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Book Recommendations

Menka Sanghvi
Menka Sanghvi
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Book Recommendations
Quote found in the book Quiet by Susan Cain

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
  • Phillip L. Gross, Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing
  • Kim Manley Ort, Adventures in Seeing
  • David Ulrich, Zen Camera
  • Fulford & Halpern, The Photographer’s Playbook
Philosophy / History of Ideas:
  • 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
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
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Menka Sanghvi

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.