• You Can Finally Preview 6 Pages of the ‘Fight Club 2′ Graphic Novel

    Fight Club is Fight Club. It’s on every man’s top 5 movie lists, it defined Brad Pitt and Edward Norton as actors and put author, Chuck Palahniuk in a unique league of his own. Now the much anticipated ‘Fight Club 2′ graphic novel is almost upon us. The anonymous narrator and Tyler Durden return a decade into the future. Playboy received an exclusive look at 6 pages from the comic created by Palahniuk, in collaboration with artist Cameron Stewart and Dark Horse Comics. As Dark Horse puts it, “Some imaginary friends never go away… Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife, pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long; the wife has seen to that. The time has come…Rize or Die.” Check out the six page preview here.

  • Visualizing “The Art of War” for the Workplace in 11 Photos

    Tzu’s famous Chinese military book “The Art of War” is a must read for any man or woman approaching the real world. It’s methodology parallels just about every situation of strategy. Cartoonist Jessica Hagy created “The Art of War Visualized” a creative chart based book highlighting key components of “The Art of War” wisdom you can use in the business world. Business Insider asked Hagy to annotate a few of her favorite charts from her book.

  • Photographer Transforms Her Photos Into Pop-Up Books

    Colette Fu was born in New Jersey, but when she was in her mid-twenties, she decided to visit China and learn about her ancestry. She learned that her mother is a member of the Yi tribe, one of 55 ethnic minority groups recognized by the People’s Republic of China. The Yi live primarily in Yunnan Province, home to 25 different minority tribes. Now inspired to document these tribes, Colette combined her photography and paper crafting skills to give her incredible photographs new dimension. The project began in 2008 with Colette originally intending to only document ethnic groups in Yunnan Province, but as the project grew in popularity, Colette extended her scope. You can keep up with her travels and ever-growing body of work on her blog. If you would like to see these impressive books in person, check out “Land of Deities: Pop-up Photos of Southwest China,” on view now through April 21 at Georgetown University.

  • The Faces Behind The Most Iconic Photographs

    In December 2006, photographer Tim Mantoani rented a 20×24 Polaroid camera and used it to capture portraits of photographers Jim Marshall and Michael Zagaris holding their best-known photos. Polaroid portraits may not sound all that special, but when you consider each 20×24-inch shot costs $200 to take, you now the project is unique. Over the next five years, Mantoani captured over 150 other famous photographers holding their most iconic images. The series was collected as a book entitled Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends. The hardcover, though out of print, can still be found for around $50 and an ebook version is also available from iTunes for $14.99.

  • Photographer Proves How Unoriginal We All Are

    We all like to believe that we are special snowflakes there’s nobody out there like us. Sure, we all buy our clothes in the same shopping malls, but nobody dresses like me. I’m unique and have my own style. Right? Not if the work of Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom is to be believed. As the world becomes more connected and clothing companies grow into ever larger international brands, we are start to look the same. Eijkelboom has spent the last 20 years documenting people in cities all over the world, taking note of just how boring we all are. His latest work, People of the Twenty-First Century, features over 500 pages with 6000 photos featuring the redundancy of normality. Available now for Phaidon for $35.

  • Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist

    What goes better with creative writing than a little kickstart juice to get the party started. The literary visionaries who wrote brilliant works such as  Fahrenheit 451, Moby-Dick and anything Hemingway wrote. Now you can give the gift of wonderfully mixed cocktails with a literary twist to them with Tequila Mockingbird, the ultimate cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes—paired with wry commentary on history’s most beloved novels—the book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout. Even if you don’t have a B.A. in English, tonight you’re gonna drink like you do. Drinks include: The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose The Last of the Mojitos Love in the Time of Kahlúa Romeo and Julep A Rum of One’s Own Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margarita Vermouth the Bell Tolls

  • A Punk Rock Record Producer Captures Southern California Life From The 60s Through The 80s In This Incredible Photo Book

    Glen Lockett, more widely known as Spot, became famous for the albums he produced while working for iconic punk label SST Records. From 1979 through the 80s he worked on albums for The Descendants, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Hüsker Dü and countless others. But what many music fans may not realize is that Spot was also a photojournalist for Hermosa Beach weekly newspaper Easy Reader. For the first time ever, Spot’s photos, capturing the skate and punk culture of Southern California, have been collected in hardcover. Sounds of Two Eyes Opening-Southern California Life: Skate/Beach/Punk 1969-1982 features 272 pages of photo printed on matte paper with 4-color black-and-white printing and lay flat binding. Check out some sample photos below and order the Slipcase Edition from Sinecure Books complete with a 7″ picture disk of Spot’s “Too Wise To Crack” with silk screened art by Ed Templeton, a 2-sided poster, and a high-quality print from the book, for just $49.95.

