Article | Who Read What in 2022: Thinkers and Tastemakers

The Wall Street Journal

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Every year end, The Wall Street Journal asks a selection of thinkers and writers about books that have inspired creativity and gave them food for thought – among them is Moshe Safdie, who just released a memoir looking back on his architectural career. Read below what Moshe is reading:

“Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes’s ‘The Beginning of Politics’ examines the biblical Book of Samuel’s political and psychological intricacies and demonstrates it to be the first insight into the complexity of sovereignty and government. I reread Robert Fagles’s translation of ‘The Odyssey’ during the Covid-19 lockdown. Fifty years after first reading Homer’s epic poem, I returned to it with a broadened perspective, and consumed it as if watching a film—I found it more dramatic, and certainly more imaginative, than any space fantasy I have seen. ‘Memoirs of Hadrian,’ by Marguerite Yourcenar, reflects on statesmanship, leadership, ambition, and the potential and limits of power. Richard Saul Wurman’s epic publication ‘The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn’ (1962) expressed Kahn’s method, philosophy and poetic words. Recently republished, along with new anecdotes, photographs, and essays, the book shows why Kahn’s stature as one of the great American architects stands firm.”

Moshe Safdie, author of “If Walls Could Speak: My Life in Architecture.”

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Published in Media on December 8, 2022

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