Wednesday, June 17, 2009

City of the Century

I'm very excited!

There is a wonderful book about Chicago called City of the Century . It's one of my stalwart books. I've read it over and over depending on what I need from it. They also made a PBS Documentary which is just fantastic. It is an extremely easy book to read, it reads almost like a story. I remember when I was first becoming a docent I would read it all the time, over and over, trying to figure out how the easiest way to explain certain ideas and thoughts. I showed it to John last night, its all marked up and highlighted, those little "Oprah" tabs sticking out of it everywhere.

It is well-loved and well-read book.

The man who wrote it is speaking tonight at the Chicago Architecture Foundation! YES! About Burnham, YES! And it's sold out and I already have my ticket, YES!

So today I worked my part time job, worked on my tours, worked on moving stuff and now I go to my lecture and ride my bike home with my new bike light my handsome husband brought out to me in his socks this morning.

This is more like it people.

4 comments:

rebar said...

I LOVE THAT BOOK.

Just wanted to say that.

George said...

I think a much better book is Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West by William Cronon

George said...

Cronon's website -
http://www.williamcronon.net/index.htm

Hixx said...

Me too!

And George, I love Nature's Metropolis, just finished reading it for the 2nd time. That is one intense book.

I like them both, City of the Century for being an easier, more pleasurable read and Nature's Metropolis for really digging in...