I love a present that is lots of little presents, a mix of new things to open, mini joys, extending the feeling of surprise. In the spirit of the hodgepodge, here are some suggestions for some nice bundles.
The Zine Box from Nieves
Nieves is publishing some of the best weird art zines around, and sometimes it’s hard to know which ones to buy: get the box of all 12 published in 2011 and have no regrets. Includes zines by Noritake, Dennis Tyfus, Stefan Marx, Beni Bischof, Samuli Blatter, Misaki Kawai, Harsh Patel, Ken Kagami, Masanao Hirayama, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Patrick Graf and Miranda July.
I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women
This book is something to live with for a while. It unfolds with seemingly-endless surprise in the best possible way: exactly what literature is supposed to do. Read my extended review here, and see others reviewers’ takes on it as well.
Joseph Cornell’s Manual of Marvels
There are a lot of Joseph Cornell books out there, but this one is unique: it’s a facsimile of one of his most unknown works—a deconstructed French farmer’s manual, reproduced with hand-colored engravings, cutouts, lift-ups, and overlays so the experience of the book is as close to original as possible. Accompanied by a volume of essays and a DVD.
Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this amazing bundle of bundles from The Offending Adam’s own Chapvelope series. Three bundles of bundles of poetry exist in this world and they should be given to people you love, because this is what love is.
AND while you are busy baking and wrapping presents, you will want to keep handy this page from the music blog Gorilla vs. Bear for a mix of the best mixes from 2012. They are all good and interesting but I especially love the Nicolas Jaar BBC Essential Mix and the Peaking Lights Lucifer Mixtape.