M Train – Patti Smith

'It's not easy writing about nothing' That's how Patti Smith starts her book. The words uttered by a cowpoke in her dream. A kind of challenge that she accepts. Before I proceed with the review bit, I need to make a small disclaimer. I have seen Patti Smith live on All Points East in 2018, …

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Wanderlust: A History of Walking – Rebecca Solnit

I got this book from my mum for Christmas I think, or my birthday. In Polish edition, it has a beautiful cover, so I was tempted to read it, but at the same time deterred by its size. Finally roaming my shelves during lockdown in April I got to it. It is an odd choice …

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Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design – Charles Montgomery

It is one of the four books on city planning I got from my mum last Christmas. I have Polish editions, but where I can identify the English version I'll refer to it for convenience (it saves me re-translating the title). My mum is a civil engineer and I am an art historian by education. …

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Mysteries of the Mall and other Essays – Witold Rybczynski

I bought this book back in 2018 during my crazy bookshop crawl. Looking at the list now, I'm pretty much done reading half of the books I bought then. Definitely not running out of reading matter anytime soon! Witold Rybczynski is an architect and a professor, but he is mostly known for his writings on …

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Books for the Lockdown – Death, Dying and Grieving

Welcome to week four, you can find links to the previous three posts at the bottom. We continue on the emotional merry-go-round. Last week focused on the wise and calming books, so this week we’re turning to darker topics. Books about death, dying and grieving. Surprisingly some of them actually offer a lot of consolation …

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