Sunday, December 28, 2008

State of the Art
by Pauline Kael

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sputnik Sweetheart

South of the Border, West of the Sun


Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Burma Chronicles
by Guy Delisle

D&Q Showcase #5

Monday, November 17, 2008

Jamilti and other stories
by Rutu Modan

The Explainers (complete Village Voice strips 1956-1966)
by Jules Feiffer

Monday, November 10, 2008

picked up two books on a whim while cruising the Humanities Dept. at the library (they have an awesome fiction selection thanks to Sean P.):

The Adventures of Maqroll: four novellas by Alvaro Mutis (totally blew me away, so I checked out his site on Club Cultura ( and based on his "recommended titles" started reading "Remembrance of things Past")


Wellsprings, essays by Mario Vargas Llosa

which led me to finally read

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (read in White River Junction, VT while visiting the Center for Cartoon Studies)

also while there read

Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth (borrowed from the Schultz library)

while in San Francisco this past week read

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Swann's Way by Marcel Proust (I'm counting each part separately in an attempt to read as many books if not more than Kevin)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Savage Detectives
by Roberto Bolano
-really great.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees
by Tony Millionaire

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Little Lulu Vol: 15

Saturday, September 06, 2008

A Personal Matter
by Kenzaburo Oe

Friday, August 22, 2008

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
by Haruki Murakami

Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters; and, Seymour, and Introduction
by J.D. Salinger

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
by Vladimir Nabakov

A Room of One's Own
by Virginia Woolf

working through Selected Essays of Montaigne
trans. by Donald Frame

Sunday, August 10, 2008

I Am a Strange Loop
by Douglas Hofstadter
Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
by Douglas Hofstadter

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Little Lulu Vol. 14
by John Stanley and Irving Tripp
(also have read Vol. 1-13)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Intuitionist
by Colson Whitehead

Death Note Vols. 4-8

What It Is
by Lynda Barry

Friday, July 11, 2008

Death Note Vols. 1-4
by Tsugumi Ohba

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Best Essays 2004
ed. Louis Menand

Bottomless Belly Button
by Dash Shaw
After Dark
by Haruki Murakami

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Adventures of Tintin Vol. 4
-I'm reading this for the first time, trying to study the storytelling style and decide what the deal is...and finding the stories really tiresome reading–the coincidences, the lame humor. "Prisoners of the Sun" was particularly awful.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Shifu, You'll Do Anything for a Laugh by Mo Yan

I picked this up after I read a favorable review (which I only read because I liked the title) of his latest book, "Life and Death are Wearing Me Out." I couldn't get that one right away so this is an older book of his short stories, kind of hit and miss but I really liked the title story ("Shifu etc."), "Man and Beast," and "Abandoned Child." Here's a sample: "Just then, gusts of wind made the coarse sunflower leaves rustle coarsely as they brushed my head and face and, at the same time, rubbed against my pitted heart like sandpaper."

Sunday, June 08, 2008

The Wu-Tang Manual
by RZA, etc.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Consider the Lobster
by David Foster Wallace
Sorry, I'm a bit behind:

Death in Venice and Other Stories by Thomas Mann
Best Short Stories of J.G. Ballard
Trust Me: Short Stories by John Updike
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R.Saks

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Scott Pilgrim Vol: 4
by Bryan Lee O' Malley

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Uses of Argument
by Stephen E. Toulmin

Cat Speak
by Bash Dibra
(skimmed, not recommended)

Melville's Letters in Norton Moby-Dick
and The Indispensible Melville
ed. Jay Leyda

Adventures of Tintin Volume 3
(read it all, finally.)

365 Days: A Diary
by Julie Doucet
(read it all! great drawings.)

Friday, May 02, 2008

Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up. A Woefully Incomplete Guide
by Bob Harris
-The jokes can seem kind of inappropriate, but I admit they're pretty good jokes.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Ready for Anything
by David Allen

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Best American Essays 2007
ed. David Foster Wallace

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Moby Dick; or, The Whale
by Herman Melville

Kill All Your Darlings
by Luc Sante

Sunday, April 06, 2008

In the Blink of an Eye
by Walter Murch

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs
by Ken Jennings

Conversations with Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking
by Eric Lax

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Saturday, February 16, 2008

I miss Fafblog.
It's back!
The Braindead Megaphone
by George Saunders
(finished this about a week ago)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Born Standing Up
Steve Martin

Monday, January 14, 2008

Estrella Distante and
Nocturno de Chile
by Roberto BolaƱo

The Owl Service and
The Stone Book
by Alan Garner

The Emperor's Children
by Claire Messud

Sunday, January 06, 2008

by William James
(and this completes the two Library of America volumes of James' Writings)
(really enjoyed this)