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Linhtalinhtinh

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The Houses of History: A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
Bill Watterson
Ways of Seeing - John Berger A small collection of short essays on art. 4 writings and 3 full of images.

I found the first 2 written articles more appealing - arguments quite clear and persuasive. Though only touching the surface of some issues, they are quite articulate and thus serve as a good introduction. I don't like the last written one on publicity(7th). The fifth is so so with not that good evidence. These last 2 seem too focused on the capitalist aspect of European culture.

All the issues Berger discussed since then have been studied rigorously and when read now they are now no longer ground-breaking. Still, 40 years ago, Berger's book must have had a significant impact.

It must be the nature of art, and well ways of seeing, but when some essays feature certain works and interpret them in some certain lights, I have to disagree.