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  1. Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel (Joan Mitchell groupie, btw half way through and it’s still about the men(oye))
    The Essential Cy Twombly (Kurt Varnedoe devotee)
    In the Shadow of the American Dream by David Wojnarowicz
    coming up –
    Antkind by Charlie Kaufman
    The SFMoMA Joan Mitchell Retrospective catalog

  2. Navigating The Art World: Professional Practices For Early Career Artist
    Give me the Now
    Everything you wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask: talk ART
    A Room with a View
    The Magazine

  3. Just read George Orwell “ 1984 “ Sadly the political lies a falsehood are with us still .
    Am just about to reread “ A Canticle for Leibovitz “ by Walter M Miller JR . It traces a monks journey as he tries to to understand the previous20 th. D try civilization and what happened after “ The atomic Flame Deluge was over. The earth was dead and all knowledge was lost “ First published 1929

  4. I just finished The Rock Eaters, a tremendous and moving book of short stories by Brenda Peynado. I devoured it, laughing and crying my way through every story. Now I am about a third of the way through the massive biography of Alice Neel – The Art of Not Sitting Pretty by Phoebe Hoban. It’s an excellent and thorough account of her life. A must read after seeing the show at The Met.

  5. Reading the Merry Misogynist by Colin Cotterill a murder mystery and John James Audubon The Making of an American by Richard Rhodes

  6. rereading a novel by John Mcgahern,That they may face the rising sun,a exquisite piece of writing on rural Ireland by the late novelist,and struggling with a large rather ambiguous novel by martin Amis for the last few months,my instincts are to bin it.

  7. I recently read the autobio The Life of Lazarillo De Tormes; and just read several graphic novels by Garth Ennis/Goran Parlov and by R Kikuo Johnson, including his upcoming No One Else; as well, I carry Chip Delany’s Nova around in my bag for whenever I get a moment.

  8. Currently reading the Bible: Genesis. Certainly appropriate. Interesting if one considers human imperatives and the attitudes that have shaped our society. Also read Hannah Arendt: “The Human Condition”, and reading “Crises of the Republic”. Brilliant.

  9. Facing the Extreme; Moral Life in the Concentration Camps by Tzvetan Todorov.

    Before that, Austerlitz, before that The Rings of Saturn both by Sebald.

    Before that, Locus Solus and Impressions of Africa, both by Roussel.

  10. My favorite book this summer? Reza Aslan’s “ZEALOT” >> upon which I’m clearly discovering that I’m far more Pauline Hellenist than James’ Zionist if our New Jerusalem’s constantly in the offing.

    My take? If, after all, the empirical nature of our due BEING has to postpone the timeless destiny of our true BECOMING, it’s ALL Constitutionally upheld in #MorePerfectUnionFormation via a perfection only mattering — squared to light’s speed — MOVING FORWARD. Meanwhile, should many of our ancestors somehow need to be posthumously saved BEFORE the Cross 2000yrs ago compels the need for a thermodynamic time to provide relativist resolve via absolute rewinds. That our destined singularity CAN, for example, retroactively CAUSE the very creation whence we’ve come in the first place to procreate till we’re at the last place is our feared-stay hope’s only happiness.

  11. Just finished the Short Stories of Breece D’J Pancake. Amazing prose, brilliant, wish I could could write this way.

    Just started Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides, it’s a bout Kit Carson and America’s conquest of the West during the early and mid 1800’s.

  12. Outside of several poets for my upcoming workshops, I recently finished Southern History across the Color Line by Nell Painter and Just Kids by Patti Smith.
    Am finishing up The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
    Made to Explode by Sandra Beasley
    The Harlem Reader, ed by Herb Boyd
    Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Arts Movement, New York City, 1970-1992 by Sabra Moore
    The Firebrand and The First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship by Patricia Bell-Scott
    In different ways, these memoirs, essays and poetry explore American culture, political change, artistic expression, and attempt to make visible what is often erased.

  13. I’m a few pages away from finishing “Evening in the Palace of Reason,” by James Gaines (2005). It’s about the night Bach and Frederick the Great met at the latter’s palace in Potsdam. An astonishing, mesmerizing tale about art and political power. It’s definitely one of my top ten books!

