Reading   2008

January February March

Lost Notebook, Cees Noteboom (Dutch)

Prisons We Choose to Live Inside, Doris Lessing *

Her Body Knows, David Grossman (2 novellas/Israeli)

Touchstone, Laurie King

That Which Transpires Behind That Which Appears, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan *

Bitter Lemons, Lawrence Durrell (Cyprus)

The Diamond Approach, John Davis

My Big Apartment, Christiane Oster (France)

Song Without Words, Sophia Tolstoy

The Hunting Gun, Yasushi Inoue

Law of the Father, Richard Wright

The Stolen Child, Dennis Donohue *

Black Death & the Transformation of the West, David Herlihy

Echoes of an Autobiography, Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt)

When Nietzsche Wept, Irving Yalom (Vienna)

The Vienna Paradox, Marjorie Perloff

Mishima: A Vision of the Void, Marguerite Yourcenar

Portrait: A Life of Thomas Eakins, William McFeely

Light of the Russian Soul, Elena Pisareva (theosophy)

Counter-Culture Through the Ages, Dan Joy & Ken Goffman [R.U.Sirius]

I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help, Xavier Amedor

Japanese Arts and Self-Cultivation, Robert E. Carter *

Women of Algiers in Their Apartments, Assia Djebar *

Stevenson Under the Palm Trees, Alberto Manguel

Caravaggio Painter of Miracles, Francine Prose

The Space of Appearance, George Baird

Intern: A Doctor’s Story, Sandeep Janhar

April May June

Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood

Brand New China, Wu

The Broken Fountain, Thomas Belmonte  (anthropology/Naples) *

Man With No Talents/Memoirs of A Tokyo Day-Laborer, Oyama Shiro *

The Exile Kiss, George Alec Effinger

Memory Practices in the Sciences, G. Bowker

Old Filth, Jane Gardam (India/England)

The Good Cripple, Rodrigo rey Rosa (Spain, South America)

Void/Inner Spaciousness+Ego Structure A.H.Almaas (spiritual teaching) *

We Always Treat Women Too Well, Raymond Queneau

Writing & Seeing Architecture, C. Portzamparc & Phillipe Sollers

The Shape of Time, George Kubler

The Archivist’s Story, Travis Holland * (Moscow)

The Diving Pool, Yoko Ogawa

The Big Girls, Susanna Moore *

Hunger, Knut Hamsun * (Norway) *

The End of Manners, Marciano (Afghanistan)

The Case for literature, Gao Xingjian *

Moura: the Dangerous Life of Baroness Budberg, Nina Berberova

Vision of the City, Kilmer

Legacy of Dr. Lamaze, Caroline Gutman

The Thief and the Dogs, Naguib Mahfouz

Mysteries of the Life Force, Peter Meech (chi gong)

The Photograph, Penelope Lively

Dead Man’s Memoir, Mikhail Bulgakov

Walking/Amrao/Playing Walter, Thomas Bernard (3 novellas)

Mouchette, George Bernanos * (France)

Anti-Semite and Jew, Jean-Paul Sartre

Writers in Paris, David Burke

My Golden Trades, Ivan Klima * (Czechoslovakia)

July August September

Severance, Robert Olen Butler

Hearing Gesture:How Our Hands Help Us Think, Susan Goldin-Meadow *

Architecture of Happiness, Alain deBotton

Thomas the Impostor, Jean Cocteau (France)

Turbulence & Flow in Film, Yvette Biro

Watoyah & the Taos Trail

Metaphors We Live By, George Lakoff

Born to Lose: Jean Genet, Jeremy Reed

Age of Wire & String, Ben Marcus

Last Novel, David Markson

Italian Locations: Re-Inhabiting the Past in Postwar Cinema, Noa Steimatsky

The Wise Virgins, Leonard Woolf (Brit.)

The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Erving Goffman **

The Tao of Breath, Dennis Leavis

Reveries of a Wild Woman, Helene Cixous (Algeria/France)

The Culture Code, Clotaire Rapaille

Medallions, Zofia Nalkowska (Poland)

Book of Chameleons, Jose Eduardo Agualusa (Brazil, Angola)

The Zahir, Paul Coelho

Three Novellas, Ann Quinn (Brit.)

