We may no longer be in school anymore, but summer still means something to us Urchins. We may no longer have a summer vacation – what with our full-time jobs relentlessly grinding us down all year round – yet we still find time to read the words that have come before us. We proudly present the latest titles on our Urchin Bookshelf, starting with Mr. Geo Ong.
Geo is currently reading…
The description is pretty much all in the subtitle. Studs Terkel, one of the most important historians of his generation and possessor of one of the weirdest names ever, utilises oral history to string together a series of interviews from people all over America, workers of all kinds of different jobs. You’ll hear from the farmer to the hooker to the receptionist to the factory owner. From the lower class to the upper class. Everyone gets a voice in this book from 1974, which is something that happens less and less as time moves on.
Next in Geo’s reading queue
German philosopher never finished The Arcades Project, having chosen to commit suicide whilst fleeing the Nazis in 1940. After a difficult editing job by a handful of different minds, a fragmentary edition of The Arcades Project is what survives. Still, in its incomplete form, The Arcades Project is a fascinating exploration of Parisian city life, revolving around what Benjamin believed acted as the hubs of the city: the Paris arcades.