i loved this book when i read it several years ago, using it as a ﬁrst page for the last issue of my zine pink tea (see below); it was a nice counterweight to Catch-22 to read it again now. it’s a very layered look at the history of tea and tea ceremonies, digging deeper than one may expect in...more
i thought i would be with this book — which clocks in at nearly 600 pages — for at least a few days. but then it turned out i could have breezed through it in one long sitting. it’s hard to put down and the art often takes advantage of the full page, so it reads pretty quick.
the coming-of-age story is well-constructed; even...more
Joe Sacco spent two months in the occupied territories in 1991–1992 interviewing people and gathering stories. like Persepolis this book shows how powerful graphic novels can be with historical and political subjects. Palestine is a direct chronicle of his time there, a comic of him making the comic...more
amazing memoir of growing up in iran during the islamic revolution — i was unfamiliar with iran’s history and this gives a good overview from the perspective of being a girl from a resistant family, growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s. the drawings are stark black and white, there is a lot of humor amid the painful parts. i...more
incredibly in-depth and well-focused, this bestseller looks at the inﬂuence of fast food in the US (and, to a certain degree, beyond). Schlosser starts with a solid foundation of the history of fast food companies and afterwards builds a framework of how the companies and the companies they control run today....more
celia suggested this book to me a while back when i found someone’s notes in one story of a Mavis Gallant book. it is the ﬁrst book to look at the history and argue for the value of writing in books.
marking books in any way is a practice largely unaccepted for most of the books...more
i have spent the last week getting myself to the halfway point on this. it’s always a little bizarre to read non-ﬁction books and realize that while reading ﬁction, my brain must not be engaged as intensely or something, because suddenly i’ve “read” several pages and don’t remember a thing.
this is a...more
this claims to be a “Greenwich Village memoir,” but it didn’t give me much of a sense of greenwich village directly after WWII, perhaps because this book was never ﬁnished. the stories and perspectives are interesting, but it feels more like a series of sketches than a cohesive work.more
Simone de Beauvoir
Published as A Transatlantic Love Aﬀair in the US
it was bound to happen, and it was likely to be during the summer, that i would ﬁnd many distractions from...more
we saw arundhati roy speak last month, with her cleverly titled Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy (Buy One, Get One Free). i expected nothing less than these eloquent essays about globalization and privatization of public assets in india. her writing is so engaging and accessible that...more