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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
3.96
really liked it
The history of human civilization and society is basically a continuum of idiots, sociopaths, murderers and bores, punctuated by the occasional ration ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
The Poetics of Space
4.18
liked it
I've never really decided how I really feel about this text. Part of me knows it's total bullshit but another part of me wants to believe in it and en ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
4.05
really liked it
This infamous book is both a formula for Hollywood shlock and indispensable treatise on (one kind of) storytelling. The truth is that it's less of a f ...more
Feb 17, 2017
Feb 17, 2017
 
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
4.02
really liked it
I was already predisposed to question the "Standard Narrative" of human sexuality (i.e. long-term sexual monogamy), and this book really tore the subj ...more
Jan 2012
Jun 06, 2017
 
Thinking with Type
4.07
I bought this while drunk. See what happens when you wander around in bookstores, wasted, after just getting a paycheck? Now I feel pretty embarrassed ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!
3.95
really liked it
Well, here's something I didn't expect to end up reading. If you're interested in the actual reality of the business of selling screenplays, this will ...more
Apr 15, 2017
Apr 17, 2017
 
Transparency
4.03
really liked it
A lot of runaround for a pretty simple concept; typical of the era of architectural theory--making a bang out of a whimper. Nonetheless, the concept i ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Into the Wild
3.95
it was amazing
When I began reading this on the Friday before Christmas, taking the train from NYC to Rochester, I was not expecting that by Monday it would be one o ...more
Dec 26, 2016
Dec 29, 2016
 
Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
4.22
really liked it
McKee has constructed a kind of quantum field theory of story: a detailed, low-level description of how stories work. It may or may not be accurate, b ...more
Apr 13, 2017
Mar 14, 2017
 
Architecture of Fear
3.57
liked it
Mostly about how LA is a fucked up shithole.
not set
May 28, 2008
 
The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral
3.77
it was amazing
An excellent, readable and compelling overview of the incredible idea and task of building cathedrals in a time when lives were short, disease was ram ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (Volume 1)
4.27
it was amazing
When I was a kid, I begged my mom to get this for me from a museum gift store in Boston (I think). I was thrilled, even though the volume I really wan ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Design For Life: The Architecture of Sim Van der Ryn
4.00
liked it
I had lunch with this guy in Sausalito. He has a very deeply ingrained sense of ... nature? that is VERY different from what most people think of as " ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Understanding Physics (Motion, Sound, and Heat / Light, Magnetism, and Electricity / The Electron, Proton, and Neutron)
4.09
it was amazing
This was originally my dad's book, a long time ago, and I couldn't keep my hands off it when I was a kid. It's an excellent overview by any measure, a ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Programs and Manifestos on 20th Century Architecture (Programs and Manifestoes on 20th-Century Architecture)
3.89
A concise and trim overview of architectural manifestoes from 1903 to 1963. Also has Sant'Elia/Marinetti's vivid and loud proclamation for a Futurist ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Border Line
5.00
it was amazing
What can I say, I'm totally a Lebbeus Woods fan. Even moreso after I learned that he's a drunk. I think I traded another book with Seth for this one a ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture:: An Anthology of Architectural Theory 1965 - 1995
4.01
it was amazing
Sure, the signal-to-noise ratio is low, but that's always the case with these things. For me the handful of great essays makes up for it. And don't ha ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Architecture as a Translation of Music
4.00
it was ok
Typical of architectural theory: seemingly interesting ideas that go nowhere or are inept in one way or another. I doubt any of the authors of these p ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Semiotics: The Basics (The Basics)
3.89
really liked it
I'm still in the midst of it, but it's an excellent and in-depth overview of Semiotics. Like semiotics itself, the book must be taken with either seve ...more
not set
Jun 19, 2007
 
Oak-Mot
4.21
liked it
A review of this book is less appropriate than a review of Crispin Glover himself: What a magnificently fucked up weirdo. Do NOT pass up the chance to ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Towards a New Architecture (Dover Architecture)
3.93
liked it
The only thing I ever really liked about Corbu is that, in his old age, he painted every morning in the nude. Every single day for the rest of his lif ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Palladio
4.04
liked it
About as lively as Palladio's corpse, but still more interesting than watching paint dry. ...maybe.
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory Complete Self Study Guide: A Complete Self-study Course for All Musicians (With CD)
4.38
A good way to refresh on the basics and beyond.
Aug 23, 2016
May 28, 2008
 
Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods
3.81
It was a school book.
not set
May 28, 2008
 
A Brief History of Time
4.12
it was amazing
Good old Hawking!
not set
May 28, 2008
 
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
4.06
it was amazing
Inspiring.
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Who Got Einstein's Office? Eccentricity and Genius at the Institute for Advanced Study
3.97
it was amazing
Fascinating.
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Bauhaus
3.93
it was amazing
Gropius > *
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Questions of Perception: Phenomenology of Architecture (a+u July 1994 Special Issue)
4.26
liked it
Pretty unmemorable.
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Collage City
3.75
liked it
None
not set
May 28, 2008
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