  14. OnCurating Issue 51
    Fluxus Perspectives
    eds Martin Patrick and Dorothee Richter
    Although the Fluxus art (non-)movement is often read as a historical phenomenon, the breadth of its innovations and complexities actively thwarts linear and circumscribed viewpoints. The notion of Fluxus incorporates contradiction in challenging and enduringly generative ways. More than five decades after its emergence, this special issue of OnCurating entitled Fluxus Perspectives seeks to re-examine the influence, roles, and effects of Fluxus via a wide range of scholarly perspectives. The editors Martin Patrick and Dorothee Richter asked notable writers from different locations, generations, and viewpoints, all of whom having written about Fluxus before, to offer their thoughts on its significance, particularly in relation to contemporary art. With its emphasis upon events, festivals, and exhibitions, Fluxus may also be interpreted as an important, prescient forerunner of contemporary strategies of curating.

    Contributions by Simon Anderson, Jordan Carter, Kevin Concannon, Ken Friedman, Natilee Harren, John Held, Jr., Hannah B Higgins, Hanna B. Hölling, Natasha Lushetich, Billie Maciunas, Peter van der Meijden, Ann Noël, Martin Patrick, Dorothee Richter, Henar Rivière, Julia Robinson, Owen F. Smith, Weronika Trojanska, and Emmett Williams.

    • I taught that book in an Honors College program at Hofstra University, and my students loved it. It’s a brilliant “unreliable narrator” story. I’m only sorry the book (and the author) isn’t better known.

  15. I enjoy this question that you ask in every interview.
    Currently I am reading on visionary art- The first manifest of visionary art by L. Caruana/ and Women of visionary art by DJBrown & RAHill; in conjunction with CGJung- The psychology of kundalini yoga ; Latino art-artists, markets, and politics.

  16. Gore Vidal’s “Creation”. Given to me by Elena Sisto. Fascinating account in novel form about the Persians around 2-300 BC and their travails with the Greeks and ventures into India and China. Includes a view into all the religions that were forming and competing with one another in the Middle East and in Asia at that time. Wry contemporary writing.

  17. At the beginning of the pandemic I became deeply engrossed in the Cixin Liu’s trilogy – the first volume is called The Three Body Problem – recently I read a newer work of his called Ball Lightning – While not a regular reader of science fiction these held my attention and I recommend them highly. These also called to mind something I read and loved several years ago- Vladimir Sorokin’s Ice Trilogy. Having a hard time concentrating with all tht is going on in the world and my normal reading quota is severely diminished

  18. I’m reading The Trouble With Poetry by Billy Collins and Rose by Li-Young Lee.
    As always there are a couple of plays on the go (Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs, Spring Awakening by Weekend) and a motley crew of sailing books.

  19. Recently I’ve been dipping in and out of the Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh.
    Its such a moving tale of brotherly love and the volumes were given to me over 20 years ago by Lucian Freud when I was sitting for him. Lucian was obsessed with these letters, he talked about them often, and reading them takes me back to those days a lifetime ago, in his Notting Hill studio.

  20. Here’s a list of a few books from this year…

    “24/7”
    Jonathan Crary

    “Digital Uncanny”
    Ravetto Biaglioli

    “Glitch Feminism”
    Legacy Russell

    “Tactics of Interfacing”
    Ksenia Fedorava

    “Cultural Analytics”
    Lev Manovich

    “Call Me Burroughs”
    Barry Miles

  21. I’m just about to start reading “ Ursula K. Le Guin: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations.” In the studio I’m making slow progress on “Art/Work” by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber. It’s an excellent review (I’m learning some new tips, too) of how to run a professional art practice.

  22. Hi there,

    just re-reading after a really long time since the first Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities and a very interesting book in German that I do not know if it has been translated into English entitled 1913 by Florian Illies. A book that tells only what happened in that year and I wonder how much really happened in art, society and politics: Duchamp’s ready made, Malewitch’s Black/White Square just to mention a few….

