Federico and Oralia's book collection

This is a list of the books we own. It is not complete. We will be populating it as time allows. The list is sorted by author. Each entry has a small bibliography, and possibly a small comment on the book and the date in which we acquired it.

  1. Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman with Julie Sussman; Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
  2. Adobe Systems Incorporated; PostScript Language Reference
  3. Alfred Aho, Ravi Sethi, Jeffrey Ullman; Compilers, Principles, Techniques, and Tools
  4. Elliott Antokoletz; The Music of Béla Bartók: A Study of Tonality and Progression in Twentieth-Century Music
  5. Isaac Asimov; The Complete Stories, Volume 1
  6. Isaac Asimov; El Fin de la Eternidad
  7. W. H. Auden; The English Auden: Poems, Essays, and Dramatic Writings, 1927-1939
  8. Jane Austen; Pride and Prejudice
  9. Béla Bartók; Essays
  10. Jon Bentley; Programming Pearls
  11. Jon Bentley; More Programming Pearls
  12. Leonard Bernstein; The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard
  13. Werner Bischof; Après la Guerre
  14. Carl B. Boyer; A History of Mathematics
  15. Ray Bradbury; Fahrenheit 451
  16. Ray Bradbury; The Golden Apples of the Sun
  17. Robert Bringhurst; The Elements of Typographic Style
  18. Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.; The Mythical Man-Month
  19. Charles Bukowski; Hot Water Music
  20. Charles Bukowski; Living on Luck: Selected Letters 1960s-1970s, Volume 2
  21. Charles Bukowski; Play the Piano Drunk / Like a Percussion Instrument / Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit
  22. Charles Bukowski; Women
  23. Lewis Carroll; The Annotated Alice: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
  24. Lewis Carroll; The Hunting of the Snark
  25. Lewis Carroll; Niñas
  26. Rosario Castellanos; Obras I (Narrativa)
  27. Rosario Castellanos; Obras II (Poesía, Teatro y Ensayo)
  28. David Chappell; Understanding ActiveX and OLE
  29. Le Corbusier; The City of To-morrow and its Planning
  30. Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest; Introduction to Algorithms
  31. Lewis Copeland, Lawrence W. Lamm and Stephen J. McKenna (Editors); The World's Great Speeches
  32. H. S. M. Coxeter; Regular Polytopes
  33. Peter R. Cromwell; Polyhedra
  34. Salvador Dalí; 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship
  35. Salvador Dalí; The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí
  36. Philip K. Dick; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  37. Bram Dijkstra; Cubism, Stieglitz, and the Early Poetry of William Carlos Williams
  38. György Doczi; El Poder de los Límites: Proporciones armónicas en la naturaleza, el arte y la arquitectura
  39. Umberto Eco; El Nombre de la Rosa
  40. Umberto Eco; Kant y el Ornitorrinco
  41. Umberto Eco; Apocalípticos e Integrados
  42. Walker Evans; Walker Evans at Work
  43. William A. Ewing; Amor y Deseo: Arte Fotográfico
  44. Richard P. Feynman; Feynman Lectures on Computation
  45. Richard P. Feynman; “Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character
  46. Richard P. Feynman; “What do You Care What Other People Think?”: Further Adventures of a Curious Character
  47. J. Cree Fischer; Piano Tuning: A Simple and Accurate Method for Amateurs
  48. J. Foley, A. van Dam, S. Feiner, J. Hughes; Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice
  49. Cecil Forsyth; Orchestration
  50. Ana Frank; Cuentos del Escondite Secreto
  51. Gisèle Freund; La Fotografía como Documento Social
  52. Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano; The Sandman: The Dream Hunters
  53. George Gamow; Thirty Years That Shook Physics
  54. Edward Gibbon; The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (volumes 1-6)
  55. William Gibson; Neuromancer
  56. William Gibson; Idoru
  57. William Gibson; All Tomorrow's Parties
  58. William Gibson; Pattern Recognition
  59. H. R. Giger; Visioni di Fine Millennio
  60. Andrew S. Glassner; Andrew Glassner's Notebook: Recreational Computer Graphics
  61. William Golding; Rites of Passage
  62. David Gries and Fred B. Schneider; A Logical Approach to Discrete Math
  63. Frederic V. Grunfeld; Games of the World: how to make them, how to play them, how they came to be
  64. Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle; Albinus on Anatomy
  65. Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle; Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters
  66. Alex Harford; GIMP Essential Reference
  67. Cyril M. Harris; Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture
  68. Ernest Hemingway; The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
  69. Ernest Hemingway; A Moveable Feast
  70. Fritz Henle; Casals
  71. Michi Henning and Steve Vinoski; Advanced CORBA Programming with C++
  72. Douglas R. Hofstadter; Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid
  73. John E. Hopcroft and Jeffrey D. Ullman; Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation
  74. Josef Hoschek and Dieter Lasser; Fundamentals of Computer Aided Geometric Design
  75. Anthony Hughes; Michelangelo
  76. Jorge Ibargüengoitia; Estas Ruinas que Ves
  77. Jorge Ibargüengoitia; Instrucciones para Vivir en México
  78. Jorge Ibargüengoitia; ¿Olvida Usted Su Equipaje?
  79. Ian Jeffrey (texts); The Photography Book
  80. Rafael Jimeno; Nociones Gramaticales de la Lengua Árabe
  81. Richard Jones and Rafael Lins; Garbage Collection
  82. Janet A. Kaplan; Remedios Varo: Unexpected Journeys
  83. Donald E. Knuth; The Art of Computer Programming (volumes 1-3)
  84. Donald E. Knuth; Digital Typography
  85. Donald E. Knuth; Selected Papers on Analysis of Algorithms
  86. Donald E. Knuth; The TeXbook
  87. Donald E. Knuth; TeX: The Program
  88. Donald E. Knuth; The METAFONTbook
  89. Donald E. Knuth; METAFONT: The Program
  90. György Kroó; A Guide to Bartók
  91. Juan José Lahuerta; Antoni Gaudí: Arquitectura, Ideología y Política
  92. Life Library of Photography; Light and Film
  93. Life Library of Photography; Special Problems
  94. John Locke; Ensayo Sobre el Entendimiento Humano
  95. David Macaulay; Building the Book Cathedral
  96. José Martí; Martí y México
  97. John Milton; Complete Poems and Major Prose
  98. Diether de la Motte; Contrapunto
  99. Arthur Nersesian; The Fuck-Up
  100. Larry Niven; Ringworld
  101. John Julius Norwich; Great Architecture of the World
  102. George Orwell; Down and Out in Paris and London
  103. George Orwell; The Road to Wigan Pier
  104. Ricardo Ovalle, Walter Gruen, Alberto Blanco, Teresa del Conde, Salomon Grimberg, Janet A. Kaplan; Remedios Varo: Catálogo Razonado
  105. Michael O'Connor; The Image Bank: Visual ideas for the creative color photographer
  106. Michael Page and Robert Ingpen; Encyclopedia of Things that Never Were
  107. David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy; Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface
  108. Stephen Rogers Peck; Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist
  109. Havoc Pennington; GTK+/Gnome Application Development
  110. Lluís Permanyer; Gaudí of Barcelona
  111. Peter Pettinger; Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings
  112. Steven Pinker; How the Mind Works
  113. Walter Piston; Harmony
  114. Max Planck; The New Science
  115. Sylvia Plath; The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
  116. Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz and Aristid Lindenmayer; The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants
  117. Carla Rachman; Monet
  118. Gardner Read; Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice
  119. Rius; El Supermercado de las Sectas
  120. Bertrand Russell; A History of Western Philosophy
  121. Bertrand Russell; Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy
  122. Bertrand Russell; Unpopular Essays
  123. Vita Sackville-West; The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf
  124. Biblioteca Salvat de Grandes Temas; La Música Contemporánea
  125. Gyorgy Sandor; On Piano Playing: Motion, Sound and Expression
  126. José Saramago; Las Maletas del Viajero
  127. José Saramago; La Balsa de Piedra
  128. Albert Schweitzer; J. S. Bach
  129. Sir Walter Scott; Ivanhoe
  130. Arnold Schoenberg; Theory of Harmony
  131. Arnold Schoenberg; Structural Functions of Harmony
  132. Robert Sedgewick; Algorithms in C
  133. William A. Sethares; Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale
  134. Peter Shaffer; Equus
  135. Joseph Sheppard; Anatomy: a Complete Guide for Artists
  136. Dmitri Shostakovich; Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich
  137. Jordi Soler; Bocafloja
  138. Jordi Soler; Nueve Aquitania
  139. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  140. László Somfai; Béla Bartók: Composition, Concepts, and Autograph Scores
  141. O. G. Sonneck (Editor); Beethoven: Impressions by His Contemporaries
  142. Neal Stephenson; Cryptonomicon
  143. Edward R. Tufte; The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
  144. Edward R. Tufte; Envisioning Information
  145. Edward R. Tufte; Visual Explanations
  146. Mark Twain; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  147. Mark Twain; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  148. John Varley; La Persistencia de la Visión
  149. Remedios Varo; Cartas, Sueños y Otros Textos
  150. Pierluigi de Vecchi; The Sistine Chapel: A Glorious Restoration
  151. Enrique Vila-Matas; El Mal de Montano
  152. Kurt Vonnegut; Slaughterhouse-Five
  153. Christopher Wilson; The Gothic Cathedral
  154. Robert Young and Wendy Goldman Rohm; Under the Radar
  155. Rainer Zerbst; Antoni Gaudí

