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Curator of upcycled bookmarks such as old train tickets, id card, and croissant crumbs. I believe a book should not be judged by its cover but by the seat, the tea cup, and the cookies going with it.

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Soft City (2019, Island Press) 5 stars

Soften cities to make urban living less harsh

5 stars

David Sim has managed to compile a manifesto on how livable cities ought to be designed. One of his main arguments is to soften the harsh form of built-up density by explicitly designing for as many exposures as possible. Exposing people to their fellow neighbours, be that the immediate neighbours living under the same roof, or further out in the same block or neighbourhood. And exposure to people’s immediate natural surroundings, be that potted plants or small gardens, parks, or even the weather and climate.

Over the past handful of years, I found an interest in urbanism, movement, and transit, especially from the angle of bikeable cities. This book was a great opportunity to take this interest to the next level and in addition to streets think about how buildings, their preferably mixed and flexible use, and ultimately blocks and neighbourhoods contribute to the quality of urban life. Walkability is …

How Do You Live? (Japanese language, 1937, Shinchosha) 5 stars

How Do You Live? (Japanese: 君たちはどう生きるか, Hepburn: Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka) is a 1937 …

A discret but bold invitation to reflect to how we live

5 stars

Despite having been written in first half of the 20th century, this book and its content resonate with questions one still faces nowadays. Under the appearance of being a book about the kind and caring relationship of a teenager boy and his uncle, it reveals itself to be invitation to look at life (the life, the lives, our life, etc.) from a different perspective and to look at it with kindness and courage. This book is not an elitist one: it is an easy read (the simple words and the length make it very accessible) but its content is not less valuable and powerful.

Easy Crafts for the Insane (Hardcover, 2021, G.P. Putnam's Sons) 4 stars

What should one be doing when facing crisis? Craft can bring some stability and feeling of achievement in time of life challenges. This is what the author is trying to convey in this short memoire. It is not the conventional type of writing, it is easy to read (there are some content warnings along the way) and somewhat relatable. Through it one can learn and better understand the challenges of mental health and how the silly –sometimes fragile– things we make with our hands can sometimes be the strong and reliable holds we need.

It is not about the pride of the maker or the importance of sharing knowledge on ancestral practices, it is about doing in order to feel being here and now, and sometimes it is everything.

Good Morning, Monster (Hardcover, 2020, St. Martin's Press) 5 stars

The stories of "recoveries" from the perspective of the therapist

5 stars

An interesting behind the scenes narrative of the stories of 5 patients: not only the stories are well narrated but the therapist also shares her approach to it as well as the mistakes she made along the way.

Careful reading/listening: some elements are quite graphic and can be painfully triggering.