© Kyuwon Lee, 2020.

The Books that Made me

A place for me to document the books I’ve read and my favorite passage or notes

January 11, 2020

“The way we gather matters. Gatherings consume our days and help determine the kind of world we live in, in both our intimate and public realms.”

Just Mercy

December 27, 2019

"In February 1989, Eva Ansley and I opened out new nonprofit law center in Tuscaloosa, dedicated to providing free, quality legal services to condemned men and women on death row in Alabama. We never thought it would be easy, but it turned out to be even harder than we had expected."

You Are What You Read

September 04, 2019

"In 2011, I got to the point where I could not bear to hear another news story."

The Righteous Mind

August 03, 2019

"My hope is that this book will make conversations about morality, politics, and religion more common, more civil, and more fun, even in mixed company. My hope is that it will help us to get along."

Setting the Table

July 06, 2019

"You may think, as I once did, that I’m primarily in the business of serving good food. Actually, though, food is secondary to something that matters even more. In the end, what’s most meaningful is creating positive, uplifting outcomes for human experiences and human relationships. Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard."

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

May 28, 2019

"As a historian, I cannot give people food or clothes--but I can try to offer some clarity, thereby helping to level the global playing field. If this empowers even a handful of additional people to join the debate about the future of our species, I have done my job."

The Social History of Art

May 23, 2019

The majestic piece serves as the canon of sociological and historical interpretation of art. It's brain-catching and rather comprehensive than what it is widely and simplistically recognized with a particular label--Marxist.


May 12, 2019

"소년은 곧 밖으로 뛰어나왔다. 그리고 신기롭게 주위를 둘러보았다. 이곳은 가평이 아니라 서울이다. 나는 그렇게도 오고 싶어 마지않았던 서울에 기어코 오고야 말았다--이 생각이 소년의 눈에 보이는 것, 귀에 들리는 것, 그 모든 것에 감격을 주었다. 아무리 시골서 처음 올라온 소년의 마음에라도, 결코 그다지는 신기로울 수 없고, 또 아름다울 수 없는 이곳 '천변풍경'이, 오직 이곳이 서울이라는 그 까닭만으로, 그렇게도 아름다웠고, 또 신기하였다."

Heat Wave

April 13, 2019

"Extreme events and disasters pose exceptional challenges for governments and societies, but their potential to cause physical damage and social suffering makes them crucial tests of social protection systems."

Between You & Me

February 18, 2019

"And it has now been more than twenty years since I became a page OK'er--a position that exists only at The New Yorker, where you query-proofread pieces and manage them, with the editor, the author, a fact checker, and a second proofreader, until they go to press."

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

December 27, 2018

"We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can either compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come."

On Writing

November 13, 2018

"What follows is an attempt to put down, briefly and simply, how I came to the craft, what I know about it now, and how it's done. It's about the day job; it's about the language."

외교의 시대

August 21, 2018

"한반도 상황은 국제 권력 구도가 변화하는 고비마다 요동쳤다."

3차 면접에서 돌발 행동을 보인 MAN에 관하여

August 17, 2018

"오늘은 M이 생애 마흔여덟 번째 면접을 보러 가는 날이다. 날씨는 이만하면 괜찮고 시간도 넉넉하다."


August 12, 2018

"이지만을 따지면 타인과 충돌한다. 타인에게만 마음을 쓰면 자신의 발목이 잡힌다. 자신의 의지만 주장하면 옹색해진다. 여하튼 인간 세상은 살기 힘들다."

Everybody Lies

August 08, 2018

Fabulously written, yet an unpretentious book about how the arising big data research may enable us to understand the human world better than ever before. 

The Grapes of Wrath

August 01, 2018

"For man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments."

Black Skin, White Masks

July 15, 2018

"The black man wants to be white. The white man is desperately trying to achieve the rank of man."

Portfolio Society

July 09, 2018

"The fact of this transformation-the fact, that is, that financial markets now appear as a force of their own while simultaneously mediating an increasing range of social relations-is incontrovertible."

Culture as Weapon

June 25, 2018

"Those people and organizations who use culture toward their own ends know that the rational is no match for the affective. And we are thus quite vulnerable to the tools deployed by the most powerful forces in society."


June 14, 2018

"For every patriot fighting for a free Korea, or for any unlucky Korean bastard fighting on behalf of Japan, there were ten thousand compatriots on the ground and elsewhere who were just trying to eat. In the end, your belly was your emperor."

Eichmann in Jerusalem

May 15, 2018

"What he had done was a crime only in retrospect, and he had always been a law-abiding citizen, because Hitler's orders, which had had certainly executed to the best of his ability, had possessed "the force of law" in the Third Reich."

Regarding the Pain of Others

April 22, 2018

"Pictures taken by photographers out in the field of the moment of (or just before) death are among the most celebrated and often reproduced of war photographs."


April 06, 2018

"The fish market at the center of the world"

The Armies of the Night

March 19, 2018

"Yet before dinner was over, the three men had agreed they would go out together tomorrow on the March to the Pentagon, and that they would probably-all consideration given-seek to get arrested."

Fear of Small Numbrrs

February 26, 2018

"The puzzle is about why the relatively small numbers that give the word minority its most simple meaning and usually imply political and military weakness do not prevent minorities from being objects of fear and of rage."

The Lowland

December 23, 2017

"But he had no sense of himself without Udayan. from his earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there."

The Mommy Myth

October 31, 2017

"To young women who, above all, hoped to escape the fate of their own mothers, motherhood seemed to be the ultimate trap."

Communicating Power and Gender

September 17, 2017

"Examining and exploring how communication is employed to link gender and power can create a child-like sense of wonderment in us. It can disappoint. It can infuriate. It can make us smile at the human condition. It can make us shake our head in concern."

The Bookseller of Kabul

September 03, 2017

"I did not choose my family because I wanted it to represent all other families, but because it inspired me."

Bowling Alone

August 14, 2017

Comprehensive, thought-provoking, and in-depth analysis on America's declining social engagement. Concisely written, but invites readers to think about multi-dimensional reasons and consequences of community collapse.

나는 왜 정치를 하는가

August 08, 2017

"나는 왜 정치를 하는가? 정치는 현실에 발을 딛고 열린 가슴으로 숭고한 가치를 추구하는 것입니다. 진흙에서 연꽃을 피우듯, 아무리 욕을 먹어도 결국 세상을 바꾸는 것은 정치라는 신념 하나로 저는 정치를 해왔습니다."

The Stranger

August 06, 2017

"Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don't know. I got a telegram from the home: "Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours." That doesn't mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday."

Thérèse Desqueyroux

July 29, 2017

"She didn't listen to him, her body and soul oriented now toward another universe where people were avid to know, to understand-and, in the phrase Jean had used with great self-satisfaction, “become what they truly were.”"


July 23, 2017

"He wondered, as he had many times wondered before, whether he himself was a lunatic. Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one."

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