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  1. The Year in Publishing 2014

    The best publishing projects of 2014 came in many formats and shapes and sizes, but they all share a dedication to highlighting a variety of original and essential voices. Here are a few of our favorites of the year. 

    The Guernica Annual 2014

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    The print debut of the beloved online journal, The Guernica Annual takes some the magazine’s best articles from 2014 and turns them into a lovely work of art. Find a copy here

    C-86 and All That: Indie 1983-1986   

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    This book is Neil Taylor's loving examination of a particular time and place during which indie rock came into its own as a genre. It's available soon, but you can follow along on the project's Facebook page, where Taylor is sharing new finds. 

    Unsolicited Advice 2015: Weekly Planner and Journal 

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    Graphic designer and all-around fun Internet guy Adam J. Kurtz provides plenty of prompts--both practical and fantastical--to harness creativity everyday. We talked to him earlier this year, while the project was still going on, and you can now get it here.  

    The Oxford American Texas Music Issue

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    The acclaimed Southern literary magazine heads over to Texas for its annual music issue.

    The Manual, Everywhere 

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    Andy McMillan's design journal for the web, available in digital and gorgeous print editions.

    Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly 

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    New Yorker cartoonist and cover artist Mark Ulriksen draws a book full of canine companions that leap (and bark!) off the page. 

    Secret Behavior Magazine 

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    A beautiful art publication that falls somewhere on the spectrum between a magazine and a book, Secret Behavior is “full of feelings, flesh, fucking and other normal things.” 


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    The highbrow indie book publisher Coffee House Press goes delightfully lowbrow in this anthology about cats on the Internet, and why we love them. The book's not available yet, but we had to include it — partly because it's called Cat is Art Spelled Wrong. 

    East of Borneo 2.0 

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    A magazine that explores contemporary art from the perspective of Los Angeles culture. A must for West-Coast art lovers.

    sixteenbynine: A New Magazine About TV 

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    Finally, a magazine that treats television with the reverence it deserves! A super fun publication with an eye for lovely design. 

  2. Kickstarter Documentaries on the Oscar Shortlist

    There are a total of five (!) Kickstarter-funded films on the Oscar shortlist for Documentary Feature. It's an incredible array of films on a variety of subjects, and we couldn't be prouder to see them all noted this way. Watch the trailers for each below. 

    Finding Vivian Maier

    Vivian Maier is one of America's greatest street photographers. Her work, which seemed to be destined for obscurity, was rediscovered after her archives were purchased in an auction. From there, the story just gets more interesting. This documentary examines Maier's work and place in the American photo canon. 

    The Internet's Own Boy 

    The Internet's Own Boy is about Aaron Swartz, internet pioneer and activist. It follows Swartz from his teenage years, through to his involvement with RSS and Reddit, as well as his political advocacy and untimely death. It's also a film about the future of information on the internet. 

    Keep On Keepin' On 

    Keep On Keepin' On is a story about music and inspiration: 91-year-old Clark Terry, who played with Duke Ellington and mentored Miles Davis (among many others), is passing his torch on to his last student, a blind piano prodigy named Justin Kauflin. 

    Citizen Koch

    Citizen Koch is a film about money, power, and politics. It's a journalistic story to shed some light on the huge influence of the billionaire Koch brothers, and their presence in the world of politics, entertainment, and beyond. 

    Art and Craft

    Art and Craft is the fascinating tale of America's most prolific art forger, Mark Landis, whose enormous talent has been secret for years — until he is discovered by a collector and made to confront his decades-spanning legacy.

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