Cool Tools Sensational!

It’s big, like the Whole Earth Catalog and Shelter (11″ x 14″). That’s just one of the brilliant things about this book, an analog-if-you-will version of Kevin Kelly’s 10-year-old CoolTools website/blog. Cool. Tools.

   What’s great about the website is getting weekly WEC-type perceptive reviews; it’s embarrassing how many things I got from reading CT. A wrench, a light, a bunch of books, foldable reading glasses…It’s pretty much my favorite place to visit online.

   But  having it all together (472 pages!) in color, big like this — I’m happy as a pig in mud thumbing through it, opening to random pages, skipping back and forth, savoring the bookness. This kicks the ass of any possible electronic versions. Put down the iPads, Kindles, and smart phones, folks, and get a  Real Book!

   It’s got a ton of useful, inspiring, wonderful tools;  the reviews are hip, tight, and informed.

   Disclaimer: a) Kevin is a friend, b) I’ve talked to him about this project on and off for years, and c) I wrote a bunch of reviews that ended up in the book.

   I need to digest it a bit before writing a review, but just wanted to tell you to get it. Trust me. It’s a major cultural accomplishment.

Note: The 1st printing is sold out (in advance orders by booksellers). I’m guessing it’ll hit bookstores around Thanksgiving.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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