A Fez of the Heart: Travels Around Turkey in Search of a Hat

Jeremy Seal

“Inspired by a dusty fez in his parents’ attic, Seal set off in 1993 to trace the astonishing history of this cone-shaped hat. Soon, the quintessentially Turkish headgear became the key to understanding a country beset by contradictions. Seal’s investigations took him from the fez-topped headstones of Istanbul’s ghostly cemeteries to the remote town on the Black Sea where Atatürk, the father of modern Turkey, first banned the fez in 1925. From there Seal traveled around the country, visiting eastern cities where intractable fez wearers were once hanged, exploring the troubled Kurdish southeast and watching the production of fez-shaped hats for whirling dervishes in the mystical central city of Konya. The result of his unusual journey is an engaging and agile mix of history and travel, politics and reportage.”

Publisher: Harcourt Brace
Paperback: 334 pages

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again

Andy Warhol

Andy gives his thoughts on art, beauty, philosophy, money, sex—and death: “I don’t believe in it, because you’re not around to know that it’s happened. I can’t say anything about it because I’m not prepared for it.”

Publisher: Harcourt Brace
Paperback: 241 pages

Popism: The Warhol ‘60s

Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett

Andy’s semibiographical statement on the Pop aesthetic/philosophy of the ‘60s—with Edie, the Factory, the Velvet Underground, his early film experiments, his superstars, Valerie Solanas, media preoccupations and more—written in his patented, detached, absurdist style.

Publisher: Harcourt Brace
Paperback: 310 pages