Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ex Libris

All three still are good reads especially as they belong to past times long gone. Homes, Sweet Homes is a delight and better about styles than any college text ever was. I learned more from this book, had a good chuckle, and realized none of it needs to be taken too seriously.

The likes of The Saturday Book is no longer to be found in any modern form. As the name implied, it was a book to dip into, be surprised, be diverted for a chapter or two, to put down and come back to later. The very concept of such a book is gone and that's a pity.

Nikolaus Pevsner's Pioneers of Modern Design, first published in 1936, is a tracing of the roots of Modernism to origins in socialism the 19th century. A wonderful book. Dated? Maybe, but if you think for yourself you'll get it. 


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