I love the Humans of New York blog - Brandon Stanton has the amazing ability to marry beautiful portraits of people with interesting stories or randomI love the Humans of New York blog - Brandon Stanton has the amazing ability to marry beautiful portraits of people with interesting stories or random little facts about these people's lives.
This book is truly a treasure, both wonderfully designed and full of gorgeous photos that are at times married with words. I would have loved even more stories, as some photos only had locations ascribed to them, and one of my favorite aspects of Stanton's work is his ability to tease a story out of people. After reading the introduction, I realized that in the beginning, Stanton didn't even interview people as he does now, which like contributes to the many portraits without more significant stories attached to them. It was really fascinating to hear about his own journey and see the evolution his project went through to get to where it is today.
I honestly couldn't put this book down, and was brought to near tears several times. Not only would I recommend this book to both fans of the HONY blog and lovers of photography, I actually bought this book as a present for a few of my friends, because I knew they'd love it. I can think of no higher praise....more
This book was really fascinating to read, even for someone like me who loves comics, but has no interest in becoming a writer or artist or breaking inThis book was really fascinating to read, even for someone like me who loves comics, but has no interest in becoming a writer or artist or breaking in to the business. Reading about the behind-the-scenes process of what goes in to making a comic, from pitch to script to art to editing, was really interesting. Even though I'm not interested in becoming a comics professional, Bendis' career advice can still be applicable to my life, and the lives of anyone out there. If you want to do something, don't wait to be scouted; go out and do what you want to do. Don't let anyone stop you.
I particularly liked the guest chapter written by Matt Fraction, as his comic Hawkeye is one of my favorites, and it was great to hear his thoughts behind it's creation. All of the other interviews were great, as well, and provided a wide scope of insight into varying aspects of the industry and the personalities you might find there.
If you want to get in to comics, this book is a MUST READ. All caps. It deserves it. If you simply love comics and want to learn more about them, then this book is also for you! Since this is a book about comics, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the book is also beautifully designed, and full of amazing art from all styles of artists. It's truly gorgeous just to look at....more
What I learned from this book: Stephen Marche REALLY loves Shakespeare. Like, REALLY really. While I agree that Shakespeare is the most widely-known wWhat I learned from this book: Stephen Marche REALLY loves Shakespeare. Like, REALLY really. While I agree that Shakespeare is the most widely-known writer in the world, and many of our common turns of phrase can be attributed to him, I'm still not convinced you can ascribe the wide spread influence over other ideas of thought to him that Marche does throughout this book. Marche's comparisons and conclusions are flimsy and overreaching at times.
I can't say I particularly enjoyed reading this one, as I found the tone annoying and worshipful most of the time, but I did enjoy some of the facts, and found myself bring them up in conversation, so there's something to be said for that. And it was short, and easy to read in bursts. Other than that, I would have a hard time recommending this to anyone other than someone who is already a Shakespeare fan....more
Not only is Dinah Fried's concept fantastic, it is also extremely well executed. I love the idea of pulling a food item or menu out of a book and notNot only is Dinah Fried's concept fantastic, it is also extremely well executed. I love the idea of pulling a food item or menu out of a book and not only taking a picture of it, but really setting a stage and capturing the whole essence of the food. Not only are Fried's photos fantastic, but the care she put into every time aspect of this project is evident. Each book is represented by not only food, but by the perfect dishes, the perfect silverware, the perfect tablecloth (or lack there of), the perfect little embellishments that make each "table" come to life.
The design of the book is fantastic as well. I love how each photo sits opposite the passage from the book that is going referenced, and the extra little facts about the book, author, or food item is a nice touch.
I'll admit, as much as I love eating, I don't tend to notice or remember descriptions of food when I am reading. That's just not how I absorb or process information. Because of that, though, even the passages from books I've read seemed new in a way. Of the 50 books mentioned, I've read 19, and there are only two that I could have guessed what food they'd feature, and that is because in those books, these food items weren't just there to be eaten, they played an integral role in the plot. The Chronicles of Narnia were one one of my favorite as a child, and in the Lion, the Witch, and the turkish delight that Edmund received from the Snow Queen are integral to his future betrayal of his siblings. Anne of Green Gables was not only one of my favorite books, but I was pretty much obsessed with the movie adaptation, and Diana getting accidentally drunk on "raspberry cordial" is, once again, an integral plot point in the story: it sets up best friends Anne and Diana's forced separation by Diana's disapproving mother, which lasts for months, until the fateful night Anne saves the life of Diana's little sister and proves herself a worthy friend again.
Regardless of me knowing these books ahead of time, the point is, you don't need to know the books featured, you reading experience will just be enhanced if you do. I would definitely recommend this book as a fun, quirky, and interesting read....more
It took me forever to read this book, but not because it wasn't fascinating. I had designated it my read-on-my-phone-when-I'm-waiting-for-friends-in-aIt took me forever to read this book, but not because it wasn't fascinating. I had designated it my read-on-my-phone-when-I'm-waiting-for-friends-in-a-busy-place-and-I-don't-have-my-kindle book, and that situation doesn't exactly come up frequently. Of course, I could have just sat down and finished reading it at any point, but then I would have to find another book to read in order to avoid awkward interactions with strangers.
My favorite book by Mary Roach will forever be Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and if you haven't read that one yet, go pick it up now. You won't regret. This book, however, was nearly as interesting, and I enjoyed it much more than I did her books Spook and Bonk, which I was rather bored by. I didn't really know anything about the digestive system, or about physiology in general, so there were many things I read that immediately felt like sharing with whomever I saw next. Friends, I apologize for the conversations that I started with, "So, this might sound gross, but I'm reading this book, and..."
Unfortunately, the seven months I spent crawling my way through this book leaves me with little concrete to say about the facts within it. My memory is just not that great. The things that will probably stay with me most, because they are the most relevant to my life, are little facts like why do I feel like I have to go to the bathroom when I'm running, but as soon as I stop, I don't have to go anymore? Now that I know that the urge to go in that situation is due to nerves interpreting the tightening of muscles and small spaces incorrectly, I can tell myself, "it's ok, you don't REALLY have to go," and skip the stop at the port-o-potties. It's the little things in life that make it great, right? :)
All in all, definitely an interesting read, and one I would recommend....more
Jim Gaffigan never fails to crack me up. I loved him on My Boys, I love his comedy specials, I love his random facebook posts. The fact that he has 5Jim Gaffigan never fails to crack me up. I loved him on My Boys, I love his comedy specials, I love his random facebook posts. The fact that he has 5 kids is somehow both frightening and hilarious. As funny as I found his stories about kids and parenthood, I probably would have found them even more funny if I was a parent myself. The only thing I mildly objected to was the gender stereotypes he occasionally joked about. I think those would have been funnier if he'd phrased them in a "my wife and I are this way" sort of way, not in a "all wives and husbands are this way" sort of way.
That being said, this book regularly cracked me up. For an added bonus, listen to the audio version, which is read by Jim Gaffigan himself!...more
Pretty hilarious/sad read. It's hard to believe that many stupid or clueless people exist out there, but in my brief retail experience, I can testifyPretty hilarious/sad read. It's hard to believe that many stupid or clueless people exist out there, but in my brief retail experience, I can testify that you get all kinds.
Also, I'll admit to being one of those people that roams the bookstores, looking to see what's new and looks good, and then either buys the Kindle version or checks it out from the library. But I've never asked for a staff person to help me in picking out a book, and then bought it elsewhere. There is a line, people! You shouldn't cross it!...more