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Place of My Own, A by Michael Pollan
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Jan 28, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: 2011, audio-books, non-fiction
Read from January 01 to 24, 2011

This is definitely my least favorite of all Pollan's works. Pollan's account of his experience building a humble writing hut for himself in the woods is riddled with dull explorations of architectural history and philosophy accompanied by meandering reflections on the meaning of place.

I admit, I have very little interest in the history and philosophies of architecture. But I do have an interest in building huts in the woods. Yet even this mild interest in the topic was not enough to compell me through the story. the reference to daydreams in the subtitle was perhaps the most exemplary description of the book, for me. I listened to much of it while commuting in my car and would find myself returning from daydreams to realize that I hadn't been listening to the story for the last 20 minutes and yet he was STILL talking about the philosophical implications of glass. Ugh.

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