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“What is Painting?” Julian Bell
“what is painting?”Julian Bell
I am reading The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich and Grievers by Adrienne Maree Brown. I have a huge pile of other books in my to-be-read pile. They’re waiting for winter hibernation time.
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I am reading How To Be A Successful Artist by Angus Resch. It has some material in it, which I wasn’t previously familiar with. I would recommend it to any aspiring artist. This book has some interesting case studies about successful artists as well as suggestions about career strategies. I think that many of the artists, whom I have met, haven’t come across a lot of the material, which is included in this book. Other artists often ask me career questions and I think that they might find some of the answers that they need in this book. I would say that this book has a different perspective than many art career books. I believe that many aspiring artists would find this career book to be helpful.
Thank you so much you turned your head on
I am currently experiencing the loss of two of my dearest and closest longtime friends. I miss them.
I am reading The Jewel Tree of Tibet -the enlightenment engine of Tibetan Buddhism by Robert Thurman
which I find very comforting informative and ‘down to earth’
Anxiety -the missing stage of Grief by Claire Bidwell Smith
After initially being resistant to the word ‘Anxiety’ I continued to read, stopping when I had a crying episode.
It hits the spot and I will continue to read it.
Art and Postcapitalism: Aesthetic Labour, Automation and Value Production, by Dave Beech. Brilliant and crystal. Also, Craig Staff’s Painting, History and Meaning.
I am reading several things at the minute. As research for a film I am working on I am reading Anne Nelson’s compelling “Red Orchestra” about the underground movement against fascism in Germany and Francis Stuart’s postwar novel “The Pillar of Cloud”. I’m intermittently dipping into Victor Klemperer’s “I Shall bear Witness”.
My evening reads are currently Igor Štiks’ and Krunoslav Stojaković’s concisely written “The New Balkan Left” which outlines the recent successes and failures of left-wing political movements and actions in the former Yugoslav republics. I’m also reading Georges Simenon’s The Snow Was Dirty. Written in post war Europe in the same year as Stuart’s book, it portrays the moral ambiguity, corruption and opportunism that was rife as the continent, and globe, recovered from its most devastating war. It has an air of Greene’s The Third Man to it, but it’s a more intimate and sinister book. I love Simenon’s writing – succinct and unadorned.
There are several stacks of books sitting around making me feel guilty for not having started them yet, but I’m too ashamed to list any.
The Last Things we Talk About, Your guide to End of Life Transitions, By Rev. Dr. Eliabeth T. Boatright. THings we all need to know whether young or old because we all lose imporant people in our lives.
Another book tht i read practically straight throug is Swimming Back to trout River by Linda Rui Feng. Covers the Cultural Revolution – as it hit a partciular group of people’s lives, the saving grace of music, something about disability, and immigration to the USA. Hugely engrossing and touching.
Just opening the cover (finally) … Karl Marlantes, MATTERHORN A Novel of the Vietnam War (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010)
It was Marlantes who said: “When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn’t over for the veterans, or the family. It’s just starting.”
On the nightstand always:
David Finkel, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2013)
Tim O’Brien, THE THINGS THEY CARRIED (Houghton Mifflin, 1990)
Karl Marlantes, WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2011)
These books provide insight on U.S. servicemembers’ experiences in war, the cost of war, the heartbreak for many on coming home, and the civilian-military divide.
And of another genre … Amy Hempel, SING TO IT (Scribner, 2019) whose short stories I never tire of reading and who donates time writing biographies for shelter dogs on death row with the hope they may be adopted.
‘The Magic Mountain’
-Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
‘In Cold Hell, In Thicket’
‘The Worm Ouroboros’
Theodor w Adorno – Aesthetic Theory. Published 1970- (Adorno’s radical re-thinking of Aesthetics in relation to Modern and contemporary art is so timely now. It makes me realise how so much thought about the making of art has left out a whole realm of Aesthetics.)
Jean Paul Satre – The Imaginary. ( So much of Lacan’s theory of Vision, the Gaze and Painting comes from this incredible work by Sartre.)
Flow – Philip Ball. (A scientist who thinks like an artist about patterns in nature, in this case liquids – it’s been an inspiration for the paintings i am currently making with liquid paint, using flow and gravity.
