This is the list of over two hundred books that listeners to this radio series of interviews are currently reading.

This list is still being edited and tweaked

Please use the comments on the bottom to add your reading list or comment if you wish.

1. Octavio Paz – The Labyrinth of Solitude

-Marie-Louise Häfner


2. I am currently reading three things:

a.    W.E.B du Bois – Black Reconstruction in America 1960-1880

b.    Samir Amin – Global History: A view from the South

c.     The Secret Cabinet minutes of the British Government negotiation with TUC leaders to end the 1926 General Strike

-John Hutnyk


3. Two books at the moment:

a.    The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees  – by Robert Penn (Author)  brilliant book

b.    A Concise History of Watercolours, by Graham Reynolds.

-Andrew Carnie


4. The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir

-Carla Cruz


5. The book I am reading:

“the Dispossessed” from Ursula Le Guin.

-Tony Maslic



a.    John Ruskin: Unto this last

b.    Jenny Uglow: The Lunar Men

– Tcm


7. A clash of kings (GoD series), GRRM



8.  Suzanne Lacy : Leaving Art, Published by Duke

-Carme Nogueira


9. Suzi Gablik’s The Reenchantment of Art

a.    An original 1954 copy of Viktor Lowenfeld’s Your Child and his Art

b.    Dog on Cliff Dwellers- The Art of Mali’s Mountain People by Pascal James Imperato

-Lian Brehm


10. Der Knacks, from Roger Willemsen, Fischer Verlag

-Karin Sander


11. I’m reading 2 books now:

a.    “Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind” by Youval Noah Harari

b.    “Poetics of Relation” by Édouard Glissant

– Cristina


12. Magic Mountain By Thomas Mann, 1924

-M Chevska


13. Currently I am reading the books:

a.    Journey to the End of the Night (Voyage au bout de la nuit, 1932) by Céline

b.    The roar of morning (De morgen loeit weer aan, 1988) by Tip Marugg.




14. I’m reading “Love Nina” by Nina Stibbe




a.    La septieme function du langage, Laurent Binet (his previous book HHhH is translated in English and totally fantastic)

b.    Composing Differences – Imagining New Models for Knowledge Production and Exchange, ed. Virginie Bobin

c.     Just finished: Submission – Houellebecq

d.    Ready to start: Tom McCarthy – Satin Island

-Els Silvrants-Barclay


16. Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

-David Ross


17. Ohran Pamuk, Museum of Innocence



18. Rebecca Solnit, A Book of Migrations.

Yet more of Solnit’s enticing essays on what can be learnt through wandering and wondering. First published in 1997, it seems particularly relevant now with the increased interest in possibilities for dual Irish-American or Irish-British nationality (provoked, I think, by the US election scenario and the forthcoming Remain or Leave referendum in UK).

-Liz Wells



a.    “Lee Kit” published by S.M.A.K.

b.    “Gene Keys” by Richard Rudd




a.    Industry and Intelligence: Contemporary Art Since 1820, Columbia UP, by Liam Gillick.

b.    Robert Walser Looking at Pictures, Christine Burgin/New Directions.

-John Slyce


21. I’m reading:

Optical Media by Friedrich Kittler.

-Alex Hamilton



a.    “Shanghai’s Dancing World: Cabaret, Culture and Urban Politics 1919-1954” (2010) by Andrew David Field, The Chinese University Press, Hong Kong

b.    “The Procrastinator’s Digest: A Concise Guide to Solving the Procrastination Puzzle” (2010) by Timothy A Pychyl, Xlibris Corporation, Bloomington, USA

-John Millichap


23. I am currently reading “The Argonauts” by Maggy Nelson

“The Beautiful Struggle” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

-Heidrun Holzfeind


24. Just read “Buckingham Palace” by Richard Rive.

-Mimmo Catania



a.    The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson and the Debate that Changed Our Understanding of Time: Jimena Canales

b.    2312: Kim Stanley Robinson

c.     One Way Street: Walter Benjamin

d.    The Cultural Contradictions of Capital: Daniel Bell


26. Jose Saramago: Todos os Nomes (All the Names) 1997


27. Just finished:

a.    “Possibilities” by Turner Simkins

b.    “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson

Now reading:

c.     “The things they carried” by  Tim O’Brien



28. I am reading two books:

a.    “London Fields,” by Martin Amis

b.    “The Record Players:  DJ Revolutionaries,” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton.

-Barry N. Neuman



a.    Günter Grass, The Flounder (1977)

b.    Ian McEwan, Saturday (2005)

c.     Jeremy Rifkin, The Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014)




a.    Rebecca Solnit:  Field Guide to Getting Lost

b.    Rebecca Solnit: Wanderlust: A History of Walking

c.     Rebecca Solnit: The Faraway Nearby

d.    Rebecca Solnit: Hope in the Dark

-David Travis


31. Mime Radio by Benjamin Seror



32. Ian McEwan, The Innocent (I read everything set in Berlin)

-Mary Rozell


33. I am on:

a.    Trust, by Iyanla Vanzant

b.    The Book of Mastery, by Paul Selig

c.     La Legge dell’Attrazione e Le Relazioni Affettive, by Esther and Jerry Hicks

-Valentina Scambia


34. I am reading:

a.    Paul Chaat Smith, ‘Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong’, University of Minnesota Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8166-5601-1

b.    David Abram, ‘The Spell of the Sensuous’, Vintage Books, 1996, ISBN: 978-0-679-77639-0

-Wineke Gartz



a.    Truth Is Concrete – A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics: edited by Steirischer Herbst and Florian Malzacher

b.    The Neuroscience Of Psychotherapy: Louis Cozolino

c.     Not My Father’s Son – A Memoir: Alan Cumming

d.    Theatrum Anatomicum (and Other Performance Lectures): Pablo Helguera



36. Just started:

a.    Francis Bacon in your Blood

b.    The Abad- Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

c.     And reading out loud Lord of the Rings with my 11 year old girl.



