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Just My Type by Simon Garfield
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Not so much a book as a collection of articles about various fonts. It's diverting. But if you want a comprehensive examination of the history, magic and uses of fonts, I recommend Robert Bringhurst's "The Elements of Typographic Style."
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The Circle by Dave Eggers
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The big theme of this book - that some kind of big social media company could take over the world - lacks credibility. But some of the details of the "publicness" are fun: the life broadcast 24/7 (even in the bathroom), the quest for infinite "likes, ...more
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Geeks Bearing Gifts by Jeff Jarvis
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I've known Jeff for years and have never really gotten him. You can never be quite sure where he's coming from: He talks fast, and his shifting perspectives and strategies on the media can blind you like a blizzard. He tends to devise innovative-soun ...more
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Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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"Team of rivals" - okay, an excuse to write another Lincoln book, and that's what this is: another effort to parse our greatest politician. I have read a lot of Lincoln books. Not surprising, Doris Kearns Goodwin does a wonderful job analyzing his po ...more
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Class A by Lucas Mann
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The capsule review of this book would be: Young writer contemplates navel while watching low minor-league baseball in Iowa. To give it a little more substance, call it a memoir, a young man's search for identity through the prism of baseball. Or call ...more
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The Last Magazine by Michael Hastings
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This is a fast, lively, entertaining read. That alone makes it a real accomplishment for a first-time novelist who apparently had not produced a final draft by the time of his death in a car accident. More important, the book will stand as a vivid po ...more
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So Much To Do by Richard Ravitch
So Much To Do
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Two books for the price of one. First is the memoir of a guerrilla fighter adept at infiltrating and manipulating governmental administrations - not to destroy them, but to get them to work. Second is an analysis linking New York City and State fisca ...more
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City Primeval by Elmore Leonard
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Elmore Leonard gets four stars. The guy never allowed a cliché onto a sheet of paper. Nobody in his books is really a good guy or a bad guy; everybody just plays an assigned role and tries to get by. The spare writing carries me for the first chapter ...more
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The Unwinding by George Packer
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This is an engaging, well paced, provocative book that will guide the way you understand these changing times without pounding you over the head. It's all here - the decline of the rust belt, the failure of southern industry, the commoditization of p ...more
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