sicp Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman with Julie Sussman
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
Second Edition
MIT Press, 1996
ISBN 0262011530

Online version of Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs.

The best and most beautiful Computer Science book there is. Period. This is what makes a hacker be happy.


Adobe Systems Incorporated
PostScript Language Reference
Third edition
Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., 1999
ISBN 0201379228
Acquired on June 1999

Online version of PostScript Language Reference.


dragon-book Alfred Aho, Ravi Sethi, Jeffrey Ullman
Compilers, Principles, Techniques, and Tools
Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1986
ISBN 0201100886
Acquired on May 1998

antokoletz-music-bartok Elliott Antokoletz
The Music of Béla Bartók: A Study of Tonality and Progression in Twentieth-Century Music
University of California Press, 1984
ISBN 0520067479
Acquired on March 2000

Isaac Asimov
The Complete Stories, Volume 1
Doubleday, 1990
ISBN 038541627X
Acquired on July 1999


Isaac Asimov
El Fin de la Eternidad
John Varley
La Persistencia de la Visión
Editorial EDISAN, 1987
ISBN 8486472724

The Persistence of Vision, here in its Spanish translation, is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. It is about a community of blind and deaf people as seen by a ‘normal’ person, and how he learns to understand them and communicate with them. This made me think about our visually-oriented way of life and how different it could be if we could not see.


