Lifestyle and Culture

In Advance of the Landing

Folk Concepts of Outer Space

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Long unavailable, this cult classic about UFOs and the people who believe in them is back at last!

As Tom Wolfe explains in his foreword: "Douglas Curran is not only a photographer but also a reporter, and an extremely gifted one. I am tempted to suggest that he also qualifies as an anthropologist, but I think I will leave it at 'reporter.' To be a reporter of Douglas Curran's caliber is a lofty enough achievement. He has discovered an exotic world, and for eight years he has traveled remote terrains throughout the United States and Canada exploring it. This book is the culmination of a quest that, by terrestrial standards, is as extraordinary as that of the people he brings to life." In the course of that long quest, Curran recorded — in sympathetic words and perceptive photographs — the ideas and experiences of individuals whose obsession with outer space inspired them to create elaborate homemade spaceships and even more elaborate belief systems.

Now updated with several new photographs and an expanded text — and more relevant than ever, given the popularity of The X-Files and other investigations of alien life — In Advance of the Landing remains the definitive probe of a singularly fascinating subculture.

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International Design Yearbook 16

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Now in its sixteenth year, this unique showcase remains the most authoritative guide to contemporary design.

Covering five major areas of domestic design, International Design Yearbook 16 devotes separate chapters to furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles, and products created over the past 18 months by both well-known designers and new names from around the world. This year's selection has been made by internationally acclaimed architect and lighting designer Michele De Lucchi.

As fresh as the millennium itself, the annual presents futuristic technological ideas, such as Ron Arad's computer-animated vases, as well as reinventions of time-honored objects, like Sir Norman Foster's light design for Artemide. This who's who of domestic design includes the vibrant, modern talent of Emmanuel Babled, Jonathan Ives, and Ettore Sottsass, and design teams from Philips, Sharp, and Siemens. The objects are lavishly illustrated, and full technical data is given for each. A comprehensive reference section provides biographies of the designers, a list of suppliers and their addresses, and an updated list of design acquisitions at major international museums.

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Hidden Himalayas

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An intimate gaze into one of the last truly exotic places on earth.

Two young Americans take us to Humla, an ancient territory at the edge of Nepal where no Westerner has ever lived before. In breathtaking photographs and evocative prose, Thomas Kelly and Carroll Dunham capture Humla's limitless vistas and disclose intimate details of the lives of its extraordinary people: yak herders, caravan drivers, shamans, and brides who are shared among brothers.

Here is a land of eternally snow-capped mountains and sweeping valleys. A land as eerie and forbidding as the landscape of some distant moon, its people all but forgotten by the rest of the world. Their lives are a struggle — the alpine soil metes out sustenance grudgingly, and long winters threaten to banish the warmth of life forever. Yet these lives yield untold riches. As if the splendid isolation and sheer altitude of the hidden Himalayas bring them closer to the gods, the people of this land are possessed of a spirituality few Westerners will ever know.

Kelly's extraordinary photographs are accompanied by Dunham's evocative and lyrical account of life as the people of Humla conceive it: a cycle of fall, winter, spring, and summer. In a world made easy, accessible, and all too familiar by supersonic travel, television, and communication at the click of a mouse, here is an enlightening glimpse into the lives of a virtually untouched people.

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Simply Safari

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With appeal for designers and home owners, this lavish volume shows how to combine African simplicity with colonial grandeur to create interiors with safari style.

Born out of the landscape of the African savanna, safari style is a dynamic combination of primitive architecture and the high decorative style of European explorers in Africa. From tree-house camps and thatched bungalows to lodges akin to small luxury hotels in the wild, the 26 lodges featured in this volume come from the southern African states of Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Earthy color palettes, patterns, and textures are paired with the luxury and sensuality associated with the colonial safari to give us a romanticized version of "roughing it."

Accompanying 200 glowing color photographs is a inspiring text that will entice any home decorator into transforming a city apartment or country house into a home reminiscent of any of these African locales. Lodge addresses are provided for the intrepid traveler, and a source list makes it easy to find everything you need to recreate an African atmosphere with elegance, simplicity, and vitality.

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Zen Cats

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To delight cat lovers everywhere, here are more than 60 irresistible portraits of the Zenlike cats of Japan.

The embodiment of Zen--independent, serene, enlightened--these cats inhabit the temples, shrines, gardens, and parks of Japan. Photographer Yoshiyuki Yaginuma has captured these free spirits in many poses, from meditating in a garden and baring fangs in a hunting stance to frolicking with the family, perching on statues, and curling in repose.In Japan cats have always occupied a special place: the eternal symbol of good luck is a white cat with its paw raised, and ancient screens from centuries past are often graced with a cat. And in the rarified world of Buddhist and Shinto temples, cats have been welcomed for practical reasons. Since the monks eat rice and so do mice, there's more rice for the monks with cats regulating the population.

