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The Architecture of Happiness
3.79
A nod to my brother for introducing this book to me. De Botton completely disbunks the notion I'd adopted (from whom? where?) that good architecture i ...more
Jun 26, 2009
Apr 22, 2009
 
The Craftsman
3.81
So happy to find a book that articulates the layered significance of the craftsman throughout history, and the many ways an individual crafts work in ...more
Jun 23, 2008
Apr 07, 2008
 
Shantyboat: A River Way of Life
4.08
Harlan Hubbard lived the life I wish I could've lived. At age 40 he built a boat of driftwood and set out with his wife to travel the Mississippi Rive ...more
Jan 1994
Feb 24, 2008
 
As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art
4.07
". . . if environmental problems are really cultural problems -- about the nature of our desires and our perceptions -- then a crucial territory to ex ...more
Jun 23, 2008
Apr 04, 2008
 
The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty
4.64
Soetsu Yanagi is considered the father of the Japanese craft movement (I didn't know there was one!) In the early part of the last century, Yanagi was ...more
Feb 29, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
 
The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property
4.04
This is a book about the cycle set in motion by gift-giving as it relates to the economy, art, relationships, and life. Using proverbs, folk tales and ...more
Feb 29, 2008
Feb 08, 2008
 
The Thinking Body
4.29
I'm reading this in conjunction with my anatomy & physiology class. The book is an important companion to a clinical approach to the subject. Todd ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2008
 
Gee's Bend: The Women and Their Quilts
4.54
After reading a book on wabi-sabi, I realized that the women of Gee's Bend embodied their quilts with this Japanese philosophical aesthetic, without e ...more
Jan 2002
Feb 07, 2008
 
The Art of Happiness
4.12
Bringing Buddhist teachings down from the mountaintop into the everyday realm of the Westerner. At first I found the writing too elementary, but how o ...more
not set
Sep 20, 2008
 
Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
4.02
Wabi-sabi is the grassy smell of my sweat as I step into a bath after three hours of shoveling snow. Wabi-sabi is the battered shovel I found on the i ...more
not set
Feb 02, 2008
 
Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency
4.23
The title says it all: architecture of decency. Mockbee was an architect concerned more with the potential of architecture to lift the human spirit, n ...more
not set
Feb 03, 2008
 
The Success and Failure of Picasso
3.93
Berger delves into the variety of influences on Picasso's life and work, from the history of Spanish feudalism, bourgeois Europe, WWI &II, anarchy ...more
not set
Mar 26, 2011
 
The Old Way of Seeing: How Architecture Lost Its Magic - And How to Get It Back
4.02
We can't get rid of all those god-awful box stores, but we can train our eye to better appreciate what makes a structure beautiful and why that's impo ...more
Jan 2005
Feb 07, 2008
 
Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community: Eight Essays
4.26
In his typical poetic prose, Berry offers insights on the things that matter most: our connectedness to others and to our broader world. At a time whe ...more
Jan 1994
Feb 13, 2008
 
The Vision of Modern Dance: In the Words of Its Creators
3.62
A collection writings by the pioneers of modern dance, in their own words, musing on dance, creativity, the body, performance, nature. The book illust ...more
Feb 03, 2008
Feb 03, 2008
 
The Wave in the Mind: Talks & Essays on the Writer, the Reader & the Imagination
4.24
This is basically an English Literature 101 class stuffed into one book, and Le Guin is the kind of teacher I wish I could've had -- her knowledge is ...more
Mar 28, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
 
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
3.95
A swift kick in the butt for anyone who wants to push themselves to the next level of their creativity. Loads of practical ideas for keeping creative ...more
Jan 2007
Jan 31, 2008
 
Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays
4.17
The perfect Christmas gift from my brother. An intimate look at larger-than-life artists, revealing their quirks, faults, and gifts to the world.
Feb 03, 2008
Jan 31, 2008
 
Art Without Boundaries: The World of Modern Dance
4.08
A rich history of modern dance. Fantastic stories of the pioneers in the genre. Inspiring read.
Jan 2008
Jan 31, 2008
 
Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature
4.01
You don't read this book so much as absorb it. Visual poetry.
Jan 1999
Jan 31, 2008
 
The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature
4.12
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Oct 08, 2008
Aug 30, 2008
 
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
3.68
None
Feb 12, 2008
Feb 03, 2008
 
Evocative Objects: Things We Think with
3.75
None
Aug 30, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
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