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2020 Reading Log

  • Belladonna by Daša Drndić, trans. Celia Hawkesworth
  • A Heart So White by Javier Marias, trans. Margaret Jull Costa
  • Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, trans. Joel Rotenberg
  • Orientalism by Edward W. Said
  • The Big Money by John Dos Passos
  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  • Utopia by Thomas More, trans. Paul Turner
  • The Kiss and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov, trans. Ronald Wilks
  • Where the Sirens Live by Francesca Coppola
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, trans. Michael Glenny
  • Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962-1972 by Alejandra Pizarnik, trans. Yvette Siegert
  • Ten Plays by Anton Chekhov
  • Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  • Spurious by Lars Iyer
  • The Complete Collected Poems by Maya Angelou
  • The Iliad by Homer, trans. Caroline Alexander
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova
  • We Inherit What the Fires Left by William Evans
  • Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
  • Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat
  • City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis ed. Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb
  • You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman
  • The Idiot  by Elif Batuman
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Beside Myself by Sasha Marianna Salzmann
  • How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa, trans. Leri Price
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli, trans. Christina MacSweeney
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea by Bandi, trans. Deborah Smith
  • Chelsea Girls by Eileen Myles
  • The Street by Ann Petry
  • Tricks of the Trade: How to Think About Your Research While You’re Doing It by Howard S. Becker
  • The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah
  • Coercion, Capital, and European States by Charles Tilly
  • The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream by Richard Alba
  • Letters from a Seducer by Hilda Hilst, trans. John Keene
  • Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat
  • North From Mexico: The Spanish-Speaking People of the United States by Carey McWilliams
  • My Documents by Alejandro Zambra, trans. Megan McDowell

2019 Reading Log

  • The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos
  • The Sailor Who Fell From Grace From the Sea by Yukio Mishima
  • Confusion by Stefan Zweig
  • Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
  • In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes
  • Speedboat by Renata Adler
  • The Selected Works of Edward Said 1966-2006 ed. Moustafa Bayoumi & Andrew Rubin
  • At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien
  • The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature: Writings from the Mainland in the Long Twentieth Century ed. Yunte Huang
  • The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien
  • Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergast
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • The Hole by José Revueltas, trans. Amanda Hopkinson & Sophie Hughes
  • The Poor Mouth (An Béal Bocht) by Flann O’Brien, trans. Patrick C. Power
  • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
  • Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
  • Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue, trans. Nathasha Wimmer
  • The Dalkey Archive by Flann O’Brien
  • Collected Poems: 1948-1984 by Derek Walcott
  • The White Album by Joan Didion
  • Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich, trans. Bela Shayevich
  • Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
  • 1919 by John Dos Passos
  • Open Secrets by Alice Munro
  • The Dry Heart by Natalia Ginzburg
  • The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
  • Passing by Nella Larsen
  • Nightwood  by Djuna Barnes
  • Overpour by Jane Wong
  • Black No More by George S. Schuyler
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
  • The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, trans. John E. Woods
  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
  • False Bingo by Jac Jemc
  • Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza, trans. Suzanne Jill Levine & Aviva Kana
  • Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky
  • Pierce on Signs: Writings on Semiotic by Charles Sanders Pierce, ed. James Hoopes

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2017 Reading Log

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Searching for Havana: An Ice Cream Parlor, A Dive Bar, and Streets That Stink of Onions

It is a typically rainy night in Havana. Taka and I linger near the doorway, out of the rain, of Hotel Sevilla – one of those grand, colonial buildings that Cuba is known for – as Lori, a smartly-dressed young Cuban woman, asks the doormen to direct us to the dining room. Her friends will be performing opera songs for the dinner crowd this evening.

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We had thought that her asking would be the easiest way, her being a native speaker, a local, and much more respectable looking compared to my and Taka’s look of general haggardness. But the doormen are rude and dismissive towards her. It seems that they only reluctantly admit her to the hotel, the lobby decorated in a fashion fit for nobility; or, in this case, for foreign tourists. (more…)


So Long, Uncle Ho

hanoi lake

Hoan Kiem Lake in the center of Hanoi.

I know beforehand that there will be a healthy portion of propaganda and I had seen the cult of personality still being pursued by the government, but I feel like I’m missing something at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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