  23. I just finished my first book by Thomas Bernhard, “ja” -wow what a writer!

    I follow Karl Ove Knausgårds all books and now read Summer & for my next to follow is obviously his Autumn.
    This summer I have read the 1940s Swedish working class writers, all translated to English which was a mind-blowing experience. For example Harry Martinson (The Road/ Aniara) & Jan Fridegård.

  24. Religion and the Rise of Capitalism by Benjamin M Friedman

    Fortunes of Africa by Martin Meredith

    Satires by Horace

    Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant which I am slowly reading with my pal Loren Britton ( they’ve read it before)

  25. Anais Duplan, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture
    Kate Crawford, Atlas of AI
    Joanna Page, Decolonizing Science in Latin American Art

  26. Stuart Cosgrove: Harlem 69. The Future of Soul.
    This is the third book (Detroit 67, Memphis 68) in a groundbreaking series that is eye-opening and a fantastic read. Right up there with the Peter Guralnik trilogy (Feel Like Going Home, Lost Highway, Sweet Soul Music).

    Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings and Interviews.
    Brilliant book paying homage to a brilliant force in 20th Century music.

    Das Jahr 1990 freilegen, ed. Jan Wenzel a.o.
    Quite a tomp dissecting the German year 1990, very very beautiful and a gripping read.

  27. Upper Bohemia by Hayden Herrera
    A memoir about how two little girls, Hayden and her sister Blair, survived a childhood of neglect, written through the eyes of a child. It is told with an enormous sensitivity to place and to the people who passed through those places.

  28. Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit;
    The Song of the Trees, David George Haskell;
    The Mother Tree, Suzanne Simmard;
    The Price of the Ticket, James Balwin;
    Jackson Pollock, Kirk Varnedoe.

  29. States of Mind: Experiences at the Edge of Consciousness (a collection of literature, science, philosophy and art, published by the Wellcome Collection)

  30. The age of Wood. By Roland Ennos

    We think of the past in terms of stone, bronze and steel but that is not a true picture. People have mostly used those technologies to make things out of wood. A history of humankind all the way back to primates through their use of wood.

  31. All The Light We Cannot See
    –Anthony Doerr
    Pulitzer Prize winner, stunning and poetic language in a totally convincing story that takes place in Europe during WW2

    Human, Sean Scully
    Images of Scully’s solo exhibition “Human” at the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice with essays by art historians, art critics, and curators about his work. My friend went to this exhibition on my recommendation after I saw Scully’s exhibition “Landline” at the Wadsworth Atheneum the year before. I fell in love with his work and couldn’t get to Italy to see “Human,” but my friend loved it so much she brought me back this huge book that weighs about 20 lbs. Not the same as in person, of course, but good art reproductions and some damn good writing.

  32. Watson, Lyall. Heaven’s Breath: A Natural History of the Wind. 1984. New York Review Book, NYC, NY.
    Wulf, Andrea, editor. Alexander von Humboldt: Selected Writings. 2018. Knopf, NYC, NY.
    Helferich, Gerard. Humboldt’s Cosmos: Alexander von Homboldt and The Latin American Journey that Changed the Way We See the World. 2004. Penguin Group, NYC, NY.
    Lawrence, Beull, editor. The American Transcendentalists: Essential Writings. 2006. Random House, NYC, NY.
    Allende, Isabel. In the Midst of Winter. 2017. Atria Books, NYC, NY.
    Allende, Isabel. A Long Petal of the Sea. 2020. Ballantine Books, NYC, NY.

  33. Wild By Nature by Sarah Marquis

    Epic endurance, focus, dedication to her goal to walk across Asia … alone … And she had no idea that her journey would take 3 years, but she persisted against all challenges and threats and made it. Inspiring book if you have an epic or even small goal.

  34. How Forest Think: Toward An Anthropology Beyond The Human by Eduardo Kohn. Eduardo is a linguistic anthropology and I believe since writing this book critics it as weighted down a bit by the academics he imposes. It’s interesting to read while considering that tension. After all it’s a unique writer who covers our relation to nature without the bs.

