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The Suburban Society - S.D. Clark

This is the kind of book I would normally skip reviewing. But you guys message asking why no review!

I strongly believe that we should not only read the “best” books out there. The most interesting and most practical books are great, but, including some less important material allows you to expand your mind as well.

This book is about the expansion of the city I was born in - Toronto. The conversion of rural into urban is hardly an important topic, if you are not a city planner or architect or politician. I know this subject has nothing to do with my own career.

But, these unimportant topics are also easier on the mind. The “best” books come with a pressure to absorb, understand, and apply the message. This stress is important for growth - but rest days are key to muscle development, and I believe the same is true with the brain. Our best ideas often come in times of rest - showering, driving, or reading something of mild importance.

This book particularly was written in the 1960s, a decade which delighted in minute details, lengthy and repetitive conclusions, and were bold enough to explore topics like this one without any grand pretentious new theories. It was a welcome break from intense study.

You don’t need to read this book and you probably won’t find a copy anyway. But I encourage hunting the thrift world for books that are not supposed to blow your mind. Add them into the intense practical studies and let your mind wander.