SITE-SPECIFIC READINGS: Cumulative Books Read in the Context of Place

All the memorable books we've read where location in time was significant to the reading—with links to the post where we blog about said book in the context of the place.

2017

New Animals by Nick Francis Potter : Georgetown | Mar 2017

Coyote America by Dan Flores : Baltimore/DC | Mar 2017

Popol Vuh (reread) : Cuernavaca, MX > Baltimore | Mar 2017

The Story of my Teeth by Valeria Luiselli : DC > CDMX | Feb 2017

a bunch of small-press chapbooks : B-Timor | Feb 2017

The Parasite by Michel Serres : LA > DC + during AWP | Feb 2017

Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao + No Exit by Jean-Paul Satre : DC > N. California | Jan 2017

Hidden Water by Frank Stanford : DC | Jan 2017

2016

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: 1° book read in new Georgetown digs | Fall 2016

Macbeth by William Shakespeare : Stockholm > DC > Baltimore | Dec 2016

Difference & Repetition by Gilles Deleuze : Rome > Brussels > Stockholm | Dec 2016

The Flood by Emile Zola : Rome > Amalfi > Naples | Dec 2016

The Leg of Lamb by Benjamin Péret : Montpellier > Paris > Rome | Nov 2016

Sometimes We Walk With Our Nails Out by Sarah Bartlett + The Lives of Animals by JM Coetzee : Portland > DC> Copenhagen | Nov 2016

Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain : DC to Columbia River Gorge | Nov 2016

Translating Mo'Um by Cathy Park Hong : Cancun > DC | Oct 2016

Breaking the Maya Code by Michael D. Coe : Cancun, Mexico | Oct 2016

Watt by Samuel Beckett : Dorset, UK to DC | Oct 2016

Potted Meat by Steven Dunn : DC > London | Sept 2016

Good People by Robert Lopez :: DC > NYC | Sept 2016

What is Posthumanism by Cary Wolfe :: Kenya > DC | Aug 2016

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett :: Nairobi > Isiolo | Aug 2016

In the House of the Interpreter by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o :: DC > Nairobi | Aug 2016

No Longer Art (A Narrative), Wonderland by Samuel Ligon + The Black Automaton by Douglas Kearney :: last books read in Capitol Hill, DC | Aug 2016

The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett (reread) :: UK > DC | July 2016

Malone Dies by Samuel Beckett (reread) :: Bath, England | July 2016

Molloy by Samuel Beckett (reread) :: France > UK | July 2016

Bergsonism by Gilles Deleuze :: Montpellier > Provence, France | June 2016

A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud :: Rome > Sanremo > Nice > Montpellier | June 2016

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust :: DC > Rome | June 2016

Antichrist by Friedrich Nietzsche :: DC—Baltimore | June 2016

Letter from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi :: Yangon > Bangkok | June 2016

Burmese Days by George Orwell :: Burma (Bagan) | May 2016

From the Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe :: DC > Myanmar (via Dubai + Bangkok) | May 2016

Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (reread) : SF > DC | April-May 2016

Selected Writings of Henri Michaux :: NYC > San Francisco | April 2016

Memoir of the Hawk by James Tate :: DC > NYC | April 2016

Iskandariyah Skan by Ingo Giezendanner + fps: still moves by Rosaire Appel :: DC | madness of March 2016

Onto-Cartography by Levi Bryant :: DC > NYC > DC | Mar 2016

Dark Spring by Unica Zürn + The Art of the Publisher by Roberto Calasso :: London > DC > NYC | Feb-Mar 2016

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (reread) :: DC > London | Feb 2016

Siamese by Stig Sæterbakken :: NYC > DC | Feb 2016

End of the Story by Lydia Davis :: DC > NYC | Feb 2016

Favorite Folktales from around the World (edited by Jane Yolen) + Dreams by C.G. Jung :: DC | Jan 2016

Fiesta en la Madriguera by Juan Pablo Villalobos :: Puerto Vallarta > DC | Jan 2016

El Pozo y Las Ruinas by Jimena Néspolo :: Puerto Vallarta, MX | Jan 2016

Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo :: en route to Punta Mita, Mexico | Jan 2016

2015

3 books by Kamau Brathwaite + few others :: DC | last books read in Dec 2015

Joyce's Book of the Dark by John Bishop :: DC | Dec 2015

The Boy in His Winter by Norman Lock + Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban + McGlue by Otessa Moshfegh + The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer :: NYC to DC | Nov 2015

Between the World and Me by Te-Nehisi Coates :: Atlanta to NYC | Nov 2015

Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord :: DC to Atlanta | Nov 2015

The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth + A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess :: DC | Oct 2015

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King + Annotations by Johne Keene :: DC (+ to Baltimore) | Oct 2015

