September 25, 2015
Ah, autumn. That time of year when we remember three glorious months of sunbathing, kite-flying, and barbecuing, and think, Well, that was weird. Whether you’re the type who thrills to summer’s end or you’re already saying Ah! for those vanished summer nights, we’ve got a fall list that’ll give you something to wella-wella about.
We live in an unprecedented kind of society: one that is relentlessly focused not on the problem-ridden here and now, but rather on the future. Huge amounts of capital — both literal and cultural — await the person who can gain control of narratives not yet written and “create the future.” In Trees on Mars, explosive contrarian Hal Niedzviecki talks to scholars and entrepreneurs, experts and educators, to find the truth about the world our relentless preoccupation with the yet-to-come may be creating. Where are we actually heading? Who will be when we get there? And whom may we be leaving behind?
Over the past twenty years, video games have made an amazing transition, coming out of the basement, as it were, and establishing themselves as one of our culture’s preeminent forms of cultural expression. But eruptions like the recent #Gamergate scandal have prompted many to ask exactly what kind of culture video games are expressing. With contributions from major gaming-world figures like Anita Sarkeesian, Evan Narcisse, and many others, and edited by the genius team who brought us the super-smash Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything, The State of Play is a crucial primer on the state of gaming culture today, and the prospects for building a future where everyone gets a turn.Burning the Grass: At the Heart of Change in South Africa, 1990-2011 By Wojciech Jagielski Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones On sale November 3, 2015
On April 3, 2010, the South African politician, farmer, poet, and hardline white supremacist Eugène Terre’Blanche was hacked to death in his sleep. By enveloping himself in the complexities and contradictions of post-Mandela South Africa, Polish author Wojciech Jagielski — acclaimed as the heir to literary reportage legend Ryszard Kapuściński — uses Terre’Blanche’s murder as a point of entry into the troubled life of that country, producing a record of the crime and the culture that surrounded it unparalleled for its intimacy, nuance, and circumspection.