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YO PHILLY! Join Marc & Salem on Wednesday night (April 2, 2014) at the Mural Arts program exhibition inside PAFA’s Hamilton building. It’s the newer building on Broad. We’re talking Temporary Services, Self-Reliance Library, books, working in groups… most likely our impressions of Philadelphia natives as well as spontaneous metal band reviews will come into play - always do! 
Here’s the facebook invite. Join us - it’s free and you can take home a booklet & special Self-Reliance Library pencil FOR FREE. 
Again - Wednesday 4/2/14, 6-8 pm (approx), at PAFA (Hamilton Building), 128 N. Broad St., PHILTHYDELPHIA!

YO PHILLY! Join Marc & Salem on Wednesday night (April 2, 2014) at the Mural Arts program exhibition inside PAFA’s Hamilton building. It’s the newer building on Broad. We’re talking Temporary Services, Self-Reliance Library, books, working in groups… most likely our impressions of Philadelphia natives as well as spontaneous metal band reviews will come into play - always do! 

Here’s the facebook invite. Join us - it’s free and you can take home a booklet & special Self-Reliance Library pencil FOR FREE. 

Again - Wednesday 4/2/14, 6-8 pm (approx), at PAFA (Hamilton Building), 128 N. Broad St., PHILTHYDELPHIA!

New in our webstore! Here’s the first interior spread from
Impractical Labor’s 4th Annual Festival To Plead For Skills ($5.00)
Another beautifully crafted publication by our friends at ILSSA. The labor that went into this booklet may be impractical but it sure paid off in terms of aesthetics! Here’s more about this group and the event that this publication was produced for, quoted from atlengthmag.com:
"The Festival to Plead for Skills is ILSSA’s key event. Rather than pleading, ILSSA members spend July 7 in practice. A celebration of the generative and meditative experience of slow work (ILSSA’s coda is the enthusiastic cry: “As Many Hours As It Takes!!!”), some of the activities from ILSSA members on July 7, 2012, are documented here. These are windows into workshops identified by a local (area code) and shop name. These are views of “impractical” practice: the peculiar act of practicing under the midsummer sky.–Elaine Bleakney”

New in our webstore! Here’s the first interior spread from

Impractical Labor’s 4th Annual Festival To Plead For Skills ($5.00)

Another beautifully crafted publication by our friends at ILSSA. The labor that went into this booklet may be impractical but it sure paid off in terms of aesthetics! Here’s more about this group and the event that this publication was produced for, quoted from atlengthmag.com:

"The Festival to Plead for Skills is ILSSA’s key event. Rather than pleading, ILSSA members spend July 7 in practice. A celebration of the generative and meditative experience of slow work (ILSSA’s coda is the enthusiastic cry: “As Many Hours As It Takes!!!”), some of the activities from ILSSA members on July 7, 2012, are documented here. These are windows into workshops identified by a local (area code) and shop name. These are views of “impractical” practice: the peculiar act of practicing under the midsummer sky.–Elaine Bleakney”

New in our webstore! 
Repository - A Typological Guide to America’s Ephemeral Nuclear Infrastructure by Friends of the Pleistocene ($10.00)
A super cool deck of cards-style artist publication. From the publisher Smudge Studio:
"All of our nation’s high-level nuclear waste has nowhere to go. And yet, it’s always going somewhere, either under its own power or in a vibrant assemblage with other things such as water, air, soil, bacteria or human commerce. Repository graphically depicts this material reality through a deck of 42 cards designed to help you spot and identify today’s temporary solutions for the storage of radioactive waste, as you pass by them on the highway, or as they pass by you. Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository was our nation’s best attempt to store and contain high-level waste. In 2010 the site was deemed unsuitable and the project’s funding was eliminated. No permanent storage options are expected to be available for the next 100-300 years. In 2004, the EPA determined that high-level radioactive wastes will remain dangerous to humans for 1 million years. They stipulated that any repository for high level waste will have to meet the unprecedentedly long-term safety goal of 1000 millennia. As of 2011, about 66,000 metric tons of spent fuel were being held at power reactor sites in 33 states. Each year, this amount increases by another 2,000 metric tons. Repository chronicles “temporary” infrastructures designed (or simply used) to contain nuclear waste until more enduring facilities can be researched and constructed. Some of the cards feature structures that take notably unique approaches to storage. Others exemplify common infrastructural forms or approaches that run through multiple facilities, or function as mobile infrastructures for transporting radioactive waste between sites. As with other smudge projects, we invite audiences to expand their capacities to imagine the monumental time spans required to contain and monitor nuclear materials, and to consider the extraordinary challenges that they present to designers, architects and engineers.”

