Category: Books

The Best Book Design of 2019

The AIGA has announced the winners of its annual 50 Books / 50 Covers competition for books published in 2019.

The competition recognises excellence in both book design and book cover design, some of the winners placed in both categories. Many of the winners tend to be from smaller publishers and/or academic in nature and/or about art or design.

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The kind of covers you want to frame.

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

Taschen "Cabinet of Natural Curiosities" by Albertus Seba | Santa ...Packed with careful illustrations of striped snakes, preserved creatures, and now-extinct animals, Cabinet of Natural Curiosities is one of the most impressive natural history compendiums of the 18th Century.

Spanning nearly 600 pages, the new edition from Taschen features the work of Amsterdam-based pharmacist and zoologist Albertus Seba, who was a renowned collector of natural life. He commissioned the meticulous illustrations in 1731 that he then published into four, hand-colored volumes.

The new Cabinet of Natural Curiosities catalogues these original drawings of exotic specimens in a single text and features writing by Irmgard Müsch, Jes Rust, and Rainer Willmann. 

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Grab your copy from Taschen’s site.

Keeping Busy

So far I have a mandatory two-week off at work, and a voluntary isolation.

I’m not trying to be pessimistic but this is only the beginning of this crisis in South and North America. 

We can learn from Asia and Europe and take all the prevention before is too late. Italy has seen more than 1,500 fatalities from COVID-19 in the past three days alone. A tragedy! 

This is why all the fucking negligent humans on this continent has to do their part. This shit is SERIOUS and is not about you only, but your family, friends and everyone else.

Anyhow unlike normal people, I’m a vampire and I’m used to loneliness (whenever I’m not fucking, and at these rates I won’t for a long time). I can handle this not getting too bored…

See I have LOTS of books I need to catch up with!

Books in my 3 languages (French, Spanish and English):

  1. One novel (Hier)
  2. Two biographies (Love & Courage. And Sin Fronteras).
  3. Two poetry books (You Only Love Me When I’m Suffering. And Je Te Nous Aime).
  4. One essay (La grâce de solitude).
  5. Two scientific book (L’avenir de la vie sur terre. And The Sixth Extinction).
  6. A collection of short stories and poems from the students of Collège de Montréal  (L’Allumeur).
  7. One of my favourite sociology books (Sentinelles II). I read the first one few months ago.

To be honest, I don’t think two weeks won’t be enough to read 10 books.

But I had enough to keep busy… not thinking about sex… Not true!

TV Psychic Sylvia Browne Predicted Coronavirus in Her 2008 book

A book titled End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies about the End of the World, written by Sylvia Browne (who died in 2013,) a TV psychic, apparently predicted the global outbreak of Coronavirus.

The book was first published in 2008! 

I don’t believe in these so-called TV “psychics,” but those lines are undoubtedly spooky! 

The Trouble With Testosterone

413y3tOg92LI don’t even know how to start with this book… I’m not done yet but I’m almost there.

The Trouble with Testosterone by Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky is a collection of essays covering a range of subjects more (or less) tied to behavioural biology (not so much on testosterone), the study of the extent to which our behaviour is influenced by our bodies and our bodies by our behaviour.

Does a criminal became a criminal or was he born a criminal? behavioural biology seeks to answer that type of questions and as complex as it sounds it’s also pretty fascinating, in my opinion because, that’s my stuff.

My grandfather was a philanderer, should I blame it on a neurochemical imbalance? None of my uncles (or my mother) are like him, but here I am… Is it genetic? It jumps a generation? It’s the unconscious revenge of bad relationship? Should I blame nature? Should I blame myself?

See, I’m somehow conflicted because even if science says that I’ve got a screw lose I want to be stronger than that.

I always loved psychology, but I’ve just recently realised that I love biology as much and this book combines both. His explorations of voyeurism and gossip, decision making between two evils, and even puberty are mesmerising.

Academic and casual. Fact-based and personally reflective. Smart and witty but not pompous. This book is a gem!



Why are there so few asian male heroes or heartthrobs?

Zoen Lam is seeking to change the perception of Asian men, aiming to celebrate the diversity of their beauty and physicality in the proposed book Yellow.

I personally applaud this book. I had many exes from different countries and continents, and several were Asians. I can totally say that I dated some of the most gorgeous Asians in Montreal.

All hot, cute, and most intellectually brilliant and also very sexual. 

The coffee-table book , and movement, stars today on Kickstarter.

Australian Army Soldier Caring For Koalas

Even though bushfires continue to ravage New South Wales and North-East Victoria, they are now at a much lesser capacity than they were a month ago.

Countless Australians have been giving their all in the last several months to put a stop to the raging fires, whether it was going to the firefront to push away the incoming flames, or joining in the humanitarian aid and relief efforts for both people and animals in need.

Recently, Scott Morrison, Australia’s Prime Minister, has called up 3,000 reserve soldiers to help with the firefighting and evacuation operations in Eastern Australia. Like many others, they have been working tirelessly for days and some even weeks.

However, despite receiving well-deserved rest time between shifts, many soldiers surprisingly chose to trade in their off-time to continue helping the country recover from the bushfires.

The 16th Regiment Emergency Support Force has been recently going viral after a handful of photos of them cuddling and feeding koalas was posted on their unit’s Facebook page.

In one of the viral pictures, a handful of soldiers is seen holding displaced koalas wrapped in blankets at the Cleland Wildlife Park, providing comfort to them during feeding time.

The 9th Brigade also sent their vets to Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to help treat wounded wildlife. In a video posted on the Australian Army’s YouTube channel, Captain Garnett Hall explains that it is a very grim picture as numerous wildlife are affected by the fires, mostly koalas. 

An army of peace and love.