I didn't finish this book, I couldn't make it past half way through the second chapter. It's like watching an episode of Neighbours and I've never lasI didn't finish this book, I couldn't make it past half way through the second chapter. It's like watching an episode of Neighbours and I've never lasted through one of those either.
This book tries way too hard to be edgy and ends up being a big pile of steaming pretentious bile....more
Noel Fielding is an amazing artist and tells wonderful stories. The book itself is very well crafted and feels good to hold... it also feels good to sNoel Fielding is an amazing artist and tells wonderful stories. The book itself is very well crafted and feels good to hold... it also feels good to see so many colourful and original pieces all in the same place. If you like the Boosh, I don't see why you wouldn't love this book.
Anyone who has a passing interest in street art will have heard of Banksy and the work he has done. In fact, so many people are aware of his work thatAnyone who has a passing interest in street art will have heard of Banksy and the work he has done. In fact, so many people are aware of his work that it gets a little annoying from time to time, as it becomes a badge of honour for some people. To the point that I was getting sick and tired of hearing people say his name with that knowing tone that seems to say 'yeah, I'm hip too'. Thankfully this book restored my faith in why Banksy's infamy is well deserved.
I've never been able to actually sit down and read it until now, because I never had my own copy. It was always one of those books that people I know had on their coffee table. Some because they used it for inspiration (amongst other books) and some because they wanted to display it and tell everyone that came over that they were a little bit 'in the know' and had kept up with trends.
Thankfully the words in this book say a lot about the philosophy of the artist and the point/pointless nature of his work. Of course, there's a fine collection of photos and prints showing a portfolio of sorts, which is the main reason to gaze on this book, but the words round it off nicely and give the images a purpose.
It is inspiring to an artist; especially an artist who prefers deconstruction over profound technique (despite how developed Banksy's technique may actually be), and I'm thrilled to finally have a copy of my own that I can look at intricately and use for inspiration.
My interest in Banksy had waned a little as his name became the 'in thing' to discuss so that everyone knew you were a little bit alternative, but his work speaks for itself and cannot (in my mind) be disputed. Not to mention his methods and motivations, which deserve respect for their integrity.
Not to compare, but now when someone tries to show me how 'hip' they are by discussing Banksy, I can happily balance it with a few sentences from this book and lose the frustration.
Don't let the hipsters fool you into thinking that Banksy buys into the cocktail bar bullshit. Have a few minutes with this book and you'll be reminded why he actually is a great artist who matters... and why he really doesn't matter at all....more
I got a lot out of this, as someone who has always needed to learn ways to boost self-esteem and manage over-stimulating environments. Of course, I coI got a lot out of this, as someone who has always needed to learn ways to boost self-esteem and manage over-stimulating environments. Of course, I couldn't relate to everything explored here, but for the most part I read this book as a way to possibly learn a bit more about myself. Indeed, discovering different ways to interpret ourselves is a worthwhile addition to our internal perspective, whether they apply literally or not.
Cain notes at the beginning of the book the academic concessions that she made in order to enhance readability, which I appreciated. Despite this, it's still quite an academic work, but reads very easily. Although I can understand why someone looking for some imaginary line of academic rigor to be met, could be left wanting.
Overall this book is a nice addition to the process of thought on why we behave the way that we do, and why we seek quiet, or stimuli in the ways that may or may not appear to be acceptable to the norms of society. Obviously Cain's motivation is to flesh out the notion of "introversion", so it's weighted toward the quiet end of the scale, but there's also balance for the "extroverts" mentioned as well. Cain pushes an understanding of both sides of the spectrum and a need to consider the differences that exist in society in order for harmony to be found and for everyone to be nurtured and inspired, no matter where they fit....more
I'm assuming I'm not alone when I say that I read this book off the back of Robinson's first TED talk, which was great and got me hooked to find out mI'm assuming I'm not alone when I say that I read this book off the back of Robinson's first TED talk, which was great and got me hooked to find out more. With that said, the book is basically an extension of that talk. There are many parts which are exactly the same, and stories that are ones he told on stage... but there's a lot more depth and a wider net is cast as you might expect.
What I liked about it is that Robinson never says something like "do this and you'll be right" - it's not a recipe for success. Instead it's a good look at the shining examples that support his argument for a change in the way that we (as a society as well as individuals) consider talent and the paths that take us to success.
I guess the best way to sum up how I feel about this book is to say that it's just a damn interesting read. There are a lot of inspiring anecdotes that illustrate how beneficial it is for everyone when individuals are doing what they feel they are 'meant' to do.
Worth a read if you're a bit unsure about where you stand and what you see yourself doing... it might give you a bit of incentive to take some risks and go for the good stuff....more
Despite the fact that I have no connection whatsoever to New York or America, or anything that's captured in this book - I enjoyed it a lot.
I'm not suDespite the fact that I have no connection whatsoever to New York or America, or anything that's captured in this book - I enjoyed it a lot.
I'm not sure if I'd like Bradford's photos one-at-a-time, because the picture painted by so many of his seemingly random shots speaks more about the city as a whole than a lot of the photos displayed here.
The words are good and give it all context, which I needed on account of the lack of familiarity I have with the subject matter. It also helps to expand on the culture of taxi drivers in New York and give a purpose and life to the pictures.
It's a great book and very interesting to an outsider like me. Definitely something I'll have a flip through from time to time....more