New in our webstore! 

Repository - A Typological Guide to America’s Ephemeral Nuclear Infrastructure by Friends of the Pleistocene ($10.00)

A super cool deck of cards-style artist publication. From the publisher Smudge Studio:

"All of our nation’s high-level nuclear waste has nowhere to go. And yet, it’s always going somewhere, either under its own power or in a vibrant assemblage with other things such as water, air, soil, bacteria or human commerce. Repository graphically depicts this material reality through a deck of 42 cards designed to help you spot and identify today’s temporary solutions for the storage of radioactive waste, as you pass by them on the highway, or as they pass by you.

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository was our nation’s best attempt to store and contain high-level waste. In 2010 the site was deemed unsuitable and the project’s funding was eliminated. No permanent storage options are expected to be available for the next 100-300 years. In 2004, the EPA determined that high-level radioactive wastes will remain dangerous to humans for 1 million years. They stipulated that any repository for high level waste will have to meet the unprecedentedly long-term safety goal of 1000 millennia. As of 2011, about 66,000 metric tons of spent fuel were being held at power reactor sites in 33 states. Each year, this amount increases by another 2,000 metric tons.

Repository chronicles “temporary” infrastructures designed (or simply used) to contain nuclear waste until more enduring facilities can be researched and constructed. Some of the cards feature structures that take notably unique approaches to storage. Others exemplify common infrastructural forms or approaches that run through multiple facilities, or function as mobile infrastructures for transporting radioactive waste between sites. As with other smudge projects, we invite audiences to expand their capacities to imagine the monumental time spans required to contain and monitor nuclear materials, and to consider the extraordinary challenges that they present to designers, architects and engineers.”

New in our webstore!
Lil’ Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)
A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake! Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services. Fake writes: “We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the “Lil’ Buddy” unwittingly arises. Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil’ Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil’ Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.”
New in our webstore!
Lil’ Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)
A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake! Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services. Fake writes: “We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the “Lil’ Buddy” unwittingly arises. Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil’ Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil’ Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.”
New in our webstore!
Lil’ Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)
A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake! Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services. Fake writes: “We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the “Lil’ Buddy” unwittingly arises. Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil’ Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil’ Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.”

New in our webstore!

Lil’ Buddies Magazine Issue 1 by Edie Fake ($4.00)

A new self-publishing adventure from one of our favorite booklet artists and book fair table neighbors, Edie Fake!

Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services.

Fake writes:

“We live in an anthropomorphized world, a place where we assign to our surroundings traits that reflect our own image. From this basic impulse the phenomena of the “Lil’ Buddy” unwittingly arises.

Tapped directly into a human desire to relate through recognition, Lil’ Buddies are rooted in a yearning to of the spirit to see ourselves as part of everything and, vice versa, to see everything as part of us. Lil’ Buddies negotiate that tendency towards universality by integrating human images directly onto inanimate objects.”

