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Back for Real, reading list

Hello! With all apologies for my continued absence (I’ve been hard at work on my projects….), I am back, I hope, for real, though promises are dangerous.

First, a brief update: last year, after my poetry class, I undertook an ambitious summer plan that worked tolerably well, and finally worked a lot on Evernost, which underwent a few more metamorphoses, which I won’t discuss just yet. But I hope to have something that I really, actually, for real like by the end of the year: something (as I had hoped) that combines narrative, poetry, memoir, and artwork.

For now, though, I’m taking a break (perhaps till the end of the month, unless the itch gets too strong) and reading. I haven’t read as much as I used to for a long time, and I want to spend most of my free time this January with a book in my hands, or (perhaps) blogging about said book. I’ve even drawn up an aspirational reading list from which to pick and choose in 2020:

  1. On Beauty and Being Just, by Elaine Scarry
  2. The Four Zoas, by William Blake (I want to get through it this time!)
  3. The Final Harvest, a collection of Emily Dickinson’s poetry
  4. On Moral Fiction, by John Gardner
  5. “Adagia” and one book from Wallace Stevens’ collected works
  6. Teaching Community by bell hooks
  7. Elizabeth Bishop’s complete poems
  8. some selection of Borges short stories
  9. Symbol and Truth in Blake’s Myth by Leo Damrosch
  10. some selection of Coleridge’s work
  11. Satya Mohanty’s Literary Theory and the Claims of History
  12. Cloud and Ashes by Greer Gilman
  13. Spenser’s The Faerie Queene
  14. the Gospels
  15. The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought, edited by Jaroslav Pelikan
  16. Charles Williams’ collected plays
  17. Jack Vance’s Dying Earth books
  18. Godel, Escher, and Bach
  19. Langland’s Piers Plowman
  20. Dante’s Paradiso
  21. Leonora Carrington short stories
  22. The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism, edited by Bernard McGinn
  23. Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship
  24. Joy, a biography of C.S. Lewis’s wife
  25. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle
  26. The Souls of Black Folk by DuBois
  27. a bunch of Tennyson
  28. Powys’ Maiden Castle
  29. Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series or at least its beginning
  30. Piranesi, forthcoming from Susanna Clarke
  31. more of one or both theory anthologies
  32. Gilchrist’s biography of William Blake
  33. Ackroyd’s biography of Blake
  34. The Man Who Was Thursday by Chesterton
  35. Ark by Ronald Johnson
  36. Something from Emerson’s collected works
  37. Fleurs du Mal by Baudelaire
  38. more Dostoevsky
  39. Foucault
  40. Derrida
  41. Mark Helprin’s A Winter’s Tale

…and there are others, but I’ll stop there for now. I hope to blog about all of this more faithfully, though perhaps when I finish books rather than on a set schedule.

In the meantime, I’ve already finished On Beauty and Being Just, and found it (appropriately) beautiful as well as interesting, though I disagree with much of it. I will return shortly to explain why.

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