This week’s acquisitions

Bourdieu for Architects by Helena Webster. So far, I am disappointed; this is what I am currently reading. Routledge is a great urban press, but the format of this book makes it harder to read than necessary, and it’s not always a great idea to break up theory into small bites.

The Best American Essays Edited By Christopher Hitchins. I have a collection of these going back a long time. I can’t wait to read this one. Hitchens himself is an excellent prose stylist, and while I agree with him about nothing other Jefferson, I always, always read.

All a Novelist Needs: Colm Toibin on Henry James. Again, just a terrific writer, and I wanted to see all his writings about Henry James in one place.

The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes by Robert Alter. This is a translation with commentary. Job and Ecclesiastes are two of my favorites. I can’t wait to see what Alter says.

The Power of Identity: The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture by Manuel Castells. I’m going to say it, even though my mentors and colleagues would kill me: despite my lifetime love of David Harvey, Manuel Castells is the most important urban thinker of the last century. I have this book already, but I needed the new edition.

End of Millenium: The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture Vol III by Manuel Castells. Ditto above.

Oh, how I would like to write books like these. 400 pages long, no fluff in them.

Roman Tragedy by A.J. Boyle. Like Castells, A.J. Boyle is at USC, and this captured my attention when walking past the “faculty authors” section at our bookstore today.
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