Being a veteran traveler, I love this positive yet critical view of traveling and how travel is something much deeper than the conscious realizes. De Botton is a brilliant writer and I recommend all his novels and socio-dissections.
If you want to read, books are obsolete. A beautiful, engaging, interactive monograph, this 2003 book is indicative of the only way books will survive: each plate, each page, plays with material, printing methods, inks, and constant change, making the book an artwork.
I never liked the concept of killing and I do not mind giants when they are really on the forefront of our human needs and desires, but as Stephen’s stories illustriously examine, most of the time it is the little guy, the entrepreneur, the small businessperson who is most creative, fastest to market, and can really kill the giants (or at least injure them).
I love autobiographies and this book in particular. It is a very candid exposé of Miles's moving life—one that was full of discipline, perseverance, hard work, and at the same time contradicted by heroin abuse, cars, women, and tragedy—all, in a way, a metaphor for jazz itself, unpredictable, freestyle.
Foucault studies knowledge beautifully via language, art, politics, and everything you can imagine in this book. His ideas are ever so inspiring. This is a brilliant book that altered the way I saw life. I feel I owe my career to his writing.
This book exemplifies the study of phenomenology, which has inspired my work. These are Calvino’s lectures, and my favorite is “Exactitude.” A really inspiring poetic read. I love his essays. Invisible Cities is also a fabulous book.
I have been an avid fan of Baudrillard since I started teaching in the late 1980s. I loved the way he dissects contemporary culture and this my favorite book. The essays beautifully and seamlessly probe deep in the bowels of post-sixties orgies, high and low art, deep culture to pop culture, and the socio-centric politics of Europe and the demise of Communism. He was our 20th-century Nietzsche. Who is the 21st?
Although this book has a little too much of a pedestrian tone that is better suited for business readers on airplanes, it is written with great enthusiasm. I think it is one of the better business books I have read, and I have read most of them. The fact is that right-brain thinkers are already changing the world. Steve Jobs was one great example.
New Book Available for Pre-Order Now; Release Date, June 1, 2015: Spin: 360°
A portrait of Spin, one of London’s leading design studios, which has produced work in identity, print, moving image, retail, digital, and environmental graphics. Includes essays and interviews with Spin’s founders, Tony Brook and Patricia Finegan, and texts by Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, Ben Bos, Wim Crouwel, Rick Poynor, Steven Heller, Patrick Burgoyne, and artist and author Edmund de Waal.
Tony Brook and Patricia Finegan; designed by Spin
Published by Unit Editions Pre-order and details. The first 1,000 copies come with a limited-edition pack of six silk-screened cards in a matching envelope, plus a set of six button badges — designed by Spin. If you pre-order you also receive an exclusive advance excerpt from the book.
New Book Release, February 9, 2015: Reproducing Scholten & Baijings
The first book on the work of the Amsterdam-based studio Scholten & Baijings, which has become renowned for its sensitive and subtle yet functional products—from ceramics and silverware to textiles and even a concept car.
New Book Release, December 5, 2014: Dream of Venice
Captures the mysterious allure of the ancient floating city with the evocative photography of Charles Christopher and the beguiling words of a diverse group of contemporary Venetophiles.
Edited by JoAnn Locktov; photography by Charles Christopher; foreword by Frances Mayes
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New Book Release, February 10, 2015: Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can Too)
A Coca-Cola senior executive shares both the successes and failures of one of the world’s largest companies as it learns to use design to be both agile and big. In this rare and unprecedented behind-the-scenes look, David Butler and senior Fast Company editor, Linda Tischler, use plain language and easy-to-understand case studies to show how this works at Coca-Cola—and how other companies can use the same approach to grow their business.
By David Butler and Linda Tischler
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