Fascinated by these Zen cats, Yaginuma regularly visits temples and other places where they reside, and he feels that the cats wait to greet him and his camera. Jana Martin's intriguing commentary discuss the cat in Japanese myth, folklore, and in Zen writings. She pairs the irresistible feline portraits with poems by generations of Zen disciples and monks, who do not assign any human quality to them but praise them for what they are. How perfectly Zenlike after all!

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Provence

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A miniature tour of one of the most beautiful places on earth, through the lens of photographers extraordinaire Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo.

With unique artistry, skill and humor, photographers Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo portray Provence as it has never been seen before. The Provence that captivates this photography team is not merely picturesque scenes and village life, but wonderfully composed landscapes, details, and portraits that resemble paintings. Following the tradition of Matisse, Cezanne, and van Gogh, Bullaty and Lomeo have treated Provence as a grand canvas and created the singular collection of pictures included in this book.

In this compact companion, one may encounter a field of glowing sunflowers bordering on a magenta sky; brilliantly colored rows of lavender stretching to the horizon; vernacular windows that suggest abstract art; and haunting stonework, to mention a few of the book's photographic themes. For nearly three decades, Bullaty and Lomeo have devoted themselves to portraying the region's color, light, textures, and forms. In capturing the very essence of Provence, they have discovered views overlooked by most visitors and even locals.

Complementing the photographs is a spirted and informative commentary by Marie-Ange Guillaume, a gifted French author, who introduces the region by exploring why painters, writers, and other creative individuals have been attracted to Provence. This unrivaled celebration of Provence is an inspired gift for travelers, photographers, and admirers of this endlessly fascinating region.

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Living Zen

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This inspirational and informative book places the ancient wisdom of Zen Buddhism in a modern, everyday context, showing how it can influence every aspect of our lives, from self-awareness to the aesthetics of home and garden.

Zen Buddhism is a spiritual practice that impacts how we view ourselves and one another, as well as our environment. It is an awakening of our senses that enables us to see the world from a different perspective. As a way of life, Zen is growing in popularity, and this book demystifies the age-old Zen tradition, explaining how an understanding of Zen can transform our lifestyle.

Michael Paul, who has practiced Zen Buddhism for over twenty-five years, covers many facets of the subject in his clearly written text, including the meaning of Zen, Zen living and practice for every day, and Zen art forms. He also covers Zen in the home, describing the lifestyle it evokes — clarity of expression and a bold way of decorating resulting in pared-down simplicity. Similarly in the garden there is a minimalist landscaping style using plants that provide not only color, but also shape and form. Supplementing the text are evocative color photographs, specially commissioned for this book, that convey the spirit Zen.

All those seeking simplicity, peace, and harmony in their lives and surroundings will find this book intriguing.

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Kagan's Superfecta

And Other Stories

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The art of Jewish storytelling thrives in this captivating collection of tales filled with memorable characters.

The stories in this collection are deeply felt explorations in to the Jewish mind and world — stories in the tradition of Isaac Bashevis Singer. At the same time, illuminated by compassion and humor, they transcend cultural boundaries and provide fascinating studies in the universal human experience. Kagan the compulsive gambler, Bluma the old beggarwoman, Hymie the well-to-do arsonist, and Maxie the juggling uncle are but a few of the unforgettable characters brought to vivid life in these pages.

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Seven Trails West

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A handsome exploration of the major routes that linked the country to the Far West; the trail blazed by Lewis and Clark, the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon-California Trail, the Mormon Trail, the Pony Express, the Transcontinental Telegraph, and the Transcontinental Railroad.

Seven Trails West tells many stories in one; the epic tale of determined men and women (some of them famous trailbreakers, some little known); the lures that attracted these pragmatic dreamers to the West; and the ordeals and disappointments they overcame along the way. Richly illustrated with archival photos, paintings, maps, and documents, this exhilarating book offers the general reader a vivid overview of the western trail network that bound an immature nation together and provided an armature for later development.

By turns an inspiring and disturbing account, Seven Trails West explores the virtues and vices, the triumphs and failures of the greatest voluntary mass migration in history. The critical yet still little-known role played by the trails in this migration is vital for understanding how America came to be.

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Branding and Design in Cigarette Packaging

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This volume presents more than 300 cigarette packs showing how designers have used words and pictures and eye-catching graphic design to make smoking irresistible.

