While this may seem like bibliophile blasphemy, my reads this month are inspired by television. The Roommate teases me about finding the most random things to watch, but that tends to happen when you have three thousand cable channels.
How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein. I remember constant tests in grade school about states and their capitals, and a brief blurb on the Louisiana Purchase, yet we never touched on how the physical boundaries of states were defined. The show of the same name is onThe History Channel.
Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale by Raechelle Smith & Loren L. Coleman. Inspired by “Finding Bigfoot” on Animal Planet, this is the companion book to the exhibition at the Bates College Museum of Art. I’ve always been fascinated by tales of seemingly outlandish creatures (remember when the giant squid was just a myth?) that lurk among us.
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost & Gail Steketee. As a person who can get a bit cluttery, I watch A&E’s “Hoarders” to remain aware of that slippery slope, and stay mindful of the power our possessions can hold over us.
What are you reading this month? Also check out Modern Art Notes’ suggested summer beach reads for art lovers.