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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Mountain of Paradise: Reflections on the Emergence of Greater California as a World Civilization
Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2013
Hardcover, 212 pages, $79.95

Mountain of Paradise by Critical Studies faculty member Josef Chytry challenges conventional taxonomies of world civilizations by introducing a new and formidable candidate: the civilization of Greater California presently incubating as the evolution of California into a veritable "nation-state" or "world commonwealth" according to contemporary commentators and scholars.

Through a series of reflective essays, Chytry clarifies the momentous implications of this claim by a thorough account of the genealogical origins of "California," permutation into its speculative moment of self-identity thanks to prolonged creative interchange with European thought and philosophy, advancement to status of a socioeconomic powerhouse by the 1950s and 1960s, invention of distinctly Californian variants of political economy by the 1970s and 1980s, and present domination over regions formerly classified as "Greater California."

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Minnows: A Shattered Novel
Journal of Experimental Fiction Press / Depth Charge Publishing, 2013
Paperback, 320 pages, $17

Jønathan Lyons (MFA Writing 2005) wrote this book about a child and his younger brother, who get out of school for the summer and have their world come crashing down around them, shards raining across the text. Creating this work of experimental fiction involved cutting up and rearranging blocks and columns of text, hanging them on walls throughout Lyons's basement, and then striving to bring this exploded narrative into a coherent whole.

Lyons lives and writes in Central Pennsylvania. He teaches writing and literature at Bucknell University. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Experimental Fiction, Hotel Amerika, Exquisite Corpse, and elsewhere.

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Star 82 Review issues 2 and 3
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
Paperback, 44 pages, $9.95

In the spirit of summer travel, the second issue of Star 82 Review, an online and print art and literature magazine edited by Printmaking faculty member Alisa Golden, features personal essays, poems, and stories that revolve around planes, trains, and automobiles. Layered and worthy of multiple readings, these pieces deal with parents and children, dreams and daydreams, life-cycle events and life in general. A special feature is a page from Tom Phillips's A Humument app.

Contributors with CCA connection this issue: Zack Rogow, former MFA Program in Writing faculty.

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Stay Up With Me
Ecco, 2013
Hardcover, 224 pages, $22.99

The stories in this collection by MFA in Writing faculty member Tom Barbash explore characters reacting to the chaos and consequences of their everyday lives, from fractured relationships to the loss of a loved one and instant regret. The newly single mother in "The Break" interferes in her son's love life over his Christmas vacation from college. The anxious young man in "Balloon Night" persists in hosting his and his wife's annual watch-the-Macy's-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade-floats-be-inflated party while trying to keep the myth of his marriage equally afloat. "Somebody's Son" tells the story of a young man guiltily conning an elderly couple out of their home in the Adirondacks. And the narrator in "The Women" watches his widowed father become the toast of Manhattan's midlife dating scene, as he struggles to find his own footing in life.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art
Ten Speed Press, 2013
Hardcover, 224 pages, $25

This book features recipes developed for SFMOMA’s fifth-floor Blue Bottle Café by CCA alumna Leah Rosenberg (MFA 2008), who is head pastry chef there.

The desserts are modeled after well-known modern and contemporary artworks, for instance a fudge pop based on an Ellsworth Kelly sculpture, a pristinely segmented cake fashioned after Mondrian, and works by Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse Cindy Sherman, Henri Matisse, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Avedon, and Wayne Thiebaud.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Ninth Page: Etel Adnan's Journalism 1972-74
CCA, 2013
Paperback, 128 pages, inquire to purchase

This book accompanies the thesis exhibition of the class of 2013 of CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. It was edited by faculty member Julian Myers-Szupinska and student Heidi Rabben, and it was designed by Graphic Design faculty member Jon Sueda.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

New Constellations, New Ecologies
ACSA, 2013

This book was coedited by Director of Architecture Ila Berman and Edward Mitchell and designed by Graphic Design faculty member Brett MacFadden of MacFadden & Thorpe. It ocuments the proceedings of the ACSA’s 101st annual meeting, which took place in spring 2013 at CCA (read more here).

Subtitled "New Constellations, New Ecologies," the hope for the conference was "to reset the agenda for architectural education." As a counterpoint to the 100th anniversary meeting hosted by MIT, the first American school of architecture, ACSA 101 took place at CCA, one of the younger architecture schools. The intention of this shift was to "resituate the issues facing architecture within the Bay Area's complex context: a global urban mega-region known for its technological innovation, ecological attitude, and social diversity, with cultural and economic influences coming from its position at the edge of the continent and its strong ties to the Pacific Rim."

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Never Built Los Angeles
Metropolis Books, 2013
Hardcover, 376 pages, $55

Graphic Design faculty member Eric Heiman and his firm Volume Inc. designed this book, which explores the "what if" Los Angeles, investigating the values and untapped potential of a city still in search of itself.

In more than 400 color and black-and-white illustrations, this book shows buildings, master plans, parks, follies, and mass-transit proposals that only ever saw the drawing board -- in total more than 100 visionary works that could have transformed both the physical reality and the collective perception of the metropolis, from Olmsted Brothers and Bartholomew's groundbreaking 1930 Plan for the Los Angeles Region, which would have increased the amount of green space in the notoriously park-poor city fivefold; to John Lautner's Alto Capistrano, a series of spaceship-like apartments hovering above a mixed-use development; to Jean Nouvel's 2008 Green Blade, a condominium tower clad entirely in cascading plants.

Heiman says: "Since all of the projects in the book are unrealized, the imagery is solely drawings, models, and digital renderings. We picked up on the vernacular of architectural plans and blueprints -- the line work, the title blocks, etc. -- for the typographic palette as a way to appropriately frame this visual content. The design also offers two ways to parse the book. The chapters are organized around building typologies. Each individual project, though, is color-coded to reflect its specific Los Angeles neighborhood, with the exact locations indicated on site maps that introduce each section.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Excerpts from Silver Meadows
Nazraeli Press, 2013
Hardcover, 108 pages, $75

Selected by Time as one of the top photo books of 2013! This is the sixth monograph from Nazraeli Press devoted to the work of CCA alumnus and Photography faculty member Todd Hido, and it is his most ambitious project to date. It is designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish.

Update as of 2014: Check out the "Silver Meadows B-Sides Box Set," also designed by Bob Aufuldish.

Silver Meadows is the name of a street that runs through the neighborhood in Kent, Ohio, where the artist grew up. The setting of Hido's childhood, it also became the creative wellspring for his work. Here, it serves as a point of departure for his reexamination of a Midwestern suburban upbringing: 'a trip through the innocence of childhood and adolescence and into the darker aspects of life beyond.'

This first edition is printed on matte Japanese art paper and features an "installation" of tipped-in images on the case binding.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime
Steidl, 2013
Hardcover, 240 pages, $85

Black Maps, designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish, is the first in-depth survey of the major aerial projects by alumnus David Maisel (MFA 2006), whose images of radically altered terrain have transformed the practice of contemporary landscape photography. In more than 100 photos that span Maisel's career, Black Maps presents a hallucinatory worldview encompassing both stark documentary and tragic metaphor, and exploring the relationship between nature and humanity today.

Maisel's images of environmentally impacted sites consider the aesthetics of open-pit mines, clear-cut forests, rampant urbanization and sprawl, and zones of water reclamation. These surreal and disquieting photos take us towards the margins of the unknown and as the Los Angeles Times has stated, "argue for an expanded definition of beauty, one that bypasses glamour to encompass the damaged, the transmuted, the decomposed.”

See more of the design at Aufuldish’s website.