Category Archives: biblio

A clutch of probably-relevant books in my library

these are directly relevant to the project:

Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, 1600-1945 / John J. G. Blumenson
Big House, Little House, Back House Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England / Thomas C. Hubka
Discovering The Vernacular Landscape / John Brinckerhoff Jackson
A Field Guide to American Houses / Virginia McAlester
Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings (Library of New England) / Thomas Durant Visser

these have been with me for years, and I recognize them as broadly influential:

Shelter (1st Edition) / Lloyd Kahn
Shelter II / Lloyd Kahn
Modern Architecture and Design: An Alternative History / Bill Risebero
The Story of Western Architecture, 3rd Edition / Bill Risebero
Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture / Bernard Rudofsky
Looking Around: A Journey Through Architecture / Witold Rybczynski

looking for more stuff to read?

UPenn Library’s Online Books Page New Listings is forever pushing new stuff in our collective directions. Today’s harvest includes links to materials that I think of as fundamental to my own development and views of the world (imperfect and contradictory as they prove to be): CoEvolution Quarterly (1974-1984) and Whole Earth Review (1985-2003)

or you could go directly to Back Issues

and, since I’m rooting around in stuff from the past, a look at Whole Earth Software Review (1984) is interesting too.

Library Thing

A few years ago (well, in September 2005, when I was newly retired and Library Thing was brand new) I discovered Library Thing, a service that allows you to catalog your library (entering books by ISBN, title, whatever)… says the Wikipedia entry, “a social cataloging web application for storing and sharing personal library catalogs and book lists.” I messed with it a bit and then got ummmm distracted by some other shiny thing. I happened to take a look again the other day, and discovered that they offer (for $15) a USB scanning device called CueCat. Plug it in and swipe it over an ISBN bar code and **PRESTO** the book is looked up (at Amazon or Library of Congress, your choice) and entered into your Library Thing database. In just a few minutes I scanned in a shelf of books, typing in the ISBN if there was no barcode, and searching by title if the book was too old to sport an ISBN. You can eyeball the current state of the project (200 books in, the very tip of the proverbial). Just what I’m going to DO with this is a bit less clear, but possibilities and uses will doubtless emerge to declare themselves.

Didja say where you got it? (a propos of Appropriation)

If I still had a classroom to work in, I’d devote several classes (hell, why not a whole course? …though under which rubrics I ain’t sure…) to the issues discussed in the Plagiarism episode of Wisconsin Public Radio’s To the Best of Our Knowledge, featuring interviews with Jonathan Lethem, DJ Spooky [That Subliminal Kid], Judge Richard Posner, and Malcolm Gladwell. The hour of talk and examples is absolute must listening for those whose lives are entangled with teaching-and-learning.

I’ll also remind you of a posting from almost a year ago, pointing to Christopher Lydon’s interview with Jonathan Lethem, and (if Harper’s will let non-subscribers see it) to Lethem’s article The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism (Harper’s, Feb 2007).

Just a few teasers from the WPR show:

“Art comes not out of the void, but out of chaos” (1:35)
Barthes to Twain to Emerson to Lethem (1:55)
“the software that we use to edit is just as much a part of the artwork, you know?” (1:00)
“it’s like playing with respect for the history of things” (0:55)