  • The Big Book of Bacon: Savory Flirtations, Dalliances, and Indulgences [Book]

    Because who doesn’t love a giant book on the world’s most beloved pork based breakfast food? No one, that’s who. Bacon has become a standard accent in every facet of American table fare. Bacon, eggs, coffee; Breakfast. BLT; Lunch. Bacon Cheeseburger; Dinner. Truly nothing else really matters in the entire world. The Big Book of Bacon delves into every type of food imaginable, being that it’s classified as umami, that fifth taste sensation that, roughly translated, simply means “good flavor”, author Jennifer L.S. Pearsall explores every spectrum of breakfast side dish, turned edible rockstar. The Big Book of Bacon $15

  • Deciphering The Code Of Soviet Prison Tattoos [17 Photos]

    Do you have a seemingly inane tattoo that people ask you about only for you to smugly reply that it has secret meaning? Maybe a pegasus with a ball and chain attached to its rear leg (hey, it means something to me)? Well that’s nothing compared to the extensive system of symbols utilized by inmates in Soviet prisons. Arkady Bronnikov, a criminalistics expert for the Ministry of Internal Affairs from the ’60s to the ’80s, collected thousands of photos of criminals and their tattoos. His job was to decode the intricate system of symbols used in the tattoos. And over the years, he helped solve countless cases by identifying suspects and corpses using his vast knowledge of tattoos. Over 180 photos from Bronnikov’s collection are now available in a 256-page hardcover from FUEL entitled, Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files. Each photo is accompanied by Bronnikov’s text explaining the meaning behind the tattoos. You can check out some examples and order the book from FUEL. Jeez, looking at these really makes me feel bad that my Chilly Willy tattoo doesn’t have deeper meaning. I just really like that cartoon penguin.

  • Astronaut, Chris Hadfield Releases Stunning Photos Of The Earth From Space

    Everyone’s favorite astronaut, Chris Hadfield best known for his David Bowie cover of “Space Oddity”, is now releasing a book including some of his best shots from an archive of over 45,000 photographs from orbit. From his some 2,500 orbits around Earth Hadfield has taken beautiful shots from around the globe (literally), never having a chance to actually see them with the photos being directly downloaded to Houston. His book, You are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes highlights some of Hadfield’s favorite handpicked photographs that he took while at the ISS.

  • An Inside Look At Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City [29 Photos]

    Originally a fort for the Chinese military, Kowloon Walled City was a densely populated settlement of 350 buildings constructed with little regard to code or safety. The British government in control of Hong Kong adopted a hands off approach in the 50s, leading to the city becoming a haven for gangs, drug addicts, and prostitutes. A series of police raids in the late 70s helped lower the crime rate, but with a population of 33,000 by 1987, something had to be done. The government announced plans to demolish the unsafe settlement in January 1987. A leghty eviction process followed, with the government paying out $350 million to residents. By 1992, the City was empty and demolition work began in 1993 and completed in 1994. Beginning in the 80s, photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot spent 4 years chronicling the end of the city. They published their photos in 1993 in a hardcover book entitled “City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City.” As interest in the City grew and with the 20th anniversary of the demolition this year, a new edition, with added photos and essays has been published. You can order “City of Darkness Revisited” for $91. And check more »

  • The World’s Best Whisky Is From Japan?

