The Rise of Superman

Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

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Author: Steven Kotler

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 1477800832

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 234

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Using years of research and interviews with adventure sports athletes, the New York Times best-selling author of Abundance and A Small, Fury Prayer attempts to unlock the secrets to ultimate human performance and the state of consciousness called “flow." 25,000 first printing.

The Rise of Superman

Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

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Author: Steven Kotler

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 178206026X

Category: Science

Page: 256

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A razor-sharp analysis of how record-breaking exploits in extreme sport are redefining the limits of being human. Right now, more people are risking their lives for their sports then ever before in history. As Thomas Pynchon once put it in Gravity's Rainbow, 'it is not often that Death is told so clearly to [email protected]%* off'. Over the past three decades, the bounds of the possible in action and adventure sports - from sky-diving to motocross to surfing and beyond - have been pushed farther and faster. A generation's worth of iconoclastic misfits have rewritten the rules of the feasible; not just raising the bar, but obliterating it altogether. Along the way, they have become a force pushing evolution relentlessly onward. In a thrilling narrative that draws on biology, psychology, and philosophy, Steven Kotler asks why, at the tail end of the 20th century and the early portion of the 21st, are we seeing such a multi-sport assault on reality? Did we somehow slip through a wormhole to another universe where gravity is optional and common sense obsolete? And where - if anywhere - do our actual limits lie?

West of Jesus

Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief

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Author: Steven Kotler

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781596918351

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

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After spending two years in bed with Lyme disease, Steven Kotler had lost everything: his health, his job, his girl, and, he was beginning to suspect, his mind. Kotler, not a religious man, suddenly found himself drawn to the sport of surfing as if it were the cornerstone of a new faith. Why, he wondered, when there was nothing left to believe in, could he begin to believe in something as unlikely as surfing? What was belief anyway? How did it work in the body, the brain, our culture, and human history? With the help of everyone from rebel surfers to rocket scientists, Kotler undertakes a three-year globetrotting quest. The results are a startling mix of big waves and bigger ideas: a surfer's journey into the biological underpinnings of belief itself.

Stealing Fire

How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work

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Author: Steven Kotler,Jamie Wheal

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062429671

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER CNBC and Strategy + Business Best Business Book of 2017 “A mind-blowing tour along the path from sex and drugs to R&D.” - Financial Times It’s the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and it’s hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down. Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They're harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition. New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution—from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations’ Headquarters. And what they learned was stunning: In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide. Today, this revolution is spreading to the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer, more productive, more satisfying lives. Driven by four accelerating forces—psychology, neurobiology, technology and pharmacology—we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history. Stealing Fire is a provocative examination of what’s actually possible; a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life.

Tomorrowland

Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact

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Author: Steven Kotler

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544456211

Category: Science

Page: 304

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The Flow Genome Project director and award-winning author of The Rise of Superman charts the world-changing transformation of fictional scientific concepts into real-world technologies. Original. 10,000 first printing.

A Small Furry Hope

Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life

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Author: Steven Kotler

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408810948

Category: Pets

Page: 320

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Steven Kotler was forty years old, single, and facing an existential crisis when he met Lila, a woman devoted to animal rescue. "Love me, love my dogs," was her rule, and Steven took it to heart. Spurred to move by a housing crisis in Los Angeles, Steven, Lila - and their eight dogs, then ten, then twenty, and then they lost count - bought a postage-stamp-sized farm in Chimayo, New Mexico. A Small Furry Hope chronicles their adventures at Rancho de Chihuahua, the sanctuary they created for their pack with special needs: the very old, the very sick, and, as Kotler says, "the really retarded." An insider look at the culture of dog rescue, A Small Furry Prayer weaves personal experience, and scientific inquiry into a fast-paced, fun-filled narrative that explores what it means to devote one's life to the furry and the four-legged. Along the way, Kotler combs through every aspect of canine-human relations, from long human history with dogs to brand new research into the neuroscience of canine companionship, in the end discovering why living in a world made of dog may be the best way to uncover the truth about what it really means to be human.

Abundance

The Future Is Better Than You Think

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Author: Peter H. Diamandis,Steven Kotler

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 145161683X

Category: Science

Page: 432

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The authors document how four forces--exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the Rising Billion--are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. "Abundance" establishes hard targets for change and lays out a strategic roadmap for governments, industry and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.