37. Currently reading:

“Healing Spaces. The science of place and well being” by Esther M. Sternberg

-Ève K Tremblay


38. I’m reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari



39. The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis by Jamieson Webster

-K. Moscovitch


40. Battle for home by Marwa Al Sabouni

-Ooster Huis


41. The signal and the noise by Nate silver



42. I’m reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch: A Novel.

-V. Grabill


43. I read many at once:

a.    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

b.    The Frozen Rabbi by Stephen Stern

c.     The End of Nature by Bill McKibben

d.    A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

e.    Breakfast With Buddha by Roland Merullo




a.    Anna Moschovakis, They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This

b.    M Train by Patti Smith

-Adriene Jenik


45. Robert Musil: Man without Qualities

-Julie Saul


46. Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris




a.    Dave Eggers, Hologram for a King

b.    Simon Schama, Landscape and Memory



48. Elena Ferrante, book 2 in the series. Following the crowds, I guess 🙂




a.    Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul by Charles King

b.    Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? By Karen Bawisha

-Rajeev Pillay


50. I am reading Claire Tomalin’s biography of Jane Austen.

-Valerie Komor


51. Right now I’m revisiting:

a.    Guy Debord’s 1967 classic “The Society of the Spectacle”

b.    Italo Calvino’s 1988 essay  “Lightness,” from  SIX MEMOS FOR THE NEW MILLENIUM.



53. The Following Story by my good friend Cees Nooteboom.



54. Right now I am reading “Is this man” from Primo Levi.



55. I always have a stack on my nightstand:

a.    Just read ‘Lady Painter’ again, by Patricia Albers.

b.    Alice Munro – Hateship, friendship, courtship, loveship, marriage.

c.     ‘William Dekooning’ The artist materials by Susan Lake.

d.    I am in the middle of your book ‘Making it in the art world’ which is great, thank you.

-Heidi Lanino Bilezikian


56. John Lawton’s Bluffing Mr Churchill.

-Peter Norton



a.    Six Steps Back to the Land (Why we need small mixed Farms and millions more farmers) by Colin Tudge

b.    The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts

-Leslie Fry


60. Lee child: The Persuader

-Roman Weil



a.    Mario Luzi’s ‘Earthly and Heavenly Journey of Simone Martini’, published by Green Integer, Kobenhavn & Los Angeles, 2003.

b.    Poetry of Pier, Paolo Pasolini.

Both Luzi and Pasolini were great Italian poets, although their poetic styles, subject matters and

ideological beliefs were different from each other. I love them both.

-David Medalla


62.Vanity Fair, by William Thackeray

-J. Onians


63. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez

-Nancy Farmer


64. I am currently reading:

a.    David Goudreault, “La bête et sa cage”, éditions Stanke.

b.    Alain Libert, “Les femmes les plus sanguinaires de l’histoire”, éditions La boîte à Pandore.

-Catherine B



a.    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

b.    Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust by Michael Bazyler and Frank Tuerkheimer

-Lawrence Lason


66. “The Enchanted” by Rene Denfeld




a.    Sketchbook With Voices Prompts and Inspiration from Contemporary Artist, edited by Eric Fischl and Jerry Saltz

b.    The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

c.     New Markets for Artists by Brainard Carey

d.    The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

e.    The Bowl of Lightby Hank Wesselman, Phd

f.      Receiving Love Transform Your Relationship By Letting Yourself Be Loved by Harville Hendrix, Phd and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Phd

-Paul Kalanithi


68. Thomas Merton’s autobiography, “The Seven Storey Mountain”.

-Ed Taylor



a.    Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein

b.    The Dhammapada

c.     Lit by Mary Carr

d.    The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

-Alison Odaniel


70. Grundprobleme der Phänomenologie 1910/11 by Edmund Husserl (veröffentlicht vom Husserl Archiv Univ. Louvain).

-Kees van Gelder


71. Benjamin Bratton, The Stack

-Andrew Maillet



a.    Oliver Sacks Autobiography

b.    ‘Vengeance’ by Zachary Lazar



74. Actually I am rereading

a.    “Moderato Cantabile” from Marguerite Duras (eternal and precious)

b.    “L Ivresse De L Art” from Paul Audi (a contemporary french philosopher who is also teaching in the US)

c.     Susan Sontag “The Doors And Dostojewski”

d.    Thomas Mann  S “Doktor Faustus” (it is like upholding  the taste and substance of what Germany in his ideal still is for me)

e.    Rosalind Krauss “Passages In Modern Sculpture”

-Beatrice R.


75. Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier, 1916.

