Books

Hay, high chairs, salt mines, forsythia, dried flowers, things on fire. All of this and more in the sixteenth issue of Incandescent, our favorite photography journal.

Featuring work from: Emerald Arguelles, Ben Carroll, Sean Carroll, Fergus Coyle, Harlan Crichton, Jordan Delawder, Magnus Holmes, Roslyn Julia, Zoie Kasper, Dana Marks, Michaela Nagyidaiová, Mark Newton, Olivia Indigo Page, Ryan Parker, Emily Sheffer, Reinier Treur, Matt Williams, and Kevin Williamson.

Foreword by Portland poet Catie Hannigan. Cover image by Mark Newton. 6.5" x 8", solid wax ink. First pressing of 200. 72 pages, full color. Buy Incandescent ​as a pack to save money and support the photo journal.

"In times of containment, photography moves where people cannot," writes Tasha Bjelić in their introduction to the new issue of Incandescent. "It provides a platform for civic engagement. These photographs appear as survivors of a neoliberal history. The people, metaphors, details, and emotions amalgamate as acts of vulnerability and resistance."

With work from: Christine Armbruster, Carmen Colombo, Leda Costa, Sonia Goydenko, J Houston, Jack Hulbert, Eric Kaczmarczyk, Mario Karlovcec, Jocelyn Keays, Kyle Lang, Rafael M. Milani, Masato Ninomiya, Rhombie Sandoval, and Zhidong Zhang.

Cover photo by J Houston from their series “Tuck + Roll.” 6.5" x 8". First pressing of 200. 57 pages, full color. Buy Incandescent ​as a pack to save money and support the photo journal.

In this issue of our favorite photography journal: so many wonderful photography series, one right after the other. This time, with several brief introductions from the photographers—a Cuban homeland diary, an abandoned Dead Sea-adjacent water park, the diverse narratives of Muslim women across Canada, a Medellín neighborhood, a tiny Rust Belt community, so much more.

With work from: Michelle Asci, Vivie Behrens, Frances Bukovsky, Frijke Coumans, John Darwell, Atefeh Farajolahzadeh, Jamil Fatti, Johnny Galvan, Kirra Kimbrell, Sebastián Castaño, Ospina Sergio Leyva Seiglie, Dana Stirling, Shelli Weiler, and Alia Youssef. Introductory essay by Andy Pham.

76 pages, full color. 6.5" x 8". First pressing of only 100. Buy Incandescent ​as a pack to save money and support the photo journal.

Portland photo zine Incandescent gathers photographers from around the world to respond to the idea of “To Save and To See.” Quiet moments that speak volumes. Foreword by Sarah LaPonte. Cover image by Tommaso Fiscaletti.

76 pages, perfect-bound, full color using solid wax ink. 6.5" x 8." First pressing of 250. Buy Incandescent ​as a pack to save money and support the photo journal.

Instrument combines color photography, personal biography and gripping, restless poetry into a unique melding of literature and art. 

The companion book to her Antiquated Future Records release Traveler's Ode

165 pages, large trade paperback.

One of the best zines ever, collected for the first time. Volume One puts together some long out of print issues, which is definite cause for celebration.

"From scooping chicken salads to selling clothes to shelving books to teacher training, Truckface details years of embarrassment and missteps. This volume contains stories of rowdy backyard brawls, awful customer service, awkward social interactions, underpants dance parties, staying angry and learning how to try. Contains issues 7-11."

364 pages, compact trade paperback. ISBN # 9780985013196. Volume Two also available.

This volume collects LB's writing from her first five years as a public school teacher. It is at turns powerful, hilarious, sad, inspirational, and always always always amazing. If any zine deserves a 400+ page anthology, it's Truckface.

"Through strikes, standardized testing, violence, bouffant wigs, school closings, and drawings of wieners, Truckface documents the life of one Chicago public school teacher. Simultaneously hopeful and hopeless, this volume contains Issues 12-16."

448 pages, compact trade paperback. ISBN # 9780991235407. Volume One also available.

Juggalo Country is the first book to deeply examine the world of the Juggalos—the clown-painted subculture that over the past 20 years has swept across North America and grown large enough to be designated a gang by the FBI.

In the tradition of writers like Hunter S. Thompson and Jon Ronson, Craven Rock spends a debaucherous week as an undercover journalist at The Gathering of the Juggalos, the group's yearly summer festival. He reports back with hazy recollections, questionable memories, and awkward interviews. All while offering a powerful examination of the class issues, faith, violence, and internal marketing within the culture, and exploring what it says about American culture as a whole. A fascinating meditation on counterculture and community.

224 pages, trade paperback. ISBN #9781621063186. Illustrations by Damon Thompson.

Delphine Bedient's writing is accessible and odd, heartfelt and detached, sad and hilarious. In The Last Time My Sadness Was Convenient she positions her in-between-genre writing in the form of short poems, and it's perhaps her best chapbook yet. These are love and break-up poems from the quiet moments of missing and longing, poems of being alone together and lonely alone.

68 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press.

"When Rob Roberge learns that he’s likely to have developed a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living and frequent concussions, he is terrified by the prospect of becoming a walking shadow. In a desperate attempt to preserve his identity, he sets out to (somewhat faithfully) record the most formative moments of his life—ranging from the brutal murder of his childhood girlfriend, to a diagnosis of rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, to opening for famed indie band Yo La Tengo at The Fillmore in San Francisco. But the process of trying to remember his past only exposes just how fragile the stories that lay at the heart of our self-conception really are.

As Liar twists and turns through Roberge’s life, it turns the familiar story of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll on its head. Darkly funny and brutally frank, it offers a remarkable portrait of a down and out existence cobbled together across the country, from musicians’ crashpads around Boston, to seedy bars popular with sideshow freaks in Florida, to a painful moment of reckoning in the scorched Wonder Valley desert of California. As Roberge struggles to keep addiction and mental illness from destroying the good life he has built in his better moments, he is forced to acknowledge the increasingly blurred line between the lies we tell others and the lies we tell ourselves."

Released on Future Tense Books. 280 pages, trade paperback. ISBN #9781892061867