Books

The Age of Innocence Editor Reuel Golden Talks About His Latest Book

A Look Back at Soccer’s Golden Age

The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s is a photographic eulogy for the first era of worldwide soccer obsession, documenting the lives of international legends -- Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Moore, Maradona, Johan Cruyff and more -- on and off the pitch. We spoke with Reuel Golden, the book's editor, about soccer's golden age.

10 Great Books to read in the AC or the open air

Your 2014 Summer Reading List

It's almost summer, which means that you'll finally have some time to finish the dog-eared copy of Infinite Jest that you started (with best intentions, we're sure) four years ago. Though if you wanted to read one of these instead, no one blames you.

Today in Gear: May 22, 2014

Today in gear: Wolfenstein's latest incarnation, the ultimate monitor for your dog, Kiehl's space-age anti-shine moisturizer and Kohler's retrofitting kit for adding touchless flush to your toilet.

Why Rare Books Are Really, Really Expensive

The $270,000 Book

We visited the New York Antiquarian Book Fair with a single question: in an age of $1.99 Kindle Singles, why would a book cost thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of dollars?

Today in Gear: February 11, 2014

Today in gear, we find a book making waves, a very expensive camera, a jacket for the man screaming at your favorite team and much more.

Today in Gear: February 6, 2014

Today in Gear: February 6, 2014. A minimalist hallway valet, colorful leather goods, a celebration of a classic axe, a study of the Pete Rose controversy and much more.

Today in Gear: February 4, 2014

Today in gear, we find a biker's backpack made from Cordura fabric, an itsy bitsy audio recorder, a novel way to learn Chinese, an app for spinning your Spotify and much more.

Today in Gear: February 3, 2014

Today in Gear, we find folios of note, bitchin' belts, a way to cook on the go using science, a B.J. Novak novel (yes, we're jealous of the guy) and much more.

Today in Gear: January 21, 2014

Today in Gear, we find Nike cleats, 'Murican made jeans, a Bahaus-inspired kettle, a clean and simple Timex watch and much more.

Today in Gear: January 20, 2014

Today in Gear, we find the story of a great coach's life, hypertight recovery gear, J.Crew Ludlows for your feet and much more.

Today in Gear: January 7, 2014

Today in gear, we find apparel for the polar vortex, an ice shovel/brush for the polar vortex, a hot tub... for the polar vortex. And much more.

Today in Gear: November 29, 2013

Soma For Charity Limited Edition Filter Now that you and yours have emptied every last jug of wine and case of beer within three counties of your house (how else could you enjoy the Thanksgiving Day game and tolerate Aunt Tabitha?), it’s time to shift focus to hydration and giving; after all, ’tis the season....

Today in Gear: November 14, 2013

Paul Evans Shoes Many brands have proven that the Internet-based, direct-to-consumer market is a thriving place, popular because it provides consumers with high end products that aren’t marked up to cover brick-and-mortar store costs. Paul Evans believes that type of consumer should be literally well-heeled while saving a few bucks on what would normally be...

Gifts He'll Actually Remember in the Morning

12 Guys of Christmas: The Mixologist

What to call a man who obsesses over alcohol? A connoisseur? A fanatic? A drunk? We call him The Mixologist, and you know him well. He’s the man whose cupboards are stocked with more bitters than spices, whose basement is reeking of homebrew, whose glass is always half-full -- at least. And yours too, for the Mixologist prides himself in the cocktails he makes and the beer he serves. He’s an enabler of fun, an anti-Scrooge, a Holiday MVP. He’s every character in Billy Joel’s Piano Man -- in fact, he does a mean Billy Joel if the night goes late enough. So cheers to The Mixologist. Here are a few gifts he'll cheers to.

Talk about shopping in advance

12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

Oddly enough, the proliferation of electronic gadgetry, computer stuff and other digital goodies has made buying for the discerning sparkhead (we just coined that -- please enjoy and proliferate at will) tougher. With this list, we aim to make the shopping a little simpler by covering suggestions for readers, photogs, movie buffs and gamers. Take a gander and start clicking; your techie giftee will thank you, probably with an email or holographic video message or something.