  35. Re-reading: The Quantum Revolution – a radical synthesis of art and science” by Paul Levy.
    This book brings an in-depth analysis of the Quantum Theory with quotes from the major physicists in the world. Paul Levy “translates” every concept in everyday words for the lay person, often more than once. The book is brilliant and truly life-changing. The main take away: What is the real Reality? What and Who are we in that context? What we acquire with this book: brand new eyes – outer and inner.

  36. I am reading The Overstory by Richard Powers, lyrical accounts of various fictional characters and their relationship to trees.I am also reading Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel, an excellent account of the women artists during the “abstract expressionist years” I was struck, again, by how incredibly good Lee Krassner was and how she seems to have deferred her career so that she could promote her husband, Jackson Pollack’s career.

  37. David Arora’s ‘Mushrooms Demystified’ is all you could ever imagine knowing about the magical kingdom. Encyclopedic and almost overwhelming with its small font of nearly 1000 pages but the skillfully collected details are layered with such quirky humour it lures you in.
    Surely it must be the result of a lifelong passion!

  38. Kindertotenwald

    Prose Poems by Franz Wright

    Reading this now in hardcover. Franz sent it to me when it was still in manuscript form to read and for safe keeping while he was battling cancer, in case he didn’t make it. He gave a reading from it at Amherst College which was so powerful it blew some people out the door.
    He’s gone now, and I miss him.

  39. Milkman by Anna Burns-so incredibly well written about the troubles in Ireland and how oppressive social control permeates every interaction among the protagonists.
    My absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent-a new American novel.
    Gun Love by Jennifer Clement also contemporary Americana.

  40. Thinking Like A Mountain, Towards a Council if All Beings
    –by John Seed, Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess

    I’m reading this again for probably the fifth time since I first read it in a cultural anthropology class 30 years ago. It’s an anthology of essays on Deep Ecology that changed my life when I first read it many years ago. It begins with Introduction: “To Hear Within Ourselves the Sound of the Earth Crying”

  41. BLASTED ALLEGORIES
    an anthology of Writings by Contemporary Artists
    edited by Brian Wallis, foreword by Marcia Tucker
    published 1989, purchased 1993
    revealed an inner truth and necessary power of artists for me, that due to the art markets system of wealth, and the political system in general, slowly has faded up till now….what remains are the writings by artists….one of the most important books for me, in my archive

  42. my book is on Amazon check it it out Color or Die
    my name is Erik Anthony Totten its the book with black n white cover tnere is a few similar books with the same title mines most recent and check out my two insragram profiles #selftote & #MrTotten79
    thank-you
    for love and creation we are quantum baby
    E.Totten

  43. So many books, so little time, right?
    I’ve been wanting to read Truman Capote for years so I’m starting with this collection of some of his works–

    Breakfast At Tiffany’s,
    A Short Novel and Three Stories

  44. Some Memories of Drawings
    –Edited by Doris Bry, Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art in colaboration with Georgia O’Keefe

    A collection of Georgia O’Keefe’s drawings in various media with each drawing accompanied by the artist’s comments on how, why, when, and/or where she made each drawing.

    Excerpt:
    “Drawing No. 13. 1915. Charcoal. 24 3/4 x 18 7/8 inches
    This is a drawing of something I never saw except in the drawing. When one begins to wander around in one’s own thoughts and half-thoughts what one sees is often surprising.”

  45. Street Fighting Years; An Autobiography of the Sixties by Tariq Ali
    Well written and engaging story of Ali’s progress growing up as a Marxist in the fledgling country of Pakistan and then becoming a key player in the politics of revolution in Britain during the 1960s and his activism during the Vietnam War. Tells the less publicised side of that struggle.

  46. Im reading
    Anne of Green Gables
    by L.M. Montgomery

    My first time reading this classic. Anne has now become my favorite charachter in literature.
    “I would very much love to be good at something astonishing”
    Anne Shirley

  47. TRUE LOVE IS MY COUNTRY
    by Insa Rose Vermeeren, self imposed exile from democracy

    A story of transition between declining democracy and a new world.

  48. Have also been reading the Memoirs of Casanova. Super long, but parts are very interesting. To understand Casanova’s beginning as a young priest turned over sexed libertine is worth the one or two dollars in the kindle shop. Also anything by Mary Carr

  49. Reading “Single, Gay, and Christian.” An interesting take and look into what it means to live in these worlds simultaneously, while maintaining your identity in such a way that makes the majority of each group uncomfortable.

