Reading Log

Last update 06 October 2012

Currently Reading:

The Evolution of Great World Cities; Christopher Kennedy (Reviewed here)

Trip of the Tongue; Elizabeth Little


Ghost in the Wires; Kevin Mitnick & William Simon Fwd by Steve Wozniak

The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress; Chris Hedges

Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile; Taras Grescoe

Snow White and Russian Red; Dorota Maslowska, Transl. Benjamin Paloff (Translator)

The History of the World in 100 objects; Robert Neil MacGregor

The Map and the Territory;  Michel Houellebecq;Knopf ISBN: 978-0307701558 288 pages

The Price of Civilization; Sachs, Jeffrey; Random House, New York 2011. **** (out of 5)

Excellent book. New metric “Commercialization Index”  USA is one of the most Commercialized Societies, and has all of the minuses that go with that.  Of course, Amartya Sen has described this same phenomena in Development as Freedom. $ and GNP don’t by Happiness. See also Happy Planet Index.

A review:

1Q84; Murakami, Haruki; Alfred A. Knopf, New York 2011.

Cellular Automata; Schiff, Joel; John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey; 2008.

Poor Economics; Banerjee, Abhijit Vinayak & Duflo, Esther

What the Dog Saw; Gladewell, Malcolm 2009.

1900 Istanbul: Art Noveau Architecture and Interiors; Barillari, Diana & Godoli, Ezio; Rizzoli, 1996. [This book is a real gem, of interest to anyone who wants to understand some of the dynamics of cultural interplay of Islamic Culture and the West, esp at the very end of the Ottoman Empire.  Highly Recommended, Wonderful Illustrations.]

A Collection of Essays, George Orwell. [Compare his discussion of Boy’s Weeklies with Harry Potter series]

Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West; Caldwell, Christopher; Doubleday, 2009.

Gangs in Garden City: How immigration, Segregation and Youth Violence are Changing America’s Suburbs; Garland, Sarah; Nation Books 2009.

The Origins of Totalitariansim; Arendt, Hanah, Second enlarged edition 1958. (Re-reading, it’s as topical as it ever was, given the recent economic realities)

1491 New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus; Mann, Charles C [Highly Reccommended]

The Likeness; French, Tana (It includes a wonderful subtext.) [Highly reccommended]

Translucent Materials: Glass Plastic Metals; Kaltenbach, Fred., ed., Institut fur internationale Architektur-Dokumention, Birkhauser edition Detail, 2004, trans. Michael Robinson.

New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 2 Geography; Pillsbury, Richard (vol. ed.); University of North Carolina Press, 2006. des. Richard Hendel; typset by Tseng Information Systems in Minion.

Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural responses to humanitarian crises; Architecture for Humanity, ed.; Metropolis Books, 2006; des.; typset by Albert-Jan Pool in FF DIN.

Blink; Gladwell Malcol Gladewell

Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and how it changed America; Barry, John M.; Simon & Schuster, 1997; des. Edith Fowler.
Collapse: how societies chose to fail or succeed; Diamond, Jared; Viking-Penguin, 2005; des. Francesca Belanger in Minion.

The Future of Life; Wilson, Edward O.; Random House, 2002; des. Robert C. Olsson . G.E.N.

The Hidden Connections: a science for sustainable living; Capra, Fritjof; Random House, 2002; des. Nicola Ferguson.

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