An Endless List

I finally compiled a partial reading list from piles of slips of paper, text files, and my notepad. It daunts me in its length, and I have no idea anymore where to start. Some of these I’ve read part of and stopped, and many many books that are on my shelf are not on this list, but it’s a start at least.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Truman Capote)
Maps (Nuruddin Farah)
Petersburg (Bely)
The Fall (Camus)
Gravity’s Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
An Underachiever’s Diary (Anastas)
The Melancholy of Resistance (laszlo krasznahorkai)
(Tsao Yu)
Little, Big (Crowley)
Otherwise (Crowley)
Everything is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)
Born Confused (Tanuja Desai Hidier)
The Course of the Heart (M John Harrison)
(John Sladek)
Mumbo Jumbo (Ishmael Reed)
(Gwendolyn Brooks)
King of Shadows (Susan Cooper)
Eden (Lem)
India Song (Marguerite Duras)
The Waved (Woolf)
Mrs. Dalloway (Woolf)
Carter Beats the Devil (glen david gold)
My Name Is Red (Orhan Pamuk)
Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay)
The Road to Wellville (T.C. Boyle)
Summertime (Chabon)
Where Do We Go From Here? (doris dörrie)
The Procedure (harry mulisch)
Stories of Your Life (Ted Chiang)
(Nalo Hopkinson)
(Shashi Tharoor)
Eye In The Sky (Philip K. Dick)
Gertrude and Claudius (Updike)
Another Reason (Gyan Prakash)
Revenge (Stephen Fry)
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
The Corrections (Franzen)
(Sherman Alexie)
Riddley Walker (Hoban)
Esau and Jacob (Machado de Assis)
The Cheese Monkeys (Chip Kidd)
Disgrace (Coetzee)
Meatless Days (Suleri)
The Clown (Boell)
The Setting Sun (Dazai)

Guernica (Fernando Arrabal)
Modern Arabid Drama (Jayyusi & Allen)
Masked Performance (Emigh)
The Playful Revolution (Eugene van Erven)
The Playwrights Guidebook (Stuart Spencer)
Performance Analysis (Counsell/Wolf)
Signs of performance : an introduction to twentieth-century theatre
Glass Menagerie (Williams)
Dinner With Friends (Donald Margulies)
Topdog/Underdog (Suzan Lori-Parks)
Prick Up Your Ears (Lahr)
Contemporary Greek Theater (Pavlos Matesis)
Angels In America (Tony Kushner)
The Three Uses of The Knife (Mamet)
The Way of the World (Congreve)
Zoot Suit (Valdez)
Under Milk Wood (Dylan Thomas)
The Heidi Chronicles (Wasserstein)
A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams)
Dream Play (Strindberg)
Our Town (Thornton Wilder)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (August Wilson)
The Convent of Pleasure (Margaret Cavendish)
Black Theater USA
A Full Moon In March (Yeats)
The Actor and Alexander Technique (Kelly McEvenue)
(Harry Kondoleon)
(Romulus Linney)
The Darker Face of the Earth (Rita Dove)
The Substance of Fire (Jon Robin Baitz)
Shakespeare, Race, and Colonialism (Ania Loomba)
Seriously Funny (Nachman)
Dream on Monkey Mountain (Walcott)
Tales of the Lost Formicans (Congdon)
A Slight Ache (Pinter)
Fool For Love (Shepard)
Speed the Plow (Mamet)

Nonfiction General/Humanities
Elements of Typographic Style (Bringhurst)
Virtual Music (David Cope)
Market Killing (Greg Philo & David Miller)
Jazz Age Jews (Michael Alexander)
Postcolonial Transformation (Bill Ashcroft)
Post-colonial Studies (Bill Ashcroft)
A Concise Elementary Grammar of the Sanskrit Language (Jan Gonda)
Spaces of Difference — Ethnic Identity in British South Asian Families (Dhooleka Sarhadi Raj)
Disciplined Minds (Schmidt)
Development as Freedom (Sen)
Plagues and Peoples
The Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell)
A History of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia (Christian)
The Empire of the Steppes : a History of Central Asia (Grousset)
The Flash of the Spirit (Robert Farris Thompson)
The Puzzle Instinct (Danesi)
How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America (Manning Marable)
Globalization and Its Discontents (Stiglitz)
A Problem From Hell (Samantha Power)
The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Chris Burden)
The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen (Peter Berley)
The Man Who Deciphered Linear B (Andrew Robinson)
Myths of the Dog-Man (D.G. White)
The Wind of the Hundred Days (Bhagwati)
In the Chinks of the World Machine (Sarah Lefanu)
The Honors Class (Benjamin Yandell)
One World (Peter Singer)
Rethinking Multiculturalism (Bhiku Parekh)
Five Moral Pieces (Umberto Eco)
A Journal of the Plague Year (Daniel Defoe)
The Immediate Experience (Robert Warshow)
Color Conscious : The Political Morality of Race (Appiah and Gutman)
Perfume (Patrick Suskind)
The Greens Cookboook (Deborah Madison)
Sunset Vegetarian Cooking
Urban Injustice : How Ghettoes Happen
The Classic Era of Crime Fiction (Peter Haining)
Brown : The Last Discovery of America (Richard Rodriguez)
Trust In Numbers (Porter)
Anime : from Akira to Princess Mononoke (Susan Napier)
Deconstructions : a Users Guide (ed. Nicholas Royle)
Coming Home to Eat (Gary Paul Nabhan)
Ambient Century (Mark Prendergast)
Yellow : Race in America Beyond Black and White (Frank Wu)
I Have Landed (Gould)
The Power of Babel (John McWhorter)
Fat Land (Greg Critser)
Fat Cats and Running Dogs (Vijay Prashad)
The Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution (Hill)
Sound States
Wireless Imagination

Nonfiction Science/Engineering
Graph Connections (Beineke and Wilson)
Chance and Choice by Cardpack and Chessboard
Random Matrix Models and Their Applications (Bleher, Its)
Conceptual Mathematics (Lawvere & Schanuel)
On Numbers and Games (J.H. Conway)
The Blind Watchmaker (Dawkins)
Proofs and Refutations (Imre Lakatos)
The Logic of Scientific Discovery (Popper)
The Lady Tasting Tea (David Salsburg)
Difference Engine (Doron Swade)
Safe food : bacteria, biotech, bioterrorism (Marian Nestle)
A Wavelet Tour of Signal Processing (Mallat)
Listening (Handel)
Theoretical Neuroscience (Dayan & Abbott)

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One thought on “An Endless List

  1. Holy cow. I’m almost positive I haven’t read that much in my entire life. If I were to pick someone who could pull it off in a summer, though, it’d be you. But still… And such a diverse list! Renaissance Man alert! DAZAI!

    Oh, and:
    >It daunts me in my length
    Yeah, that’s what I hear. You’re… daunting.

    I figured I should offset the effects of such an impressively cultured reading list with a dick joke.

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