    Since 2003, English writer and journalist Jim Murray has shared his take on the world’s greatest whisky in his annual book on the subject Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. And each year whisky aficionados could count on a Scottish distillery to at least appear in the top five, if not in the number one slot. But this year, for the first time ever, there is no Scotch whisky in the top five. In fact, the number one spot didn’t go to an Irish or American whiskey, either. After sampling 4,700 whiskies, Murray gave top honors to Japan’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013. The Yamazaki received a 97.5 out of 100 for its “nose of exquisite boldness”—a sharp contrast to the boring Scottish whiskies which Murray feels have grown complacent and offer very little innovation. If you’re looking for a bottle of the Yamazaki, good luck. Only 18,000 were produced and it will cost you around $200. Or you can check out Murray’s other recommendations when the Whisky Bible 2015 comes out November 11. Pre-order your copy today from Amazon. I don’t know about you, but I think Old Crow has a real good chance this year…

  • Old Tricks Make For Spooky New Photos

    Since the invention of photography, clever artists have used the medium to trick the public with macabre images. And even after 150 years, we continue to be spooked by these old photos. Just take a look at your Facebook timeline today and you’re sure to find “50 Billion Unexplained Spooky 19th Century Photos That Will Melt Your Spleen.” And even with all the high-tech Photoshop tools available today, those old techniques are still effective. Poet and photographer John Metoyer utilized 19th century photography techniques to create the eerie photos in his latest book, Blood Migration. Published by 21st Editions, the limited edition collection features 18 prints, some of which will undoubtedly be usurped by bloggers and placed in their “spooky photos from the 1800s” stories in the coming years. And to learn a bit about the process, read an interview with Metoyer at Dazed.

  • The Abandoned Ruins of Detroit

    Today, when you think of Detroit, you think of crime, decrepit buildings and an abandon urban wasteland looking to be wiped clean, as if to push the reset button. As the largest city in the U.S. to file for brankruptcy, Detroit’s once beautiful historic buildings and landmarks are crumbling and decaying before our very eyes. Photographers, Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre have been chronicling Detroit’s fall since 2005 and now they’ve shared their photos in a book titled The Ruins of Detroit , a true look at the abandoned wasteland that was once a symbol of industrial success.

  • This Cocktail Menu Is Also A Pop-Up Book

    When London’s Savoy Hotel opened in 1889, it was one of the classiest hotels in the world, offering unheard of luxuries such as electric lights and hot water. 125 years later, the Savoy is still one of the world’s premier hotels with an equally impressive Art Deco bar, the Beaufort Bar. Recently the Beaufort Bar unveiled a new cocktail menu, but when you’re serving $40 drinks, an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper with comic sans and fun clip-art just doesn’t cut it. So the bar turned to paper engineer Helen Friel and illustrator Joe Wilson to create up a pop-up book with each signature cocktail receiving it’s own page. Only 1,000 copies of the pop-up menu were printed and you can get one for $80. Considering the price of the drinks, that’s not too bad. And if you can’t make it to London, you can see what you’re missing with this digital 2D menu. Source: Grub Street

  • Here’s What Westeros, The Throne and Other Landscapes Were Suppose to Look Like

    Game of Thrones is a smash hit. If you’re a fan of the show, your really a fan of the show. Like, miss your nephew’s birthday party for the season premiere fan of the show. If you’ve ever read the books, however, you might find the landscapes described a little differently than what you see in the show. After George R.R. Martin spoke at 92Y in Manhattan on Sunday about “The World of Ice & Fire,” his new book focusing on the history of Westeros, he notes that the Westeros portrayed on television’s “Game of Thrones” can be gorgeous, but it’s not always how he envisioned it would look. “I wanted accurate versions of these castles. We’ve had a number of different artists draw them on covers and on the fantasy like cards and games, and some of them have been beautiful images but not necessarily accurate to what I described,” Martin said of his vision for the world. Martin has since worked closely with the artist responsible for portraying what the landscaped are actually suppose to look like.   Castle Black at The Wall     Dragonstone       The Red Keep at King’s Landing     Winterfell more »

  • R.L. Stine Will Release New Book Live Tonight on Twitter

    Let the child inside thee rejoice, Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine will be “writing a book live on Twitter Tuesday night, in honor of Halloween. Although Stine didn’t mention what time he’ll start writing the story, so keep your eyes peeled for his Twitter to start going off the charts tonight. And if you really want a Stine-filled Halloween, he’ll be taking over Scholastic’s social media accounts on Thursday from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. For Halloween, I'll be writing a story live on Twitter this evening. Hope you'll join me. — R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) October 28, 2014