The Day They Killed the Leader, Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt)

Summer Book, Tove Johansson (Sweden)

four books on Stanislavsky

Dialogues in Diversity: Art from Marginal to Mainstream, John K. Grande

Crossings, Chuang Hua (China/France)

Fragments of the Artwork, Jean Genet

Coding and Redundancy: Man-made and Animal-Evolved Signals, Jack P. Hailman

Fire & Knowledge, Peter Nadas * (Hungary)

Ingmar Bergman – Ciinematic Philosopher, Irving Singer

Youth Without Youth, Mircea Eliade (Roumania)

Emperor – Downfall of an Autocrat, Ryszard Kapuscinski (Ethiopia)

Secret of Scent, Luca Turin

The Savage Father, Pier Paolo Pasolini

Sway: the Irresistable Pull of Irrational Behaviour, Ori & Rom Brafman

The Edge of Chaos, Pamela McCorduck (novel, set in Santa Fe)

Spiritual History of Ice: Romanticism, Science & the Imagination, Eric G. Wilson

Elements of the Real in Man, A.H. Almaas

Badlands:New Horizons in Landscape Mass/MOCA, ed. Markonish

Inside Opus Dei, Maria del Carmen Tapia

Place, Art and Self, Yi-Fu Tuan

The 12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art, Don Thompson

Tears of the Desert: Survival in Darfur, Halima Bashir

Comparing the Incomparable...

Map of My Life, Goro Shimura

Chase, Chance & Creativity, James Austin

Hotel Crystal, Olivier Rolin

How Children Learn Language, William O’Grady

October November December

Total Capitalism,Colin Leys (The Rise & Fall of Development Theory; Neo-liberal Democracy; The Cynical State) *

Seeds of Corruption, Sabri Moussa

King Cophetua, Julien Gracq (France)

The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror, Christian Parenti *

Rediscovering the Center: The City, William H. Whyte *

I Have the Right to Destroy Myself, Young Ha-Kim (Korea)

Rimbaud: the Double Life of a Rebel, Edmund White

It’s Not an All-Night Fair, Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1950s Indonesia)

Eretica: Contemp. Art & Transgression, Demetrio Paparoni

Petit Point: A Candid Portrait on the Aberrations of Science, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (European scientists’ gossip)

La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind, Beppe Severgnini

Cane, Jean Toomer

The Math Gene, Keith Devlin

Kusamakura, Natsume Soseki

Self’s Deception, Bernard Schlink

The Desert Southwest, Alan & Carol Hayes

Culture & Authenticity, Charles Lindholm

The Freedom to Be, A.H. Almaas (Diamond Heart Book two)

Credit & Blame, William Tilly

The Zig-Zag Way, Anita Desai

Essential Enneagram, Daniels & Price

Without Blood, Alessandro Baricco

Between Lives, Dorothea Tanning (autobiog.)

Geographies of Power: Placing Scale, ed. Andrew Herod & Melissa Wright

Contemporary World Cinema, Shohini Chanduri

Elephant in th Room: Silence and Denial in Everyday Life, Eviatar Zernbavel

Great Weaver from Kashmir, Haldo Laxness (Iceland)

My First Seven Years, Dario Fo *

The Other, Ryszard Kapuscinski

On the Origins of Human Emotions, Jonathan H. Turner **

Against Gravity, Farnoosh Moshiri *

L’Assassin, Peter Steiner (France)

Clash of Civilizations in an Elevator Above Piazza Vittorio, Amara Lakhous

The Time Paradox, Philip Zimbardo & John Boyd

The Road to Fez, Ruth Knafo Setton (Morocco)

Mani, Patrick Leigh Fermor (Greece)

Sustainability by Design, John Ehrenfeld

Mygale, Thierry Jonquet (France)

Beyond Suspicion, Tanguy Viel (France)

You Alone Are Real to Me, Lou Andreas-Salome (on Rilke)

Sun & Steel, Yukio Mishima

How to Cure a Fanatic, Amos Oz

Max Weber’s Sociology of Intellectuals, Ahmad Sadri

Space Cruiser Inquiry, A.H. Almaas

Archaeology of Personhood, Chris Fowler (anthropology)

John Cage, David Nicholls (biography)

Difficult Conversations, Stone, Patton & Heen

Pictures and Tears, James Elkins *

Crow and Weasel, Barry Lopez

Disguise, Hugo Hamilton (Germany)

Fire Alarm: Reading Walter Benjamin’s “On the Concept of History”, Michael Lowy