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3001: A Lunar Odyssey
Mike Uphoff
(Lulu)

A Man of Parts
David Lodge
(Viking)

A Relíquia (Relic); A Queda de um Anjo (The Fall of an Angel); De Profundis (De Profundis); ; Coração (Heart)
Célia Pessegueiro
(Nova Delphi)

Adam and Evelyn
Ingo Schulze
(Alfred A. Knopf)

Adventures in the Orgasmatron
Christopher Turner
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Bed
David Whitehouse
(Scribner)

Better By Mistake
Alina Tugend
(Riverhead Books)

Black Boy White School
Brian F. Walker
(HarperCollins Children's Books)

C
Tom McCarthy
(Vintage Books)

Checking In/Checking Out
Chris Schaberg/Mark Yakich
(NO Books)

Contradance
John Peck
(The University of Chicago Press)

Darwin's Finches
Edited, with Commentary, by Kathleen Donohue
(The University of Chicago Press)

Death and the Penguin
Andrey Kurkov
(Melville House)

Debt
David Graeber
(Melville House)

Do the Movies Have a Future
David Denby
(Simon & Schuster)

Fever
Sonia Shah
(Picador)

He Died with His Eyes Open
Derek Raymond
(Melville House)

I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!
Laura Clawson
(The University of Chicago Press)

I Know I Am But What Are You?
Samantha Bee
(Gallery Books)

In Trouble
Ellen Levine
(Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Lerner Publishing group)

Influencing Machine
Author: Brooke Gladstone / Josh Neufeld; Editor: Tom Mayer
(W. W. Norton & Company)

IQ84
Haruki Murakami
(Random House)

Kerouac Series (2011 REPACKAGE)
Jack Kerouac
(Penguin Group (USA))

Kwadraat Bladen A series of graphic experiments 1955—74
Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook
(Unit Editions)

Linguagem e Comunicação (Language and Communication) from the book series Celga.
Paula Valente
(Almedina)

Londoners
Craig Taylor
(Granta)

Mensagem de Fernando Pessoa (The Message of Fernando Pessoa)
Paula Valente
(Almedina)

My Dyslexia
Philip Schultz
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Nom de Plume
Carmela Ciuraru
(Harper Collins)

Oliver Sacks paperback repackage (Migrane; Awakenings; The Island of the Colorblind; Uncle Tugnsten; An Anthropologist on Mars; Seeing Voices)
Oliver Sacks
(Vintage)

Operation Bonnet: A Novel
Kimberly Stuart
(David C. Cook)

Orientation and Other Stories
Daniel Orozco
(Faber and Faber)

Poetry After 9/11
Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians
(Melville House)

Red Autobiographies
Igal Halfin
(University of Washington Press)

Seeing Double
Françoise Meltzer
(The University of Chicago Press)

Snowdrops
A.D. Miller
(Doubleday)

Tell the Wolves I’m Home
Carol Rifka Brunt
(Random House)

The Bauhaus Group
Nicholas Fox Weber
(Yale University Press)

The Enigma of the Aerofoil
David Bloor
(The University of Chicago Press)

The Information: A History, A Theory, A FLood
James Gleick
(Pantheon)

The Meaning of Disgust
Colin McGinn
(Oxford University Press)

The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050
Joel Kotkin
(Penguin)

The Old Romantic
Louise Dean
(Riverhead Books)

The Pale King
David Foster Wallace
(Hamish Hamilton)

The Pint Man
Steve Rushin
(Vintage Books)

The Real Holden Caulfield
Michael Moats
(Fiction Advocate)

The Works of Franz Kafka
F. Kafka
(Schocken Books)

Tourquai
Tim Davys
(Harper Collins)

Vault
David Rose
(Salt Publishing)

Works of Clarice Lispector
Clarice Lispector
(New Directions)




Observed | February 20

The Sunset Strip occupies a short stretch of Sunset Boulevard, but its reputation as a stomping ground of gangsters, glamour girls, rock stars and hell-raisers has held an oversized fascination for decades. Curbed LA dives deep. Part One. Part Two. [BV]

