Poet Kaveh Akbar’s Pilgrim Bell embarks on a divine journey, mediating on his family’s life as Muslims in America, the immigrant experience and struggles with addiction. Once again, the award-winning writer proves his masterful control over language, rooting out faith within darkness and the self beneath the surface of his work. Fiercely intimate and lyrically vivid, this book of poems is a moving and memorable read.
Daniel Sherrell’s debut book, Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of the World, captures the spectrum of feelings that living in a climate crisis initiates—frustration from watered-down Green Bills, grief from the lives and species lost to preventable causes, numbness from the ever-mounting reports about the state of the environment, and beyond. Part memoir and part love letter, Warmth takes an intimate look into Sherrell’s life as he fights for change within the movement to imagine what a future and family look like under climate change. His book asks—himself and readers—”How do we go on in a world that may not?”
NYC’s Chop Suey Club blends two tile-based strategy games, Mahjong and the Rubik’s Cube, to create a fun hybrid version. Using the pieces of the ancient Chinese game, Chop Suey Club’s inventive cube replaces the typical colors and ensures buttery-smooth rotations.
Golden Grooming—founded by former NFL player Herman Moore—makes their skin and haircare products with Black men in mind. The brand’s Beard Balm and Oil Bundle comprises their lush Big Growth Beard Balm (made with mango butter, beeswax, shea butter, and coconut, grapeseed sandalwood, amber and peppermint oils) and Ultra Conditioning Beard Oil (with sunflower, castor, avocado, hempseed, golden jojoba and sweet orange oils), both of which promise to soften and strengthen hair while encouraging growth and preventing dryness. These Detroit-made formulas have been created for coarse or curly beards.
Engaging and insightful, Making a Great Exhibition is the debut children’s book from David Zwirner Books, the publishing division of the world-renowned gallery. Created by author Doro Globus (managing director of David Zwirner Books) and award-winning artist and illustrator Rose Blake, the colorful work explores how artists produce something special and then share it with the world. It’s recommended for kids ages three to seven but surely it’s a tale for all to enjoy.
The Made in Chinatown platform supports small businesses by providing them with access to free design services for merch, so far raising almost $2 million. This collaboration, with NYC’s Bangkok Center Grocery (a store that stocks Thai products and cookbooks), was designed by Kasey Coffey—a Brooklyn based artist—and features an illustration of the ingredients in tom yum soup.
Yiayia and Friends celebrates Greek cuisine in the form of snacks, olive oils and culinary-centered objects. Not only are their treats tasty, the packaging—featuring the namesake yiayia (granny in Greek)—by Beetroot Design is bold, colorful and full of character, making their products great gifts. Made with minimal ingredients, these mini toasts are flavored with Greek extra virgin olive oil, olive pomace oil and oregano.
Rafael de Cardenas, Casa Bosques Chocolates and DeVonn Francis have collaborated on the new, limited edition Makers Series whose packaging features the work of three artists: Mary L Bennett (of Gee’s Bend quilters), Joe Light and Ronald Lockett. The chocolate within, thought up by Casa Bosques’ Rafael Prieto and Francis, is inspired by the latter’s Jamaican heritage and the artists’ work. Made with single-origin cacao beans from Chiapas, Mexico, the chocolate is enhanced with chamomile, ginger and bay leaf. Best of all, 100% of the profits will be donated to The Okra Project, which focuses on supporting Black Trans people who face food insecurity.
Used climbing ropes are remade into dog leashes for Ryan Dempsey’s company Dog Patch SF. Climbers donate the (retired, though still robust and useable) ropes to the brand’s Ropes for Rescues Recycling Program, and they’re transformed into practical, sturdy leashes. Each climber also selects an animal rescue service or shelter to donate a portion of the proceeds. Every leash comes with a backstory, like this neon green “Nolan” iteration, which was mostly used in Joshua Tree National Park and will result in a donation to San Francisco Animal Care and Control.
Nite Jewel‘s first new album since Real High four years ago, No Sun is rooted in grief and catharsis—both personal and collective. In 2018, LA-based singer, songwriter and producer Nite Jewel (aka Ramona Gonzalez) began her PhD in Musicology and also found herself dealing with the breakdown of her 12-year marriage and creative partnership. In her studies at UCLA, she focused on women’s laments throughout music history—something that takes the album to meaningful, oftentimes arresting, places. Written using just a Moog sequencer and keyboard, No Sun blends synthpop with R&B and beyond, all buoyed by the artist’s featherweight vocals.
Celebrating the fourth anniversary of their acclaimed studio album Love What Survives, Mount Kimbie (aka London-based duo Dominic Maker and Kai Campos) has released two previously unheard tracks from the recording sessions. Not only online, the songs are also available on 12-inch vinyl—limited to just 500 copies worldwide.
From visionary bartender Masahiro Urushido (the mastermind behind NYC’s award-winning Japanese cocktail bar, and CH favorite, Katana Kitten) and prolific food and drink writer Michael Anstendig, the 288-page hardcover Japanese Art of the Cocktail book includes 80 recipes that epitomize the nation’s contribution to cocktail culture around the world. From insightful information to step-by-step techniques and exquisite photography, the book surprises and delights as it prepares cocktail-curious individuals to replicate Urushido’s magic and artistry at home.
Limited to 500 copies and available only from Ghostly, this special edition of quickly, quickly’s The Long and Short of It comes on vinyl with a paint-splattered effect. Portland, Oregon-based quickly, quickly (aka musician Graham Jonson) combines countless genres—from psych-jazz to classic hip-hop—on the album, which shows off his immense talent as a songwriter, vocalist and arranger.
New from Potli, these Extra Lit Shrimp Chips are a zesty take on a classic treat. Salty but sweet, with a kick of heat—thanks to the brand’s trademark Mala Spice blend with Sichuan peppercorn—these snacks are also infused with CBD to help quell anxiety.
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.
From queer-owned Femme Forte, this tote bag displays the accurate slogan “the future of feminism is trans-inclusive,” both forward and as a mirror image. Printed on 100% organic cotton, it’s made ethically in a process that’s wind- and solar-powered. Plus, 10% of the proceeds from each sale is donated to Mermaids, an organization focused on supporting trans and gender-diverse kids. Price is in Pounds.