W. H. Auden
The English Auden: Poems, Essays, and Dramatic Writings, 1927-1939
Faber and Faber Ltd., 1977
ISBN 0571115020
Acquired on September 1997


Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice
Oxford University Press, 1999
ISBN 0192100262
Acquired on July 1999


bartok-essays Béla Bartók
Essays
Bison Books, 1992
ISBN 080326108X
Acquired on July 2000

bentley-pearls Jon Bentley
Programming Pearls
Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1989
ISBN 0201103311
Acquired on July 1997

I am not sure if this has the complete text of the book, but this seems to be an online version of Programming Pearls.


bentley-more-pearls Jon Bentley
More Programming Pearls: Confessions of a Coder
Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1990
ISBN 0201118890
Acquired on July 1997

bernstein-unanswered Leonard Bernstein
The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard
Harvard University Press, 1976
ISBN 0674920015
Acquired on October 2000

bischof-apres-la-guerre Werner Bischof
Après la Guerre
Texte de Miriam Marai
Nathan, 1997
ISBN 2097542034
Acquired on March 2001

Carl B. Boyer
A History of Mathematics
Second Edition, revised by Uta C. Merzbach John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1989
ISBN 0471543977
Acquired on July 2000


Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451
Ballantine Books, 1991
ISBN 0345342968
Acquired on October 1999


Ray Bradbury
The Golden Apples of the Sun
Avon Books, Inc., 1997
ISBN 0380730391
Acquired on October 1999


Robert Bringhurst
The Elements of Typographic Style
Second edition
Hartley & Marks, Publishers, 1996
ISBN 0881791326
Acquired on July 2000


brooks-mmm Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.
The Mythical Man-Month
Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc., 1995
ISBN 0201835959
Acquired on September 2000

Charles Bukowski
Hot Water Music
Black Sparrow Press, 1983
ISBN 0876855966
Acquired on July 2000


Charles Bukowski
Living on Luck: Selected Letters 1960s-1970s, Volume 2
Black Sparrow Press, 2000
ISBN 0876859821
Acquired on December 2000


Charles Bukowski
Play the Piano Drunk / Like a Percussion Instrument / Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit
Black Sparrow Press, 1999
ISBN 0876854382
Acquired on August 2000


Charles Bukowski
Women
Black Sparrow Press, 2000
ISBN 0876853912
Acquired on August 2000


Lewis Carroll
The Annotated Alice: Alice's Adventues in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Introduction and notes by Martin Gardner
Wings Books, 1988
ISBN 0517189208
Acquired on August 1999


Lewis Carroll
The Hunting of the Snark
Penguin Books, 1995
ISBN 014043491
Acquired on August 1999


Lewis Carroll
Niñas
Lumen, 1998
ISBN 8426423140
Acquired on September 2002

This is a book with some of Lewis Carroll's photographs of children and his letters to them.


Rosario Castellanos
Obras I (Narrativa)
Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1996
ISBN 9681632133
Gift from Federico's brother, December 1998


Rosario Castellanos
Obras II (Poesía, Teatro y Ensayo)
Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1998
ISBN 9681652118
Acquired on November 2000


chappell-activex David Chappell
Understanding ActiveX and OLE
Microsoft Press, 1996
ISBN 1572312165
Acquired on May 1999

corbusier-city-tomorrow Le Corbusier
The City of To-morrow and its Planning
Dover Publications, Inc., 1987
ISBN 0486253325
Acquired on July 2000

cormen-algorithms Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest
Introduction to Algorithms
MIT Press, 1990
ISBN 0262031418
Acquired on May 1998

Lewis Copeland, Lawrence W. Lamm and Stephen J. McKenna
The World's Great Speeches
Fourth Edition
Dover Publications, Inc., 1999
ISBN 0486409031
Acquired on July 2001


H. S. M. Coxeter
Regular Polytopes
Third Edition
Dover Publications, Inc., 1973
ISBN 0486614808
Acquired on August 2000


Peter R. Cromwell
Polyhedra
Cambridge University Press, 1997
ISBN 0521664055
Acquired on July 2000


dali-secrets Salvador Dalí
50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship
Dover Publications, Inc., 1992
ISBN 0486271323
Acquired on September 1999

dali-secret-life Salvador Dalí
The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí
Dover Publications, Inc., 1993
ISBN 0486274543
Acquired on September 2000

Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Del Rey, 1996
ISBN 0345404475
Acquired on January 1999

If you thought the movie Blade Runner was sad, wait until you see the book. This is a really fantastic novel.


dijkstra-cubism-stieglitz-williams Bram Dijkstra
Cubism, Stieglitz, and the Early Poetry of William Carlos Williams
Princeton University Press, 1969
ISBN 0691013454
Acquired on March 2003 Read on August 2004

The first three chapters are about the state of the art world in the United States from about 1900 to 1920. There was a group of disgruntled artists, led by Alfred Stieglitz, who thought that outside of their group, artists in the U.S.A. had not really made contact with their home land: they said that the others kept fantasizing about European landscapes and other boring pastoral scenes, rather than looking at what the local environment had to offer. Those three chapters describe the excitement that was going on around Stieglitz's gallery, called "219", on Fifth Avenue in New York. Photographers, painters, writers, and poets revolved around it, presenting their new ideas and trying to define a style. Most of them started with variations on Cubism or Impressionism, they tended to reject pure abstraction, and later managed to form their own style.

