Following up here, we had ~10 people for the show and tell, lots of great books shared, thanks everyone!
We don’t have topics created for every one of 'em yet but I’ll link the ones we do have below & maybe come back and add the others later.
I shared this one:
Here’s an awesome one that’s one of the last books I bought at a store in the weeks before lockdown:
When works such as “Finnegans Wake” and “Tender Buttons” were first introduced, they went so far beyond prevailing linguistic standards that they were widely considered "unreadable, " if not scandalous. Jed Rasula and Steve McCaffery take these and other examples of twentieth-century avant-garde writing as the starting point for a collection of writings that demonstrates a continuum of creati…
Sri ( @HotTake):
Antilibrary post for Brendan’s birthday!
Mumbai New York Scranton is a memoir by NYT illustrator Tamara Shopsin. It captures her travels with her husband to Mumbai and beyond, told in words and photographs (sadly there doesn’t appear to be many illustrations). What intrigues me is her life in New York, as daughter to the owners of Shopsin’s, a diner that’s become an institution in the Lower East Side.
Quynh ( @qdo):
I’ve always felt that I would like science fiction, since I love science and human drama, but I’ve never actually read DUNE by Frank Herbert. It’s a long book, and I’ve been doing a lot of audiobook listening, so I thought I could start listening to it - definitely a wrong move. There are so many character and place names, that I think I need to sit down with the physical book first before maybe trying to listen to the audiobook.
Since DUNE is deemed a classic in this genre, I’m wondering if I …
The Physiology of Taste: Or, Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy by Brillat-Savarin
Jared ( @jaredpereira):
I while ago I picked up this illustrated edition of all the Earthsea books:
I’d only read the Wizard Of Earthsea before and only vaguely remembered it’s contents). Rereading it blew me away. The whole thing felt like it a fable in the best way possible, the language was so concise and beautiful. I’d forgotten also just how short it was though, so I was left with the majority of this really chunky books still left to go.
I’ve read through the next two books, but neither clicked for me quite t…
Jinjin ( @jinjin):
Posting for Brendan’s birthday!
The Wind’s Twelve Quarters is by Ursula Le Guin—it’s a collection of earlier short stories from the first 10 years of her writing. I know Le Guin as a celebrated sci-fi/fantasy author who likes to explore deep philosophical ideas so I know this will be a good one once I get around to it! She also includes a foreword where she briefly mentions the inspiration for each story.
Faster than Empires and More Slow
The Stars Below
The Word of Unbinding
Book by Madeleine L’Engle, I forget which one, need to find out
Horace ( @worace):
I’ve had this book since college, when I either bought it for a course or else because I kept hearing people pretentiously refer to it in architecture theory class. I have read extremely little of it, and the parts that I did read were so incomprehensible, at least at the time, that it made me wonder if anyone has ever actually read it or if people just talk about it. The name comes off sounding important but also cool, and the authors’ names likewise seem to have generated by a neural net tra…
Ruthie ( @ruthienachmany):
The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance by Henry Petroski
Maura ( @Maura):
Metamagical Themas by Douglas Hofstadter
Also need to start up a reading group for this one soon, will come back to this!