Books

A Guide to San Francisco, Courtesy of Menswear Boutique Unionmade

For Todd Barket and Carl Chiara, founders of San Francisco-based menswear boutique Unionmade, their brand filter boils down to a simple formula: quality first, then timelessness. "So much of fashion now is fast and cheap," says Barket. "We believe the best things in our wardrobes get better with age. If you're going to spend more on a garment, we want you to wear it years from now and still realize how nice it is. We may not be of-the-moment, but we believe in being authentic and effortless." From Japanese Kapital scarves to Levi's Vintage to Golden Bear varsity jackets, it's see more
Books

Artistic Genius Turns Kanye West's "Bound2" Into a Children's Book

If you've seen the weird, half-naked, expertly parodied music video for Kanye West's song "Bound2," (or listened to its explicit lyrics) you'll know that it's really not at all appropriate for children. So artist Zak Tebbal stepped in to make its central theme safe for the schoolyard. see more
Books

Iceman Will Come Out as Gay in the 40th Edition of X-Men

The Iceman cometh. Out of the closet, that is. When the 40th edition of All New X-Men hits shelves at comic book stores on Wednesday, its readers will treated to five pages of Jean Grey (that's Phoenix, or the one played by Famke Janssen in the movies) telling Bobby Drake (again, he's Iceman, keep up) that it's OK to be gay. When he tries to deny it, she reminds him that she can read minds, and then he confesses and they hug. Our friends at The Advocate have the leaked pages, and you can read them all here. see more
Fashion

100 Days of Summer: A Book That Proves Fashion People Do, in Fact, Eat

There are 100 days between March 12 and June 21, the official beginning of our favorite season. So every day between now and then, we'll be highlighting the products, places, and experiences we can't wait to use, visit, and have once summer rolls around. Days left: 73 Common lore may say that there's food, there's fashion, and never the twain shall meet. But that could't be more incorrect. Fashion people (most of 'em, at least) love a good meal—just check out the restaurant scenes captured by stylish folks during Fashion Week. Taking advantage of the overlap is the online collective see more
Books

This Instagram Account Shows What NYC Subway Riders Are Reading

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Rachael: "My boyfriend recommended this book to me and even though it was published in 1857, it's definitely relatable to a modern person. The language is still understandable and beautiful and eloquent. It's a really nice read. But I hope I'm not like Madame Bovary. She's never happy with the best things around her." @rachaelleenelson #thankful #thanksgiving #newyork #nyc #bookreview #subwaybookreview #book #gustaveflaubert #madamebovary #realist #novel #love #reading #subway #bookloversunite #author #fall #readinglist #list #bookclub #readingisawesome #bookworm #instagood #igers #style #follow #instabook #iphoneonly #vsco A photo posted by Subway Book Review (@subwaybookreview) on Nov see more
Books

Kim Gordon's New Memoir, by the Numbers

In Kim Gordon's revealing new memoir, Girl in a Band (HarperCollins Dey Street, $28; out February 24), the post-punk goddess looks back on her upbringing, New York City in the eighties, and the much-publicized breakups of Sonic Youth and her 27-year marriage to bandmate Thurston Moore. We take an accounting of her enviable longevity. • • • see more
Books

A New Book Reveals the Secrets of North Korea's Would-Be Film Industry

Paul Fischer has uncovered a story about a film producer who would make any Sony exec look warm and fuzzy: In 1978, unimpressed with the quality of North Korean cinema, dictator-in-training Kim Jong-il kidnapped South Korea's most famous director and actress and, over the next eight years, forced them to make seven movies. Here, a few secrets about Dear Leader the Cinephile that Fischer reveals in his exhaustively researched new book, A Kim Jong-il Production. see more
Books

Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Be Oprah Winfrey

The first thing we thought when we read the news about Mark Zuckerberg's book club was, Does Oprah know? Because while we're all about literacy, being a part of the cultural conversation, and advancing new ideas, we couldn't help but think that the Facebook founder's New Year's resolution to read a book every other week (and to get the legions of people who use his social-networking site to follow suit) might step on the toes of the reading project that his fellow billionaire Winfrey has been running on and off for almost 20 years. If you want to start reading see more
Books

Celebrity Photographer Mario Testino on Instagram, Shooting Royals, and His New Whisky-Inspired Project

There's a reason why Mario Testino's new book costs $3,500. It's not just because he's among the most powerful and celebrated photographers in the world and he can charge whatever he likes. Nor is this merely a limited-edition kind of thing, though there are only 1,000 (collectible) copies available. The Macallan Masters of Photography Book is actually kind of a hybrid coffee-table-book-cum-liquor-cabinet in a black lacquer box. In addition to the photos captured at a Beijing photo shoot and one signed color print, it's filled with precious whisky—samples from six of the best casks at Macallan. We spoke to the see more
Design

Can We Get These Harry Potter Book Concepts on Sale Before the Holidays?

There's not really much we ask for during the holidays. Decent weather, a good time around the table with our families at various holiday meals, and less conflict in the world in general. But man, oh man, do we really want these designs for all seven Harry Potter books to go into production. see more
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