The original subtitle of this book defined it as “Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property,” which hints at the real message better than the revision: that real art, no matter the price, is always a gift from the artist to the audience.
“The editor, not the author, best understands the readership,” Plotnik says. “Authors know their subject. Editors specialize in knowing the audience.”
Personal musings on the life of the writer. Lamott is primarily a novelist, but I find her writing advice to be just as relevant to nonfiction.
A collection of essays written between 1949 and 1974, the year of Tschichold’s death.
Perhaps the only book I’ve discovered that carefully and thoroughly addresses the differences between oral and literate cultures.
Schumacher brilliantly interrogates modern economics and proposes an alternative: a Buddhist economics that takes as its imperative the quality of human life, not the quantity of profit.
A fabulous little book, written by a lifelong worker.
A long academic work on the history of the advent of printing.
Manguel’s lifelong dedication to reading plays itself out in a work that follows reading from clay tablets to present day.
Short, surreal little tales that experiment with the form of the story and often take the library as their subject.
Tharp’s treatise on creativity applies as well to writing or design as it does to dance.
The title belies the real subject, which is an argument against reading and for writing. The book that convinced me to launch this site.
Pynchon’s famously difficult masterpiece. I destroyed three copies in a (failed) effort to grasp it completely.
Coetzee’s most important novel, sadly more relevant everyday.
Meeker argues that the destructive aspects of western civilization are founded on the tragic mode, while the comic mode offers a path for redemption.