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Book Recommendations

Menka Sanghvi
Menka Sanghvi
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Book Recommendations

The ideas in Just Looking are inspired and influenced by many great minds. As Mark Twain once remarked, “all ideas are second-hand.” So if you’re in the market for ideas, here are some delightful places to look.

Creativity:
  • Pat Kane, The Play Ethic
  • David Horwitz, Everything that Can Happen in a Day
  • Betty Edwards, The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
  • Wendy Ann Greenhalgh, Stop Look Breathe Create
  • Keith Johnstone, Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
Looking:
  • Alan Fletcher, The Art of Looking Sideways
  • John Berger, Ways of Seeing
  • Keri Smith, The Wander Society
  • Alexandra Horowitz, On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes
  • George Nelson, How to See
Mindfulness:
  • Mark Williams & Danny Pennam, Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world
  • Rohan Gunatillake, Modern Mindfulness
  • Ellen Langer, Mindfulness
  • Timothy Gallwey, The Inner Game of Golf
Photography:
  • Joel Meyerowitz, Seeing Things: A Kid’s Guide to Photography
  • Kim Manley Ort, Adventures in Seeing
  • David Ulrich, Zen Camera
  • Fulford & Halpern, The Photographer’s Playbook
  • Andy Karr & Michael Wood, The Practice of Contemplative Photography
  • Sophie Howarth, The Mindful Photographer
Practical Philosophy:
  • Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers & Further Thoughts
  • Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  • Roberto Casati, Shadows: Unlocking their Secrets, From Plato to Our Time
  • Jenny Odell, How to do Nothing
  • Susain Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop
  • Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It
Poetry:
  • David White, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
  • Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Volumes 1 & 2
  • William Sieghart, The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-And-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul
  • Jarod K. Anderson, Field Guide to the Haunted Forest
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I'm a researcher, writer, and designer working on the theme of mindful curiosity. Just Looking is a project I started to help myself and others slow down and experience more wonder in the everyday.