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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, B... by Viv Albertine
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Terrific book, I love, love, love Viv Albertine! (Just been voted by MOJO magazine as the best music book of 2014) I think this is possibly the best book on the punk era in British music, although England's Dreaming by John Savage is kind of "definit ...more
Runaway by Emily MacKenzie
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Runaway by Emily MacKenzie
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Shatteringly brilliant. I read this as I am researching the Sixties and thought it was about someone who ran away to London. Well not exactly - it is about someone, Emily, who ran away from abuse - so far so depressing. However the brilliance is in t ...more
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Black Sea by Neal Ascherson
Black Sea
by Neal Ascherson
read in April, 2014
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One of those deep-thought-provoking books that you might want to get round to reading one day, that day when you want to meditate on the origins of European Civilisations and the "Other' by which it was shaped. That day would be right now in March 20 ...more
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Hedy's Folly by Richard Rhodes
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Not a definitive study, and not brilliantly well-written, but Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr's early life in Vienna, married to an unscrupulous wealthy scoundrel, laid the foundation for a unique combination of careers in the movies and as a secret agent ...more
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Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
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i've liked Michael Lewis from Liars Poker onwards and with The Big Short he provided the definitive analysis of how Wall Street's greed and stupidity created the credit crunch; and why you should never trust them. Well Flash Boys confirms that you sh ...more
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Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words by Jay Rubin
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Excellent overview of all of Murakami's books by his main translator Jay Rubin. Really opens out the Japanese qualities of his work, especially (for me) the importance of Shinto in understanding his writing. Listen to the In Our Time podcast o Shinto ...more
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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
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Colourless - the first Murakami I've been disappointed in. Especially disappointing after having read the overview of his work The Music of Words
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Wired for Culture by Mark Pagel
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Jane Jacobs
“A city street equipped to handle strangers, and to make a safety asset, in itself, our of the presence of strangers, as the streets of successful city neighborhoods always do, must have three main qualities:

First, there must be a clear demarcation between what is public space and what is private space. Public and private spaces cannot ooze into each other as they do typically in suburban settings or in projects.

Second, there must be eyes upon the street, eyes belonging to those we might call the natural proprietors of the street. The buildings on a street equipped to handle strangers and to insure the safety of both residents and strangers, must be oriented to the street. They cannot turn their backs or blank sides on it and leave it blind.

And third, the sidewalk must have users on it fairly continuously, both to add to the number of effective eyes on the street and to induce the people in buildings along the street to watch the sidewalks in sufficient numbers. Nobody enjoys sitting on a stoop or looking out a window at an empty street. Almost nobody does such a thing. Large numbers of people entertain themselves, off and on, by watching street activity.”
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

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