The Financial Times have selected their books of the year:
In the architecture section, FT architecture critic Edwin Heathcote selects Marshall Berman’s On the Town:
“The square is here in all its incarnations, its congestion, commercialism, the pop fantasy of its billboards, its seediness and its Disneyfied revival.”
Berman’s first book, The Politics of Authenticity, which marked the entrance of an extraordinary public intellectual, is also out now.
FT film critic Nigel Andrews’ preview pick is A Short History of Cahiers du Cinémaby Emilie Bickerton – out in early spring 2010.
“The French New Wave directors all came from Cahiers du Cinéma, a magazine that turned film criticism upside down in the 1950s. The salvoes of its sagacity are finely charted by Bickerton, who also laments the recent slide into dumbed-down mediocrity.”
Read the full article here.