Lucky Peach Magazine $28
Momofuku mastermind David Chang and writer Peter Meehan have collaborated to create Lucky Peach. Published by McSweeney's, the quarterly journal is so much more than crackerjack food writing--there's a prompt on the site to submit dirty jokes, so we know the entertainment value is expansive. It's a CH favorite, and we actually read it.
MT-5 Turntable $6,500
Called "the turntable of the gods" by Rolling Stone magazine, this beauty from hi-fi audio manufacturers McIntosh uses state-of-the-art technology to reduce any possibility of audio distortion, noise or coloration—so you only hear what is on the vinyl recording. It's a turntable worthy of playing your most prized LPs as they spin over a glowing green, magnetically suspended platter.
Susan Sontag $19
One of the contemporary world's foremost thinkers, Susan Sontag contributed a wealth of critical analysis to a wide variety of subjects, and her singular intellect is as informative as it is provocative. In a new book, Rolling Stone vet Jonathan Cott delivers the hours of conversation he had with Sontag which weren't published in his 1979 magazine interview, and the result is nothing short of a riveting.
Paris 1969 $21
A never-before-released audio recording of Thelonious Monk's late-career concert at Paris' Salle Pleyel is finally available from Blue Note Records. Monk, a self-taught musician, was 52 years old at the time but balanced the quartet with two new young members—17-year-old drummer Paris Wright, and student bassist from Berklee, Nate Hygelund—for a fresh performance. Listen out for Monk's attraction to dissonant harmonies and unusual rhythms that he subtly slips in, and the way he almost attacks the piano recklessly but with allure.
Riposte Magazine $16
A creative publication celebrating smart women making the world a more interesting place, the newly launched, London-based Riposte Magazine follows a set format of "five ideas, four meetings, three features, two essays and one icon" for a fully fascinating read.
Santiago Calatrava: Ultimate Collection $640
Along with Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, Spanish-born Santiago Calatrava is one of the most significant architects to emerge out of the latter part of the 20th century with his free-spirited structures, which disrupt the usual quadratic urban landscape. From the opera house in his hometown of Valencia and the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens to Sweden's famous Turning Torso skyscraper, this hardcover box set is the ultimate collection of Calatrava's most famous and not-so-known architectural masterpieces, containing drawings, engineering and sculpture examples from his tremendous and inspiring body of work.
Known for her elegant confections, rustic farmers market pastries and LA cafes, Valerie Gordon's new cookbook "Sweet" breaks down each of her recipes into approachable steps with how-to guides and gorgeous photos by Peden + Munk.
Heritage Radio Network
Heritage Radio Network Donation $25-1,000
The non-profit station, Heritage Radio Network was created in 2009 by Patrick Martins, founder of Slow Food USA and of Heritage Foods USA. Reporting live from two converted shipping containers out back of the sustainably-minded Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta's, HRN "chronicles and celebrates the growing movement to change American food ways." HRN offers an abundance of thoughtful ways to get involved in the local food movement that extend beyond farming and well beyond Brooklyn. Keep this educational resource going with a donation in support.
The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design $31
Take a closer look at the works and design principles of the late and great Maurice Noble, a notable American cartoonist responsible for much of the Warner Brothers' aesthetic, particularly the Roadrunner series. One of the pioneers of background animation, Noble's 60 years of work is compiled in this extensive book, which is both a biography and guide for budding animators.
Bill Wyman's Scrapbook $275
Hand-sewn and hand-bound in England using the finest materials and traditional methods, this super limited-edition compilation (only 1,962 copies will ever exist) is revealing, reflective and deeply candid through insightful, handwritten commentary from legendary Rolling Stones founding member, bass player Bill Wyman.
Roberta's Cookbook $21
The first cookbook from the chef and co-owner of Brooklyn's celebrated Roberta's and Michelin starred Blanca restaurants features recipes you can actually follow and make at home. More than just its celebrated pizzas, the recipes cover a variety of dishes, each paired with a photograph.
TEED + Dan Wilton
TEED Fanzine $16
Fans of Orlando Higginbottom—the London producer and DJ better known as Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED)—will revel in photographer Dan Wilton's freshly released zine, a 40-page homage to the artist's recently-ended tour. Designed by Leo Krikhaar of Supernaut Studio, the saddle-stitched fanzine is a limited run of 400 numbered copies.
Material Change $24
"Material Change" explores the creation of a for-profit business with a mission for social progress. The poignant book recalls the journey of architect and social entrepreneur Eve Blossom, who formed her company Lulan Artisans to preserve artisanal skills and create jobs in communities lacking economic stability, all while producing beautiful and coveted designs sold at ABC home, among others. Rife with stunning photography and a wealth of information, this inspiring story is a must-read for anyone who seeks to design with a conscious.
Impossible Instant Lab $299
For those who yearn for the bygone era of photo albums, or who pine for Polaroids and the instant gratification that comes along with them, the Impossible Instant Lab is ideal. Transform your photo stream into a tangible treasure for years to come. This analog printer uses light sensitive emulsion to attain the results of a Polaroid snapshot with the ease of your trusty iPhone, for a printing technique that is both a nod to the past and a must for the future.
Madonna NYC 83 $35
An exciting new pictorial tome, "Madonna NYC 83" presents previously unreleased images from photographer Richard Corman's extensive shoot with the Material Girl early on in both of their careers. The photos capture her singular energy as well as street life in Manhattan's Lower East Side, and feel as fresh as the day they were taken.
What's Inside? $15
Get your hands on a copy of this curiosity-inducing read from Okido, an innovative group of London designers. "What's Inside?" bestows X-ray vision on its readers, and teaches important lessons about the interior workings of buildings, the planet and even our own bodies. When held up to the light, semi translucent plastic pages reveal entire worlds beneath the surface and will surely have both children, and adults, pondering the multi-dimensional nature of the universe.