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  • 14 Amazing Color Photos From The Late 1800s

    Between 1888 and 1924, the Detroit Photographic Company produced these color tinted images of black and white and sepia photographs to be sold as postcards. Graphic designer, photographer, and collector Marc Walter has amassed one of the largest private collections of these vintage travel photographs and he recently joined forces with documentarian and author Sabine Arque for a 612-page hardcover titled “An American Odyssey.” The book features photos from New York’s bustling immigrant neighborhoods in the East to Gold Rush towns of the West. Order “An American Odyssey” in May for $200.

  • People Posing With All The Food They Eat In A Day [6 Photos]

    Award-winning photojournalist Peter Menzel examines the differences in diet the world over in his latest book, “What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.” The book features both those who are active with healthy diets and those who lead a more sedentary existence and may not make the best eating choices. The dichotomy is a striking way for the reader to recognize the huge effect of diet and maybe make some changes in their own life. Along with the 80 profiles of people from 30 countries are calorie totals of their daily diet and essays form experts discussing the effects of diet on our personal health and the health of the planet. “What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets” is available now form Amazon for $30.

  • Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve over Time

    Patrick Dawson explains how exactly a cellar quality beer is distinguished and told apart from your everyday beer. Beer, like wine is made from a wide variety of ingredients some which age better than others. This book will let you know which beers could stand the test of time and what to look for when tasting vintage beers, and the fascinating science behind the aging process. Also included is a comprehensive buying guide to help you select already-aged beers to add to your collection. Vintage Beer: A Taster’s Guide to Brews That Improve over Time $11  

  • This Brilliant Kurt Vonnegut Masters Thesis Was Rejected Because it Looked Too Fun

    Legendary author, Kurt Vonnegut, known for his dark, but fulfilling work with sprinkles of satire and humor created a final thesis for his Masters at the University Chicago, but was rejected because he claimed the teacher thought “it was so simple and looked like too much fun.” Vonnegut was an anthropology student at the time, finishing up his final thesis which he would go on to note was his “prettiest contribution” to the culture which he would eventually thrive in publishing literary classics like “Slaughter House 5″, “Cats Cradle” and “Breakfast of Champions”. His theory was that the main character of every story has ups and downs throughout the duration of the piece which can be graphed revealing a visual “shape” of every story.

  • Scott Hocking Documents Detroit’s Bad Graffiti [25 Photos]

    Scott Hocking, a photographer and artist from Detroit, has captured the amazing artwork of the unknown street Picasso’s around his city in his collection titled “Bad Graffiti.” Everyone pays attention to the Banksys of the world, but how often does someone champion the dude who paints crude genitalia on abandoned buildings? Or how about “free balls in your mouth” written in giant cursive letters? Not even Magritte is so brilliant! Looking through these, I have a newfound appreciation for whoever draws the horrific vaginas all over the benches in Jersey City’s Exchange Place. Also check out the rest of the collection and other work from Scott Hocking.

  • 32 Hot Sauce Recipes to Sting Your Tastebuds (Book)

    Here are 32 recipes for making your own signature hot sauces, ranging from mild to blisteringly hot, as well as 60 recipes that use homemade or commercial hot sauces in everything from barbeque and Buffalo wings to bouillabaisse and black-bean soup. Hot Sauce!: Techniques for Making Signature Hot Sauces, with 32 Recipes to Get You Started $10

  • Where’d You Get Those? 10th Anniversary (Book)

    Bobbito Garcia is looked at as the Godfather of the sneakerhead. He’s been a follower of the style and life of sneakers since the ’60s and interviewed some of the best designers in the industry over the years. “Where’d You Get Those is a chronicle of the sneaker world from 1960-1987, a time where not only the style of sneaker was innovative, but the sneaker itself. Not the shoe itself, the word. Before the era of the Nike Waffle, the sneaker never existed. The only shoe people wore we’re basically brown pieces of leather flaps around a foot. Although the book has been out for years, the 10th anniversary edition Out of print for years, features 400 hundred iconic sneaker designs arranged in an illustrated, chronological format. Where’d You Get Those? $25.00

  • Postertext Transforms Classic Literature Into Text Art [15 Photos]

    Postertext takes your favorite works of classic literature and transforms them into minimalist works of art that perfectly capture the plot in a single picture made up entirely of the text from the novel. They have plenty available, sometimes with multiple images to choose from, that you can order as paper prints or on canvas. They’re also constantly coming up with new ones, so if you don’t see your favorite book, you can request it on a form on the site. See the entire selection at Postertext.

