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A hammer was Joe's favourite weapon. He was his father's son after all
Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased. A former FBI agent and Marine, his abusive childhood has left him damaged beyond repair. So he hides away, earning a living rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade.
Now he's been hired to save the daughter of a New York senator, held captive at a Manhattan brothel. But he's stumbled into a dangerous web of conspiracy and he s about to pay the price.
Brutal and redemptive in equal measure, You Were Never Really Here is a toxic shot of a thriller, laced with corruption, revenge and the darkest of inner demons.
All eight episodes from the second season of the US comedy show. In this series struggling writer Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) continues his second career in espionage but finds himself in a tricky situation when he is kidnapped. His friends, Ray (Zach Galifianakis) and George (Ted Danson), attempt to save him but only end up getting into danger themselves. The episodes comprise: 'Escape from the Dungeon!', 'Make It Quick, Fitzgerald!', 'The Gowanus Canal Has Gonorrhea!', 'I've Been Living Like a Demented God!', 'Forty-Two Down!', 'The Case of the Grievous Clerical Error!', 'Escape from the Castle!' and 'Super Ray Is Mortal!'.
All eight episodes from the first season of the US comedy show. Struggling writer Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) decides to pursue a second career in espionage after his girlfriend (Olivia Thirlby) breaks up with him. Zach Galifianakis also stars as Jonathan's best friend, Ray Hueston, and Ted Danson plays George Christopher, Jonathan's boss at 'Edition', a New York-based magazine. Episodes comprise: 'Stockholm Syndrome', 'The Alanon Case', 'The Case of the Missing Screenplay', 'The Case of the Stolen Skateboard', 'The Case of the Lonely White Dove', 'The Case of the Beautiful Blackmailer', 'The Case of the Stolen Sperm' and 'Take a Dive'.
WAKE UP, SIR! is an homage to the novels and stories of P.G. Wodehouse. It is the story of a young alcoholic man, Alan Blair, and his valet, Jeeves. Now this Jeeves is not the same Jeeves as featured in Wodehouse - the fact that he possesses the same name is simply a mad coincidence. But, there is something curious about young Alan's valet - is he really there? Is he a mirage, a fantasy, an alcoholic hallucination, an invisible friend? Or does he really exist (as much as anyone can exist in fiction)? Regardless, Jeeves is there in one way or another as Ames brilliantly mimics the structure of many Wodehouse adventures. Instead of visiting a country estate, Alan and Jeeves go to an artist colony where Alan hopes to finish his novel, quit his drinking and possibly fall in love - three reasonable things for anyone to want ...whether attended to by a valet or not.
'Not since Harold and Maude has there been such a loveable odd couple' Jeffrey Eugenides
Meet Louis Ives: well-groomed, romantic, and as captivating as an F. Scott Fitzgerald hero. Only this hero has a penchant for ladies' clothes, and he's just lost his teaching job after an unfortunate incident involving a colleague's brassiere.
Meet Henry Harrison: former actor, brilliant but failed playwright, and a well-seasoned escort for New York City's women of means. What can this ageless Don Quixote of the Upper East Side have to offer a young gentleman such as Louis? what, indeed...
The Extra Man is a story of friendship and frustration, of cocktails and cross-dressing, a hilarious tale for our times from America's most versatile wit.
A native New York bruiser is fed up with life in the dregs of a drug-addled Alphabet City where his neighbors are shut-ins and his bicycle is always getting stolen. He escapes from Manhattan to make a fresh start in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, only to face a new strain of street logic--where most everything he encounters is not as it seems. Emmy award-winning artist on HBO's Bored To Death--Dean Haspiel's comics include The Fox with Mark Waid, The Alcoholic with Jonathan Ames, and The Quitter with Harvey Pekar.
