Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

Barbara Graziosi, professor of Classics, Durham University, is reading Caroline Vout's Sex on Show: Seeing the Erotic in Greece and Rome (British Museum Press, 2013). "I left this lavishly illustrated, seductively written book on the kitchen table, and had to answer endless questions from my nine-year-old son. Vout is interested in cultural difference: 'human nature', she claims, 'is the easy bit'. In fact, transhistorical experience is an important aspect of her subject. Viewers look at classical art to explore their own sexuality, not just the specifics of the ancient world."

Ruth Richardson, honorary professor in medicine and the humanities, Hong Kong University, is reading Marije Vellekoop's Van Gogh at Work (Van Gogh Museum/Yale University Press, 2013). "The most informative volume ever on Van Gogh's life as an artist, apart from his letters to Theo. It's a chronological examination of his work process from start to finish, including all his art materials, from charcoal, paper, pigments and canvas to the linen tea towel used when he was completely skint. Vellekoop deserves worldwide plaudits for this magnificent book."

Bruce Scharlau, senior teaching fellow in computing science, University of Aberdeen, is reading Rick Levine et al's The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual (Basic Books, 2009). "While rereading this classic, written in 1999, I was surprised by how relevant it still is. It is amazing that people haven't learned that a business has to be part of the conversation, and remain content to spout market-speak instead. …

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