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  • Lost in the Supermarketby Kay Bozich Owens; Lynn Owens

    Soft Skull Press 2008; US$ 17.99

    Historically, a love of cooking has been left to those considered far from cool: suburbanite Betty Crockers toiling over a hot stove. But the new youth-culture sensibility has taken over, merging the axiom You are what you eat” with its updated mantra You are who you listen to.” Lost in the Supermarket yes, named for the 1979 hit by The Clashis a... more...

  • I Wouldn't Start from Hereby Andrew Mueller; Robert Young Pelton

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 16.99

    What is a jaded rock journalist doing dodging landmines to talk to mercenaries and terrorists? And what kind of conversation can a man who prefers hunting for perfect three-minute pop songs and tubes of beer have with devotees of fasting and ferocity? Sarajevo. Jerusalem. Kabul. Belfast. Kosovo. Gaza. Basra. New York City. Every place where recent... more...

  • The Bandana Republicby Louis Reyes Rivera; Bruce George

    Soft Skull Press 2008; US$ 16.99

    Urban youth gangs are typically viewed as no more than training grounds for thugs and felons. This breakthrough anthology presents a far different picture, revealing present and former gang members’ and street activists’ artistic impulses, emotional sensitivities, political beliefs, and capacities to assess the social conditions that created them.... more...

  • Apocalypse Jukeboxby Edward Whitelock; David Janssen

    Soft Skull Press 2008; US$ 17.99

    From its indefinite beginnings through its broad commercialization and endless reinterpretation, American rock-and-roll music has been preoccupied with an end-of-the-world mentality that extends through the whole of American popular music. In Apocalypse Jukebox, Edward Whitelock and David Janssen trace these connections through American music genres,... more...

  • Dead in Desemboqueby Eddy Arellano; William Schaff; Richard Schuler; Alec Thibodeau

    Soft Skull Press 2008; US$ 15.99

    Inspired by kitschy Mexican "historietas" (pocket-sized comic books), Roberto presents an English-language version featuring his alter-ego, Eddy Arellano. When a dama named Juanita calls him down to Sonora, Eddy crosses the Rio Bravo and never looks back. Soon he's embroiled in a complex, comic drama featuring a memorable gallery of quirky characters.... more...

  • Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boysby David Henry Sterry; R. J. Jr. Martin

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 15.99

    The only thing the writers in this book have in common is that they've exchanged sex for money. They're PhDs and dropouts, soccer moms and jailbirds, $2,500-a-night call girls and $10 crack hos, and everything in between. This anthology lends a voice to an underrepresented population that is simultaneously reviled and worshipped. Hos, Hookers, Call... more...

  • Enough About Youby David Shields; Ross McElwee

    Soft Skull Press 2008; US$ 14.99

    What does it mean to construct a self? What does it mean to turn your life into a narrative? What’s gained? What’s lost? What lies inevitably get told? What deeper truths are reached or at least reached for? Enough About You has no answers to these questions, but it frames and asks these questions in a much more overt, honest, precise, and provocative... more...

  • Blue-Eyed Devilby Michael Muhammad Knight

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 14.99

    Michael Muhammad Knight embarks on a quest for an indigenous American Islam in a series of interstate odysseys. Traveling 20,000 miles by Greyhound in sixty days, he squats in run-down mosques, pursues Muslim romance, is detained at the U.S.-Canadian border with a trunkload of Shia literature, crashes Islamic Society of North America conventions,... more...

  • Impossible Manby Michael Muhammad Knight

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 15.99

    Recognized by readers of his novel, The Taqwacores, as the godfather of American Muslim punk, Michael Muhammad Knight is a voice for the growing number of teenagers who choose neither side of the Clash of Civilizations.” Knight has now written his personal story, a chronicle of his bizarre and traumatic boyhood and his conversion to Islam during... more...

  • Osama Van Halenby Michael Muhammad Knight

    Soft Skull Press 2009; US$ 14.99

    Amazing Ayyub, an Iranian Shi'ite skinhead, and Rabeya, a burqa-wearing punk, have kidnapped Matt Damon and are holding him hostage. They demand that Hollywood depict Muslims in a positive lightjust one movie where we're not these two-dimensional al Qaeda stereotypes.” But Damon's concerned they're playing into that same terrorist paradigm, thereby... more...