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Reads tagged with “cities”

The Rocket Book: A Conceptually Ingenious, Stunningly Illustrated 1912 Children’s Book About Urban Living
The Rocket Book: A Conceptually Ingenious, Stunningly Illustrated 1912 Children’s Book About Urban Living

An irreverent wink at the challenge of separate lives sharing space in the city.

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Urbanism Patron Saint Jane Jacobs on Our Civic Duty in Cultivating Cities That Foster a Creative Life
Urbanism Patron Saint Jane Jacobs on Our Civic Duty in Cultivating Cities That Foster a Creative Life

“People ought to pay more attention to their instincts.”

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Bright Sky, Starry City: An Illustrated Love Letter to Our Communion with the Cosmos, Celebrating Women Astronomers
Bright Sky, Starry City: An Illustrated Love Letter to Our Communion with the Cosmos, Celebrating Women Astronomers

A warm and wonderful ode to the universe for the modern urban astronomer.

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What Makes a Great City: E.B. White on the Poetics of New York
What Makes a Great City: E.B. White on the Poetics of New York

“A poem compresses much in a small space and adds music, thus heightening its meaning. The city is like poetry.”

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A Love Letter to the City
A Love Letter to the City

How artist Steve Powers made sign painting the voice of the community and the shared narrative of urban life.

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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

“Loneliness is difficult to confess; difficult too to categorise. Like depression, a state with which it often intersects, it can run deep in the fabric of a person.”

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Every Person in New York, Illustrated
Every Person in New York, Illustrated

From sleeping strangers to subway cellists to Nick Cave, a loving portrait of a city whose vibrant vitality never stands still.

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How New York Became New York: A Love Letter to Jane Jacobs, Tucked Inside a Graphic Biography of Robert Moses
How New York Became New York: A Love Letter to Jane Jacobs, Tucked Inside a Graphic Biography of Robert Moses

How two titans faced off to shape the ideal of the modern metropolis.

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Meanwhile: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Living Fabric of a City and Our Shared Human Longing to Be Understood
Meanwhile: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Living Fabric of a City and Our Shared Human Longing to Be Understood

A tender reminder that however vast our differences, we are bonded by the yearning to feel seen for who we are.

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Why New York City Is Known as “The Big Apple”
Why New York City Is Known as “The Big Apple”

A brief history of brilliant branding.

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