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A novel on the upper-crust and more-than-Crazy-Rich Asians and an “ethnography” of the high-net-worth women of New York’s Upper East Side…? I had already drawn lessons from the former, and the two books are almost too similar to qualify as cross-reading. In fact, Amazon shows those books as “frequently bought together”… The parallels, however, are […]

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Technically, this was not quite as cross a reading as #1, but after “Mastermind” calling on its readers to learn to really observe, á Sherlock Holmes, Alexandra Horowitz’ “On Looking. Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes” / “On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation” provides the perfect counterpoint and follow-up. Where “Mastermind” is […]

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The resumption of the BBC series Sherlock was the perfect reason to discuss thinking. Or thinking about thinking, as it were. In my parallel reading, I’ve recently, fittingly, perused Nicholas Carr‘s “The Shallows“, Clive Thompson’s “Smarter Than You Think“, and – most fitting of all – Maria Konnikova‘s “Mastermind. How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.” […]

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