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1908's Best Party Invite And More Forgotten California Design

From psychedelic rock posters to modernist film titles, it might seem like the graphic output from California means anything and everything goes. But there’s a particular California spirit when it comes to design.


A Skyscraper Shelf Turns Your Books Into A Picturesque Skyline

If you haven’t yet embraced e-reading and donated all of your printed books to your local library, you’re probably also the type who likes to put your various tomes on display. So to guarantee that your carefully-curated collection gets noticed by visitors, store them on this Skyline shelf that makes them look like buildings in a Instragrammed cityscape.


Making A Book Completely By Hand Is Way More Impressive Than I Thought

It’s completely unnecessary and like two steps away from being a joke, but making a book by hand is a pretty impressive feat. There are so many unseen things you have to do! Like cutting the pages right, sewing them together, silkscreening for colour, glueing everything perfectly and so on.


Why Breeding Pedigree Dogs Is Just Eugenics By Another Name

Eugenics is the now-defunct (and creepy!) practice of breeding supposedly superior humans to achieve genetic improvements while sterilising undesirables. Sound familiar? It’s the exact same thing we now do to dogs and it’s responsible for a range of health and behavioural issues in them.


Read An Excerpt From Bruce Schneier's New Book, Data And Goliath

Bruce Schneier is a world-famous computer security expert whose new book is about where all your personal data is going — and who can see it. It’s called Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World. We’ve got an excerpt.


The Great Internet Debate Over Not Reading White Men

Hello, dear reader, and welcome to The Kerfuffler! I’m your host, fantasy writer, essayist and mad tweeter, Saladin Ahmed. Every other week I’ll be looking at our seemingly endless culture wars playing out online, tracing their fault lines, and wading hip-deep into comment sections so you don’t have to.


The One Ebook You Have To Read If You Love Digital Books

You have not read a truly digital book until you’ve read The New World. The novella is about a woman trying to reclaim her dead husband’s head from a cult-like cryogenics company. But more than that, it is the most ambitious attempt I’ve seen at exploring a future where books lack physical form and are better for it.


Artist Transforms 1979 Ford Falcon Into A Book-Armoured Tank

One certainly doesn’t hit the garage to do some work on their vehicular pride and joy with the intention of converting it from a sleek, roadworthy machine into a tank. Not a functional tank, mind you, but a “weapon of mass instruction”. Well, that’s what artist Raul Lemesoff did, taking a 1979 Ford Falcon and attaching all manner of hardcover and paperback to its externals… in addition to a swivelling turret.


The Kindle Of 1922 Looks Super Uncomfortable

Think of it as an early version of the Kindle, except from a time when Amazon was still just the name of a river.


This Book Of Countless Cameras Is An Ode To Analogue Photo Nerds

If you have that obsession with camera gear that so many of us behold, you’ll want to check out the new book Tokyo Camera Style. It’s based on the website of the same name, which gathers snapshots of everyday folks and their coveted shooter of choice.