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.
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
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
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
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
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
We the Living by Ayn Rand :: Lombok to Bali | Jan 2015
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
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
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
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 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
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin :: Southern Italy | Jan 2011
Berg by Ann Quinn :: Rome | Dec 2010 [last book read of the decade]
The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible :: started in NYC  & 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.