Stacking the Deck. Bryan Berg with Thomas O’Donnell. Fireside, 2003.
If you’d like to see some amazing card-stacking by a world-class expert, this is the book for you. It’s got lots of great pictures of some amazing structures, and instructions to build many of them. I didn’t tackle any of the hard ones, just played a little with some of the small stacks in the first chapter or two. (Reviewed July ’09)
Funny Noises for the Connoisseur, by Bart Hopkin with Ray Brunelle and Vincent Nicastro. Experimental Music Inc., 2003. ISBN 0-9727313-1-8. Book and CD.
In 60 pages, the authors explore a bunch of ways to make some very odd sounds. There are aspects of both custom musical instruments and sound effects in this work. The attached CD demonstrates them all. (Reviewed Sept., ’05)
MouthSounds: How to whistle, pop, boing, and honk, Fred Newman. Workman Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0761134220.
I love books that are a smorgasbord, and this one certainly qualifies. Flip to any page, and you’ll find an interesting sound to make. Great fun. (Reviewed May, ’05)
Self-Working Handkerchief Magic, Karl Fulves. Dover Press, 1988.
Fulves has a number of collections of simple magic tricks. I enjoy playing with some of them even though I’d never perform them for others. My interest in origami stretches to cloth folding as well, and this book includes a “handkerchief mouse” that my dad used to make. Bruce Tognazzini used to talk about magic as a metaphor for user interfaces; I think it stretches to other things too. (Reviewed May, ’04)
Hideaki Sakata. GRAPH-SHA LTD., 1984.
This is a beginner’s origami book, but it’s the best beginner’s book I’ve seen. It shows six or seven bases, from which about 40 objects are created. Because the book uses color pictures instead of line drawings, each step is easy to follow. (Reviewed Sept., ’03)
A broad look at an assortment of origami styles. My favorites: the troublewit and the jack-in-the-box. (Reviewed Nov., ’02)