Merleau-Ponty ‘The Visible and the Invisible’ (This last unfinished work is the most radical re-thinking of vision and its relation to the world that I know)
1. SeokmunDobeob : the principle and rule of completion on Do(Tao) that makes human (beings) become the gods (2011)
2. Cheon-gwangCheolro : Hanzonim (the creator / the God)’s biography on training himself to achieve Do(Tao)
3. Through the Eyes of Joseon Painters (Real Scenery Landscapes of Korea) (2019)
4. 101 Things to Learn in Art School (2013)
5. SeokmunDodam edited by Seokmundomun (2012)
I am reading a book in French: Le Pays des Autres by Leïla Slimani.
In English Lumen Natura by Mathilde Marcolli.
Very important to understand the cultural collisions between east and west beginning several hundred years ago, in order to understand what might come out of it, politically, technologically, environmentally. So Two books by Chinese theorist Yuk Hui: Art and Cosmotechnics and The Question Concerning Technology in China. Essential, as well to return to the Dao and to Confucius.
In addition: Rilke, New Poems (1 and 2), Duino Elegies; Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Map Drawn by a Spy; Mario Vargas Llosa, Death in the Andes; Hagi Kenaan, Photography and Its Shadow; Coco Fusco et al Only Skin Deep. These are all ongoing.
Horst Stowasser – Anarchie (Nautilus Verlag)
Yoshiharu Tsuge – The Man Without Talent (NYR Comics)
I am devouring Kim Stanley Robinson’s books – I’m so happy he has many. I have finished New York 2040, Ministry of the Future, and am now in the Red Mars series. I always promise myself I will read only one book at a time – but as usual I am reading four plus random poetry – this week by Jorie Graham. Also reading Helgoland by Carlo Rovelli, Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey, and Wisdom is Bliss by Robert Thurman.
Deep Adaptation, Navigating the Realities of Climate Chaos (2021)
Edited by Jem Bendell & Rupert Read
Deep adaptation is a concept and social movement based on the view that humanity needs to prepare for the possibility of societal collapse, as environmental change increasingly disrupts social, economic, and political systems.
‘This book is the “red pill” of our times, offering neither certainty nor confirmation of any story you may be holding about where we are heading in the face of so many colliding crises. What it does offer is togetherness in our insecurity and frameworks in our unknowing for coming to terms with and making sense of these times. I look forward to both “deep adaptation” and “collapsology” entering mainstream discourse so that we might then imagine creating together, as our current paradigm crumbles.’
Gail Bradbrook, co-founder, Extinction Rebellion
King: A Street Story by John Berger. By chance I found a used copy of this book in Massolit Bookstore in Budapest. I have been working on both a project relating and viewing the world through the eyes of other creatures and a project relating in depth on a daily basis with the homeless. This book is a perfect fit, viewing homeless individuals and their existence through the eyes of dogs. It seems rather serendipitous that it both exists and that I would come across it randomly in a used English books bookstore in Budapest, where I have been living during the pandemic. I only knew John Berger through his book, Ways of Seeing, but of course, this fits the theme. I also read Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life, during the pandemic, which is a fascinating book by Peter Godfrey-Smith. My mind opened up to the way an octopus can experience and take in knowledge through its arms, which have, in simple terms, brain-like matter within them. I also would like to say, if you like poetry, perhaps you want to read my first published book of poetry, which is a collaboration with myself (Anne Murray) and a Hungarian artist (Zolt Asta- Zsolt Asztalos) with poems I created to go with his photographs. It is called Battlefields and published by AC Books and available on Amazon, SPD Books, John Rule Art Book Distribution. I created it with the intention that the poems can be seen and read in any order carving different paths per the individual’s own intuition, much like in this photographer’s work, where modular sections are moved around. It was recently reviewed under Harriet Books by the Poetry Foundation, which has been such a lovely validation of this unusual modular style of syntax and symbol, which I included. This poetry is my little gift to the world during these challenging times.
I can’t speak more highly of “Beyond the World’s End: Arts of Living at the Crossing” by TJ Demos
(Duke University Press 2020) It is a powerful look at how contemporary artists are addressing the urgent themes of these times, while imagining what comes after the end of the world.
