Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Giftward Ho!

Well, it's just a week until Christmas, but there's no panic in these parts because Daedalus Books and Music has got you covered. Just roam around our website and you'll find plenty of covetable items for all and sundry tastes. Here are a few of my personal picks.
Biography
Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century. Both icons were fascinating people, which is why we're drawn to each of them and to their tumultuous romance.
History
Lawrence of Arabia was the late Peter O'Toole's defining role, and it was a spectacular one in David Lean's epic classic. Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East (First Edition, Signed Bookplate) is an engrossing, eye-opening read that spent 8 weeks on NPR's hardcover bestseller list. You can read an excerpt from it here.
Graphics/Journalism
Best American Infographics 2013. At right is "How to Be Happy" by Gustavo Vieira Dias, and below is one for all of you dog show lovers! "The Four Kinds of Dog" were illustrated by John Tomanio for National Geographic. He shows the genetic breakdown of 85 common dog breeds, depicting how much they fall into four broad categories: wolflike, mastifflike, herders, and hunters. You can view a further sampling of this collection here.
Fashion
Bags: A Selection from the Museum of Bags and Purses, Amsterdam. Artistry, social history, crafts, design, high fashion, endangered species, and more come into play with this eye-popping volume. It's a wonderfully diverse compendium to browse through and marvel at. Below are some samples of its wares.

7 comments:

  1. It's incredible to realize that O'Toole didn't win the Academy Award for his role as Lawrence, until you learn that he was up against 'Atticus Finch,' mentioned here yesterday as "the greatest movie hero of the 20th century." (O'Toole also lost when another of his Oscar nominations was bested by Ben Kingsley's portrayal of Gandhi, one of the greatest real-life heroes of the century.)

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    1. I think he had the record for the most nominations of any person who never won the Oscar!

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    2. Yeah, eight. He had really hard luck with the timing of his nominations, coming up against Marlon Brando in The Godfather, Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, John Wayne in True Grit, Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady... not to mention Kingsley and Peck. All of them roles of a lifetime.

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  2. I would LOVE to show up somewhere with that Deer-handle Peacock bag. That's a statement piece if I have ever seen one.

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  3. Mr. Anderson's excerpt wasn't long enough for him to get around to the main reason for T.E. Lawrence's celebrity--The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which stood as the only witness to El Aurens's side of the war. Lawrence was a keen observer and an entertaining, eloquent writer. He was also playful enough to leave the title as it is, even though the seven pillars exist nowhere in the book. One wants to believe everything he says.

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    1. I heard a feature about him on NPR and I must say he seemed fascinating. I think it was a fairly recent biography.

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