I have been compiling a list of books I want to read for a few years now. While I’ve gotten to a fair chunk of said list (all the books that are bolded near the bottom have been read, purchased, started or some combination of the above), the growth rate is much higher than the completion rate.

Below is the entire list; you should note there’s no distinction between fact or fiction (or anything else).

In the last few months, I have read more for fun (i.e. fiction) than in a long time – probably since before college. I’m a much different person now, and I get both more and different things from reading.

One thing I’ve found myself feeling as a result of reading the books am I is hope for the possibility of change. This is both extremely gratifying and extremely surprising.

UPDATE: Of course I have also read plenty of books not on this list – including a big chunk from a friend who has made his personal library available to me. Considering his personal library is probably 1000+ books, this will take some time…

Feel free – encouraged, even – to leave your wanted book lists in comments…. and to talk about what you get out of reading. Or, perhaps, to give me suggestions.

Thanks in advance.


A Thousand Plateaus – Deleuze & Guattari

The Stars My Destination/Tiger Tiger – Alfred Bester

Demolished Man – Alfred Bester

Stand on Zanzibar – John Brunner

Teaching Community – bell hooks

Sex on the Brain – Deborah Blum

Uprooting Racism – Paul Kivel

Refusing to be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice – John Stoltenberg

Racial Formation in the United States – Michael Omi and Howard Winant

Zines – Stephen Duncombe

Velocities – Stephen Dobbins

Man of Reason – Genevieve Lloyd

Being and Time – Martin Heidegger

The Moral Equivalent of War – William James

The Death of Nature – Carolyn Merchant

Metaphors We Live By – George Lakoff and Mark Johnson (UO)

Geography of Nowhere: The Rise And Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape – Kunstler

Freakonomics – Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Stigma – Erving Goffman

Cinderella’s Big Score – Maria Raha (Women of the Punk and Indie Underground)

Lipstick Traces – Greil Marcus

Mystery Trains – Greil Marcus

The Society of Spectacle – Guy Debord

The Revolution of Everyday Life – Raul Vaneigem

The Failures of Integration – Sheryll Cashin

Baltasar and Blimunda – Jose Saramago

Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy –
Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson (for AK)

Access All Areas – Ninjalicious (also Infiltration zine)

Russell Jacoby – The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe

Russell Jacoby – The End of Utopia: Politics and Culture in an Age of Apathy

Themepunks – Cory Doctorow

Eastern Standard Tribe – Cory Doctorow

Unembedded – Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Kael Alford, Thorne Anderson and Rita Leistner

Sundown Towns: a Hidden Dimension of Racism in America – James Loewen

The Fibromyalgia Story: Medical Authority And Women’s Worlds Of Pain – Kristin K. Barker

Rhetorical Occasions: Essays on Humans and the Humanities – Michael Berube

The Republican War on Science, by Chris Mooney

The Singularity is Near, by Ray Kurzweil

A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History – Manuel DeLanda

Dog Days – Ana Marie Cox

Inclusive Pluralism – Naomi Zack

Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out – Edited by Dan Berger, Chesa Boudin, and Kenyon Farrow

Do You Suck as Well as Fuck? Totally Sexed Up Tales of J. Edgar Hoover’s America – Ken Ichigawa

Neuromancer – William Gibson

Self-Made Man – Norah Vincent

Revealing Male Bodies – Nancy Tuana (Editor), William Cowling (Editor), Maurice Hamington (Editor), Greg Johnson (Editor), Terrance Macmullen (Editor)

Doorway into Summer – Robert Heinlein

Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories, Vol. 1

James Wolcott: The Catsitters

Inventing the University – David Bartholomae

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town – Cory Doctorow

The City of Joy – Dominique Lapierre

Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush – Eric Boehlert

Sun of Suns – Karl Schroeder

Ghost Brigade – John Scalzi

Old Man’s War – John Scalzi

Learning to Labor – by Paul Willis

Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, Pacific Edge and Sixty Days and Counting – Kim Stanley Robinson

Radio On: A Listener’s Diary (Paperback) by Sarah Vowell

Paul LaFargue, The Right to Be Lazy

Trapeze Collective; Do It Yourself, Pluto Press

Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories – Katha Pollitt

Rudy Rucker’s new novel Postsingular

Charlie Stross’s – Halting State

Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste – by John Waters

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism – Naomi Klein

Dude, You’re A Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School – C.J. Pascoe

Norman Mailer – Miami and the Siege of Chicago and Armies of the Night and The Executioner’s Song

What Are Journalists For? by Jay Rosen

IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea (Hardcover) by Stephen Murdoch
Interface – Neal Stephenson

Attack of the 50-Foot Mikhaela! Cartoons by Mikhaela B. Reid

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick.

