The Society Club Presents: Kingdom Come By Paul Spencer

In Art, Events on May 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm
For the Queen’s Jubilee,  The Society Club Presents: Kingdom Come By Paul Spencer
A gritty celebration of British life since the last Jubilee from Paul Spencer’s unique archive.  If you prefer your Jubilee to be taken without sugar, this is the exhibition for you.
From gangsters, strippers, outlaws and spankers to John Lydon, Elvis Costello, Morrissey, Robert Carlyle, Vivienne Westwood, Tank Girl and Blur’s seminal British Image shoot, celebrity is placed firmly back in context with its punk, skin, mod and street gang roots in this gritty exhibition of Paul Spencer’s unseen archive of music artists and celebrities shown in raw beauty.
Paul’s portraits have established identities and music movements: The much celebrated Blur British Image shoot is highlighted by the band in their feature-length documentary, Nowhere Left to Run, as the launch-pad of their Britpop rise to fame. Paul’s seminal Morrissey images were chosen by the Artiste for two album covers, and the ‘face’ for his Greatest Hits Tour. Shooting Stockbridge as the personification of Jamie Hewlett’s cult comic hero, Tank Girl, Paul Spencer’s images adorned the front covers of Vogue, Elle and The Face – and yet this is only half the story.
The exhibition will run from Friday 1st June until Thursday 6th June.
You can pledge to help Paul create his book Kingdom Come celebrating his archive at Unbound
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