Okay, we admit, we went a bit crazy this year, following the dictum that the best kind of gift to receive is something that you’d never buy for yourself — something a bit outlandish, a bit over-the-top in concept and maybe even price. So why buy a $12.95 paperback of MAD artist Don Martin when you can have it all — 1200 pages in two volumes, $150. To be fair, there’s also the relatively modestly priced, revelatory Punk House, not to mention the one-of-a-kind book-length photo essay Confidential, and the downright bizarre Pierre et Gilles and Gothic & Lolita. And if you’re looking for something a bit higher-minded, there’s always Edward Hopper (in one of the darker coffee-table modern-master art books you’ll see this year) and the ever-rewarding Herodotus — with lots of maps! Enjoy.
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