I love coffee table books and I think that at least a couple (for me, it’s actually between 7 to 9) belong on everyone’s coffee table for both you and your guests to peruse. I know that in this digital age of Kindles and iPads, I might seem a little behind the times liking actual books and all, but some books just don’t ever belong in a digital form.
I admit that I may in fact have a minor obsession with coffee table books and have amassed a small collection of them that generally reflect my interests, places I’ve visited, or things I’m just curious about (for example, Mexican Wrestling and vintage jewelry). What I like about having a bunch of coffee table books is that I can rotate them out every once in a while so the books don’t get stale. I simply keep the spares in my bookshelf and every couple of months I switch them out just to change things up.
I find coffee table books most useful when a friend comes over to the house and I’m not ready to leave (I seem to always be running a little late) because my friend can sit on the sofa and thumb through a book. All tardiness can be forgotten and forgiven if one is engrossed in a great coffee table book.
Some of my favorite coffee table books which often make an appearance on my coffee table include:
I Am Going To Be Small, by Jeffrey Brown – This is a collection of gag cartoons. I personally think that the cartoons in here are hilarious and this book is kind of like my test for people’s humor – if they laugh out loud, I know we’re compadres.
Gnomeland, by Margaret Egleton – I love gnomes and this book encompasses everything gnome and all the wacky people like me that love them. Plus, it has an embossed cover that’s pretty fantastic.
Art In The Streets, by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose – A book commemorating the large scale street-art exhibit featured at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2011. This was an absolutely amazing exhibit and every time I open this book, I’m reminded of ts.
Punk: the Definitive Record of a Revolution, by Stephen Colgrave and Chris Sullivan – I also love old punk rock, especially circa 1975-1979. This book documents the rise of punk rock and the zeitgeist of the whole punk rock movement, complete with great photos that captured all the great characters.
Lucha Libre: Masked Superstars of Mexican Wrestling by Carlos Monsivais, Photos by Lourdes Grobet – I also have a minor obsession with Mexican wrestling and this book not only has amazing photos of luchadores (Mexican wrestlers) in full regalia but also provides a pretty extensive history of Mexican wrestling too.