William Carlos Williams initially thought of being a painter, but ended up a poet. However, he tried to rid his poetry of all literary aspects — metaphors, philosophical ramblings — and instead tried to write his poems as if they were paintings. Like the Cubists, he tried to present different views of the same object so that one would be able to get a more detailed impression of it than would be possible by only observing it from a single viewpoint. He liked to isolate single objects and then describe them plainly: he thought that an object itself should be able to form particular feelings in the observer/viewer/reader, without any help from allusions to other situations or metaphors whatsoever.

The initial chapters that describe the first two or three decades of the 1900s, plus the chapter that focuses on Stieglitz, are fantastic. They got me really excited about how artists look at art and try to evolve it. Along the way, this part of the book has examples of W. C. Williams's poems and how they relate to photographs or paintings by other people in the Stieglitz group, or vice-versa. Later, there is a chapter that gives a large number of references to those other artists. This chapter gets quite tedious if you don't know who those artists are; I would certainly have liked it better if the book had samples of their work. There are about 30 black-and-white plates in the book, which look absolutely horrible due to being printed on mass-market paper. While they are useful to let you have an idea of how certain works look like, they are printed so badly that they don't really lead to being contemplated in comfort. The text in the book describes colors and textures, but the paintings are printed as murky gray halftones.

The last two chapters go into more detail on Williams's poems, but the text gets repetitive. It keeps pointing out Williams's desire to do away with metaphor and to observe things directly, etc., etc., which is exactly what the first chapters were about. Finishing the last chapter felt like a chore, except for the parts where the author actually talks about specific poems; the rest is just a repetition of what he had discussed before.

In short, to me the most interesting parts of the book were the first three chapters on the Stieglitz group and the beginnings of William Carlos Williams's conscious efforts to create a new kind of poetry, and the bits where the book analyzes particular poems and relates them to paintings or photographs by other members of the group. As an amateur photographer, the book managed to form a lot of ideas in my head about how or why to do photography.


doczi-poder-limites György Doczi
El Poder de los Límites: Proporciones armónicas en la naturaleza, el arte y la arquitectura
Troquel, 1996
ISBN 9501603512
Acquired on November 2000

Umberto Eco
El Nombre de la Rosa
Lumen, 1989
ISBN 8426411487
Acquired on May 2000


Umberto Eco
Kant y el Ornitorrinco
Lumen, 1997
ISBN 8426412653
Acquired on January 2000


Umberto Eco
Apocalípticos e Integrados
Lumen, 1999
ISBN 8426410391
Acquired on November 2000


Walker Evans
Walker Evans at Work
Thames and Hudson, 1994
ISBN 0500273049
Acquired on June 2003


ewing-amor-y-deseo William A. Ewing
Amor y Deseo: Arte Fotográfico
Blume, 1999
ISBN 8480763280
Acquired on December 2000

feynman-lectures-computation Richard P. Feynman
Feynman Lectures on Computation
Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1996
ISBN 0201489910
Acquired on October 1999

Richard P. Feynman
“Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1997
ISBN 0393316041
Acquired on September 1997


Richard P. Feynman
“What do You Care What Other People Think?”: Further Adventures of a Curious Character
Bantam Books, 1989
ISBN 0553347845
Acquired on October 1999


J. Cree Fischer
Piano Tuning: A Simple and Accurate Method for Amateurs
Dover Publications, Inc., 1907
ISBN 0486232670
Acquired on December 2001


foley-van-dam J. Foley, A. van Dam, S. Feiner, J. Hughes
Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice
Second Edition
Addison-Wesley Publising Co., 1990
ISBN 0201121107

This is the edition with Pascal examples. There is a newer version with C code and possibly new material.


forsyth-orchestration Cecil Forsyth
Orchestration
Dover Publications, Inc., 1982
ISBN 0486243834
Acquired on October 2000

Ana Frank
Cuentos del Escondite Secreto
Plaza & Janés Editores, 2000
ISBN 8401013909
Acquired on January 2001


freund-foto-doc-social Gisèle Freund
La Fotografía como Documento Social
Ediciones G. Gili, 1999
ISBN 9688872083
Acquired on August 2001

This is a very interesting little book. It has a history of photography in the context of how it changed people's way of looking at the world. It is interesting to see how it started as a way of making portraits and it was until much later that it got used for documentary purposes. It has some very interesting chapters about the use of photography for political purposes, sensationalism, and serious photojournalism.

The Spanish translation is not bad, but it could be better in places.


Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano
The Dream Hunters
DC Comics, 1999
ISBN 1563895730
Acquired on December 1999


George Gamow
Thirty Years That Shook Physics
Dover Publications, Inc., 1985
ISBN 048624895X
Acquired on September 1999


Edward Gibbon
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (volumes 1-6)
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1993
ISBN 0679423087
Acquired on March 1999

I decided I knew very little about History from about 1 DC to the beginning of the Middle Ages, so this would be a good place to learn more.


William Gibson
Neuromancer
Ace Books, 1984
ISBN 0441569595
Acquired on December 1999

Music that is good while reading this book: anything by Silvestre Revueltas; Delerium's Karma. Music that is perfect for the last two chapters: Philip Glass, Symphony No. 3.

