Review: American Ruins

American Ruins by Camilo José Vergara My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ruin porn with redeeming social value. Vergara doesn’t just exploit decayed and collapsing buildings for their sad beauty. He gets to know them, and sometimes their denizens and neighbors, complementing his lovely photos with engaging, and often depressing, stories. View all my reviews

Review: Customers Included: How to Transform Products, Companies, and the World – With a Single Step

Customers Included: How to Transform Products, Companies, and the World – With a Single Step by Mark Hurst My rating: 5 of 5 stars An essential read if you care about the customer experience. This book is both an argument for attending seriously to customer experience and a how-to guide. The two authors have been […]

Book Review: Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art

Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection

“Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection,” Edited by Ann Percy with Cara Zimmerman; With contributions by Francesco Clemente, Lynne Cooke, Joanne Cubbs, Bernard L. Herman, Ann Percy, Colin Rhodes, and Cara Zimmerman, Yale University Press, 288 pages, 245 color illustrations and 1 b/w, 2013. ISBN 978-0-3001-9175-2. Hard cover […]

Review: Rebecca

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier My rating: 4 of 5 stars Excessive self-consciousness meets over-the-top atmosphere, and atmosphere, much like the title character, prevails. The famous first words are “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” But the wisest lines might be these: “I wondered how many people there were in the world […]

Review: Building Stories

Building Stories by Chris Ware My rating: 5 of 5 stars For some perverse reason I actually find comics hard to read, and Chris Wares’ — brilliant though they be — are among the hardest. Building Stories, despite its complicated and aggressively creative packaging, is a wonderful read. It displays Ware’s depth and sensitivity, and […]