-Sarah Schroth


76. A Little Life by Hanya Yanaghara



77. Dr. Faustus by Thomas Mann




a.    Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire

b.    The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo




a.     Titain, His Life by Sheila Hale,

b.    The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon, Sylvia Wynter’s

c.     On Being Human as Praxis

d.    Three Degrees of Latitude by Jane Coffey




a.    C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

b.    Peter Fuller, Art and Psychoanalysis

c.     John Le Carre, Single & Single

d.    Bob Bachner, Last Clear Chance




a.    Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope – and How to Find Them by Guy Consolmagno , Dan M. Davis

b.    Bel Canto By Ann Patchett

c.     SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome By Mary Beard

-Drake Pike


82. Magda szabo the door



83.  Christian Metz’s Impersonal Enunciation, or the Place of Film, in English this time.

Metz’s book was my countermodel in writing my book Virtual Realities: Television, Media Art and Cyberculture and I want to reengage with these issues in the present.

-Margaret Morse


84. Speculations (the future is…) a compilation by Triple Canopy

-Joan Waltemath


85. Emanuele de Donno, Amedeo Martegani. Yes Yes Yes Alternative Press’66-’77 from Provo to Punk. Milan/Foligno: a+m bookstore/VIAINDUSTRIAE, 2015



86. Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens – A Brief History of Mankind, London 2015.

A great book, wonderfully written, quite philosophical and entertaining at the same time:

-Christoph Heinrich


87. Why Are Artists So Poor? by Hans Abbing

-Karen Atkinson



a.    Studies in the Middle Way by Christmas Humphreys

b.    Collected poems by Federico Garcia Lorca

c.     The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh



a.    Shots by Kevin Roberts

b.    I am that by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

c.     The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

-Max Gimblett



a.    Lena Andersson: Wilful disregard

b.    Edith Södergran Samlade Dikter

c.     Kristina Sandberg Att Föda Ett Barn

-Annika Ström


91. Book four of the Elena Ferrante Neapolitan novels.

-Loring Randolph


92. The Undercommons, Fugitive Planning and Black Study By Stefano Harney and Fred Moten

-Nancy Murphy Spicer



a.    NW: Zadie Smith

b.    Better Living Through Criticism: A. O. Scott




a.    Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

b.    Wheels of Life by Judith Anodea

c.     The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

-Aurora Robson



a.    The Italian Avant-Garde, Sternberg Press

b.    Christa Wolf, City of Angels

c.     In the Canyon, Revise the Canon, Shelter Press

d.    Renata Adler, Speedboat

e.    Bernward Vesper, The Journey

f.      Eve Babitz, L.A. Woman

g.     Peter Handke, Offending the Audience

h.    Joan Didion, After Henry

i.      Jarett Kobek, I hate the Internet

j.      Marguerite Duras, La Douleur

k.     Julia Kristeva, Black Sun

-Fiona Bryson


96. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick, Artie Vierkant Writings 2010-2016, Al Bedell

-Chrissie Iles



a.    Lucky & Tom & George & Cokie Ann by Thomas Greaves

b.    SPQR  by Mary Beard

-John Anderson


98. A Walk on the Woods by Bill Bryson.

-Peter Hort


99. Peter Heather “Invasion der Barbaren: Die Entstehung Europas im ersten Jahrtausend nach Christus“, Stuttgart, 2011 (Engl. Edition: „Empires and Barbarians“, London, 2009)

-Lars Breuer



a.    “Wild Ginger” by Anchee Min

b.    “Brain Bugs” by Dean Bunomano

c.     “Brain Science & The Biology of Belief”

d.    (Why God Won’t Go Away) by Anew Newberg MD Eugene D’Aquill MD., Phd and Vince Rause “Story About Feelings” by Bill Neidjie, Aboriginal Australian.

e.    “What are People For?” by Wendell Berry

f.      “The Elephant Whisperer” by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence

-Janice Tanaka


101. Mesa Selimovic, La Forteresse (in Engl. The Fortress. Writings from an Unbound Europe) Jean de Tinan Journal intime




a.    H. Vreeland and L. L. Hochstein ed. (1993). The Biology of Halophilic Bacteria. CRC Press, Boca Raton

b.    Gasiewicz and M. Slowakiewicz, ed. (2013). Paleozoic Climate Cycles: Their Evolutionary and Sedimentological Impact. Geological Society London, Special Publications Volume 376: Geological Society Publishing House, Bath, UK

c.     Brin (2012). Existence. Tom Doherty Assoc., NY

-Joe Davis


103. “Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye” by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

-Carl Smith


104. Elana Ferrante My Brilliant Friend, Céline  Semmelweis



105. Off the wall by Calvin Tompkins

-Kulapat Yantrasast


106. Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals by Karen Dawn.

-Jean Griffin


107. The David Foster Wallace Reader

-Annie van den Oever


108. Ian McEwan: Children Act.




a.    “Molecules of Emotions” by, Candace Pert

b.    “Tapping the Healer Within” by, Roger Callahan



110. Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea




a.    “Allen Klein:  The Man Who Bailed Out The Beatles, Made The Rolling Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll” by Fred Goodman

b.    “Blue Laws:  Selected & Uncollected Poems, 1995 – 2015” by Kevin Young



112. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman



113. Stalin by Kotklin



114. Cultural Amnesia by Clive James

-Crosby Doe


115.Courage to Change, Al anon Family Groups

-Nell Ruby


116. Spain In Our Hearts by Adam Hochschild. It’s about Americans who participated in the Spanish Civil War.

-Suzy West


117. WJT Mitchell, Image Science (U Chicago, 2015)

-Hannah Higgins



a.    Living in the End Times [London: Verso, 2010] by European philosopher and social critic Slavoj Žižek.

