Plazm Books

The Half-Life

Longtime Plazm editor Jon Raymond‘s stunning debut novel about two friendships separated by generations but bound together by a dark mystery. Signed copies of hardbound first edition.

First Cow, the new film by Kelly Reichardt is a stellar display of cinematic mastery. It is her latest collaboration with Plazm editor Jon Raymond, and is based on his first novel, The Half Life. Watch on demand now

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XXX: The Power of Sex in Contemporary Design

“Sex sells,” the cliché goes. But there’s much more to graphic design and sexuality. XXX explores visual communication systems with intelligent essays and lavish production. Gender issues, humor, romance, and the sex act itself—each subject is discussed by Plazm’s Sarah Dougher and fleshed out with images from leading designers.

Written, designed and curated by Joshua Berger and Sarah Dougher of Plazm, the book features a silkscreened rubber cover. It also inspired exhibitions at the Museum of Sex in New York and Western Oregon University.

Signed first edition.

 

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Jon Raymond’s first three books — all signed first editions — packaged together for $50. You can also buy each of these individually below. The Half-Life and Rain Dragon are novels, The Half-Life is hardbound. Livability is a collection of short stories and winner of the Oregon Book Award. Three of these stories (so far) have been made into films, the latest, an adaptation of The Half Life, is called First Cow, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2019.

 

$40 – buy now

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Livability

A collection of short stories by Jon Raymond. Winner of the Oregon Book Award. Signed copies of first edition.

A collection of rich, powerfully human stories from the author of The Half-Life and the movies Old Joy (“one of the finest American films of the year”—New York Times) and Wendy and Lucy.

A grieving man embarks on a long-imagined affair in the months following his wifes unexpected death. Two old friends attempt to rediscover their lost bond on a trip to remote mountain hot springs. Two teenagers, trapped in a mall after hours, push each other to new levels of honesty and sexual misconduct.

In Jon Raymonds deft, nuanced stories, these and other characters experience the deep longings and sudden insights of life in a modern, middle-sized city—a world of rapidly changing neighborhoods, rising financial pressures, and chance encounters shaped by far-distant forces. Whether kids or carpenters, artists or drifters, all have arrived at a crossroads, seeking what they need to survive and finding what, if necessary, they are willing to live without. With poetic detail and a humane spirit, Livability draws a somber, wryly observed portrait of America now.

“Raymond’s work floats just beside the realm of possibility, often ending as a character is teetering dramatically on the precipice of something. With Raymond…we glimpse lives in suspension, and the effect, by the book’s end, is dizzying.” —Los Angeles Times
“The lives of the folks in Jon Raymond’s Livability are clouded by longing and lit with rare flashes of grace.” —Vanity Fair

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Rain Dragon

Damon and his girlfriend Amy have had enough of Los Angeles. Fitful and tired and dreaming of a simpler life, they leave the city to go work on a community farm. But they’ve scarcely arrived when their vague hopes start to come unraveled: What are they really doing here? Who are their friends? Are they truly testing themselves, or are they just chasing a fantasy that will never be fulfilled?By degrees, they realize that their dreams are not the same. For Damon, a career in the field of branding unfolds almost effortlessly, while for Amy, the menial labor of the farm leads to a satisfying but difficult new path. As the rift deepens, they are forced to evaluate fundamental questions of identity and fate, ambition and betrayal, compromise and lust.

This novel is a fresh, searching story about the love of work and the work of love, and the life destinies that we sadly only recognize in retrospect.

“Raymond expertly captures the emotions of personal growth and inner turmoil while bringing the Oregon setting to life with descriptive language reminiscent of that in his first novel, The Half Life (2004). Deep characters offset by a light tone make this work about dreams and realities an enjoyable read.” —Booklist
“With sly humor, Raymond has a bit of fun with the overly virtuous life at an organic farm, revealing cracks in the too-perfect façade while portraying a waning relationship. [His] work deserves the spotlight and is highly recommended.” —Library Journal

 

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Movie poster for First Cow alongside cover of The Half Life, Plazm editor Jon Raymond's first novel which the Kelly Reichardt film is based.
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Plazm editor Jon Raymond's first three books: the novels The Half-Life and Rain Dragon; Livability, a collection of short stories and winner of the Oregon Book Award.