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A Place of My Own by Michael Pollan
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Jan 02, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended for: Chris

A graceful Renaissance man of a book.

Pollan builds a house in your mind, going through each step with a richness of detail such that you can touch and smell each of the materials, ache like a person who has been hammering all day and nod with the full intellectual comprehension of the history, logic and theory behind all of it.

You begin to understand the complexity of fitting all the pieces together with ever shrinking margins of error, the satisfaction of hitting a nail just right. The relationship you can have with wood grains.

Of course, as Pollan says, "We humans are never simply in nature, like the beasts and trees and boulders, but are always also in relation to nature: looking at it through the frames of our various preconceptions, our personal and collective histories, our self-consciousness, our words."

In other words, a building is never just a building to a human. It is an essay, a poem, a treatise in our own minds. As layered with meaning, as complex and as simple as this fantastic book by Michael Pollan.

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