Oh the humanities

Angela Was a Bad Animal

I saw him watching me in the gilded mirrors with the assessing eye of a connoisseur inspecting horseflesh, or even of a housewife in the market, inspecting cuts on the slab. I’d never seen, or else had never acknowledged, that regard of his before, the sheer carnal avarice of it; and it was strangely magnified by the monocle lodged in his left eye. When I saw him look at me with lust, I dropped my eyes but, in glancing away from him, I caught sight of myself in the mirror. And I saw myself, suddenly, as he saw me, my pale face, the way the muscles in my neck stuck out like thin wire. I saw how much that cruel necklace became me. And, for the first time in my innocent and confined life, I sen

Behold, Middlearth

Bad Animal is proud to bring to market rare and one-of-a-kind works from Middlearth Editions and its earlier incarnation, Middle Earth Books (archived by Temple University). Middle Earth began as a bookstore in Philadelphia founded by Sam and Sims Amico in 1969 and became a truly exceptional fine press imprint produced mainly in Santa Cruz, where Sam still lives and creates. In the beginning, the bookstore dealt Whole Earth Catalogs and academic books, though it evolved into a site for performances and reading. That led to the promotional broadsides which led to journals (Lip, Contact, et.al.) which led to the metamorphosis of Sam Amico, who went from bookseller to printer, poet, visual arti

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