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Ways of Seeing by John Berger
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Feb 11, 2012

it was amazing

John Berger is a brilliant writer, and I'd recommend Ways of Seeing as an important must-read, not only because the subject is fascinating, but also because the book is easy to get through. The first chapter will be nothing new to anyone with a basic background in art history, but the analysis gets more engaging as the book goes on. The last chapter, on advertising, may be out of date -- things have changed (somewhat) since 1972. This was nevertheless one of the more inspiring parts of the book for me, and I've incorporated it into an essay on the parallel demise of rock music and capitalism, which can be found here:
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