erin’s blog for nina

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on November 18, 2010

What I’m currently reading, in case you’re interested.

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Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on April 29, 2010

Nicholas Jones, book artist.

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Google on paper

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on April 14, 2010

This book is on hold for me at the library, really looking forward to taking a peek. I actually find the cover really nice; that ubiquitous blue and green, the simple web-like layout, all topped off with the neutral Helvetica typeface. Designed by Ben Wiseman and Christopher Brand, I found this peek of the cover at The Book Cover Archive.

The envelopes are just a concept from Rahul Mahtani & Yofred Moik from the Industrial Design program at Syracuse University, but I feel like you could certainly turn this into a DIY. Found here.

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best books i read in 2009

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on January 6, 2010

buy these books at powells immediately if you are looking for something good to read. they were my top five of the year. only made it to 48 this year, but i’m feeling ok about making it that far. december was a crazy month, after all! not entirely sure if 52 in 52 will happen next year… it’s fun to try, though.

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What I’ve read this year.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on September 28, 2009

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I am currently reading Jill Bolte Taylor’s book about the stroke she had when she was 37. She is a neuroscientist, and her insights into the mind are completely facinating. I think you’d love it. I have been reading some really interesting books lately, and I wanted to share. Here’s the list of what I’ve read so far this year:

Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food
Maira Kalman, The Principles of Uncertainty
Shalom Auslander, Foreskin’s Lament
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
William McDonough & Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle
Bill Buford, Heat
Steve Martin, Born Standing Up
Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire
Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Natalie Angier, The Canon
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Coney Island of the Mind
Benazir Bhutto, Reconciliation
Pablo Neruda, Love Poems
Sarah Vowell, Assassination Vacation
Kurt Vonnegut, Armageddon in Retrospect
Gary Shteyngart, Absurdistan
Paul Rand, Conversations with Students
Frank O’Hara, Lunch Poems
Chelsea Handler, My Horizontal Life
Haruki Murakami, After Dark

Fred Rogers, Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers: Things to Remember Along the Way

Marc Johns, H is for Holy Crap
Marina Lewycka, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
Jonathan Franzen, How to be Alone
Elizabeth Lunday, Secret Lives of Great Artists
Thomas L. Friedman, Hot, Flat, and Crowded (in progress)
Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot
R. Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
Neal Brown, Tracey Emin
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (in progress)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Pictures of the Gone World
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
Gerd Gigerenzer, Gut Feelings
Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight (in progress)

36 books in 38 weeks. I am a bit behind, but I’m working on it.

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Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on July 25, 2009

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Crazy installation art by Alicia Martin. Found here.

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Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on July 4, 2009

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i am reading this book right now. it’s called Conversations with Students, by Paul Rand.

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busy brain.

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on June 27, 2009

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Don’t know why I thought it was such a good idea to try to read a book a week again this year. I am quite behind on this goal. However, here is a list of what I have read so far, in case you are interested. (top two images are exerpts from Maira Kalman’s book, which is the best book I’ve read so far this year.)

Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food
Maira Kalman, The Principles of Uncertainty
Shalom Auslander, Foreskin’s Lament
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
William McDonough & Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle
Bill Buford, Heat
Steve Martin, Born Standing Up
Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire
Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Natalie Angier, The Canon
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Coney Island of the Mind
Benazir Bhutto, Reconciliation
Pablo Neruda, Love Poems

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Hilarious.

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Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on January 14, 2009

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just when i thought i might start ignoring book covers and reading classics, i found The Book Cover Archive. It’s full of lovely books. I am screwed.

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100, or, the end of 52/52

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on December 31, 2008

So, this is my one hundredth post here! That’s weird, considering how short a time I’ve been posting here… In honor of this excellently numbered post, I will post an excellently numbered list: the books I read this year. 52 books in 52 weeks ended up being 44 and change, but I am still glad I tried! Not exactly an impressively literary list, but here it is, roughly in order of how they were read.

1. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
2. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
3. You Don’t Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem
4. Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
5. Maus by Art Spiegelman
6. Things I’ve Learned from Women Who’ve Dumped Me ed. by Ben Karlin
7. Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
8. The Mole Sisters series by Roslyn Shchwartz
9. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
10. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
11. A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body by Lauren Weedman
12. As the World Burns: 50 Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial by Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan
13. Guerilla Art Kit by Keri Smith
14. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
15. Dogs and Water by Anders Nilsen
16. The Littlest Hitler by Ryan Boudinot
17. The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd
18. At a Crossroads by Kate Williamson
19. The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken
20. Quiet, Please by Scott Douglas
21. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden
22. Legacy of Luna by Julia Butterfly Hill
23. Ways of Seeing by John Berger
24. Joseph by Nicolas Robel
25. Print Liberation by Nick Paparone, Jaime Dillon, and Lurin Jenison
26. The Diary of Frida Kahlo
27. Watchmen by Alan Moore
28. Screenprinting by Robert Adam and Carol Robertson
29. Monologues for the Coming Plague by Anders Nilsen
30. Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi
31. Maus II by Art Spiegelman
32. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and other Stories by Carson McCullers
33. Craft, Inc. by Mateo Ilasco
34. A Walk In the Woods by Bill Bryson
35. Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
36. The New Kings of Nonfiction ed. by Ira Glass
37. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
38. All the Names by Jose Saramago
39. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
40 and 41. Two Love and Rockets collections, by the Hernandez brothers
42. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
43. By it’s Cover by Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger
44. That Salty Air by Tim Sievert

45-52? Countless art books that I kept on my desk this year as references… mostly pictures, but I certainly learned something from them!

top three of the year: All the Names by Saramago, Sirens of Titan by Vonnegut, and The Savage Detectives by Bolaño. Woo hoo!

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reading list

Posted in Uncategorized by Erin Dollar on December 28, 2008

so, i’m getting ready to post the list of books i read this year (not quite a book a week, but still worth mentioning!), and i’ve already starting compiling a list of books i want to read next year. a lot of these additions to my reading list were based on the beautiful cover design (among other things), so i thought i’d share a few with you.

Roberto Bolaño’s insanely long masterpiece written in the last years of his life, 2666. Beautifully designed by Charlotte Strick.

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This one seemed interesting (this is the UK version).

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This one too, designed by Paul Sahre:

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And this one, which makes me laugh:

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more to come.

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