Not Nothing by Ray Johnson :: DC + (to Baltimore) | Oct 2015

The Heights of Despair by EM Cioran :: Aspen to DC | Sept 2015

Seed by Stanley Crawford :: DC to Aspen | Sept 2015

Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones :: the 1st book read living in The District | Sept 2015

Of Grammatology by Jacques Derrida :: the last book read in NYC (+ Queens) | Aug 2015

The Gotham Grammarian by Gary Lutz :: last Calamari book edited in NYC | Aug 2015

Ecce Homo by Nietzsche + The Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen :: NYC/DC | July 2015

300,00,000 by Blake Butler :: NYC/Baltimore | July 2015

New Science by Giambattista Vico :: Rome > Milan > NYC | June 2015

The Passioniate Years by Caresse Crosby :: NYC to Monte Verità, Switzerland | June 2015

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson :: San Juan Island to NYC | June 2015

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner & Dream Machine by Sade Murphy :: NYC to Seattle | June 2015

To Save Everything Click Here by Evgeny Morozov :: The Inurnet | June 2015

Finnegans Wake By James Joyce (reread) + The Skeleton Key ... by Joesph Campbell :: NYC > Boston > Zurich > Rome (Portuense) > Rome (Vatican) > NorCal/Santa Barbara > Monterey > London > LHR > JFK > NYC | April/May 2015

Thoughts of Sorts by Georges Perec :: Boston > New Yawk | Mar 2015

Fancy by Jeremy M. Davies :: Rome > Zürich > Boston | Mar 2015

Études des Gottnarrenmaschinen by Shane Anderson :: London > Rome (Monteverde) | Mar 2015

High-Rise by J.G. Ballard :: Naples > London | Mar 2015

No Moon by Julie Reverb :: Rome > Naples | Mar 2015

Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle :: NYC > Rome (Vatican) | Mar 2015

Death Sentence by Maurice Blanchot :: Rome > NYC | Feb 2015

No Place on Earth by Christa Wolf :: Rome (Foro Romano) | Feb 2015

Big Ray by Michael Kimball :: Paris > Rome (Ostiense) | Feb 2015

Paris Peasant by Louis Aragon :: Nepal to Paris (via Abu Dhabi) | Feb 2015

The Strangers by Eugene Lime :: Delhi to Pokhara, Nepal | Feb 2015

Inner Experience by Georges Bataille :: Rome > Delhi | Jan 2015

Amerika by Franz Kafka :: leaving NYC for Rome | Jan 2015

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (re-read) :: Hong Kong to NYC | Jan 2015

Pure Immanence by Gilles Deleuze :: Penang > Bali | Jan 2015

How Natives Think by Lucien Lévy-Bruhl :: West Timor + on way to Penang | Jan 2015

We the Living by Ayn Rand :: Lombok to Bali | Jan 2015

2014

Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish :: NYC to Bali via Hong Kong | Dec 2014

Instan by Cecilia Vicuña :: lower Maphattan | Dec 2014

Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli :: Maphattan | Dec 2014

Instant of My Death/Demeure: Fiction and Testimony by Maurice Blanchot/Jacques Derrida :: DC/Baltimore to NYC | Nov 2014

Virgil Russell by Percival Everett :: NY to Baltimore/DC | Nov 2014

A Short History of Decay by E.M Cioran :: NY, NY | Nov 2014

The Other City by Michal Ajvaz :: Princeton, NJ | Oct 2014

How the Hippies Saved Physics by David Kaiser :: Italy to JFK | Oct 2014

Discomfort by Evelyn Hampton :: Ranco, Italy | Oct 2014

Essays & Aphorisms by Schopenhauer, Anachromisms by Marco Giovenale + The Coming by Andrej Nikolaidis :: NYC to Ranco, Italy | Oct 2014

Thomas the Obscure by Maurice Blanchot :: to/from Brooklyn | Sept 2014

Dyad by Michael Brodsky :: maphatting northern tip of Manhattan | Sept 2014

Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed :: maphatting Harlem | Aug 2014

Youth by J.M Coetzee :: Maine + vermont | Aug 2014

Mount Analogue by René Daumal :: The Great Pond, ME | July 2014

The Waves by Virginia Woolf :: Woods Hole, MA | July 2014

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Anne Dillard + Man a Machine by Julien Offray de La Mettrie :: Ithaca, NY | July 2014

Representative Works (1938-1985) by Jackson Mac Low :: NYC | May 2014

Straw Dogs by John Gray + The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker :: DC to NYC | May 2014

Rules of the Bone by Russell Banks :: NYC to DC | May 2014

Erasure by Percival Everett :: Chicago to NYC | April 2014

Wearing Dad's Head by Barry Yourgrau :: NYC to Chicago | April 2014

Microscripts by Robert Walser :: Sugarhill, NYC | April 2014

Mira Corpora by Jeff Jackson :: NYC | April 2014

Tropisms by Nathalie Sarraute :: Man______ville | Mar 2014

The Business of Fancydancing by Sherman Alexie :: Seattle to NYC | Mar 2014

Little Rooms by James Lewelling :: NYC to Seattle | Mar 2014

Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy :: NYC | Feb 2014

The Face of Another by Kōbō Abe :: NYC | Feb 2014

Writing & Difference by Jacques Derrida :: Manhattanville | Jan 2014

The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin :: Tierra del Fuego to NYC | Jan 2014