  • 45 Photos Celebrating The Life Of Jack Kerouac

    On the night of October 20, 1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida, Jack Kerouac was drinking whiskey while scribbling notes for a novel about his father when he suddenly felt ill. He went to the bathroom where he began to throw up blood. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to the hospital, where emergency surgery was performed, but to no avail. At 5:15 AM on October 21, Kerouac was dead. Just 47 years old, a life of alcohol abuse led to the cirrhosis and internal hemorrhage that claimed his life. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922, Kerouac was not only a bright child, reading anything he could get his hands on, he was also a gifted athlete. In fact, it was football that brought Kerouac to New York City when he received a scholarship to play the sport at Columbia University. But clashes with famed coach Lout Little and a distaste for the stuffy academic life led Kerouac to drop out of school and join the US Merchant Marine. While at sea, Kerouac wrote his first novel, The Sea is My Brother, which would not be published until 2011. When he returned to New York, he found himself spending more »

  • These Book Covers Feature Clever Typography

    Letterer, illustrator, typographer, and web designer Jessica Hische originally garnered attention for her website Daily Drop Cap where she illustrated a different letter of the alphabet daily or at least regularly, ultimately culminating in 12 complete alphabets. Recognizing her talent and how the typographic style was reminiscent of book covers of old, Penguin Books commissioned Hische to design the covers for their Penguin Drop Caps series. 26 classic works of literature make up the series and each features a clever illustration of the author’s initial. Our favorite is Lord of the Flies with poor Piggy’s broken glasses forming the “g.”

  • James Franco Stars In New Coloring Book

    James Franco always seems to be involved in some sort of weird, pseudo-performance art project that has us scratching our heads for a few minutes before completely forgetting about it. But now, someone else is using his likeness for some sort of artsy purposes we don’t quite understand. Mel Elliott, who has previously created coloring books using photos of actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Ryan Gosling, has now turned her eye to Franco’s Instagram account. Using social media photos of the actor in character, in drag and in bed, Elliott has put together another fun coloring book, with 36 pages of Franco. You can pre-order “Colour Me Good James Franco” right now at Amazon for $11 and you have plenty of time to stock up on crayons (Crayola, not that Rose Art junk) before the coloring book ships October 23.

  • 10 Inane Victorian-Era Inventions That Never Made It Passed The Drawing Board

    When not attending the latest Gilbert and Sullivan operetta or fleeing Jack the Ripper, the fine folks of Victorian England liked to devise inane inventions. Unfortunately, there were no “As Seen On TV” stores back then, so they never had a chance to be produced. Although let’s be honest, the corset with inflatable bust isn’t all that crazy, just very sneaky. And was garroting common enough that an anti-garroting cravat was necessary? All of these designs were recently found in Britain’s National Archives after being hidden away 150 years ago. When England introduced the Utility Designs Act, protecting the rights of “useful” inventions, every lunatic came up with a crazy idea to make a quick ha’penny or tuppence or whatever the hell they called their money. You can find more in “Inventions That Didn’t Change The World” by Julie Halls, available in December. Pre-order your copy today at Amazon for $21.

  • The Interesting Stories Behind Tattoos

    As tattoos become more and more commonplace, we tend to pay less and less attention to them. But just because tattoos are ubiquitous, it does not mean that they have any less significance for those who choose to get them. Tattoos are a way for people to express their emotions, memorialize life events, or declare their love of pizza. Who can argue with that? The following illustrations appear in the new book “Pen & Ink” by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNoughton. The book is a collection of drawings of actual tattoos that adorn the bodies of writers, musicians, and even a porn star accompanied by the stories behind them. What kind of tattoo do you think the porn star has? I bet it’s barbed wire. Find out for yourself in “Pen & Ink” available now from Amazon.

  • Your Favorite Models Strip Down For New Photography Book [16 Photos]

    Russell James has been lucky enough to spend the last 20 years photographing the world’s most beautiful women for Victoria’s Secret. He’s now paying it forward by publishing a collection of his work titled Angels. The 304 page book features 170 photos of the world’s most famous models all stripped down. Adriana Lima, Brooklyn Decker, and Candice Swanepoel are just a few of the famous names who appear in the collection of nude photographs. Check out a preview of the book, out October 15, in the gallery and be sure to pre-order a copy from Amazon for $139. And for more work from the photographer, including some NSFW photos from the book, check out Russell James Fie Art Photography.

