Must-read books, according to David Bowie

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Monday 3 March 2014

If you’re in the market for a new book, here’s some sage advice from one of literature’s most influential book reading list advisors, Oprah David Bowie. At the exhibition of ‘David Bowie Is’ at the Art Gallery of Ontario, curators revealed his top 100 must-read book list.

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This book will make you feel the protagonist’s pain

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 7 February 2014

This is what happens when MIT academics have too much time on their hands! These researchers have developed a wearable device that, ‘when attached to the body, changes the bearer’s physical characteristics’. Meaning, you can actually feel the excitement, desires and sympathies of the protagonist.

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John D and Me: new kids book illustrated by Kate McCarthy

Kate McCarthy Reader Find

By Kate McCarthy in New Illustration on Thursday 7 November 2013

Sonia Penny’s new book John D and Me is the story of a cheeky little gorilla named John Daniel. His character is based on the ‘John Daniel’ of twentieth century fame who was brought into London and lived above a shop with his devoted owner. He ended up in New York before he eventually died. […]

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Adventures of a Serial Trespasser: a photo book by Bradley Garrett

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Thursday 10 October 2013

Bradley Garrett is an urban explorer who braves heights, tight spaces, the dark, and even the police to photograph off-limits locations. Garrett is a researcher and photographer who has dedicated the past 5 years of his life to documenting the abandoned and run-down parts of the world. His new book, Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City, […]

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Haiku A Day: book by Erik Kraft

Erik Kraft Reader Find

By Erik Kraft in New Art on Saturday 5 October 2013

Back in 2011, I undertook two ‘a-day’ type projects. Each day I drew a picture, and each day I wrote a haiku. I then posted them to my Tumblr so if I stopped doing it, I would be embarrassed publicly (assuming anyone was reading). This year-long moment in time got a write up on Lost […]

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Turn your book cover inside out, then donate it

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Wednesday 2 October 2013

Mailbooks For Good encourages readers to donate their books to charity after they finish reading it. And spreading the love of reading has never been so easy thanks to the super clever packaging system they invented. Your book cover can be turned inside out and refolded to become a small package with pre-paid postage and the […]

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Look what just washed up on the beach: a pop-up library

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 18 September 2013

A mobile library has popped up in the southern French town of Istres on the beach of Romaniquette. Dubbed Bibliotheque de Plage, it’s the creation of industrial designer Matali Crasset, who worked with the Istres municipal library to encourage book reading and borrowing. Nothing beats basking in the sun by the beach with a book […]

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The Book Seer app will suggest a good read for you

Sara Halas Reader Find

By Sara Halas in Cool Websites on Friday 13 September 2013

Looking for a good book to read? Just tell the BookSeer the title and author of the last book you read, and he’ll give you a list of books he thinks you would enjoy. If you live in the UK, he can also direct you to your closest bookshop or local library. The BookSeer is […]

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British sculptor James Hopkins’ 3D collages of bookshelves

Vivian Shih Reader Find

By Vivian Shih in New Art on Tuesday 10 September 2013

I recently came across a British sculptor, James Hopkins’ series of 3d collages of bookshelves organized to form images of skulls. Not only are the beautifully interesting, but they make me reconsider the concept of shelving and organization within my home.

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Sylvia Plath’s poems for kids

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Thursday 29 August 2013

Sylvia Plath is probably known best for her emotionally tumultuous poetry, so it’s hard to imagine that she’s also written The Bed Book for children, a collection of poems about, well, beds. Her primary audience really, were her own kids. The original British edition came with illustrations by artist Quentin Blake. It’s a really charming […]

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Underground New York Public Library

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 26 August 2013

Have you seen the Underground New York Public Library? Well, it’s not an actual library, but a blog featuring NYC subway commuters — with their candid snapshots taken by Ourit Ben-Haim — focused on burying their noses into their books while they travel to their destinations. It’s simply magical.

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How to make friends by telephone: a 1940s step by step guide

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 24 August 2013

‘How often you meet folks whose voices delight you!’ chimes the opening line of 1940s instructional illustrated booklet How To Make Friends by Telephone. We love how painfully obvious the advice is, right down to tips like ‘Be sure of the number. If you’re not sure of the number, it’s best to look it up or you may get a wrong number, which irritates you and the person you call by mistake.’ It’s an entertaining read all right.

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Choose Your Own Adventure goes online, makes it impossible to cheat

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Monday 19 August 2013

Remember those books you loved as a child that let you choose your own ending? Well now, Chooseco has brought that idea into the digital age with Choose ‘Toons, an interactive cartoon app that allows children to create their own personalized animated adventure. With the help of Kickstarter, Chooseco hopes to raise $130,000 to fund […]

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Claire de Rouen Books in London

Takeshi Suga Reader Find

By Takeshi Suga in Cool Travel on Monday 19 August 2013

If you’re after fashion and photography books in London, you’d be pleased to visit Claire de Rouen Books on Charing Cross Road. Occupying an extremely tiny space above a sex shop, they have a broad selection of rare, out-of-print, signed and collector editions books. The bookshop also runs a programme of reading list events called […]

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Graphic designers wake up earlier than before

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 14 August 2013

In their book I Used to Be a Design Student: 50 Graphic Designers Then and Now, Billy Kiosoglou and Philippin Frank got designers to reflect on how they have changed since their university days. Surprisingly, most wake up significantly earlier as design practitioners compared to the time when they were design students.

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