2013

Nocturno de Chile by Roberto Bolaño (in spanish), Ficciones by Jorge Borges (in spanish) & Ghosts by Cesar Aira (in english) :: en route to Chile & Argentina | Dec 2013

How We Became Posthuman by N. Katherine Hayles :: NYC | Dec 2013

Tristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss :: London to NYC | Dec 2013

Llamadas telefónicas (in Spanish) by Roberto Bolaño  :: NYC to Mexico, D.F. | Nov 2013

Cardinal Numbers by Hob Broun :: NYC | Nov 2013

Bird Lovers, Backyard by Thalia Field :: Rome to NYC | Nov 2013

Undici Novelle (in Italian) by Luigi Pirandello :: en route to Rome | Nov 2013

Sky Saw by Blake Butler :: Manhattanville | Oct 2013

Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon :: Yupper West Side | Oct 2013 (flashing back)

Nietzsche's Kisses by Lance Olsen & What is Life? (re-read) by Erwin Schrödinger :: Haarlem to Harlem | Oct 2013

Haute Surveillance by Johannes Göransson & Salamandrine by Joyelle McSweeney :: en route to Amsterdam | Sept 2013

Reader's Block by David Markson :: on subway to & from bookfairs in Brooklyn & Queens | Sept 2013

Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada (in Spanish) by Gabriel García Márquez :: en route Málaga, Spain to NYC | Sept 2013

Motorman (in Spanish) by David Ohle :: en route NYC to Granada, Spain | Sept 2013

Perfume by Patrick Suskind : spinning in our own sweat in sultry NYC | Sept 2013

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (reread) & Something in My Eye by Michael Jeffrey Lee :: en route to/from Oklahoma | Aug 2013

House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera : Harlem | Aug 2013

Crapalachia by Scott McClanahan (& Spokes by Miranda Mellis & Big American Trip by Christian Peet) :: en route from Oregon back to NYC | Aug 2013

Vineland by Thomas Pynchon :: re-read en route to Northern California | Aug 2013

Book of Ruth by Robert Seydel & Our Ecstatic Days by Steve Erickson :: NYC/Lake Zed (spinning & on subways) | July 2013

Ulysses by James Joyce :: re-read en route Kathmandu to NYC | July 2013

Submergence by J.M. Ledgard :: Lumbini, Nepal | July 2013

Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas De Quincey :: Kathmandu to Lumbini, Nepal | July 2013

Correction by Thomas Bernhard :: en route NYC to Doha | June 2013

Equivalents by Jessica Baran :: on a train upriver | June 2013

The Event Factory by Renee Gladman :: on the subway to Brooklyn | June 2013

Água Viva by Clarice Lispector :: on the subway to Redhook to get tattooed | May 2013

Do You Hear Them? by Nathalie Sarraute :: Manhattanville | April 2013

Transfer Fat by Aase Berg :: on a stationary bike in NYC | April 2013

King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild :: NYC (Congo/Timor) | Mar 2013

The President in Her Towers by Tom Whalen :: Boston | Mar 2013

On Literature by Umberto Eco & Elephant by Raymond Carver :: en route NYC to Boston | Mar 2013

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy :: New Orleans to NYC | Mar 2013

Errata by Michael Allen Zell :: NYC to New Orleans | Mar 2013

Counterpath: Traveling with Derrida by Catherine Malabou & Jacques Derrida :: NYC (going nowhere) | Feb 2013

Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche :: Manhattanville | Jan 2013

The Price of Civilization by Jeffrey Sachs :: Indonesia to NYC | Jan 2013

2012

Paradise by Dante :: Lovina, Bali | Dec 2012

American Purgatorio by by John Haskell :: Ubud, Bali | Dec 2012

Infinite Thought by by Alain Badiou :: Timor-Leste | Dec 2012

The People Who Watched Her Pass by by Scott Bradfield :: Madrid to Singapore | Nov 2012

None of This Is Real by Miranda Mellis :: Madrid | Nov 2012

Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes (reread, in Spanish) :: NYC to Barcelona | Nov 2012

The Language Instinct by Steve Pinker :: Rome to NYC | Nov 2012

Rome Tales (anthology) :: Rome | Nov 2012

The Last Days by Raymond Queneau :: Palermo | Nov 2012

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago :: Rome to Palermo | Nov 2012

That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana by Carlo Gadda :: Rome | Oct 2012

The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick :: Rome | Aug-Oct 2012

