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SMITH JOURNAL #09
There’s nothing like the spectre of death to make you stop and appreciate the wisdom of great minds.
Not famous quotes from well-known leaders, or those sappy inspirational catchphrases, but sagely nuggets of advice from forgotten legends as well as useful info from ordinary blokes, who have seen and done it all.
Volume nine is full of the latter.
There’s Evel Knievel, the daredevil Godfather, who was once described as “the last gladiator of the New Rome” and all the crazy deeds that broke nearly every bone in his body.
Author Tim Winton gives us 10 things he believes, and as you’d expect from such a great writer, he’s equally poetic and passionate about each of them.
American comedian Rob Delaney explains how becoming a father makes you think about kissing men with stubble and occasionally makes you cry in the middle of a long jog.
Three guys from London, who have set-up the first copper distillery in the city in nearly 200 years, spill the secret to making great gin.
Doctor Karl Kruszelnicki lists six things that science is yet to explain, including sun sneezes, the allure of kissing and why some people eat their boogers.
And then there’s Magnus Walker, a Brit who moved to LA with nothing, built an empire and now spends his time collecting old Porsches, but only so he can chop them up. His credo is ‘dirt don’t slow you down’, which we love, because it’s a reminder that it’s often better working on something new instead of polishing something old.
now available at BooksActually !
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARDS
by Birds & Co.
A perfect way to say Happy Birthday ! Birds & Co. now produces its own line of greeting cards, each blank on the inside for you to write your own special note.
- 4.5”x 6” (when folded)
- blank interior
- comes with brown envelopes
- printed full color on natural white cover paper
- printed in Singapore
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"The thing with your heart’s desire is that your heart doesn’t even know what it desires until it turns up."
— from Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (Art by Maira Kalman)
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NEW YORK DRAWINGS
by Adrian Tomine
Two strangers, both reading the same novel, share a fleeting glance between passing subway cars. A bookstore owner locks eyes with a neighbor as she receives an Amazon package. Strangers are united by circumstance as they wait on the subway stairs for a summer storm to pass.
Adrian Tomine’s illustrations and comics have been appearing for more than a decade in the pages (and on the cover) of The New Yorker. Instantly recognizable for their deceptively simple and evocative style, these images have garnered the attention of The New Yorker’s readership and the approbation of such venerable institutions as the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.
New York Drawings is a loving homage to the city that Tomine, a West Coast transplant, has called home for the past seven years. This lavish, beautifully designed volume collects every cover, comic, and illustration that he has produced for The New Yorker to date, along with an assortment of other rare and uncollected illustrations and sketches inspired by the city. Complete with notes and annotations by the author, New York Drawings will also feature a new introductory comic focusing on Tomine’s experiences as a New York illustrator.
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"From flowers and bees to dinosaurs and skeletons. Let the inky fingers begin!"
— from Let’s make some GREAT FINGERPRINT ART by Marion Deuchars
Now available at BooksActually!
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Unicorn Being a Jerk
by C W Moss
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RMM Journal is a platform where RMM shares different ideas with readers. There will be reports of interesting stories and exclusive interviews from time to time. The mission of RMM Journal is to cover excellent lifestyles of our tastes with concise language and beautiful pictures.
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“This experience reinforced a business lesson my late father had drummed into me at an early age, one that has become increasingly important, I belive, for restaurateurs and chefs. `Any fool can sell,´ he used to say, `but there is far more skill required in buying.´ Looking after your suppliers, above all paying them on time, is an increasingly important aspect of the restaurateur’s role, and one that pays significant dividends. Not only do the suppliers give you the best and most timely advice (crucial when planning menu changes), but they also become customers, using your restaurant as the location for a business lunch or a place to celebrate. It is an approach that makes for very good business and long-lasting friendships.”
— Nicholas Lander, The Art of the Restaurateur
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by Al MacCuish