Today in Gear: November 1, 2013

Hasselblad Stellar Special Edition Following the introduction of the polarizing Lunar compact interchangeable lens camera the Swedish brand launched the Stellar, a lux-photography makeover of the RX100. The Scandinavian-tech-meets-Italian-design returns with a handsome special edition that boasts several new colors (including orange), bespoke leather cases and straps, and wood grip materials like carbon-fiber, wenge and...

Today in Gear: October 21, 2013

Remodelista: A Manual For The Considered Home Remodelista’s book examines the aesthetics of 12 thoroughly designed homes to teach readers how to “edit” their own abode. The brand’s philosophy argues that classic design outdoes trendy at every turn, and to that end the book enlightens readers and aspiring beautiful home owners with simple and effective...

Today in Gear: July 31, 2013

LG PG65U Portable LED Projector Finally a way to easily watch movies, tv shows and other media in a large format without the risk of a heavy monitor falling off the wall and killing your cat. The LED bulbs in this portable unit last 30,000 hours and project a 125-inch image. There’s a built-in digital...

Today in Gear: July 15, 2013

Swims 48 Hour Bag Lest this bag be so generically considered a “weekender”, Swims makes it clear it’s meant to be used for 48-hour stints anytime. It’s a straightforward navy-colored ordeal with leather handles and details, and because this is Swims, waterproof zippers keep the wet out, the nylon body is water-resistant, and natty, nautical-inspired...

Today in Gear: May 17, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 with Stock Android Hardware fans prepared to be disappointed by the developer focus of Google’s 2013 I/O powwow received a welcomed surprise Wednesday. The search giant will be selling an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android for $649. They’re not officially calling it a “Nexus” yet, but it’s...

Today in Gear: May 2, 2013

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock Santa wouldn’t be nearly as efficient had he but one tiny reindeer out front of the ole sleigh instead of the de rigeur eight. Belkin, taking a play out of Saint Nick’s book, hitches up eight ports for ultra-fast gadgets in one fell, 20x-faster-than-USB 2.0 swoop. $300 Jazz. New York in...

Today in Gear: April 23, 2013

Foldable Japanese Rubber Boots These Japanese-made wellies are at home in rice fields and on puddled city streets alike. They fold up and buckle into a neat package — thanks to ultra-flexible rubber construction — for stowage in the most boot-austere locations. $129 (★) Icona Vulcano Supercar The mysterious Icona Vulcano supercar just debuted in...

36 gift ideas for the stylish man

12 Guys of Christmas: The Dapper Man

Nothing sets the teeth to rattling like the task of gift buying for a style zealot (except maybe an in-law’s icy glare). Rolled or cuffed? four-in-hand or windsor? Double breasted or single? Brown or black? Personal style is, well, personal; a faux pas can have lasting consequences. That’s why we’re throwing you a life line:...

(Nearly) Instant Intrigue

Ian Fleming’s James Bond Kindle Collection

You’ve watched all the Bond movies — yes, even George Lazenby’s go at it. But the on-screen secret agent born from the extravagant wallet of Albert R. Broccoli bares only a fleeting resemblance to the card-carrying killer of Ian Fleming’s 14 seminal novels. The entire Bond book series has always been available in paperback form...

Not your average day job

In-Depth: No Easy Day

We bandy the title “hero” about to describe entertainers, sports figures, politicians, anyone who excels or surmounts significant adversity. The true definition, however, fits a much smaller number. No Easy Day ($16), the first-person account of the SEAL Team 6 raid on an Abbottabad compound that killed Osama bin Laden, breaks the traditional silence of...

No fluency required

Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing

While there are endless options for flexing your culinary muscles, making your own dry cured meats is one of the best ways of calling out those hacks on Iron Chef that we can think of. Using the secret ingredient? Try making it b$^&*$#s. Authors Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn know a thing or two about...

