The line between genius and total idiot is a very thin line indeed. You will be even more sure of this when you finish reading Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. Kevin Smith, director of classic movies like Clerks and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back is the author, a social reject who is uniquely qualified to show other lazy creeps how to kick ass and be awesome.
The Grateful Dead is and always has been about more than just the music. It was the live experience, the trip; peace and love and some other stuff we can’t remember. But good stuff at any rate. Grateful Dead: All the Years Combine: The DVD Collection features over 38 hours of live concerts from the 70s through the 90s. If you were there you know (but maybe you forgot, too) and if you were too young, here’s your chance to see and hear their greatest legendary live shows.
Hell Above Earth is the true yet unbelievable tale of an American WWII bomber pilot who also happened to be the nephew of the head of the Nazi Luftwaffe, Hermann Goering. The FBI was aware of this family tie and gave secret orders to his trusted friend and co-pilot, to kill him if anything went wrong on the aerial combat missions. Imagine a modern comparison and the implications are mind-blowing. Could this even happen today?
If you want to dine like Draper and booze like Sterling, this retro cookbook will show you how to do it. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men is a collection of 70 recipes for period correct food and drink from your favorite series.
If watching bodies and buildings burn on the nightly news isn’t quite enough war for you, digging into this emotional memoir on the chaos of Iraq by USMC infantry officer Benjamin Busch (who is also an actor on the The Wire) will take you deeper into the way the war experience affects us. What we bring to it and what we take away.
Being a cleaver-wielding, firestarting badass barbecuer doesn’t exactly jive with shopping for cookbooks but if you’re going to have one BBQ cookbook, Wicked Good Barbecue is the one you want. It was written by two dudes who won the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue. Basically, that’s the Superbowl of grilling.
There have been other books about the legendary singer and showman, the late, great James Brown, the undisputed Godfather Of Soul; but this book, The One: The Life & Music Of James Brown, from award winning biographer RJ Smith isn’t some rose-tinted, cracker-ass hype piece that rewrites the dirty drama of Brown’s crazy life. The writer created this portrait of Brown’s rise to iconic heights by interviewing over 100 people who were close to the artist. It’s pretty funked up.
For most of us, the only hardcover book we’d buy on Tiger Woods might be a pictorial of the legions of scandalous women he enjoyed in his darkest days. But if you actually care about Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods the golfer, this book by his coach of six years, Hank Haney, will provide great insights into the life of a young superstar who was once called “the greatest athlete ever.”
You like to eat hot stuff? Cook with hot stuff? Check out Cooking With Napalm, a cookbook featuring 48 recipes from French, Thai, Indian, and Vietnamese cuisine that’ll show you how to properly prepare hella hot creations. Proper as in don’t melt your lips off unless you really want to.
If your digital music library is filled with old, outdated digital formats like .WAV or .AIFF files, download the new droplet for free from Apple called Mastered For iTunes that quickly converts all these formats into AAC files, the high resolution format that is quickly becoming the global standard. Your old files might not sound any better, but if you are a musician, take note and try it out on your digital masters. Apple also added a new section to iTunes called “Mastered for iTunes” that promises music the way “the artist and sound engineer intended.” Source