erin’s blog for nina

things i’ve read, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on February 13, 2009

maybe a better title for this blog would be “things i want to call and tell nina about, but don’t want to call three times a day because she’ll think i’m insane.” suits my life right now.

so, despite the madness that’s been consuming my days, i’ve kept on target for 52 in 52 so far. here’s what i’ve read so far:


Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food, which started off with great questions and interesting ideas, and ended with what i found to be obnoxious first world “solutions,” which are inaccessible (however visionary and appealing) to most people.

Maira Kalman, The Principles of Uncertainty. I like her. She thinks like us, in the sense that she finds the minutea of everyday life interesting.

Shalom Auslander, Foreskin’s Lament made me feel clued in to a lot of the trials of growing up in a strict Jewish community. Really funny, he’s got a great wry sense of humor.


Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet. Everyone says this is a life changing book to read, therefore I assumed I would be annoyed by it. I actually felt like I could relate to a lot of what he was saying, though, especially about alone-ness being a creative force in one’ life.

William McDonough & Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle… I liked it, especially in terms of the ideas they put forward about completely flipping the ideas about how/why we make things. I love the concept of trying to create things that are actually useful/helpful once they are discarded, and thinking about the entire life of goods, instead of just how we will use them in our own lives. I felt like it got kinda technical and jargon-y at the end though… I am probably a bad environmentalist for admitting that the last 1/4 of the book was kind of a drag to finish.

Bill Buford’s Heat is about his time working for Mario Batali, as well as working with food and chefs/artisans all over Europe. Mario Batali is one of the most interesting characters in this book, he is completely insane (I’d love to hang out with him). Proof of craziness:



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