  • Unnecessarily Nefarious NRO Mission Emblems [14 Photos]

    The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launched its latest spy satellite last week and also introduced the new emblem for the mission, a giant octopus with its tentacles reaching all over the Earth and text reading “nothing is beyond our reach.” Immediately people were developing conspiracy theories equating the NRO to some all-powerful New World Order. But the truth is, supervillain-esque emblems are nothing new for the NRO, an office that was established in 1960 but whose existence was not made public until 1992. The following is just a sample of some of the more evil and silly patches from over the years, but more from the NRO and other government organizations can be found in Trevor Paglen’s book, “I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me: Emblems from the Pentagon’s Black World.”

  • Tastosterone: The Cook Book for Men Who Don’t Know How to Cook

    New Jersey-based cook and blogger Debra Levy Picard has released the ultimate cookbook for men with Tastosterone. Not only does it feature over 100 recipes that even the most clueless man (or woman) can follow, Debra also includes photographs, tools, tips, and techniques to aid in the flawless execution of such recipes as “Man Quiche,” “Aunt Zuzu’s Fish Taco,” and “Chocolate Bomb.” Whether you’re a complete dunce in the kitchen or a seasoned veteran, you’re bound to get something out of this easy-to-follow collection of deliciousness. Order Tastosterone for $39.95 in print or $14.99 for the Kindle edition.

  • National Geographic Around the world in 125 years (Book)

    For five generations, National Geographic magazine has dazzled and educated people with its incredible photographs, illustrations, and gripping stories from the four corners of the earth. Combining travel, wildlife, science, history, culture, and conservation, the National Geographic Society’s trailblazing magazine has inspired millions of readers to explore and take an interest in the planet we inhabit. The prints are limited to 125,000 copies worldwide, but these amazing photos don’t come cheap, the entire three book collection is going for $500. Go ahead, your dad deserves it. National Geographic Around the world in 125 years  

  • NYC Basic Tips And Etiquette [16 Pictures]

    Earlier this year, we shared some of Nathan W. Pyle’s New York City tips in GIF form. The popularity of those brilliant graphics led to a book deal for Pyle and his “NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette” is set to be published in April of next year. The paperback can be pre-ordered now for $7.65 at Amazon. To hold us over until then, Pyle has been releasing pictures that didn’t make it into the final work on his Facebook page. We’ve got some of them below, but be sure to head to Pyle’s homepage for all the latest on the New York artist. 

  • Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football [Book]

    They were the Bears shufflin’ crew, shufflin’ on down, doin’ it for you. They weren’t here to start no trouble, they were just here to do the Super Bowl shuffle. The 1985 Bears were one of the most iconic teams the NFL has ever seen. Who could forget Walter Peyton’s unique run? Or Jim McMahon’s bad-ass haircut and sunglasses? Or The Fridge’s fridge-ness? Together they only lost one game that season and brought Chicago the only Super Bowl win the city has ever seen. Now you can relive that amazing season with the once in a lifetime team that brought hope to the Windy City in Rich Cohen’s Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football. With new interviews from the coaches and players that made it all happen, this memoir will awaken the fan in anyone. Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football $18

  • Winter Cocktails (Book)

    You’re home, it’s cold, you throw a couple of logs in the fireplace or a couple of tires in the old garbage can blaze, now you need a drink. On the nights when straight russian vodka out of the bottle just wont cut it and you need a good cocktail recipe that accents the weather outside (frightfull) try these wintery drinks (delightful).  In Winter Cocktails, María del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striano share more than 50 recipes for cold-weather cocktails and mixed beverages, including mulled ciders, hot toddies, wine drinks, eggnogs, and punches; there are even chilled drinks made with a kick that’ll warm you right up. Winter Cocktails $15

  • The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams (Book)