b.    Speak, a novel [NY: Harper Collins, 2015], by Louisa Hall

-JR Hall


119. Now I am reading

“Speaking of Art” – By William Furlong (PHAIDON Editions)



120. Serious Pleasures the Life of Stephen Tennant by Philip Hoare

-Gordon Baldwin


121. The Anatomical Venus / JOANNA EBENSTEIN + morbid anatomy museum

-Matt M


122. Imre Kertész: “Roman eines Schicksallosen” + “Letzte Einkehr”



123. Henry Miller: the Paris years. by Brassai

-Emilie Trice




a.    Liu Xiaobo, No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems, Belknap Press, 2013.

b.    Kristen Whissel, Spectacular Digital Effects: CGI and Contemporary Cinema, Duke University Press Books, 2014

c.     Ramaswami Harindranath, Perspectives on Global Culture, Open University Press, Mc Graw Hill, 2006.

-Roger Denson


125. Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old-And What It Means for Staying Young by Josh Mitteldorf and Dorion Sagan




a.    Out of Sight by William Hackman

b.    Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

c.     The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

d.    Real Happiness by Sharon Salzburg




a.    Imagine Me Gone, a novel by Adam Haslett

b.    Maggie Nelson’s Argonauts. Read her Art of Cruelty

c.     A.O. Scott’s Better Living Through Criticism

d.    Marry Norris’s Between You and Me



128.House of God by Samuel Shem




a.    A Place of My Own by Michael Pollan

b.    The Great Clod by Gary Snyder

c.     This Present Moment by Gary Snyder

d.    Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton

e.    Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

f.      This I Believe edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman

-Daniel Meehan



The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram

-Claire Falkenberg



a.    L. A. Times.

b.    Y. Times

c.     Y. Review of books

d.    Financial Times.

e.    Wall Street Journal

-Muray Pepper



a.    Ruler & Compass: practical geometric constructions by Andrew Sutton

b.    Useful mathematical & physical Formula by Matthew Watkins

c.     Goya by J & M  Guillaud

-G Kitterle


133. The Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki and Wood & Beer by Dick Cantwell & Peter Bouckaert

-Jeremy Stacy


134. Nobody’s Fool. By Richard Russo



135.”Imperium” by Christian Kracht



136. Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

Against Ambience by Seth Kim-Cohen



137. “The Dead Ladies Project” (Chicago) Jessa Crispen




a.    Atlas: how to carry the world on one’s back? by Georges Didi-Huberman

b.    Natural History (book II) by Pliny

c.     Massacre, the life and death of the Paris Commune by John Merriman

d.    The order of things by Michel Foucault

e.    JL Borges’ Complete works

-Sergio Vega


139. L’annunciazione italiana (The Italian Annunciation), by Daniel Arasse

-Filippo Fossati



a.    The Chaos Protocols, Gordon White

b.    Poems of Jules Laforgue, translated by Peter Dale

c.     The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann, translated by John E. Woods

-Tom Allen



a.    Alberto Moravia’s Boredom

b.    Louis Des Foret’s Ostinato

c.     Roberto Esposito’s Living Thought

-Emily Apter



a.    Chris Marker: A Grin Without the Cat – a catalog from a show at the Whitechapel Gallery

b.    The Devi’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government

-George Porcari


143. American Colonies, The Settling of North America” by Alan Taylor and Bob Souer.

-Tricia Keightley


144. I am That, by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

-Emily Cheng



a.    The Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan

b.    The First Bad Man by Miranda July

c.     The Wizard of Sun City by Gary Jenkins

-Kathy Rae Huffman



Inside the California Food Revolution: Thirty Years That Changed Our Culinary Consciousness by Joyce Goldstein




a.    The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles.

b.    Flappers and Philosophers, Fitzgerald

c.     Perfume, Patrick Suskind

-Bettina Hubby



a.    Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

b.    A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari – Translation & Forward by Brian Massumi

c.     Native American Ethnobotany by Daniel E. Moerman

-Amber Stucke



a.    Sapiens, a brief history Of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

b.    Louise Nevelson, a catalogue from an exhibition organized in Rome in 2014

-Camilla Carlberg



a.    Spiritual history of Ice: Romanticism, Science, and the Imagination by Eric Wilson

b.    Magnetic North by Sara Wheeler

c.     Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

-Jillian McDonald



a.    The Lady with the Borzoi: Blanche Knopf by Laura Claridge

b.    The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso

c.     Artists in Revolution: portraits of the Russian avant-garde 1905-1925 by Robert C Williams

-Jack Sal



a.    James Joyce (biography), by Richard Ellmann

b.    Spiritual Exercises, by St. Ignatius of Loyola

c.     Jenseits des Lustprinzips, by Sigmund Freud

-Daniel Kingery



a.    Alejandro Jodorowsky and Marianne Costa: “Metagenaleogia”

b.    “Bodies that Matter” from Judith Butler

-Constanza Majluf



a.    “The Man in The White Sharkskin Suit”

b.    “The Genius of Birds”

-Anita Glesta



a.    Wendy Brown, Undoing the Demos

b.    Orhan Pamuk, A Strangeness in My Mind

c.     Maggie Nelson, Argonauts

-Marilyn Zeitlin



a.    V. S. Naipaul’s “A House for Mr. Biswas”.

b.    Naipaul has great storytelling gifts.

