Two Books: 'Far South' and 'The Tyranny of Choice'
This looks like it could be an experience more than a book. It does not have an author but a 'voice', a UK representative, and a 'collective' of artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, musicians and dancers.
The premise is that when a man called Fischer vanishes from an artists' colony in Argentina, his colleagues call in a private detective called Perez. The book follows Perez's investigation - and he uncovers not just written material but short films, audio recordings and YouTube videos (to which there are links and QR codes in the book). Truly multimedia, then and such an exciting idea! It makes me want to grab my iphone and start on the book right now.
The second book is more conventional formatted but just as enticing: The Tyranny of Choice by Renata Salecl.
This is about how choice causes anxiety. I find it paradoxically reassuring that someone should think this idea is a suitable topic for a book - I shall explain why.
A few years ago I found myself in the supermarket for the weekly 'shop'. Life was not just getting on top of me, it was stamping on my head and grinding it and the rest of me into the ground. I stood in front of the bread. I knew I had to get a loaf and put it into my shopping basket, but I just couldn't decide what to get. The longer I stood there, the more futile everything about my life, and everyone else's life, seemed to be. I have not heard of existential angst being caused by bread-buying before but, dear blog-reader, it happened to me - and I blame it all on too much choice. It has often occurred to me since that too much choice is a great waster of time, and not very good for people that always doubt they are making the right decision about anything. So to find a book about this concept of choice, and the bad psychological effect it has on people besides me, is oddly reassuring - because it means I am not alone.
The third book a guide to Rome - but I shall leave that one until later.