Independent publisher Microcosm has released its spring section on Kickstarter and there's lots to keep you busy, from a guide on repairing your clothes to getting started in fermentation to a book on when cycling meets yoga.
The Portland, OR-based publisher – whose past titles include vegan cookbooks Defensive Eating with Morrissey and Comfort Eating with Nick Cave – is all about self-empowerment with a bit of humour thrown in.
Fix Your Clothes: The Sustainable Magic of Mending, Patching, and Darning by Raleigh Briggs ($7, around £5.70, i.e. a serious bargain) is one such book, giving you all the advice and info you need to repair your own clobber, from sewing on buttons and mending torn seams to hemming trousers and darning socks. It's a beautiful hand-written and illustrated book that used to be a zine.
Also on the Kickstarter line-up is Pedal, Stretch, Breathe: The Yoga of Bicycling by Kelli Refer ($10, around £8), which is now available worldwide after a short independent run. It applies both the basics of anatomy and philosophy of yoga to cycling, and includes a pre-bike stretching routine, avoiding road rage and how to take care of yourself and your bike.
For foodies there's Basic Fermentation: A DIY Guide to Cultural Manipulation by Sandor Ellix Katz ($15, around £12), another former zine all about the magical world of fermented food.
If the crowdfunding project is successful Microcosm's other spring line-up will include Six Days in Cincinnati: A Graphic Account of the Riots That Shook the Nation a Decade Before Black Lives Matter; The Prodigal Rogerson: The Tragic, Hilarious, and Possibly Apocryphal Story of Circle Jerks Bassist Roger Rogerson in the Golden Age of LA Punk, 1979-1996; and Indestructible: Growing Up Queer, Cuban, and Punk in Miami – plus a limited edition 'Pests Unite' T-shirt to celebrate the collection.