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.