Anyone who spends inane amounts of time searching for silly kitty videos on the internet (usually at the boring job, when we think the boss isn’t looking) can tell you that LOLcats are hysterical. This box set includes the New York Times Bestsellers I Can Has Cheezburger? and How to Take over the Wurld, as well as the new The Itteh Bitteh Book of Kittens . The basic appeal of the series is adorable pictures of kittens doing adorable things with adorably misspelled captions. It’s like the cats are doing it themselves! This would be a lovely gift for anyone who finds kitties extraordinarily cute. Who doesn’t?
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In the spring of 2009, ALARM ushered in a new era when it transitioned away from magazines with the debut of a quarterly series of collector-quality books. Covering musical styles as diverse as metal, jazz, insurgent country, neoclassical, and underground hip hop, these books feature innovative artists in a smart, unpretentious, and hype-free way.
The zine culture has been raging for decades, but has remained a very subversive movement, resisting absorption by the mainstream. Teal Triggs brings it up to ground level in Fanzines: The DIY Revlolution. The book chronicles the earliest zines all the way into the modern day with zines like Bust and Giatn Robot. It contains hundreds of images from classic zines such as Riot Grrrl to Search and Destroy. Zines were created to celebrate doing things yourself and expressing who you were, no matter what society may think of that. This book celebrates that mindset by showcasing the art of the underground.
This follow up to the insanely popular, Creative Cursing is a flip-style book that allows you to randomly choose a unique, southern themed insult, and far more colorful than the ol’ “crazy varment” standard.
Such soon to be classics like “scalawag sniffer”, “skunk wacker”, “wench chunks”, and “taint donkey” are but a few of the names you might come across in this book. Imagine the look on the face of the insultee as he tries to figure out what you just said… “What was that about my mama?” The possibilities are endless, as are the laughs. This is the perfect gift to stuff in the stocking of your favorite inappropriate cousin.
From Chicago to L.A., Route 66 still embodies America’s westward drive. This collection of writing, art, and photography about the “Mother Road”, as John Steinbeck famously coined it, contains over 800 vintage photographs, postcards, travel decals, and other memorabilia. Like the road itself, the book makes numerous pit-stops along the way, highlighting the big cities and small towns that helped make their name off the famous route. Beyond nostalgia (though there is plenty of that), Greetings from Route 66 is a guide book, cookbook, and a social history telling the story of an iconic American symbol in a most engaging fashion.