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by Chris Barsanti

22 Jan 2016


H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

A spare and slashing accounting of the writer’s grief over the death of her father, H is for Hawk is the unlikely story of her coming to grips with the ineffability of life and death via her training of a goshawk to do the thing they do best: Hunt and kill. If it sounds suspiciously like the kind of therapy nonfiction we’ve seen too much of—here’s a simple story about how busy-busy me traveled to Borneo / volunteered with Habitat for Humanity / learned origami and what it taught me about my heart—MacDonald’s bleached-bone prose and unsentimental introspection stands in a class by itself. The merging of her bleak and grieving viewpoint with the hawk’s predatory fixations is seamless, as is her weaving together of a naturalist’s background on the goshawk itself with a sympathetic biographical essay thread on T.H. White’s doomed attempt to reconnect with life by doing the same as her. Uncompromising and beautifully styled, this is the year’s most unlikely masterpiece of a memoir.

 

by Sachyn Mital

23 Dec 2015


Novel images and projects often make the Internet rounds ad nauseum as many various photography sites turn them into clickbait posts after seeing them elsewhere, no matter the artistic value of the project. The hyperbole in the headlines is enough to drive a person mad.

However, this headline is right on point. There have been a few photo projects that I’ve seen that are as inspiring as Vesa Lehtimäki’s work with action figures—and specifically in this collected volume of his work with LEGO Star Wars toys called Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy. While I wish the book had some photos of the non-LEGO Star Wars works from the photographer, I can’t fault the publisher or Lucasfilms for limiting the property upon which this is focused.

by Alice Mills

17 Nov 2015


Whether you’re 18, 28 or even 78 years old, maybe there’s a part of you that has always fancied yourself as a bit of a weed loving, skunk smoking Bob Marley. But even if you don’t fall into this category, Howard S. Becker’s Becoming a Marihuana User is more than a humorous ‘how to’ guide to the ways of pot; it’s a “short little tour” into the world of marihuana and how it has become more than just an accessory to make you look badass in front of all your friends.

by Diane Leach

23 Oct 2015


A novelty item about a serious topic, The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All is a cheerfully childish book for the recently-legal drinker. It’s also the perfect gag gift for that friend just back from touring the Scottish, or Tennessee distilleries.

Whoever the audience, the guide is well-intentioned if imperfect. At 12 pages, with large print and a breezy writing style, it’s unlikely to confer know-it-all status. That said, authors Richard Betts, Crystal English Sacca and Wendy MacNaughton offer a decent overview of a complex subject within a limited space.

by Chelsea Smile

7 Aug 2015


The release of Bake In Black by Dave and Eve O’Sullivian shatters the concept that rock music and baking aren’t naturally and intrinsically interlinked. What began as a blog in an East London kitchen by a music journalist and a food critic has developed into a professional and polished book of varied and delectable eats.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

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"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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