I’m currently reading for research and pleasure the following:
Life to Those Shadows by Noel Burch
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
The Secret Life of Plant by P. Tomkins & C. Bird
Speaking with Nature by S. Ingerman & L. Roberts
‘Paper: Paging Through History’ by Mark Kurlansky
From the New York Times best-selling author of Cod and Salt, a definitive history of paper and the astonishing ways it has shaped today’s world.
“That Hair,” by Djaimilia Pereira, “The Council of Animals” by Nick McDonell, “The Fate of Place” by Edward Casey
I am currently reading “The Road to Unfreedom: Europe, Russia, America” by Timothy Snyder
which charts the course of authoritarianism as it as has coursed through Eastern, Western Europe and Russia post WW2 and its political effects on the U.S. And “The Cost of Living” by Deborah Levy, a collection autobiographical essays by a writer of pithy prose, and a two-time Man-Booker Prize nominee.
‘Primeval And Other Times’ by Olga Tokarczuk
An imaginative (and close to actual) chronicle of ”the course of the feral 20th century in prose that is forceful, direct, and the stylistic cousin of the magic realism in Gabriel Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude”.
Qu’est-ce qui va changer en 2021
My latest reading self-assignment is Michael Pollan’s “This is Your Mind on Plants”, Penguin, NY (2021). During the pandemic, I have done a lot of technical reading & writing in my capacity as an astrophysicist. I have also reread Dante’s “Divine Comedy”. Leonard Cohen’s poetry is for me a great consolation during this period of self-enforced semi-confinement. I play with the idea of a near-future re-read of Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”.
I am currently reading “Picasso’s Las Meninas” by Claustre Rafart i Planas which I purchased while visiting Museo Picasso in Barcelona. The museum has the complete series of Picasso’s works inspired by Velasquez’s “Las Meninas” painting and it was the first time I saw the whole series ‘in the flesh’. I have been working on a number of art lessons (for my YT channel “Rob the Art Teacher”) on the subject of how and why artists and art students study other artists, and I plan to add a lesson based on Picasso’s approach to “Las Meninas”.
I am also ‘in the middle of’ Wiesław Myśliwski’s “Stone upon Stone”, an outstanding example of post-war Polish literature – a semi-autobiographical epic tale, at times poignant, liberally laced with rural wit and irreverence.
My pile now:
My MeteoriteHarry Dodge
On Freedom, Maggie Nelson
The Flowering The Autobiography of Judy Chicago
No One is Talking About This, Patricia Lockwood
The Conspiracy of Art by Jean Baudrillard. I am reading again all his visionary books as well as What is Power by Byung-Chil Han
Greek plays for a story I want to do:
‘Lysistrata and Other Plays’ by Aristohanes (Penguin Ckassics)
The Acharians, The Clouds, Lysistrata
‘Medea and other plays by Euripides’ (Penguin Classics)
Medea, Hecabe, Electra, Heracles
and for the depressing stuff
‘In defense of Julian Assange’ Edited by Tariq Ali and Margaret Kunstler (OR books)
I did not know about the book “In defense of Julian Assange” Will buy it! Thanks
FÉLIX GUATTARI, The Three Ecologies, 1989
DONNA J. HARAWAY, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Duke University Press, 2016
( a bit difficult to follow her jump cuts of academic references, her own lack of viewpoints and my real opposition towards her Cyborg chapter )…
URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, 1986
Maggie Nelson, On Freedom
Sanford Schwartz, On Edward Hicks
Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace
Kateb Yacine, Nedjma
I am reading The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald and am finding it fascinating.
Andrea Lee – Lost Hearts in Italy
Avni Doshji – Brown Sugar
Ben Okri – The Freedom Artist.
I’m currently reading:
Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880, W.E.B. DuBois
Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War, Vincent Brown
I just finished:
The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin
Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, Catherine Clinton
Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Nicole Fleetwood
Hello… I’m reading a number of books. Nine by Gwen Strauss (9 women escape from Nazi prison camps); Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk (what evolution relaly tells us about Sex, Die and how we live); and still putting my own book, Coronaville (Blurb) out there, as well as a brand new art and literary magazine called TROUBLE (Blurb). This is vol 1 number 2, The Drug Issue. 180 pages. Free PDF download.