The Day of Creation by J.G. Ballard :: Tanzania to Rome | Oct 2012

In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut :: Tanzania | Oct 2012

In the Heart of the Country by J.M Coetzee :: Lalibela, Ethiopia | Oct 2012

The Outsider by Albert Camus (2nd read) :: Bangkok to Rome | Sept 2012

Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner :: Cambodia | Sept 2012

Recollections of the Golden Triangle by Alain Robbe-Grillet :: Rome to Bangkok | Sept 2012

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq :: Alps/Dolomites | Sept 2012

untitled: under the auspices by Sturnus Vulgaris :: launch party in Rome | Sept 2012

Cosmopolis by Don Delillo :: NYC to Madrid | Sept 2012

The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz :: NYC | Aug 2012

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart :: Rome to NYC | Aug 2012

System of Vienna by Gert Jonke :: Rome | Aug 2012

Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson :: Rome & Pompeii | Aug 2012

The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories by Ivan Vladislaviċ :: Sorrento | Aug 2012

Omensetter's Luck by William Gass (2nd read) :: Naples | Aug 2012

WORDATLAS/PAROLATLANTE by Aldo Bandinelli & Luca Arnaudo (as publisher) :: Rome | July 2012

One-Way Street and Other Writings by Walter Benjamin :: Rome | July 2012

Point Omega by Don Delillo :: Chianti Region | July 2012

In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan (2nd read) :: Rome | June 2012

Dracula by Bram Stoker :: Croatia | June 2012

Safe Area Goražde by Joe Sacco :: Bosnia | June 2012

The Elephant's Journey by José Saramago :: Slovenia into Bosnia | June 2012

Satantango by László Krasznahorkai :: Slovenia | June 2012

Vicky Swanky is a Beauty by Diane Williams :: Rome | May 2012

The Last Novel by David Markson :: London | May 2012

Suicide by Edouard Levé :: London | May 2012

The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus :: Bologna, Italy | May 2012

Leaving Atocha Station by Ben Lerner :: train to Bologna | May 2012

Best European Fiction 2012 published by Dalkey Archive :: Rome | April 2012

Popol Vuh (2nd reading) :: Rome | April 2012

We Make Mud by Peter Markus :: Ponza, Italy | April 2012

The Fixed Stars by Brian Conn :: Ponza island, Italy | April 2012

Ark Codex ±0 :: launched in Trastevere, Rome | April 2012

Roman Poems by Pier Paolo Pasolini :: Isola Tiberina/Rome | Mar 2012

Ark Codex ±0 :: launched in NYC | Mar 2012

Jamestown by Matthew Sharpe :: en route Rome to NYC | Mar 2012

Egyptian Book of the Dead :: Rome | Mar 2012

Urien's Voyage by André Gide :: Rome | Feb 2012

Dies: A Sentence by Vanessa Place :: Rome | Feb 2012

The Castle by Franz Kafka:: on train to/from Florence | Feb 2012

Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity (as book designer) :: Rome | Feb 2012

Six Memos for the Next Millennium by Italo Calvino :: running in Rome | Feb 2012

translating the decodex to the Codex Seraphinianus :: Rome (Serafini's hood) | Feb 2012

Dreams by Carl Jung :: Rome (with cruise-ship vertigo) | Jan 2012

The Witch-Herbalist of the Remote Town by Amos Tutuola :: Rome | Jan 2012

Baby Fucker by Urs Allemann :: Rome (with baby on the brain) | Jan 2012

2011

Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk :: Istanbul | Dec 2011

Sister Stop Breathing by Chiara Barzini :: Rome (as editor/designer) | winter 2011

Glyph by Percival Everett, Glyph :: Rome | 2011

There is No Year by Blake Butler :: home alone in Rome for 10 days | Nov 2011

The Canal by Lee Rourke :: Venice | Nov 2011

Across the River and into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway :: Venice | Nov 2011

On the Way to Language by Heidegger & Aura by Carlos Fuentes (in Spanish) :: Madrid | Oct 2011

Extinction by Thomas Bernhard & Waiting for Godot by Beckett :: Dublin | Oct 2011

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (in Italian) :: Rome | Sept 2011

Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave & The Diary of an Oxygen Thief :: NYC | Sept 2011

Divorcer by Gary Lutz :: Rome (as editor/publisher) | fall 2011

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol :: Sussex, UK | June 2011

The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard :: Sussex | June 2011

Matter and Memory by Henri Bergson :: Rome | June 2011

Pierrot Mon Ami by Raymond Queneau :: Naples | June 2011

A Mortal Affect by Vincent Standley :: Rome (as editor/publisher) | summer 2011

Conquest of the Useless by Werner Herzog :: home musing on past journeys | June 2011

The Cock Thief by Parselelo Kantai :: Nairobi | May 2011

Jealousy & In the Labyrinth by Alain Robbe-Grillet & No Room in the Ark by Alan Moorehead :: Kitui, Kenya | May 2011

