For my scientific professional life I must read so much nonfiction and natural history that I seek escape in audio books of murder mysteries and spy novels while I am driving.
Why Tolstoy? Because no one understands characters — or understands character—better. And when it comes to reading novels, I am a people person. What can I tell you?
Who is your favorite character in literature? Either Chaucer’s Harry Bailly or Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby, both hosts who try their best to let everyone in.
The only way that I can narrow my favorites down is to name the books that I recommend most often.
My research and pedagogy are centered on sustainable urban design, community development, and sociocultural factors in design, so it’s no surprise that my favorites are books related to cities and urban sustainability.
The Delta Function by Rosa Montero is one of my all-time favorite books. It chronicles the life of a Spanish film director as she comes to terms with her past while facing terminal cancer.
What is the last book you’ve bought? The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Taleb. This book was an impulse buy at the airport prior to a transatlantic flight. It was definitely a good investment
I think people are too quick to throw around the term “brilliant” when describing writers or other artists nowadays…
Listing “My five favorite books” proved too stressful. Instead I give you “Five of my favorite books and five others that didn’t quite make it.”
I just discovered a book for work which I’m really excited about: To Life! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet by Linda Weintraub.