Friday, March 30, 2012

Wabi Sabi

Written by: Mark Reibstein

First line: Wabi Sabi was a cat who lived in Kyoto, Japan.

Why you should read this book: The expression “wabi sabi” is hard to explain, learns a little cat of the same name, but in this case, curiosity edifies the cat, who goes on a long journey to learn the roots of Taoism and Zen: simple things are beautiful. This is a gorgeous book, both visually—Ed Young’s distinctive textured collage illustrations creative a three dimensional feel in a book with an unusual portrait orientation—as well as structurally—each long page includes a new English haiku that follows the story as well as an ancient Japanese haiku by the celebrated poets, Basho and Shiki. Includes supplementary information about the philosophy of  wabi  sabi and haiku.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You’re a modern architect, in favor of clean, sleek lines and shiny new skyscrapers.

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