• Laurence Smith: The New North. The World in 2050

    03.02.2013

    An excellent, well-written analysis of the four mega-trends that will shape the future: demography (population growth and aging); the growing demand on natural resources; globalization and climate change. A fascinating read and highly recommended if you like to read beyond today's headlines.

  • Super Sad Prescient Love Story

    26.12.2012

    Gary Shteyngart's novel Super Sad True Love Story is a surprisingly prescient novel. A recent article in the NY Times shows that another part of his dystopian vision is already a reality.

  • Frank Dikötter: Mao's Great Famine

    25.11.2012

    I urge you to read this book as it will alter your view of humanity.

  • Wolfgang Tillmans: Neue Welt

    16.10.2012

    New book by Wolfgang Tillmans. The odd thing is that, even though I don't like any of his individual photographs, in the sense that I could select some clear favourites, I do like his body of work.

  • Guenter Grass: Die Blechtrommel

    24.08.2012

    Didn't read it in high school because someone told me it was dreadful. He was right.