-Michael Amy



a.    Zizek’s “Jokes”

b.    “On Democracy” by Saddam Hussein

-Jay Stuckey



a.    American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

b.    Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond

-Jenie Gao


159. All the Single Ladies – unmarried women and the rise of an independent nation – Rebecca Traitor

-Heidi Huck


160. Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon & Michael Thompson

-Pearl Albino


161. Le Bastarde by Violate Le Duc

-Jane Harr



a.    How to become famous artist and still paint pictures by Joe Innes. (Old book, but interesting content)

b.    How to write about contemporary art by Gilda Williams

c.     Origins by LJ Smith

-Jennifer Ivanovic


163. Jane Smiley, Golden Age (final novel in her Last Hundred Years trilogy)



164. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

A really interesting take on the the relationship between art and life and also the questions of abstraction and reality. Beautifully written although there are anti-semitic remarks.



165. I am reading “Six Drawing Lessons” by William Kentridge.

-Elizabeth Leister


166. A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki

-Sheri Wills



Ian Cameron Esselmont: Dancers lament

-Harvey Chou


168. Zero Limits by Joe Vitale and Doctor Ihaleakala Hew Len

-Victoria Vnapier



a.    Empty Mansions, the biography of Hughuette Clark

b.    Purity by Franzen

c.     When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

-Kathy Batista


170. The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho

-Thom Merrick


171. Sally Mann’s “Hold Still.”

-Kimberly Schneider


172. The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf, Knopf

-Andrew Ginzel


173. The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

-Alison Greenberg


174. Jonathan Kozol, “Savage Inequalities. Children in America’s Schools”

It is a shocking first-hand account of differences between urban and suburban public schools during Kozol’s visit to buildings and interviews with students, teachers, and principals in some US cities between 1988 and 1990.

-Leda Cempellin


175.”Wild” by Cheryl Strayed

-Raquel Guarino


176. Bettyville by George Hodgman, Listen Liberal by Thomas Frank



The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore.



178. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Farante.

-Judy Dater



a.    Neal Stephenson, Seveneves (2015))

b.    Peter Temple, The Broken Shore (2005)

c.     Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial (1984)

d.    Babylonian Talmud (500CE), Tractate Berachot (Blessings)

e.    Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Avoda Zora (Idolatry)

f.      Ramchal (1707-1746) (Rabbi Moshe Chayim Luzatto), Taktu Tefillot (515 Prayers)

g.     Ramchal (Luzatto), Derech HaShem (Way of God)

h.    Ramchal (Luzatto), Klach Pitchei Chachmah (515 Openings to Wisdom)

i.      Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (2nd Century), Tikunei Zohar (Refinements of the Zohar)

j.      Maimondes, Moreh Nevuchim (1135-1204))(Guide to the Perplexed)

k.     R’Shalom DovBer Schneersohn (RaShab, 5th Lubavitch Rebbe), Discourses from 1906

l.      Maharal of Prague (1520-1609), Netzach Yisrael (The Eternality of Yisrael).

-Harry Zeitlin



a.    Matt Thorne, Prince

b.    Craig Martin, Shipping Container

c.     Clarice Lispector, The Complete Stories

-Niels Van Tomme


181. Thinking in Painting  (2000) by Judy Purdom of Warwick Uiversity .

-Jeff Dellow



a.    Plato – Timaeus

b.    Bill Bryson – Neither here nor there

c.     Lukrecius – De Rerum Natura

d.    Boris Groys – Art power

-Natasa Kokic


183. The Queue by Basma Abdel-Aziz.

-Dahlia Elsayed


184. ‘Touch’ by David J Linden – Scientific book exploring the Sense of Touch in the human body.

-Helen Barff



a.    New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate by Tom Angotti (2008)

b.    Sabor a mi by Cecilia Vicuña (1973)

-Francisca Benítez



a.    Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall

b.    Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

-Don Quixote by Cervantes



a.    Making Ideas Happen -Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality. Scott Belsky

b.    The third wave- an entrepreneurs vision of the future.  Steve Case

c.     My Lost Brothers:the Untold Story by the Yarnell Hills Fire’s Lone Survivor -Brendan McDonough

d.    Poem Crazy- Freeing Your Life with Words. Susan G Wooldridge

-KathyAnne White



a.    SOS Poems 1961-2013 by Amiri Baraka  and The Art of Cruelty by Maggie Nelson

b.    Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews (for research purposes)

-Renée Petropoulos


189. El libro de la risa y el olvido by Milan Kundera

-Isabel Cuadrado


190. Pierre or the ambiguities by Melville

-Frank Zadlo


191. Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence by Joseph Mazur

-Jeff Pickett


192. Walter Benjamin : Baudelaire  édition established by Giorgio Agmaben, Barbara Chitussi and Clemens-Carl Härle (La Fabrique) from the manuscripts of Benjamin,  who was writing an essential work about Baudelaire and urban life unfortunately non finalized. This material has been discovered in French national library and edited in French in 2013.

-Anne-Marie Morice


193. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon and the Hippie Modernism catalog.

-Stephen Berens


194. Marghanita Laski’s once seminal, now forgotten, “Ecstasy in Secular and Religious Experience”

-SK Winter


195. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World  by David Abram.

-Molly Larkey


196. Deborah Levy: ‘Things I don’t want to know’

-Rebecca Gould



a.    Cut-Ups, Cut-Ins, Cut-Outs: The Art of William S. Burroughs. Kunsthalle Wien, Colin Fallows, Synne Genzmer. Ed.

b.    Noise/Music: A History. Paul Hegarty

c.     Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience. Thompson, Marie; Biddle, Ian. Ed.

