2014

Richard Geldard, Remembering Heraclitus
Karl Ove Knausgaard, A Death in the Family (My Struggle v.1), trans. Don Bartlett
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star, trans. Benjamin Moser
Katie Roiphe, In Praise of Messy Lives
Carole Maso, Ava
Carole Maso, Defiance
Grace Dane Mazur, Hinges: Meditations of the Portals of the Imagination
Elena Ferrante, The Days of Abandonment, trans. Ann Goldstein
Alex Cléo Roubaud, Alix’s Journal, trans.
Michel Houellebecq, The Map and the Territory, trans. Gavin Bowd
Michel Houellebecq, Bernard-Henri Levy, Public Enemies
*Michel Houellebecq, Whatever, trans. Paul Hammond
*Michel Houellebecq, Atomised, trans. Frank Wynne
Michel Houellebecq, Lanzarote, trans. Frank Wynne
*Michel Houellebecq, Platform, trans. Frank Wynne
*Michel Houellebecq, The Possibility of an Island, trans. Gavin Bowd
Michel Houellebecq, H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life, trans. Donna Khazeni
Carole Sweeney, Michel Houellebecq and the Literature of Despair
David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism
Kirsty Gunn, Rain
Henrietta Moraes, Henrietta
Teju Cole, Every Day is for the Thief
Annemarie Schwarzenback, Death in Persia, trans. Lucy Renner Jones
Annemarie Schwarzenback, Lyric Novella, trans. Lucy Renner Jones
Clément Rosset, Joyful Cruelty: Toward a Philosophy of the Real, trans. David F. Bell
Michael Serres, Times of Crisis, trans. Anne-Marie Feenberg-Dibon
Jonathan Cott, Susan Sontag: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview
Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation
EDA Collective, Why are Animals Funny?
^Michel Foucault, Technologies of the Self
Atiq Rahimi, A Curse on Dostoevsky, trans. Polly McLean
Laura Bates, Everyday Sexism
Anne Carson, Nay Rather
Atiq Rahimi, A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear, trans. Sarah Maguire and Yama Yari
Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red
Anne Carson, red doc>
Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet
Anne Carson, Men in the Off Hours
Jean Baudrillard, Passwords , trans. Chris Turner
Jonathan Gibbs, Randall
Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams
Mark Fisher, Ghosts of My Life
Jonathan Crary, 24/7
JG Ballard, Cocaine Nights
Catherine Lacey, Nobody is Ever Missing
JM Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello
Hélène Cixous, Zero’s Neighbour, trans. Laurent Miles
Peter Handke, Repetition, trans. Ralph Manheim
Vincent Deary, How to Live: 1. How we are
Colin Wilson, Adrift in Soho
JD Taylor, Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era
Prue Shaw, Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity
Alice Furse, Everybody Knows This Is NOWHERE
Jenny Diski, On Trying to Keep Still
Jenny Diski, What I Don’t Know About Animals
RA Villanueva, Reliquia
Jenny Diski, A View from the Bed
Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier
Kathleen Jamie, The Overhaul
James and Elizabeth Knowlson (ed.) Beckett Remembering Remembering Beckett
Dark Mountain, Issue 1
Dark Mountain, Issue 3
Dark Mountain, Issue 4
Dark Mountain, Issue 5
Nick Hunt, Walking the Woods and the Water
Michelle Bailat-Jones, Fog Island Mountains

9 thoughts on “2014

  1. Anthony, Your reading pace is very impressive and the many insights you share are nothing short of brilliant. Your blog deserves a wide readership. To me, it is a literary sanctuary unlike any other. Would you mind telling me more about your reading routine?

    • Thank you, it is generous of you to make those comments. I can’t tell you how much it means to read that this blog is a “literary sanctuary unlike any other.” All manner of objections come to mind and suggestions of better alternatives, but I shall gladly accept the compliment.

      What can I tell you of my reading routine that is of interest? I read for 3-4 hours a day, a consequence of commuting, frequent travel and a distaste for watching television. My reading is centred around those writers I list on my About page, the old chestnuts that I will eventually read to completion, and reread often. I tend to follow a fictional work with a non-fictional text. I never read as much poetry as I’d like to. At the moment I am thinking about how I can use my reading to reshape how I interpret things, consciously reading outside a white, male, heterosexual demographic, in the same way I read fewer American texts because I feel the west’s cultural output is over-saturated with American representation. Is that the sort of answer you wanted when you posed your question?

      • I’m so glad I read this and also found out a bit more about your reading routine. It is impressive indeed, especially because I know how intensively you read and how much you reflect on what you’re reading. I know because some of us who can just read from time to time, and only a title or two of these good authors you also like, so much enjoy the bigger picture you are able to present in your blog. So thankful for this place, as well as your twitter presence too!

  2. Great list, great blog. Quick Question. I want to start reading Michel Houllebecq but I’m not sure where to begin. What’s your favorite book of his?

      • Atomised is a book that goes from the particular to the greatest topics of thought. By contrast, Knausgaard starts to do this and then everything quickly fizzles out. I wouldn’t hurry yourself too much with the latter. It’s handy to know what the fuss is about, but apply a hammer and you’ll hear an echo. Houllebecq lives up to his fuss. I’ve got Platform on my list.

  3. The first volume of My Struggle engaged me to the extent that I bought the second, giggling awhile at the comparisons to Proust, but I have no inclination to read it with other books vying for my attention. I’d rather read Houellebecq.

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