’12 and ’13 in books

The compulsive reading continued this year. I finished wending my way through McElroy’s books and seriously delved into his “bookshelf,” or syllabus, reading through a plethora of these. This amounted to a crash course in the lesser-known works of the 1960s and 70s. Because I am too busy reading and working… I’ll get right to the list of this year’s (and don’t forget next year’s) reading.

Re-read in ’12:

David Markson, Reader’s Block

Rainer Maria Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Burton Pike translation)


Joseph McElroy, Hind’s Kidnap; Actress in the House; Ancient history : a paraphase; Uncollected Writings

Nicholas Mosley’s Impossible Object; Catastrophe Practice; Imago Bird

Aidan Higgins, Langrishe, Go Down

Alain Robbe-Grilliet, The Voyeur and The Erasers

Paul Metcalf, Patagoni

Harold Brodkey, First Love and Other Sorrows

Michel Butor, Degrees and Mobile

William S. Wilson, Why I Don’t Write Like Franz Kafka

William Gaddis, The Recognitions (audiobook mostly)

Geoff Dyer, But Beautiful; Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D.H. Lawrence

Gerald Murnane, Inland

Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Writings

Thomas Bernhard, Wittgenstein’s Nephew 

Robert Pinget, Passacaglia

Norman Mailer, Of a Fire on the Moon

Harry Mathews, 20 Lines a Day, Cigarettes, The Journalist

Grace Paley, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find

Katherine Ann Porter, Pale Horse, Pale Rider

Charles Newman, New Axis, or the ‘Little Ed’ Stories

Robert Musil, Flypaper

Harmony Korine, A Crack-Up at the Race Riots


Lucretius, The Nature of Things

Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

E.F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as If People Mattered

Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Julian Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind 

Alan Jacobs, The Pleasures of Reading in the Age of Distraction

Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

Evgeny Morozov, The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom

Jodi Dean, Blog Theory: Feedback and Capture in the Circuits of Drive

Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things

Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man

David Porush, The Soft Machine: Cybernetic Fiction

Joseph J. Ellis, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Theodore Roszack, The cult of information: a a neo-Luddite treatise on high tech, artificial intelligence, and the true art of thinking

Thomas Jefferson and his library : a study of his literary interests and of the religious attitude

Bruno Latour, We Have Never Been Modern

Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

John Gardner, The Art of Fiction


Galway Kinnell, The Book of Nightmares

W.G. Sebald, Across the Land and the Water

Jacques Roubaud, Some Thing Black

Unfinished, Dipped into:

Norman Mailer, An American Dream; The Spooky Art; Advertisements for Myself

William T. Vollmann, The Rainbow Stories

Richard Powers, Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance

Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

A.R. Ammons, Glare and Collected Poems (-1971)

William Carlos Williams, Paterson

George Oppen, Of Being Numerous

Leonard Michaels, Going Places

Italo Calvino, t-zero

Sandra Pralong and Ian Jarvie (eds.), Popper’s Open Society after Fifty Years : The Continuing Relevance of Karl Popper

Leo Marx, The Passenger and The Pilot: Essays on Literature, Technology, and Culture in the United States

Richard Saul Wurman, Information Anxiety

Paul Goodman, The Paul Goodman Reader

Maud Barlow, Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water

Stanislas Dehaene, Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read

Hans Magnus Enzensberger, The Consciousness Industry

Damon Young, Distraction

Dario D. Salvucci, Niels A. Taatgen, The Multitasking Mind

Dave Crenshaw, The Myth of Multitasking : How doing it all gets nothing done 

William McDonough & Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

B. F. Skinner, Beyond Freedom and Dignity

Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin, The Coming of the Book : The Impact of Printing 1450-1800

Wayne C. Booth, The Rhetoric of Fiction

Tom LeClair, The Art of Excess

Joseph Tabbi, Postmodern Sublime and Cognitive Fictions

Next year: 

Baruch de Spinoza, The Ethics

William James, A Pluralistic Universe

Gregory Bateson, Steps to an Ecology of Mind

Catherine Keller, Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming

Harry G. Frankfurt, On Bullshit

Nicholas Mosley, Serpent, Judith, Accident

Curtis White, The Idea of Home

Joseph McElroy, Cannonball (June 2013)

Gilbert Sorrentino, Mulligan Stew

William Golding, The Inheritors

Joseph Heller, Something Happened

more Harold Brodkey and A.R. Ammons

Henry Green (maybe)

Herman Melville, Moby Dick (maybe)

John Donne, selections

A year in reading

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