For more than a hundred years, the well-heeled cigarette industry has hired some of the world's cleverest designers to make smoking appeal to as many different types of people in as many different cultures as possible. The result is compelling graphic design that employs a startling range of images, from saints to skeletons, golden bats to butterflies, tartans to top hats. This compendium of some of the best examples is an additively entertaining resource for designers, typographers, commercial artists, and branding professionals, as well as collectors.Complementing the striking images is a flavorful text that explores the changing ways that specific cigarette brands have been promoted over the years. What factors distinguish a successful brand from a flop? Who smokes Life cigarettes, and who picks up a pack of Death instead? Why did the industry market both Uptown and Downtown brands simultaneously? What makes certain symbols popular across far-flung national boundaries — Tiger cigarettes, for example, pop up from Latin America to Indonesia. And how much has the packaging contributed to the fact that cigarettes are still consumed with fervor by people all around the world, regardless of class, culture, and the well-known health risks?

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The Best Dive Sites of the World

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This double-sized dive guide features more of the very best sites from Abbeville's critically acclaimed diving series.

From the Great Barrier Reef to the Florida Keys, from Polynesia to the Caribbean, from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, this volume charts the globe for the world's best dive sites. The short chapters covering each of the 50 dives provide crucial data and full-color, three-dimensional maps to provide the information diving enthusiasts need to plan their dives for maximum enjoyment.

Like every guide in the series, the lively text by dive experts has been vetted by Diving Science and Technology Corporation (DSAT), which is a corporate affiliate of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), making these the most reliable guides for the expert as well as the first-time diver.

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The Magic Flute (Special Edition)

Boxed edition with signed print

The ultimate gift for opera lovers, the irresistible illustrated libretto pairs Davide Pizzigoni's engaging images with J. D. McClatchy's witty new translation and a music CD of the rare 1937 recording of Arturo Toscanini conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.

Originally commissioned by the Viennese music-hall impresario Emanuel Schikaneder, Mozart's Magic Flute has triumphed over these humble beginnings to become one of the most widely performed and best-loved operas in the international repertory. Over the centuries, Mozart's inspired whimsy and profoundly serious symbolism have been interpreted by artists as varied as Marc Chagall and David Hockney. Now, with elegant verve, Davide Pizzigoni translates Mozart's celebrated musical motifs into such charming visual motifs as quirky faces, extravagant shoes, and unexpected flowers. The new translation of the Schikaneder/Mozart libretto by poet and librettist J. D. McClatchy takes an equally fresh and amusing approach, as does his lighthearted but illuminating introduction. The inventive design of the book stages the opera on the page, giving each reader front-row seats at a dazzlingly original performance.

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The Civil Rights Movement

A Photographic History, 1954-1968

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The first book to tell the story of the civil rights movement through the rousing and often wrenching photographs that recorded, promoted, and protected it.

With a striking selection of images and a lively, informative text, Steven Kasher captures the danger, drama, and bravery of the civil rights movement. After an introduction explaining the significance of photography to the movement, the text in this important book proceeds from the Montgomery bus boycott through the student, local and national movements; the big marches; Freedom summer; Malcolm X; and the death of Martin Luther King.

Each chapter begins with a fast-paced narrative of a crucial event in the movement, complemented by a portfolio of the most effective and evocative photographs of the subject. Ranging from the well known to the rare, these images were shot by such photographers as Richard Avedon, Danny Lyon, Charles Moore, Gordon Parks, Dan Weiner, and more than 50 others. Many of the pictures are accompanied by thought-provoking remembrances and analysis by various photographers and participants.

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Remedios Varo

Unexpected Journeys

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The adventures that fill the strange and wonderful paintings by Remedios Varo (1908-1963) reflect the physical and psychological journeys of her own tumultuous life.

Raised in a strict Spanish family and rigorously trained in academic art, Varo first found escape in Barcelona's bohemian avant-garde. After fleeing the Spanish Civil War with the poet Benjamin Péret, later her husband, she entered the inner circle of the Surrealists in Paris. Forced to flee again by the Nazis, she and Péret faced a year of mounting danger in Marseilles before securing passage to Mexico. Finding welcome refuge in Mexico City, where she remained until her death, Varo produced the extraordinary paintings for which she gained renown.

Janet A. Kaplan's vivid chronicle, the first on the subject in English, weaves Varo's life with the artist's exquisite work. Painted with a jewellike palette and old-master precision, Varo's intimate tableaux, rich with details of women's experience, tell fantasy tales of alchemy, science, mysticism, and magic. Fifty color reproductions capture the wit and beauty of her major paintings; numerous black and white illustrations document other works and portray the compelling artist with her circle of lifelong friends and admirers. The book is further enlivened by her own voice, conveyed in hilarious letters and surreal stories, published here for the first time. It concludes with an invaluable chronology as well as a newly updated bibliography and list of exhibitions.