This is the kind of book that changes every time you read it. The texture in this book is so dense it can make your head spin or completely gloss over it. You have to be in the right mood to absorb it. You have to absorb all of it to get the full view of the book. It is gritty, fast, covered with patina, shiny, smooth, and sleek, all at the same time.


William Gibson
Idoru
Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1997
ISBN 0425158640
Acquired on April 1999


William Gibson
All Tomorrow's Parties
Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1999
ISBN 0399145796
Acquired on November 1999


William Gibson
Pattern Recognition
Penguin Putnam, 2003
ISBN 0399149864
Gift from Federico's mother, February 2003

I wish this book had not ended so soon. It feels a lot less dense than Gibson's other novels and so it is not as filling. As usual, the descriptions of places and of intricate mechanical devices are exquisite. The sensation of its operation is best likened to that of winding a fine thirty-five-millimeter camera. — stuff like that makes me tingly inside. Apparently All Tomorrow's Parties is the first book that Gibson wrote after becoming a Net-citizen; unfortunately this resulted in that book containing several well-known clichés, while Gibson's previous books seemed, at least to me, superbly original. Pattern Recognition also has its little share of clichés, but they are subtler and not as bothersome.


giger-visioni H. R. Giger
Visioni di Fine Millennio
Hazard Edizioni / Arteuropa, 1996
ISBN 8886991029
Acquired on July 2000

glassner-notebook Andrew S. Glassner
Andrew Glassner's Notebook: Recreational Computer Graphics
Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1999
ISBN 1558605983
Acquired on July 2000

William Golding
Rites of Passage
Faber and Faber Limited, 1980
ISBN 0571191444
Acquired on August 2000

It is fantastic how this book mixes so many topics in one place. The first part is the journal of Edmund Talbot, a young rich man who sails from England to Australia so that he will obtain an important position in the government. Through his eyes you learn about the snobbery of the English ruling classes, their attitude towards lower classes, and relations of power. Talbot gets portrayed as a almost thoroughly despicable person, but one wants to know everything that he has to say. He has absolutely nothing to do during the boring sea voyage except look at the other passengers, the crew, and try to figure out ways to stir them around to amuse himself. He thinks he is a civilized, powerful person, but in reality he is a self-righteous, pompous rich man who shows a completely different image to other people.

There is a clergyman in the ship who is also a passenger to Australia, a parson named James Colley. This parson receives nothing but animosity and hostility from all the other people in the ship, but through Talbot's journal we almost learn to feel contempt and scorn towards the parson.

The second part of the book is where Talbot quotes a very long letter from Colley. In his letter, the parson is redeemed as a person who is completely innocent and inexperienced with social situations. The tense and unfamiliar atmosphere of the ship ends up corrupting him, with terrible consequences.

As great as the book is, the ending or third part is very underwhelming. After we learn everything we needed to learn, we get to know the reason for the ship's captain's hatred of clergymen, as well as other gossip from the ship which does not seem to be very relevant to the important topics in the book. Still, I would like to read Close Quarters and Fire Down Below, the two sequels to this book. William Golding's knowledge of navigation and the sea is amazing.


David Gries and Fred B. Schneider
A Logical Approach to Discrete Math
Springer-Verlag, 1995
ISBN 0387941150
Acquired on June 1999


Frederic V. Grunfeld
Games of the World: how to make them, how to play them, how they came to be
Plenary Publications International, Inc. (UNICEF)


albinus-anatomy Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle
Albinus on Anatomy
Dover Publications, Inc., 1988
ISBN 048625836X
Acquired on October 1999

anatomy-great-masters Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle
Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters
Watson-Guptill Publications, 1977
ISBN 0823002225
Acquired on October 1999

Alex Harford
GIMP Essential Reference
New Riders Publishing, 2000
ISBN 0735709114
Received from New Riders on November 1999

I did the review of the initial outline for this book. I unexpectedly received it from New Riders; I used to think that only the full technical reviewers would get free copies. I am not complaining :-) It is a shame that the book is only printed in black and white.


dict-hist-arch Cyril M. Harris
Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture
Dover Publications, Inc., 1983
ISBN 048624444X
Acquired on August 1998

This is a very good dictionary of architectural terms. It has *lots* of illustrations, most of them hand-drawn or reproduced from engravings, and it is wonderful to look at. I like to do sketches of architectural stuff, so this makes a very nice reference.


Ernest Hemingway
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
The Finca Vigía Edition
Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1998
ISBN 0684843323
Acquired on October 1998


Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast
Scribner Classics, 1996
ISBN 0684833638
Acquired on March 2000


henle-casals Fritz Henle
Casals
American Photographic Book Publishing Co., 1975
ISBN 0817405933
Acquired on January 2001

Michi Henning and Steve Vinoski
Advanced CORBA Programming with C++
Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., 1999
ISBN 0201379279
Acquired on May 1999


Douglas R. Hofstadter
Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid
Vintage Books, 1989
ISBN 0394756827
Acquired on May 1998


hopcroft-automata John E. Hopcroft and Jeffrey D. Ullman
Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation
Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1979
ISBN 020102988X
Acquired on December 1999

Josef Hoschek and Dieter Lasser
Fundamentals of Computer Aided Geometric Design
A K Peters, Ltd., 1993
ISBN 1568810075
Acquired on July 2000


michelangelo Anthony Hughes
Michelangelo
Phaidon Press Limited, 1997
ISBN 0714834831
Acquired on June 1999