Should historic logos be protected in the same way as historic buildings? (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | February 19

My new favourite part of Twitter is Josh Lipnik’s tours of the modern architecture of the US midwest. Here he looks at the modern architecture of Columbus, Ohio—houses, schools, churches, banks, and even a cool Space Age horse racing track. [MB]

The authoritative, totally not subjective, incontrovertibly definitive and 100% correct L.A. Times Fast Food French Fry Rankings. [BV]


Observed | February 14

Welcome to 2019. If you value your privacy, don’t get your Valentine an internet-connected sex toy. [BV]


Observed | February 13

Places Journal’s ongoing series “Future Archive” republishes significant 20th-century texts introduced by a prominent scholar. This installment features J.B. Jackson’s 1976 essay on the American garage from Landscape. [BV]

Can multigenerational home-sharing solve LA’s affordability crisis? Alissa Walker explores what it might mean to age in place in LA. [BV]


Observed | February 12

Cubicles are back, and we have open plan offices to thank. [BV]

As emoji become more detailed in their design, they become less useful for communication. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | February 11

#Longread: The Five Families of Feces—the porta-potty business is as dirty as you’d think. [BV]

The world’s watersheds, mapped in gorgeous detail by Hungarian cartographer Robert Szucs. [BV]

Photography writes with light, but not everything wants to be seen. [JH]


Observed | February 07

Are we heading towards extreme overpopulation or a decline in humans? Questioning the UN population model. [BV]


Observed | February 06

What if everything you knew about the history of pizza in America was false? [BV]

A special class of vivid, textural words defy linguistic theory: could ‘ideophones’ unlock the secrets of humans’ first utterances? [BV]

Social media has spawned a generation of un-Strunk-and-White-ified people who appear to believe that punctuation is optional, that grammar is for the elderly, and that ending a sentence with a period is a deliberate act of aggression. The guardian of grammar, Benjamin Dreyer, wants that to change. [BV]


Observed | February 05

Innovative interaction design helps Chinese families stay emotionally connected through the Chinese New Year while being geographically scattered. [BV]


Observed | February 04

Was architecture better under socialism? [BV]

Ganbreeder is an experiment using breeding and sharing to explore complex visual spaces. Or, Ganbreeder is a crazy app where you can merge things like a parakeet with a bubble. 17024009+ images and counting. [BV]


Observed | January 31

Saturday Night Live’s cue cards are still created by hand. And they pay attention to whitespace to make sure the cards are readable from a distance! [BV]

In 2014, microbiologists began a 500-year-long science experiment assuming that science—or some version of it—will still exist in 2514. [BV]


Observed | January 30

The World’s Writing Systems allows you to interact with the 292 currently-known writing systems as they are encoded in the Unicode standard. [BV]

A growing crowd-sourced gallery of crazy mass transit fabric patterns. [BV]


Observed | January 29

For six amazing years—from 2006 to 2012—I led the design advisory group on the Citizen‘s Stamp Advisory Committee, with a terrific group of people from all across the country. What a delight to talk about it! [JH]

The 52-year history of the Yale Building project: pushing architecture students out of their studios and into communities they can positively affect. (Support The Yale Herald‘s Kickstarter!) [BV]

Emily Gosling on the magical, imperfect grids of Anni Albers. [MB]


Observed | January 28

The Letterform Archive opened it’s doors in 2015. In 2019 they are opening their virtual doors to a curated collection of over 50,000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design, spanning thousands of years of history. [BV]

How does one judge the historic 50 Books | 50 Covers competition? Our jury chair, and Design Observer co-founder, Jessica Helfand talks to The Monocle Weekly. [BV]


Observed | January 24

A talk with Olivier Kugler about his most recent book, “Escaping Wars and Waves: Encounters With Syrian Refugees”: a first hand record of the tragic souls who have been forced to leave their homeland and the disappointments, frustrations, and deprivations they’ve experienced as they attempt to make new lives. [BV]

Who owns collusion? In a case that’s a “Russian nesting doll of stupidity,” EFF’s Daniel Nazer defends against an unlikely trademark claim. [MB]



Jobs | February 20