A woman of intense magnetism and powerful imagination, Varo had been little known outside Mexico, but she has recently found enthusiastic audiences in Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Japan. The fascinating story of her life and the dazzling intricacy of her art will prove a revelation.

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American Treasures of the Corcoran Gallery of Art

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A tiny tour through one of the country's first and best collections of American art.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington's oldest and largest private art museum, is recognized nationally and internationally for its outstanding collection of American art. Its founder, William Wilson Corcoran, was among the first American collectors to appreciate contemporary art of his country, at a time when most of his peers favored European works. His important collection of mainly American paintings and sculpture formed the nucleus of the art museum he founded in 1869.

Over its 130-year history, the Corcoran's collection of American art has grown dramatically through purchases and generous gifts. Today the Corcoran's holdings total over 14,000 objects dating from the 16th century B.C. to the present, including a world-renowned core collection of 19th-century American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs. The collections of 18th- and 20th-century American painting, sculpture, and works on paper are augmented by a highly regarded collection of modern and contemporary photographs and media arts.

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At Home in Bali

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An insider's look at the exotic, decorative lifestyle of the "island of the gods."

Hundreds of glorious photographs and an evocative text offer an insider's look at the exotic style of the "island of the gods."Since early this century, Bali's paradisiacal beauty and the remarkable spirit of its people have attracted a steady stream of artists, architects, anthropologists, mystics, and celebrities from all over the world, and the new residents have interpreted traditional Balinese style with elegant, chic, eccentric, and inspiring results.

Featured in this exquisitely illustrated volume are 24 exceptional homes, both traditional and modern, all shown in their lush tropical surroundings. They include the pondok pavilion dwellings of the rice fields, classic village houses, royal palaces, beach houses, spectacular mountain residences, and homes with magnificently designed gardens. The book also features the courtyard shrines and the public temples that play a role in daily life for both the Balinese and the newer residents.

A visitor's guide and international source list of Balinese wares completes this insider's tour of the island, making At Home in Bali the next best thing to being there.

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Grappa

A Guide to the Best

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An essential guide for beginners and enthusiasts alike to the tasty world of grappa, with an A-Z of small growers and larger distillers.

This Italian pomace brandy has taken the world by storm over the last several years, as those who appreciate other brandies and whiskeys have come to appreciate the subtleties of this drink and the high-quality grappas now handcrafted by a select few distillers.

Despite grappa's favored place today in the most exclusive bars, its origins are humble. It was created primarily to avoid wasting the pomace-the skins, pips, stems, and pulp left over from the wine-making process. The pomace was then distilled, yielding a clear brandy often considered too fiery and inelegant for sophisticated palates. But as boutique bourbons and single-malt Scotches became trendy, and as high-quality vintners and distillers began to handcraft new brands of grappa, it was ready for a revival.

Winner of a Gold Medal from the Gastronomical Academy of Germany, Grappa chronicles the history of this distillate-which by law can be called grappa only when made in Italy-followed by a discussion of what distinguishes it from other pomace brandies made elsewhere. The authors carefully explain each step of making grappa, from the vine to the often beautifully handblown bottle, and explore production on every scale, from the man who cooks his small-batch pomace over last year's leftovers to the largest producers in the country. Along the way they also impart a great deal of useful information about the Italian grapes, vineyards, and wines that are an integral part of the grappa-making process.At the heart of the book are two A to Z listings: one of the vintners who make grappa, usually on a small scale, and the other of distillers. These sections encompass an impressive variety and number of grappas, with tasting notes that are both informative and evocative. Concluding the guide are useful explanations of how best to serve and even cook with grappa, followed by a concise glossary and a helpful selection of internet sources for additional information.

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The Pocket Louvre

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With more than 500 illustrations and numerous gallery floor plans, this invaluable guide is a mini-museum between two covers, offering visitors all they need to make the most of their visit to the world's largest art museum.

Encyclopedic in its scope and exhausting in its magnitude, the Louvre has vast collections ranging from the 6th century B.C. to the mid-19th century. Its impressive architecture goes back 800 years, to its origins as a fortress guarding medieval Paris. In its contemporary incarnation, recently reconfigured and rebaptized "The Grand Louvre," it spreads over four levels and boasts more than 30,000 works of art; its galleries, shops, and offices occupy some 1.6 million square feet, of which some 645,000 are dedicated to exhibitions.

Such daunting dimensions can make the museum feel like an endless labyrinth to uninitiated visitors. For them, The Pocket Louvre is a unique and essential resource, including:

  • A handy user's guide with information about access to the museum and its many services, from cafes to a post office to shops.
  • Suggested itineraries for visits of varying lengths and for visitors with differing interests.
  • A history of the Louvre and its architecture.
  • A history of the collections.-An illustrated catalog of 500 masterpieces, all in color, with useful brief commentaries.
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