The hardcover book Star Trek: Designing the Final Frontier: How Midcentury Modernism Shaped Our View of the Future promises to delight fans of the cult TV show and of the design movement alike. There’s much to adore about the long-running series (from its social consciousness to its kitsch costumes) but it’s the set design—with mid-century modern furniture, objects and art—that authors and design experts Dan Chavkin and Brian McGuire explore here. Whether you’re an Eames enthusiast or a Nyota Uhura devotee (or both) this book provides plenty of treasures.
Written by Carmen Maria Machado, In The Dream House begins with a dedication, epigraphs, an overture, a prologue, and after reading just a few pages, the reader understands that the format of this memoir is like no other. Machado writes of toxic relationships, domestic abuse, memory and queerness through the lens of pop culture, history, her own story and even her story written in the second person—as your story. Readers join Machado as she attempts to make sense of her relationship with her girlfriend (“the woman in the Dream House,” who never gets a name, but readers know her—and Machado’s fear of her—intimately) and find context for the experience. The haunting tale is equal parts dark fairytale, history lesson and autobiography, but it cannot be reduced to such categories. An incredibly moving book, its story, structure and language leave readers changed.
With guidance, tips and reviews from online travel resource Fathom’s founders, Jeralyn Gerba and Pavia Rosati, and their talented contributors, Travel North America: (And Avoid Being a Tourist) provides plenty of information for those able to visit the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean; and those who want to research their future trip once borders open up more. With a focus on natural wonders, history and culture, this book is especially relevant to those living in the US who want to reconnect and discover more about their country.
Through thoughtful text and 300 illustrations, the book Drama explores the relationship between Rockwell Group founder and president, David Rockwell’s core architectural principles with the influence of his passion for theater. Published by Phaidon, the book is penned by Rockwell, along with Bruce Mau Studio founder, Bruce Mau. It probes the inherent drama of architecture and design, and leaves readers informed and inspired.
Penned by Very Good Light founder and editor David Yi, with charming illustrations by Paul Tuller, Pretty Boys: Legendary Icons Who Redefined Beauty (and How to Glow Up, Too) guides readers through an inclusive, global history of beauty and skincare. Thoughtful, educational and, at times, surprising, the book weaves eye-opening elements of gender expression from international beauty icons both celebrated (like Frank Ocean and his skincare routine) and unexpected (for instance, the manicure sets of Babylonian army officials).
Enveloped by the grieving process, the speaker of award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus’ new collection The Perseverance probes identity, understanding, connection and other meditative concepts, all through the d/Deaf experience. Published by Tin House, this insightful examination invites readers to experience the profound through Antrobus’ expressive language and magnetic storytelling.
Delhi-born, London-based designer Ashish Gupta studied fine art before pursuing his wildly successful career in fashion, and returned to art when he took up photography several years ago. Seeing the art form as a diary of sorts, he eventually collaborated with House of Voltaire on Gaze—a book of portraits that documents, explores and celebrates queer desire and masculinity. A departure from his trademark flashy style, the photos are intimate, personal and tender—but oftentimes maintain a playful energy. The 365 full-color images, Gupta says, “are full of joy, humor, longing, desire, (and more than a little feeling of tenderness) about sex and sexiness. It’s also about exploring images of sexuality and masculinity, but not just the type of images that we tend to see in the mainstream of gay culture.” Price is in Pounds.
A portrait through poetry of a trans person’s experience, Kayleb Rae Candrilli’s Water I Won’t Touch runs powerful, emotion-laden language through moments of trauma, tenderness and joy. Candrilli’s accolades—as a 2019 Whiting Award Winner in poetry, a 2017 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender poetry, and many more—are deserved, and this latest 96-page book further reveals their distinct, necessary voice.
Franny Choi explores queerness, femininity, identity and autonomy as an Asian American woman in Soft Science, a book of poems that often center on futurism and technology in a remarkably human manner. While cyborgs feature as a vehicle for otherness, Choi also uses them in many other nuanced ways. Rhythmic and melodic, her poems enthrall readers.
Put down on cassette in 1981, Kirtan: Turiya Sings comprises nine devotional songs that Alice Coltrane (aka Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda) recorded for members of her Sai Anantam Ashram. The tremendously talented artist—a highly influential pioneer of spiritual jazz—founded the ashram in 1983 and would perform solo and with groups there. Now the music receives an official release on vinyl, via Impulse! Records/UMe. Kirtan is a Sanskrit word for reciting or storytelling, while turiya is pure consciousness—a state of mind that transcends all others. The stirring record features organs, synthesizers, strings and other effects and has been produced by Ravi Coltrane.
Mood Valiant is Australian jazz-funk band Hiatus Kaiyote’s first new record since 2015’s Choose Your Weapon, and it’s available to pre-order as a limited edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl. Officially released 25 June via Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune, the album was made after frontwoman Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield’s diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. She says, “When you think your life is going to be taken away from you, it makes you think about who you are. I guess after the breast cancer scare I decided that I needed to prove to life that the offering I have is genuine. My only wish is to live and offer my experience of time and beauty.”
Editor of the print magazine Wm Brown and author of the books A Man & His Watch and A Man & His Car, Matt Hranek returns with The Negroni: A Love Affair with a Classic Cocktail. Comprised of recipes, both classic and reinterpreted, as well as the iconic tale of cocktail’s invention, Hranek’s book is a marvelous ode to one of the world’s most beloved and versatile alcoholic beverages.
Composed of high-impact fiberglass, independent media company A24’s aspect ratio desk trays reference the various proportions of cinematic imagery. Made in partnership with American tray manufacturer Cambro, the multi-purpose catch-alls come in six different colorways. Measuring 8 by 9-7/8 inches, they’re an ideal size for carting popcorn and beverages from the kitchen into any room where an A24 film (or TV show) is playing.
After selling out quickly, a collection of Sun Ra works Extensions Out, Plus: Four Poetry Books (1959/1972) has been restocked at Corbett vs Dempsey’s online store. The Chicago gallery recently hosted an exhibition of Sun Ra’s multidisciplinary art, tracing some of his remarkable life as a musician, poet, performer and beyond. Included in this set of books by the Afrofuturism pioneer are Jazz By Sun Ra, Jazz In Silhouette, The Immeasurable Equation and Extensions Out: Immeasurable Equation Vol II. With hundreds of poems, photographs and more, it’s a significant collection that includes some of Sun Ra’s most sought-after works.
With 100 entries based upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as exercises and tips, the Anti-Anxiety Notebook has been designed by psychologists and therapists to help individuals track their emotions, observe patterns and manage stress and anxiety. The notebook is powered by evidence-based therapeutic tools that encourage focusing, and provides space for writing things down, identifying feelings and reflecting on it all. It’s a thoughtful gift for a loved one or oneself.
Part of PHAIDON’s Explorer Series, Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom endeavors to illustrate the history and significance of flowers—across continents, cultures and eras. Chosen by a panel of experts (from art historians to botanists), the entries in the hardcover span sculpture, scientific illustration, film, floral arrangements, textiles, painting and beyond. The importance and influence flowers have on us is almost impossible to distill into one book, but Flower works as an appealing introduction—thanks to its large, full-color illustrations and photographs, and accessible text. From gold pieces dating around 2300–2100 BC to botanical illustrations made during the 1700s to contemporary floral art, this book immerses readers.