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Future Perfect: The Case for Progress...
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Steven Johnson
 
Besides mapping the ways our connected society will be both different and better, 'Future Perfect' makes a timely and aspirational case that progress is still possible.

Biz Stone - 16/06/2014
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The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
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Iona Opie; Peter Opie; Marina Warner
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Pulphead: Notes from the Other Side ...
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John Jeremiah Sullivan
 
I was totally blown away by this collection of the new new new journalism, or however many "news" we’re up to these days. I think I like it as much – at times, even more – than Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never do Again. And that, for me, is saying a lot.

Zadie Smith - 10/08/2012
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Where Good Ideas Come from: The Seven...
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Steven Johnson
 
A fresh perspective on the importance of timing, collaboration, and the right setting for ideas - challenging the time honored 'Eureka!' moment of the lone inventor.

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Beauty: A Very Short Introduction
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Roger Scruton
Roger Scruton is a philosopher who writes on a wide range of subjects within aesthetics. His observations on art and music are profound and stated with great clarity.

Alexander McCall Smith - 28/07/2011
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Complete essays, tr. Screech
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Montaigne, Michel de
 
You can just dip in at any point and find some thing essential. Heavy to carry around, though. One for the e-reader?

Zadie Smith - 10/08/2012
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Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble...
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Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
 
I've been meaning to read this one for a decade. It’s described in a blurb as "A non-fiction Middlemarch of the underclass" – I don’t think I can do much better than that. Concerning a large, chaotic family in the Bronx during the 1990s, it’s an honest account of street life – from drug dealing to child-rearing. Ms LeBlanc spent ten years embedded, interviewing, living with her subjects, listening to them. An extraordinary feat of research and patience. Reading it you are realize that class is a cocoon and you have absolutely zero idea how anybody else is living. I think this book is a masterpiece.

Zadie Smith - 10/08/2012
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River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
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Peter Hessler
It’s hard to find a better account of difference and belonging than Hessler’s description of getting to know China, one character at a time.

Maya Jasanoff - 29/05/2012
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The Complete Psychological Works of...
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Sigmund Freud
Freud can be read as literature. The case of Little Hans is memorable and reminds us of the theatrical nature of the Freudian enterprise. Freud wrote up relatively few cases, but they provide a remarkable insight into the world of one of the towering figures of modern times.

Alexander McCall Smith - 28/07/2011
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Ringolevio: A Life Played for Keeps
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Emmett Grogan; Peter Coyote
Not technically a music book, but includes wonderfully evocative passages about the Diggers and the original Haight Asbury scene. By some distance the best book about the original hippie "vibe".

Dylan Jones - 24/07/2012
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Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth,...
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Peter Tate
A quietly thoughtful selection from the huge corpus of folklore about birds, focussing on the thirty of so species that seem most often to attract such traditions and so become carriers of symbolic meaning more generally for us.

Jeremy Mynott - 13/03/2012
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Emergence: The Connected Lives of...
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Steven Johnson
 
Certain aspects of nature are alarmingly similar to patterns of behavior on the type of large scale systems I design and build - 'Emergence' helped me understand many similarities between the natural world and the online world.

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Landscape and Memory
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Simon Schama
Erudite, exuberant, eclectic, excessive, often, and endearing: Schama at his best.

Maya Jasanoff - 29/05/2012
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The Tipping Point: How Little Things...
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Malcolm Gladwell
 
Malcolm Gladwell's book illuminated in a very succinct way, the similarities between physical society and the large scale virtual societies that I build.

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Revolution in the Head: The
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Ian MacDonald
Still the best book about the Beatles' music. Deserves to be read annually by anyone who cares about pop.

Dylan Jones - 24/07/2012
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Seven Days in the Art World
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Sarah Thornton
 
Thornton takes us into seven scenes, the studio, the auction, the magazine, the art school etc and archly dissects the action from her ethnographers point of view. A really good primer if you are about to enter the business in whatever role.

Grayson Perry - 12/06/2014
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