The Angle Quickest for Flight

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Author: Steven Kotler

Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press

ISBN: 9781568581941

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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In The Angle Quickest for Flight, a quintet of eccentric metaphysicians searches for a sacred book looted during the Spanish Inquisition and tithed to the Vatican. Steven Kotler’s first novel, which received acclaim from masters such as John Barth, moves with dizzying power across continents and epochs, weaving a multilayered narrative around secret societies, mad magicians, and a runaway boy named Angel.

Bold

How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World

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Author: Peter H. Diamandis,Steven Kotler

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476709580

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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“A visionary roadmap for people who believe they can change the world—and invaluable advice about bringing together the partners and technologies to help them do it.” —President Bill Clinton A radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools, Bold unfolds in three parts. Part One focuses on the exponential technologies that are disrupting today’s Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from “I’ve got an idea” to “I run a billion-dollar company” far faster than ever before. The authors provide exceptional insight into the power of 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, networks and sensors, and synthetic biology. Part Two draws on insights from billionaires such as Larry Page, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos and reveals their entrepreneurial secrets. Finally, Bold closes with a look at the best practices that allow anyone to leverage today’s hyper-connected crowd like never before. Here, the authors teach how to design and use incentive competitions, launch million-dollar crowdfunding campaigns to tap into tens of billions of dollars of capital, and finally how to build communities—armies of exponentially enabled individuals willing and able to help today’s entrepreneurs make their boldest dreams come true.

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

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Author: Edward B. Burger,Michael Starbird

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400844568

Category: Self-Help

Page: 168

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The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently. By using the straightforward and thought-provoking techniques in The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, you will regularly find imaginative solutions to difficult challenges, and you will discover new ways of looking at your world and yourself--revealing previously hidden opportunities. The book offers real-life stories, explicit action items, and concrete methods that allow you to attain a deeper understanding of any issue, exploit the power of failure as a step toward success, develop a habit of creating probing questions, see the world of ideas as an ever-flowing stream of thought, and embrace the uplifting reality that we are all capable of change. No matter who you are, the practical mind-sets introduced in the book will empower you to realize any goal in a more creative, intelligent, and effective manner. Filled with engaging examples that unlock truths about thinking in every walk of life, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking is written for all who want to reach their fullest potential--including students, parents, teachers, businesspeople, professionals, athletes, artists, leaders, and lifelong learners. Whenever you are stuck, need a new idea, or want to learn and grow, The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking will inspire and guide you on your way. To share thinking stories, go to: http://5elementsofthinking.wordpress.com

How to Fly a Horse

The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery

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Author: Kevin Ashton

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 038553860X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a journey through humanity’s greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer’s laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long forgotten woman, to the electromagnetic chamber where the stealth bomber was born on a twenty-five-cent bet, to the Ohio bicycle shop where the Wright brothers set out to “fly a horse,” Ashton showcases the seemingly unremarkable individuals, gradual steps, multiple failures, and countless ordinary and usually uncredited acts that lead to our most astounding breakthroughs. Creators, he shows, apply in particular ways the everyday, ordinary thinking of which we are all capable, taking thousands of small steps and working in an endless loop of problem and solution. He examines why innovators meet resistance and how they overcome it, why most organizations stifle creative people, and how the most creative organizations work. Drawing on examples from art, science, business, and invention, from Mozart to the Muppets, Archimedes to Apple, Kandinsky to a can of Coke, How to Fly a Horse is a passionate and immensely rewarding exploration of how “new” comes to be.

Golf Flow

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Author: Gio Valiante

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1450434045

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 228

View: 1917

Professional golfers offer tips and strategies for maintaining focus and rhythm on the green.