The First Word by Christine Kenneally :: Tigoni, Kenya | May 2011

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee :: Nairobi | May | 2011

Everything and More by David Foster Wallace :: Rome | 2011

I, Claudius by Robert Graves :: Sicily | Apr 2011

The Monkey Puzzle by John Gribbin & Jeremy Cherfas :: Rome | Apr 2011

The Voynich Manuscript by Kennedy & Churchill  :: artichoke season in Rome | Apr 2011

The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati :: Rome | Mar 2011

The Complete Works of Marvin K. Mooney :: Rome | Mar 2011

The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins :: started in Nairobi, 2008 & finished in Rome, Jan 2011

The Process by Brion Gysin ::  Rome | Feb 2011

portions of The Upanishads & Tales and Legends from India by Ruskin Bond :: Jaipur, India | Feb 2011

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman :: Agra, India | Feb 2011

The Plague by Albert Camus & Consilience by E.O. Wilson :: Delhi, India | Feb 2011

A Thousand Plateaus by Deleuze & Guattari :: started in Brooklyn, 2010 & finished in Rome, Jan 2011

The Origin of SpeciesBerg by Charles Darwin :: Southern Italy | Jan 2011

2010

BergBerg by Ann Quinn :: Rome | Dec 2010 [last book read of the decade]

The Dead Sea Scrolls BibleDead Sea Scrolls :: started in NYC [2009] & finished in Rome | Dec 2010

When All Our Days Are Numbered ... by Sasha Fletcher :: NY, NY [as tourist] | Dec 2010

I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter :: starling season in Rome | Nov 2010

Rigadoon by Céline :: on the train to Torino | Oct 2010

Iceland by Jim Krusoe :: on the island of Sardinia | Oct 2010

The Limits of Interpretation by Umberto Eco :: Rome [being a tourist] | Sept 2010

If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino :: Umbria | Aug 2010

Out of My Skin by John Haskell :: Rome [when he was visiting] | Aug 2010

The Nature of Things by Lucretius :: S.P.Q.R. | in the heat of our 1st Roman summer

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon :: Rome & Viterbo [1st book read repatriated to Italy] | June 2010

Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr. :: on plane from NYC to Dublin | May 2010

Ten Walks/Two Talks by Jon Cotner & Andy Fitch :: last days in DUMBO | May 2010

The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead by William Burroughs :: the last good book read in America [also included in this post is all the books i brought to Rome] | Apr 2010

Administrative Assemblages by Tom La Farge :: DUMBO | Apr 2010

An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter by César Aira :: Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua | Mar 2010

Songs of Cifar & the Sweet Sea by Pablo Antonio Cuadra :: Laguna de Apuyo, Nicaragua | Mar 2010

Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea by Sergio Ramirez :: en route to Nicaragua | Mar 2010

This is Not a Novel by David Markson :: DUMBO | Mar 2010 [& then he died a few months later] ||

Codex Seraphinius by Luigi Serafini :: DUMBO [broke down & purchased it from a bookseller in Rome just weeks before we found out we were moving here] | Feb 2010

+|'me'S-Pace by Christine Wertheim :: DUMBO [still in a long spell of non-travel bunkered in the snow] | Feb 2010

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami :: DUMBO [in between running all the bridges between Manhattan, Queens & Brooklyn] | Jan 2010

Kamby Bolongo Mean River by Robert Lopez :: DUMBO [overlooking E. river] | Jan 2010

Travel Notes: from here to there by Stanley Crawford :: DUMBO, NY [1st book read in our new loft Down Under the Manhattan Bridge] | Jan 2010

2009

The Black Veil by Rick Moody :: NY, NY | Dec 2009

V by Thomas Pynchon :: Rome, Italy | Dec 2009

Hyperdream by Hélène Cixous :: Sleeping loft in West Village | Nov 2009

The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard :: London, England | Oct 2009

Electric Flesh by Claro :: London, England | Oct 2009

Village of Stone by Xiaolu Guo :: Tokyo, Japan | Oct 2009

Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami :: en route NYC to Tokyo | Oct 2009

Archive Fever by Jacques Derrida :: Bangkok, Thailand | Oct 2009

Shadowplay by Norman Lock :: en route London to Bangkok | Oct 2009

Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen :: en route NYC to London | Oct 2009

Anti-Oedipus by Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari :: driving across the U.S. | Sep 2009

Geneses, Genealogies, Genres & Genius by Jacques Derrida :: NY , NY | Jul 2009

Boons & The Camp by David Ohle (in an editorial capacity) :: last days in Africa & in NYC | Jul 2009

Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson :: upon return to NYC | Jun 2009

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton :: last days in Kenya & flying back | May 2009

