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The Space Between Us
My original intention was to write a scathing review, but then I decided that wouldnt've been entirely fair. Basically, I should not have allowed the ...more
Feb 28, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
Bartleby, the Scrivener
A short and curious tale about a solitary scrivener who mysteriously and quietly refuses to join humanity in its daily tasks and cares. Written from t ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 28, 2009
This is my first Philip Roth book, lent to me by my boss who loved it. First of all, I would like to say that Roth's prose is refreshingly frank and l ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
Olive Kitteridge
**spoiler alert** After reading this book, I felt as if I'd aged 60 years. In a good way.

At first I didn't think I'd love this book. I tend to not lik
Aug 06, 2009
Aug 06, 2009
Young Chinese Artists: The Next Generation
This is a survey of several up and coming young artists working today in Mainland China (this book is NOT about artists who have matured and attained ...more
Apr 06, 2009
Apr 01, 2009
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
This was good. Marjane Satrapi is a talented artist, story-boarder, and narrator. Before getting into this, I thought the art style was simple to the ...more
Jun 05, 2009
Jun 07, 2009
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
This book was awesome. First and foremost, it is hilarious. It is the kind of hilarious that is enhanced with a pinch of abject horror, but it is not ...more
Jul 23, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything
This work is part personal journal, part manifesto, and part self-help book. Essentially, Gordon Bell tries to make a good case for the "inevitable re ...more
Feb 2010
Jan 14, 2010
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
OH MAN. Where to start? Since I read this book I have fervently tried to get everyone I know to read it (with varying results). And for good reason... ...more
Feb 10, 2007
Dec 24, 2008
Kafka on the Shore
This was my first Murakami, and now I finally understand what is meant by "magical realism." From what I remember this book was more metaphor than any ...more
Jun 2008
Dec 24, 2008
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Built on factoids made palatable through narrative drama. Some of which are interesting and memorable enough to bring up at cocktail parties. But he n ...more
Aug 2009
Jul 07, 2009
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
This was a completely worthwhile read. I was able to get through it really quickly by only briefly glancing at the many graphics. This either means I ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
One Hundred Years of Solitude
This was a really expansive book (the title does not lie). It took forever to read but was fascinating and poetic and beautiful.

I did not find the mag
Apr 10, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
This was one of those books where, as I read it, I kept agreeing with everything he says. Steven Johnson has a brilliant way of explaining his thought ...more
Sep 12, 2011
Jan 16, 2011
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
What a great book to finish on New Year's Eve. It's been on my to-read list for years now and came highly recommended by people I respect, but I had h ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Feb 01, 2010
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
The central premise of Cradle to Cradle is we need to rethink and retool how we design and manufacture physical products. The authors argue that we cu ...more
Jun 20, 2009
Dec 24, 2008
Eating Animals
I think the only reason I had not given up eating industrial meat (e.g. pretty much all meat) is that, up until now, I had not allowed anyone to argue ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide
This was a great book. I have to confess, it is one thing to call myself a dork because I write Actionscript and know what a "Rick Roll" is... but it ...more
Feb 23, 2009
Dec 24, 2008
This book felt like a really long poem rather than a novel. I say this because the prose is so beautiful it really borders on poetry. The story, thoug ...more
Jan 31, 2010
Dec 25, 2009
Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East
This book was a comprehensive and thoughtfully composed overview of recent Middle East events and history. I picked it up to help me gain a better und ...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jan 14, 2010
Seven Days in the Art World
I was very eager to read this book, as it promised an insightful glimpse into the varied echelons of the art world that you don't directly get to see ...more
Jun 05, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
The Master and Margarita
This is supposed to be one of the great novels to come out of Soviet Russia, except I read it without knowing anything about Soviet political reality ...more
Jul 11, 2008
Dec 24, 2008
Cat's Cradle
My first Kurt Vonnegut. Yup, he's pretty much just awesome. This novel is, among other things, a caution story about the dangers of seeking knowledge ...more
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Dec 26, 2008
Insightful, funny, the world through Tina Fey glasses. We listened to the audio book version which was narrated by Mrs. Fey herself, which was half th ...more
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Sep 12, 2011
The Devil's Picnic: Around the World in Pursuit of Forbidden Fruit
This book was mostly an anecdotal travelogue... it was fun and mildly informative and actually awoke in me a curiosity for "the green fairy." Not that ...more
Jun 02, 2007
Dec 24, 2008
Life of Pi
I think I read this book in like a day. It was mighty intense. More intense than the cute cover illustration suggests.
Apr 02, 2007
Dec 24, 2008
Food in History
So far so good... a wildly entertaining read for the commute. (At least for me.) Should be required reading for anyone who wants to sound like a total ...more
Aug 2007
Dec 24, 2008
Cardcaptor Sakura, Vol. 1 (Cardcaptor Sakura, #1)
Cardcaptor Sakura is one badass little girl.
Jan 09, 2008
Mar 07, 2009
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Quite interesting and morbid-curiosity satisfying.
Jul 2007
Jul 07, 2009
Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks, and Conceits
More of a reference than an actual book with a beginning, middle, and end, . However this is how I read it, and now I have a pretty good sense of the ...more
Sep 15, 2009
May 01, 2009
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