Other Books, Comics and Zines offers an exquisitely curated selection of new and used books with an anarcho-queer-feminist–third world–radical-indigenist edge. The sparely decorated, spacious store, sandwiched unassumingly between an El Pollo Loco and a Mexican craft-leather shop, offers bare cement floors, bare white walls, bare light bulbs and unobtrusive, comfortable chairs and sofas for reading. Books are cerebral up front, transgressive in the rear. Shelves are unlabeled but well organized in the areas of art, photography, cultural studies, radical activism, poetry and philosophy. Other Books has a superb selection of Latin American Boom and post-Boom lit and crit, and a subspecialty of East Asian lit and poetry. Here you will find both James Baldwin's complete works and his FBI file. Head to the racks in the back for comics, graphic novels, at least one coloring book (Cunt Coloring Book) and fanzines, including the series The Life and Times of Butch Dykes featuring Gertrude Stein and Gloria Anzaldúa and Feminist Pornographic Collective Consciousness, an intersectional feminist porn zine. It's a punk-rock bookstore for a punk-rock part of town.
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