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.
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.