Thursday, January 05, 2012

New Year's Resolution: Library Edition

Dear Five People on the Internet who occasionally glance at this site: 

Last year I managed to read 52 books that had almost nothing to do with my dissertation research. Much of that progress had to do with being only sketchily employed and picking some thin volumes at the end of the year. My library still remains overstuffed from books that I neglected when I was in graduate school and I want to continue to work my way through them. I'm going to make a list here of every book that I own that I has gone mostly unread.


Are you ready?


Leave a comment and let me know what you want me to read from the list.  List up to three titles and I'll read them. I'll read those books that get the most votes first.  You control my unrequired syllabus.

So here we go:

Philosophy and Psychology:
1. William James, Essays in Pragmatism
2. Theodore Adorno, Aesthetic Theory
3. Sigmund Freud, An Outline of Psycho-Analysis
4. Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death

5. James Frazer, Golden Bough
6. Martin Buber, I and Though
7. Jack Miles, God

8. Susan Orlean, The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup
9. Hannah Arendt, Between Past and Future
10. John Hersey, Hiroshima
11. Evan Wright, Generation Kill
12. Michael Herr, Dispatches
13. Tom Wolfe, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (I've read parts, but not most).

Memoir and Biography
14. Arthur Schlesinger, A Life in the Twentieth-Century
15. -----, Journals 1952-2000
16. Maxine Hong Kingston, China Men

American History
17. Robert Penn Warren, Who Speaks for the Negro
18. Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography, Poor Richard's Almanac, and Letters
19. U. S. Grant, Personal Memoirs
20. Rick Perlstein, Nixonland
21. Lola Vollen, et al., Voices from the Storm

Social Sciences & Political Theory
22. Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
23. John Kenneth Galbraith, American Capitalism
24. -----, The New Industrial State
25. Herbert Marcuse, One Dimensional Man
26. Daniel Bell, The End of Ideology
27. Priscilla Long, The New Left
28. Barbara Ehrenreich, Fear of Falling
29. Edmund Wilson, To Finland Station 
30. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract (only read excerpts)
31. Hannah Arendt, On Revolution 

Media Studies
32. Newton Minow and Craig L. LaMay, Abandoned in the Wasteland
33. Robert McChesney, Rich Media, Poor Democracy
34. David Halberstam, The Powers That Be

Russian Literature
35. Elif Batuman, The Possessed
36. Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Illych
37. ------,  Anna Karenina 
38. -----, War and Peace

Yiddish Literature
40. Bruno Schulz, The Street of Crocodiles
41. I. B. Singer, Collected Stories vols. I-III
42. -----, Scum  

Literary Theory and Criticism
43. Roland Barthes, Pleasure of the Text
44. Rene Wellek and Austin Warren, Theory of Literature
45. Eric Auerbach, Mimesis
46. Frederic Jameson, The Political Unconscious
47. Henry James, Literary Criticism vols. I & II
48. Eric Bentley, Theory of the Modern Stage
49. Cleanth Brooks and Robert B. Heilman, Understanding Drama
50. Antonin Artaud, The Theater and its Double
51. Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren, Understanding Fiction
52. Sigmund Freud, Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious
53. Bruce Jay Friedman, Black Humor  
54. Nancy Armstrong, Desire and Domestic Fiction   
55. Denise Gigante, Taste: A Literary History
56. Constance Rourke, American Humor

British, Irish & South African Literature
57. E. M. Forster, Howard's End
58. D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover
59. -----, Women In Love
60. Roddy Doyle, Star Called Henry  
61. J. M. Coetzee, Diary of a Bad Year
62. Nadine Gordimer, Burger's Daughter

19th-century American Literature
63. Mark Twain, Mississippi Writings
64. -----, Autobiography of Mark Twain vol. I
65. Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
66. Harold Frederic, The Damnation of Theron Ware
67. William Dean Howells, A Modern Instance
68. Henry James, Novels 1871-1880
69. Herman Melville, The Confidence-Man 
70. Frank Norris, The Octopus

Early 20th-Century American Literature
71. Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift
72. -----, More Die of Hearbreak
73. John Dos Passos, U. S. A. 
74. T. S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party
75. William Faulkner, Novels 1942-1954
76. -----, The Portable Faulkner\
77. -----, Absalom, Absalom!
78. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night    
79. Lillian Hellman, Six Plays
80. -----, Scoundrel Time
81. Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls 
82. William Inge, Four Plays
83. Mary McCarthy, The Group
84. Norman Mailer, The Deer Park
85. -----, The Executioner's Song
86. -----, The Naked and the Dead
87. Katherine Ann Porter, The Collected Stories
88. Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 
89. Gore Vidal, Palimpsest
90. Edith  Wharton, Summer

Late 20th-Century American Literature & Beyond
91. Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburg
92. -----, Wonder Boys
93. Don DeLillo, Great Jones Street
94. -----, Libra
95. -----, Undeworld
96. Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
97. E. L. Doctorow, Billy Bathgate
98. -----, City of God
99. -----, The March
100. Stanley Elkin, The Magic Kingdom
101. Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero
102. Jonathan Lethem, Chronic City
103. Bernard Malamud, Dubin's Lives
104. -----, Pictures of Fidelman
105. -----, Rembrandt's Hat  
106. Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood
107. Thomas Pynchon, Mason and Dixon 
108. Philip Roth, Letting Go
109. -----, The Great American Novel
110. Susan Sontag, Death Kit
111. John Updike, Bech: A Book
112. -----, Bech at Bay
113. -----, Rabbit Redux
114. -----, Rabbit is Rich
115. -----, Rabbit at Rest 
116. Glen David Gold, Carter Beats the Devil
117. Alice Seybold, Lovely Bones
118. Gary Shteyngart, The Russian Debutante's Handbook
German Literature
119. Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children

So, know any good books that I should read?  

1 comment:

SMH said...

I'd say pick whichever is farthest from your usual interests. Or whichever is at the top of the stack by the bed.