Despite the cutesy Germanic name, Büks are all-American in that they can be consumed in one short sitting—whether it's before bed or on the loo, they're perfect for today's short attention spans and single-serving consumer culture. With clean, modern covers and bold graphics, the quirkily curated selection includes public-domain classics, punchy fiction and evocative non-fiction. Buy the entire Bükapalooza set, and you're guaranteed to discover something new—like artist Jeffrey Vallance's hilariously creepy psycho-history of his infatuation with Richard Nixon (and the Nixonettes), to classics that seem fresh-as-a-daisy in light of current events, like Jonathan Swift's tongue-in-cheek cookbook, "A Modest Proposal."
Dave has contributed to Dwell since its inception. He's a CalArts dropout, a former art critic for The New Yorker, and a producer of comedies on TV. He lives in, and writes from, Los Angeles.