    Williams was the best hitter to every play the game. His 1941 .406 batting average has not and may never be topped again. Even after an era plagued with the PEDs, Williams record remained in tact. Want to feel even more minuscule about yourself, Williams 500+ home runs would have been even higher if not for his nearly five year baseball hiatus in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his 22 years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America–and shocked them, too: His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a God in the batter’s box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not. THE KID is biography of the highest literary order, a thrilling and honest account of a legend in all his glory and human complexity. In his final at-bat, Williams hit a home run. Bradlee’s marvelous book clears the more »

  • Dr. J: The Autobiography (Book)

    With startling honesty and an unmistakable voice, Dr. J is a historic self-portrait of an American legend, Julius “The Doctor” Erving. With his flights of improvisation around the basket and his towering afro, Julius Erving became one of the most charismatic (and revolutionary) players basketball has ever known. But while the public has long revered this cultural icon, few have ever known of the double life of Julius Erving. Dr. J traces the inner lives of the nearly perfect player and the imperfect man—and how he has come to terms with both. Dr. J Autobiography $21.00

  • The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining

    A new generation of urban bootleggers is distilling whiskey at home, and cocktail enthusiasts have embraced the nuances of brown liquors. Written by the founders of Kings County Distillery, New York City’s first distillery since Prohibition, this spirited illustrated book explores America’s age-old love affair with whiskey. It begins with chapters on whiskey’s history and culture from 1640 to today, when the DIY trend and the classic cocktail craze have conspired to make it the next big thing. For those thirsty for practical information, the book next provides a detailed, easy-to-follow guide to safe home distilling, complete with a list of supplies, step-by-step instructions, and helpful pictures, anecdotes, and tips. The final section focuses on the contemporary whiskey scene, featuring a list of microdistillers, cocktail and food recipes from the country’s hottest mixologists and chefs, and an opinionated guide to building your own whiskey collection. Guide to Urban Moonshining $16

  • DC Comics Celebrates Superman’s 75th Anniversary with Animated Short

    From the creative minds of Zack Snyder (Man of Steel), Bruce Timm and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this short follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to Henry Cavill in this year’s Man of Steel…all in two minutes. All aspects of the short are animated, but significant characteristics make it known that one Superman is Christopher Reeves and another Henry Cavill. With that the transition from Superman to Superman through the years flows well, bursting through the comics into a new era.

  • Nicholson: Jack Nicholson Biography (Book)

    For five decades, Jack Nicholson has been part of film history. His infamous roles in the film industry have made Jack not only one of the best in the biz, but undoubtedly the coolest man in hollywood. Even in his twilight years, Jack is still riding high, court side at every Lakers game. With twelve Oscar nominations to his credit and legendary roles in films like Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Terms of Endearment, The Shining, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Nicholson creates original, memorable characters like no other actor of his generation. And his personal life has been no less of an adventure. Nicholson $15

  • The American Craft Beer Cookbook

    John Holl is an expert when it comes to all things beer. He writes about beer, he judges beer competitions, and he hosts a beer radio show. Some speculate he even breathes beer utilizing some sort of gill system. Now he has compiled 155 of his favorite recipes from brew pubs and fellow beer lovers that not only pair well with your favorite brew, but many also feature beer as an ingredient. There’s typical pub fare, such as Scotch Eggs and burgers, but also many recipes you may not expect, like Chopped Reuben Salad, Chocolate Jefferson Stout Cupcakes, and Beer Floats (trust us, they’re delicious!). Also, each recipe has a suggested list of beer pairings to accommodate different tastes or to help you out if your local craft beer selection isn’t too vast. Buy The American Craft Beer Cookbook for $13.30.

  • City As Canvas: New York City Graffiti From the Martin Wong Collection (Book)

    City As Canvas is Martin Wong’s take on the emergence of the emergence of graffiti & early street art through the eyes and accounts of the artists and people who were there. Referred to by the New York Times as an artist “whose meticulous visionary realism is among the lasting legacies of New York’s East Village art scene of the 1980s,” Martin Wong (1946–1999) was firmly entrenched in the NYC street art world of the late ’70s and ’80s. The book also contains previously unpublished art by Keith Haring, Basquiat, & Futura 2000. Exhibition Schedule: Museum of the City of New York: Opens October 2013. City As Canvas $32

  • J.D. Salinger Movie Sheds Light on the Mysterious Author

    J.D. Salinger was always known to have been a bit of a shut in, said to have been the Howard Hughes of authors, Salinger’s time in the lime light after writing The Catcher in the Rye was said to have been too much for him. SALINGER features interviews with 150 subjects including Salinger’s friends and colleagues who have never spoken on the record before as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen. Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal and Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank talk about Salinger’s influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture. The interviews talk of Salinger’s time as a counter intelligence investigator in the military to his time at his secluded cabin.