  50. In Indian Mexico
    A Narrative of Travel and Labor
    Frederick Starr
    Published in 1908
    The book relates the travels by Frederick Starr visiting the Mexican natives of The Southern part of Mexico. His work was to study the physical type of south Mexican indians but it also relates his adventures , the customs of the people and the friendship he enjoyed with some of them.

  51. The Ravenous Raven by Midji Stephenson, illustration by Steve Gray. While preparing for Women As Birds show in January and working on first ever graphic novel, I needed something energetic and fun. The story is a romp through gluttony featuring a smart bird with a big appetite.

  52. “James Wright:A Life in Poetry” by Jonathan Blunk This is a striking biography of Wright, his life, his creative trajectory, and his passionate commitment to his craft. Anyone working in a creative discipline will find deep veins of rich material about living, creating, and devotion to “the work” in these pages. I highly recommend!

  53. The Word, The Book and The Spaces They Inhabit

    This is a first of a series of short books by story-teller and intellectual lawyer Mari Shaw on “The Noble Art of Collecting”.

  54. The Red Tent
    –by Anita Diamant

    I missed this book when it came out 20 years ago but after recently reading Diamant’s “Day After Night,” I wanted more. While not literary fiction, it is lush and full in its poetic use of all the senses–the sounds, sights, touch, tastes, and scents inherent in ancient nomadic desert life–which is enriching my work in the studio each day.

  55. I am reading “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman, “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible” by Charles Eisenstein,” and re-reading “Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire” by Rafe Esquith. Also memorizing “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury” by Neil Gaiman (which involves reading and rereading a lot :-D).

  56. My Current list:
    Great book for old masters recipes in all media. I am intrigued by the process behind the paint. Esp the making of the pigments.
    The Materials of the Artist and Their Use in Painting: With Notes on the Techniques of the Old Masters, by Doerner, Max
    I also am reading this book, to see what I can do myself with materials from my own land.
    The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature
    Neddo, Nick
    Art from my yard is my current focus, and so a book about birch bark plaiting has led the way to some experiments with vessels.
    Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark
    Yarish, Vladimir
    In seeking to understand more about Matriarch vs Patriarch culture and the art that comes from both I am reading this book
    The Language of the Goddess: Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization
    Gimbutas, Marija Alseikaite
    Finally and most intriguing is the study of Object oriented Ontology, with thanks to Bjork and Tim Morton
    Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics
    by Timothy Morton

    • For me, I am currently looking at all processes of creating art and any and all avenues to deliver that expression. My main body of concern is the intuitive process in creation, not allowing so much my thinking mind to control, but to let the right brain be free to stumble upon what ever it is that it wants to say. I am always surprised.
      I am at one time reading many different books on many subjects, primarily non fiction, nature, animals, history, plants, herbs, healing. This is one that I think is quite interesting at the moment.

      A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

      Written by: Daniel H. Pink

  57. I have six books that I have had published. “Cowboy Cartoons by Daryl Talbot”, “Cowboy Cartoons #2”, “Cowboy Cartoons #3”. “Oklahoma Cowboy Cartoons”, “Laughing in Cadence” and “Laughing in Rank and File”. Available at Amazon.

  58. I’m enjoying “The Silent History”, a story about a new way of communicating, and being, by Eli Horowitz, et al.

  59. I am leaving the book I wrote, Public Private Relationships and the New Owners of the Means of Production,
    The foundation research for this book is years of studying the economic development statutes put into place in Maine since the Longley Doctrine was institutionalized in the late seventies. My book tells many stories of Maine communities ruthlessly exploited by this doctrine which is stated in a nutshell as ” Centrally managing the economy is an essential government function which must be done by public private relationships”
    Most of my current reading is a continuation of this research, not exactly books- reading statutes and ordinances, and following through with expanded research into articles, written by others. That takes up a lot of time.