Jorge Ibargüengoitia
Estas Ruinas que Ves
Joaquín Mortiz, 1999
Acquired on May 2000


Jorge Ibargüengoitia
Instrucciones para Vivir en México
Joaquín Mortiz, 1999
ISBN 9682704057
Acquired on May 2000


Jorge Ibargüengoitia
¿Olvida Usted Su Equipaje?
Joaquín Mortiz, 1997
ISBN 9682706769
Acquired on June 2000


photo-book Ian Jeffrey (texts)
The Photography Book
Phaidon Press Limited, 2000
ISBN 071483937X
Acquired on September 2001

Rafael Jimeno
Nociones Gramaticales de la Lengua Árabe
Ediciones Hiperión, 1992
ISBN 8475173713
Acquired on December 2000


Richard Jones and Rafael Lins
Garbage Collection
John Wiley & Sons, 1997
ISBN 0471941484
Acquired on August 2001


kaplan-uj Janet A. Kaplan
Remedios Varo: Unexpected Journeys
Abbeville Press, 2000
ISBN 0789206277
Acquired on September 2000

knuth-taocp Donald E. Knuth
The Art of Computer Programming (volumes 1-3)
Addison-Wesley Publising Co., 1997
ISBN 0201896834 (Volume 1, Fundamental Algorithms, Third Edition)
ISBN 0201896842 (Volume 2, Seminumerical Algorithms, Third Edition)
ISBN 0201896850 (Volume 3, Sorting and Searching, Second Edition)
Acquired on August 1999

knuth-dt Donald E. Knuth
Digital Typography
CSLI Publications, 1999
ISBN 1575860104
Acquired on November 1999

knuth-papers-aa Donald E. Knuth
Selected Papers on Analysis of Algorithms
CSLI Publications, 2000
ISBN 1575862123
Acquired on July 2000

knuth-texbook Donald E. Knuth
The TeXbook
Addison-Wesley Publising Co., 1993
ISBN 0201134489

knuth-tex-program Donald E. Knuth
TeX: The Program
Addison-Wesley Publising Co., 1993
ISBN 0201134373
Acquired on December 1999

metafont Donald E. Knuth
The METAFONTbook
Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1992
ISBN 0201134446
Acquired on October 1998

metafont-program Donald E. Knuth
METAFONT: The Program
Addison-Wesley Publising Co., 1986
ISBN 0201606585
Acquired on December 1999

guide-bartok György Kroó
A Guide to Bartók
Corvina Press, 1974
Acquired on December 1999

lahuerta-gaudi Juan José Lahuerta
Antoni Gaudí: Arquitectura, Ideología y Política
Electa España, 1993
ISBN 8488045441
Acquired on January 2001

time-life-light-and-film Life Library of Photography
Light and Film
Time-Life Books, Inc., 1971
Acquired on December 2000

time-life-special-problems Life Library of Photography
Special Problems
Time-Life Books, Inc., 1971
Acquired on January 2001

John Locke
Ensayo Sobre el Entendimiento Humano
Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1999
ISBN 9681660420
Acquired on April 2000


macaulay-building-cathedral David Macaulay
Building the Book Cathedral
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999
ISBN 0395921473
Gift from Jonathan Blandford and Rosanna Yuen, December 1999

José Martí
Martí y México
(Selección de Salvador Bueno)
Publicaciones Sociedad Cubano-Mexicana de Relaciones Culturales
Acquired on February 2003


John Milton
Complete Poems and Major Prose
Prentice Hall, 1957
ISBN 0023582901
Acquired on July 1999


Diether de la Motte
Contrapunto
Idea Books, S.A., 1998
ISBN 848236104X
Acquired on December 2001


Arthur Nersesian
The Fuck-Up
MTV Books / Pocket Books, 1999
ISBN 0671027638
Acquired on July 1999

Dave and Ninka Miller and myself were walking around downtown Sydney when it started raining heavily. So we took cover in a bookstore filled with glossy commercial books. We were just killing time waiting for the rain to stop, and I found this little book with a catchy title. It turned out to be a hilarious little novel about a guy in New York whose life sucks pretty badly. Definitely a good bathroom read.


Larry Niven
Ringworld
Ballantine Books, 1997
ISBN 0345418409
Acquired on January 1999


great-arch John Julius Norwich
Great Architecture of the World
Mitchell Beazley Publishers Ltd., 1975
ISBN 0306804360
Acquired on March 1999

This is a very beautiful book on Architecture. There is relatively little text, but lots of very nice pictures, diagrams and cut-outs. This is a book I really enjoy browsing and using as a basis for sketches. Each pair of pages covers a topic very briefly, like "Rome/The Forum" or "Gothic/Chartres Cathedral". The thing I like about this book is that it is not pretentious, the text is not pedantic, and the pictures are gorgeous.


George Orwell
Down and Out in Paris and London
Harcourt, Inc., 1961
ISBN 015626224X
Gift from Federico's mother, December 2001

Online version of Down and Out in Paris and London.


George Orwell
The Road to Wigan Pier
Harcourt, Inc., 1958
ISBN 0156767503
Gift from Federico's mother, May 2002

Online version of The Road to Wigan Pier.

This is a two-part book. The first part talks about poverty and the living conditions of the working class in England around the 1930s, especially the mining towns in the North. The second part talks about Socialism and what is good and bad about it — how it is the only thing that could make things better for the working class, how the middle class would change, and how this all affects the rich class.

