If you're like us and are hopelessly longing for more of the gritty western drama, Deadwood: Stories of the Black Hills by David Milch ($19) is required reading. The book provides detailed information about the characters on the show, as well as the history of the real Deadwood, SD. In addition, the book also provides insight into the production process, along with many new pictures. A worthy tribute to a great show.
It's not easy being a hipster parent. At least, that's what Neal Pollack would have you believe in his latest work, Alternadad ($15). Pollack, known for his pop-culture classic The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, takes a look at his transition from party-loving hipster to son-loving hipster parent with his typical direct style. Filled with tongue-in-cheek humor and heartfelt stories, this book is sure to be a treat for any of us scared to death at the thought of losing our cultural identity because of a little one.
MAD Magazine has long been known for its off-the-wall humor and insightful gags. If you're a fan but would rather not have an enormous stack of paper sitting around your house, this is for you. Absolutely MAD Magazine ($40) includes every issue of MAD, ever, all on one DVD, along with interviews from the MAD writers, clips of Spy vs Spy, and every page of every issue in .pdf format — over 17,500 pages in all. Sure, it's all digital, but do you really want your guests to find out you have over 600 issues of MAD?
In this world of health nuts, self-help gurus, and general malaise towards anything fun, it's easy to forget how to enjoy yourself. In The Hedonism Handbook: Mastering the Lost Arts of Leisure and Pleasure by Michael Flocker ($11) you get a tongue-in-cheek lesson on how to recapture simple pleasures such as fine cigars, the three-martini lunch, or just laying in a hammock under the stars. It's a simple reminder to all of us rat-racers that the point of life isn't to do everything you can, but to instead enjoy what you do.
Leading Portland mixologist Lucy Brennan lends her knowledge to drink-making hipsters everywhere with her new book Hip Sips ($12). This title offers up recipes on over 60 drinks with names like Guava Cosmos (a martini of passion fruit-infused citrus punch). The variety of drink combos of herbs, fruits and spirits will keep you a master bartender at home for many parties to come. Also, be sure to check out the favorite drink recipes from Uncrate readers.