  60. Currently reading “Georgia, a novel of Georgia O’Keefe” by Dawn Tripp and
    “The Dream Colony, A Life in Art”, be Walter Hopps with Deborah Treisman and Anne Doran

  61. Lillian de Jong, Janet Benton
    WWWj.janetbentonauthor.com
    True literature and an unforgettable character, deepening your understanding of the mother-child bond and a punishing society whose roots have still not gone away. Enlightening and superbly written.

  62. Cabinet Magazine has a series, Twenty-Four-Hour Book,in ” which an author or artist is “incarcerated in its gallery space to complete a project from start to finish within twenty-four hours.”In this latest, Jeff Dolvin was given a source-text to use one day before-hand:the 1986 catalogue for Braintree Scientific, a company that provides lab equipment for experiments on rats and mice. What resulted is the indelible “Take Take.”

    I am also reading Sharon Cameron’s brilliant meditation on creators such as Robert Bresson and Dostoevsky whose orientation challenges and stands apart from the false constrictures of categorization, “The Bond of the Furthest Apart”.

    And I’m re-reading Bruno Schulz’s “Sanitorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass.”

    All 3 are amazing books.

    disn

  63. But What if We’re Wrong? By Chuck Klosterman. ” …speculates on the likelihood that many universally accepted, deeply ingrained cultural and scientific beliefs will someday seem absurd. Covering a spectrum of objective and subjective topics, the book attempts to visualize present-day society the way it will be viewed in a distant future.” Fascinating, really puts into perspective what is remembered and left out of History

  64. I am presently reading “YOUTH: Without Barrier” just doing another revision. Is a collection of 12 stories involving young people struggling in life. They all made the difference in their life.

  65. Three Degrees of Latitude: A Curious Guide to the Natural History of the Pehuén (Yes it’s written by my sister Jane Coffey and it’s terrific!
    Losing Helen by Carol Becker, (meditations on her mothers passing, sad, funny and wise.)
    Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang (It’s a page turner, about an amazing time and person in China’s history)
    Men in Dark Times, Hannah Arendt (What can one say, it illuminates in this time)
    Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
    The Return by Hisham Matar (elegiac, a loving portrait of his lost father, country and time)
    The Sellout, by Paul Beatty (!!!)
    Delacroix’ Journals (somewhat dull but we can ask does the art world really change)
    The Hills of Hebron by Sylvia Wynter
    (brilliant, wonderful vivid novel ,just read it)

  66. Sven Beckert’s Empire of Cotton: A Global History is one of the most revelatory books I’ve ever read, truly epic.
    “Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible, yet understanding its history is key to understanding the origins of modern capitalism. Sven Beckert’s rich, fascinating book tells the story of how, in a remarkably brief period, European entrepreneurs and powerful statesmen recast the world’s most significant manufacturing industry, combining imperial expansion and slave labor with new machines and wage workers to change the world.” Cotton manufacturing was the basis for Western industrialization. Much of the foundation of all our wealth today was the capital generated by unpaid labor of slaves.

  67. I recently read the “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, by Rebecca Skloot, the true and unjust story of a young black woman whose cells were taken without permission or knowledge for medical research. This book is an incredible account of what happened to Henrietta and her family. It is important to remember her legacy and and recognize the history of her immortal cells..

  68. Reading “Art Objects: Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery” by Jeanette Winterson. Must reading for anyone trying to approach and understand art of any type.

    Quote: “If the obvious direct emotional response is to have any meaning, the question ‘Do I like this?’ will have to be the opening question and not the final judgement. An examination of our own feelings will have to give way to an examination of the piece of work. This is fair to the work and it will help to clarify the nature of our own feelings; … It is right to trust our feelings but right to test them too. … But here we come to the first hurdle of art, and it is a high one; it shows us up.”

  69. Right now I am reading Heartsnatcher by Boris Vian, a character in a French New Wave film was reading it during a scene in a coffee shop; and so I thought to myself, I should probably check that out.

  70. Currently reading “Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus” by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy. Enjoying it immensely, but then, I do love the intersection of disease and culture.

