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San Francisco, 2017. Clinton's in the White House, Brexit never happened - and Verity Jane's got herself a new job. They call Verity 'the app-whisperer', and she's just been hired by a shadowy start-up to evaluate a pair-of-glasses-cum-digital-assistant called Eunice. Only Eunice has other ideas. Pretty soon, Verity knows that Eunice is smarter than anyone she's ever met, conceals some serious capabilities and is profoundly paranoid - which is just as well since suddenly some bad people are after Verity. Meanwhile, in a post-apocalyptic London a century from now, PR fixer Wilf Netherton is tasked by all-seeing policewoman Ainsley Lowbeer with interfering in the alternative past in which Verity and Eunice exist. It appears something nasty is about to happen there - and fixing it will require not only Eunice's unique human-AI skillset but also a little help from the future. A future which Verity soon fears may never be...[/expand]

The Japanese masterstroke in almost everything is even more pleasurable when it comes to one of the most pleasurable things in life – food. And so we did not want to hide from you this true source of delight.⁠ Tokyo Stories is filled with pallet indulgences and even little life hacks such as how to keep Japanese rice soft in the fridge. All wrapped in colourful graphics and intriguing photographs of the Japanese cuisine, country and its people.⁠ Buy

Did you know that the colourful, vivid African textiles we are familiar with were once made in Kyoto? It is a little-known fact that, in their heyday, Japanese-made multi-coloured textiles in an “African print” style were a highly sought after commodity loved by local people. [expand title="more"]Especially during the 1960s and ’70s, these unique cloths with a variety of patterns were produced in Japan and exported to various African regions, where they were transformed into typical garments, from festive outfits to everyday wear. It was a booming cross-cultural industry, which this book presents in stunning detail and colours, with numerous examples of swatches, archive photographs, and a textile history.[/expand]

Antto Melasniemi and Rirkrit Tiravanija do not just have both unusual names but are both artists working with food. So do not mistake this book, the Bastard Cookbook, with an ordinary cookbook. Even though it is full of recipes, photographs of food and chapters carrying unspectacular names like “soup” or “salads”, it is far more than a mere collection of dishes. The two food artist challenge our obsession of authenticity and mix up tastes, traditional dishes, and recipes into food “bastards”. You can turn your oh-so-familiar family recipes of meatballs with a little bit of curry paste into something very unfamiliar. But if we are honest about globalisation and peoples lives that are not limited to one place and one country anymore, we must agree that the proposed bastards are probably the new reality mix. Instead of being scared that traditional tastes would be lost, we should embrace these “bastards” as an addition, as a more. The future of cooking is definitely eclectic.⁠ Buy

The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity shows the five laws that confirm our worst fears: stupid people can and do rule the world. Since time immemorial, a powerful dark force has hindered the growth of human welfare and happiness. It is more powerful than the Mafia or the military. [expand title="more"]It has global catastrophic effects and can be found anywhere from the world’s most powerful boardrooms to your local pub. This is the immensely powerful force of human stupidity. Seeing the shambolic state of human affairs, and sensing the dark force at work behind it, Carlo M. Cipolla, the late, noted professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley, created a vitally important economic model that would allow us to detect, know and neutralise this threat: The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity. If you've ever found yourself despairing at the ubiquity of stupidity among even the most 'intellectual' of people, then this hilarious, timely and slightly alarming little book is for you. Arm yourself in the face of baffling political realities, unreasonable colleagues or the unbridled misery of Christmas day with the in-laws with the first and only economic model for stupidity.[/expand]

The small independent fan-zine (DIN A5) from Berlin, with an even smaller lettering (8.5 pt), has been delighting its loyal readers for over 13 years. While some conduct an interview, mono.kultur takes the art of dialogue to the extreme with its extended question-answer game. The idea behind is simple: one issue, one artist, one interview. Right on time for the latest issue with fashion designer Iris van Herpen we met Kai von Rabenau, the driving force behind mono.kultur, to talk about the subtle art of an interview. In order to not be embarrassed in front of the master of vis-à-vis, we asked our questions à la carte. So from now on the rule is: one card, one question – following the motto ‘Play it as it lays’. More

Michael De Feo aka the ‘Flower Guy’ is coming to town and we’ll warmly invite you to join us on the 29th of May to our little shop in Auguststrasse 28. While we’ll indulge ourselves in the good, ‘old-school’ time, Michael will be so kind and sign some books and talk about his flower projects, from the very beginning as a street artist in the early 1990s to his latest intervention with fine art. As you (probably) know we are infamous for our limited space so please submit that you are coming here! We look forward to seeing you there! For everybody who is as curious as we are, we had the fortune to ask Michael some questions beforehand: More

We have been spoilt for choice when it came to choose our next interview partner among all these brave, quirky, loud, shy, straight women out there. ‘Big time whining’ indeed! We are all the more pleased that we’ve got founder and creative director of Anxy Magazine, Indhira Rojas, for our second Q&A. In fact, for us it’s like a catch 22 – only in a far more positive manner. With a little help from Indhira we managed to find a way to address both sides of the story: what it means to be a woman and a man these days and far more important, how these notions of gender categories affect and conflict our inner worlds. More

Hardly a day goes by without mention of Islam. And yet, for most people, and in much of the world, Islam remains a little-known religion. Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women's rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is - or is not. [expand title="more"]But little opportunity exists, either in the media or in society as a whole, to describe Islam: precisely the question this short and extremely accessible book sets out to answer. In simple, direct language it will introduce readers to Islam, to its spirituality, its principles, its rituals, its diversity and its evolution.[/expand]

Gossip - the true reason people go the nail salon, the sauna, and in the past to the well - no, no not for the water, don't be a fool. The latest issue of Eye On Design is dedicated to these churches of chatter.[expand title="more"] From the genius selling concept of kitchenware brand Tupperware, based on the need of suburban housewives to gossip to the making of tabloid press People Magazine. To round it up as an extra Eye On Design made their own little version of yellow journalism for graphic designers.[/expand]