Current Reading


Current Reading

Lists are all too often gratuitous (as with lists of accomplishments) and of dubious value (as in many "best of" lists). But I usually don't find this to be the case for lists of books and other materials one has read. Why? Because what a person has read, their reading formation, plays an important role in how they think and, ideally, how they act in the world. The adage "You are what you eat" goes for all things we consume, whether literally or figuratively, and so I offer my book list as a window into my own reading formation.

Books Read in 2018

  1. Tarjei Vesaas. The Birds.

  2. Jóanes Nielsen. The Brahmadells.

  3. Sjón. The Blue Fox.

  4. Eric Hayot. The Elements of Academic Style.

  5. William Shakespeare. Othello. (Second reading.)

  6. Robert Ferguson. Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North.

  7. Walidah Imarisha. Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption.

  8. Jeffrey T. Schnapp + Adam Michaels. The Electric Information Age Book: McLuhan/Agel/Fiore and the Experimental Paperback.

  9. Marshall McLuhan + Quentin Fiore. The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. (Second reading.)

  10. Maggie Nelson. The Argonauts.

  11. Frank Close. The Void.

  12. Bret Easton Ellis. American Psycho. (Stopped halfway through, as it didn't seem necessary to continue to "get the point" — a lesson I learned from Michael Haneke's film Funny Games.)

  13. László Krasznahorkai. Satantango.

  14. James Owen Weatherall. Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing.

  15. Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart. (Third [fourth?] reading.)

  16. Partha Chatterjee. The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories.

  17. Timothy Morton. Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People.

  18. Judith [Jack] Halberstam. The Queer Art of Failure.

  19. Eduardo Kohn. How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology beyond the Human.

  20. Hal Foster. Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency.

  21. Lee Edelman. No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive. (Selections.)

  22. Ruth Ozeki. My Year of Meats.

  23. Thomas Mann. Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkühn as Told by a Friend.

  24. Monique Truong. The Book of Salt.

  25. Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins.

  26. Mahmoud Darwish. Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982.

  27. William Shakespeare. A Midsummer Night's Dream. (Second reading.)

  28. Marv Wolfman + George Pérez. Crisis on Infinite Earths.

  29. Sarah Sentilles. Draw Your Weapons.

  30. Elias Khoury. Gate of the Sun. (Partial reading.)

  31. John Berger. Ways of Seeing.

  32. László Krasznahorkai. The World Goes On.

  33. Max Horkheimer + Theodor Adorno. Dialectic of Enlightenment. (Selections.)

  34. R. John Williams. The Buddha in the Machine: Art, Technology, and the Meeting of East and West.

  35. Dag Solstad. Armand V.

  36. Amy Allen. The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory. (Selections.)

  37. Claudia Rankine. Citizen: An American Lyric.

  38. Michel Serres. Genesis.

  39. Samuel R. Delany. Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand.

  40. N. K. Jemisin. The Fifth Season.

  41. Christina Sharpe. In the Wake: On Blackness and Being.

  42. Stuart Jeffries. Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School. (Selections.)

  43. Ytasha L. Womack. Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy. (Selections.)

  44. Manuel De Landa. A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History.

  45. N. K. Jemisin. The Obelisk Gate.

  46. Donna J. Haraway. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene.

  47. Alexis Pauline Gumbs. M Archive: After the End of the World.

  48. Helen Sword. Stylish Academic Writing.

  49. Frank Herbert. Dune. (Herbert's cardboard characters ended it for me halfway through.)

  50. Elizabeth Bowen. The Death of the Heart.

  51. Muriel Spark. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

  52. F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby. (Third reading.)

  53. G. W. F. Hegel. Introduction to the Philosophy of History.

  54. Iris Murdoch. The Sea, the Sea.

  55. James Elkins. The Object Stares Back.

  56. William Shakespeare. Hamlet. (Second[?] reading.)

  57. Allan deSouza. How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change.

  58. William Shakespeare. King Lear. (Third reading.)

  59. William Shakespeare. Macbeth. (Second reading.)

  60. Michel Foucault. The Archaeology of Knowledge. (Selections.)

  61. N. K. Jemisin. The Stone Sky.

  62. William Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice.

  63. Samiya Bashir. Field Theories.

  64. Mark Rifkin. Beyond Settler Time: Temporal Sovereignty and Indigenous Self-Determination. (Selections.)

  65. Leslie Marmon Silko. Storyteller.

  66. Karl Ove Knausgård. My Struggle: Book Six.

  67. Honoré de Balzac. The Unknown Masterpiece [& Gambara].

  68. Umberto Eco. The Name of the Rose.

  69. Tom McCarthy. Remainder.

  70. Achille Mbembe. Critique of Black Reason. (Selections.)

  71. Peter Matthiessen. In Paradise.

  72. Hito Steyerl. Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War.

  73. Annie McClanahan. Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture. (Selections.)