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131 Different Things

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An intimate novella of love and loss wrought from the cultural underground, perfectly expressed in an inventive object that rediscovers the magical possibilities of the book.

Forthcoming: 11/6/18

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What people are saying…

Praise for Please Take Me Off the Guest List:

“For those who’ve never had the opportunity to party like a rock star and felt they were missing out, Please Take Me Off the Guest List may very well smooth over those regrets.”
New York Times, T Magazine Men’s Fashion issue

“It’s a gorgeous book, but there’s more to it than that. Wakefield is a designer; she juxtaposed Zinner’s photos with Lipez’s stories of life in the rock and roll gutter in a really unique way . . . It’s a beautiful artifact.”
The Stranger


When Sam, a bartender in New York, hears that his ex, Vicki, his one true love, has quit AA and is out drinking again, he embarks on a quest to find her. Sam and his sidekick Francis trek from dive bars to gay bars to rocker bars—encountering skinheads, party promoters, underage drug dealers, and dominatrices—but it seems they are always one step behind Vicki, almost as if 131 different things are keeping the lovers apart. Before the night is over, Sam will have to wrestle with what he is really looking for.

Zachary Lipez, known for his essays and music writing, brings his pithy, multilayered, and self-deprecating voice to fiction with this first novella. Nick Zinner’s photographs heighten the intimacy with his sensitive and sympathetic eye. Stacy Wakefield, editor and art director, ties the book together beautifully with her impeccable design.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Published: 11/6/18
  • IBSN: 9781617756672
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756962


ZACHARY LIPEZ lives in New York City, where he has tended bar for the last twenty years. He is a regular contributor to Noisey, and his music and culture writing have also appeared in Vice, Hazlitt, Pitchfork, Bandcamp Daily, Talkhouse, Inc., and Penthouse. His previous collaboration with Akashic Books, Nick Zinner, and Stacy Wakefield is Please Take Me Off the Guest List, and 131 Different Things is his debut novella with the same team.

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NICK ZINNER plays guitar in the three-time Grammy-nominated band Yeah Yeah Yeahs and hardcore group Head Wound City. His photos have been published in four previous books, as well as in the New York Times, Vice, and Rolling Stone. He has exhibited in solo shows in Tokyo, Berlin, New York, London, Los Angeles, and Mexico City. His collaborations with Akashic Books, Zachary Lipez, and Stacy Wakefield are Please Take Me Off the Guest List and 131 Different Things.

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STACY WAKEFIELD’s artist books, published for many years under the imprint Evil Twin, have been collected by lots of impressive museums and libraries. Her first novel, The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory, was published by Akashic in 2015. She lives in the Catskills and Brooklyn with her husband. Her other collaborations with Akashic are Please Take Me Off the Guest List and 131 Different Things, both with Zachary Lipez and Nick Zinner.

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