A brilliant contemporary reimagining of the greatest comic relationship of all time, which goes far beyond pastiche to places even Wodehouse couldn't. Alan Blair, the hero of Wake Up, Sir!, is a young, loony writer with numerous problems of the mental, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and physical variety. He's very good at problems. But luckily for Alan, he has a personal valet named Jeeves, who does his best to sort things out for his troubled master. And Alan does find trouble wherever he goes. He embarks on a perilous and bizarre road journey, his destination being an artists colony in Saratoga Springs. There Alan encounters a gorgeous femme fatale who is in possession of the most spectacular nose in the history of noses. Such a nose can only lead to a wild disaster for someone like Alan, and Jeeves tries to help him, but... Well, read the book and find out! 'Too funny for the canon of high literature, the book is too brilliant to be mere diversionary humour' New York Press Jonathan Ames's latest comic novel is so brilliant and charming that any description of it is bound to be impossibly dull by comparison Seattle Weekly 'A Wodehouse novel for the recovery era' The New York Times Book Review 'What do you get when you cross Carry On, Jeeves with Portnoy's Complaint? . . . Jonathan Ames's very funny new novel, Wake Up, Sir!' Newsday 'The X-rated Woody Allen'Guardian 'Ames is a remarkable comic writer. He excels at punching out hilarious monologues on subjects ranging from nose fetishes to the planks of Buddhism' Time Out New York Cause for celebration... As Jeeves himself might prompt Ames, 'Carry on, sir!'' Washington Post Pungent and hilarious, if completely off the deep end' Kirkus Reviews Jonathan Ames is the author of the novels Wake Up, Sir!, The Extra Man, and I Pass Like Night; a graphic novel, The Alcoholic, and the essay collections I Love You More Than You Know, My Less Than Secret Life, and What's Not to Love? He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a former columnist for New York Press. Ames performs frequently as a storyteller and has been a recurring guest on David Letterman. He has fought in two amateur boxing matches as "The Herring Wonder," and he has peformed in a number of shows. Ames had the lead role in the IFC film The Girl Under the Waves, was a porn-extra in the porn film C-Men, and played himself in a pilot episode for the Showtime network. At the time, he said, "It's the role I've been waiting for!" He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
My Less Than Secret Life is the companion volume to Jonathan Ames's first memoirish endeavor, "the mildly perverted and wildly amusing" (Vanity Fair) What's Not to Love? This collection of the cult author's fiction and essays includes Ames's public diary, the bi-weekly columns he penned for the New York Press. The entries of this diary are a record of his mad adventures: his ill-fated debut as an amateur boxer fighting as 'The Herring Wonder', a faltering liaison with a Cuban prostitute, his public outing of George Plimpton as a Jew, his discussion with Eve Ensler about his dear friend The Mangina, a renegade mission as a Jew into the heart of Waspy Maine, and other such harrowing escapades. Whether trying to round up a partner for an orgy, politely assisting in an animal sacrifice, or scamming tickets to the WWF's Royal Rumble for his son, Jonathan Ames proves himself a ballsier Everyman whose transgressions and compassionate meditations will satisfy the voyeur and encourage the halfhearted. But be warned. As Jonathan says, "I don't like to be a bad influence. It's bad enough that I have influence over myself." "...Ames has always been one of my favorite contemporary writers ...for his . ..fearless commitment to the most demanding psychosexual comedies."--Rick Moody
"But who could describe my fright when, on the next morning, I
awoke and found myself feeling as if completely changed into a
woman. -- Case 129, Autobiography, from "Psychopathia Sexualis, a
Medico-Forensic Study by Richard Von Krafft-Ebing
Wildly original novelist, essayist, and performance artist Jonathan
Aames delivers his best collection yet--a hilarious, risque, and
loveable selection of articles, essays, and fiction, including
several previously unpublished pieces.With an HBO pilot based on
this collection's centerpiece ("Bored to Death"), his two hilarious
novels, The Extra Man and Wake Up, Sir , in development as films
(with screenplays by Mr. Ames), a critically acclaimed graphic
novel, The Alcoholic, under his belt, and an ongoing series of
literary and not-so-literary stunts, Jonathan Ames has proven
himself to be a writer of diverse and stunning talents.
When Alexander Vine finishes his work day, he leaves his post as a doorman at Manhattan's exclusive Four Seasons restaurant -- and enters a nighttime landscape of chance and danger, excitement and reinvention in the city's erotic underworld. Walking a tightrope between sexual desire and self-extinction, Alexander Vine charts his destructive course -- and his struggle for redemption -- with startling, unadorned clarity.
The most important new literary journal to emerge since Granta, Open City has published some of the best work by major writers and artists such as Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson, Jeff Koons, David Foster Wallace, Irvine Welsh, Terry Southern, Patrick McCabe, Sam Lipsyte, and David Berman. Edited by the writers Thomas Beller and Daniel Pinchbeck and originally published by the late Robert Bingham, writing from Open City has been included in many prestigious anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. Known for launching the careers of today's best new writers, the editors are also committed to printing important unpublished work by writers from past eras, such as Richard Yates, Delmore Schwartz, Jim Thompson, Cyril Connolly, Edvard Munch, and Gregor von Rezzori. With its innovative and daring mix of the old and the new, Open City combines undiscovered writing by classic authors with a fascinating portrait of a literary generation in the making.Open City #12 includes After the Wall, a special section on Berlin's new generation of fiction writers; a story by Lewis Cole on the end of radicalism; and debut fiction by Sam Brumbaugh and Heather Lorimer. This issue features a previously unpublished story by Ford Maddox Ford.
