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The Hospital for Bad Poets by J.C. Hallman
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Naked City by Sharon Zukin
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The subtitle of Sharon Zukin’s book, “The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places,” puts her work directly in line with Jane Jacobs’s work, echoing the title of Jacobs’s most famous book. Zukin isn’t concerned as much about keeping neighborhoods and ...more
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Painted Cities by Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski
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This collection focuses on a Latino neighborhood in Chicago. As its strongest, I got a real sense of the neighborhood and the people who lived there, but many of the pieces seem more like vignettes than stories and don't cohere that well. Throughout, ...more
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Civilizing American Cities by Frederick Law Olmsted
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Essentially a well-organized anthology on Olmsted's thoughts on city planning, the work starts with an introduction to the man himself. As becomes apparent, it is in some ways strange to think that the man most revered in landscape architecture circl ...more
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Cabin, Clearing, Forest by Zachary Falcon
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These stories about Juneau, Alaska, present readers with a microcosm of small-town living in the Great White North. At their best, they are stories about machismo in an age when there is little call for such. Lesser stories (insofar as they seem some ...more
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The Geography of Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler
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James Howard Kunstler does not like sprawl. I was expecting a bit more social commentary early on--and throughout--but Kunstler starts off with history, much of it familiar to me now that I've read several book on the subject of city planning. His fo ...more
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Apologies Forthcoming by Xujun Eberlein
Apologies Forthcoming
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This book, written by a Chinese ex-patriot, revolves around the Chinese Cultural Revolution. As such, for a person who has not studied greatly into the subject, the work was immensely interesting. When I was younger, I preferred fiction because I fel ...more
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The City in History by Lewis Mumford
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Lewis Mumford tells us about the spiritual and cosmic origins of the city so that we can get a handle on how we can best forge the city of tomorrow. To do that, he must scope out all of Western history, denoting where the city has been and what it co ...more
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Sum by David Eagleman
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
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This book's subtitle pretty much sums up the work, but not in the manner in which one might expect, if expecting a standard book of short stories or flash fictions. Eagleman is not as concerned with telling a story in standard fictional form with cen ...more
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