01 January 2009

What I Read in 2008

1. The Cheese and the Worms, Carlo Ginzburg
2. The Coast of Chicago, Stuart Dybek
3. The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, Shel Silverstein
4. The Clown, Heinrich Böll
5. Madmen and Specialists, Wole Soyinka
6. Silk, Alessandro Baricco
7. Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation, Jonathan Lear
8. Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle
9. Killing Johnny Fry, Walter Moseley
10. Confessions, St Augustine
11. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson
12. Know What I Mean? Reflections of Hip-Hop, Michael Eric Dyson
13. Trans-Atlantyk, Witold Gombrowicz
14. Waiting for Foucault, Still, Marshall Sahlins
15. A Wild Sheep Chase, Haruki Murakami
16. Inferno, Dante
17. Utopia, Thomas More
18. Where You're At, Patrick Neate
19. Shroud, John Banville
20. Candide, Voltaire
21. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
22. RL's Dream, Walter Moseley
23. I Sailed With Magellan, Stuart Dybek
24. Grendel, John Gardner
25. Visions of Utopia, Edward Rothstein, Herbert Muschamp, Martin Marty
26. A Tale of Tub, Jonathan Swift
27. Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, Samuel Delany
28. Gaelic Gothic, Luke Gibbons
29. Mikołaja Doświadczyńskiego przypadki, Ignacy Krasicki
30. Zoo, Or Letters Not About Love, Victor Shklovsky
31. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
32. The Dual Tradition: An Essay on Poetry and Politics in Ireland, Thomas Kinsella
33. Three Sisters, Brian Friel
34. The Irish Comic Tradition, Vivien Mercier
35. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
36. Individuality Incorporated: Indians and the Multicultural Modern, Joel Pfister
37. The King's of Spain's Daughter, Teresa Deevey
38. Katie Roche, Teresa Deevey
39. A World of Love, Elizabeth Bowen
40. Never No More, Maura Laverty
41. The Rising of the Moon, Lady Gregory
42. Burning of Bridget Cleary, Angela Bourke
43. The Old Lady Says "No!", Denis Johnson
44. The Country Girls, Edna O'Brien
45. Tales From Bective Bridge, Mary Lavin
46. Celtic Revivals, Seamus Deane
47. All That Fall, Samuel Beckett
48. Tono-Bungay, HG Wells
49. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
50. Whiteness of a Different Color, Matthew Frye Jacobson
51. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby
52. Nationalism, Colonialism, and Literature, Seamus Deane, Terry Eagleton, Edward Said, Fredric Jameson
53. The Good Terrorists, Doris Lessing
54. Anil's Ghost, Michael Ondaatje
55. Inventing Eastern Europe, Larry Wolff
56. The Quiet American, Graham Greene
57. Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex, Judith Levine
58. Historia, Ignacy Krasicki
59. I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody, Sinaan Anton
60. Seasons of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih
61. Dwoje Biednych Rumunów Mówiących po Polski, Dorota Masłowska
62. A Sentimental Journey, Laurence Sterne
63. The Deportees and Other Stories, Roddy Doyle
64. Seven Types of Ambiguity, Elliot Perlman
65. On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan
66. A Spot of Bother, Mark Haddon
67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
68. We, Yevgeny Zamyatin
69. Horse Heaven, Jane Smiley
70. Prairie State Blues, Bill Bergeron
71. Jesus' Son, Denis Johnson
72. Utwór o Matce i Ojczyźnie, Bożena Keff
73. The Blackwater Lightship, Colm Toibin
74. God, Gulliver and Genocide: Barbarism and the European Imagination, 1492-1946, Claude Rawson
75. The Innocent, Ian McEwan
76.  The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
77. The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
78. The King of the Fields, Isaac Bashevis Singer
79. The Romantic National Tale and the Question of Ireland, Ina Ferris
80. Belfast Confetti, Ciaran Carson
81. The Elementary Particles, Michel Houellebecq
82. Beauty and Sadness, Yasunari Kawabata
83. Martha Quest, Doris Lessing
84. The Great Man, Kate Christensen
85. Trans-sister Radio, Chris Bohjalian
86. Bartleby the Scrivener, Herman Melville
87. Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole
88. Lanzarote, Michel Houellebecq
89. In a Cafe, Mary Lavin
90. Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembge
91. Borderlands/La Frontera, Gloria Anzaldua
92. Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault
93. Jonathan Swift and the Art of Raillery, Charles Peake
94. The Persian Letters, Montesquieu
95. Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, Amara Lakjous
96. Father's Music, Dermott Bolger
97. The Rabbi's Cat, Joann Sfar
98. The Shape of Utopia, Robert Elliot
99. The Rabbi's Cat 2, Joann Sfar
100. Nickel Mountain, John Gardner
101. Love and Garbage, Ivan Klima
102. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
103. Cutty, One Rock, August Kleinzahler
104. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
105. The Thief and the Dogs, Naguib Mahfouz
106. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
107. The Prophet, Khalil Gibran
108. Almost No Memory, Lydia Davis
109. Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories, Ghassan Kanafi

(2007's list can be found here, along with an explanation of how I'm able to produce such a list)


Anonymous said...

You will probably want to edit the author's name of the books listed at 97 and 99. It's Sfar, not Foer. This error is all the more egregious considering your apparent bibliophilia and familiarity with both The Athanasius Kircher Society and The New Republic.

culture_vulture said...

Thanks for pointing that out. I wrote the author names from memory, mostly, and for some reason, Joan Sfar is melded in my mind with Jonathan Safran Foer. Anyways, correction made.

Though what that has to do with The Athanasius Kircher Society and TNR, I really don't know...

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Anonymous said...

ahhh memory, memory, memory ...as in moonwalking with einstein?


the gawker and the observer would know....

btw what are your thoughts about turkey bacon? And which brands do you prefer? Are you aware that Butterball's has pork?

Nick said...

Damnit! I love Candide. Turkey bacon is no good.