If most people tried to write these stories, they'd probably be overly depressing. Fortunately, Marc Maron isn't most people. Attempting Normal ($15) is this blisteringly funny comic's tale of loss, broken hearts, cats, drugs, work, and much, much more. Following Maron from the loss of his job and marriage through to his current incarnation as the host of the wildly popular WTF with Marc Maron podcast, it offers a little wisdom, a little insight, and a lot of laughs.
It's always nice to keep your tools nearby when you're working on a project, and the Gentleman's Apron (원73,000; roughly $70) is designed to do exactly that. Crafted from waxed canvas and leather, it features four pockets of varying size for holding tools, pencils, notebooks, and the like, two loops for holding a hammer, and an adjustable strap for a secure fit. As for being gentlemanly while you're wearing it, well, that's up to you.
Anyone who's listened to Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's solo album The Eraser knows that playing it live must be a challenge — a challenge met by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker on drums, and Mauro Refosco as a secondary percussionist. Amok by Atoms For Peace ($10) is the first effort from the band, taking Yorke's complex electronic compositions and turning them into recordings using real instruments. There's still plenty of electronic noise to go around, of course, and Yorke's voice is as unmistakable as ever — so if you were waiting on an Eraser followup, this is likely as close as you're going to get. It drops on February 28, but you can stream it for free right now.
Many great architects have huge lists of building they've designed for other clients — but it's the houses they create for themselves that really illustrate who they are. The Architect's Home ($26) is a 480-page exploration of this phenomena, with each home listed in an A-Z manner by architect, and including large, full-bleed photography, and text relating to the architect and the home, many times from the designer him/herself. Perfect coffee table fodder for the artsy/designer crowd.
Just think of them as an Ikea product for your feet. Like our favorite affordable Swedish furniture, Lasso Flat-Packed Slippers (£27; roughly $40) arrive in a slim box ready to be assembled. Made from a single piece of grey wool felt, they feature a hearty leather sole, and your choice of laces, which you use to build the shoe by sewing them through precut holes. We haven't seen the printed instructions yet, but we're guessing they're not quite as frustrating as the wordless booklets that come from the big blue store.
If you've been thinking "all Vans really need are a perforated upper", than we have some good news for you.Vans OTW Perf Sneakers ($80-$90) are a collection of four classic silhouettes featuring the aforementioned perforated Nubuck uppers, mint-colored hangtags, and mint-colored alternative laces. Both black and gray colorways of the Alcon, Lasdun, Prelow and Stovepipe will be available starting next month.
This Tortoiseshelled watch sports three chronograph eyes, gold hardware, and a tachymeter bezel. Super unique, the Nixon 42-20 Chronograph Watch ($500) is just what the wrist doctor ordered for an excellent fall upgrade.
One of the worst things about adding ice to a whisky is its ability to water-down the flavor. So chill your next drink down with Whiskey Stones ($20). Milled in Vermont by some of the oldest soapstone workshops in the US, these stones chill quickly in the freezer, and won't impart any flavor to your favorite blend.
Keep your King Cobra cool to the last drop with a 40 oz Cozy ($9). Constructed of neoprene with a possible gang-related design, the super size cozy has a handle for making your favorite malt treat even easier to handle. There ain't nothing like a gangsta party.