Category Archives: Books

A Christmas Carol Illustrations

Written in 1843 in order for Charles Dickens to help pay the bills, A Christmas Carol quickly became a holiday favorite. From wikipedia: The tale has been viewed as an indictment of nineteenth century industrial capitalism and has been credited with returning the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after [...]

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On the Preparation of Tea

A Nice Cup of Tea, an essay written in 1946 by George Orwell. If you look up ‘tea’ in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned; or at most you will find a few lines of sketchy instructions which give no ruling on several of the [...]

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Generations of Style, Revisited

Scans from “Generations of Style“, by John William Cooke.

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Honda Design

“Honda Design: Motorcyle Part 1 1957-1984″ is a great new book that was just published and is a must buy for anyone interested in the history behind motorcycle designs. It documents just about every model that Honda and its teams have produced up until the mid 80′s and a DVD is included with interviews with [...]

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My Favourite Shirt: A History of Ben Sherman Style

Before it became the mall brand we know today, Ben Sherman had a long history of producing some of the most popular shirts throughout the 60′s and 70′s. The now out of print book, “My Favourite Shirt” by Paolo Hewitt and Terry Rawlings, explores the history of the company, the man behind it, and how [...]

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Ad Hoc at Home

Thomas Keller’s latest cookbook, Ad Hoc at Home, is his most approachable one yet. It’s very true to its subtitle of “family-style recipes” and all of them are easy to do (I’ve successfully tried about a dozen of them so far). Best yet is that no fancy equipment is needed and just about all of [...]

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Destino – Disney and Dalí

Old news for some, but I just learned about this short animation today: Destino. From wikipedia: Destino (the Galician, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian word for “destiny”) was storyboarded by Disney studio artist John Hench and artist Salvador Dalí for eight months in late 1945 and 1946; however, financial concerns caused Disney to cease production. The [...]

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Esquire Big Black Book – Fall 2009

Esquire’s fall 2009 edition of their Big Black Book is out in stores now, and available to purchase online for about $10. Like their last spring edition, I felt they missed the mark again in delivering good content. The essays on menswear are long gone, the photography is boring, and even the watches they chose [...]

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Yosemite in the Sixties

Get this book. From an old WSJ review: In 1959, Glen Denny, a relatively inexperienced mountain climber who was working as a busboy at the Yosemite Lodge in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, was invited to assist the renowned climber Warren Harding as he attempted the first ascent of an improbably steep granite prow [...]

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The Sapeurs of the Congo

Browsing through recent entries on Paul Smith’s blog led me to this photography book due to be released soon, titled the Gentlemen of Bacongo. It covers the Sapeurs, a subculture of dandy men that love to dress up in fine clothing despite living in near poverty conditions in Africa. I hope to have a copy [...]

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