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The first magazine I ever read on a regular basis was the A&F Quarterly. It was the lifestyle periodical published by Abercrombie & Fitch back in the late 90s. The avant-garde magalog tip-toed the fine line between editorial and catalog content so effortlessly that to my 15 year-old eye, it was cool...unbelievably cool.
Printed on cougar vellum paper (unique for a catalog), the Quarterly felt ambitious. It introduced me to more than just clothes, food, travel, sex, and all the controversy that came along with that. More importantly, it introduced me to the work of photographer Bruce Weber. That introduction in 1997 would serve as a major influence on my photographic development a decade later.
Still, to this day, I love Bruce Weber's photographs. He captures groups like no one else. Loose and yet connected, often with a sense of occasion, shot in that moment between the moment. His new coffee table book, Born Ready, is a collectible volume of essays and images that reveals a very personal and original vision of America today. Weber gets up close and personal with a unique assortment of talented and courageous individuals...and does what he does so beautifully, share a sliver of their story.
Pick up a copy on eBay for your own table well below the Amazon price of $83.80. I also pulled together an eBay collection* of my essential coffee table books for those looking to simply discover new titles or start a collection of their own. Follow me on eBay to check out the rest of my shoppable collections ranging from music to clothes to a few of my favorite things.
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Abrams Books just released Matt Zoller Seitz’s The Wes Anderson Collection, the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography. The coffee table book showcases the creative process of one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. It is chock full of never-before-seen photos, behind the scenes notes, original illustrations, and ephemera, all centered around a book-length conversation between the director and Seitz (the foremost critic on Anderson’s work).
Seitz is not one to shy away from pulling back the curtain on Anderson’s sources. In fact, Seitz goes in depth in analyzing what exactly influenced what in the director’s evolving signature style. Below you can see exactly how The Royal Tennenbaums was informed by Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane.
It is Francis Ford Coppola who says, “We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can’t steal. You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice. And that’s how you begin. And then one day someone will steal from you.”
Watch the trailer below as Seitz guides you through his approach and structure of what is sure to be one of the most visually intimate books of its kind.
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If you're anything like me, you don't cook...often. Or, not really at all. Cooking for one in New York, it's an uphill battle! With arguably the best restaurants in the country and whatever your little stomach can desire available at the click of a mouse (disclosing Seamless and Grub Hub addiction here), cooking is a rare feat. But I like to think that if I did, I'd have some good material to pull from.
The latest addition to my kitchen bookshelf is Christine E. Nunn's The Preppy Cookbook. As a talented chef at Picnic, her restaurant in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Nunn shares a raft of seriously good recipes. Like The Official Preppy Handbook's Lisa Birnbach, Nunn also grew up in the wonderful world of prep. And like Lisa, she writes about that world with deep knowledge and humor.
The cookbook is organized by stations of the Preppy Life Cycle: The Formative Years (a highlight is the Thick-as-London-Fog Pea Soup...cook once and feeds for a week), Summer and the Living is Easy (bring on the lobster rolls!), Brunch is a verb (hello Hangover Hash Browns), Luncheons and Showers, and lastly, Home for the Holidays (Nunn's Butternut Squash Lasagna reads as delectable as it probably tastes). Pick up a copy for yourself, host a cocktail party (on a Saturday night, of course), and your closest friends will never be the wiser that you "don't cook" often.