Pity the poor coffee-table book. For most of the year, it sits plaintively on a bookstore shelf, waiting for the holiday season. Passersby flick gently through its silken pages, leaving behind invisible fingerprints before returning it to its resting place. It seems like too much of an indulgence to justify buying for oneself: a beautiful object that does nothing. It's literally gratuitous—which makes it... More >>>