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Powell's Books: A Baker's Dozen Special Edition
Adam Lehrer , August 22nd, 2020 08:03

Electronic music producer Powell picks favourite books by Baudrillard, Derrida, Kafka, and Susan Sontag

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Susan Casey, The Devil's Teeth
I really love sharks. It’s one of the geeky subjects that I always return to. This book is beautiful. It’s about a group of islands called the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco. The book is called The Devil’s Teeth because they always said the silhouette of the island from the horizon looks like a set of teeth. Casey managed to get a pass and stay there for six months during shark season. It’s a beautiful description of not just the sharks, but also isolation, and living in nature. I didn't know how much I connect to nature until recently. This island has some of the biggest Great White sharks in the world. They go there for elephant seals, which grow to ten feet. It’s the ultimate combination: sharks, nature, isolation, beautiful landscapes. When I was a kid I thought I wanted to be a marine biologist and spent much time trying to learn about it. But then I had a science teacher who hated me, and he put me off that interest.