  • What Kid Wouldn’t Want A Nicolas Cage Activity Book?

    What is it about Nic Cage that makes him the Internet’s favorite movie star? Is it the Oscar-worthy meltdowns you can expect in almost every film? Or the bizarre speech patterns that add nothing to the character but are incredibly annoying? Or the fact that he doesn’t seem to turn down any role presented to him? Yes. All of those. Nicolas Cage is both the worst and the best at the same time and we love him for it. Now you can spread your love of Nicolas Cage to the children in your life with Snake Eyes: A Nicolas Cage Activity Book from Haunt Me Studio. Help bust him out of prison in a Con Air maze. Or draw a new face for him after John Travolta steals his. All this fun and more can be found in the book, available in November, which you can preorder at Amazon for $10.

  • “Banksy In New York” Book Available

    It has now been almost a year since street art king Banksy came to New York and created a new work each day for the month of October. Now you can relive the excitement of searching for each day’s new piece in Banksy in New York by writer and photographer Ray Mock. Mock has been documenting the street art scene for years, with his photographs appearing in numerous books and magazines. Now he turns his eye towards Banksy’s New York residency complete with a first-hand day-by-day account of the daily search for each piece. With over 120 photos and illustrations and a special screen printed cover, this book, limited to just 2000 copies, is sure to go fast. Get yours today from Carnage for $35.

  • 15 Secluded Get-Aways You’ll Wish Were Yours for LDW

    Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs, a new book from Gestalten explores a rarely seen look at some of the most remote habitats of humans on the planet. Hide and seek features highly individual cabins, hideaways, and summer homes completely hidden from the lights, noise and chaos of urban civilization. These imaginative structures meld traditional architecture with modern living in fascinating and surprising ways. Whether located in the forest, on the water, or in the mountains the homes incorporate their natural surroundings as part of the structures integrity.   

  • Bushcraft 101: Your Essential Wilderness Survival Guide

    Whether you’re camping with a few pals or testing yourself alone in the wilderness against the elements, it always helps to be knowledgable of your surroundings and keeping in mind the 5C’s; cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages. Dave Canterbury co-owner and supervising instructor at the Pathfinder School in Ohio, one of the best survival schools in the world, recently released a new book teaching his methods and instruction on survival. From building out your kit to manufacturing tools and supplies to food collection to cooking and protection from the elements Canterbury covers everything. His YouTube channel has more than 200,000 subscribers and his videos have more than 34 million views, so you know his methods and tactics speak for themselves. Bushcraft 101

  • Ice-T Joined An All-Star Cast In Narrating A Dungeons & Dragons Book

    The fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons, encompassing numerous games and books, celebrates it’s 40th birthday this year, but chances are that you, a Level 10 Cool Dude, had no idea. For so many years, it seemed like the people interested in Dungeons & Dragons, or D&D, were the sort of people who carried tarot cards in velvet satchels in middle school converted to Wicca in high school. But, as nerd culture becomes increasingly usurped by trendsetters, thanks to the success of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Tumblrs featuring bikini-clad babes wearing stormtrooper helmets, D&D-ers can now be found in many cliques. To celebrate the anniversary of D&D while also highlighting the mainstream-ing of nerd culture, Audible has released The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories, featuring an all-star cast of narrators. Nerd icons such as Weird Al, David Duchovny, and Wil Wheaton read the stories but are also joined by celebrities you may not expect, such as rapper Ice-T and Michael Chiklis of The Shield. Check out the making-of video below and if you’re ready to dive in to the world of D&D, get your free copy of The Legend of Drizzt at Audible. And if anyone asks more »

