On the theme of Reading

Magic at three hundred feet under the sea

December 2018
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Reading, together with traveling and watching movies, is one of my passions. One of the pleasures of my life. I’ve experienced some of the best moments I can remember reading a book.

Tianjin library (China)

Tianjin library (China)

Miguel de Unamuno

“Fascism is cured by reading, and racism is cured by traveling” 

Inspired by the lists created by Aaron Schwartz each year. I’ve decided it is time to collect the list of books I’ve read in my life (the ones I can remember). Preparing for a time when I will not be able to recall these. It happened to me in the past that I’ve started reading a book, and in the middle of it, realizing the story is familiar. Hold on a minute! I know what will happen now! Of course, I’ve already read this book before.
Please note this post is work in progress. It will be updated day by day until further notice of completion.

Cousas

Castelao. Editorial Galaxia. Biblioteca Castelao. 2015

“Non é cousa de outro mundo pinta-lo que ven os ollos, que serán comestos polos vermes; pero na paisaxe hai máis cousas que fitar, pois naquel muíño cantareiro dous namorados danso o primeiro bico e naquel pazo do castiñeiro seco ouvean os cans.”

ISBN – 978-84-8288-781-4

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Design Systems – A practical guide to creating design system languages for digital products

Alla Kholmatova. Published 2017 by Smashing Media AG., Freiburg, Germany.

“A design system is a set of interconnected patterns and shared practices coherently organized to achieve the purpose of digital products. Patterns are the repeating elements that we combine to create an interface. Practices are how we choose to create, capture, share and use those patterns, particularly when working in a team”.

ISBN: 978-3-945749-58-6

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For Two Thousand Years

Mihail Sebastian. Penguin Classics 2016.

“Out of nowhere? Well, not really. What is required is a period of exhaustion, of stress, of tense expectancy, a period of disillusionment. And then the unheeded voices are audible again”.

“Absolutely, definitively alone”, a young Jewish student in Romania tries to make sense of a world that has decided he doesn’t belong.

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Migraine

Oliver Sacks. Edition published 2012 by Picador.

… “My sight suddenly becomes disordered, more on one side than the other, like a person who has looked at the sun”.

“The cardinal symptoms of common migraine are headache and nausea. Complementing these may be a remarkable variety of other major symptoms,” … “a general feeling of disorder”.

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The Hearing Trumpet

Leonora Carrington. Modern Classics. Penguin Books 2005.

“If only people in this world realized the importance of understanding each other. Now take me, nobody understands me here, they don’t even make an effort to take a small share of the terrible burden of work which is crushing me down like Joan of Arc. Yet my source of inspiration is still untouched because of the fighting power inside me.”

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La Máquina se para

Edward Morgan Foster. Edition published by Kadmos 2016.

The Machine stops… “Estás empezando a idolatrar a la Máquina – dijo Kuno con un tono frío-. Te parece irreligioso que haya buscado una salida por mi cuenta. Eso es lo que opinó el Comité, cuando me amenazó con el Deshaucio”.

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Moses Ascending

Sam Selvon. Modern Classics. Penguin Books 2008.

“TBD”

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La desaparición de Stephanie Mailer

Joël Dicker. Narrativa Internacional. Alfaguara. 2018

“Tenía cuarenta y cinco años y dejaba la policía sereno y feliz. Después de veintitrés años de servicio, había decidido aceptar la pensión que ya me correspondía para sacar adelante un proyecto que llevaba mucho tiempo acariciando. Aún me quedaba una semana de trabajo, hasta el 30 de junio. Luego empezaría un capítulo nuevo de mi vida”.

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China

DK Penguin Random House. 2018.

“Although freedom of marriage has been enshrined in Chines law since 1950, it was only in 2003 that formal requirement to obtain approval from the work unit was abolished”.

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Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari. Penguin Random House UK 2014

“In order to resolve this controversy and understand our sexuality, society, and politics, we need to learn something about the living conditions of our ancestors, to examine how Sapiens lived between the Cognitive Revolution of 70,000 years ago, and the start of the Agricultural Revolution about 12,000 years ago”.

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Fariña

Nacho Carretero. Libros del K.O. 2015.

Historias e indiscreciones del narcotráfico en Galicia.

“Coca, farlopa, perico, merca, Fariña.

Nunca Galicia comercializó un producto con tanto éxito. Aunque ahora parezca una pesadilla lejana, en los años 90 el 80 por ciento de la cocaína desembarcaba en Europa por las costas gallegas”.

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La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert

Joël Dicker. Narrativa Internacional.Alfaguara. 2013 

– ¿Qué ha pasado exactamente?

– ¡No lo sé! Estaba en la ventana, mirando hacia fuera, y de pronto he visto a esa chicha corriendo entre los árboles. Había un hombre tras ella… Creo que intentaba escapar de él.

– ¿Dónde están ahora?

– Pues… ya no los veo. Se han metido en el bosque.

Enviamos una patrulla de inmediato, señora.

