Nonfiction

Baldwin, Carliss; Kim Clark: Design Rules, vol. 1

2000

Written in 2000; Baldwin and Clark “argue that the [computer] industry has experienced previously unimaginable levels of innovation and growth because it embraced the concept of modularity, building complex products from smaller subsystems that can be designed independently yet function together as a whole.”

(see @ goodreads)
Poetry

Baudelaire, Charles: Les fleurs du mal

1857

A provocative and often dark poetic work that got Baudelaire prosecuted for an ‘affront to public decency’ and six of its poems banned. I quoted from the essays in the back of the Larousse edition (which, sadly, is not bilingual, so I consulted fleursdumal.org for translations of the poems themselves).

(see @ wikipedia)
Drama

Camus, Albert: Les Justes

1949

“The play is based on the true story of a group of Russian Socialist-Revolutionaries who assassinated the Grand Duke Sergei Romanov in 1905, and explores the moral issues associated with murder and terrorism.”

(see @ wikipedia)
Nonfiction

Dawkins, Richard: The God Delusion

2006

“Dawkins is frequently dismissed as a bully, but he is only putting theological doctrines to the same kind of scrutiny that any scientific theory must withstand. No one who has witnessed the merciless dissection of a new paper in physics would describe the atmosphere as overly polite.”

(see @ amazon)
Nonfiction, Science

Dawkins, Richard: The Selfish Gene

1976

“Suppose, instead of thinking about organisms using genes to reproduce themselves, as we had since Mendel’s work was rediscovered, we turn it around and imagine that ‘our’ genes build and maintain us in order to make more genes. That simple reversal seems to answer many puzzlers which had stumped scientists for years, and we haven’t thought of evolution in the same way since.”

(see @ amazon)