Tosh Berman

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I'm the publisher and editor of TamTam Books. I publish the works by and on Boris Vian, Guy Debord, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Mesrine and Ron Mael & Russell Mael (Sparks), and Lun*na Menoh.

My books are:

"Sparks-Tastic" (published by Rare Bird/A Barnacle Book).

"The Plum in Mr. Blum's Pudding" (published by Penny-Ante Editions)

"Tosh: Growing up in Wallace Berman's World" (City Lights Books) 2019



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Tokyo is such a powerful combination of visual overload as well as fatigue from being surrounded by people that I need to take a walk in a forest that is dark and cool.   Yoyogi Park encompasses Meiji Jingu, and for me, it grasps my mood as if wearing a tight glove over a fist.  There is a significant walkway that goes to the shrine, but I found this path off the road that goes directly into t... Read more of this blog post »
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message 33: by Tosh

Tosh This is a discussion between yours truly (Tosh Berman) and artist Andrew Lampert on my memoir TOSH: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World" (City Lights). The talk took place at ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1 in Queens New York on February 23, 2019. https://youtu.be/TO-BfE_pX7M


message 32: by Stewart

Stewart Home Tosh wrote: "This morning I received an e-mail from Goodreads saying that they can't use Amazon as a source for book information anymore. I have about 75 titles that I need to find source or upload or do somet..."

Yeah I got this too - since the publications were all by me it wasn't too difficult to sort out. Pamphlets and translations. And it was seven or so publications I think. 75 titles is a lot! But you don't need to do them all. Check what Goodreads tell you about this:

"Early next week, we will be importing a database of 14 million ISBNs from a new source, so many of the books that seem to need rescue today may not actually be in jeopardy. We won't know until we import this new data source. So please don't spend a lot of time rescuing books—we don't want you to do unnecessary work. What we really need is for everyone to try rescuing a few books to see if the tools are working as we hoped. That way, once next week rolls around, we'll be ready to get down to the business or rescuing the books that actually are in jeopardy..." From: "http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/7..."

After recusing my books as Goodreads indicated, I also added a number of my titles to Goodreads - but still many of the translations are missing... Dealing with the Russian books etc is difficult for me because they use an alphabet I'm not familiar with. But those are not books that need rescuing, they just need putting up!


message 31: by Tosh

Tosh This morning I received an e-mail from Goodreads saying that they can't use Amazon as a source for book information anymore. I have about 75 titles that I need to find source or upload or do something -although Goodreads says for sure my reviews for those books won't be lost. Anyone else got this e-mail from Goodreads?


message 30: by Tosh

Tosh D. wrote: "Mr Berman! It was so nice to meet you and get the guided tour of Tosh's world. You are a cool dude, witty, erudite and urbane. In his cloudy, harpy after life even Jesus envys you your utterly perf..."

It was a total pleasure, sir!


message 29: by D.

D. Pow Mr Berman! It was so nice to meet you and get the guided tour of Tosh's world. You are a cool dude, witty, erudite and urbane. In his cloudy, harpy after life even Jesus envys you your utterly perfect existence. I hope we can go for drinks sometime when Mr. Gottlieb is around. Stay your bad self.

D.


message 28: by Tosh

Tosh Andy wrote: "Have you seen this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mknuZw..."


Andy wrote: "Have you seen this?

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Fantastic, I am putting this on my facebook page. Thanks


message 25: by D.

D. Pow Tosh, God Damn it! I wanted to meet you!


message 24: by Kimley

Kimley Happy Birthday to my favorite Dandy!


message 23: by Maya

Maya malcom gladwell or however u spell the name.....


message 22: by Maya

Maya u should try this book calld "the outliers" i forgot the authors name but i will find out. good book.


message 21: by Maya

Maya ok so u kinda look like einstien. no offense.lol


message 20: by Maya

Maya wats up i like the new pik luks real manly but yet artistic.


message 19: by Andy

Andy I'm currently reading "Riot on Sunset Strip" and a quote is credited to you. Wow! I didn't know you got around so much. Kudos!


