Reading 2002

January February March

My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk

Ingratitude, Ying Chen

A Pattern Language: City, Towns Houses, Christopher Alexander et al

Letter to Lorenzo, Amanda Prantera

Tales from Two Pockets, Karel Capek

The Sweetest Wine , Robert Cabot

Sea of Memory, Erri de Luca

Adventures of Gary …

The Iguana, Anna Maria Ortese Italian

The Djinn in a Nightingale’s Eye, A.S. Byatt

Fraud, Anita Brookner

Goal Express, Jim Wilten

The Elementary Particles, Michel Houellebecq

Mind’s Eye, Paul Fleischman

A Symphony in the Brain, Jim Robbins


A Start in Life, Anita Brookner

Has Modernism Failed?, Suzy Gablik

Women in Surrealism

Divine Right of Capital

The Fate of Ideas in the Commons

No Logo, Naomi Klein *

April May June

Living on the Wind: Across the Hemispheres with Migratory Birds, Scott Weidensaul

Medallions, Zofia Nalkowska

Headlong, Michael Frayn

Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Susan Vreeland

The Palace of Tears, Alef Lytle Croutier

Guns Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond *

Mutations: Cities & Globalization, Rem Koolhaus et al

Secret Knowledge, David Hockney

I’m Gone, Jean Echenoz (trans. by Mark Polizzotti)

La Cucina, Lily Prior

Ajahn Sumedho interviewed by Roger Wheeler

Birds of Passage, Robert Sole

Essence of Tibetan Buddhism, Lama Thubten Yeshe

The Emotional Brain, Joseph LeDoux (cognitive science)

The Danish Girl, David Ebershoff

Gradiva’s Mirror, Betty Ann Brown  (women, surrealism, art history)

Midsummer Snowballs, Andy Goldsworthy

Ukiyo-e (Japanese art)

July August September

Paris, Eugene Atget  photography

Food Politics, Marion Nestle *

The Hearing Trumpet, Leonora Carrington

Everything Belongs: the Gift of Contemplative Prayer, Richard Rahr

Ikons and the Mystical Origins of Christianity

Food for Thought, Ajahn Lee

KA, Roberto Calasso (Hindu pantheon) *

Oranges, John McPhee

Buddhist Dictionary, Nyanatiloka

The Rendezvous, Justine Levy

The Buddha's Art of Healing: Tibetan Painting Re-Discovered

Passionate Minds: Women Re-Writing the World,Claudia Roth Pierpont (Nin, Stein, Arendt Mary McCarthy Lessing, Tsevtaeva, Welty),

A Life of Inner Quality, Acariya MahaBoowa Nansampanno

The Magic of Remedios Varo

Our Post-Human Future, Francis Fukuyama

Call me Magdalena, Alicia Steimberg

Inner Strength & Parting Gifts, Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo

The Others: How Animals Made us Human, Paul Shepard (rr) *

Nathan Oliveira, Peter Selz, et al

The Secret Life of Plants, Peter Tompkins, Christopher Bird

Gardener of Stars, Carla Harryman

Primordial Experience: Dzogchen Meditation, Manjusrimitra

Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences,  Howard Gardner

The File on H, Ismail Kadare

Dark Spring, Unica Zurn

La Place de la Concorde Suisse, John McPhee

October November December

Enlightened Journey Buddhist Practice as Daily Life, Tulku Thondup

The Secret Life of the Seine, Mort Rosenblum

Verses from the Center: a Buddhist vision of the Sublime, Stephen Bachelor

The Re-Birth of Painting in the Late 20th Century, Donald Kuspit

Essence and Alchemy A Book of Perfume, Mandy Aftel

The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy, Noreena Hertz

Soul Mountain, Gao Xingjian *

A Mind at a Time, Mel Levine (learning abilities) *

The Perfect House, Witold Rybczynski (on Palladio)

Working with Anger, Thubten Chodron

The Future of the Past, Alexander Stille (archeology, preservation, storage and loss)

The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization,  Thomas Friedman

Living with Uncertainty, Pema Chodron

The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections of a Primatologist, Frans deWaal

Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman *

Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot, Richard Restak.

The Open Door: Thoughts on Acting and Theatre, Peter Brook

The Garden Party, Katherine Mansfield

A Moment of True Feeling, Peter Handke

Ben Schonzeit Paintings, Charles A Riley II, text.

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, Thad Carhart. An engaging memoir about stumbling upon a tiny shop that became the author’s door into an intimate realm of Paris. Friendships unfold gradually in the context of a love for the piano and its history -- the art of playing,  the craft of repairing, and the joy of listening.

Summer in Baden Baden, Leonid Tsypkin *

The Master of Petersburg, J.M Coetzee