-David Schafer



c.     The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon, the latest in the Commissioner Brunetti crime series

d.    The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan, trying to examine history from a non-Eurocentric perspective

e.    Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution by Janette Sadik-Khan, about reclaiming New York’s streets from a car-exclusive mentality

f.      Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture by Justin Mcguirk, about social design experiments that are leading to a new consideration of urbanism and user participation

g.     Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer, to better understand the run up to the present political situation

-Sara Caples


199. “The Radicality of Love” by Srećko Horvat, Croatian leftist philosopher and writer of younger generation

-Ivana Smiljanić


200. Autobiography of Bertrand Russell




a.    Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings (Second Edition, Revised and Expanded by Kristine Stiles) by Stiles, Kristine

b.    The Official Museum Directory,46th edition.

c.     Mona Lisa catalog about Ida Appelbroog’s 2010 exhibition.

-Susan Hensel


202.”7″ by French philosopher and writer Tristant Garcia.

7 fictional novels: art, religion, drugs, natinalism. A series of fragments to time travel within the human condition trap.

-Sandra Terdjman



d.    Slovoj ZIZEK: Der neue Klassenkampf. Die wahren Gründe für Flucht und Terror

e.    Michel Houellebecq: Karte und Gebiet

f.      T.S.Eliot: Four Quartetts (new translation)

-Andrea van der Straeten


204. James Michener, Caribbean

-David Lempert


205. The biography of the composer and conductor Gustav Mahler, written by Jens Malte Fischer ( the German title is “Der fremde Vertraute”).

-Bettina Cohnen


206. “SATIN ISLAND” of Tom Mc Carthy,

-Ulrike Mohr


207. Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room, by Geoff Dyer.

-Jo Mitchell


208. Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies

-Courtney Bethel



a.    John Brockman (ed.) – What To Think About Machines That Think?

b.    Rosi Braidotti – The Posthuman

c.     9th Berlin Biennale Catalogue (Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso, David Toro ed.) – The Present in Drag

d.    Christian Kracht – Imperium

-Marlies Wirth


210. The Best Intentions by Ingmar Bergman.

-David Gryn



a.    Franco Berardi, “AND: Phenomonology Of The End”

b.    Fred Turner, “From Counterculture To Cyberculture”

-Scott Kiernan


212. The Little Red Chairs, Edna O’Brien

-Thomas Lawson


213. “Wake Up, Sir!” by Jonathan Ames

-Heather Hubbs


214. The Serpent of Light is a book I recommend.

-Todji Kurtzman



a.    John Brockman: “What to think about machines that think”

b.    Daniel Kahnemann: “Schnelles Denken, Langsames Denken”

c.     John Dewey: Kunst als Erfahrung

d.    Boris Groys: Going Public

e.    Marcel Duchamp: The afternoon interviews

-Verena Johannsmann


216. I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira

-Ruth Vontell



a.    Regarding the pain of others, Susan Sontag

b.    Conversations before the end of time, Suzy Gablik

c.     Franny and Zooey (!), J. D. Salinger

-Eva Davidiva



a.    Eros the Bittersweet, Anne Carson

b.    Love and Information, Caryl Churchill

c.     The Other Paris, Luc Sante

d.    The Artwork Caught by the Tail, George Baker

e.    I Love Dick, Chris Kraus

-Max Tolleson



a.    Hold Still: A memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann

b.    Darwin’s Origin of Species

-Susan Goethel


220. “Paintings” by Victor Segalen

-Mr Bill Allen


221. “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” by Laurie King.

-Michael Rothman


222. 4th novel in Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Novels

-Jane E. Miller


223. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolfe.

-Ann Murphy


224. I’m catching up on my waist high pile of New Yorkers, currently reading Joshua Rothman article of May 30, The Metamorphosis

-Susan Kleinberg



a.    The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, by Richard Holmes

b.    Cubism, by Neil Cox

-Trevor Kiernander



a.    Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

b.    Uri McMillan, Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance

-John Bowles


227. Enjoyable book by Sarah Bakewell, ‘The Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being & Apricaot Cocktails’ (Penguin Books, 2016), in which she even manages to present Heidegger in a relatively light manner.

-Henry Meyric Hughes


228. Purity Franzen

-Francesca Pennone


229. The Pencil by Henri Petroski

-Diana Shpungin


230. The Art of Being by Erich Fromm.

-Don Ritter


231. California by Edan Lepuckie

-Dustin Demsey



a.    The lost city of Z by David Grann

b.    The Uses of Enchantment – The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim

c.     Cure – A Journey into Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant

-Saul Melman


233. Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski

-Carter Kustera



a.    L’invisible. Clément Rosset

b.    Le mystère du monde quantique . Thinault Damour & Mathieu Burniat (comic)

c.     De la visibilité . Nathalie Heinich



235. The Black B∞x Vol III – 39 Steps by Randolph Glanville – Edition Echoraum.

-Bill Seaman


80 thoughts on “Reading

  1. Nancy Doll

    Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art by Judith F. Stein
    –an incredibly well-researched book on this important era and figure.

