Wes is a Seattle native—an artist, urban hiker, failed Stoic, and dog fanatic. When he's not selling books at Elliott Bay, you might find him in a local park, under a tree with a far-off gaze, pondering the inexpressible.

Reviews & Recommendations

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Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation Cover Image
By Jeff Chang, D. J. Kool Herc (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780312425791
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Published: Picador USA - December 27th, 2005

A mind-expanding cultural history of artistic eflorescence in the face of economic fallout, racism and neglect, this book weaves the stories of dozens of musicians, artists and others into an incredibly propulsive, multi-generational epic that you cannot put down.  and the music...readers should keep a pen on hand and prepare for frenzied record shopping after reading.

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A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679731375
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Published: Vintage - November 27th, 1990

A bizarre and sublime book of maybe-related tales, with a cast of artists, astronauts and, particularly, woodworms.  this book will seduce and puzzle.

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After Henry (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679745396
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Published: Vintage - April 27th, 1993

Joan Didion's has an x-ray gaze and her writing is the ultimate in perception, lucidity and style—start anywhere, be changed forever!

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Subduing Demons in America: Selected Poems 1962-2007 Cover Image
By John Giorno, Marcus Boon (Editor)
ISBN: 9781593762049
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soft Skull Press - November 1st, 2008

Giorno takes lurid tabloid extracts and cuts them up into stuttering, mantra-like repetitions and phonemic breakages that burrow in and smolder.  Poetry from the dark side.

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The Writing of Art Cover Image
ISBN: 9781906548629
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Published: Pushkin Press - September 1st, 2012

This collection of essays examines the work of a handful of 20th century painters with a just-right mix of brain-tickling theory and gleeful engagement with the self-evident physicality of the works themselves. Intelligent art criticism for real people.