Recently added to our webstore: Geologic City: a Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York ($10.00) by Friends of the Pleistocene
Thanks to our pal Julia Klein of Soberscove Press for introducing us to the publisher smudge studio. Here’s their description of this sharp book: “Geologic City: a Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York takes you to 20 sites where you can sense the geologic pulse of New York City. With the field guide in hand, residents and visitors are able to interact with both unfamiliar and iconic New York architecture and infrastructure in unexpected ways: by sensing for themselves the forces and flows of geologic material that give form to the built environment of the City. The City’s architecture and infrastructure depends upon extractions of geologic materials that took millennia to form. Yet, we have virtually no cultural awareness of this reality. Some people argue that this is because humans are cognitively incapable of imagining deep time. We disagree. With this field guide, we offer a speculative tool that humans can use to project their imaginations into deep time as they move through the City. We believe that as works made in response to geologic time become more common, human capacities to design, imagine, and live in relation to deep time will expand.”

Recently added to our webstore: Geologic City: a Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York ($10.00) by Friends of the Pleistocene

Thanks to our pal Julia Klein of Soberscove Press for introducing us to the publisher smudge studio. Here’s their description of this sharp book:

Geologic City: a Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York takes you to 20 sites where you can sense the geologic pulse of New York City. With the field guide in hand, residents and visitors are able to interact with both unfamiliar and iconic New York architecture and infrastructure in unexpected ways: by sensing for themselves the forces and flows of geologic material that give form to the built environment of the City.

The City’s architecture and infrastructure depends upon extractions of geologic materials that took millennia to form. Yet, we have virtually no cultural awareness of this reality. Some people argue that this is because humans are cognitively incapable of imagining deep time. We disagree. With this field guide, we offer a speculative tool that humans can use to project their imaginations into deep time as they move through the City. We believe that as works made in response to geologic time become more common, human capacities to design, imagine, and live in relation to deep time will expand.”

A sample spread from Ice Cream Truck Songs by Jeff Kolar ($4.00)

This sweet booklet was produced to accompany a sound project by the Chicago-based artist Jeff Kolar (who also co-administrates the ongoing broadcast project Radius). Kolar produced a series of electronic ice cream truck jingles and paired up with a truck that played the recordings over the truck’s address system. This booklet focuses on photo documentation of the various ice cream trucks that Kolar has spotted in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. 
You can hear Kolar’s songs here.

A sample spread from Ice Cream Truck Songs by Jeff Kolar ($4.00)

This sweet booklet was produced to accompany a sound project by the Chicago-based artist Jeff Kolar (who also co-administrates the ongoing broadcast project Radius). Kolar produced a series of electronic ice cream truck jingles and paired up with a truck that played the recordings over the truck’s address system. This booklet focuses on photo documentation of the various ice cream trucks that Kolar has spotted in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

You can hear Kolar’s songs here.

New in our webstore! Ice Cream Truck Songs by Jeff Kolar ($4.00)
This sweet booklet was produced to accompany a sound project by the Chicago-based artist Jeff Kolar (who also co-administrates the ongoing broadcast project Radius). Kolar produced a series of electronic ice cream truck jingles and paired up with a truck that played the recordings over the truck’s address system. This booklet focuses on photo documentation of the various ice cream trucks that Kolar has spotted in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. These trucks are a constant sight in many Chicago neighborhoods during the warmer months and their often noxious music will drill its sound into your brain just as surely as the treats they sell will freeze your gray matter if you eat your Oreo crumb covered waffle cone too quickly.
You can hear Kolar’s songs here.

New in our webstore! Ice Cream Truck Songs by Jeff Kolar ($4.00)

This sweet booklet was produced to accompany a sound project by the Chicago-based artist Jeff Kolar (who also co-administrates the ongoing broadcast project Radius). Kolar produced a series of electronic ice cream truck jingles and paired up with a truck that played the recordings over the truck’s address system. This booklet focuses on photo documentation of the various ice cream trucks that Kolar has spotted in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. These trucks are a constant sight in many Chicago neighborhoods during the warmer months and their often noxious music will drill its sound into your brain just as surely as the treats they sell will freeze your gray matter if you eat your Oreo crumb covered waffle cone too quickly.

You can hear Kolar’s songs here.