Astonishing the Gods by Ben Okri :: Timbuktu, Mali | May 2009

The Native Hurricane by Chigozie John Obioma :: Bamako, Mali | Apr 2009

Giraffe by J.M. Ledgard :: Ethiopia | Apr 2009

Wild Hunter in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola :: Tsavo East, Kenya | Apr 2009

Discovering Home by Binyavanga Wainaina :: Nairobi, Kenya | Mar 2009

Venus Drive by Sam Lipsyte :: en route Zurich to Nairobi | Mar 2009

Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine by Stanley Crawford :: en route NYC to Zurich | Mar 2009

Remainder by Tom McCarthy :: en route Newark to Albuquerque, NM | Mar 2009

Fog & Car by Eugene Lim :: en route Nairobi to NYC | Mar 2009

Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson : shores of Lake Malawi, Africa | Feb 2009

Africa: A Biography of a Continent by John Reader :: Tanzania & Malawi | Jan 2009

Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh :: Zanzibar, Tanzania | Jan 2009

2008

The Body Artist by Don Delillo :: Krabi, Thailand | Dec 2008

Super Cell Anemia by Duncan Barlow :: Chiang Mai, Thailand | Dec 2008

Palm of the Hand Stories by Yasunari Kawabata :: Thailand | Dec 2008

The Pisstown Chaos by David Ohle :: en route Nairobi to Bangkok | Dec 2008

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace :: Nairobi | 2008 [reading it when he died]

Kikuyu Folktales : Lake Baringo, Kenya | Dec 2008

The Wizard and the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong'o :: Kisumu, Kenya | Nov 2008

The Blue City by Sean Thomas Dougherty :: Rome, Italy | Nov 2008

Bob, or Man on a Boat by Peter Markus :: Turin to Rome, Italy | Nov 2008

Blue of Noon by Georges Bataille :: Nairobi to Cairo | Nov 2008

Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel :: En route Nairobi to NYC | Oct 2008

Waste by Eugene Marten :: En route Nairobi to NYC | Oct 2008

What is the What by Dave Eggers :: Nairobi, Kenya | Sep 2008

Creamy Bullets by Kevin Sampsell :: Mombasa, Kenya | Sep 2008

Vacation by Deb Olin Unferth :: Mombasa, Kenya | Sep 2008

Kwani? 04 :: Nairobi, Kenya | Aug 2008

Americana by Don Delillo :: en Route US to Nairobi, Kenya | Aug 2008

Minor Robberies by Deb Olin Unferth :: UWS, NYC | Mar 2008

Bear Stories by J'Lyn Chapman (in an editorial capacity) :: UWS, NYC | Feb 2008

Shorts are Wrong by Mike Topp :: on the NYC subway | Jan 2008

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell :: Jury Duty, NY | Jan 2008

2007

Stars of the New Curfew by Ben Okri :: Nairobi, Kenya | Nov 2007

Matigari by Ngugi wa Thiong'o :: Garissa, Kenya | Nov 2007

Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa :: Uganda | Nov 2007

The Beautyful Ones are not Born Yet by Ayi Kwei Armah :: Ethiopia | Nov 2007

Feather Woman of the Jungle by Amos Tutuola :: NYC to Amsterdam | Nov 2007

Partial List of People to Bleach by Gary Lutz :: Upper West Side, NY | Aug 2007

Attempts at a Life by Danielle Dutton :: East Village, NY | Feb 2007

2006

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami :: Fez, Morocco | Dec 2006

Points in Time by Paul Bowles :: en route NYC to Morocco | Dec 2006

The Hypochondriac's Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Probably Already Have by Dennis DiClaudio :: Southern Spain | Nov 2006

Dubliners by James Joyce [2nd reading] :: Dublin, Ireland | Mar 2006

Beneath the Shadow of Perpetual Defeat by Faruk Ulay :: LES, NY | Jan 2006

2005

The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders ::on a train from Montreal to NYC | Dec 2005

Motorman by David Ohle :: Montreal, Canada | Dec 2005

Tabloid City by Thomas Wooten :: Delaware & Atlantic City, NJ | Oct 2005

Other Electricities by Ander Monsoon :: NYC (wrote review for NY Press) | Sept 2005

Arbitrary Tales by Daniel Borzutzky:: NYC (wrote review for NY Press) | Sept 2005

Trilce by Cesar Vallejo:: en route Oaxaca, Mexico to NYC | Jul 2005

Please Kill Me : The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain :: Mazunte, Mexico | Jul 2005

The Way the Family Got Away by Michael Kimball  :: Palenque, Mexico | Jul 2005

Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey by Spencer Wells :: Guatemala | Jul 2005

Beautiful Blemish by Kevin Sampsell :: Hell's Kitchen, NY | Apr 2005

The Pink Institution by Selah Saterstrom :: Miami, FL | Mar 2005

A History of the Imagination by Norman Lock :: West Village, NY | Jan 2005

2004

My Date with Satan by Stacey Richter :: Tucson [revisited] | Nov 2004

I Looked Alive by Gary Lutz :: Costa Rica | Aug 2004

The Popol Vuh :: Puerto Rico | Jul 2004

read on location

before we kept this blog we kept a journal all the way back into the 80s so we're able to go back to see what we read & where & when—in theory anyway—it's not always easy finding the bookish commentary embedded within the text & some of these are off memory—which books stick out in my mind from a certain time or place in my life or places that a book makes us think of—the significant standouts anyway.

