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Rethink by Steven Poole
"This is a terrific book. It offers a critique of 'new technology' and - indeed - new ideas. Poole provides a history and historiography of science 'discovery.' I was very impressed with how Poole probed 'bad ideas' and data sets that did not creat..." Read more of this review »
Silvertown by Melanie McGrath
"There has been a rise in popularity of personal histories over the last few years. It is hard to pinpoint what stimulates this interest in personal recollections of history. Is it symptomatic of a society that has no clear vision of the future and..." Read more of this review »
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Romania by Lucian Boia
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Despite being written in 1999 this is a terrific book for those trying to understand Romania through its history and geo-political situation; it contains an excellent chapter on sylvan Bucharest too. So he misses out on the many 21st century changes ...more
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
Pauline Boty by Sue Tate
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The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
"Tolkien was right. Trees live in the sloooooow lane (imagine healing a skin wound over decades) but what lives they lead! They have incredible social networks, share food, rear children, and care for the ill. Yes, there's some anthropomorphization..." Read more of this review »
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The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
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The snegle book about a year of living trustingly

Delightful book about the transformation of an excruciatingly English writer, sadly full of American cultural references for analogies, who realises that white is the new black, with a really great Fin
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Jane Jacobs
“A city street equipped to handle strangers, and to make a safety asset, in itself, our of the presence of strangers, as the streets of successful city neighborhoods always do, must have three main qualities:

First, there must be a clear demarcation between what is public space and what is private space. Public and private spaces cannot ooze into each other as they do typically in suburban settings or in projects.

Second, there must be eyes upon the street, eyes belonging to those we might call the natural proprietors of the street. The buildings on a street equipped to handle strangers and to insure the safety of both residents and strangers, must be oriented to the street. They cannot turn their backs or blank sides on it and leave it blind.

And third, the sidewalk must have users on it fairly continuously, both to add to the number of effective eyes on the street and to induce the people in buildings along the street to watch the sidewalks in sufficient numbers. Nobody enjoys sitting on a stoop or looking out a window at an empty street. Almost nobody does such a thing. Large numbers of people entertain themselves, off and on, by watching street activity.”
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

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