Andy Grundberg and his new book:
“How Photography Became Contemporary Art: From Pop to Digital” is an excellent read – a great story that is both illuminating and concise, from a first-witness account by the author, whereby these (now) legendary pioneers and their incredible art making become fully alive, now heroic, in the context of the past-to-present art world. To truth and beauty at 1/125 of a second – the book echoes the apt phrase of Polaroid – “See What Develops”.
Yale University Press, excellent book! A must-read!
1. The Writings of Robert Smithson
I am revisiting this after many years.
2. Slide Show – Projected Images on Contemporary Art by Darcie Alexander
3. Machine in the Studio by Caroline Jones
Mostly interested in the Smithson essay but the others are good as well.
4. Let It Come Down by Paul Bowles
The body keeps the score, by Bessel Van Der Kolk (it’s so good!)
Strange weather in Tokyo, by Hiromi Kawakami (filled with Japanese food, it made me very hungry while reading…)
The Waves, by Virgina Woolf
The drowned World, JJ Ballard
Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel
Entangled life by Merlin Sheldrake
I am currently reading Speaking East: The Strange and Enchanted Life of Isidore Isou by Andrew Hussey
Caliban and Witch ; Silvia Federici , Crucifying the Orient ,Kaplan’s Sahni
Just finished Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
Currently reading Inland by Tea Obreht
Up next is Underland by Robert McFarlane
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
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
I’m reading NAKED LUNCH by William Burroughs – I’ve never read it before!
I am reading BEYOND WORDS, What Animals Think and Feel, by Carl Safina.
H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
Kin Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future and Miranda Fricker’s Epistemical Injustice
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
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.
I have just finished “Culture Strike: Art and Museums in the Age of Protest,” by Laura Raicovich
Before that, “Science and Wonder,” by Mary Baine Campbell
Reading the Merry Misogynist by Colin Cotterill a murder mystery and John James Audubon The Making of an American by Richard Rhodes
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Neolithic of Britain and Ireland by Vicki Cummings
I just started reading “The Importance of Being Ernest”, by Oscar Wilde.
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.
I am reading “Frank Bowling” by Mel Gooding.
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.
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.
Kin: A Memoir
Shawna Kay Rodenberg
The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist
by Dorothy Day
Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family
Amanda Jette Knox
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
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!
OnCurating Issue 51
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.
The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
What is Art? by Ernst Billgren
I Can Cook Vegan by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
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.
Do you mean Clarice Lispector? Yes, amazing writer, I just finished the volume “complete short stories” beautiful writing
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.
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.
I just finished Severance by Ling Ma and I am just about to start To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine.
POOR QUEER STUDIES by Matt Brim, MEMORIAL DRIVE by Natasha Tretheway, VANGUARD by Martha S Jone.
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
I’m in the midst of: The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins
by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
Also enjoyed: The Arrest, by Jonathan Lethem
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.
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.
what a story, that is so col to hear! In what way was Lucien obsessed with these letters? Historically or as a contemporary paradigm? Or something else, just the writing itself?
He saw something familiar in Van Gogh
I am about to launch a re-read of Anna Karenina.
Here’s a list of a few books from this year…
“Tactics of Interfacing”
“Call Me Burroughs”
Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
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.
“Grit – The power of passion and perseverance” by Angela Duckworth
“You are the brand” by Michael Kim
I’m rereading Crack Wars by Avital Ronell. Unlike crack itself, the second hit is even better than the first.
Landscape and Memory by Simon Shama
SPQR by Mary Beard
Turtle Diaries by Russel Hoban
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….
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.
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)
Anais Duplan, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture
Kate Crawford, Atlas of AI
Joanna Page, Decolonizing Science in Latin American Art
“My Second Work” by Bridget Lowe; Gwendolyn Brooks: Collected Poems; “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead; “The News,” by Jeffrey Brown.
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.
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.
The Jewel Tree of Tibet – the enlightenment engine of Tibetan Buddhism by Robert Thurman
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.