Head in the Game

The Mental Engineering of the World's Greatest Athletes

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Author: Brandon Sneed

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062455958

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 384

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An intriguing blend of science and sports that explores how some of the worlds greatest athletes are utilizing the last frontier of performance-enhancing technology—the mental mapping and engineering of their own brains—for peak performance, and what it means for the future of athleticism, sports, and the rest of us. Moneyball showed how statistics were revolutionizing baseball. The Sports Gene revealed the role genetics play in sports. Now, Head in the Game examines the next evolution: how mental engineering—the manipulation of the cognitive processes of the brain—can make gifted athletes even better. For years, technology—from EEG (electroencephalogram) to fMRI (Functional magnetic resonance imaging) to video games, tablets, and personal data collection devices—have been used with soldiers to understand their physical and mental functioning. Touching on brain functionality vital to sports—both the "hard" (coordination, stimuli processing, functional memory, decision-making, load-processing) and the "soft" (emotion regulation, visualization, psychology, mindfulness)—this tech is now being adopted by scores of championship franchises and top athletes—including scrappy underdogs forced to innovate and elite players looking for an advantage. Star NFL quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tom Brady, the NBA’s Kyle Korver, and Olympic volleyball champion Kerri Walsh are using mental engineering to up their game. It’s not luck that has transformed the San Antonio Spurs into a formidable force—it’s science, Sneed demonstrates. As mental engineering becomes widespread—taking athletes who are already freaks of nature and making them better—the impact on the multi-billion dollar sports industry will be dramatic on players, managers, trainers, owners, and even fans. Interviewing athletes and coaches, visiting training camps and sports science firms, Brandon Sneed offers a firsthand, on-the-ground look at this exciting breakthrough that has the potential to transform to transform the game—and all our lives.

The 2 AM Principle

Discover the Science of Adventure

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Author: Jon Levy

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1942872690

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

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It's another Saturday night at your local pub. The lights flicker on and off. 2:00 AM again. Time to slink home, or time to get started on a new adventure? The 2 AM Principle will be your inspiration and guide to living life to the fullest. Adventures don't happen by accident - just ask Levy. Once a high school geek, Jon is now a world-traveling behaviour expert and creator of the EPIC Model of Adventure, a breakthrough four-step process for creating an unforgettable night. The 2 AM Principle is stocked with amazing stories, both outrageous and touching.

Flow in Sports

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Author: Susan A. Jackson,Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 9780880118767

Category: Education

Page: 183

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Describes how athletes reach a high level of performance in which they feel perfectly attuned toward their sport

Trying Not to Try

Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity

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Author: Edward Slingerland

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0770437621

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

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A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity—an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand—and why it is so essential to our well-being Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What is it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire. In Trying Not To Try, Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. We’ve long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort. But recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life, like happiness and spontaneity, are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world, which they called wu-wei (ooo-way). They believed it was the source of all success in life, and they developed various strategies for getting it and hanging on to it. With clarity and wit, Slingerland introduces us to these thinkers and the marvelous characters in their texts, from the butcher whose blade glides effortlessly through an ox to the wood carver who sees his sculpture simply emerge from a solid block. Slingerland uncovers a direct line from wu-wei to the Force in Star Wars, explains why wu-wei is more powerful than flow, and tells us what it all means for getting a date. He also shows how new research reveals what’s happening in the brain when we’re in a state of wu-wei—why it makes us happy and effective and trustworthy, and how it might have even made civilization possible. Through stories of mythical creatures and drunken cart riders, jazz musicians and Japanese motorcycle gangs, Slingerland effortlessly blends Eastern thought and cutting-edge science to show us how we can live more fulfilling lives. Trying Not To Try is mind-expanding and deeply pleasurable, the perfect antidote to our striving modern culture. From the Hardcover edition.

Faster, Higher, Stronger

How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Super-Athletes--And What We Can Learn from Them

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Author: Mark McClusky

Publisher: Plume

ISBN: 0147516471

Category: Athletes

Page: 274

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In Faster, Higher, Stronger, veteran journalist Mark McClusky brings readers behind the scenes with a new generation of athletes, coaches and scientists, whose accomplishments are changing our understanding of human physical achievement and completely redefining the limits of the human body . Brimming with cutting-edge science and gripping anecdotes it is a fascinating, exhilarating look at how far we can push the boundaries of our bodies and minds.

Good Business

Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning

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Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101127001

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Since Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi published the groundbreaking Flow more than a decade ago, world leaders such as Tony Blair and former President Clinton, and influential sports figures like Super Bowl champion coach Jimmy Johnson have all been inspired by the book. In today's corporate upheaval, a new business paradigm is evolving. While many CEOs are being exposed for their greed, truly visionary leaders believe in a goal that benefits themselves as well as others. They realize that it is their vision and "soul" that attract loyal employees willing to go above and beyond the call of corporate duty. And their employees are realizing the same thing: while 80 percent of adults claim they'd work even if they didn't have to, the majority of them can hardly wait to leave their jobs and get home. Good Business starts with the premise that this is an age in which business and work have replaced religion and politics as central forces in contemporary life. The book reveals how business leaders, managers, and even employees can find their "flow" and contribute not only to their own happiness, but also to a just and evolving society. It identifies the factors crucial to the operation of a good business: trust, the commitment to fostering the personal growth of employees, and the dedication to creating a product that helps mankind. Good Business is sure to become a must-read text for anyone who values the positive contributions of individuals in the changing world of business.

