Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as told to me) Story – Bess Kalb

And another one of the December 2020 gifts, this one is probably a birthday one. I timed it well with my birthday, it is too far from Christmas to give people and excuse to lump the gifts together, so I get them twice in one month. I start wondering if I'll ever again read a …

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Zero Zahamowań – Michał Rusinek

Yet another one of my Christmas gifts of 2020. They were definitely the highlight of my year. My mum got this book for me. She bought it because she heard on her favorite radio, their literary correspondent laughing so hard he could not speak when he talked about this book. The title would literary translate …

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Szamańska Choroba – Jacek Hugo-Bader

This was one of my lovely birthday gifts from my mum. The title can be roughly translated as Shamanic Disease. Jacek Hugo-Bader is a Polish reporter focusing mostly on Russia and former Soviet Republics. He traveled extensively in this area, including a car journey from Moscow to Vladivostok, a canoe trip through Lake Baikal and …

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Streetfight. Handbook for an Urban Revolution – Janette Sadik-Khan, Seth Solomonow – Quotes

It wasn’t really about the engineering of the space, the real battle was about the culture — about changing the hearts and minds of New Yorkers, of changing their minds about who their streets were for. If building roads actually resulted in less traffic, then surely after sixty years of interstate highway construction we would …

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Streetfight. Handbook for an Urban Revolution – Janette Sadik-Khan, Seth Solomonow

It was probably last year when I got from my mum a set of four books about modern approaches to urban design. I read them slowly because the subject matter is a serious one. It touches us every day. Since most of us live in cities, the design mistakes haunt us, making our life difficult …

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