J. Storer Clouston achieved great success with the Lunatic series of comic novels, of which this, The Lunatic at Large, is the first. Two of his books, His First Offense and The Spy in Black, were made into major motion pictures by directors Marcel Carne and Michael Powell, respectively. Clouston was born in Cumberland, England; though his family came from Orkney and he spent most of his life there. His books include Vanrad the Viking (1898); The Lunatic at Large (1899); The Duke (1900); The Adventures of M. D'Haricot (1902); Our Lady's Inn (1903); Garmiscath (1904); Count Bunker (1906); A County Family (1908); The Prodigal Father (1909); The Peer's Progress (1910); His First Offence (1912); Records of the Earldom of Orkney 1299-1614 (1914); Two's Two (1916); The Spy in Block (1917); The Man from the Clouds (1918); Sermon (1919); Carrington's Cases (1920); The Lunatic at Large Again (1922); The Lunatic Still at Large (1923); Tales of King Fido (1924); The Lunatic in Charge (1926); Mr. Essington In Love (1927), ed.; The Orkney Parishes (1927); The Jade's Progress (1928); After the Deed (1929); Colonel Dam (1930); Virtuous Tramp (1931); Best Story Ever (1932); A History of Orkney (1932); Button Brains (1933); The Chemical Baby (1934); Real Champagne (1934); Our Member Mr. Mittlebery (1935); Scotland Expects (1936); Scots Wha Hae (1936); Not Since Genesis (1938); The Man in Steel (1939); and Beastmark the Spy (1941).
Perhaps all of Jonathan Ames’ problems–and the genesis of this hilarious book–can be traced back to the late onset of his puberty. After all it can’t be easy to be sixteen with a hairless “undistinguishable from that of a five year old’s.”
One man's awkward coming-of-age-quest to find love in New York City, illustrated by twenty-two artists, whose individual short stories together tell a complete narrative. Artists include Josh Neufeld, Nick Bertozzi, Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton, Noah Van Sciver, Stephan DeStefano, and Christa Cassano. Cover art by Joseph Remnant. Book design by Eisner award-winner Eric Skillman. Forward by Jonathan Ames, creator of HBO's Bored To Death and Starz' Blunt Talk. Seth Kushner was an environmental portrait photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, L'Uomo Vogue, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and others. He was a founding partner in Hang Dai Editions with Dean Haspiel, Josh Neufeld, and Gregory Benton. Kusher's previous books include The Brooklynites (powerHouse Books, 2007) and Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics (powerHouse Books, 2012).
For her series "No Sleep," Hee Jin Kang photographs mattresses abandoned on the streets of New York City, mostly in Brooklyn. Kang's work reveals the unexpected beauty and strangeness of these found urban still lifes. The discarded beds are pathetic, monolithic, and architectural. They lay naked against walls and on curbs, sometimes seedy and sometimes luminous.
Hee Jin Kang, based in Brooklyn, New York, has exhibited her work internationally, including at the Hayward Gallery, London; the Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne; and Culturgest, Lisbon. "No Sleep," with an introduction by Jonathan Ames, is her first monograph.
"A storyteller of refreshing inventiveness and subtlety" (San Francisco Chronicle), Jonathan Ames has won critical raves for this delightful "comedy of impeccable manners with a debauched '90s spin" (Elle).
Meet Louis Ives: well-groomed, romantic, and as captivating as an F. Scott Fitzgerald hero. Only this hero has a penchant for ladies clothes, and he's lost his teaching post at Princeton's Pretty Brook Day School after an unfortunate incident involving a colleague's brassiere.
Meet Henry Harrison: former actor, failed but brilliant playwright, and a well-seasoned escort for New York City's women of means. He dances alone to Ethel Merman records, second-acts operas, and performs his scrappy life with the dignity befitting a self-styled man of the world. What can this ageless Don Quixote of the Upper East Side have to offer a young gentleman such as Louis? What, indeed.
Well, the answer lies somewhere between the needs of an irascible mentor and the education of his eager apprentice...between cocktails on the Upper East Side and an even more intoxicating treat along the secret fringes of Times Square...and between friendship and longing.
Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased. A former FBI agent and Marine, his abusive childhood has left him damaged beyond repair. So he hides away, earning a living rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade. Now he's been hired to save the daughter of a New York senator, held captive at a Manhattan brothel. But he's stumbled into a dangerous web of conspiracy - and he's about to pay the price.
Jonathan Ames has drawn comparisons across the literary spectrum, from David Sedaris to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Woody Allen to P.G. Wodehouse, and his books, as well as his abilities as a performer, have made him a favorite on the Late Show with David Letterman. Whether he's chasing deranged cockroaches around his apartment, kissing a beautiful actress on the set of an avant-garde film, finding himself stuck perilously on top of a fence in Memphis in the middle of the night, or provoking fights with huge German men, Jonathan Ames has an uncanny knack for getting himself into outlandish situations. In his latest collection, "I Love You More Than You Know," Ames proves once again his immense talent for turning his own adventures, neuroses, joys, heartaches, and insights into profound and hilarious tales. Alive with love and tenderness for his son, his parents, his great-aunt -- and even strangers in bars late at night -- in "I Love You More Than You Know" Ames looks beneath the surface of our world to find the beauty in the perverse, the sweetness in loneliness, and the humor in pain.
"I Found This Funny" is a compilation of work by some of Judd Apatow's favorite authors. The book showcases many different styles of writing, from fiction to short humor to essays to comedy sketches to poetry. Featured writers include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Conan O'Brien, Lorrie Moore, Paul Feig, Jonathan Franzen, Alice Munro, and many more. Proceeds from the book will go to 826 National, a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in eight cities across the country.
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