this summer has been a bit more reading and a lot less travel and art than last summer. last summer i had a fantastic time volunteer-teaching a watercolor class with some feisty grandmas, a rather life-changing trek through the colombian wilderness, and an eye-opening time at an internet start-up. this year, i’ve had a different kind of satisfying summer of discovery, the bookish kind.
here’s a quick snapshot of the things i’ve read and a few of my thoughts on each.
on china henry kissinger
very lucidly written, reminded me of spence quite a bit only more condensed. he lays out the argument for the real politik approach quite convincingly as a diplomatic strategy with china. very sensitive when it comes to understanding politics within the realm of culture.
gilead maryilynne robinson
i had actually tried several times before to read this book, but i had difficulty getting past the opener. while i appreciate the narrative’s overtly christian perspective, it came across as a little too sanitized– a little too good.
stories from a ming collection translation cyril birch
super funny, incredibly engaging, and bite-sized. the morals and the plots are rather outrageous. a chinese canterbury tales?
change by design tim brown
engaging in a gladwellian sort of way, great concepts though a bit heavy on the anecdotes.
i also briefly attempted to read ficciones by borges but it required too much thinking on my morning commute — will need to save this for a quiet evening or a vacation…preferably in south america…
will return to more photos of artwork soon! i’ve enrolled in a fall sculpture course, and i’m very excited to work in 3D!