Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jesse Kornbluth at HeadButler Serves Up a Generous Dose of Mark Hampton

If you're in the market for a cultural concierge, or in other parlance are looking for a reliable filter, you couldn't get much better than Jesse Kornbluth, aka your Head Butler. We're thrilled he turned his attention to Duane Hampton's beautiful book just published by Rizzoli,  MARK HAMPTON:  An American Decorator, saying, among much else: "You can be dazzled by these pictures and conclude, “Beautiful, yes, but every client is so rich, every room is so big --- there’s not a single idea here that I can use.” And you’d be right. This isn’t a do-it-yourself-guide to making champagne rooms on a beer budget. It’s something else: a high-wire act, about balancing money and taste but caring less about either than about comfort."

You can see Duane and buy the book at any of the following events:

Saturday, July 3, 2010 -- 5 :00 PM to 7 :00 PM 
Book signing
3 Madison Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

Thursday, July 8, 2010 
Talk and book signing
828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Saturday, July 10, 2010
Cocktail party & booksigning
316 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534-5404

Saturday, August 7, 2010
Book signing
53 North Sea Road
Southampton, NY 11968

Friday, September 24, 2010  
Talk and book signing

Thursday, February 17, 2011 -- 2 :30 PM to 4 :30 PM
2 Four Arts Plaza
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Monday, May 24, 2010

WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers gets Blurbed

Late September will bring the publication of Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers' WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption by HarperBusiness. The book charts how in the 20th century of hyper-consumption we were defined by credit, advertising, and what we owned, and how in the 21st century of Collaborative Consumption we will be defined by reputation, community, and by what we can access.

Here's what a couple of interesting people have to say about the book:

At a moment of general gloom, Roo Rogers and Rachel Botsman have offered a convincing, charming and in every sense collaborative account of how the new networks that have disrupted our lives are also likely to alter them, and entirely for our good. They offer not just a prescription for parts of our ailing economy, but a new vision of what ‘consumerism’ can be: not just a form of slavery to objects, but a thing in itself positive, progressive and pleasure-giving.
— Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon and Through the Children's Gate

People are normally trustworthy and generous, and the Internet brings the good out far more than the bad. We’re seeing an explosion of modest businesses where people help each other out via the Net, and What’s Mine Is Yours tells you what’s going on, and inspires more of the same.
— Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist

The cover is one of the best I've ever seen:  it is by the deeply talented Nicholas Blechman of Knickerbocker Design.

And check out the Collaborative Consumption Groundswell video:

Collaborative Consumption Groundswell Video from rachel botsman on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sifton Gives Zak Pelaccio's Fatty Cue Its Due in the New York Times

The combination of American barbecue technique and South Asian flavors is brilliant and unsettling. It recalls, almost perfectly, what the Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa called the magic of the present moment. To eat at Fatty Crew’s new restaurant is to experience the very essence of nowness. No one else is cooking like this anywhere.

Check out the Fatty Cue web site. Zak Pelaccio's untitled cookbook will be published by Dan Halpern at Ecco next year.  Hail to Zak, aka "the aging idea guy, sometimes chef, trip leader!"

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

INTRODUCING The Adventures of Unemployed Man by Erich Origen and Gan Golan

Mark my words:  THE ADVENTURES OF UNEMPLOYED MAN will be a cultural phenomenon.  

Its first rays of intelligent, wit-soaked speaking-truth-to-power are peeking over the horizon, and Erich Origen and Gan Golan offer a glimpse of the future with this preview of their hilarious and poignant book about unemployed superheroes, led by Unemployed Man and his sidekick Plan B.  In this action-packed, richly illustrated story, everyday heroes are pitted against The Human Resource, Outsourcerer, The Invisible Hand and other economic villains ripped straight from today’s headlines.

Origen and Golan's GOODNIGHT BUSH was a national and regional bestseller, and gave humorous closure to a dark time.  Check out The Official George W. Bush Presidential Librarium.

KABOOM's Matt Gallagher writes about the Impact of War in the Washington Post

Matt begins the piece with:  One of the benefits of publishing a war memoir, and then speaking at various events across the country, has been the opportunity to meet a group of Americans who genuinely care about the troops and veterans. Frankly, it's a segment of the population I didn't know existed in any real numbers during my deployment - self-righteousness is a common sin among soldiers and veterans alike - and it's been both humbling and gratifying. As a result, I'm often placed in the unique position of answering the simple question: "How can we help?"

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

in the beijinger, Peter Hessler says Goodbye to China

Christine Laskowski speaks to Peter to ask him whether COUNTRY DRIVING really marks his farewell to the Middle Kingdom.