Orwell gives a very good explanation of why Socialism just makes sense but yet it is not put in practice. All of our customs and convictions, even our tastes and way of talking, derive in some way or another from the social class we were born in. Socialism would change everything about that, essentially turning each one of us into different people, and that why is people unconsciously do not want Socialism to be put in place. Thus, class differences cannot be eliminated. Orwell suggests that the working and middle classes should put aside their differences and realize that they should work together against the domination of the ruling class.


ovalle-catalogo Ricardo Ovalle, Walter Gruen, Alberto Blanco, Teresa del Conde, Salomon Grimberg, Janet A. Kaplan
Remedios Varo: Catálogo Razonado
Second edition
Ediciones Era, 1998
ISBN 9684114427
Acquired on October 2000

A complete catalog of Remedios Varo's paintings and sketches. It has gorgeous pictures and it is very nicely printed. Remedios Varo is my favorite surrealist painter and definitely one of my top artists.


oconnor-image-bank Michael O'Connor
The Image Bank: Visual ideas for the creative color photographer
American Photographic Book Publishing, 1983
ISBN 0817440070
Acquired on October 2000

encyclopedia-things-never Michael Page and Robert Ingpen
Encyclopedia of Things that Never Were
Penguin Studio, 1998
ISBN 0140100083
Acquired on October 1999

A very nice book with descriptions of many mythological and fantastic beings and places. Very nice illustrations, too.


David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy
Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface
Second edition
Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Inc., 1998
ISBN 1558604286
Acquired on November 1998


atlas-anatomy-artist Stephen Rogers Peck
Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist
Oxford University Press, 1951
ISBN 0195030958
Acquired on October 1999

Havoc Pennington
GTK+/Gnome Application Development
New Riders Publishing, 1999
ISBN 0735700788
Acquired on August 1999

Havoc wrote this book on programming with the GTK+ and Gnome libraries, and I was one of the technical reviewers. The nice thing is that the book is released under the Open Content License, so we can actually maintain the contents of this book up to date as the GTK+ and Gnome libraries change.


permanyer-gaudi Lluís Permanyer
Gaudí of Barcelona
Rizzoli International Publications, 1997
ISBN 847820629
Acquired on August 2000

pettinger-heart-sings Peter Pettinger
Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings
Yale University Press, 1998
ISBN 0300081138
Acquired on March 2001

Steven Pinker
How the Mind Works
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1997
ISBN 0393045358
Acquired on August 1998


piston-harmony Walter Piston
Harmony
Third edition
W. W. Norton & Company, 1969
ISBN 0393097374
Acquired on August 2000

Max Planck
The New Science
Greenwich Editions, 1959
Acquired on November 1999


Sylvia Plath
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Anchor Books, 2000
ISBN 0385720254
Acquired on February 2000


Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz and Aristid Lindenmayer
The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants
Springer-Verlag, 1996
ISBN 0387946764
Acquired on July 1997

This is a classic. It is a very beautiful book that explains the use of Lindenmayer systems (L-systems), which are formal grammars, to describe the shape and growth of plants and other organisms. The explanations are simple, formal, and clear, and the images are beautiful. Everyone interested in computer graphics and formal grammars should get a copy of this book.


monet Carla Rachman
Monet
Phaidon Press Limited, 1997
ISBN 0714835005
Acquired on September 2000

music-notation Gardner Read
Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice
Second edition
Taplinger Publishing Co., 1979
ISBN 0800854535
Acquired on June 1999

Rius
El Supermercado de las Sectas
Grijalbo, 1999
ISBN 9700511065
Acquired on May 2000


Bertrand Russell
A History of Western Philosophy
Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1972
ISBN 0671201581
Acquired on August 2000


Bertrand Russell
Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy
Dover Publications, Inc., 1993
ISBN 0486277240
Acquired on June 1999


Bertrand Russell
Unpopular Essays
Routledge, 1995
ISBN 0415119634
Acquired on August 2000


Vita Sackville-West
The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf
Louise DeSalvo and Mitchell Leaska, editors
Cleis Press, 1984
ISBN 1573441368
Acquired on June 2003


salvat-musica-contemporanea Biblioteca Salvat de Grandes Temas
La Música Contemporánea
Salvat Editores, S.A., 1973
ISBN 8434573806
Acquired on March 2001

sandor-on-piano-playing Gyorgy Sandor
On Piano Playing: Motion, Sound and Expression
Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 1995
ISBN 0028722809
Acquired on March 2001

José Saramago
Las Maletas del Viajero
Editorial Ronsel, 1998
ISBN 8488413009
Gift from Federico's brother, January 2000


José Saramago
La Balsa de Piedra
Alfaguara, 2000
ISBN 9681906683
Acquired on October 2000


jsbach-1 jsbach-2 Albert Schweitzer
J. S. Bach (volumes I and II)
Dover Publications, Inc., 1966
ISBN 0486216314 (volume I), 0486216322 (volume II)
Acquired on August 1999

Sir Walter Scott
Ivanhoe
Bantam Books, 1988
ISBN 0553213261


schoenberg-toh Arnold Schoenberg
Theory of Harmony
Translated by Roy E. Carter
University of California Press, 1983
ISBN 0520049446
Acquired on September 2000

schoenberg-sfh Arnold Schoenberg
Structural Functions of Harmony
Revised Edition
W. W. Norton & Company, 1969
ISBN 0393004783
Acquired on March 2000

sedgewick-algorithms-c Robert Sedgewick
Algorithms in C
Addison-Wesley Publising Co., 1990
ISBN 0201514257
Acquired on July 1997

sethares-tuning William A. Sethares
Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale
Springer-Verlag, 1999
ISBN 354076173X
Acquired on July 2000

Peter Shaffer
Equus
Penguin Books, 1977
ISBN 0140260706
Acquired on October 1999

This is great play, with some of the strongest imagery I've ever read — this is especially great given the minimalistic set, props, and costumes required. There is a great conflict between worship/instinct, rationality/awe.

