Did you really expect the X-Ray specs or laser gun plans you ordered from the back of your comic books to work? Of course you did. We all did. This book by pop culture writer & toy freak Kirk Demarais delves deep into the weird world of comic book chotchkes and where your $1.69 actually went.
They said the 90s were going to make the 80s look like the 50s. Former 90s posterboy and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was a big part of that numerical rock revolution. After a sold-out tour last year, his new acoustic solo record shows that even after all these years, he still has plenty to say and play.
There’s a reason why people are fanatical about their Apple products and it’s not just because they’re better. You love these products in large part because they are designed to move you. This book features over 200 examples of outstanding design by Jonathan Ive, the company’s Senior VP of Industrial design and explores the brand’s approach to the design process.
Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice …If the films by Tim Burton have transported you to other worlds you’ll most likely enjoy reading about the oddball director/artist. Renowned film critic Antoine de Baecque covers Burton from every angle; from his childhood to his offbeat blockbusting to his place in Hollywood history.
To fully appreciate this book, maybe watch the Cocaine Cowboys doc first. It will introduce you to Jon Roberts who was one of the prime movers of Columbia’s Medellin cartel in the 80s. Years later he spilled his guts to journalist Evan Wright. American Desperado is Robert’s tale of life as one of the biggest drug criminals of all time.
How much do you love The Walking Dead? Enough to read the actual stories the TV series is based on? All 1088 pages of it? Okay, you must really be a fanatic.
If New York City is the global epicenter of cocktail concoction then the infamous PDT Speakeasy in the East Village is ground zero. This bartender’s guide from Please Don’t Tell’s mixmaster Jim Meehan elevates drinkcraft to a fine art. It includes recipes for all 304 drinks the PDT offers, plus rich illustrations, advice, and classic techniques.
A ghost of technology past has been resurrected in the AirCassette, a new iPhone/iPod App. It’s simple. It makes your iTunes tracks appear to play on an old school cassette on your screen. A bit of nostalgia without the muffled hiss of the old tape deck, sounds good.
If you absolutely must go back to Rockville for the holidays, go well armed. R.E.M.’s forthcoming release Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 combines the bands’ best from both their IRS Records and Warner Bros. years, for a first-ever complete retrospective.
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Black Sabbath. Quit faking that you know something about them and read this book. It’s not Ozzy’s incomprehensible babbling, Iron Man is the legend and lore of the greatest heavy metal band of all time told from Tony Iommi’s perspective. The fact that you draw a blank on Iommi’s name is reason enough to read it.