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Grounded Literature: 5 Great Books About Coffee

Feet up, couch bound with a good book in one hand and a hot cup of coffee in the other is a reader’s rite of passage. Those co-mingling aromas of parchment and fresh grounds are undeniably intoxicating. Any favorite book can be heightened by the pairing, but it being the Fortnight of Coffee and all, we decided to filter some new picks in a sort of meta-coffee vein: five first-rate reads to further your knowledge of one of the world’s most popular drinks.

Fortnight of Coffee
Beauty of the Beast

The Porsche 911 Book 50th Anniversary Edition

It’s high time your Cats of the World coffee table book got moved to its rightful place… storage. In its place, lay down something your friends won’t mock you about: The Porsche 911 Book 50th Anniversary Edition. With 304 pages and 250 stunning color photographs shot by automotive photographer René Staud, the book covers the...

Vinyl that's music to our eyes

101 Essential Rock Records

Vinyl-loving hipsters (redundant!) looking for a healthy dose of self-fulfilled prophecy, take heed: 101 Essential Rock Records ($40) is the perfect opportunity to simultaneously read up on your favorite retro music format and eschew the mainstream e-book fad. Gracing 260 pages, this compendium’s 300 record cover illustrations chronicle the “Golden Age” of vinyl — that...

No, it wasn't a four-hour talk

30 Minutes With: Tim Ferriss

Pine pollen is a powder that contains the cellular material used to produce male sperm cells in coniferous plants. It’s available on Amazon.com as a supplement to increase testosterone, with some companies marketing it as a source of “perpetual youth”, claiming that it helps with everything from improving endurance to regulating prostate function. As part...

Examining 007's inky origins

Reading Bond: Casino Royale

I’ve gaped at car chases, grinned from ear to ear over sly one-liners and left theaters flushed with the gory glory of Daniel Craig’s stone-faced massacres. No arguments here: theatrical James Bond is the perfect feel-good character for a whole sect of males. Cars, women, subterfuge and wit — that’s not a hard pill to...

De-throning the Kings of Beers

Bitter Brew

Mom, baseball, and apple pie might just be the only things more American than Budweiser beer. Except Bud’s not — American, that is. Though the logo of the number-one-selling beer in the U.S. remains burned into our national psyche, Anheuser-Busch is now a wholly owned subsidiary, bought out in a 2008 hostile takeover by the...

(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...

The promised land of sports and whatever

Grantland Quarterly

Good writers (if we should say so ourselves) respect good writing. Grantland, one of our favorite publications, certainly in sports and culture if not in general, catches our eyes with intuition, integrity and irreverence. Print may be in bad shape, but it still feels right to hold good journalism between your fingers (your keyboard doesn’t...

The real audio book

How Music Works

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Nietzsche said that. “Chillin’ by the fire while we eatin’ fondue.” Bieber said that. But no matter what you think of the current auditory scene, it’s impossible to argue with the power of music. In How Music Works ($21), David Byrne — the former Talking Heads front man...

50 Ways to Toast America

The American Cocktail

Looking for a way to celebrate Merica’ year round? The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes That Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks from Coast to Coast ($13) should do the trick. This helpful bartender companion, written by the trustworthy purveyors of liquid culture over at Imbibe Magazine, covers a unique selection of 50 favourites from master...

Our first annual summer read-down

Summer Reading List: 12 Best Books to Beat the Heat

Ah, the summer heat. Take it or leave it, the dog days are anigh. Time for frenzied vacation logistics, thanking (and re-thanking) the good men who invented air conditioning, and of course a damn good book. From a collection of short stories by one of our favorite childhood authors to an emotionally exhausting murder mystery...

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 new reason to dine in

Modernist Cuisine at Home

Have a date this weekend you want to impress and can’t get a reservation at Alinea? If you have some cooking chops, or a partner that’s attracted to unproven culinary hubris, we suggest making a romantic dinner for two with the help of Modernist Cuisine at Home ($140). The take home version of the James...

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...

Doodle Vicariously

Moleskine Inspiration & Process in Architecture Series

Moleskines are great for jotting down personal flashes of inspiration. But what if you could purchase the Moleskines of other, equally brilliant minds — to peer into their brainstorming and creative process. That’s the idea behind the company’s new Architect and Design series ($40). The current collection dives into the brains of famed architects, Zaha...

Chasing the light and an explanation how

The Art of Adventure by Bruce Percy

The first in a series of upcoming editions, photo artist Bruce Percy has compiled 40 of his incredible photoworks into The Art of Adventure: 40 Photographic Examples (~$61). Spanning the waterfalls of Iceland, to the Bolivian Altiplano, to Nepalese buddhists, each photo — like Patagonia’s Pehoe Curve (pictured above) — are stunning examples of Percy’s...

A head start on booking your holiday plans

Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Great Reads

Despite our concerted efforts to cover the best books over the course of the year, there are still plenty of worthy titles that we didn’t get around to talking about. Subsequently, these selections represent an end of the year GP reading list of sorts for bringing your home library up to speed on 2011. Pack...

Domestic Delights

The New York Times, 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada

When go-to resources like Travelzoo and Jetsetter are just a click away, it’s tough not to let wanderlust get the better of you and your real world budget. Thankfully, there’s plenty of gems right in our own 9,400,000 sq mi backyard — and the Grey Lady can prove it. Filled with photography and gorgeous illustrations,...

Learn from the best

The Art of Manliness: Manvotionals

Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues is the second book from Brett and Kate McKay, the husband and wife team behind the always awesome The Art of Manliness. The idea for the book spawned from one of their namesake web series, which shares inspiring words from famous men throughout history....