States of Mind: Experiences at the Edge of Consciousness (a collection of literature, science, philosophy and art, published by the Wellcome Collection)
I’ve Seen the Future and I’m Not Going: The Art Scene and Downtown New York in the 1980s Peter McGough a glorious deep and tragic in depth tour of a period in the art world
Reading these books simultaneously:
The Life of Forms in Art – Henri Focillon
Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto – Legacy Russell
Albert & the Whale by Philip Hoare. The sea is not made of water by Adam Nicholson.
Read it over the summer – great!
Life Death by Jacques Derrida and The Probiotic Planet by Jamie Lorimer
Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
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.
Imitations, Zadie Smith. 2020. Early reflections on the Pandemic living in NYC.
All The Light We Cannot See
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Life? or Theatre?
by Charlotte Salomon
Laura Shabott is reading Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel.
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.
I’ve been recommending The Overstory to everyone and bought it for everyone on my Christmas list. It’s indelibly imprinted into my consciousness now.
The Complete Stories
Phenomenal writer. I started this collection a while ago and am just returning to it now.
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!
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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.
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.
David Sedares: When you are engulfed in flames.
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”
Typo: Toward a Council of All Beings
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
Blue, The History of a Color
Perfect antidote to the overload of red and green throughout this holiday season
my book is on Amazon check it it out Color or Die
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for love and creation we are quantum baby
A NOT-SO-STILL LIFE by Jimmy Ernst. Sensitive story about the son of
Max Ernst and his European childhood.
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
I am reading Austin ‘s books “Steal Like an Artist” and “Blackout Poem” &”Show Your Work”
A Sense of the Mysterious by Alan Lightman.
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.
“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.”
Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson
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.
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (a conversation between the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu). Deep, wise, quite humorous at times.
La femme du Blanc by Muriel Diallo
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”
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.
I keep coming back to this one, so perhaps it will be intersting to others. Beauty: A Very Short Introduction by Roger Scruton
Leonardo Da Vinci
-by Walter Isaacson
I am reading The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
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
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.
In Indian Mexico
A Narrative of Travel and Labor
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.
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.
Sounds like s fun read. I’ll have to check that out
“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!
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris
I love that book too!
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”.
The Rebirth of Painting in the Late Twentieth Century
by Donald Kuspit
Kuspit is an art critic who “examines the continued validity and variety of painting in the postmodern era…”
Eckhart Tolle: “New Earth” and Lynne McTaggart “The Field”
Eckhart Tolle: “New Earth”
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.
Agreed, good summer reading!
Generosity by Richard Powers
Day After Night
–by Anita Diamant
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).
The Hole In The Universe:
How Scientists Peered Over the Edge of Emptiness and Found Everything
Currently reading Freedom, the end of the human condition by Jeremy Griffith.
The Hidden Life of Trees:
What They Feel, How They Communicate
–by Peter Wohlleben
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
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
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
is Gimbautus by M. Alseikaite in Lithuanian or English?
4321 by Paul Auster
Art of the Haiku by Stephen Addis
(& watching TV for letting my shadow slip through)
I’m reading The Emmigrants by W G Sebald.
I’m currently promoting a fantasy love story – “Silent Love”
Available on Amazon.
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.
I’m enjoying “The Silent History”, a story about a new way of communicating, and being, by Eli Horowitz, et al.
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.
On Tyranny, Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century – Timothy Snyder
A must read!
Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron
Hold Still by Sally Mann
Theft By Finding
A House by the Sea, journal of May Sarton
Dessert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.
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
Lillian de Jong, Janet Benton
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.
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.
The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
I’m reading ‘Alias Grace’ by Margaret Atwood.
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
sounds awesome. I might have to look into this one
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.
The Spell of the Sensuous — David Abrams
I am reading – letters of Van Goch.
I love this book! My copy includes his sketches …oh man … so mychbto learn from this hard working man. Artist.
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)
Huge hugs for this list!!
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.
Empire of cotton!! A must for anyone who still wears clothes !!!
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..
Currently reading “Real Artists Don’t Starve” by Jeff Goins.
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.”
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.
Currently reading “The Theatre of the Occult Revival Alternative Spiritual Performance from 1875 to the Present” by Edmund B. Lingan
“Salt: A World History” by Mark Kurlansky
“Rothko” by Jacob Baal-Teshuva
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
“The present” by Spenser Johnson
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.
