1. Richard Geldard, Remembering Heraclitus
  2. Karl Ove Knausgaard, A Death in the Family (My Struggle v.1), trans. Don Bartlett
  3. Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star, trans. Benjamin Moser
  4. Katie Roiphe, In Praise of Messy Lives
  5. Carole Maso, Ava
  6. Carole Maso, Defiance
  7. Grace Dane Mazur, Hinges: Meditations of the Portals of the Imagination
  8. Elena Ferrante, The Days of Abandonment, trans. Ann Goldstein
  9. Alex Cléo Roubaud, Alix’s Journal, trans.
  10. Michel Houellebecq, The Map and the Territory, trans. Gavin Bowd
  11. Michel Houellebecq, Bernard-Henri Levy, Public Enemies
  12. *Michel Houellebecq, Whatever, trans. Paul Hammond
  13. *Michel Houellebecq, Atomised, trans. Frank Wynne
  14. Michel Houellebecq, Lanzarote, trans. Frank Wynne
  15. *Michel Houellebecq, Platform, trans. Frank Wynne
  16. *Michel Houellebecq, The Possibility of an Island, trans. Gavin Bowd
  17. Michel Houellebecq, H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life, trans. Donna Khazeni
  18. Carole Sweeney, Michel Houellebecq and the Literature of Despair
  19. David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism
  20. Kirsty Gunn, Rain
  21. Henrietta Moraes, Henrietta
  22. Tegu Cole, Every Day is for the Thief
  23. Annemarie Schwarzenback, Death in Persia, trans. Lucy Renner Jones
  24. Annemarie Schwarzenback, Lyric Novella, trans. Lucy Renner Jones
  25. Clément Rosset, Joyful Cruelty: Toward a Philosophy of the Real, trans. David F. Bell
  26. Michael Serres, Times of Crisis, trans. Anne-Marie Feenberg-Dibon
  27. Jonathan Cott, Susan Sontag: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview
  28. Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation
  29. EDA Collective, Why are Animals Funny?
  30. ^Michel Foucault, Technologies of the Self
  31. Atiq Rahimi, A Curse on Dostoevsky, trans. Polly McLean
  32. Laura Bates, Everyday Sexism
  33. Anne Carson, Nay Rather
  34. Atiq Rahimi, A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear, trans. Sarah Maguire and Yama Yari
  35. Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red
  36. Anne Carson, red doc>
  37. Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet
  38. Anne Carson, Men in the Off Hours
  39. Jean Baudrillard, Passwords , trans. Chris Turner
  40. Jonathan Gibbs, Randall
  41. Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams
  42. Mark Fisher, Ghosts of My Life
  43. Jonathan Crary, 24/7
  44. JG Ballard, Cocaine Nights
  45. Catherine Lacey, Nobody is Ever Missing
  46. JM Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello
  47. Hélène Cixous, Zero’s Neighbour, trans. Laurent Miles
  48. Peter Handke, Repetition, trans. Ralph Manheim
  49. Vincent Deary, How to Live: 1. How we are
  50. Colin Wilson, Adrift in Soho
  51. JD Taylor, Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era
  52. Prue Shaw, Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity
  53. Alice Furse, Everybody Knows This Is NOWHERE
  54. Jenny Diski, On Trying to Keep Still
  55. Jenny Diski, What I Don’t Know About Animals
  56. RA Villanueva, Reliquia
  57. Jenny Diski, A View from the Bed
  58. Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier
  59. Kathleen Jamie, The Overhaul
  60. James and Elizabeth Knowlson (ed.) Beckett Remembering Remembering Beckett
  61. Dark Mountain, Issue 1
  62. Dark Mountain, Issue 3
  63. Dark Mountain, Issue 4
  64. Dark Mountain, Issue 5
  65. Nick Hunt, Walking the Woods and the Water
  66. 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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