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Ways of Seeing
3.75
My map of the book:

WAYS OF SEEING by John Berger
Jan 2008
Jan 06, 2010
 
Beautiful Evidence
4.13
The fourth of Tufte’s books, contains his devastating pamphlet on Powerpoint, which should be required reading for everyone. Come to think of it, all ...more
Jan 2006
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property
4.03
Amazing, amazing book. My map:

THE GIFT BY LEWIS HYDE
Jan 2008
Jan 06, 2010
 
Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make a World
4.49
This is the book I recommend to people who say, "But, I can't draw!"

My copies from the book:

Ed Emberley studies
Jan 2009
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Sisters Brothers
3.83
I love Westerns. I love a good story. I love 300-page books with super-short chapters. I love funny dialogue. I love narrators who digress.

I loved thi
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not set
Feb 24, 2013
 
Gospel According to Jesus
4.20
Reminded me how much I love the teachings of Jesus and how much I hate contemporary Christianity. A lovely book.

My map:

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS
Jan 2007
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation
4.05
Very good. My map:

THE POLITICAL BRAIN by Drew Westen
Jan 2006
Jan 06, 2010
 
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays
4.23
Brilliant dude, brilliant essays. RIP. A great quote from DFW on how he thought about non-fiction:

“I don’t know a whole lot about non-fiction journal
...more
Jan 2006
Jan 06, 2010
 
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
3.85
A book that moved quick and didn’t bullshit. Great writing, very subtle and smart jokes.

My map of the book:

born standing up by steve martin
Jan 2008
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Power of Myth
4.28
A series of interview with Campbell, accompanied by lots of images.

My notes:

MINDMAP OF JOSEPH CAMPBELL'S THE POWER OF MYTH
Jan 2008
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Writer's Desk
4.15
Great photographs of writers at their desks accompanied by a few paragraphs about their process.
not set
Mar 17, 2013
 
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
4.20
A classic book about web design. Everyone should read it.

A few notes:

DON'T MAKE ME THINK BY STEVE KRUG
Jan 2008
Jan 06, 2010
 
50 Sad Chairs
4.45
The chairs are sad, yes, but they're also funny. I'm tempted to call this a cartoon book -- the captions matched with the photographs make perfect pun ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 06, 2010
 
Miss Lonelyhearts
3.75
Re-read this the other night. Still nightmarish and hilarious. Every author who has a book in the self-help section should have to read this. West ori ...more
not set
Mar 17, 2013
 
Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures
4.46
Really enjoyed this. Some favorite bits, here: http://tumblr.austinkleon.com/post/65...
not set
Oct 09, 2013
 
Await Your Reply
3.55
The only novel I read in 2009. All of Dan's work is fantastic.
Jan 2009
Jan 06, 2010
 
Saul Steinberg: Illuminations
4.31
"A writer who draws," that's how Steinberg described himself, and that's what Joel Smith's explores in his great essay on Steinberg's life and art whi ...more
Jan 2007
Jan 06, 2010
 
Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences
3.52
This book will NOT teach you how to diagram sentences. It does, however, tell you the history of the practice (mixed with lots of personal memoir) and ...more
Jan 15, 2010
Jan 13, 2010
 
By Blood
3.60
At the risk of sounding like a philistine, I thought it was about 100 pages too long—I got really bogged down in the middle. But Ullman’s a really gre ...more
not set
Mar 17, 2013
 
The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara & Lenin Play Chess (Public Square)
4.13
This is what I call a "toilet book," which, believe it or not, is a huge compliment. It's one of those books that demands that you buy it and put it o ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 15, 2010
 
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
3.82
Hugh’s said the book is “advice I wish I had when I was in my early 20s.” The book sprung from his piece “How To Be Creative,” which was a big deal to ...more
not set
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Freddie Stories
4.27
I love this book — I first read it in the 1999 paperback edition put out by Sasquatch Books, but now Drawn and Quarterly has re-issued it in hardcover ...more
not set
Mar 17, 2013
 
Six Memos For The Next Millennium
4.21
Intended as lectures, Calvino died before he could give them. The first five, Lightness, Quickness, Exactitude, Visibility, and Multiplicity, were wri ...more
Jan 2006
Jan 06, 2010
 
Mother Night
4.17
Gallows humor, anyone? Picked this up because I read that it was Etgar Keret’s favorite Vonnegut. It's really short - I devoured it in one sitting dur ...more
Jan 2006
Jan 06, 2010
 
Shovel Ready (Spademan, #1)
3.48
This was a lot of fun. Call it a terse, sci-fi hard-boiled noir: Ex-garbageman turned hit man in a post dirtybomb NYC protects a damsel-in-distress. N ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2014
 
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
4.21
Not just a great book about baseball, but a great story about gifted children vs. gifted adults -- how you can get over a failure early in life and su ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 06, 2010
 
Why You Should Read Kafka Before You Waste Your Life
3.42
Fun book that takes a look at the myths around Kafka The Writer. Turns out he was fairly handsome and fit, loved the ladies, had a more-than-decent da ...more
Dec 2009
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
4.01
One of my favorite things about the book is that it riffs on self-help books without totally abandoning the winning structure of many self-help books. ...more
not set
Oct 09, 2013
 
Stitches
4.02
The drawing in here is really top-notch: Small enjoys teaching anatomy, and it shows.

Every artist’s memoir has one underlying plot: *how I became an a
...more
Jan 2009
Jan 06, 2010
 
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
4.27
Not as good as Understanding Comics, but way better than Reinventing Comics. Any McCloud release is an event. Thrilled to see a chapter on world-build ...more
Jan 2006
Jan 06, 2010
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