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I feel I’m late on the uptake coming across Timothy Ferris (of four-hour fame, not the comsmologist), the “world’s best guinea pig”. He’s tried out all sorts of stuff so that you don’t have to. Check out his books on dieting and entrepreneurship. Many of the tips seem counterintuitive, like eating sweet rolls once a week while dieting, but if you’re ready for some fresh ideas you’ll find plenty to consider.
I am thinking of preordering his newest, “The Four-Hour Cook”, which is reported to include information on how to learn anything.
Bill Bryson’s Book “At home” mixes anthropology, history, and architecture, exposing an endless stream of interesting facts in his usual, entertaining style.
Drop everything and get a copy of Anne Focke’s new book about the kinetic/sound artist Trimpin. Thinking out of the box is one sign for us of “lovely thinking”, and this elegant book is chock full of refreshing examples, giving a glimpse into Trimpin’s journey, and placing his work in the context of visual art, music composition, performance, ambitious engineering, acoustics, and installation art.
This booklet is designed to help you make life’s spare moments more productive and enjoyable. After perusing the preview we bet you’ll want to order the eBooklet. Where else will an investment of a mere 75 cents improve the quality of your life?
It’s nice to see people who know a lot about something, and have a flair for telling you about it. Latest example to cross my path: nearly fifteen hundred fragrances reviewed in the definitive book by husband and wife team Luca Turin (scholar in olfactory science) and Tania Sanchez (perfume collector / expert).
The reviews are fun to read, even if you don’t know about perfumes—a nice balance between being informative, poetic, and critical without being overly coy, precious, or snarky. Here are four excerpts from one randomly selected page to wet your atomizer:
“Silly name, silly price. Armani Privé does a cologne, probably the biggest waste of money this side of Le Labo’s Fleur d’Oranger.”
“If you love Eau de Guerlain but want to pay more while getting a harsher, lower-quality fragrance, this one is for you.”
“Wan leafy green. For the fun of putting on perfume without the fun of smelling it.”
“Eau de Noho had a chance to be good with its interesting violet mimosa, like the ghost of Après l’Ondée looking for a witness in a green wilderness. Then a stonking violet leaf arrives to turn everything watery and harsh. Much too close to dishwashing detergent. This needed work.”
Reading a few pages made me feel unsophisticated but cheerful. Next time I’m at the mall I’m going to check out some samples, maybe even visit a specialty store.