Monday, July 16, 2012

What Are You Reading This Summer?

My summer reading list includes wit, humor, and drama and some conversational topics to last well into the rest of the year.


  Michael Findlay entertains while looking at the value of art through three defining categories; investment value, social leverage, and aesthetic pleasure. Well illustrated with art and ancedote, he explains how all three contribute to how art is marketed, bought and sold, displayed, and lived with.

   

 In a series of essays written with eloquence, insight, and humor, Peter Clothier shows us the process of gently dismantling our outer edifice to allow in fresh awareness and genuine inspiration.

   

 This is for anyone who has an interest in environmental, animal rights, and wilderness issues - assuming that your definition of the wilderness includes the animals that inhabit and to some extent sustain it. Aren't all three interconnected? This book also appeals as a well written drama that brings to light problems with how terrorism has been currently defined and the impact that has on all of us and the resulting limits to our freedom and expression.

Let me know what you're reading.

6 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

Matisse On Art, Jack Flam. Essays by HM and interviews.

Kathryn Hansen said...

i just finished up reading three small books, one on Georgia O'keeffe, one on John Singer Sargent, and the other on Picasso. I'm picking up a larger biography on Georgia tonight at the Library! Plus Stephen Kings "Under the Dome"!!!

Katherine Kean said...

Hi Casey, sounds great - I've heard that Matisse speaks about art intelligently. I'd like to add that one to my reading list too.

Katherine Kean said...

Hi Kathryn,
Sounds good. I've read a lot about O'Keeffe and Picasso, but little on Sargent.
How are you liking "Under the Dome"? I heard it was addicting.

Jean Spitzer said...

The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn; Lee Child novels; The Goddess Lounge by Margaret Finnegan; the Catherine the Great biography . . . And lots of magazines, newspapers.

Probably be looking at a lot of Magritte.

And French painters, and Rodin sculptures, and tons of contemporary.

Katherine Kean said...

Jean - good list! I've heard people say they can't put The Lost down and you're the second person who has mentioned The Goddess Lounge to me.