reading list 2016

for everything that wasn’t good about 2016 (& there was a lot, personally and in a broader sense), i read a lot of really wonderful things last year. and i’m looking forward to keeping it up this year.

(this list is incomplete: partly because I’ve surley forgotten something, and partly because some of the best stuff –and lots of the just ok — stuff I’ve read this year has been long-form nonfiction and short stories published in various places online and/or vociferously devoured when new issues of granta and n+1 turn up in my mailbox.)

* = stuff i especially loved

    • winter notes on summer impressions — fyodor dostoevsky
    • furiously happy — jenny lawson
    • queer phenomenology — sarah ahmed *
    • do what you love and other myths… — miya tokumitsu *
    • depression: a public feeling — ann cvetkovich
    • fatherland — nina bunjevac *
    • numbers: a very short introduction — peter m. higgins
    • natural disaster — al burian *
    • because the sea is black — blaga dimitrova (trans. boris & mchugh)
    • dora, doralina — rachel de queiroz
    • my year of meats — ruth ozeki *
    • station eleven — emily st. john mandel *
    • something to tell you — hanif kureishi *
    • house of leaves — mark danielewski *
    • panic in a suitcase — yelena akhtiorskaya *
    • party headquarters — georgi tenev
    • the lonely londoners — sam selvon
    • vaseline buddha — jung moon
    • dune — frank herbert
    • in the country — mia alvar *
    • mausolee: roman — rouja lazarova
    • toxicology – jessica hagedorn
    • a ballad for georg henig – viktor paskov
    • david boring — daniel clowes
    • a brief history of seven killings — marlon james *
    • the south side: a portrait of chicago and american segregation — natalie moore *

started but didn’t quite finish

  • return to twin peaks: new approaches to materiality, theory, and genre on television — eds. jeffrey weinstock & catherine spooner (half of it, anyway.)
  • the richness of life, collected essays — stephen jay gould (1/4 or so)

still working on it

  • i lived socialism — ed. georgi gospodinov
  • hawaiʻi’s story by hawaiʻi’s queen — queen liliuokalani

 

happy new year, friends!