We're not sure whether an Academy Award nomination lowers or heightens your street cred, but in either case, we're pretty sure Banksy doesn't care. Banksy: You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat ($23) is the latest book dedicated to the subversive street artist's work, spanning over 220 pages and featuring images and texts covering the last decade-or-so of work from the mysterious artist, from street art to gallery work.
We're not generally fans of keeping books in our theaters, but for The Film Book ($15), we'll make an exception. Weighing in at 350+ pages, this reference-worthy tome includes tons of information, including a history of the art form and industry, discussion of various cinematic techniques, well-known directors, styles, genres, and filmmaking around the world. A must-have for any hard-core movie buff.
Take a trip into the history of psychiatric care in the U.S. with a copy of Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals ($25). Weighing in at over 200 pages, the book is the work of photographer Christopher Payne, who visited 70 institutions in 30 states, documenting the crumbling institutions that once housed our country's "insane." Bonus points for the essay by Oliver Sacks and for visiting our local favorite, the Athens Lunatic Asylum.