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.
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)
I am enjoying and I recommend Restoration and Merivel by Rose Tremain.
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.
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
James Baldwin: Notes of a Native Son. A Grace Paley Reader. Short Stories by William Faulkner. The entire Sherlock Holmes canon. Jane Eyre for the 10th time
Just finished reading TRIBE on Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
My Bible for the next few weeks is “Walk through walls” by Marina Abramovic.
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
A year later I read “The Painter Gabriel” by Donald Newlove, “How to profit from the print market” practical advice for visual artists by Barney David, “Paul Gauguin” text by Robert Goldwater
Currently re-reading “Mandala” by José and Miriam Arguelles.
My comments above
I am reading Max Frisch, Homo Faber, a fantastic book about rational thinking of powerful humans and destiny
Lilli de Yong, Janet Benton
Janet Benton’s brilliant debut novel, Lilli de Jong about a late 1800’s Quaker Woman
Its true, I’m Janet Benton’s mother.
The Sympathizer by Viet Nguyen
I’m reading The Art Of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee. Great first chapter. Jury is out on the rest. Art and Fear is as book I strongly recommend
“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.
Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag
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.
American Gods Neil Gaiman
“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.
The Marriage of Opposites. Fantastic book about many things but a great read about the life of Camile Pissaro.
Confabulations. by John Berger. (2016)
nb: ‘Language is a body, a living creature…..and this creature’s home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate’.
Cezanne, a life
By Alex Danchev
Full of information and well written
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?
The Vanishing Velazquez by Laura Cumming and What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt are two recent reads that I found engaging. Also, Hold Still by Sally Mann.
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.
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.
“The Cradle of Real Life” — Jean Valentine
oops, “The Cradle of the Real Life”
Hugo von Hofmannsthal, der Brief des Lord Chandos, This is an excellent book that should be considered and added in your radio series.
In the realm of hungry ghosts
The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter
Ask More, by Frank Sesno
Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson (up close and personal insight into racism and the death penalty)
Walking through Walls by Philip Smith – so good!
“Just Kids” by Patti Smith, WONDERFUL!
Heidegger: the origin of the work of art
The Gospel According to Matthew
By John Berger
anything by Hito Steyerl about the image and of course Camille Paglia and I am enjoying your list very much.
Currently reading Brian Rutenberg’s Clear Seeing Place. Wonderfully written journey of a contemporary painter.
Narcisa, Jonathan Shaw.
My music is called ‘ Songs And Witty Stories From The Heart Museum!’
My favorite read is Power VS Force by Dr. DAVID HAWKINS.
“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.
“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!!!
“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!
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.
Abstract City – http://www.christophniemann.com/books/abstractcity/
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!
“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)
“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
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.
You have to read this book, full of hope for those who in one way or another have had to leave our countries.The book in Spanish, French and English are available
Rereading THE ART SPIRIT by Robert Henri
Just finished THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS by Michael Finkel
“Out of your mind” from Alan Watts
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.
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Stern Men, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Running the Rift, by Naomi Benson
’24/7′ by Jonathan Crary
Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales
The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude, Global Art, memory and Post Fordism.
Pascal Gielen. [posted by Nancy Hart]
“Down and Out in Paris and London” by George Orwell.
Lots of good books on this list!
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.
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin
Please read my book
A Girls Courage
By Mary Ellen Snclair
This Lamentable City, Poems of Polina Barskova
–Translated by Ilya Kaminsky
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
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.
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.
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
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
Thinking Fast and Slow
A Gesture Life
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
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…”
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.
“The View From the Studio Door: How Artists Find Their Way In An Uncertain World” by Ted Orland.
I am reading Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Donna Tartt’s The Gold Finch, and Behringer’s Witches and Witch Hunts.
I’m reading “The Consolations Of Philosophy” by Alain de Botton
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.
I’m reading My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
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.
I’m reading :
What Painting Is
–by James Elkins
–by Brigit Pegeen Kelly
I also love the introduction by Margaret Lamb to Charlotte Bronte’s early books.
1) The Professor by Charlotte Bronte.
2) Shirley by Charlotte Bronte.
Currently reading “No More Excuses” by Sam Bennett.
