ReadingBooks: on balance, I'm for them. These are most of the ones I've read since 2007 or so. The star ratings correspond more closely to "how worth my time this felt" than "how good this is."
Octavia E. Butler
R. Eric Thomas
I have grown to really appreciate concise, idea-packed writing. This book meets those criteria. It takes an existential view to the global climate crisis, asking... more >>
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
eds. Monica J. Capser and Eric Wertheimer
I’ve been thinking a lot about individual and collective trauma recently. Given the extremity of our experiences - the pandemic, historic and ongoing U.S. racism... more >>
Design Justice is a an extremely useful book. The word ‘design’ has a long history behind it and over the last several decades it has... more >>
translated by Gabriel Dols Gallardo
A very thoughtful and comprehensive read on the global (!) history and cultural functioning and evolution of decoration and design. As Gombrich says, "the historian is not a critic and should not aspire to be one," but the book did at times become discursive and hard to follow due to its lack of a strong unifying framework. Very worth the time; I will never look at wallpaper or picture frames the same way again.
Joan C. Williams