Ooh, scary Dark Prospects! Crossing out advertising, facial features on people, and contextual references in issues of People, Time, and other magazines makes for a creepy and unsettling book by Charles Beronio - the perfect way to insure personal space on the beach or at your upcoming family reunion!
Seriously now, this booklet is one of 30 different items on sale - in honor of summer and you, our cherished readers and supporters! Check out all the sale items here.
(via Dark Prospects by Charles Beronio, Printed Matter [OPUB54] - $7.00 : Half Letter Press, Independent Art & Publishing & Infrastructure)

Ooh, scary Dark Prospects! Crossing out advertising, facial features on people, and contextual references in issues of People, Time, and other magazines makes for a creepy and unsettling book by Charles Beronio - the perfect way to insure personal space on the beach or at your upcoming family reunion!

Seriously now, this booklet is one of 30 different items on sale - in honor of summer and you, our cherished readers and supporters! Check out all the sale items here.

(via Dark Prospects by Charles Beronio, Printed Matter [OPUB54] - $7.00 : Half Letter Press, Independent Art & Publishing & Infrastructure)

NOW AT HLP: Public Phenomena [Poster-Booklet]
By Temporary ServicesFebruary 2013 This poster-booklet is the result of over fifteen years of photographic documentation and research on the variety of modifications and inventions that people make in public. From roadside memorials to piles of unused bicycles, people consistently alter shared common spaces to suit their needs, or let both man-made and natural aberrations run wild. The result is a new kind of public space that lies just outside of ideological articulations – with creative, inspiring, and sometimes confounding moments that push past the original planned design of cities. Public Phenomena continues to demonstrate to us that people will always find ways to resist plans others make and try to impose on them, whether through direct defiance or quiet misuse. This inspires us to learn from city spaces and the people that use them rather than seeking to impose aesthetics on these spaces. This publication is related to 3 others that we have made: Public Phenomena [Booklet]; Public Phenomena [Book] - PRINT and PDF; and Mobile Phenomena.

NOW AT HLP: Public Phenomena [Poster-Booklet]

By Temporary Services
February 2013

This poster-booklet is the result of over fifteen years of photographic documentation and research on the variety of modifications and inventions that people make in public. From roadside memorials to piles of unused bicycles, people consistently alter shared common spaces to suit their needs, or let both man-made and natural aberrations run wild. The result is a new kind of public space that lies just outside of ideological articulations – with creative, inspiring, and sometimes confounding moments that push past the original planned design of cities.

Public Phenomena continues to demonstrate to us that people will always find ways to resist plans others make and try to impose on them, whether through direct defiance or quiet misuse. This inspires us to learn from city spaces and the people that use them rather than seeking to impose aesthetics on these spaces.

This publication is related to 3 others that we have made: Public Phenomena [Booklet]; Public Phenomena [Book] - PRINT and PDF; and Mobile Phenomena.

