“Simon Garfield meets the people behind the typefaces and along the way learns why some fonts – like men – are from Mars and some are from Venus. From type on the high street and album covers, to the print in our homes and offices, Garfield is the font of all types of knowledge.”
“…the fundamentals of graphic design in a book that has come to be considered a classic. Scientific American described this seminal work as ‘original, beautifully presented, sharp and learned…a work of art.'”
“An essay by Leo Tolstoy in which he argues against numerous aesthetic theories which define art in terms of the good, truth, and especially beauty.”
“…a 1st-century BC didactic poem by the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius with the goal of explaining Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience.” I’ve quoted from the William Ellery Leonard translation, available free at Project Gutenberg and elsewhere.
“Not merely a set of translations of one poem, Le Ton beau de Marot is an autobiographical essay, a love letter to the French language, a series of musings on life, loss, and death, a sweet bouquet of stirring poetry—but most of all, it celebrates the limitless creativity fired by a passion for the music of words.”
In the early 1980s, Hofstadter wrote a meandering, pondering, puzzling column for the Scientific American; this is it, along with his commentary on each article and a few extra essays and/or speeches.
Wikipedia has a fine description of this book, but it’s quite involved. GEB is a book about how consciousness arose from very much non-conscious stuff like mud and rocks. A crude but fairly accurate summary, I think. This book is awesome fun.
A compilation of excerpts of and on atheist & agnostic thought from Lucretius’s day to now, including philosophers, scientists, & literary figures, along with some of the usual suspects.
Quoted here, aside from Hitchens, are: Omar Khayyám, Benedict de Spinoza, David Hume, J. S. Mill, George Eliot, Charles Darwin, Leslie Stephen, Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad, H. P. Lovecraft, Carl van Doren, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Chapman Cohen, Bertrand Russell, Michael Shermer, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Penn Jillette, Ian McEwan, Steven Weinberg, Ibn Warraq, A.C. Grayling.
This is part II of Hegel’s three-part Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences, which – a certain lovely and wistful quote notwithstanding – is as stereotypically philosophical as it sounds.
It’s a philosophical essay about bullshit, dressed up like a real book.