  • The Art of War Broken Down into a 10 Minute Video

    The Art of War was written nearly 4000 years ago, by Sun Tzu, a high ranking Chinese general. The book was created as a military strategy guide, but has found it’s place in contemporary life by the likes of businessmen, lawyers, sports coaches and teachers. Sun Tzu’s teachings have found success in the workforce of these modern day strategists, applying the same methods of the book to the mental wars of the classroom and conference rooms, because a majority of the book is a guide on how to be competitive and victories without causing serious conflict, an issue the modern day worker has to deal with on a daily basis. The video below is a 10 minute breakdown of the basics of each chapter, and if you’ve ever read the book is no easy feat to do.

  • The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks (Book)

    This is the book that will have you sounding like Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting the next time you’re at a bar and some long haired beer snob tries to take you to school on beer knowledge. Joshua M Bernstein has written ‘The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks’, which consists of 12 great beer-tasting classes that will turn you “from a novice to an expert”.  Structured around a series of easy-to-follow classes, his course hops from lagers and pilsners to hazy wheat beers, Belgian-style abbey and Trappist ales, aromatic pale ales and bitter IPAs, roasty stouts, barrel-aged brews, belly-warming barley wines, and mouth-puckering sour ales. The Complete Beer Course $15

  • ‘Derp’ ‘Twerk’ ‘Selfie’ Officially Added to Oxford Online Dictionary. Webster is Laughing Somewhere

    Well there it is, we’ve managed to derp our way into the official english language. Today, Oxford Dictionaries announced that “derp” has been added to their online edition. “Twerk” will also be added to the dictionary as part of a quarterly update, which includes words such as “selfie,” a word meant to discribe a self taken photo (usually with a mobile device), “digital detox” for time spent way from Facebook and Twitter, and “Bitcoin,” for the nationless electronic currency whose gyrations have also caught the world’s eye.  Let’s face it, we’ve all had a ‘derp’ moment. I’m having one right now, actually, but to add it to the Oxford Dictionary along side much more prominent words in the english language? I just don’t know. According to Oxford, derp is a mass noun meaning “foolishness or stupidity” or an exclamation “used as a substitute for speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action.” Herp derp is also an acceptable form for the latter meaning. Congratulations everyone, we’re idiots.

  • Serious BBQ: Smoke, Char, Baste & Brush Your Way to Great Outdoor Cooking (Book)

    Don’t say it. Don’t you dare say it. Just because summer is in it’s last leg, it does not mean you have to put away the coals and tongs and start baking cakes. Author, Adam Perry Lang was used to a life in a four star kitchen, training with the world’s best chefs, before turning to a life cooking with a grill, meat and fire. Perry Lang’s unique ability comes not only in conjuring up some of the finest grill techniques, but his knack for changing an intimate understanding of culinary technique into easy-to-follow advice. First the tools, a step by step tutorial on the (real) tools you’ll need to achieve an optimal grilling experience.  Then it’s on to the meats, describing exactly what makes each kind of meat special, explaining how to select with the skill of a master, and providing his favorite recipes for almost every available cut of pork, beef, veal, lamb, chicken, and turkey. Serious BBQ $24.00

  • Johnny Cash: The Life (book)

    ‘Walk the Line’ brought new light to the lesser known story of Johnny Cash, and brought his popularity back into the lime light. There are still many compelling stories that remained hidden, until now, Robert Hilburn tells the untold truth about an icon whose personal life was more troubling and artistic brilliance more profound than most fans have ever realized. Hilburn, a music writer for the Los Angeles Times, knew Cash through a majority of his career and the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968. Hilburn gives an in depth look at not only Cash’s public life, but where the motivation for one of rock’s most influential icons stemmed from. Johnny Cash: The Life 32.00

