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Nocturne: a journey through nighttime in the animal kingdom

Nocturne: Creatures of the Night is not a book about sleep-deprived college students, club-hopping hipsters or even long haul truck drivers. Nocturne: Creatures of the Night is an intimately photographed book of nocturnal animals and the fun facts about their unique mating habits, lifestyles and food choices.

Photographer Traer Scott came up with this book idea after watching moths circle around her porch light. That led her to thinking about bats, which led her to creating a book about animals that are awake while most other living things are asleep. Traer’s husband created a portable photography studio that he covered in black foam, which allowed her camera lens to fit through without freaking out the animals. With help from zoos, animal caretakers and rescue sanctuaries, Traer was able to get up close and very personal with 40 or so creatures.

The resulting photographs made me smile, cringe, and sort of fall in love. I’ve never seen a common vampire bat up close (they really have two tiny fangs) nor did I know barn owls’ ears are asymmetrical to help them judge distance and sound in the dark. I’d never heard of a spiny mouse before, but now I know it’s the only mammal capable of tissue regeneration! So the next time I hear opossum scurrying across my roof at three in the morning, I may pause and think, Wow, it can “play dead” for up to four hours at a time, it eats road kill, and it’s kind of cute,“ or maybe not. – Carole Rosner

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VISUALIZE: Daily routines of accomplished creative people


This chart summarizes data from Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, providing that rarest of treasures: an infographic that actually improves the legibility of information.

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Humble Last Gasp Bundle!


Pay what you like for DRM-free ebooks featuring Basil Wolverton, pop surrealism, Hi-Fructose, Ron English and many more quality titles from our favorite underground press, Last Gasp.

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Pop Sonnets, the book -- the Bard meets Backstreet Boys

The Shakespearean delights of Pop Sonnets, one of my favorite reads, are being collected in a new book to be published in October.

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Excerpt from Neal Stephenson's forthcoming novel Seveneves

Neal Stephenson's posted the first 26 pages of his forthcoming novel Seveneves, "a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years."

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Arcology: cutaways of the future city-hives that never were

Paolo Soleri's Arcology: The City in the Image of Man is a techo-hippie dream of deep mid-century modern futurism. Read the rest

This Shattered Land (Surviving the Dead Series Book 2)

This Shattered Land (Surviving the Dead Series Book 2)

Eric and Gabe have been holed up in their Appalachian mountain retreat for 2 years, fending off the zombies and watching their supplies diminish. This Shattered Land takes them across America to rejoin the resurgent US Government in Colorado.

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Kickstarting a new Girl Genius volume


Carol writes, "Phil and Kaja Foglio have recently launched the Kickstarter for the latest book in the Girl Genius graphic novel series, Girl Genius: The Beast of the Rails. (And they've already reached their basic funding goal!)"

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YA, graphic novels, books by people of color are most challenged in America's libraries

The ALA's new State of America’s Libraries Report [PDF] shows American public and school libraries are being challenged most often over graphic novels like Saga and YA novels and books by people of color like The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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How to Teach Adults: Get a Job; Plan Your Class; Teach Your Students; Change the World

Dan Spalding's How to Teach Adults (free download) is an extraordinary document that mixes the practical and the philosophical, a book that explains how to be a better teacher, and how better teachers make a better world. Read the rest

Exploding the Phone: the untold, epic story of the phone phreaks

Phil Lapsley's Exploding the Phone does for the phone phreaks what Steven Levy's Hackers did for computer pioneers, capturing the anarchic move-fast-break-stuff pioneers who went to war against Ma Bell. Read the rest

The Astounding Antagonists by Rafael Chandler

The Astounding Antagonists

In a world led by stereotypical, capitalism loving super heroes it seems only natural that the baddest of villains should team up. They've formed The Astounding Antagonists and if they can keep it together they might just save the world!?

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Quite Contrary, a violence prone Little Red Riding Hood

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Grumpy, stubborn, and sarcastic, Richard Robert's Mary Stuart is one pissed off 12 year old Little Red Riding Hood. Quite Contrary is a fantastic horror that turns fairy tales upside down.

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Artist Andy Goldsworthy builds amazing arrangements from leaves, twigs, flowers, icicles and dirt

I’m a big fan of the nature artist Andy Goldsworthy. In his art he only uses found natural materials: leaves, twigs, flowers, icicles, dirt. From these natural bits he builds amazing temporary arrangements outdoors in the natural settings he finds the material. He photographs their brief existence as a new order and then lets the elements unravel them. For a moment, his fanciful designs capture some invisible spirit that is both completely wild and completely Andy Goldsworthy. Once you see one of his natural sculptures, they seem to be inevitable. A rainbow row of leaves sorted by color. Of course! You can’t forget them. Again and again he seems to summon archetypes – an icicle arch – that ought to occur in the wild. But we don’t see them until he unveils them. Goldsworthy is a prolific maker, with many books of his stunning works. If I had to select only one volume, I think his Collaboration with Nature has the best summary of his early work (up to 1990). I take these as visual poems. If they ring a bell in you, proceed to his later work.

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A Passover Haggadah: As Commented Upon by Elie Wiesel and Illustrated by Mark Podwal

A Passover Haggadah: As Commented Upon by Elie Wiesel and Illustrated by Mark Podwal

Choosing a haggadah, the book I'll use to lead my family in Passover seder, was an interesting process. Hannah and I have settled on Elie Wiesel's A Passover Haggadah.

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Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales Book 1)

Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales Book 1)

If pulpy space opera is what you want Rookie Privateer is the book for you! A run in with space pirates is sets Liam and Nick on an unforeseen adventure in the Mars Protectorate.

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Last Man: France's amazing martial arts fantasy comic comes to the Anglosphere

Lastman, the revolutionary, bestselling French comic created by Bastien Vivès, Michaël Sanlaville and Balak, arrives in the Anglosphere today, thanks to Firstsecond's English language edition of volume 1: The Stranger. Read the rest