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My Many Libraries

One of the best books I’ve read in the past few years is Alberto Manguel’s “The Library at Night”. Manguel writes about the idea of a library from many different angles, arcing from historical to personal and back again: the library as myth, order, space, power, shadow, shape, chance, workshop, mind, island, survival, oblivion, imagination, […]

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My 52 Books of 2015

Here are all the books I read in 2015. At the end, I’ve included some comments, reflection, and analysis. NB: the first # after each book is my initial rating on Goodreads; the second is my more recent revised rating. Years from now these will surely change further! Must-Reads! The ones you shouldn’t miss. I […]

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Everyone Needs an Antilibrary!

Antilibrary. It’s a strange word; a strange idea. I first came across it in Black Swan, where Nassim Nicholas Taleb describes Umberto Eco’s massive library of 30,000+ volumes, many of them unread. These unread books, Eco’s antilibrary, embody the potential energy of knowledge, of books and reading and learning. Their value lies not in what […]

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My 48 Books of 2014

Alright then — I’ve taken the liberty of listing out every book I read in 2014. Join me, if you like, as I trace my reading through last year’s days and weeks and try to learn something from it about how and what I read. First the list itself; then some brief reflection and analysis. (Also: you […]

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My 56 Books of 2013

Here you go: the books I read in 2013. Not just my favorites, but all of them — a nice soul-baringly comprehensive good-bad-and-ugly list. True, this is a year overdue; I hope you don’t mind. I found it helpful to compile, partly to give me a point of comparison for my 2014 reading list (which I’ll post […]