The play raises the question of whether it is ethical to take away someone's wonder and awe if they are the only things that person has. This strikes a chord with me. My mother used to be an agnostic, deeply rational persion, interested in all sorts of books and films. Years after her divorce, she became a hard-core, Bible-thumping Christian. These days she is detached from her sons, my brother and I, as we no longer live with her; her religion also helped to distance each other, as her constant preaching became very bothersome to us. She is detached from my grandmother, who is old and generally stays away from other people's business. My mother takes care of my grandmother, but for all practical purposes she is alone; her husband is long gone, her kids are all but gone, she should be retiring soon, and she doesn't have any particularly engaging hobbies. Her only passion is her religion. Several members of the surrounding family who are deeply anti-religious, myself included, have thought about how to "turn her back" to her agnostic, rational, intellectual self — now I am not so sure this would be a good idea.


anatomy-complete-artists Joseph Sheppard
Anatomy: a Complete Guide for Artists
Dover Publications, Inc., 1992
ISBN 0486272796
Acquired on October 1999

Dmitri Shostakovich
Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich
Edited by Solomon Volkov
Limelight Editions, 2000
ISBN 0879100214
Gift from Federico's mother, March 2003


Jordi Soler
Bocafloja
Punto de Lectura, 2002
ISBN 9707100389
Acquired on April 2003

This is Jordi Soler's first short novel. It is hilarious, especially if you ever heard Jordi himself when he was behind the microphone of a long-dead but fantastic radio station in Mexico City. It would be great if each of Jordi Soler's books came with a CD with the music he mentions in the book.


Jordi Soler
Nueve Aquitania
Alfaguara, 1999
ISBN 9681905113
Acquired on May 2000.

This is by far Jordi's best novel. The characters go around Mexico City, Portugal, Cuba, and other places, and the book loops around itself into a fantastic knot.


Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Vintage, 2003
ISBN 0099449277
Acquired on June 2003


László Somfai
Béla Bartók: Composition, Concepts, and Autograph Scores
University of California Press, 1996
ISBN 0520084853
Acquired on June 2003


O. G. Sonneck (Editor)
Beethoven: Impressions by His Contemporaries
Dover Publications, Inc., 1967
ISBN 0486217701
Acquired on December 2001


Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon
Avon Books, 1999
ISBN 0380973464
Acquired on December 1999


tufte-tvdoqi Edward R. Tufte
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Graphics Press, 1983
ISBN 096139210X
Gift from Marc Ewing, January 1999

tufte-envisioning Edward R. Tufte
Envisioning Information
Graphics Press, 1990
ISBN 0961392118
Gift from Marc Ewing, January 1999

tufte-visual-explanations Edward R. Tufte
Visual Explanations
Graphics Press, 1997
ISBN 0961392126
Gift from Marc Ewing, January 1999

Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
University of California Press, 1980
ISBN 052045580
Acquired on February 2001


Mark Twain
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
University of California Press, 1979
ISBN 0520051092
Acquired on September 1999


remedios-cartas Remedios Varo
Cartas, Sueños y Otros Textos
Introducción y notas de Isabel Castells
Era, 1997
ISBN 9684113945
Acquired on March 2001

de-vecchi-sistine Pierluigi de Vecchi
The Sistine Chapel: A Glorious Restoration
Abradale Press, 1999
ISBN 0810981769
Acquired on December 1999

vila-matas-montano Enrique Vila-Matas
El Mal de Montano
Anagrama, 2002
ISBN 8433968351
Acquired on September 2003

A writer who has Literature sickness writes his own journal. He cannot think of anything except in literary terms: quoting other writers from their books and journals, thinking of himself as the reincarnation of them. The first part of the book is great, a short story in itself; in it, the writer wanders through the world trying to rid himself of his sickness. Another part, where he writes down what he thinks of several writers who also kept personal journals, is very interesting; he writes tidbits about Kafka, Musil, Gide, Pitol, Renard, Valéry, Amiel, Dalí, Gombrowicz, Mansfield, Maugham, Michaux, Pavese, Pessoa... it makes one want to read their journals as well. But the rest of the book has up and downs, and the downs get tedious.


Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five
Delta, 1999
ISBN 0385333846
Acquired on August 2000


gothic-cathedral Christopher Wilson
The Gothic Cathedral
Thames and Hudson, 1996
ISBN 0500276811
Acquired on June 1999

Robert Young and Wendy Goldman Rohm
Under the Radar
The Coriolis Group, 1999
ISBN 1576105067


gaudi Rainer Zerbst
Antoni Gaudí
Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH, 1993
ISBN 3822800740
Acquired on April 1999

A very nice book with lots of pictures of Gaudí's architectural works, and some explanatory and biographical text. I have a penchant for Gaudí's bizarre and curved constructions, so this book provides a very nice source of eye candy.