Parecon is an interesting and thoughtful answer to the "but what do you want" question that anticapitalists are always asked. I got occasionally annoyed at its often rather simplistic, homespun style. It kind of reminded me of Berkman's ABC of Anarchism in that way. Which is a shame because there's some great and insightful contributions in there and Albert has one of the most coherent and pragmatic visions of a post capitalist world of any thinkers working today. Here's a video of Michael Albert talking about the concepts behind parecon, courtesy of London Indymedia.
I’ve been meaning to read some of Calvino's work for a while, and I’d actually bought Invisible cities some months back, but not read it. I was blown away by the mysterious beauty of his writing, which is a lyrical piece, partly about cities but more about age and memory and experience and perception. Well a bit of everything really. Stunning.