Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?: Books

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?: Books

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.

Anna Notaro, lecturer in media theory, University of Dundee, is reading Matteo Pericoli's Manhattan Unfurled (Random House, 2001) and London Unfurled (Macmillan, 2011). "Two beautiful books in accordion format by Pericoli, an architect-illustrator, each containing a collection of pen-and-ink drawings of the urban skyline. The city is unfurled, made known, unfolded like a story: it becomes a form of visual storytelling. Pericoli's line is a simple but effective way to capture the true 'image' of these cities."

Sara Read, Renaissance Society postdoctoral fellow, department of English and drama, Loughborough University, is reading Carl Zimmer's Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain - and How it Changed the World (Arrow, 2004). "Predominantly set in the 17th century against a background of civil war and religious upheaval, Soul Made Flesh focuses on 'farmer turned soldier turned alchemist turned local doctor' (or 'pisse-prophet') Thomas Willis and his game-changing discoveries about the brain. A wealth of characters and information bring war-ravaged Oxford evocatively to life with images such as that of an elderly, disaffected William Harvey shuffling round the streets."

Claire Warden, senior lecturer in drama, University of Lincoln, is reading Peter Ames Carlin's Bruce (Simon & Schuster, 2012). "Carlin's fascinating narrative of Bruce Springsteen's life is as much a history of 20th-century America as an expose of one of rock's most talented and perennially youthful icons. …

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