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Ways of Seeing by John Berger
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Mar 05, 2009

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Read in October, 2008

I read this book in an AMTRAK train from the Bay Area to Portland. It was eye-opening :). Some of the essays are pictures only, pictures of paintings. The book is a little older, to me it portrays the spirit of its time, I enjoyed quite a few surprising moments. It definitely brightened my train ride through the night. All this Marxist vocab...

As the title suggests, "Ways of Seeing" is about the ways we see. How our mind is formed through society and how this conditioning impacts on our perception and, well, what we see in the end.

I became curious about this book, because, one, the cover is the picture of one of my favourite artists - Magritte. Second, a friend and I had wondered about why we view in the first place. I wanted nothing more than to share this book with him, but I don't know the reasons for why he did not see. So it is back sitting on my shelf. Come pick it up.
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