The Cognitive Rampage

A Scientific Approach to Self Discovery, Change and Optimization

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Author: Adam Lowery,Adam Lowery MHC, CLC

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781530236886

Category: Self-actualization (Psychology)

Page: 180

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The Cognitive Rampage is a scientific approach to self discovery, change and life optimization. This book fuses the latest research from the cognitive, behavioral, social, environmental and biological sciences. No motivational fluff and word play. Whether you need a life change, simply enjoy self exploration and optimization, want to discover hidden passions or reduce the life altering effects of toil, anxiety and depression...this book is for you! This book is not a cookie cutter method of steps to follow. You will customize the scientific framework with your personal beliefs to build your authentic change. And you will use this framework throughout your life, through every age, every change. These are not empty words or motivational spin. This book is an experience. The Cognitive Rampage is based in science. A path to help you unleash your desired change. You can apply this method on your own with NO HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS. This book is based on Transrational Structure Behavior Theory (TSBT). Adam founded this integrative approach after experiencing the disconnect between the fields of mental health, wellness and naturopathy "Trans-" is a prefix from the Latin "to transcend" "change thoroughly. "Transrational" is to transition to a rational thinking process. This requires more than simple cognitive reframing, but deep belief extraction and examination. Your beliefs are processed through rational filters and applied to your behavior in a personalized structure for quicker impact. TSBT combines a behavioral approach with the cognitive sciences while also recognizing environmental and biological influences. These are strategies and tools cultivated from all the sciences. YOU WILL LEARN: 4 Principles Of Change TO APPLY: 3 Tools of Change: real psychological weapons backed by science TO ACHIEVE: The Change You Want The text includes a Personal Life Inventory, Life Philosophy Reveal Worksheet and a Rational Self Analysis Map. All of these are in the book and are available for free download at www.adamlowery.com CULTIVATE YOUR COGNITIVE RAMPAGE!

Chasing the Elements

The Heart and Soul of Action Sports

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Author: Liv Williams

Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport

ISBN: 1782550917

Category: Photography

Page: 200

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Dieser hochwertig ausgestattete, englischsprachige Bildband verbindet erstklassige Fotos mit Interviews namhafter Sportler und zeigt damit die ganze Bandbreite des Extremsports. Die Autorin portraitiert Sportler u.a. aus den Bereichen BMX, Surfing, Snowboarding und Skating und gibt einzigartige Einblicke in die Szene. Der Leser lernt die Persönlichkeit jedes Einzelnen kennen und erfährt, was Menschen dazu bringt, ein Leben abseits des "Normalen" zu verbringen. "Chasing the Elements" ist nicht nur für Extremsportler interessant, auch Fotografen und Bildbandliebhaber bekommen einen einmaligen Einblick in die Sportfotografie. With a background of writing about action sports on her extreme sports blog www.iLivExtreme.com and using her love of the great outdoors as a backdrop, Liv Williams, author of Chasing the Elements. The Heart and Soul of Action Sports, explores the power and might of the human spirit. With in-depth interviews from the worlds of BMX, Surfing, Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Freediving, Freerunning, Action Sports Filmmaking and Photography, this book celebrates the majesty of the natural world and those who inhabit it. A Welsh woman, twice national Triathlon Champion, and living in Brechfa Forest in mid-Wales, Liv surfs, snowboards, runs on forest and mountain trails, rock climbs and is always seeking out new wilderness and sporting experiences. In addition to her love of the physical world, Liv is a communications specialist and filmmaker working alongside NGO’s, military personnel and people who have been affected by natural and conflict-driven disaster. From refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan to the earthquakes in Nepal, she has reflected the challenges facing those affected as well as their laughter, joyful memories and hopes for the future. The book includes interviews with Tia Blanco, Ryan Paul, Brett Novak, Luci Romberg, Chad Kerley, Alex Rademaker, Easkey Britton, Herbert Nitsch, and Ben Selway. Contributing photographers are Ben Selway, Francis Juarez, Justin Jung, Stephan Jende, Alessandro Giapaollo, Nick Visconti, Kelton Woodburn, Devende Photography, Kay Walkowiak, Max Flick, Emily Ibarra, Chad Bonanno, Brandon Means, Jelle Mul, Andrea Zuccari, Francine Kreiss, and Herbert Nitsch.