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DO/Protect/Legal advice for startups

Johnathan Rees. The DO Book Company 2014.

“Are you willing to be personally liable for the debts of your business? … Will you be working alone or with others? Will each of you be equally involved in the running of the business? How do you intend to finance your business? What is your attitude to risk and exposure?

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Design as Art

Bruno Munari. Penguin Classics. 2008 

12,000 Different Colours

Colour is nothing but a sensation and has no existence at all independent of the nervous system of living beings. (O.N.Road)

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The Organized Mind. Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

Levitin, Daniel.Penguin Books 2015.

“The attentional filter is thus fairly sophisticated. It is capable of monitoring lots of different conversations as well as their semantic content, letting through only those that it thinks you will want to know about”.

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Artificial Intelligence the basics

Warwick, Kevin. Routledge Press 2012

“The field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) really came into existence with the birth of computers in an around the 1940s and 1950s. (…)

In more recent years the field has really taken off. Real-world applications of AI, particularly in the finance, manufacturing and military sectors, are performing in ways with which the human brain simply cannot compete.”

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DO/LEAD/Share your vision. Inspire others. Achieve the impossible

Les McKeown. The DO book company 2014

“Let’s start with the real secret of leadership: it happens all the time, almost anywhere you look, and it’s frankly not that difficult”.

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DO/DISRUPT/Change the status quo. Or become it

Mark Shayler. The DO book company. 2013

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.

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DO/PURPOSE/Why brands with a purpose do better and matter more

David Hieatt. The DO book company 2014

“This is your purpose. The thing that separates you from the others”.

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DO/DESIGN/Why beauty is key to everything

Alan Moore. The DO book company. 2016

“Do I want a beautiful meal or a dreary one? A beautiful relationship or an ugly one? To live a beautiful life or an average one? Work for, or create, a remarkable business, product or service, or mediocre ones?”

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Memory

Documents of Contemporary Art. Whitechapel Gallery. Edited by Ian Farr 2012

“Appropriation, first of all, is a common technique. People appropriate when they make things their own and integrate them into their way of life, by buying or stealing commodities, acquiring knowledge, claiming places as theirs and so on”.

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Oliver Sacks. Picador 2007

“You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realise that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all… Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing… (I can only wait for the final amnesia, the one that can erase an entire life, as it did my mother’s…” Luis Buñuel.

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Playing to the gallery. Helping contemporary art in its struggle to be understood

Gray Son Perry. Penguin Random House UK. 2016 

“Democracy has a bad taste. What is equality, how might we judge it, whose opinion counts, and does it even matter any more?”.

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Curationism. How curating to over the art world and everything else.

David Balzer. Pluto Press. 2015

“If curation is everywhere, it is also both strangely embodied and disembodied. The curator is no longer just an art-world figure. Within the art world, a select number of curators like Hans Ulrich Obrist dominate their institutions but also transcend them, playing roles in media and culture”.

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For Two Thousand Years

Mihail Sebastian. Penguin Classics 2016.

“Out of nowhere? Well, not really. What is required is a period of exhaustion, of stress, of tense expectancy, a period of disillusionment. And then the unheeded voices are audible again”.

“Absolutely, definitively alone”, a young Jewish student in Romania tries to make sense of a world that has decided he doesn’t belong.

Read more…

Migraine

Oliver Sacks. Edition published 2012 by Picador.

… “My sight suddenly becomes disordered, more on one side than the other, like a person who has looked at the sun”.

“The cardinal symptoms of common migraine are headache and nausea. Complementing these may be a remarkable variety of other major symptoms,” … “a general feeling of disorder”.

Read more…

For Two Thousand Years

Mihail Sebastian. Penguin Classics 2016.

“Out of nowhere? Well, not really. What is required is a period of exhaustion, of stress, of tense expectancy, a period of disillusionment. And then the unheeded voices are audible again”.

“Absolutely, definitively alone”, a young Jewish student in Romania tries to make sense of a world that has decided he doesn’t belong.

Read more…

Migraine

Oliver Sacks. Edition published 2012 by Picador.

… “My sight suddenly becomes disordered, more on one side than the other, like a person who has looked at the sun”.

“The cardinal symptoms of common migraine are headache and nausea. Complementing these may be a remarkable variety of other major symptoms,” … “a general feeling of disorder”.

Read more…

For Two Thousand Years

Mihail Sebastian. Penguin Classics 2016.

“Out of nowhere? Well, not really. What is required is a period of exhaustion, of stress, of tense expectancy, a period of disillusionment. And then the unheeded voices are audible again”.

“Absolutely, definitively alone”, a young Jewish student in Romania tries to make sense of a world that has decided he doesn’t belong.

Read more…

Migraine

Oliver Sacks. Edition published 2012 by Picador.

… “My sight suddenly becomes disordered, more on one side than the other, like a person who has looked at the sun”.

“The cardinal symptoms of common migraine are headache and nausea. Complementing these may be a remarkable variety of other major symptoms,” … “a general feeling of disorder”.

Read more…