A Master, re-mastered

A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition

Remember the tedium of English Comp 101? Outline, rough draft, working draft, final draft, and final copy—all for a lousy B-. Now, imagine 47 rewrites. Papa admitted to revising the ending of A Farewell to Arms 39 times. His grandson, Sean Hemingway uncovered nine more attempts while perusing the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John...

Well read? TED well.

TED Books

Five years ago, Mexicans who sold tacos out of the back of a van were targets of the health department. Now, kids from suburbs buy trucks, sell mashup tacos, and get their own TV shows. How did they do it? The inspiration they received from TED. Building on the millions who have absorbed the ideas...

Mischief managed

Sony Wonderbook

If you’re considering sneaking some Adderall into your favorite kid’s midday snack, you should take a peek at the Sony Wonderbook first. Recently unveiled at E3, the educational tool is an augmented reality pad consisting of only 12 pages that leverage the PS3’s PlayStation Eye camera to create the ultimate version of the pop-up book...

Hope, Change, Donkeys

Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art

Excited for this year’s upcoming election? Neither are we. Or we weren’t, that is, until we checked out Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art ($27), an illustrated history of our country’s presidential election campaign propaganda. The Library of Congress-published tome features 100 removable, ready-to-frame campaign posters, each with a brief description of the...

Keep Calm and Churchill On

Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill

There are men, and then there are men. As one of most prominent statesmen of the 20th century, Winston Churchill easily defines the second category. Churchill is well known for his contributions to British (and world) history as the Prime Minister who willed the Limeys through WWII. His life and contributions have been accordingly documented...

A definitive read on the indefinite

The Mastery of Time: A History of Timekeeping

Writing a half-decent book on watches is no small feat, but authoring a history of time? That requires a level of prowess and dedication beyond the reach of most, but Dominique Fléchon, historian and expert in fine watches has done just that. His book, The Mastery of Time: A History of Timekeeping ($63) casts much...

Driver's tale continues...

Driven by James Sallis

Tailgating the Oscar-nominated film noir Drive; inspired by James Sallis’s dark novel of the same name; comes the sequel Driven. Sallis’s new novel picks up with the lead character, the enigmatic “Driver”, seven years later as he attempts to transform himself from part-time stunt driver and full-time getaway driver to upstanding citizen, Paul West. In...

Light reading

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch GlowLight

With an eye towards enlightening night-time, dark hidey-holes and that closet Harry was stuffed into, Barnes and Noble has added LEDs to their Simple Touch eReader, to form the verbosely named Nook Simple Touch, with GlowLight. Hardware-wise, not much has changed outside of the patent-pending technology that provides light over the top of the screen,...

What hurts and how to fix it

The Athlete’s Guide to Home Remedies

If you’re actively living your life, some kind of injury is inevitable. The trick is to find a happy medium between daily doctor appointments, and “toughing it out” until the injury gets nasty. That’s why we were happy to find The Athlete’s Guide to Home Remedies ($16) – a book by Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., a physician...

Your Homebrewing Handbook

The Illustrated Guide to Brewing Beer

While we appreciate the growing craft beer movement and the art of a perfectly poured pint, we can’t ignore our do-it-yourself instincts. But before we turn the guest room into a rogue brewery, we’ll take some advice from avid home brewer, Matthew Schaefer. His new book, The Illustrated Guide to Brewing Beer ($15), is the...

Soul man and Rock 'n' Roll fan

The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun

Ahmet Ertegun isn’t a household name — let alone easy to say, but if you’re a music fan, you’ve probably benefitted from his life’s legacy. Despite being the son of the first Republic of Turkey ambassador to the US, Ahmet channeled his love of Blues and Jazz to found Atlantic records. Not up on your...

Redefining animal cruelty

Awkward Family Pet Photos

The internet meme Awkward Family Photos has certainly faded from its former glory days as the golden child of internet humor, but that hasn’t stopped authors Mike Bender and Dough Chernack from developing their next great wrinkle on the same embarrassing theme — Awkward Family Pet Photos ($10). As you’d expect from the title, the...