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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. Note: This page is for the regular edition of 131 Different Things. For the limited edition preorder with an exclusive 7" vinyl, please follow this link.

Forthcoming: 11/13/18

$29.95 $22.46

What people are saying…

“Enjoy Lipez’s spare prose and dry wit, framed by Zinner’s sly photography . . . A boozy, grungy, alt-rock fable that might as well have a soundtrack by The Replacements.”
Kirkus Reviews

“The chapters in the book read like interconnected stories, bolstered by Zinner’s outstanding (mostly color) pictures—over 100 in total. Though several references place the book in current times, it conjures up the grittier bygone era of Lou Reed and Debbie Harry, who merits a passing mention . . . An intriguing volume, particularly for those looking to party all night without leaving their living room.”
Publishers Weekly

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


Description

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 dominatrixes—but they are always one step behind Vicki. It begins to seem like 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.

Nick Zinner—who pays guitar in the three-time Grammy-nominated band Yeah Yeah Yeahs—provides the visual framework for this inventive novella with his intimate photography. Known for his essays and music writing for Noisey, Vice, and Penthouse, Zachary Lipez brings his pithy, multilayered, and self-deprecating voice to this debut work of fiction. The prose and photography are tied together in a playful taxonomic scheme by editor and art director Stacy Wakefield, the author of the novel The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory. The three artists have collaborated on four previous books, most recently Please Take Me Off the Guest List.


Book Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Published: 11/13/18
  • IBSN: 9781617756672
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756962

Authors

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 collaborations with Akashic Books, Nick Zinner, and Stacy Wakefield are Please Take Me Off the Guest List and 131 Different Things.

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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 institutions include the Museum of Modern Art in New York and London’s Tate Modern. She runs a studio dedicated solely to book design and production. Her first novel, The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory, was published by Akashic in 2015. She lives in the Catskills and Brooklyn. 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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