David Graeber, Malagasy folktakes

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse – (Anthology) John Joseph Adams

Robert Anton Wilson – Schrodinger’s Cat

Ursula K. LeGuin – Left Hand of Darkness

Alfred Bester – Demolished Man

Alfred Bester – Stars My Destination

Alfred Bester – Virtual Unrealities

John(?) Brunner – Stand on Zanzibar

Ourspace – Christine Harold

Soldier of Sidon – Gene Wolfe

Soldier of Arete – Gene Wolfe

Soldier in the Mist – Gene Wolfe

Latro in the Mist – Gene Wolfe

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere- Nail Gaiman

The Dance of Gods – Mayer Brenner

Public Works, DMZ comics, Brian Wood

Transmetropolitan Vols. 1-10 (Transmetropolitan Collections) – Warren Ellis

Dave Eggers – A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genuis

Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation – Isaac Asimov

Democracy Defended – Gerry Mackie

Out of the Sea and Into the Fire: Latin American-US Immigration
in the Global Age – Kari Lydersen

Savage Inequalities – Jonathan Kozol

The Way We Argue Now : A Study in the Cultures of Theory – Amanda Anderson

What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts? Classroom Politics and “Bias” in Higher Education – Michael Berube

Crashing the Gate – Markos Moulitsas Zuniga & Jerome Armstrong

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Days of the Dead – Agnes Bushnell

The Fifth Sacred Thing – Starhawk

Magic Journey – John Nichols

The Postman – David Brin

Neal Stephenson – Snow Crash

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization – Franklin Foer

Feminist Epistemology – Sharyn Clough

Fences and Windows – Naomi Klein

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs – Chuck Klosterman

Collapse – Jared Diamond

The Years of Rice and Salt – Kim Stanley Robinson

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4 Comments on “Books!”

  1. B. Zedan Says:

    Okay, a handful of those can be fixed by you borrowing stuff next time you’re over (Omigod, you should read my collected Bester short stories and essays too, there is one specifically that skewers everyone and is just prime). I’m glad to see Left Hand of Darkness on there. Remember to find the essay she wrote years later too!

    Also, I just finished Portrait of Dorian Grey and it’s pretty lovely—though that isn’t the word. “Floridly fantastic” might work.

    Just browse our shelves next time you’re over. We have literary works, fringe canon, photography books that will kill you with their perfectness and all the pulp you can choke on.

    Ooh, also The Warriors, which is something you should watch as well. The book and movie are utterly different and each one is perfect.

  2. Lebanon Truth Says:

    The two most important things:

    1. You have read books recently.
    2. The to do list is longer than the done list. That’s the sign of a healthy mind.

    Freakanomics — great read.

    Sundown Towns: best skimmed rather than read.It’s a bit repetitive. When you get ready to do some more investigative journalism, then we want you to go to city hall to find Lebanon’s sundown ordinance. There was even a cross burning outside Lebanon in the 1960s.

    Assassination Vacation — Sarah Vowell. Absolutely hilarous.

    Readers Rule!!!!!

  3. Bernstein Says:

    Dog Days – Ana Marie Cox

    I loved Wonkette When Ana Marie was there. It is not nearly as funny now that she’s left.

    That said,Dog Days left me a little disappointed. Perhaps a gift for snarky political commentary does carry over to novel writing. Cut 50 pages and this would be a much more enjoyable read.

    Do You Suck as Well as Fuck? Totally Sexed Up Tales of J. Edgar Hoover’s America – Ken Ichigawa

    Never heard of it, but the title alone makes it worth buying.

    LT– I had no idea Lebanon had a sundown ordinance. I bet there is a great story behind that.

  4. Dennis Says:


    If you miss the Ana Marie Cox Wonkette, you should try – it’s not quite the same, but it’s pretty funny, if you can wade through lots and lots of what I consider fluff.

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