08.51, Thursday 7 Aug 2008 Link to this post
Books read July 2008, with date finished:
- The Possibility of an Island, Michel Houellebecq (4th, r.)
- On Deep History and the Brain, Daniel Lord Smail (10th)
- Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner (26th)
- City of Quartz, Mike Davis (31st)
- 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School, Matthew Frederick (31st)
If, like 2007, I want to read 104 books this year, I should've hit 61 by the end of July. I made 62, but I'm not making so much time for it right now so we'll see what happens.
101 Things got my brain fizzing and has given me language for ideas I've not been able to articulate before. But this month (I like to recommend one book a month), Stand on Zanzibar is well worth your time: it's a collage of quotes and narrative, out of which a story about an over-populated world slowly emerges. It's like watching a cloud form, or walking past Quantum Cloud.