From our current newsletter:
Our year is off to a productive start and we are busy gearing up for book fairs, zine fests, new publications, exhibitions, talks and more. We hope things are going well for everyone.
Half Letter Press has several new items in stock: Two titles by Interference Archive, La Persistencia de los Sueños / The Persistence of Dreams (pictured above) and RadioActivity! Antinuclear Movements from Three Mile Island to Fukushima; America/n by Lucky Pierre; three zines about ABC No Rio, ABC No Rio: Art Effects - Decadent Performance Era, ABC No Rio: Founders Era Artifacts, and ABC No Rio: Artifice.
Half Letter Press and Temporary Services will be at this year’s LA Art Book Fair, organized by Printed Matter! It is February 1-3, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. We are really excited to be participating. Marc will be there on our behalf. We will be sharing our booth with one of our favorite LA artists and book nerds, Lisa Anne Auerbach (her latest book from her exhibition in Malmoe, Sweden kicks ass and you should get a copy from her!). Come out and say hello and support our friends The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Antena, Edie Fake, Soberscove Press, Justseeds, and more!
Temporary Services was invited to talk at PSU for their MFA Art and Social Practice Conversation Series. Salem will be there in Portland on our behalf, January 30.
The very first solo presentation of the work of Temporary Services in London will be at the Architecture Association in February. We are presenting two collections of photographs from our Public Phenomena and Mobile Phenomena series. We have made a brand new large format poster-booklet–A1 that folds down to A5– which we are giving away during the run of the show. All of our publications related to these photo series will be available at the AA’s book store. The exhibition opens February 22nd. Brett and Marc will be there and will talk about the exhibition on the 23rd. We are also arranging some other talks around London and you can check our CURRENT SERVICESpage for the latest information.
To contact us with ordering questions, chat about books you would like to see at HLP or anything else, email:publishers@halfletterpress.com.
We are very happy to report that Tamms Correctional Center in southern Illinois was closed for good on January 4th! We honor the men who were tortured there for so many years and celebrate that their humanity was finally acknowledged by the state of Illinois. Congratulations also go to our good friend and tireless activist, Laurie Jo Reynolds, who has fought so hard to shut Tamms down. We worked with her, Tamms Year Ten, and Sarah Ross on Supermax Subscriptions. That project will continue to trade peoples’ unused frequent flier miles for magazine subscriptions for people in long term solitary confinement.
You can also socialize with us via Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.
– Temporary Services & Half Letter Press

From our current newsletter:

Our year is off to a productive start and we are busy gearing up for book fairs, zine fests, new publications, exhibitions, talks and more. We hope things are going well for everyone.

Half Letter Press has several new items in stock: Two titles by Interference Archive, La Persistencia de los Sueños / The Persistence of Dreams (pictured above) and RadioActivity! Antinuclear Movements from Three Mile Island to FukushimaAmerica/n by Lucky Pierre; three zines about ABC No Rio, ABC No Rio: Art Effects - Decadent Performance EraABC No Rio: Founders Era Artifacts, and ABC No Rio: Artifice.

Half Letter Press and Temporary Services will be at this year’s LA Art Book Fair, organized by Printed Matter! It is February 1-3, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. We are really excited to be participating. Marc will be there on our behalf. We will be sharing our booth with one of our favorite LA artists and book nerds, Lisa Anne Auerbach (her latest book from her exhibition in Malmoe, Sweden kicks ass and you should get a copy from her!). Come out and say hello and support our friends The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Antena, Edie Fake, Soberscove Press, Justseeds, and more!

Temporary Services was invited to talk at PSU for their MFA Art and Social Practice Conversation Series. Salem will be there in Portland on our behalf, January 30.

The very first solo presentation of the work of Temporary Services in London will be at the Architecture Association in February. We are presenting two collections of photographs from our Public Phenomena and Mobile Phenomena series. We have made a brand new large format poster-booklet–A1 that folds down to A5– which we are giving away during the run of the show. All of our publications related to these photo series will be available at the AA’s book store. The exhibition opens February 22nd. Brett and Marc will be there and will talk about the exhibition on the 23rd. We are also arranging some other talks around London and you can check our CURRENT SERVICESpage for the latest information.

To contact us with ordering questions, chat about books you would like to see at HLP or anything else, email:publishers@halfletterpress.com.

We are very happy to report that Tamms Correctional Center in southern Illinois was closed for good on January 4th! We honor the men who were tortured there for so many years and celebrate that their humanity was finally acknowledged by the state of Illinois. Congratulations also go to our good friend and tireless activist, Laurie Jo Reynolds, who has fought so hard to shut Tamms down. We worked with her, Tamms Year Ten, and Sarah Ross on Supermax Subscriptions. That project will continue to trade peoples’ unused frequent flier miles for magazine subscriptions for people in long term solitary confinement.

You can also socialize with us via FacebookTwitter, or Tumblr.

– Temporary Services & Half Letter Press

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