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Current Reading: Nightwood: Djuana Barnes

Nightwood depicts a world in which the boundaries of class, religion, and sexuality are beautifully porous.Nightwood depicts a world in which the boundaries of class, religion, and sexuality are beautifully porous.

“The perfume that her body exhaled was of the quality of that earth-flesh, fungi, which smells of captured dampness and yet is so dry, overcast with the odour of oil of amber, which is an inner malady of the sea, making her seem as if she had invaded a sleep incautious and entire.

CURRENT READING: Dangerous Muse: The Life Of Lady Caroline Blackwood: Nancy Schoenberger

The great, bracing spirit of absurdity that informed Blackwood's writing spills over into the tone of Schoenberger's prose.The great, bracing spirit of absurdity that informed Blackwood's writing spills over into the tone of Schoenberger's prose.

One odd thing leads to another. That whole hyper-linking thing? It happens to your mind these days.

CURRENT READING: CRITIQUE OF JUDGEMENT: IMMANUEL KANT

Taste, as such, was not limited to the realm of the aesthetic, but also encompassed morality, subject to universal order.Taste, as such, was not limited to the realm of the aesthetic, but also encompassed morality, subject to universal order.

It is not an easy book to read but " Critique Of Judgement" is essential groundwork for anyone interested in the 'history of aesthetics". An easier sub-title to help open up the infuriatingly dense subtext of the work is to think of Kant's Critique as his theory of taste.

CURRENT READING: THE EGYPTIAN : A NOVEL BY MIKA WALTARI

Considered one of the greatest works of Scandinavian literature, Waltari evokes ancient Egypt with amazing sensory detailConsidered one of the greatest works of Scandinavian literature, Waltari evokes ancient Egypt with amazing sensory detail

CURRENT READING: FUTURETAINMENT: Yesterday the World Changed, Now It's Your Turn: Mike Walsh

Futuretainment is a radical rethink of digital media theory and  a  brilliant redesign of the traditional business book.Futuretainment is a radical rethink of digital media theory and a brilliant redesign of the traditional business book.

CURRENT (RE) READING: HALSTON: Edited by Steven Bluttal, text by Patricia Mears : Phaidon

The cover of Phaidon's redux of it's iconic Halston volumeThe cover of Phaidon's redux of it's iconic Halston volume

Again? You would think by now the Halston archives have been exhausted unto dust.

CURRENT READING: WORK FOR MONEY DESIGN FOR LOVE: DAVID AIREY

David Airey wanted  to help designers with starting and running their businesses via this book.David Airey wanted to help designers with starting and running their businesses via this book.

"By placing yourself in a specific design niche, you decrease the number of competitors and give yourself a greater chance of being the go-to name for the service you provide.»

CURRENT READING: TENTH OF DECEMBER: GEORGE SAUNDERS

Soooo Margiela...that excerpt!Soooo Margiela...that excerpt!

" The pale boy with unfortunate Prince Valiant bangs and cub-like mannerisms hulked to the mudroom closet and requisitioned Dad’s white coat. Then requisitioned the boots he’d spray-painted white. Painting the pellet gun white had been a no. "

Current Reading: A Natural History Of The Senses: Diane Ackerman

This poetic investigation of the five senses include essays exploring synesthesia, food taboos, kissing and the power  of musicThis poetic investigation of the five senses include essays exploring synesthesia, food taboos, kissing and the power of music

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