book review: you are awesome

You Are Awesome, Cicada Books, 2012. First, how nice is it to have a book that right up front tells you that you rock? I need more books like that. You Are Awesome is a book of 21 crafts; gifts for yourself, or to make someone else feel awesome. I need more of that in…

book review: the bike-owner’s handbook

One of the great pleasures of reviewing books from Cicada Books, a London-based publisher, is that they’re all gorgeous, which is exactly their goal: they publish the book equivalent of an incredibly well-brewed small-batch craft beer, or a gorgeous screenprinted limited edition 7″ cover. They’re a pleasure to hold, and to read, as works of…

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More reviews of 33 1/3 books! Yay. (Now I just need them to send me the new Talking Heads book and an advance of the Exile On Guyville one and I will be halfway to a third entry in this series! Please, 33 1/3? I LOVE YOU GUYS A LOT OKAY. One, your books are…

like a record baby right round

I read a bunch of Continuum’s 33⅓ books! Now I am going to talk about them. Behind the jump: Music from Big Pink, Exile On Main Street, Horses, Highway 61 Revisited, Radio City. Pink Moon — Amanda Petrusich: one of my favorite things about this series is the flexibility of form in the books; you…

book review: state of craft (cicada books)

Fact: I am not the sort of person who makes things. Also fact: I do make things, of course; I make photographs. But third fact: I am not the sort of person who makes things, in terms of being crafty, like all the clever people on Etsy whose jewelry and screenprints and hats that I…

girls like us

I finished Sheila Weller’s Girls Like Us last week, and it was spectacular, but, man, it also made me really mad. I understand that it was the emotional atmosphere of the time that Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King were getting there start, but all of these smart, capable, infinitely talented women got slapped around…

book review: graphic usa

I’m headed out of town for the weekend, down to Isle of Palms & Charleston, SC, for the wedding of the lovely C&M, but before I go — while I go, actually; thanks to the scheduling feature on WordPress, when this posts, I am probably somewhere between Wilson and Florence on I-95 — I wanted…

play colors

Painters stand between the junkies and the psychos. They don’t move, they don’t jump or whisper or dance; they listen ferociously. I admire this. — Kristin Hersh I’m reading Kristin Hersh’s Rat Girl right now; it is fierce and gorgeous and utterly heart-breaking. Highly, highly recommended. (I reading it among other things, I should say, as…

big hair and plastic grass

Y’all, if you’re a baseball fan who lives in the Triangle, get yourself out to the Regulator Bookshop in Durham today at 2pm to catch Dan Epstein’s reading from Big Hair & Plastic Grass. Dan’s funny and brilliant and knows absolutely everything about baseball in the ’70s, so go even if it’s just to ask…