Monthly Archives: January 2011

Art Nouveau Tile Designs.

By Pepin van Roojin. Pepin Press, Agile Rabbit Editions, Amsterdam. 2008. 199 pages, ALL colour illustrations. A jewel of a book which duplicates all its content on a CD. Chock full of wonderful tile designs from Northern Europe,  Latin Europe … Continue reading

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Nothing To Envy; Ordinary Lives in North Korea.

By Barbara Demick, Spiegel and Grua ( Random House) , 2010. 297 pp., Notes. An excellent depiction of the absolutely horrible situation in North Korea under Kim Jung-il. Mass starvation, complete infrastructure collapse, alienated populace full of fear of each … Continue reading

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Happiness Myth; Why What We Think Is Right Is Wrong

By Jennifer Hecht, Harper Collins, NY, 2007. 322 pages, notes, index. A well-written and intriguing historical review of the pursuit of happiness.  Some of the author’s understandings of Buddhism are dubious. Her general empathy for Stoicism is refreshing and makes … Continue reading

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