  • The American Craft Beer Cook Book

    John Holl’s collection of 155 recipes that all taste amazingly great with beer. This book has it all, from traditional favorites, such as Slow-Cooked Dopple Bock BBQ Meatballs and American Wheat Beer Steamed Clams, as well as unexpected recipes like Crawfish Bordelaise, Chopped Reuben Salad, Beermosas and Beer Ice Cream Floats. Don’t think breakfast is out either, the recipes include everything from free range pancakes to shrimp and grits, then compliments each one with a tasty brew choice. The American Craft Beer Cook Book $14.63

  • The Wes Anderson Collection (Book)

    If you enjoy the dry, quirky, lovably awkward movies of Wes Anderson than this book of his entire collection is for you. With glimpses of behind the scenes photos, background into the life of the one of a kind director and  true insight into the backstories of his idiosyncratic characterizations. Written based on an extensive interview with critic, Matt Zoller Seitz, ‘The Wes Anderson Collection’ goes into extreme detail of Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic and Moonrise Kingdom. October 1 release $40

  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Principles for Delicious Living, By Nick Offerman

    The advice we, here at The Roosevelts, would like to think we instill in you everyday, only better… and told by Nick Offerman, the über manly Parks and Rec carpenter turned actor. He, as himself not as Ron Swanson (they’re basically the same person), gives sage advice on how to grow a mustache, woo a lady and cook a delicious steak. A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety. His writing is bland and matter of fact with a hint of “I’m just f*cking with you”. We can only hope our sons will  one day grace and provide the internet with a website on high brow man-humor, news and gear called The Offermans or www.FFRMNS.china. Available October 2013. Nothing like preordering a book 5 months in advance. $20

  • How to Roast a Pig (Book)

    The all encompassing guide to roasting your very own pig. The idea in itself seems like the pinnacle of outdoor cooking, a feast for all looked upon with envy and salivating mouths by all friends and onlookers, but the task can be grueling and disastrous with out the proper techniques and cuts. ‘How to Roast a Pig’ is the one and done guide to roasting, by renowned chef, Tom Rea. The book guides you through the most common joints and cuts, from loin chops to Boston butt, then as you attain your brown and yellow belt, takes those skills to move onto the joy of roasting a whole pig, spit-roast or Coja China style, for the be-all-end-all pig roast. How to Roast a Pig $17  

  • Man Meal: Guy Gourmet (Book)

    Rejoice, a cookbook targeted toward the guy who wants to cook like a man and eat healthy. From Adina Steiman, the food and nutrition editor of Men’s Health, and Paul Kita, who oversees the Guy Gourmet blog on MensHealth.com, Guy Gormet features healthy recipes from the palettes of Thomas Keller, Rick Bayless, Kenny Callaghan, Tyler Florence, Adam Perry Lang, Chris Lilly, Anita Lo, Masaharu Morimoto, Seamus Mullen, Eric Ripert, John Stage and Marcus Samuelsson and other highly respected chefs, giving you a play by play on how to enjoy cooking like a man without your arm going numb.  The ideal cook book for summer if you want to stay healthy and lean. Soon you won’t even have to suck in when you look in the mirror. Guy Gourmet $15.26      

  • The DiMaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream (Book)

    The rare and untold Great American Story of three brothers, Joltin’ Joe, Dom, and Vince DiMaggio, and the Great American Game—baseball—that would consume their lives. Everyone knows the Yankee Clipper, Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, arguably the best all around baseball player of the 20th century, but the other two brothers DiMaggio were no slouches either. Also center fielders, Dominic, affectionately known as “The Little Professor,” was a seven-time All-Star who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1940 through 1953. He hit better than .300 five times in his career, finished with a .298 average, and like his big brother, rarely struck out. And Vince DiMaggio, the eldest, made two All-Star teams and in 1941 smacked 21 home runs and drove in 100 RBIs while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The book highlights the life and times of the DiMaggio family and brings out their otheriwse secret life. The DiMaggios $18.00

  • 3 Essential Grilling Books For Summer

    Part of becoming a man is knowing how to grill. It’s a coming of age journey not mastered overnight. It takes time, trials and of course, error. Hopefully not giving an entire party full of guests salmonella, but we all make mistakes manning the grill. With all things intricate comes a step by step process to create something perfected, but with taste everyone has a different palette, so use these three books as your lantern through the dark, then when you’re a master have some fun with the recipes.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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