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
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
1. Completed poems and selected letters of Michelangelo
Translated by Creighton Gilbert
Sherrie Campbell, PHD
The Entitlement of the Soul
The Currently reading:
1. Completed poems and selected letters of Michelangelo
Translated by Creighton Gilbert
The Art Spirit
by Robert Henri
I am currently reading Extreme Screenwriting by Barb Doyon
I am reading Ascension John Coltrane and His Quest, and just finished a wonderful story Pretty Paper by Willie Nelson.
Vivid Awareness – A Mind Instruction of Khenpo Gangshar
by Khenchen Thrangu
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
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.
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.
PRISON BABY: A Memoir
When prison is home
My recent and helpful reads:
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
And My Side of the Mountian by Jean George
arts changes everything again too
Please, read and share!
“Away Running” by David Wright & Luc Bouchard
Is a very important, timely story that everyone should read.!
Tao Te Ching
Translated by Stephen Mitchell
The Rumi Collection
An Anthology of Translations of
Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Enjoying: ¨Andrea Fraser – from Institutional Critique to the Institution of Critique ¨ by Zona Crítica (in Spanish)
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,
I love Siri Hustvedt. I’m reading her collection of essays ‘ A woman looking at men looking at women’. So insightful and poignant. 🙂
Funny. I had an idea for a screenplay years ago with a similar plot.
I just finished Man in a Blue Scarf, by Martin Gayford, an account of sitting for a portrait by Lucian Freud.
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible – Peter Pomerantsev
Secondhand Time – Svetlana Alexievich
These sound really good when read together
Thanks for these useful thoughts! This is another quality post from you.
Books I’m reading:
“Waking Up” by Sam Harris – fascinating
“How to fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big (Kind of the story of my life)” by Scott Adams
Books: The Body in Pain by Elaine Scarry
Strange Tools by Alva Noe
The Alchemy of Air by Thomas Hager
And my all-time fave: Sensitive Chaos by Theodore Schlenk
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.”
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
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
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
3. The Power of Intention
4. Living Buddha, living Christ
– Thich Nhat Hahn
“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.
I am reading, over and over : LAS Ciudades Invisibles ” form Italo Calvino
“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
ways of curating hans ulrich obrist
deep south paul theroux
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.
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.
I liked SaraDe Vos too
I enjoyed SaraDe Vos too. Loved the interweaving of time
FifthAvenueArtistSociety. Joy Wilkerson Callaway’s first novel historic fiction romance
+ 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
I am reading
The elements of color by Johannes Itten
Essays and poems by Thoreau
Titian by Jean Babylon, in French
1 No Logo Naomi Klein (Author)
2 Sofie Tolstoy’s diary (Author)
3 A Man Ariana Fallaci (Author)
The Story of My Teeth
by Valeria Luiselli
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.
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.
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms , Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East by Gerard Russell foreword by Rory Stewart.
The Spiritual Universe: One physicist’s vision of spirit, soul, matter, and self
by Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D
“White Noise” by Don DeLillo
Interesting how few books are on the list twice
Three Guineas by Virginia Wolf
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.
The Blue Flowers by Raymond Queneau
The Foundation of the Unconscious: Schelling, Freud and the Birth of the Modern Psyche by Matt Ffytche
hi Yale University Radio reading list forum
I try to concentrate on / (not so easy)
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
Brava, Susan Kleinberg, #224. What a great idea! My stack is clavicle high!?!
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
I am reading two books.
I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey By Izzeldin Abuelaish.
The Unfinished Canadian by Andrew Cohen
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
Journey to Mount Tamalpais by Etel Adnan
I’m currently reading:
The Woman Who Says No: Françoise Gilot on Her Life With and Without Picasso – Rebel, Muse, Artist
Wonderland: The Zen of Alice
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)
1.” Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting” by Catherine Lampert
2. “Portraits: John Berger on Artists” by John Berger
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”
(again…) Brave New World.
I am reading:
1. “Soul on Ice” by Eldridge Cleaver and
2. “Similacra and Simulation” by Jean Baudrillard.
Always a win:
Workin’ on the Chain Gang: Shaking Off the Dead Hand of History by Walter Mosley