Discovering Books and Yourself
posted by LIM College
I have always considered my self to be well rounded, I have lived abroad, am familiar with several languages and have traveled to Europe almost every summer since I was a child. It turns out that my travels, my collection of Audrey Hepburn movies, and the many Jane Austen books I had read, only made a small dent into the guide of being in the know. I was appalled that I had only seen 2 of the 10 movies everyone should see, only read one of the 10 books, and was only vaguely familiar with 3 of the 10 artists that everyone should know. The book breaks down categories like books, cds to own, buildings to see, restaurants to dine in, and legendary fashion designers. All of the categories are broken down into 10 people, places, or things with detailed descriptions about each. Nancy Macdonell has created the ultimate cheat sheet for anyone who has the desire to be well rounded, sophisticated, and artistically aware.
Although I am not even half way through my quest to be cultured, I have designated my summer for digging through bookstores, locating old movies, and researching works of famous artists. I even went to the Paris Theater to see the film on Antoni Gaudí after the “ten landmark buildings and their architects” chapter. I am making progress slowly but surely, and feeling a bit more educated as I read on.
-- Lilah Albaba
For seekers of a wider range of knowledge:
MacDonnell, N., The Classic Guide: The Classic Guide to Being Cool and Cultured. New York. Penguin. 2007.
Leonard, J. The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge: A Desk Reference for the Curious Mind. New York. St. Martins. 2004.
Both can be found in the LIM Library. Also, For the light-hearted:
Jones, J., & William Wilson. An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn't. New York. Ballantine. 2006.
For the anxiously fraudulent:
Padwa, L. Everything You Pretend to Know And Are Afraid Someone Will Ask. New York. Penguin. 1996.
About a serious quest for knowledge as a college student, then as a well-known New York film and cultural critic:
Denby, D. Great Books. New York. Simon and Schuster. 1997.
For the fashionable:
To Quality, Taste & Style by Tim Gunn
Fashion Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones
Pop Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones
In The Know by Nancy Mcdonell Smith
The Classic Ten by Nancy McDonell Smith
The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia
Topics: Fashion Culture