Before 2004

Blindness by Jose Saramago :: New Mexico | Dec 2003. i think i actually got this book to read in Portugal, but we never ended up going [that's another story]. this is one of the most visceral books i've ever read as far as sense of place, it doesn't matter where you read it.

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon :: L.A., CA | Jan 2003. i was living in NY but had to travel to L.A. once a month. so I read this in L.A. or on the plane there.

Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges :: Argentina | Dec 2002. i had read most of Borges stuff before this, but i got the selected Borges & read them during this trip.

1001 Arabian Nights by :: En route to Argentina | Dec 2002.

Dreams of a Robotic Dancing Bee by James Tate :: Jamaica | Dec 2002. a strange place to read this book, but it worked.

The Age of Wire and String by Ben Marcus :: Omaha, NE | Oct 2002. i used to have to go to Omaha often when i worked for Napster. i read this book on one of those trips.

The Emperor's New Mind by Roger Penrose :: Keystone, CO | Jan 2002. i'd had this book for quite a while & read parts of it, but never read it in it's entirety until this trip.

Excitability by Diane Williams :: on a plane to Italy | Nov 2001

A Humument by Tom Phillips :: on a plane to Barcelona, Spain | Apr 2001. not that you'd ever "read" A Humument, but i brought it with me on this trip & [oddly] associate this book with Gaudi.

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles :: Upper East Side, NY | Sep 2001. i read this right after 911, so it seemed extra dark to me. i read it again more recently while in Morocco because i had run out of books & Jess was done with it. it was a different experience altogether.

Garden State by Rick Moody :: California | Jun 2001. i read this while traveling in California even though we had just moved to New York.

Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie : Woodstock, NY | Sep 2000. evidently [according to my journal] i read this on a bus to Woodstock, though i don't remember this book as vividly or fondly as The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster :: Upper East Side, NY | June 2000. one of the first things i read when we moved to New York. it meant more living near the places he was talking about, & my first memories of NYC are intertwined with this book. same goes for Smoke & Blue in the Face [in regards to Brooklyn], both of which i read [the screenplays] or saw around this time.

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway:: Santa Fe, NM | Dec 1999. i have in my journal i read this at this time, but i only remember being transported to mountains of Spain.

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien :: Patzcuaro, Mexico | summer of 1999. great book to read traveling anywhere.

The Tetherballs of Bougainville by Mark Leyner :: Tucson, AZ | 1998. not sure which i read first, but i read pretty much all of Mark Leyner's books around this time & remember this one most.

The Shipping News by Annie E. Proulx :: Portsmouth, NH | October of 1997. not that i'm particularly proud to admit i read this book, but i was a sucker for the title because at the time we were living on the top floor of an old apartment looking out over the Piscataqua river where the tugboats & ships came & went.

Midnight in the Garden of Evil by John Berendt :: Savannah, GA | summer of 1997. i read this because we were living in Savannah & Clint Eastwood was shooting the movie in our neighborhood. so i had to see what all the hype was about. not sure how interesting it would've been reading it anywhere else.

Canto General by Pablo Neruda :: doing survey jobs in Mexico near the border | Apr 1997

Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes :: while dong survey jobs in Arizona & Nevada | summer of 1996.

Scott's Last Expedition: the journal of Sir Robert Falcon Scott :: Arctic Circle | May 1996. i was on the opposite pole from where the book took place, but same idea.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky :: Arctic Circle | Apr 1996. read this while living in a tent on a frozen lake that was fueled by diesel fuel. i was doing a geophysical survey job looking for diamonds.

Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You by Frank Stanford :: read this doing a surveying job on the shores of the Salton Sea, CA | May 1995.

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner :: Ajijic, Mexico | Feb 1995. i also remember rereading a lot of Elizabeth Bishop around this time.

Einstein's Monsters by Martin Amis, Diamond as Big as the Ritz + Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sutree by Cormac McCarthy's, D.H.Lawrence short stories, The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler :: Côte d'Azur, France, Nov-Dec, 1994

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner:: Nice, France | Dec 1994. read this between a movie set & a dingy hotel room. when i finished it, i read it again.

Ulysses by James Joyce :: Hill City, South Dakota | Summer of 1994. i forced myself to read this book over this summer & hated every minute of it.

Black Elk Speaks :: in the Black Hills of South Dakota | Summer of 1994. i also remember reading Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee during this time.

Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver :: driving through Oregon | circa 1992. i had read most everything by Carver at this point, but was rereading this on a roadtrip i took with my brother back to the house where we grew up.

The Heights of Machu Picchu by Pablo Neruda :: Peru | June 1991. can't think of a better & more appropriate book to read on the way to Machu Picchu.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway :: Cuzco, Peru | June 1991. i remember reading this & projecting the characters in the book onto the 3 or 4 travel companions & i had met along the way.

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter by Richard Feynmann :: Bolivia, June 1991. after getting my degree in math i read this & it inspired me to go back & get my master's in physics.

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende :: traveling through Chile | June 1991.

Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell :: Argentina | May 1991. this book is applicable anywhere, anytime.

Generation X by Douglas Coupland :: Pasadena, CA | 1991. read this visiting my brother & traveling east of LA out into the desert where a lot of the book takes place.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawkins :: Malaysia | Jan 1991. i was on a train from Kualu Lumpur to Singapore & the train broke down in the middle of nowhere for about ten hours. fortunately I had this book with me.

The History of Luminous Motion by Scott Bradfield :: Penang, Malaysia | Jan 1991. i also remember reading Bonfire of the Vanities in one sitting here. i had been traveling for a while & had just stopped for a few days to read books & eat good food.

Homer's Odyssey :: Indonesia | Dec 1990. read this over a 2 or 3-day boat ride from Java to Jakarta.

The Island of Bali by Miguel Covarrubias :: Bali, Indonesia | Dec 1990. i was really into Balinese music & culture [this was the main purpose/destination of this long trip], & this is the definitive book, written by a Mexican no less.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain :: Flores, Indonesia | Dec 1990. i was never made to read this in school so it was a pleasure reading this on my own time. not sure why I read this here, most likely i picked it up from another traveler.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville :: Australia | Nov 1990 i probably should have read this when i was out in the South Pacific a few months before, but actually hitch-hiking through Australia seemed like an appropriate enough place to read this. the whale for me was Uluru.

Mysteries of the Dreaming: the Spiritual Lives of Australian Aborigines by James Cowan :: Australia | Nov 1990

On the Road by Jack Kerouac :: New Zealand, Nov 1990. read this [for a 2nd time] riding a bike through the north island & working on farmstays.

Unnatural Selection by Daniel Evan Weiss :: New Zealand | Nov 1990

Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas :: New Zealand | Oct 1990

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller :: Moorea, Tahiti | Aug 1990. read pretty much everything by Miller in these years.

Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung :: Tahiti | Jul 1990. after graduating i took off on a trip & this was my first stop & this was the first book i read.

On Growth and Form by D'Arcy Thompson, The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins & Flatland by Edwin Abbott :: Santa Cruz, CA | 1989. these three books that i read around this time made me want to be a scientist.

Still Life with a Woodpecker by Tom Robbins :: Santa Cruz, CA | 1989. read pretty much all of Tom Robbins books around this time.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley :: Isla Mujeres, Mexico, Sept 14, 1988. i distinctly remember borrowing & reading this while riding out Hurricane Gilbert.

Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan :: San Francisco, CA | 1988. i specifically remember reading this book in the park right outside of City Hall in San Francisco, & walking around to some of the sites he was talking about in the book.

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola :: L.A., CA | 1987. i was in LA at some nightclub that playing music from My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by David Byrne & Brian Eno. i liked the album so much that the next day i had to see what the book that inspired the music was like.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand :: Palo Alto, CA | 1987. i remember reading the fountainhead laying fully clothed in the California winter in a lawn chair by a drained pool.

Silence by John Cage :: Palo Alto, CA | 1986. i read or referred to this when i was into making experimental music.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez :: read this in one sitting on a greyhound bus from S.F. to L.A. | 1985.

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole :: Mountain View, CA | 1985. when i was reading this in public, i couldn't help myself from laughing out loud.

The Stranger by Albert Camus :: Mountain View, CA | 1984. i read this because of The Cure song of the same name & i was obsessed with The Cure at the time.

The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck :: Monterrey, CA | 1983. of course i read most everything Steinbeck wrote while living in Monterrey for this year, but this was the most memorable.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger :: i remember reading this for the first time in Ajijic, Mexico around 1982. when i finished i flipped to the beginning & read it again. & i think i read it a third time later when i was in high school in the states [& a 4th time more recently].

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams :: Ajijic, Mexico | circa 1981.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig :: Ajijic, Mexico circa 1980. i'm also embarrassed to admit that i read a few Carlos Castenada books that my mom had laying around her house during this time living in Mexico, as well as the Tao of Physics.

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss :: Portland, OR | circa 1974. i remember reading all the Dr. Seuss books over & over, but this was my favorite one.

Grimm's Fairy Tales :: Mt. Hood, OR | circa 1973. i still remember how this book smelled, probably my first association with a book as being a special object.

 

 

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