    The Sympathizer by Viet Thinh Nguyen

  2. Barbara Tracy

    I’m currently reading:
    Lee Krasner, A biography by Gail Levin
    This Way Madness Lies by Mike Jay
    Charles Demuth Watercolors by Barbara Haskell
    Daniel Garber, Romantic Realist by Lance Humphries
    Women Artists by Margaret Barlow

  3. Kathleen Trestka

    The Unknown Rilke: Expanded Edition
    –Translated by Franz Wright

    Franz was a brilliant poet and translator, my mentor and dear friend, sorely missed. In Franz’s introduction in which he discusses Rilke’s artistic vision, he says, “I think his behavior and statements on artistic practice can be summed up by the words necessity, love, and self-discipline…”

  4. tim hildebrandt

    A very interesting book called Manuitius Covenant, The Life and Death of Planet Earth. by Tim Hildebrandt, Randy Handley and Robert price. A realistic fantasy about a possible future that might be preferable to our own.

  5. Parinya Champ

    RA Material: The Law of One

    Learn the true history of truth and history. This is the definitive source on channeling and ancient metaphysical knowledge. There is nothing more paradigm shifting than discovering the RA Material.

    Tao Te Ching

    This ancient eastern philosophy is the secret to life—it is the manual to all living things. Mysterious as it is beautifully poetic, it has become the guiding manual for all artists even before they have even heard of it. So powerful as it is soft, it’s able to explain everything by saying nothing. You can go your entire life without finding the secret, or read/listen to the Tao while you’re young and realize what you’ve been missing all along.

  6. Jennifer Marie

    The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
    Author: Florence Wiliams

    A must read, great insight to current publications made in the sciences to get us closer to nature by documenting hard evidence of the positive benefits on the human body.

  7. Ellen G. Howell

    1. Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, Bayles and Orland
    2. The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, Thomas Moore
    3. Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life, Gregg Levoy

  8. Kale Roberts

    I am reading:
    Bitch Planet Vol. 1, graphic novel, written by Deconnick De Landro

    Of Intercourse and Intracourse: Sexuality, Biomodification and thr Techno-Social Sphere, monochrom’s Arse Elektronika Anthology
    Edited by Johannes Grenzfurthner, Guenther Friesinger, Daniel Fabry

  9. Palma DiBello Mingozzi

    Currently reading:
    1. Completed poems and selected letters of Michelangelo
    Translated by Creighton Gilbert

    Loving yourself
    Sherrie Campbell, PHD

    The Entitlement of the Soul
    Palma Mingozzi

    The Currently reading:
    1. Completed poems and selected letters of Michelangelo
    Translated by Creighton Gilbert

    Loving yourself
    Sherrie Campbell, PHD

    The Entitlement of the Soul
    Palma Mingozzi


  10. Lucie Marchand

    I took one year to read The Life of The Mind, Thinking, Willing – Hannah Arendt
    I will take another year to come back to my notes creating a Carnet with notes and drawings.

    Now, I read Le langage de la déesse de Marija Gimbutas
    Lascaux ou la naissance de l’art de Georges Bataille

  11. Jane Sharp

    Rabih Alameddine:
    An Unnecessary Woman (NY: Corsair, 2014)

    A wonderful novel about reading, the (obsessive) art of translation, and the way it may fill and define one’s life.

  12. J. William Hill

    I am reading “The Dark Valley: a panorama of the 1930s”
    Why? I read a lot of things but, with the advent of Trumpian Policy I thought it would be good to understand how the world fell to Fascism in the 1930. Unreal the similarities to today. Learn from your errors. Don’t repeat the past.

    not a real cheery read, but interesting.

  13. Tina Ward

    Please, read and share!


    “Away Running” by David Wright & Luc Bouchard
    Is a very important, timely story that everyone should read.!

  14. Kathleen Trestka

    I’m reading–

    Tao Te Ching
    Translated by Stephen Mitchell

    The Rumi Collection
    An Anthology of Translations of
    Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

  15. Stephanie Marcus

    Since you ask what we are reading…

    “The Blazing World” by Sri Hustvedt,
    a fascinating satire/novel about the NY art scene.
    A middle aged conceptual artist thinks she would have had success if she were a man.
    She tries to prove it by having 3 men present 3 of her works as their own.
    The results are not what she expects.
    But besides the interesting plot, the story is constructed like a collage.
    She challenges the reader to see many viewpoints.
    It took me a while to catch on, but then it was a blast.
    The characters are terrific.
    Not an easy read, but worth it.

    Happy New Year,
    Stephanie Marcus

  16. James K-M

    Masquerade and Other Stories, Robert Walser (1878 – 1956), John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, 1990

    Here are two quotes:
    “You can’t want to understand and appreciate an art. Art wants to snuggle up to us. She’s so terribly pure and self-satisfied a creature that she takes offence when someone tries to win her over. She punishes anyone who approaches with the intention of laying hold of her. Artists soon find this out. They see it as their profession to deal with her, the one who won’t let anyone touch her.”


    “Aimlessness leads to the aim, while firm intentions often miss. When we strive too zealously, it may happen that our strivings harm us. I would advise speedy slowness or slow rapidity. Still, advice can’t be more than advice. Be patient, everyone, both with yourselves and with others. Bustling about doesn’t bring any great reward. This much is certain: he who never sets out need never return. Think twice before you get energetic.”

