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Hunter S. Thompson's "The Curse of Lono" Reissued
After nearly a decade out of print, Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman's "The Curse of Lono" is again back on the shelves. Originally published in 1983 and heralded as the devilish duo's most eccentric piece of work, the book follows the two...
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Desire Books Iron-On Patches
If you're out to customize any of the new clothes, jackets or backpacks you may have received over the holidays, or embellish your older apparel, Desire Books' new line of embroidered patches offers clever, charming accent pieces. Each patch in the...
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Cantos: The Rings of Hell and Heaven
With a background in sculpture, drawing and design, any number of lines on NY-based artist Anne Fischer's CV are worth a closer look. Her Cantos: The Rings of Hell and Heaven collection, for example, is a supreme example of wearable art. On a recent...
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Originally published to great admiration in 1900, L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" has since secured itself as one of the most recognizable children's classics of all time. While the beloved story has stood the test of time HarperCollins...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Maurice Sendak Book lovers the world over mourned the passing of Maurice Sendak, author of such childhood classics as "Where the Wild Things Are" and "In the Night Kitchen." Remembering him, we've been looking back to a particularly memorable...
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Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens is like the Madonna of the literary world. Two centuries later, the progressive British novelist remains as relevant and legendary today as he was at the height of his career. Marking the bicentennial of his birth this year is a series...
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Book Chargers
The dummy book motif has appeared on accessories from handbags to desktop boxes, only partially satisfying true literary geeks because, after all, they're only just replicating the covers. Book Chargers by Rich Neeley Designs, on the other hand...
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A Year from Monday
Best known as an avant-garde composer, John Cage spent his entire life writing, a fact often overshadowed by his achievements in music. "A Year from Monday," an anthology of lectures and poems originally published in '67, proves that genius is never...
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My First Dictionary
First time author Ross Horsley tackles the challenge of teaching young minds with a playfully disturbing dictionary. An innocent endeavor at first blush, "My First Dictionary" is actually filled with inappropriate definitions for its roster of simple...
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Hamburger Automatenverlag Book Vending Machines
In an effort to both reuse retired cigarette vending machines and encourage literacy (not to mention sell a few books), newly-minted German publisher Hamburger Automatenverlag recently introduced a resourceful new concept—the book vending machine...
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Cleto Munari: Five Pens for Five Nobel Prize Winning Writers
A person's handwriting says a lot about his or her personality; a strong right slant suggests a fierce emotional side while small size might refer to a penchant for details. This idea wasn't lost on Italian designer Cleto Munari, who asked...
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Thumbthing
Thumbthing is a brilliant little invention for bibliophiles and casual readers alike. The colorful molded plastic piece fits on your thumb and holds the book open making one-handed reading much more satisfying. Available with 4 different thumb hole...
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SMITH Magazine
The hyperbolically-titled "bloggers revolution" has changed publishing. Virtually free to publish, the internet phenomenon has created digital publishing, a medium that is simultaneously wholly democratic yet often schizophrenic. Now there...
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Crown Angels T-Shirt
The elegiac Crown Angels T-Shirt by Brooklyn-based Roxy's Tee Parlor takes New Orleans imagery as its inspiration. In pale green for men or on a grey American Girl tee for women, twenty percent of the proceeds go to the rebuilding efforts of...
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Wholphin
McSweeneys' media empire continues to expand, this time into the world of moving pictures with the launch of Wholphin, a quarterly DVD magazine. Named after the offspring of a Whale and a Dolphin, the premiere issue's bold-type lineup includes...
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826NYC Fashion Show and Benefit
McSweeney's, the youthful bi-coastal publishing house, is one of the more prolific enterprises out there, having put out dozens of books, a quarterly journal, and monthly magazine The Believer, all within the last few years. Not the least of their...
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So Yesterday
So Yesterday. It's an adventure mystery about a teenage cool hunter who stumbles upon the most amazing sneakers ever. Needless to say, I was skeptical. I finally got around to reading it (cover to cover in flight from San Francisco to New York...
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Skin by Shelley Jackson
Writer Shelley Jackson has invited participants to have one word (in classic book font) tattooed anywhere on their bodies. That word will be from the story titled Skin, and the full text of the story will never be published. It's up to the participants...
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John Langdon
While everyone else has been reading the Da Vinci Code , I have been reading Dan Brown's earlier novel Angels and Demons , where Brown first introduces the world to Harvard Symbologist Robert Langdon and his extensive study of the Illuminati...
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Jennifer Government
Max Barry has written a genius satire of the a not too distant future where American capatilism has taken over the world. Government is privatized, the Police are for hire, the NRA is publicly traded, people take theire employer's name as their last...