Reading List

2018

Books

Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency, James Andrew Miller (in progress)
The Persian Boy, Mary Renault (in progress)
The Idiot, Elif Batuman
Troilus and Criseyde, Geoffrey Chaucer (in progress)
The Company She Keeps, Mary McCarthy (again)
Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin (in progress)
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
The Optimist’s Daughter, Eudora Welty (unfinished)
Bringing up Bebe, Pamela Druckerman
The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Alexander Chee
Less, Andrew Sean Greer
Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
Infinity to Dine, lazenby
On the Use and Abuse of History for Life, Friedrich Nietzsche (again)
The Europeans, Henry James
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, Bruno Bettelheim (again) (unfinished)
The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro
The Australian Legend, Russell Ward (unfinished)
Upheavals of Thought, Martha Nussbaum (unfinished)
An Odyssey, Daniel Mendelsohn

Short Stories, Essays, and Poetry that stuck with me

“Morningstar,” Robert Hewitt Wolfe
“Notes Towards a Politics of Location,” Adrienne Rich
“The Story of Your Life,” Ted Chiang
“Hazardous Cravings,” Alex McElroy
“The Autobiography of My Novel,” Alexander Chee
“Goodbye and Good Luck,” Grace Paley
“Of Poetry and Women and the World,” Grace Paley
“Why didn’t you just do what you were told?” Jenny Diski
“Hillary Clinton: The Leader You Want When The World Ends,” Eileen Myles
“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” Ursula K. LeGuin

2017

Books

The Company She Keeps, Mary McCarthy
Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney
Reset, Ellen Pao
Chemistry, Weike Wang
What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov (unfinished)
Capital, Thomas Piketty (unfinished)
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, Bruno Bettelheim (unfinished)
Edinburgh, Alexander Chee
Vulgar Favors, Maureen Orth (unfinished)
The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
The Lottery and Other Stories, Shirley Jackson (unfinished)
The Sundial, Shirley Jackson
The Lathe of Heaven, Ursual K. Le Guin
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe (unfinished)
Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama
Hunger, Roxane Gay
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte (unfinished)
On the Use and Abuse of History for Life, Friedrich Nietzsche
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Upstarts, Brad Stone (unfinished)
Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (unfinished)
How to Murder Your Life, Cat Marnell
Hollywood Babylon, Kenneth Anger
King Lear, William Shakespeare
Shrill, Lindy West
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante (unfinished)
Wild, Cheryl Strayed (unfinished)
Torch, Cheryl Strayed (unfinished)
Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art, Don Thompson
Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt (unfinished)
Men in Dark Times, Hannah Arendt (unfinished)
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, George Saunders

Short Stories, Essays, and Poetry that stuck with me

“The Iliad, or the Poem of Force,” Simone Weil
“Wanderlust,” Laleh Khadivi
“The God of Numbers,” Danusha Lameris
“Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” Linda Nochlin
“The Husband Stitch,” Carmen Maria Machado
“A Temporary Matter,” Jhumpa Lahiri
“The Love of My Life,” Cheryl Strayed
“A Love Story,” Samantha Hunt
“The Poisoning,” Alexander Chee
“Sonny’s Blues,” James Baldwin
“Goodbye, My Brother,” John Cheever
“The Cheater’s Guide to Love,” Junot Diaz

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