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Words Read

2017

  • The Secret History of Twin Peaks, Mark Frost
  • Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo
  • Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance, James C. Scott
  • How Will Capitalism End?, Wolfgang Streeck
  • Neuromancer, William Gibson
  • Normal, Warren Ellis
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami
  • Reality Is Not What It Seems, Carlo Rovelli
  • The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, Heinrich Böll
  • Free Speech, Timothy Garton Ash
  • A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J. K. Rowling
  • No Is Not Enough, Naomi Klein

2016

  • Two Cheers for Anarchism, James C. Scott
  • Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance, Arjun Appadurai
  • The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  • Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly, Judith Butler
  • The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson
  • Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer
  • Distrust That Particular Flavor, William Gibson
  • Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism, John Calvert
  • Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, Steven Levy
  • Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky
  • Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon
  • The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, Lionel Shriver
  • Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc., Gary Rivlin
  • Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, Christopher Hayes
  • Solaris, Stanisław Lem
  • No One Belongs Here More Than You, Miranda July
  • The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy, David Graeber
  • When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

2015

  • This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein
  • King Leopold’s Ghost, Adam Hochschild
  • In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz, Michela Wrong
  • War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  • The Simulacra, Philip K. Dick
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Art of Not Being Governed, James C. Scott
  • The Gift, Marcel Mauss
  • The Future as Cultural Fact, Arjun Appadurai
  • Mesopotamia: The Invention of the City, Gwendolyn Leick
  • The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
  • The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta
  • Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • “The Deep Web and the Darknet,” Daniel Sui, James Caverlee, and Dakota Rudesill. Wilson Center, October 2015.
  • Nations and Nationalism Since 1780, Eric Hobsbawm
  • The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May, Mark Z. Danielewski

2014

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
  • The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  • Chomsky on Anarchism, Noam Chomsky
  • Modern Imperialism and Colonialism, Trevor R. Getz and Heather Streets-Salter
  • On Western Terrorism, from Hiroshima to Drone Warfare, Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek
  • The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson
  • The Third Policeman, Flann O’Brien
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert A. Heinlein
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty
  • The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, John le Carré
  • American Gods, Neil Gaiman
  • Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn, Asef Bayat
  • After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5,000 BC, Steven Mithen
  • The Word Exchange, Alena Graedon
  • Contact, Carl Sagan
  • The Reformation, Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
  • Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev

2013

  • The Quiet American, Graham Greene
  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber
  • The History of the Ancient World, Susan Wise Bauer
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  • Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
  • A History of the Arab Peoples, Albert Hourani
  • House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
  • The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
  • Understanding Power, Noam Chomsky
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John le Carré
  • Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street, Karen Ho
  • The Man in the Maze, Robert Silverberg
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations, Norman Davies
  • Orientalism, Edward Said

2012

  • A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
  • A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire, M. Sukru Hanioglu
  • The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
  • Eaarth, Bill McKibben
  • “Dear Dr. Husák,” by Václev Havel. Encounter, September 1975.
  • LaBrava, Elmore Leonard
  • A Short History of Cahiers du Cinema, Emilie Bickerton
  • The Corporation, Joel Bakan
  • “Federer as Religious Experience,” by David Foster Wallace. The New York Times, August 20, 2006.
  • Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Origin of AIDS, Jacques Pepin
  • The Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco
  • Africa: A Biography of the Continent, by John Reader
  • A Nation of Deadbeats, Scott Reynolds Nelson
  • The Violinist’s Thumb, Sam Kean
  • The Testament of Jessie Lamb, Jane Rogers

2011

  • Ulysses, James Joyce
  • The New Bloomsday Book, Harry Blamires
  • The Intergalactic Vending Machine Franchise, Peter Glassborow
  • The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein
  • “Sword or Samovar,” by Tom Parfitt. Foreign Policy, February-April 2011.
  • The City and The City, China Mieville
  • A Bend in the River, V.S. Naipaul
  • “A Murder Foretold,” by David Grann. The New Yorker, April 4, 2011.
  • Revolution 1989, Victor Sebestyen
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • Waiting for the Barbarians, JM Coetzee
  • The King of Oil, Daniel Ammann
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
  • Ubik, Philip K. Dick
  • High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
  • A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya, Anna Politkovskaya
  • A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin
  • “The Quiet Coup,” by Simon Johnson. The Atlantic, May 2009.
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  • We the Animals, Justin Torres
  • Wendy and the Lost Boys, Julie Salamon
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

2010

  • Dune, Frank Herbert
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  • Foundation, Isaac Asimov
  • The Leopard, Giuseppe di Lampedusa
  • The Bourne Identity, Robert Ludlum
  • We, Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • The Big Short, Michael Lewis
  • The Iguana, Anna Maria Ortese
  • Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling
  • “Prisoners of the Caucasus,” by Charles King and Rajan Menon. Foreign Affairs, July/August 2010.
  • A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
  • Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein

This is a list of books I have read & articles I found interesting. For my poor memory.

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