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
theories on photography by someone who is not a photographer. knowing little of the technical aspects of photography, Barthes attaches his own kind of technicality by applying his own terminologies to the observation of photos. the ﬁrst section is much heavier, laying out his basic theory; though the second part, written at a later date...more
these are miscellaneous writings collected from throughout grace paley’s life, as a result, it doesn’t always retain a steady level of continuity. predictably the parts that were most interesting to me, in light of recent events, were about wars (mostly vietnam, but also an essay about the gulf war), as paley was very involved in...more