News out of North Korea seems to be brightening lately. Well, aside from the unregulated nuclear testing and human rights horrors. Read Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, it’ll give yourself a little historical perspective on one of the world’s most violent dictatorships. It’s the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, a man raised in a prison camp who witnessed the execution of his own family. Seriously, how the hell did he escape?
When Paul Newman and Robert Redford teamed up for the period crime-comedy The Sting in 1973, they were Hollywood superstars in their prime. The movie won seven Oscars and Redford was even nominated for Best Actor in his performance as a 1930s Chicago hustler. Surprisingly he was beat out by some other dude in a movie about a guy who hitchhikes across the country to find a cat named Tonto. This re-mastered Blu-ray disc is bound to make the two co-stars look even more handsome than you remember.
Animal House is an undisputed American comedy classic. It was at first rejected by producers for being too stupid, then made over $600 million. It launched the careers of Kevin Bacon & John Belushi, and was filmed in only 4 weeks. The story behind this film is as legendary as the movie itself. Read all about it in this new book you filthy animal.
Snoop Dogg gained fame and made his name with a song about Gin n’ Juice but on album after album the Doggfather has always professed his love for the herbal essence. You can read all about it in his new book. Rolling Words is a songbook you can smoke, literally. It’s a collection of Snoop’s lyrics printed on rolling papers. Availability still unknown.
Enemies: A History of the FBI by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner is a history of America’s most powerful secret intelligence service. Drawn entirely from firsthand materials in the FBI’s own files, Weiner, who wrote an award-winning history of the C.I.A., Legacy of Ashes explores it all from founder J. Edgar Hoover’s 48-year rule by fear, force and fraud to today, in which it’s run pretty much the same way.
Electronic and dance music marshalls the Chemical Brothers bring their tripped-out live show to Blu-ray with the release of Don’t Think, a live concert video from Japan’s Fujirock Festival which they recorded on 20 cameras in front of a crowd of 50,000 fans. If your special occasion requires psychedelic visuals, this is the ticket. The sound is also incredible, recorded in Dolby 7:1 surround and mixed down by Brothers themselves.
Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone explores the life of prototypical punk pioneers and relentless rockers, The Ramones. Johnny and the boys went strong for over 20 years. Never sold out. Never sucked. Read & learn how they pulled off this nearly impossible feat.
The Barefoot Bandit was a news-making teenage punk from the Pacific Northwest who was a burglar, car, boat and identity thief. The kid even stole a plane without ever taking a flying lesson. His infamy grew as he continued to evade the police and federal agents who sought to end his harmless crime spree that was making them all look like bumbling boobs. Colton Harris-Moore is the barefoot bandit and his true life tale is told by Orcas Island resident-writer Bob Friel.
America has always been a land of swindlers. This novel recounts the tale of Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet, who in 1919 was conned not once but twice by stock market hustlers. Norfleet then wised up and embarked on a nationwide hunt disguising himself as a gullible hayseed allowing those same con-men to lure him into new scams. All the while he was building evidence against them. The Mark Inside is a tale of sweet revenge and America’s abusive love affair with easy money.
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.