  17. David Spiher

    just starting to dip into Cy Twombly, Late Paintings 2003-2011 by Nela Pavlouskova.
    Deep into the catalogue from the recent Agnes Martin retrospective.
    In my backpack is Louise Bourgeois, the Secret of the Cells, revised and expanded for waiting
    and How to be an Explorer of the World, a Portable Art/Life Museum for walks with my husband who has early onset AIDS/HIV Dementia

  18. Mrs. H.A. Veal

    I am kinda theme reading : TheTales of the Otori-just finished book one: Across the Nightingale Floor (Everyone is an Artist in swordsman, painter, calligraphy on the side of what goes on in their life’s in this story set in Japan. The idea of The Nightingale Floor is a floor that sings when walked upon (creaking wood to sound like birdsong) The story is of the assassin who must walk upon it without making it sing. Stuff of hero films. Also reading some background PDfs on Miyamoto Musashi and Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection As well as watching tons of documentaries and reading some of the primary document source materials given

  19. Nicholas Bergery

    I Just finished reading or re-reading

    1. Seeing with the Mind’s Eye
    Samuels & Samuels

    I am currently reading or re-reading

    2. Man and his symbols
    -Carl Jung

    3. The Power of Intention
    -Wayne Dyer

    4. Living Buddha, living Christ
    – Thich Nhat Hahn

  20. Karen

    “refractions” a journey of faith, art, and culture Makoto Fujimure essays
    THE MOVEMENT (culture care) help connect creatives from different fields so they may design generative collaborations. To continue this emphasis on cooperation, rather than competition, within the creative community.

  21. Jay Murphy

    currently reading:

    “SOS” (2014) by Amiri Baraka
    “Thought in the Act” (2014) by Erin Manning and Brian Massumi
    “The New Arab Wars” (2016) by Marc Lynch
    “Vision Anew” (2015) ed. Adam Bell & Charles H. Traub
    “Gilgamesh” (2012) by Stuart Kendall
    “Time Slips Right Before Your Eyes” (rev. 2015) by Erica Hunt
    “What Thoughts” (2015) by John Most
    “Hanan al-cinema” (2015) by Laura U. Marks

  22. Antonia Guerrero

    Books I am Reading:
    1.”The Shape of Time”, Remarks on the History of Things, by George Kubler
    2.” Idols Behind Altars”, Modern Mexican Art and Its Cultural Roots by Anita Brenner.

  23. Joan Thornton

    Just finished a brilliant page turner novel “The Last Painting of Sara de Vos” by Dominic Smith

    Now reading “Telling Stories”, Philip Guston’s Later Works, by David Kaufmann. So Very Good.

  24. Michael Kowalski

    Current reading:

    + Seiobo There Below, László Krasznahorkai
    + Ethics, Baruch Spinoza
    + Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, Peter Brown

  25. katia Santibanez

    I am reading
    The elements of color by Johannes Itten
    Essays and poems by Thoreau
    Titian by Jean Babylon, in French

  26. Geoff Hands

    I have just finished ‘The Sick Bag’ by Nick Cave and ‘The Perpetual Guest’ by Barry Schwabsky.
    ‘Blind Field’, poems by George Szirtes is next to my bed.
    Michel Faber’s, ‘The Book of Strange New Things’ awaits my attention.

  27. Leen Beyers

    Currently reading:

    HUNGER, by Argentinian journalist MARTIN CAPARROS.

    Antwerp à la carte. On food and the city, is our new MAS exhibition. This book is interestingly related to the exhibition concept, and it is extremely relevant.

  28. Annie van den Oever

    How to live,
    by author Sarah Bakewell
    is a must read on Michel de Montaigne.

    Just reread it and founit d so rich and captivating once again.

  29. Klaus Hu

    hi Yale University Radio reading list forum

    I try to concentrate on / (not so easy)
    Henri Bergson
    1. Materie und Gedächtnis
    2. Zeit und Freiheit

    but while Brainard has sent me the email on 4th of June / I had a blind date with some juxtapositions
    as blind selection of 5 x 2 books from my shelf of different times, geographies and of content.

    1. Bocaccio: Decameron
    Gen Doy: Picturing The Self / Changing views of the subject in visual culture

    2. B. Traven: Das Totenschiff
    Alan Cunningham: Count from Zero to One Hundred

    3. Antonio Lobo Antunes: Die Leidenschaften der Seele
    Jonathan Safran Foer: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    4. Thomas Pynchon: Gegen den Tag
    Michel Foucault: Die Heterotopien

    5. Charles De Coster: Thyl Ulenspiegel
    Francis Garcia Lorca: Poet In New York

  30. Marjorie Thompson

    The Cantos-Ezra Pound
    Une Saison en Enfer & Le Bateau Ivre A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat-Arthur Rimbaud
    Other Arthur Rimbaud poems
    The Wasteland and the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock-T.S. Eliot

  31. Andrea Winkler

    I am in the midst of »la pelle« (the skin) by malaparte, just started »anna viebrock« published by S AM, and skimming for fun »planetary healer manual« – from 1975

  32. Eva Davidova

    Pure joy reading the list! Remembering and discovering… Thank you for putting this together.
    Adding one more book:
    Genes, poems by Zhivka Baltadzhieva (in Spanish)

  33. E.V. Day

    a. Interlock: Art, Conspiracy, and the Shadow Worlds of Mark Lombardi. Patricia Goldstone.

    b. “Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to build The Statue of Liberty”
    Elizabeth Mitchell

    (again…) Brave New World.
    Aldous Huxley.

  34. Mark Sarich

    I am reading:
    1. “Soul on Ice” by Eldridge Cleaver and
    2. “Similacra and Simulation” by Jean Baudrillard.


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