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"War photographer Lynsey Addario's memoir 'It's What I Do' is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It's her work, but it's much more than that: it's her singular calling."-- Publisher description.

"Dennis Hopper (Dodge City, Kansas, 1936) is especially known for his work in films - among them Easy Rider, Out of the Blue and Colors - as both actor and director. This publication focuses on his visual art: paintings, photographs and assemblages produced from 1955 until now. That work has been influenced by Hopper's film work in all sorts of ways. He incorporates photographs and film stills into his paintings, often assembling separate pieces into diptychs and other multiple combinations. Rudi Fuchs and Jan Hein Sassen, director and curator of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, analyze Hopper's art, his involvement in the West-Coast art scene and the complex circumstances under which he has developed his versatile talents. Capturing the atmosphere of Dennis Hopper's artistic, social and personal landscape, the essays also give consideration to his contacts with other artists, such as Edward Kienholz, Richard Diebenkorn, Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha. This book portrays the multifaceted nature of Hopper's artistry and the ambiguity of his image, which ranges from that of the tough, public cult figure to one of an intense and introspective painter."--BOOK JACKET.

"With its origins rooted in one of the Wall Street Journal's most emailed stories, The Monopolists is the inside story of how the game of Monopoly came into existence, the heavy embellishment of its provenance by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game's questionable origins. Most Americans who play Monopoly think it was invented by an unemployed Pennsylvania man who sold his game to Parker Brothers in 1935 and lived happily ever after on royalties. That story, however, is not exactly true. Ralph Anspach, an economist and refugee of Hitler's Danzig, unearthed the real story and it traces back to Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and to a forgotten feminist named Lizzie Magie. The Monopolists is in part Anspach's David-versus-Goliath tale of his 1970s battle against Parker Brothers, one of the most beloved companies of all time. Anspach was a professor fighting to sell his Anti-Monopoly board game, which hailed those who busted up trusts and monopolies instead of those who took control of all the properties. While he and his lawyers researched previous Parker Brothers lawsuits, he accidentally discovered the true history of the game, which began with Magie's Landlord's Game. That game was invented more than thirty years before Parker Brothers sold their version of Monopoly and she waged her own war with Parker Brothers to be credited as the real originator of the game. More than just a book about board games, The Monopolists illuminates the cutthroat nature of American business over the last century -- a social history of American corporate greed that reads like the best detective fiction, told through the real-life winners and losers in the Monopoly wars" -- Provided by publisher.

An illustrated and annotated guide takes a look at the artists, builders, and inspiration behind the LEGO Architecture series, exploring the creative process and how the artists translated iconic buildings into LEGO sets.

Enrich your family's traditions--and build new ones--with holiday-focused crafts (including projects specifically for Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Valentine's Day) and discover new ways to explore the richness of every season. Featuring over 125 art and crafts activities and over 45 seasonal recipes, to make every day artful!

"Create beautiful throws, covers, and more for the home in no time ; make open-textured scarves, shawls, and a bolero to wear ; Finger knit your own necklaces, bangles, and storage tubs ; all the projects are quick to knit and lots of fun!"--Back cover.

This designer collection contains signature designs for ascots, cowls, and other scarves that will make the perfect fashion statement no matter the occasion. One-of-a-kind designs that derive their inspiration from sources as diverse as cowboy bandannas and vintage lace petticoats, worked up in a range of textured and colorwork stitches and fibers. Photos include ideas for different ways the scarves can be worn. Collection includes a stitch/technique photo tutorial section.

"A unique system for jump-starting artistic creativity, encouraging experimentation and growth, and increasing sales for artists of all levels, from novices to professionals. Too many artists find themselves in a frustrating rut: unable to sell paintings hanging in galleries, bogged down by projects they can't finish or abandon, and using any excuse to avoid working in the studio. Author Carol Marine was herself suffering from painter's block--until she discovered "daily painting." The idea is simple: do art (usually small) often (how often is up to the individual) and, if you desire, post it and sell it online. Today Marine is among the best and most celebrated daily painters, and the curator of the popular online gallery dailypaintworks.com. In her debut, Daily Painting, Marine reveals the tips and tricks that helped her and other daily painters pick up the paintbrush and start creating beautiful, bountiful, marketable work"--Provided by publisher.

Before becoming the world?s most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea?s Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios. Conceiving every movie made, he acted as producer and screenwriter. Despite this control, he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps, ordering the kidnapping of South Korea?s most famous actress and her ex-husband, the country?s most famous filmmaker. Together they made seven films.

"Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakable addiction. It wasn't drugs, alcohol or sex: it was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff (or as he calls it, a sprocket fiend), absorbing classics, cult hits, and new releases at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton's life schoolbook, informing his notion of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of L.A.'s alternative comedy scene, Oswalt's memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective and a cast of now-notable young comedians supporting him all along the way"--Provided by publisher.

David Smith is giving his life for his art--literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn't making it any easier! This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world's greatest city. It's about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life...and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface.

"Little Red's hood with integrated infinity scarf will stay put when she's being chased by the Big Bad Wolf. Sleeping Beauty now has just the right nightie to wear while waiting for Prince Charming to wake her up. Gretel can take her snacks to go with her cupcake purse. Plus the Evil Queen will know exactly who the hottest in the land is when she gazes into her Mirror, Mirror on the the go makeup case"--Page [4] of cover.

Time to draw! A day-by-day companion and workshop. Make drawing a part of your daily life, while turning every day into inspiration for your art. Designed to fit your life, Drawing 365 presents a comprehensive art course in bite-sized chunks so it's easy to dip in, even for just five minutes at a time. Open it daily to find a new tip, idea, technique or challenge...all aimed at getting you into the habit and mindset of an artist. You'll find expert insights on everything from value, perspective and composition, to how to use a shadow box, compose a self-portrait in the form of a still life, and work from life. Contents are presented in three sections: The Basics: how to get started, achieve successful results and continue improving Subjects: still lifes, people, animals, landscapes, interiors, flowers, water, skies...the possibilities are all around you! Mediums: sample a wide variety, including colored pencil, pastel, pen and ink and watercolor For beginning artists as well as practicing artists wishing to push their work to the next level, this guide will help you build skills, gain confidence and achieve creative happiness. Day by day, it makes drawing fun and rewarding. Exactly as it should be.

Knit, stitch, paint, and craft your way to a more colorful and happy home with color expert and crafter Kristin Nicholas. Includes 21 step-by-step projects to make your home cozy and bright, 12 DIY techniques to freshen and transform your home with color, paint, and more, and inspiration, tips, and ideas for personalizing your space.

"... powerful techniques that help you turn a troubled drawing into a living, breathing, dimensional scene"--Page [4] of cover.