What We Are Reading Today: Lost in the Valley of Death 

What We Are Reading Today: Lost in the Valley of Death 
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Updated 23 January 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Lost in the Valley of Death 

What We Are Reading Today: Lost in the Valley of Death 

Author: Harley Rustad

Lost in the Valley of Death is about one man’s search to find himself, in a country where for many Westerners the path to spiritual enlightenment can prove fraught, even treacherous.
“But it is also a story about all of us and the ways, sometimes extreme, we seek fulfillment in life,” said a review on goodreads.com.
Lost in the Valley of Death includes 16 pages of color photographs.
“Expertly investigated and brilliantly written by Canadian magazine editor and writer Harley Rustad, this was without a doubt one of the best works of nonfiction,” said the review.
It is an “utterly fascinating and enthralling mixture of biography, travel memoir, and unsolved mystery,” said the review.
“The writing was really good and engaging. The author presents the story fairly and passionately.”
In August 2016, an experienced American trekker named Justin Alexander Shetler ascended to a high Himalayan lake on a pilgrimage in the Parvati Valley of northern India, never to be heard from again. Rustad tells his story.

 


What We Are Reading Today: Translating Myself and Others

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Updated 22 May 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Translating Myself and Others

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Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Translating Myself and Others is a collection of candid and disarmingly personal essays by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, who reflects on her emerging identity as a translator as well as a writer in two languages.
With subtlety and emotional immediacy, Lahiri draws on Ovid’s myth of Echo and Narcissus to explore the distinction between writing and translating, and provides a close reading of passages from Aristotle’s Poetics to talk more broadly about writing, desire, and freedom.

 


What We Are Reading Today: Indelible City

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Updated 21 May 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Indelible City

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Author: Louisa Lim

Louisa Lim’s Indelible City dismantles the received wisdom about Hong Kong’s history and replaces it with an engaging, exhaustively researched account of its long struggle for sovereignty.
“Definitely recommended for anyone wishing to better know this unique city and its people,” said a review on Goodreads.com.
It said that Lim’s “deeply researched and personal account is startling, casting new light on key moments: The British takeover in 1842, the negotiations over the 1997 return to China, and the future Beijing seeks to impose.”
Indelible City features guerrilla calligraphers, amateur historians and archaeologists who, like Lim, aim to put Hong Kongers at the center of their own story.
The review added: “Wending through it all is the King of Kowloon, whose iconic street art both embodied and inspired the identity of Hong Kong — a site of disappearance and reappearance, power and powerlessness, loss and reclamation.”
The author does an amazing job explaining the past and present.

She gives readers true insight into the people of Hong Kong and its true history.

 


What We Are Reading Today: Novel Relations by Alicia Mireles Christoff

What We Are Reading Today: Novel Relations by Alicia Mireles Christoff
Updated 19 May 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Novel Relations by Alicia Mireles Christoff

What We Are Reading Today: Novel Relations by Alicia Mireles Christoff

Novel Relations engages 20th-century post-Freudian British psychoanalysis in an unprecedented way: As literary theory. Placing the writing of figures like D. W. Winnicott, W. R. Bion, Michael and Enid Balint, Joan Riviere, Paula Heimann, and Betty Joseph in conversation with canonical Victorian fiction, Alicia Christoff reveals just how much object relations can teach us about how and why we read.

These thinkers illustrate the ever-shifting impact our relations with others have on the psyche, and help us see how literary figures—characters, narrators, authors, and other readers—shape and structure us too. For Christoff, novels are charged relational fields.


What We Are Reading Today: The Tower and the Bridge

What We Are Reading Today: The Tower and the Bridge
Updated 19 May 2022

What We Are Reading Today: The Tower and the Bridge

What We Are Reading Today: The Tower and the Bridge

Author: David P. Billington

What do structures such as the Eiffel Tower, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the concrete roofs of Pier Luigi Nervi have in common? According to The Tower and the Bridge, all are striking examples of structural art, an exciting area distinct from either architecture or machine design.

Aided by stunning photographs, David Billington discusses the technical concerns and artistic principles underpinning the well-known projects of leading structural engineer-artists, including Othmar Ammann, Félix Candela, Gustave Eiffel, Fazlur Khan, Robert Maillart, John Roebling, and many others.

A classic work, The Tower and the Bridge introduces readers to the fundamental aesthetics of engineering.
 


What We Are Reading Today: Restoring the Global Judiciary

What We Are Reading Today: Restoring the Global Judiciary
Updated 17 May 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Restoring the Global Judiciary

What We Are Reading Today: Restoring the Global Judiciary

Author: Martin S. Flaherty

In the past several decades, there has been a growing chorus of voices contending that the Supreme Court and federal judiciary should stay out of foreign affairs and leave the field to Congress and the president.

Challenging this idea, Restoring the Global Judiciary argues instead for a robust judicial role in the conduct of US foreign policy.

With an innovative combination of constitutional history, international relations theory, and legal doctrine, Martin Flaherty demonstrates that the Supreme Court and federal judiciary have the power and duty to apply the law without deference to the other branches.