April 10, 2008
Our friend the Boing-Boing editor David Pescovitz recently wrote us, “Hi you guys! Thanks for the email! I wanted to be there last week [at your Pranks Film Festival] but [we were] sick.
“Can you guys please do me a big favor? I want to make sure I have a complete set of the HARDCOVER RE/Search books. They meant a lot to me growing up and I want [my son] to have them on hand, too. Can you please hold me a set? – dp”
Well, this is the first time it ever occurred to us to list our hardcover books separately on our new improved website — call us “slow.” Until now, we never thought much about the possibility there would be people who value our books as of “lasting” re-readability and who would WANT all of our hardbacks, as they do last longer than paperbacks — I have a “hardback” I got as a gift from France, dating from the EARLY 1800s, and it’s still readable.
Oddly, at the same time, we at RE/Search got another email from “Mary” in New York City who ordered:
() RE/Search #16: Guide to Bodily Fluids
() RE/Search #11: PRANKS
() RE/Search #14: Incredibly Strange Music, Vol. One
() RE/Search #4/5: Burroughs, Gysin, Throbbing Gristle
() RE/Search #1-2-3: The Shocking Tabloid Issues Set from 1980-81.
She wrote, very kindly: “I have been coveting and trying to collect RE/SEARCH #1-16 for years. Just decided finally that I need to do it. This will complete #1-16!”
Then she wrote, “I will be so happy to get them… When I get them, it is my plan to start with number 1 and read straight through to the end, sort of like a college course – **RE/Search 101.** Which I’ve been wanting to do for years. Thanks! – Mary”
We’re right now trying to figure out how to consolidate all our hardbacks into one section on our website. As we wrote David Pescovitz, they are:
“…what hardbacks don’t you have?
So far we have:
1. Industrial Culture Handbook
2. WS Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Throbbing Gristle
and the older ones:
4. Torture Garden
5. Freaks (autographed by author)
6. Atrocity Exhibition (autographed by author)
7. J.G. Ballard Quotes flexibinds (both autographed and non-autographed copies available)
And the super-rare older ones:
8. HERE TO GO by Brion Gysin/W.S. Burroughs/Terry Wilson (not autographed, sadly)
9. Charles Willeford Trilogy (autographed; ed. of 250)
ALSO: PRANKS 2 softcover (our newest release)
J.G. Ballard Conversations softcover
and now MODERN PRIMITIVES HARDBACK now on glossy art paper!
We just posted a tiny video of John Waters (himself) promoting the reprint of our original PRANKS book (he very kindly allowed himself to be interviewed for our PRANKS 2 book as well): http://www.researchpubs.com/clips/pranksjw.html
Thanks & Best, V. Vale, RE/Search founder in 1977, San Francisco