Wade Graham, author of Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World, recommends a great range of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Wade's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Not easy to pick a single book in this category. I’ll say Steps to an Ecology of Mind, by Gregory Bateson.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
I’ve just been reading Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, edited by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker, and I rate it a 10 for context and for pleasure.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Paper! My roof is held up by bookshelves.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Stories in Echo Park, Los Angeles, a tiny, vibrant, politically-committed community bookshop of the old school, with a cafe and a patio on the alley where you can sip a can of rosé—on the curb during the pandemic.
Many thanks to Wade for recommending a great range of books! Please don't forget to check out his book Dream Cities: Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World.
Image Copyrights: Amberley Publishing (Dream Cities), The University of Chicago Press (Steps to an Ecology of Mind), University of California Press (Unfathomable City), HarperCollins Publishers (Jonathan Livingston Seagull).