Arts & Culture
This Christmas, give books
To your friends, your family or yourself
Published: December 18, 2013
HOW WE LIVE NOW
Where we are, where we’re headed
The Circle by Dave Eggers (Knopf): The slow-creep nightmare of working for a monolithic Google-esque tech corp.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Knopf): Observations on American blackness by a non-American black woman. Bonus: The author is sampled on Beyoncé’s new album.
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese): Third volume of Atwood’s dystopian series is less rollicking, more elegiac, still terrifying.
Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw (Spiegel & Grau): Interlocking stories of China’s new pecking order from a Taipei Tom Wolfe.
New ways of seeing the everyday
The Best American Infographics 2013 edited by Gareth Cook, foreword by David Byrne (Mariner Books): Data visualization may be the apex art form of our time.
Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground by Matthew Chojnacki (Schiffer Publishing): Don’t miss local Lure Design’s poster for The Shining.
Self Portrait as Your Traitor by Debbie Millman (HOW Books): Can a book of hand-drawn type make you cry? This one can.
The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz (Harry N. Abrams): Indispensable reference guide to the hermetic and beautiful world of Wes.
And Every Day Was Overcast by Paul Kwiatkowski (Black Balloon Publishing): Growing up bored and high in South Florida.
Words and pictures about sounds
Yé-Yé! Girls of ’60s French Pop by Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe (Feral House): Well-researched but not academic look at les demoiselles du French pop, with foreword by Lio (singer of the seminal “Le Banana Split”). Zou bisou bisou!
Late Century Dream: Movements in the U.S. Indie Music Underground by Tom Howells, Noel Gardner, Pavel Godfrey and Brian Howe (Black Dog Publishing): Editors from The Quietus, Pitchfork and NME take on America’s late-’90s scene. Bonus: cover photo by one of our own, Orlando photog Jim Leatherman.
Mexican Summer: Five Years Photo book of art and ephemera plus 10-inch vinyl (extremely limited edition, no digital version) from the label that brought you Best Coast, Kurt Vile, Tallest Man on Earth and more.
The Replacements: Waxed-Up Hair and Painted Shoes by Jim Walsh and Dennis Pernu (Voyageur Press): Treasure trove of previously unseen photos and interviews memorializing the late great rock-crit darlings.
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