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  1. “The ZERO Marginal Cost Society” by Jeremy Rifkin.
    This book opens with the premise that the traditional aims and practices of “free market” capitalism and consumerism contain the seeds of its own obsolescence and uses current familiar examples to demonstrate the inexorable movement toward zero marginal costs in energy, transportation, communication, education, and production.
    Rifkin points to the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, MOOCS, robotics, as game-changing agents driving us toward a collaborative, open-source revival of the Medieval “Commons” on a globally networked democratized scale…a practical, but optimistic, and inspiring look at a creative future.

  2. “The Three Body Problem” by Liu Cixin. Get ready for the rearrangement of your brain cells. (!)
    “The Wall of Storms” by Ken Liu. The second of his Dandelion Dynasty novels, this book measures swashbuckling with intrigue.

    Thank you for this book list!!!

  3. “Courage to Create” By Rollo May. Re-Read it while deconstructing the book to collage pages and text on mixed-media paintings for upcoming exhibit – “Navigating the Soul’s Journey”. It definitely gave me the “courage to create” thru the artistic process, personal challenges, hurricane Matthew (I live in St. Augustine, Fl), and daily deluge of despairing news of our troubled world( that I finally limited to very small doses so I could stay spiritually connected in the studo.). FYI. If you have an old copy it may be valuable. I saw one listed for $2000. Mine may have been worth that much. Lol. Now it is a valuable addition under layers of other collage elements, paint, and other media!

  4. The Rise by Sarah Lewis
    “Creativity, the gift of failure and the search for mastery.”

    A great book for creatives who (as we all do) lose our mojo from time to time.

  5. I just consumed: Notes from a Minor Key: a memoir of music, love and healing, by Dawn Bailiff. This accomplished, passionate and generous musician, composer, writer offers a generous account of her remarkable life. A surprisingly quick and lush read!

  6. “At a Journal Workshop” writing to access the Power of the Unconscious and to Evoke Creative Ability” by Ira Progoff, PH.D.

    “Serenity” A Companion for Twelve Step recovery, Complete with New Testament Psalms & Proverbs.

    “The Rainbow Book” (Meaning of Color both physically and metaphysically, an encyclopedia from ancient to modern times)

  7. “Everybody’s fool,” by Richard Russo. Folks living in a upstate NY town. Incredible exploration of their interwoven lives along with a dog and a man with the same name as well as police chief who hears voices. Hella good reading

  8. The adventures of Pánfila: The fly-bee Kindle EditionThe Adventures of Panfila is a story that leads to reflection. The book recounts the experiences of immigrants arriving to distant countries who must adapt to new customs and different cultural backgrounds.

    Language, beliefs, food, clothing, physical features, the color of skin and eyes, are aspects that identify “the others” in their new environment. In some cases, there are circumstances or elements that lead to the transformation and at the same time, they are essential tools for survival.

  9. I’m currently reading “Ways of Seeing” by John Berger and “The Female Malady” by Elaine Showalter.
    The book I’ve read before those was Henry Marsh’s “Do No Harm” – stories of Life, death, and brain surgery.

    I can recommend the correspondence between Susan Taubes and Jacob Taubes, 1952. A book by Wilhelm Fink, which gives a great insight as to how it feels to live in the shadow of a successful person. I also love going back to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Letters & Papers from Prison”, which teaches about the simple things one should be grateful for. One of my other favorite books is Nicole Krauss’ “The History of Love”. It’s just beautifully written and shows the importance of love as a driving force.

    I also once in a while go back to my own book ‘Women and Art” (2013), which didn’t turn out so well for various reasons, but try to see the good in the bad. Failing is part of life and a learning experience and if the reader can take that with him or her, I’m still happy.

  10. I’m presently reading two Books-
    ‘The Szasz Quotationary’ editor Leonard Roy Frank.
    The book is a sort of compendium of Szasz’s Stand on ‘mental health & illness’ and
    the reality tunnels created by psychiatrists, priests, politicians.
    He is very much for personal autonomy and libertine philosophy.

    The other book I’m reading is
    ‘The Dawning Moon of the Mind-Unlocking the Pyramid Texts’ by Susan Brind Morrow.
    It’ a Brilliant explortion of metaphor, language, poetry and of course the pyramid texts.

  11. A book that resonates so deeply for me. I keep it by my spot at the table to read a few pages while I eat breakfast or lunch these days…helps to ground me and give solace;
    “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer

    Another, because I have aging parents and I want more understanding;
    “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande

  12. I’m re-reading Kandinsky’s “Concerning the Spiritual in Art.” I read as an art student many years ago, and am discovering it fresh with new eyes after years as a working, commited artist.

    Also reading again “Special Orders” poems by Edward Hirsch which I won in a poetry competition in John Skoyle’s workshop at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Reading this collection once was not enough. Stunning poems.

  13. I read an incredible book recently. “The Art of Rivalry” by, Sebastian Smee. I recommend it to any artist who wants to more clearly understand how deeply artists effect one another. It is an historical analysis and truly brilliant.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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…”

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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


  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. I’m reading–

    Tao Te Ching
    Translated by Stephen Mitchell

    The Rumi Collection
    An Anthology of Translations of
    Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

  27. 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

  28. 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.”

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. Reading:
    “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.

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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)

  44. 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.

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