A Year in Books

This was a year of reading. I found myself in a position where writing was becoming something I do with increasing frequency, so in addition to my predictable plodding through left nonfiction, history and politics and all the rest, I added a lot of fiction and essay collections to my reading too. This list is mostly for my own record keeping, but who knows, maybe people are interested in seeing what I read.

A Non-Exhaustive List of What I Read This Year

chain of title / david dayen
mistaken identity / asad haider
rebel rank and file / aaron brenner, robert brenner, carl winslow
the empathy exams / leslie jamison
live work work work die / corey pein
the abundance / annie dillard
necessary trouble / sarah jaffe
united states essays / gore vidal
white album, slouching towards bethlehem, salvador, political fictions / joan didion
the civil wars in us labor / steve early
pulphead / john jeremiah sullivan
the liberal defence of murder, corbyn / richard seymour
miami and the siege of chicago, the executioner’s song / norman mailer
in cold blood / truman capote
bluets, the argonauts / maggie nelson
city on fire / garth risk halberg
the book of my lives / aleksandar hemon
the sympathizer / viet thanh nguyen
the sellout / paul beatty
unwanted advances / laura kipnis
labor of love / moira weigel
tech against trump / ben tarnoff
notes from no man’s land / eula biss
october / china miéville
lenin / lars lih
hillbilly nationalists / amy sonnie, james tracy
from #blacklivesmater to black liberation / keeanga-yamahhta taylor
the reactionary mind / corey robin
subterranean fire / sharon smith
behold the dreamers / imbolo mbue
class notes / adolph reed
goliath / max blumenthal
remembering satan / lawrence wright
against everything / mark greif
kill all normies / angela nagle
future sex / emily witt
the brief wondrous life of oscar wao / junot diaz

To Read in 2018

racecraft / barbara fields, karen fields
hammer and hoe / robin d g kelley
black marxism / cedric robinson
labor’s war at home / nelson lichtenstein
the romance of american communism / vivan gornick
the black atlantic / paul gilroy
the cultural front / michael denning
black reconstruction in america / w e b dubois
the history of the russian revolution / leon trotsky

4 thoughts on “A Year in Books

  1. Making these lists is very personal, it allows for self reflection. I try to think about what I read and try to make my writing systematic to completely work through and understand a subject.

    October by China Mieville was a fanstastic book, he has another work of non-fiction coming soon.

    The history of the Russian revolution and the revolution betrayed by Trotsky are on my list too.

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