You don't need to be a designer to appreciate Materials Monthly ($35/issue; $300 sub.) from the Princeton Architectural Press. This unique publication, designed as a system for shelving and cataloging, brings with it at least five state-of-the-art material samples and spec sheets each issue, along with important technical information. Sure, it's not for everyone, but if you get as excited about new flooring as you do a new fedora, it's certainly worth a look. [via]
It's the book Heath Ledger used to learn the true insanity of Gotham's darkest villain. Batman: The Killing Joke ($13) is considered to be the most well written and illustrated Batman comic ever. It's also the most controversial — where else will you find the Joker shooting Commissioner Gordon's daughter in the spine for fun? Written by Alan Moore with art from the masterful Brian Bolland, this comic spins an engrossing tale of how the maniacal clown came to be, and gets us so ready for The Dark Knight.