  71. Just finished RED: The Art and Science of a Colour by Bucklow Spike; COLLECTED STORIES by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; THE HANDLESS MAIDEN by Mary Elizabeth Perry. Looking forward to THE RIDDLE OF THE IMAGE also by Spike. Not a fan of fiction but Marques was important so when I heard of his passing, I ordered all of his works and so will make them my summer reading….dark choice.

  72. Finishing ‘The Mind Parasites’ by Colin Wilson. Interesting read (even though I am not a usual fan of the genre this one seems to ‘grasp beyond usual’ if that makes sense)

  73. The Voices Within,
    the History & Science of How We Talk to Ourselves
    By Charles Fern hough

    I find my inner thoughts to be important. And yes, I talk to myself. This book is insightful as Fern hough is a Psychologist and and author. He understands creative voices.

  74. Essential reading for artists today! Incredibly inspiring. — Artists Against War and Fascism: Papers of the First American Artists’ Congress.

    Also reading New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics

  75. I am reading:

    The Cool School, writings from america’s hip underground
    edited by (the late) Glenn O’brien

    Being of the Sun, (companion volume to Living on the Earth)
    By Alicia Bay Laurel

  76. “Selling Contemporary Art: How to Navigate the Evolving Market” by Edward Winkleman 2015

    One of my goals as an artist is to secure commercial gallery representation. Now that I’ve had my first solo show at a commercial gallery, I am working to find another, then another. This involves talking to many gallery owners, and I find that having an understanding of the challenges faced by modern gallery owners puts me in a better position to understand THEIR goals and discuss how my work would benefit their program.

  77. Javier Marias- A Heart So White
    While reading this book you can feel a dance somewhere. There are moments when i was sure Marias is dancing with me, with my mind. Mostly, I think he is just dancing while writing. Writing is his dance and he is a hell of a dancer. I am grateful to witness this beautiful dynamic.

  78. “Unspeakable”, by, Chris Hedges (cultural critic and author who was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for the New York Times). With noble compassion Hedges slays dragons of lies about the political, economic, and psychological ‘terroir’ contemporary artists the world over are steeped in. The truth is daunting but ironically it brings a little relief as you realize that you are not exclusively to blame for your plight. Want a clearer understanding of what you’re in the middle of? Read this book.

  79. Body of Glass (1991) by Marge Piercy is an amazingly astute vision into the future, where the planet is divided by corporations not continents or countries!
    Yes, sounds familiar doesn’t it?

  80. I’m reading “Red: The Art and Science of a Colour” by Spike Bucklow
    I came across this book near the tail end of producing a series of paintings utilizing primarily the color red. It has been wonderful and interesting to delve into a color and learn of its historical,
    scientific and cultural ramifications.

  81. I’m reading The Cross of Redemption which is a compendium of articles, essays and interviews with James Baldwin that for a number of reasons hadn’t already appeared in book form. It was pulled together by Randall Kenon and published a few years ago, 25 years after Baldwin’s death. This powerful voice formed in the crucible of the Civil Rights movement is as poignantly on point today as it was then. It was particularly good for me to read a few interviews from 1980 when I had spent a lot of time with Baldwin in France– it brought his voice and concerns from that year to life again, as surely as if he were sitting across the table, long cigarette dangling from one hand, glass of Johnny Walker and ice waving in the other.

  82. “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.

  83. “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!!!

  84. “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!

  85. 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.

  86. 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!

  87. “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)

  88. “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

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

  91. 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.

  92. 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

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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

  96. 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

  97. 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…”

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

  101. 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

  102. 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

  103. 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

    The

  104. 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
    and
    Lascaux ou la naissance de l’art de Georges Bataille

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. I’m reading–

    Tao Te Ching
    Translated by Stephen Mitchell

    The Rumi Collection
    An Anthology of Translations of
    Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

  108. 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

  109. 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.”

    and

    “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.”

  110. 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

  111. 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

  112. 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

  113. 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.

  114. 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

  115. 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.

  116. 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

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

  118. 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.

  119. 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.

  120. 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.

  121. 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
    versus
    Gen Doy: Picturing The Self / Changing views of the subject in visual culture

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

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

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

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

  122. 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
    Ovid

  123. 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

  124. 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)

  125. 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.

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