Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Book Goodness

Ha!  Thought I'd abandoned books for... ?  What, really COULD replace a good book?  I'm currently reading or rereading or madly skimming:

Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser - a fascinating look by an economist at the life and death of cities and why they are Mankind's Greatest Hope.  His discussion of the rise, fall, rise-again of New York City and poor Detroit's current plight is interesting...  As an architect I find his a useful switch in perspective.  Highly recommend this one.

Problem Solving 101 by Ken Watanabe - This book was written to teach thinking skills to Japanese school children, then became a hit in Japanese business.  Now it's reminding (probably teaching) the rest of the world the steps in making rational decisions.  Useful!

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp - every artist and entrepreneur ought to read this.  All about the importance of preparation and habits in creativity.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris - Very funny Aesop-esque tales about our furry friends... which turn out to be about ourselves and not always so friendly.  Illustrated.  I'm half way through, but, you know, those animals are getting kinda disgusting... They're animals!  Also I'm a little frightened to read the story illustrated with the impolite end of a rhinoceros.

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