Matthieu You stylish bastard... Great avatar, mon ami.


message 17: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi Tosh,
Anyone who's into Guy DeBord and ALSO runs a press is welcome to my freindship anyday. Thanks very much for getting in touch and you must tell me more about your publishing company.
Change the situation and smash the consumerist Spectacle.
ROGER


message 16: by Ed

Ed Many thanks for the friend add, Tosh. I hope you find lots of good reads. Have a great weekend!

Ed Lynskey
PELHAM FELL HERE



Matthieu Tosh, your literary tastes are amazing. Great stuff, mon ami.


message 14: by brian (last edited Jul 14, 2008 09:13AM)

brian   nice work toshi! you've achieved the much desired 'bond villain' look!


message 13: by W.B.

W.B. Tosh, were you making a joke when you added the quote "it doesn't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing?" (sic) The real quote, of course, is "it don't mean a thing (if it ain't got that swing)."

Not sure if you were making fun of solecistic usage or something...the version you have there doesn't scan to the music either, of course...


message 12: by Jessica

Jessica Tosh! There was a segment on NPR on online book sites with gooreads featured (Otis interviewed), and "an interview with a dandy about dandy culture" was to follow... Surely that would be Tosh Berman! Wow, I thought, one of my very favorite reviewers on goodreads has reached the big time! NPR! But then came Sebastien Horsley's voice....a terribly charming voice & accent it was too...I can't believe he was turned away from these fair lands for moral turpitude...! What the ---? His book is high on my list now.
cheers,
J.
p.s. I still think Otis should nab you for an NPR feature.


message 11: by Makiko (last edited Mar 19, 2008 04:16AM)

Makiko As I was adding my favorite books on my book list, I noticed almost all of them had your reviews! Maybe I'm your daughter you never knew you had...You are the master of decadence. I am excited to explore more world of dandyism and decadence by your recommendations. Thank you for adding me.

( I will definitely read Serge biography by Gilles Verlant in English when it's out. )


message 10: by Jessica

Jessica Ah so there is a date-number connection that you have with Robbe-Grillet as well. Oddly fascinating...


Jessica Okay Tosh: I checked out the Tam Tam Books site. very cool. My hero is there: Alain Robbe-Grillet, as is my favorite movie of all time: Last Year at Marienbad. I can't remember how many times I've seen that film. So I was born on Robbe-Grillet's birthday: 8/18. And do you know he died on his half-birthday: 2/18? (fascinating, right?) Okay, so I have his memoir, "Ghosts in the Mirror," haven't read it yet, have you?


Jessica Dandy culture...do tell!
would that be Oscar Wilde? What would the book list look like for such a course?
thanks
:)
J.


Michael Don't forget to make that list of Japanese fiction recommendations!


message 6: by brian

brian   http://entertainment.timesonline.co.u...

times online does their 'top 50 british writers since 1945'. i must say, old boy, i agree with the top two picks...


message 5: by Erin

Erin Where is Tosh?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Aamina Loving your profile photograph, Berman. It exudes this raw confidence and masculinity. Chic.


message 3: by Gwendolyn (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:04PM)

Gwendolyn ok toshy, im doin' it...may take a while but off i go... :)


message 2: by Gwendolyn (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:09PM)

Gwendolyn Tosh my love, being the newbie i have no idea if this is a private response or a public one...myspace deprogramming...so all i will say is that im out of town and right now am sneaking away to answer you...jack is about as good as it gets photo wise and i will add books when i get home. by the way...i will hold your copy of W&P while you take a bath...or you could just pay brian an absurd amount to do it seeing as he is a capitalist whore, but then again he does like you so you can probably get him at a discount.


message 1: by Marion (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:39PM)

Marion Tosh,
this photograph of you is so so so very very. I love it.
marion


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