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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

December 15, 2014

Last-minute shopping? I can’t say this is a gift guide for everyone, but every year I offer up a little list of things I think are cool. Most are books. I can’t lay claim to all of these being recent, but they are to my taste.

Without further ado:

Alfred Stieglitz: Camera Work

This brings together highlights from the entire run of Stieglitz’s legendary magazine Camera Work, one of the first North American periodicals to feature photography in any way.

Was Superman A Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?: And Other Amazing Comic Book Trivia!

Brian Cronin writes a regular blog on why comics developed the way they did, and both these books expand heavily on the same theme. These are a comic trivia-lovers dream.

Star Wars Costumes by Brandon Alinger
A coffee-table sized portfolio of the original trilogy’s costumes, in their full glory.

Geek-Art: An Anthology: Art, Design, Illustration & Pop Culture by Thomas Olivri
Another oversized-tome of creators re-interpreting geek culture in many different forms.

A Philosophy Of Walking by Frederic Gros
I haven’t read this yet, but I’m an avid walker, and the book jacket blurb is enticing.

Radio Benjamin by Walter Benjamin
We’ve had a flood of newly-translated Benjamin over the last 2 decades, and this is a transcript of his radio work in Germany.

Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship by Adrienne Clarkson
The latest Massey Lecture by one of our more distinguished former Governor-Generals of Canada. I’m half-way through this, and like all Massey’s, it doesn’t disappoint.

Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws For The Internet Age by Cory Doctorow
I will say up-front that I’m not a fan of Doctorow. I doubt I’ll agree with very much in this book, but he at least is sane and hasn’t drunk the dot-com kool-aid like many others who weigh in on copyright and new economic models.

Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck
Probably the most entertaining food blog currently in existence. Healthy food with attitude.

Cool Beer Labels: The Best Art & Design From Breweries Around The World by Daniel Bellon, Steven Speeg
A wonderful picture book of craft and small brewery labels from around the world. Great design, and great beer.

Camera Crazy by Buzz Poole, Christopher D. Salyers
A fun book of toy cameras, old and new. Quite a few of these are used by professionals daily.

The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo
This is a beautiful hardcover from Dark Horse featuring artists from around the world interpreting Stan Sakai’s rabbit ronin. Usagi Yojimbo has consistently been a high-quality comic for the last 30 years, and proceeds from the book will help defray medical costs of the Sakai family.

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