What I’m Reading

5. Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilization by John Browne

2021

  1. **Principles by Ray Dalio (reread): Re-reads of this book isn’t to get from beginning to end. It’s more “continual unpacking” for me at this point: revisiting the principles’ sub-points and referencing them to physically exercise them through journalling workshops on how I am applying a good principle or not applying it to current situations or circumstances in my life.
  2. **The Challenge of the Disciplined Life: Christian Reflections on Money, Sex, & Power by Richard J Foster: Incredible book with a wonderful snippet on our call to love– and Foster does good to ground everything in scripture so that Christian naysayers of compassion, equality, and more have something to reference and challenge the personal views they uphold. Valuable insight on our relationship with money and power, and a short, but important comment on how the church ought to conduct affairs in regards to those with mental illness, the LGBTQ community and more. Every Christian ought to read this book (Catholic and Protestant) and every non-Christian would benefit from reading this book and enlarging his/her/them’s world view in regards to the ideologies a greater % of the world’s population grounds itself in. 
  3. The Anatomy of Color: The Story of Heritage Paints and Pigments by Patrick Baty Thames & Hudson (borrowed from a friend who initially bought the book at the Cooper Hewitt): I love learning about the history of color. I devoured this book; I much enjoyed it over The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair, which I read at the end of last year. The Anatomy of Color is heavy on the education, but still very engaging and entertaining, whereas Kassia’s was more storytelling without much context, and the stories themselves of every color lacked the punch needed for them to stand on their own. It also includes many helpful, visual references to colors and color theories across history. It’s a supremely well structured book. One might learn:
How a lot of the names today symbolize the history from which these colors were discovered or created, like:
How the rarity or difficulty of procuring a pigment affects its entry, rise, demise in employment by society.
How arsenic and lead was widely used for the creation of color
Shout out to zinc oxide (the ingredient that also gives the famed white cast in sunscreens) and how it was employed in the construction of paints.
Why Spanish white (more widely used in the UK) was sometimes valued more than Bougival White (said to come from Marly, France)
And more.
 

4. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Books I Haven’t Finished or are On Hold

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – pg. 106

What I Am Reading Now

 

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