  • Chuck Palahniuk Announces A Fight Club 2 Comic Book Series

    I am Jacks elated sense of excitement. Luminous author, Chuck Palahniuk has announced he’ll be giving his most acclaimed work, Fight Club a resurgence in the form of a 10-issue maxiseries comic. The series will be under Dark Horse Comics and will be illustrated by Cameron Stewart. Palahniuk will be talking in more detail at a Fight Club Comic-Con panel later this week, but has already announced a release date for May 2015. “Fight Club 2 takes place alternately in the future and the past. It picks up a decade after the ending of his original book, where the protagonist is married to equally problematic Marla Singer and has a 9 year-old son named Junior, though the narrator is failing his son in the same way his dad failed him.” In a USA Today interview, Palahniuk teased the return of everyone’s favourite hyper-violent id: “Tyler Durden is something that maybe has been around for centuries and is not just this aberration that’s popped into his mind.” Project Mayhem will also play a critical part in the comics, possibly using Junior as a catalyst for the protagonists return to the organization. Read the full interview here.

  • Get Help Choosing A Summer Book With This Infographic

    Now that summer’s here, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting around at the beach or at a park, working on your tan. As tempting as it is to sit and stare into nothingness a la David Putty, it just may be a better idea to grab a book. And we’re not talking about airport novels from Dan Brown or James Patterson (as enjoyable as they are). There are millions of books you’re missing out on and choosing one can be a daunting task. So use this chart and find yourself the perfect novel this summer. You may even enjoy it so much, you’ll come back to find another choice. 

  • Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James [Book]

    The late Rick James was made wildly relevant again through the eyes of the Chapelle Show and even after his passing has remained familiar through an older generation of fans of his music and a younger one familiar with the hit tv show alike. James was best known for his funk hit “Super Freak”, but was also an acclaimed producer and award-winning pioneer in the fusion of funk groove and rock. Pre-2004 James partnered with biographer David Ritz to give readers an in depth no holds barred look into the life of a man with the ultimate rock star life. Sex, Drugs and Funk. Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James

  • 17 Photos Of “Fancy Cycling” Tricks From 1901

    Although initially developed in the mid-1800s, the bicycle as we know it today really took off in the 1890s, thanks to the invention of the pneumatic tire and rear freewheel. The bicycle craze took hold across Europe and America and it was only a matter of time before old-timey daredevils were doing tricks that would curl your mustache. In 1901, “Fancy Cycling” by Isabel Marks was published. The book featured photos of unenthusiastic Edwardian socialites engaging in all manner of cycling shenanigans. The book was republished last year and is available on Amazon.

  • Brilliant Book Satirizes Children’s Books And Modern Art

    Even people who appreciate modern art have had those moments staring at Jackson Pollock’s paint drips or Mark Rothko’s rectangles and thought “Really? Well I could have done that!” Or stood in an empty room doubling as an art installation where the art was the absence of art and wondered if someone was just screwing with you. Artist Miriam Elia satirizes these moments and many others in her book “We Go to the Gallery.” The book features Peter, Jane, and Mummy, stars of the popular 1960s British children’s book series Peter and Jane. The book itself can be seen as postmodern piece that comments on modern and postmodern art. Penguin, the British publisher who claims copyright ownership of the Peter and Jane series tried to get force Elia to destroy the first run and halt further printings, but she has not backed down. The second print run is on the way and you can get more updates at Learning with Miriam.

  • German Cautionary Tales Have Been Scaring Children For 170 Years

    In the 1840s, German psychiatrist Heinrich Hoffmann went to buy his son a book for Christmas, but couldn’t find any stories suitable. Apparently, the fairy tales of fellow creepy Germans the Brothers Grimm, which often end with the deaths of children, were too namby pamby for Hoffmann’s three-year-old son. He decided to write and illustrate his own children’s book and “Struwwelpeter” was born. Hoffmann believed that children’s books should teach children how to behave or else face dire consequences. And he didn’t mean be nice or go to bed without dessert. Hoffmann’s tales were more like eat your soup or starve to death. Or don’t play with matches or you’ll burn to death. Or don’t suck your thumbs or else you’ll get them cut off with giant scissors from a perv who follows little boys around. He even tackled race relations in the book: a group of boys who picked on the only black boy in town were dipped in ink for punishment. Huh. In the years since its initial publication, “Struwwelpeter” has been published all over the world and adapted for stage and film. British musical trio The Tiger Lillies composed and performed music for a stage version in 1998 called more »


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