Tag Archives: coffee table books

  • ‘Massimo Listri: The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries’ from Taschen

    ‘Massimo Listri: The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries’ from Taschen

    Personally, when I think about libraries, I think about cozy suburban branches, or massive modern downtown libraries, rather than the opulent cathedrals of learning that have been around for hundreds of years. Still, in browsing around the new Taschen joint Massimo Listri: The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries, I can see the appeal of the latter. As […]

  • Charcoal Book Club: A New Coffee Table Book Every Month

    Charcoal Book Club: A New Coffee Table Book Every Month

    Book clubs, for various reasons, tend to be focused on content rather than collectibility. But we live in an age when there’s a subscription service for just about everything — like the Charcoal Book Club, which gives subscribers the opportunity to receive a new handsomely mounted coffee table photography book every month. The Charcoal Book Club’s […]

  • ‘Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made’

    ‘Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made’

    Everybody has a favorite movie, but it takes a truly cultured mind to have a favorite movie that doesn’t exist. It might be the Wachowskis‘ Plastic Man movie. It might be George A. Romero’s Resident Evil. Or it might be the movie that serves as the subject of the new Taschen book release: Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never […]

  • ‘Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture’ is All About Coffee Lids

    ‘Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture’ is All About Coffee Lids

    Just when I thought I’d seen everything, Louise Harpman and Scott Specht have devoted a book, and possibly their entire lives, to the art of the coffee lid. The book is entitled Coffee Lids: Peel, Pinch, Pucker, Puncture. Here’s the official skinny, since personally I’m at a loss: “Louise Harpman and Scott Specht have collected these familiar triumphs […]

  • ‘Obama: An Intimate Portrait’ by White House Photog Pete Souza

    ‘Obama: An Intimate Portrait’ by White House Photog Pete Souza

    It feels like 50 years ago, but it really wasn’t so long ago that Barack Obama was president. His White House photographer Pete Souza became a well-known name for his visual chronicling of the Obama presidency, and now he’s putting his work together for “the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama’s historic Presidency.” It’s called […]

  • ‘Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds, 1953-2016′

    ‘Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds, 1953-2016′

    The Playboy centerfold is a cultural icon dating back all the way to 1953, when the first Playmate of the Month Marilyn Monroe helped bring the magazine’s first issue to public prominence. Ten years ago, the magazine first published Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds, and now this handsome edition has been “comprehensively updated” to include the […]

  • ‘The Watch Book: Rolex’ Traces 112 Years of Rolex History

    ‘The Watch Book: Rolex’ Traces 112 Years of Rolex History

    One way to gauge the importance of an art’s practitioner by how well the general public, rather than followers of the art form in question, know the practitioner in day to day conversation. By that metric, Rolex has to be the greatest watch brand of all time, since it’s quite possibly the only watch brand […]