The First Annual Outsideleft Hardy Annual is a handy compendium of selected articles from the first year in the life of this very popular website. It's also our first foray into the old media world of book publishing and is availalable now from book retailers everywhere.
The Hardy Annual offers our usual slabs of esoteric pop-inspired opinion and (some might say), wit, here is a love letter to less-revered celebrities, with healthy helpings of mostly forgotten culture.
Music, movies, vanity and verbal violence... Featuring contributions from our founders Alarcon and Lamont, editors, Joe Ambrose, Kirk Lake, Alex V. Cook, and contributors Andy Allison, Emerson O'Sullivan, Erin Pipes, Erin Scott, Henderson Downing, Karl Morgan, Kevin McHugh, Mindy Strouse, Ryan 'RJO' Stewart and Seth Sherwood.
Inside you'll find essays on the likes of Morrissey, Laura Cantrell, The Tangier Beat Generation, Michael Caine, Pete Doherty, Chocolate Covered Germans, a smattering of episodes from our 'Behind the Counterculture' Series, (which looks oh so good in print) and oh so much more...
The amazing cover, which we love, was designed at Andree Walker Design. Of course, we didn't really 'get it' at first, but you do see it, don't you? It's like our FedEx arrow, to your heart. We love it now.
Published by our friends at the SideCartel, The First Annual Outsideleft Hardy Annual is currently available from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble online, probably more, (let us know if you see it!) in the US and also in the UK. Other retail outlets are being added all the time - tell your local indie bookseller! It's distributed by Ingram's who are large. I think.
Also, events in London, Louisiana and Los Angeles are being plotted, dreamed up and schemed about for the forthcoming months - so watch this space if you'd like to attend...
So, I won't lie to you, you could read all of the stories included in the book on your computer, right now - for free, but why do it when you could pay a small price, get something that fits in your trouser pocket, and once you pull it of your pocket at a bar or a coffee shop or in the park, gets you girls. Even girls who have never gotten girls will get them all intrigued with this book in their hands.
Everybody it seems, wins.
The First Annual Outsideleft Hardy Annual is a small book of big, fast, unruly and loose opinions. Oh and did I say, "entertaining." Entertaining yes, but not suitable for all readers. No.
All this for only fifteen dollars.
Publisher, Lamontpaul founded outsideleft with Alarcon in 2004 and is hanging on, saying, "I don't know how to stop this, exactly."
Lamontpaul portrait by John Kilduff painted during an episode of John's TV Show, Let's Paint TV
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