Seriously, I have nowhere to put this thing, am not sure how often I would use it, and would most likely be annoyed to have to flip through each book to search for a recipe. However. THAT IS THE POINT!
Donâ€™t believe me? Just ask Philippe Starck. Sometimes form is the function, and sometimes that function is just about being so cool! Especially in a postmodern era, like now. (Donâ€™t get me started. Thatâ€™s another blog post all together.)
To continue. Sugar and Spice is a novelty cake-gift box, containing sixteen small books filled with dessert recipes. Each book contains twenty recipes accompanied by vivid, colour photographs; with two titles on both sides to every cover, such as, â€śLemon,â€ť â€śLime,â€ť â€śChocolate,â€ť â€śVanilla.â€ť
Recipes can be browsed by theme, via titles, or researched through a 5â€ł x 7â€ł size-ish loose card, which comes with the cake box, indexing all the recipes of the sixteen books. (You know who would be the first to lose this pragmatic piece of paper!)
I must admit. The index seems like a bit of restraint on the publisher’s behalf, who got sold on cool, and then somewhere down the line, considered to help the buyer out. The publishing spoon-feeding, if you will, merits many a clichĂ© (how many can you count in this post?) including, too little, too late; go big or go home. It relegates the fantastic book-packaging design into a box of books instead of an interesting piece of design.
Donâ€™t believe me? Just ask Philippe Starck. His Juicy Salif lemon squeezer doesnâ€™t come with instructions. Thatâ€™s because Stark knows, in this day and age, itâ€™s not about squeezing the cool out of you, itâ€™s about squeezing it into you. One lemon, one lime; one chocolate, one vanilla at a time.
Geraldâ€™s legacy and artistry, fascinates. Geraldâ€™s father, Patrick Murphy bought Mark Cross company when harness-maker, Mark W. Cross, died without heirs. Also, Geraldâ€™s foothold in the history of American Modern Art was achieved with only about a dozen canvasses throughout his artistic career.
During their lifetime, the Murphysâ€™ were an axis to many rising stars; Hemingway, Picasso, and Fitzgerald, to name a few. Sara took on her hosting duties, assiduously. She designated social affairs as DFG, Dinner-Flowers-Gala, from a â€śnotation made of a shipâ€™s menu of a captainâ€™s dinner.â€ť
In reading Vailâ€™s book, Saraâ€™s nomenclature for her soirĂ©es affected me. There is an understood elevation of class inherent to a social occasion classified as â€śDFG.â€ť A kind of distinction and luxury I couldnâ€™t imagine the equivalent of in 2008 (short of an all-white party hosted by P. Diddy). That is, until I had the great pleasure of visiting librairie Librissime in Old Montreal. Read more
I know Iâ€™m a bit late with this news (it took me a while to get to making a graphic for this post) but I LOVE LOVE LOVE that there will be another book added to The Hitchhikerâ€™s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Truly amazing!
Colfer is probably best known for the Artemis Fowl series; which from many-a-disappointed-Harry-Potter fan, was a far superior read. My nephews will contest! (Airman is currently on my â€śHoldsâ€ť list at the library.)
I hope Colferâ€™s contribution to
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OMG OMG OMG! New Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum book out now! Ms. Hempel Chronicles! YES! She is my favourite! And that opinion is based on some fiction she wrote for Tin House and The New Yorker. (Iâ€™m not an easy sell. I just know great when I see it!) I have yet to get my hands on a copy of her first book, Madeleine is Sleeping, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Kafka Prize. Regardless of merit, awarded or not, Bynum gets Aâ€™s in my books, and maybe one day, I can score some of my own in hers too.
I am, seriously, seriously considering taking her writing course at the
So. Who wants to put me up for a while? Seriously. This is one of my rare moments of extroversion here folks. Rarely do I raise my hand in the hopes of getting chosen. Iâ€™ll be the perfect house guest. Iâ€™m just saying. Think about it. (Youâ€™ve got three months). But not too much. My writing life hangs in the Bynum balance.
So in the last while Iâ€™ve been noticing something entirely unusual. Man lit. (More trademarking!) Lots of it. In reprints and on its way to a bookstore near you. Peculiar.
Average Joe writes a blog about average day as being a father. Average Joeâ€™s day includes, among other things, hockey, young son, and â€śhot wife.â€ť Average Joeâ€™s writing of average day gets noticed by more-than-average publisher. Before you know it, Average Joe blogs about tentative titles for his life-as-a-father story as beyond-average book deal is in the works. Average Joe settles on Rage Against the Meshuganah as the bookâ€™s final title.
Average Jane is flummoxed.
Again. Read more
Every so often, I take a break from my regular fiction reads, and delve into a bit of chick lit for a â€śmental break.â€ť At the beginning of the year, I read Getting Rid of Matthew, and was so surprised with the read, that I considered optioning the book. (But stopped when I learned that the author is a celebrity in the
Recently, I read another British authorâ€™s version of being a thirties-single something (no reason why I keep going to Brit books; I think they just have the most interesting book covers) and was equally impressed. The Egg Race by Polly Williams. At one point in the read, the story made me stop, sit up (in bed) and have a think. And then, a revelation.
Thereâ€™s no â€śelationâ€ť in relationsham. Read more
Noah Lukeman imagines the fulfillment of the witchesâ€™ prophecy in Macbeth, in his new book due October 2008, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Part II, The Seed of Banquo. The book is written in blank verse, following Shakespearean style â€“ a play in five acts. As a Macbeth lover (Othello topping the list) I cannot wait to revisit the original play before delving into Lukemanâ€™s continuation of events!
My interest is in children’s fiction, as Iâ€™m currently reviewing and editing a middle grade manuscript I wrote a while back with the hope of one day giving my silly-funny story an audience. (Wish me luck!)
I keep reading and researching published themes and styles of the post-Harry-Potter craze of authors out there who wrote great works that went relatively unnoticed (eclipsed by the Rowling serial) and others who arrived on the scene much later; fresh voices offering entirely engaging and extremely well-written fiction.
This weekend I went on a bit of a shopping binge, and bought three books from the short-listed five I initially had set my sights on. Read more
Itâ€™s Just a Plant is a children’s book about marijuana. Donâ€™t believe me? Check out some sample pages of the book available online. Let me know if you were equally unimpressed at the politically incorrect part the preview ends at. (Who writes this stuff? And who on earth was sitting at the round table approving the artwork?)
A suggestion: the next book released should be about race and stereotypes, starting with breaking the general perception.