Reading

Books: on balance, I'm for them. These are most of the ones I've read since 2007 or so. The star ratings correspond more closely to "how worth my time this felt" than "how good this is."
2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

December 24 Hyperbole and a Half
Allie Brosh
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November 27 The Long Take
Robin Robertson
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November 21 The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine
Serhii Plokhy
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October 30 Agency (Jackpot #2)
William Gibson
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October 20 Dare to Speak
Suzanne Nossel
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October 12 The Internet of Garbage
Sarah Jeong
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October 10 The City We Became
N.K. Jemisin
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September 27 Parable of the Sower
Octavia E. Butler
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September 24 Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women's Work
Jenny Brown
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August 20 Arranging Grief: Sacred Time and the Body in Nineteenth-Century America
Dana Luciano
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August 08 Hieronymus Bosch: Garden of Earthly Delights
Hans Belting
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July 31 Here For It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays
R. Eric Thomas
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July 26 Inventing Human Rights
Lynn Hunt
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July 08 The Spook Who Sat by the Door
Sam Greenlee
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July 03 Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Anand Giridharadas
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June 29 Learning to Die in the Anthropocene
Roy Scranton


I have grown to really appreciate concise, idea-packed writing. This book meets those criteria. It takes an existential view to the global climate crisis, asking... more >> 

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June 19 Speak, Memory
Vladimir Nabokov
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June 14 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
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June 13 Critical Trauma Studies: Understanding Violence, Conflict, and Memory in Everyday Life
eds. Monica J. Capser and Eric Wertheimer


I’ve been thinking a lot about individual and collective trauma recently. Given the extremity of our experiences - the pandemic, historic and ongoing U.S. racism... more >> 

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May 29 Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need
Sasha Costanza-Chock


Design Justice is a an extremely useful book. The word ‘design’ has a long history behind it and over the last several decades it has... more >> 

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May 20 Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1)
C.S. Pacat
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May 12 Dientes de Dragón
Michael Crichton
translated by Gabriel Dols Gallardo
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May 03 The Force of Nonviolence: The Ethical in the Political
Judith Butler
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April 02 The Sense of Order (Wrightsman Lectures 9)
E.H. Gombrich


A very thoughtful and comprehensive read on the global (!) history and cultural functioning and evolution of decoration and design. As Gombrich says, "the historian is not a critic and should not aspire to be one," but the book did at times become discursive and hard to follow due to its lack of a strong unifying framework. Very worth the time; I will never look at wallpaper or picture frames the same way again.

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March 23 White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America
Joan C. Williams
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March 23 Despair
Vladimir Nabokov
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February 26 Art Attack: A Brief Cultural History of the Avant-Garde
Marc Aronson
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January 21 Pnin
Vladimir Nabokov
David Lodge
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2020 total: 31