Reads of the Month: Exploring Street Art, Comedy and the Pandemic We Live In

Explore the world through the pages of these highly insightful and relevant books.

Pick of the Issue: Art in the Streets

Written by Jeffrey Deitch with contributions by Roger Gastman, Fab 5 Freddy, Greg Tate and Carlo McCormick, “Arts in The Street” is the most comprehensive book to survey the colorful history of graffiti and street art movements internationally. The author himself, Deitch, was the former Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and has helped to build up a number of leading contemporary artists as a gallerist and curator.

Forty years ago, graffiti in New York evolved from elementary mark-making into an important art form. By the end of the 1980s, it had been documented in books and films that were seen around the world, sparking an international graffiti movement.

This original edition of “Arts in the Street,” now back in print after several years, considers the rise of New York graffiti and the international scenes it inspired—from Los Angeles to São Paulo to Paris to Tokyo—as well as earlier and parallel movements: break dancing and rap music and hip hop; the graffiti used by Chicano gangs to mark their territory; the skateboarding culture that began in Southern California. Expertly researched, beautifully illustrated, and featuring contributions by many of the most significant curators, writers and artists involved in the graffiti world, this now classic volume is an in-depth examination of this seminal movement.

3 More Hot Reads

In “Yearbook,” actor, comedian and filmmaker Seth Rogen shares a collection of funny personal essays from his life. He recalls his childhood, doing stand-up comedy as a teenager and stories about doing drugs. Pick this one up if you need to be entertained.

Haruki Murakami’s latest collection of short stories, “First Person Singular” are all told by a mysterious narrator, who may or may not be Murakami himself. From meditations on music to a love of baseball to invented jazz albums, they challenge the boundaries between our minds and the outside world, all told in Murakami’s inimitable style.

“The Premonition: A Pandemic Story”by Michael Lewis is a non-fiction book that tells the story of a group of medics and scientist who attempt to get the U.S. government to take pandemic response seriously.The malevolent force in “The Premonition” is institutional malaise.