The Arts Bookstore of the Internet
created by Matt Zoller Seitz
“Outside of a Dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” ~Groucho Marx
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A collection curated by me, Judith Carter, Executive Director MZS Press, LLC and business partner to MZS. I’m most proud of being a Single Mom to an Exceptional Son, a Legal Advocate and Special Education Advocate. I’ve been in the “Special Needs”/”Disability” community my entire life. For the record I’m not fond of these labels, or any label for that matter, but use the for general purposes, putting aside disability discourse.
My son was born early, by medical intervention to save his life from serious complications. I was able to hold him for a moment and then the NICU team lovingly took him. Then, at 7 weeks old, he was hospitalized with his first documented seizures. I officially became a “special needs” mom when he was 17 months old, diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Autism Spectrum Disorder). At 19 months he suffered a global regression, where he lost every developmental skill: walking, talking, eating, everything. There was more happening. This led to the discovery and diagnosis of a life-threatening variant of a very rare seizure disorder. Our journey had begun!
A voracious reader, I had always turned to books whether it was to learn, laugh, educate or escape. This time was no different. But every time I went to a bookstore to find these books the section was only a shelf, if the store had a section at all, and the majority of titles were academic and parenting advice books. Never once did I encounter a comprehensive selection. I had to rely on friends to point me in the right direction. This was how I learned how much there was out there, but there wasn’t a place—one place—to find many options.
Meanwhile, the arts were miraculously how I found the way to communicate with my son and give him the ability to communicate and express himself. Over time and with recommendations from our community, I found many amazing books. This collection has but a few!
About our Collection
In this collection/section, you’ll find Fiction & Non-Fiction, Memoirs, Biographies, Graphic Novels, Academic Texts, and much more. Titles strive to be inclusive of all people with disabilities: physical, visual, hearing, mental, medical and/or developmental; colors, demographics, and identities. Some are funny. Some are novels where the protagonist or main character has a disability of some kind. Some are academic books on disabilities in the Arts, inclusive of visual arts, music, performance arts, dance, film, television and literature. There is classic literature, and books on people that you may have never known or realized that have/had a disability.
We are pricing all items at our cost without a profit. It’s more important to us to create/curate this collection and share it. So we're putting the margins very low, just enough to pay for creating and maintaining the collection and getting the information out there.
I've curated over 250 titles for the collection, so it will be like the rest of the store (and all of us), always changing and evolving. We’re starting the collection with 50 titles, 30 new titles and 20 that were already in our inventory.
I’m in search of the best spoken word books on the Arts to be added to the collection and to the store in general.
If you have any recommendations on books that would be a great fit for this collection, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I would love to hear from you. The more we share, the more we know and the more we know the more we grow.
MZS.Press is the online arts bookstore founded by author, critic, and filmmaker Matt Zoller Seitz. It offers a variety of new, used, signed, collectible, and rare books on film, television, music, photography, and the visual arts. The store was launched in 2019 under the direction of the founder's late wife, Cincinnati-based businesswoman and activist Nancy Dawson, and was originally hosted by Shopify until the platform became corrupt and started destroying independent merchants by freezing their accounts without explanation and making them jump through administrative and legal hoops before shutting them down and taking whatever was left of their money. This same fate was visited upon this store, prompting Seitz and his business partner Judith Carter to relocate here, the better to preserve a hospitable environment for the types of authors they like to champion: independent voices, often published by small presses whose extraordinary work tends to get swallowed up on giant platforms like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The store's inventory of nearly 1000 volumes is currently in the process of being reconstructed after its relocation. The titles featured here are personally selected by a group of curators and advisors, including Seitz, Carter, and an array of critics, artists, journalists, educators, publishers, and arts mavens who are known for their ability to suss out what the author's jazz musician father once called "the good sh*t."
The plot thickens, as they say. Why, by the way? Is it a soup metaphor?
Matt Zoller Seitz
Critic, Author, Filmmaker, MZS Press Creator
Matt Zoller Seitz is the Editor at Large of RogerEbert.com. He is also the TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism. His writing on film and television has appeared in The New York Times, Salon.com, The New Republic and Sight and Sound. Seitz is the founder and original editor of the influential film blog The House Next Door, now a part of Slant Magazine, and the co-founder and original editor of Press Play, an IndieWire blog of film and TV criticism and video essays.
Seitz has written, narrated, edited or produced over a hundred hours’ worth of video essays about cinema history and style for The Museum of the Moving Image, Salon.com and Vulture, among other outlets. His five-part 2009 video essay Wes Anderson: The Substance of Style was spun off into the hardcover book The Wes Anderson Collection. This book and its follow-up, The Wes Anderson Collection: Grand Budapest Hotel were New York Times bestsellers.
Other Seitz books include The Sopranos Sessions, Mad Men Carousel, and the newly published by MZS Press, The Deadwood Bible: A Lie Agreed Upon. He also wrote the New York Time Best Sellers Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion, and TV (The Book). He is currently working on a science fiction puppet movie, a memoir about his two marriages, and an epic non-fiction television series covering 50 years in the life of his extended family.
His hobbies include exotic dancing, moonwalking, and affixing masking tape labels to every food item in the refrigerator, including eggs.
He has the attention span of a gnat.