Alan Balfour

Academic; Writer / Architecture / United States / Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture

Scholarship and Imagination: Alan Balfour’s Book List

This list is made up of three parts: first, books that have touched me in the last year or so, most related to supporting and stimulating my own writing; second, writers whose imaginations I can enter, whose books I can get lost within; and third, books that I often return to and continue to value.

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Margaret Artwood

Outrageous invention—raw, bizarre, yet prophetic.

W. G. Sebald

I enjoy all of Sebald’s writing. The Rings of Saturn remains my favorite, but his essay collections are also powerful, for example, On the Natural History of Destruction. Sebald writes about memory and the loss of memory (both personal and collective) and the decay of civilizations, traditions, or physical objects—buildings and beliefs.

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