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Dec 1, 2004
Outside Magazine
Carnet de Voyage

Islands in the Stream

Voyeurs take note:
Carnet de Voyage (Top Shelf Productions, $15), a graphic novel–cum– travel journal by award-winning comics artist Craig Thompson, illustrates the joys and sorrows of solo journeys in intimate detail. The text and drawings that recount Thompson's three-month trip through France, Spain, and Morocco chronicle everything from the ill-timed effects of diarrhea to the intensity of romance on the road. ("We kiss again at a stoplight," one passage reads, "not so innocent this time.") Equally revealing is The Rivers of the Mandala (Thames & Hudson, $22), by French designer Simon Allix and journalist Benoit de Vilmorin. Both a travel tale and a primer on Buddhism, it draws from a decade of adventures in Central Asia, with collages of photos, diagrams, and even a clay model of Mount Kailas.—Stephanie Pearson

Stuff your favorite thrill junkie's stocking with a DVD that will keep him stoked. Islands in the Stream (Monterey Video, $20)—the debut from filmmakers Wes Brown (whose dad, Dana, brought us Step into Liquid) and T. J. Barrack—follows pro surfers like Tom Curren and Layne Beachley as they take on the waves of Tahiti. » The six discs in the Bones Brigade series (Skate One, $30 each), first released in the 1980s and now available on DVD, offer classic footage of skateboard legends like Stacy Peralta, Lance Mountain, and Tony Hawk as they shred in and around Los Angeles. » And the 2004 Tour de France Collector's Edition (World Cycling Productions, $90) lets fans relive Lance's historic sixth-in-a-row victory, with 12 hours of highlights from last summer's epic race.—Tasha Zemke

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