It’s Freezing in LA! Issue 3

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Despite the title, UK-based It’s Freezing in LA! focuses on climate change on an international level. Their third issue, titled “Protest,” covers global strikes, marches and walkouts that have been initiated in opposition of fossil fuels, mining, and much more. But, this issue also addresses potential solutions, how new construction adheres to recent legislation and the challenges companies face when switching to electric vehicles. It’s Freezing in LA! is edited by Martha Dillon and art and design are handled by Nina Carter and Matthew Lewis respectively. Price is in Pounds.

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Moon — The Area of Influence

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Legendary DJ/producer/composer Jeff Mills (aka The Wizard) is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing by releasing a conceptual album inspired by the moon. Available as a double-LP (or on CD), the record, called Moon — The Area of Influence, will be made up of Mills’ nuanced, cinematic and Detroit-rooted techno. In his words, “This album and the imagination that helped to produce it should be considered as a proposition with open-endedness and no foreseeable conclusion. It is a chemistry of facts and feelings based on then, now and forever.” Set for release 19 July, it’s available for pre-order now.

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Issue #2 of Honolulu-based, artist-led Tropic Zine focuses on the Filipinx diaspora—aiming to “decolonize, deconstruct, and reimagine” what it means to identify as such. The publication has been printed in an edition of 500 and includes contributions from Leah Danze, Catalina Africa Espinosa, Jasmine Wenzel, Calla Camero, Taissa Fromme, Azuré Keahi, gentofish and many more.

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Mother Earth’s Plantasia

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Mother Earth’s Plantasia, originally released in 1976 by beloved composer/songwriter and electronic music pioneer Mort Garson, is a wildly sought-after record—having only been available in very limited numbers at LA’s Mother Earth store (with a purchase of a house plant) and at Sears. The album was composed on a Moog synthesizer with plants as the intended audience. Now, Sacred Bones Records is reissuing the cult album—with the option of a limited green and white “Spider Plant” vinyl. Each record comes with a reprint of the original booklet and with new liner notes.

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Rirkrit Tiravanija and Antto Melasniemi’s The Bastard Cookbook is part cooking guide and part exploration of cosmopolitanism. Inside there are recipes from Tiravanija and Melasniemi (aka the “Bastard Brothers”) accompanied by interviews with chefs and purveyors, insights from journalists and scholars and plenty of photography. The pair has cooked together everywhere—from Bangkok, Venice and Stockholm to Basel, Hong Kong and NYC—and The Bastard Cookbook is their experiences in summation.

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Beginning with some of civilization’s first sketches of objects in the sky and ending with some of our most high-definition satellite imagery, Sun and Moon is a thrilling catalog of important cosmic discoveries. Assembled by Mark Holborn and published by Phaidon, the book presents how we’ve used photography and cartography to explore space and time (and our ever-changing understanding of them) over thousands of years. With its publish coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Sun and Moon gives new (and old) insight to curious readers.

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Ethan James Green: Young New York

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With a keen eye and an artist’s touch, photographer Ethan James Green presents 55 tritone images in his debut monograph, Young New York. Published by Aperture Foundation and featuring an introduction from actress Hari Nef, the book does more than just document the diversity of the city, it celebrates the subjects found within. It will long be a reference for NYC at this moment, even as it transcends place and time.  

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The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip

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From 1914 to 1925 Henry Ford and Thomas Edison went on annual road trips under the moniker “The Vagabonds”—they only ceased because their fame made the trips impossible to coordinate. The two traveled in order to survey the condition of America’s roads, in conjunction with the exponential growth of the automotive industry. The pair may have ventured with chefs and butlers, but this book—written by former investigate journalist Jeff Guinn—focuses on the more engaging details surrounding the duo’s relationship.

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Penned by Man Booker-nominated author David Means, Instructions for a Funeral is a poetic and poignant collection of short stories. From a tale about fatherhood to one that follows two FBI agents on a stakeout, the stories offer lifelong lessons about compassion, love, addiction and more. Each unlike the last, these tales not only thrill, but also also provoke contemplation.

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What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About

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This beguiling book is made up of 15 stories by 15 writers, each exploring their relationship with their mother. What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About began as a moving personal essay by Michele Filgate, the book’s editor, and is unputdownable. Whether estranged or close, funny, tender, heartbreaking or mystifying, each of these mother/child dynamics is complex and entirely unique—yet readers will see themselves in a lot of the beautiful stories.

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Joy Division: The Oral History

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Written by respected English music journalist Jon Savage, This searing light, the sun and everything else: Joy Division: The Oral History is essential reading for music fans. Detailing the pioneering band’s existence (from 1976 to 1980), Savage draws from interviews with surviving band members—Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner—and contemporaries including their manager Rob Gretton, Factory Records co-founder Tony Wilson, art designer Peter Saville and others. This comprehensive and chronological account of the wildly influential post-punk band offers insights and stories never heard before. 

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Black is the Body

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Black is the Body: Stories From My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine is a memoir, made up of several personal essays that meld together the experiences of author Emily Bernard’s family. From growing up black in the South to addressing interracial marriage, international adoption and motherhood, the book tells a tale of race in America—but it’s more than that. Anchored by a horrific violent crime that changed her life, Bernard shares complex and personal—but also always universal—stories in this moving book.

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Including primary colors, stripes and polka dots, Clarence Ruth’s book Colors de la Runway aims to teach children through fashion. Using stylized illustrations of outfits, with their corresponding color written in both English and French, Ruth’s mission is to inspire as he instructs. A longtime fashion designer, Ruth dream of a high-quality, coffee table style book for children and this is the hard-covered, glossy reality.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel

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Published by Doubleday, Colson Whitehead’s novel The Nickel Boys: A Novel takes place during Jim Crow-era Florida. Within the book, Whitehead details the lives of two black boys sentenced to endure the horrific conditions of a reform school called the Nickel School. Piercing and poignant, their stories are based on a real school that housed boys for over 100 years.

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The Turkish Cookbook

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Musa Dağdeviren’s The Turkish Cookbook is a sprawling how-to on the country’s cuisine. It features a whopping 500+ recipes, ranging from classics like bulgur, kebabs and baklava to lesser-known regional treats like milk-poached fish and stuffed quince. With a somewhat old-world vibe, the book is rich and vibrant—much like the cuisine. Istanbul-based, Nizip-born chef Dağdeviren focuses on history and culture, and this book adds to his ongoing bid to keep his country’s culinary traditions alive.

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Sophie Mackintosh’s The Water Cure is a deliciously sinister dystopic work of fiction about a family who inhabits an island where outsiders have not been allowed. After the father goes missing and three men wash ashore, the story turns into a tale of desire, violence, toxicity and revenge. The novel was long-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize in the category of best original novel in the English language.

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