Isham Cook

Biography

American essayist and novelist based in China since 1994. Writing philosophy: downmarket, big concept, discriminating, provocative, outrageous. Ballard, Beckett, Borges, Dick, Kafka, Hesse, Melville, Mishima, Sade are influences.

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Books

American Rococo: Essays On the Edge
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,510. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2017. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » History » Essays
Ranging across America and Europe, the present and the distant past, Isham Cook's far-flung essays, whether discoursing on the most radical or most homespun of topics, are guided by the notion of the "edge": the limits of conventional understanding, the zone beyond stereotypes and groupthink, where received ideas are recast in fresh, striking and disturbing ways.
按摩與作家 (Massage and the Writer, traditional Chinese edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,350. Language: Chinese (traditional). Published: November 27, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Massage
沒有比往身體上抹油更為矛盾而分裂的消遣了。無論作為鎮靜、放鬆身體的方法、誘惑手段抑或是性交易,按摩一直以來既令人痴迷也招致鄙夷。但若是這件事本身矛盾的兩方――療愈和情色――是密不可分的有機整體呢? 以在東方尋找完美按摩體驗的旅程為主線,收錄多篇語辭犀利、一針見血的文章。《按摩與作家》對文學愛好者和對性百無禁忌的人而言,是本妙趣橫生的讀物。但如果你熱衷於彬彬有禮的新世紀SPA、芳香精油、咖啡店中“如何按摩”等系列書籍,乃至任何將按摩和性嚴格區分開的事物,這本書無疑只會讓你怒不可遏。
按摩与作家 (Massage and the Writer, simplified Chinese edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,350. Language: Chinese (simplified). Published: November 26, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Massage
没有比往身体上抹油更为矛盾而分裂的消遣了。无论作为镇静、放松身体的方法、诱惑手段抑或是性交易,按摩一直以来既令人痴迷也招致鄙夷。但若是这件事本身矛盾的两方――疗愈和情色――是密不可分的有机整体呢? 以在东方寻找完美按摩体验的旅程为主线,收录多篇语辞犀利、一针见血的文章。《按摩与作家》对文学爱好者和对性百无禁忌的人而言,是本妙趣横生的读物。但如果你热衷于彬彬有礼的新世纪SPA、芳香精油、咖啡店中“如何按摩”等系列书籍,乃至任何将按摩和性严格区分开的事物,这本书无疑只会让你怒不可遏。
確信的未知: 美國人筆下的中國黑色喜劇 (The Exact Unknown and Other Tales of Modern China, traditional Chinese edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,280. Language: Chinese (traditional). Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Chinese
某外教艱難地學習著如何鞭打調教他的女學生,另一外教則讓學生服下一種叫做LSD的神秘物質。在其他故事裡,性機器人強姦主人,不穿內衣的女教授光顧各大咖啡館“獵艷”,售貨員用拳頭對付小氣的顧客,外國人太晚醒悟自己卷入的不是一次普通的家庭拜訪而是一場騙局。 在這個毫無規則、叫做“中國”的大棋盤內上演的,無論是當地人與外國人之間,還是當地人彼此之間的衝突,在一名絕不循規蹈矩的外國人筆下發酵成比黑洞更為深邃的黑色喜劇,並凝結成這本讓人不安卻不失娛樂性的先鋒故事集。
情欲與哲理 (Lust & Philosophy, traditional Chinese edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,410. Language: Chinese (traditional). Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
帶你踏上一趟如夢似幻的旅行,途中一路伴隨著驚世駭俗觀點的轟炸,《情慾與哲理》既是可“強暴”讀者思想的文學作品,又是包含致幻劑元素的童話故事,同時還是全息立體的羅夏測驗。對於熱衷赫爾曼•黑塞、菲利普•狄克、詹姆斯•格雷厄姆•巴拉德等另類小說家的讀者來說,是一部不可錯過的讀本。
At the Teahouse Café: Essays from the Middle Kingdom
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,010. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Essay » Sociology
Chinese endure endless meetings at work and are required to keep their cellphones on 24/7 and pick up at once—or be fined. They live in a technological utopia while enslaved by time-worn structures of psychological control. Underlying the myth of a “New China,” as Cook reveals in this wide-ranging collection of essays, are the Middle Kingdom's numerous continuities with its past.
Massage and the Writer: Essays on Asian Massage
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,440. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Massage
There is no more schizophrenic pastime than the application of oil to flesh. Whether as bodily relief and relaxation, a means of seduction, or a form of prostitution, massage has long both fascinated and repelled. Spiced up by travels in the East in search of the ideal massage, bristling with trenchant, provocative essays, Massage and the Writer will appeal to littérateurs and aficionados.
The Exact Unknown and Other Tales of Modern China
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,390. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Chinese
(4.50)
Whether it's locals colliding with foreigners or with each other on the big chessboard with no rules called China, this pioneering collection of delightfully disturbing tales by one unruly foreigner dredges up comedy blacker than a black hole.
确信的未知:美国人笔下的中国黑色喜剧 (The Exact Unknown and Other Tales of Modern China, simplified Chinese edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,270. Language: Chinese (simplified). Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Chinese
(4.50)
某外教艰难地学习着如何鞭打调教他的女学生,另一外教则让学生服下一种叫做LSD的神秘物质。在其他故事里,性机器人强奸主人,不穿内衣的女教授光顾各大咖啡馆“猎艳”,售货员用拳头对付小气的顾客,外国人太晚醒悟自己卷入的不是一次普通的家庭拜访而是一场骗局。 在这个毫无规则、叫做“中国”的大棋盘内上演的,无论是当地人与外国人之间,还是当地人彼此之间的冲突,在一名绝不循规蹈矩的外国人笔下发酵成比黑洞更为深邃的黑色喜剧,并凝结成这本让人不安却不失娱乐性的先锋故事集。
Lust & Philosophy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,700. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(4.00)
A hypnotic journey of a novel, with idea bombs going off along the way, Lust & Philosophy is mind-rape as literature, a fairytale on acid, and a holographic Rorschach test all in one, and will appeal to fans of Hermann Hesse, Philip K. Dick, J. G. Ballard and other novelists of the uncanny.
情欲与哲理 (Lust & Philosophy, simplified Chinese edition)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,410. Language: Chinese (simplified). Published: January 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Urban
(4.33)
带你踏上一趟如梦似幻的旅行,途中一路伴随着惊世骇俗观点的轰炸,《情欲与哲理》既是可“强暴”读者思想的文学作品,又是包含致幻剂元素的童话故事,同时还是全息立体的罗夏测验。对于热衷赫尔曼•黑塞、菲利普•狄克、詹姆斯•格雷厄姆•巴拉德等另类小说家的读者来说,是一部不可错过的读本。

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