The Week in Books: The boring and the totally awesome

kuratory: curated curiosity

In my seemingly never-ending quest to get rid of all my physical books before we move (and buy an ebook of ones worth keeping, but getting rid of the physical book either way) I’ve been going through the stack of books that I’ve kept around which look interesting.
downloadOne of these was Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance by Lisa Jardine, which should win an award for being the heaviest book for it’s number of pages around.  Like the weight of the paper was insane.

Know what else was insane?  Trying to read this book for fun.

Seriously.  Not a fun book.  Not even close to being a fun book.

The whole thesis Jardine develops is that it was commerce that drove the art and culture of the Renaissance, not necessarily some kind of desire for culture to rise and society to become all creative and artistic.  It was…

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