A look at the book spines on my shelves reveals a lot of spectacles staring back at you. No, it's not a bunch of Harry Potters (okay, maybe a few), it's the little glasses logo that signifies the book is from San Francisco publisher (and 7x7 sister company) Chronicle. I've got a lot of those, you see, because they produce such fantastic titles.
Let our Exquisite Corpse game begin! In the spirit of Chronicle Books' inspiring new tome The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game (a twist on the classic Exquisite Corpse game), we're challenging you to rev up those artistic engines.
Jack Lenor Larsen is a legend in the textiles world. He's worked with heavy hitters like Frank Lloyd Wright and has had his owns designs featured in museums like the de Young. Also an author, collector and accomplished gardener, his famed LongHouse estate's structures and landscapes, which are infused with his unique and worldly design sensibility, are lovingly chronicled in Molly Chappellet's new book, Jack Lenor Larsen's LongHouse (Chronicle Books).
A perk of being friends with us is that it makes you friends with Chronicle Books too. Our sister company's Friends & Family Holiday Sale kicks off today through December 5. Just enter the promo code FRIENDS on the Chronicle Books site and get 35% off orders plus free ground shipping. It's the biggest discount they offer all year, so stock up on those gifts! http://www.chroniclebooks.com/
Stuff We Like: Snoa Lingerie, Falletti Foods, Bob Dylan, Tartine's Chad Robertson & Lobel's Meat Bible
Welcome to our weekly 'Stuff We Like' blog, where 7x7 editors talk about...stuff we like. (Check out past week's 'Stuff We Like' posts here).
1. Lobel's Meat Bible from Chronicle Books
I've just received Lobel's Meat Bible, because I'm really trying to drive a, um, a steak into the heart of my former vegetarian self. I'm not about to start butchering my own cows or anything, but I do want to start learning about the different cuts of meat.
Hot off the heels of the Friends of the SF Public Library's massive book sale in late September, our sister company Chronicle Books is staging a sprawling sale of titles this weekend to add to your growing collection of rainy day books. Score awesome deals on hundreds of books from their warehouse, all a staggering 65% off their normal price.
Last Thursday, local artists and art lovers gathered at Rare Device in Duboce Triangle to celebrate the publication of The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game (Chronicle Books). In it—as its name implies—a hundred artists play the legendary Exquisite Corpse game, in which they each make a picture in sequence, based only on the prior artist's rendering. Kind of like a cross between Telephone and Pictionary for pros, though the game was actually invented by the Surrealists, that cheerful French lot who valued pure expression above reason, morals and even aesthetics. The resulting book shows—in satisfyingly thick, fold-out pages—the results of this collective stream of consciousness.
In The Exquisite Book, which sees its West Coast launch tomorrow night at Rare Device, 100 artists play upon a game invented by the Surrealists in the 1920s called the "Exquisite Corpse." In the original game, a paper is folded into three parts. One person draws a head, leaving only the neckline for the second person, who draws the midsection. The third draws the legs and feet. When the paper is unfolded, the character they jointly created is revealed. Way more fun than Hangman, yes?
Flight of the Conchords' Kristen Schaal Signs Her 'Sexy Book of Sexy Sex' This Friday @ Chronicle Books
You may recognize indie comic bombshell Kristen Schaal from her turn on HBO's Flight of the Conchords as Brooklyn's most endearing stalker, or from contributions to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. You may even recognize her distinctive elocutions from a role in Toy Story 3.
Well, get ready for toy stories of a decidedly more adult persuasion when the comedienne reveals a more sultry side during a lunchtime signing of her book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex at Chronicle Books this Friday.