How an entire galaxy was designed

Star Wars: The Blueprints

Bringing together over 250 blueprints created for the trilogy Star Wars: The Blueprints ($500), by J.W. Rinzler, is nothing short of epic. Everything from Jabba the Hutt’s palace to the Millennium Falcon as well as never before seen technical drawings are included in this master collection. In addition, 336 pages packed with 500 photographs and...

A study of the greatest American architect of all time

Frank Lloyd Wright: Complete Works, 1885-1916

Even if you don’t have a clue about architecture, you know the name Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright: Complete Works, Vol. 1, 1885-1916 ($126) is the start of an upcoming three-volume study on Wright’s roughly 1100 designs, only about half of which ever came to fruition. Done in cooperation with the Frank Lloyd Archives...

A Lesson on Improvisation

Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

Miles Davis and John Coltrane are those guys with the Blue albums. Cannoball Adderly — now wasn’t he a famous dare devil? If this sounds like your internal monologue on the subject of Jazz, then we strongly suggest reading Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology ($100). Like the college course you should have picked over econ, minus...

F-Wonderful

Art of the Formula 1 Race Car

It’s tough to appreciate the true beauty of a race car’s design, unless it’s standing still. We also focus so much on the “form follows function” mindset that we fail to see the artfulness of track-only vehicles, especially when they are adorned with every product logo known to mankind. A pictorial homage to the F1...

Beyond the fists, fights and foes

At The Fights: American Writers on Boxing

References from film and TV are what flash into most people’s memory today when the subject of boxing arises in conversation. There are just too many great, engaging examples to draw on, from both real and fictional stories (Rocky 45 and Tyson v. Holyfield being exceptions). Before technology padlocked our imagination, though, writing was the...

Care for some light reading?

Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection: 1000 of the Greatest Classics

Bring home half a century worth of literary treasures with the Penguin Classics Complete Library ($13,400). Originally released in 2005, the trove of books has evolved to include 1,082 titles (the image above includes some of our personal favorites), which accounts for nearly half a million pages worth of reading. Weighing in at 700 spine...

Learn More About the Directors You Love

Masters of Cinema Series

The Masters of Cinema Seriesare essential introductions to the world’s most renowned directors. Each book is written by contributors to the famous Cahiers du Cinéma magazine, and feature over a 100 images of film stills, set photographs, and posters — many of which have never been seen. Organized chronologically, film lovers can also read brief...

Because Somebody Already Probably Said It Best

Cult Movie Quote Book

Feeling like your title as resident movie expert is in doubt? Then a quick read through a copy of the Cult Movie Quote Book ($10) should help you set the record straight. Filled with quotes from must see films like Easy Rider, Taxi Driver, Alfie, and the original Italian Job, it’s a perfect gift for...

It's Biblical

Ministry of Top Gear Presents: The Alternative Highway Code

The absurdist humor of the Brits is the stuff of Pythonic legend, and it lives on in the pages of this brilliant piece of literature: Britain’s traditional traffic handbook as reinvented by the boys of Top Gear. Filled with unbridled sarcasm, general silliness, and automotive expertise, you need only peruse the index to find page...

Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures

The world of high stake, high-profile theft has been glamorized by Hollywood for decades. But what is it actually like? Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures ($15) is a look back on the career of Robert K. Wittman who is the founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team and has...

Six Seasons Worth of Answers, All on Your Coffee Table

Lost Encyclopedia

There’s nothing like a good distraction to keep people from mulling over a void in their lives. Depressed Losties struggling to make sense of their Tuesday evenings now that all of the answers are out there should heed this advice and seriously think about pre-ordering the Lost Encyclopedia ($27). Scheduled to hit shelves everywhere on...

A History of the Timeline

Cartographies of Time

Great works of non-fiction often stand out because they make detailed examinations of even the most obscure topics fascinating. Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline ($32) certainly follows this pattern and will appeal to anyone with a love of history or design. Lavishly illustrated and packed with historical documentation, this book examines the...

The Breach by Patrick Lee

If humans encountered technology millions of years advanced from today’s without having any set of instructions or reason behind it, what would we do? The Breach centers around Travis Chase, who’s fresh out of prison and looking for solo time to regather his life in Alaska when he encounters a downed 747. The catch? Inside...

It's Not A Movie, But It's This Summer's Biggest Blockbuster

Crazy For the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad

It sounds like the story of legends: “On February 19, 1979, I was in a plane crash with my father; his girlfriend, Sandra; and the pilot of our chartered Cessna. Sandra was 30 years old. My dad was 43. I was 11. Just after sunrise, we slammed into a rugged 8,600-foot mountain engulfed in a...

A GP Man's Take On Today's Hottest Gizmo

Amazon Kindle 2 In-Depth Review

One man's account of his love-fest with the Kindle 2. Dusty is duly impressed, but is Amazon's amazing eReader truly worth the price of admission? Spoiler Alert: Yes!

Top 10 Graphic Novels

By Guest Writer and Gear Enthusiast Edward Cheng Comic books have had a rich and storied history, influencing society and culture in undeniable ways. Yet, they still maintain a bad rap in contemporary culture. They were prevalent and quite popular half a century ago, when World War II was raging and adults were turning to...

Porter x B Yoshida Book Strap

The Strap is Back Sometimes you just aren’t toting enough stuff to warrant a bag. But that doesn’t mean carrying books, notebooks, pens..etc by hand is any more practical. Of course, you could go out and buy a small leather portfolio, but what you do with it once you’re done schlepping creates another dilemma. That’s...

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