What you saw this week on facebook hardly qualifies as fodder for stimulating conversation in a real social setting. Before your next dinner party, happy hour, or weekend get-together, try reading something worth talking about. Whiskey? Gin? The little hardcover books that comprise the Edible Series explore the history and the minutiae of human consumption. Read up & you’ll be spitting facts.
The Allman Brothers invented southern rock. And on top of producing some of the baddest-ass songs of the 70s, Duane & Gregg Allman were certified superstars. This new tell-all book from Gregg covers everything from the money, drugs, and women to the loss of his big brother, and legendary guitarist, Duane. Gregg has been married 6 times (once to Cher), suffered from Hep-C and addiction of all sorts, and he’s still out there rocking, apparently writing, too. Read all about it.
The Godfather, and The Godfather Part II are the defining films of the mafia movie genre. Both were based on Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel, The Godfather. Puzo died in 1999 but left behind an unproduced screenplay for a prequel to the original: The Family Corleone. Now, this forgotten screenplay has been published as a book and it chronicles the family’s rise in the New York mob scene of the 20s & 30s. No word on a movie version yet but …
Dudes are overdue for a cookbook they won’t be embarrassed to open in front of other dudes. With a title like Charred & Scruffed, famous Chef Adam Perry Lang presents one that won’t chip your manhood even while you pore over all the different ways to properly handle meat.
Most of us just entertain the occasional daydream about climbing the world’s highest peaks or surfing the seven seas. Georgetown physics professor Francis Slakey actually did it. You’re unlikely to follow in his footsteps but with his book, To The Last Breath, you can at least read about it.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, the follow up to the best selling video game of all time, will be out in November. When you buy this for your kids, and numbed by violence and bloodshed they turn into maladjusted sociopathic rejects, don’t be surprised. But chances are you’ll be buying it for yourself & you’ll be fine.
Comedian Bill Cosby was at his best when he created the animated series’ Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids. Cosby’s cast of funked-up seventies cartoon kids featured funny, unforgettable characters & was somehow always educational. This new sixteen-disc collection covers all their antics starting with debut episodes dating all the way back to 1972.
John Wayne was and is among the greatest Hollywood icons to ever grace the silver screen. Now the 10 biggest films from this larger-than-life cowboy have been collected into a complete set. They include:The Big Trail, Red River, Legend Of The Lost, The Horse Soldiers, Oscar-nominee The Alamo, and more.
Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, was an awesome movie. Good and violent. But, did you know it was actually based on a novel by James Sallis? If you want to find out what Driver has been up to since he pulled out of that parking lot in the final scene of the flick, you can read the sequel, Driven. Either that or wait until the movie comes out. Eventually, you know it will.
Until now, prolific songwriter, singer, guitarist, & producer Jack White has only toed the edge of the spotlight with his bands White Stripes and The Raconteurs. But with the April 24th release of his first solo project Blunderbuss, Jack is finally stepping fully into the glare. Recorded at his Third Man Studio in Nashville, this record is all his.