Past Reading


Past Reading

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.)

  74. Hal Foster. Design and Crime (And Other Diatribes).

  75. W. G. Sebald. Vertigo.

Books Read in 2017

  1. David Foster Wallace. Consider the Lobster.

  2. David Foster Wallace. Infinite Jest. (Put it down at the two-thirds mark.)

  3. Anonymous. Egil's Saga. (In The Sagas of Icelanders.)

  4. Graham Greene. The Quiet American.

  5. Karl Ove Knausgård. My Struggle: Book One.

  6. Karl Ove Knausgård. My Struggle: Book Two.

  7. Katherine Profeta. Dramaturgy in Motion: At Work on Dance and Movement Performance.

  8. Knut Hamsun. Hunger.

  9. Henrik Ibsen. Peer Gynt.

  10. Joseph Conrad. Heart of Darkness. (Fourth reading.)

  11. Peter Matthiessen. The Snow Leopard.

  12. François Jullien. In Praise of Blandness: Proceeding from Chinese Thought and Aesthetics.

  13. Roy Scranton. Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization.

  14. David Ehrenfeld. The Arrogance of Humanism.

  15. Stephen Batchelor. After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age.

  16. Edward Hinga. Out of the Jungle.

  17. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir.

  18. James Joyce. Dubliners. (Second reading.)

  19. Karl Ove Knausgård. My Struggle: Book Three.

  20. Banana Yoshimoto. Kitchen.

  21. Åsne Seierstad. One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway.

  22. Halldór Laxness. Wayward Heroes.

  23. Ivan Vladislavić. The Exploded View.

  24. Ivan Vladislavić. The Folly.

  25. Ivan Vladislavić. Double Negative.

  26. Amadou Hampaté Bâ. The Fortunes of Wangrin.

  27. J. D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye.

  28. Emily Ruete [née Sayyida Salme]. Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar.

  29. Anne Garréta. Sphinx.

  30. Mark Twain. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (Second reading.)

  31. Wole Soyinka. Aké: The Years of Childhood.

  32. Wole Soyinka. Myth, Literature and the African World.

  33. Anonymous. Njal's Saga.

  34. Marshall McLuhan + Quentin Fiore. The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects.

  35. William H. Gass. On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry.

  36. Pheng Cheah. What Is a World? On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature.

  37. Roland Barthes. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography.

  38. William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet. (Second reading.)

  39. William Shakespeare. The Tempest. (Second reading.)

  40. Susan Sontag. On Photography.

  41. Susan Sontag. Regarding the Pain of Others.

  42. Judith Butler. Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (Selections.)

  43. Martha Buskirk. The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art. (Selections.)

  44. W. J. T. Mitchell. What Do Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of Images. (Selections.)

  45. Donna J. Haraway. Manifestly Haraway.

  46. Wole Soyinka. Death and the King's Horseman. (Second reading.)

  47. Karl Ove Knausgård. A Time for Everything.

  48. Karl Ove Knausgård. My Struggle: Book Four.

  49. Karl Ove Knausgård. My Struggle: Book Five.

No records kept for 2016 — a sad year for reading, indeed.

Books Read in 2015

  1. Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. Dust.

  2. D. H. Lawrence. The Rainbow.

  3. D. H. Lawrence. Lady Chatterly's Lover.

  4. F. R. Leavis. D. H. Lawrence: Novelist. (Selections)

  5. William York Tindall. D. H. Lawrence and Susan His Cow.

  6. D. H. Lawrence. Mornings in Mexico.

  7. Jakob von Uexküll. A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans.

  8. D. H. Lawrence. The Plumed Serpent.

  9. Martin Heidegger. The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude. (Part Two)

  10. Jeff VanderMeer. Authority.

  11. D. H. Lawrence. Studies in Classic American Literature.

  12. Quentin Meillassoux. After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency.

  13. Graham Harman. The Quadruple Object.

  14. Steven Shaviro. The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism.

  15. Jane Bennett. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things.

  16. Jeff VanderMeer. Acceptance.

  17. Michel Serres. The Natural Contract.

  18. Maggie Nelson. Bluets.

  19. Henry D. Thoreau. Walden.

  20. Arthur J. Bachrach. D. H. Lawrence in New Mexico.

  21. D. H. Lawrence. Fantasia of the Unconscious.

  22. Dolores LaChapelle. D. H. Lawrence: Future Primitive.

  23. D. H. Lawrence. Sketches of Etruscan Places.

  24. Elizabeth Kolbert. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.

  25. Max Oelschlaeger. The Idea of Wilderness: From Prehistory to the Age of Ecology. (Selections)

  26. Ben Woodard. On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New Geophilosophy.

  27. D. H. Lawrence. Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence. (Selections)

  28. Eugene Thacker. In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy Vol. 1.

  29. D. H. Lawrence. St. Mawr.

  30. Neil Evernden. The Natural Alien: Humankind and Environment.

  31. Graham Harman. Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy. (Parts 1 + 3)

  32. D. H. Lawrence. The Fox.

  33. Toni Morrison. God Help the Child.

  34. Vincent Scully. Pueblo: Mountain, Village, Dance. (Selections)

  35. Dan Lloyd. Radiant Cool: A Novel Theory of Consciousness.

  36. Dan Simmons. Hyperion.

  37. Lily King. Euphoria.

  38. Emily St. John Mandel. Station Eleven.

  39. Rosi Braidotti. The Posthuman.

  40. David Skrbina. Panpsychism in the West.

  41. Tom Quirk. Bergson and American Culture: The Worlds of Willa Cather and Wallace Stevens. (Selections)

  42. Willa Cather. My Mortal Enemy.

  43. Ellen Eve Frank. Literary Architecture: Essays Toward a Tradition.

  44. William Plomer. Turbott Wolfe.

  45. H. I. E. Dhlomo. Collected Works. (Selections)

  46. Sol Plaatje. Native Life in South Africa.

  47. Dan Simmons. The Fall of Hyperion.

  48. André Brink. A Chain of Voices.

  49. Chenjerai Hove. Bones.

  50. E. M. Forster. Aspects of the Novel. (Selections)

  51. Terence Ranger. Peasant Consciousness and Guerrilla War in Zimbabwe.

  52. Edward Said. Beginnings: Intention and Method. (Selections)

  53. Wole Soyinka. Myth, Literature, and the African World. (Selections)

  54. Simon Gikandi. Reading the African Novel. (Selections)

  55. Hermann Hesse. Steppenwolf.

  56. Ayi Kwei Armah. Two Thousand Seasons.

  57. Patrick Rothfuss. The Slow Regard of Silent Things.

  58. Eugène Marais. The Soul of the White Ant.

  59. Doris Lessing. African Stories. (Selections)

  60. Lawrence Vambe. An Ill-Fated People: Zimbabwe Before and After Rhodes.

  61. Joseph O'Neill. The Dog.