Published by New York’s Printed Matter, Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s No New Theories is a careful curation of essays, images, unfinished phrases, and in-depth conversations. Using her own writing, works by writers past and present, autocorrected words and phrases, personal images, pop culture references and more, Rasheed formulates a cohesive statement about blackness—and its vastness. While some pages are left open for interpretation (specifically about a dozen Xerox scans) others pose particular questions or address spiritual, socio-political and ecological issues. Limited to an edition of 1,000, this book is available in-store or online.
Amy Hempel’s fifth collection of short fiction, Sing To It: New Stories, is the first in a decade from the beloved writer. Made up of vignettes, the book includes 15 stories that tackle themes including loneliness, truth and guilt. As ever, Hempel’s prose is somewhat minimal but concurrently undeniably rich.
Composed around 12 recipes that define his career thus far, celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s memoir-cookbook hybrid, JGV: A Life in 12 Recipes, traces his steps from trainee to world-renowned restaurateur. Insightful, humorous and delightfully warm, the book—which includes personal photography and hand-drawn sketches—caters to fans of Vongerichten’s cuisine, and anyone curious about his imagination and Michelin-starred ascent.
For any traveler—or dreamer—who yearns for the furthest reaches of our planet, Debbie Pappyn and David De Vleeschauwer’s Remote Places to Stay: The Most Unique Hotels at the End of the World details 22 out-of-the-way destinations. From a reprieve in the Arctic to an African desert escape and even a retreat in the Himalayas, the book chronicles places people can actually stay—though some are only accessibly by foot, small boat or bush plane. To complement the book, Pappyn and Vleeschauwer have also launched their own remote travel platform to help readers get to these places, too.
With ultra-high definition sound, courtesy of bio-diaphragm speaker units that drastically reduce distortion, AIAIAI’s TMA-2 HD headphones deliver unmatched precision. Their Alcantara-wrapped pads are filled with memory foam that retains the wearer’s ear shape, reducing use-related discomfort and the likelihood of headaches. On a full battery, these will last through 16 hours of playback.
First published to accompany Jason Moran’s exhibit at the Walker Art Center in 2018, this 272 page book marks the first in-depth exploration of his work and practice. A pianist, composer, visual artist, and frequent collaborator, Moran abides by no rules with regard to the confines of medium—resulting in work that teeters somewhere between jazz history, performance art and sculpture. Fit for music fans and art lovers alike, the Whitney Museum store is selling copies to coincide with his fall 2019 exhibition there.
Intended to add depth to streamed media, DropLabs EP 01 sneakers employ vibrations in their soles to accompany audio you’re listening to. Not intended to be used in high-intensity workouts or during sports, these find best use in situations where you’re focused exclusively on what you’re listening to. Whether it be while watching a movie on the plane, in the gym (doing toning work), or during a gaming session, the vibrations pick up the deep bass on hard-hitting tracks and the high-hats on jazz tunes—plus every little detail in horror flicks or action games. They’re both good-looking and comfortable, too. Pre-orders ship between mid-December and early January depending on the selected size.
To meet the liquid needs of each year’s holidays and special occasions, acclaimed spirits author Aaron Goldfarb’s latest book, Gather Around Cocktails, provides recipes for parties from two to 200 people. Once again, Goldfarb distills the essence of his subject matter to its most useful and provides celebratory substance that all can enjoy. Be it Derby Day, Friendsgiving or a Groundhog Day get-together, Goldfarb’s got a signature drink recipe that all will appreciate.
For anybody interested in analog technologies and music, Gideon Schwartz’s Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design offers a deep dive into the history and renaissance of lo-fi audio. From Bang & Olufsen’s glorious wire recorder from 1947, the Beocord 84U, to the stunning Clearaudio Statement V2 turntable from 2008, and so many more, the products highlighted within this 272-page book are some of the most beautifully designed devices in the world. Audio fans will be delighted by the countless turntables, reel-to-reels, vacuum tubes, amplifiers, speakers and more.
Featuring work by talented women and non-binary writers and artists, the newest edition of the Dope Girls Zine explores the theme ENDINGS, but the publication isn’t folding. Issue 7 (which is available for pre-order now) includes pieces by Kristen N Arnett, Chynna Jenkins, Peyton Fulford, Mattiel, Audra Melton, Amber North, Chelsea G Summers and many others. The zine was founded back in 2016 by Beca Grimm and Rachel Hortman with the mission to create a space within the 420 community that was less centered on men, and a portion of sales is donated to Planned Parenthood.
Topping out at 24 pages, Jo-Jo Sherrow’s Garden Girls is a zine about “the plant fairies who live amidst the green world.” The zine blends the mystical fairy tale world with our real life one, where our relationship with our environment has never been more crucial. Each page features a black-and-white illustration of one of Sherrow’s characters. Limited to an edition of 100, this staple-bound zine was published in 2015.
With The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, author Antwaun Sargent addresses breakthroughs for representation of the black image in artistic industries, communities and their respective marketplaces. Turning his attention to pioneering black photographers, Sargent opens a dialogue on institutional barriers, exclusion and the tidal shift underway on an international level. The book, published by Aperture, incorporates 250 four-color images from talent including Awol Erizku, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Dana Scruggs, Tyler Mitchell and more—as well as conversations with Shaniqwa Jarvis, Deborah Willis and CH favorite Mickalene Thomas.
German artist BD Graft’s debut book, Living Things is full of collages and paintings of plants and fruits—some minimal, some colorful and complex, all utterly charming. Published by Zioxla, designed by Affaire, and printed and bound in Barcelona, the softcover book is composed of FSC-certified paper sourced from responsibly managed forests. Further, for every book purchased, one tree is planted.
Written by former jazz and pop critic at The New York Times, Nate Chinen, Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century is a definitive guide to the genre from the past to the present. While today’s jazz may be different, it’s rooted in the same ideals and ethos, and Chinen argues for its continued relevance while highlighting some contemporary talent. He does this while educating readers on the genre’s illustrious and influential past.
NYC-based photographer Michael Magers trawled his expansive archives to create Independent Mysteries, a photo book that features striking images of intimate settings and city streets with the same complex and nuanced lens the photographer has mastered in his journalistic endeavors. Each image conveys a moment—whether seemingly emotional or innocuous—with gravitas and tenderness. There truly is a mystery to each image that’s remarkably engaging. Accompanying copy from writers, poets, musicians, tattoo artists, and others offer words that can create context or more delightful convolution.
Justice’s IRIS: A Space Opera is a filmic transformation of their adored live performances of Woman Worldwide. This unique performance series was conceptualized explicitly for cinema, using special access, angles, and effects for a more expansive experience. While it was originally shown to a limited number of audiences in select cities, the cinematic release now hits DVD, streaming, and, in this set, VHS. It comes complete with a tape, hoodie, USB card that carries the movie, an enamel badge, and an IRIS poster. The package is available for pre-order now but ships starting 10 January. Price is in Euros.