Last updated  22 August 2021

Reading

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (my third reading; this can and should be read every few years)

The Discovery of France by Graham Robb

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Recently finished

Burning The Days by James Salter (excellent)

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel (very good)

French Dive by Eric Freeze (dull, did not finish)

Summer Doorways by W.S. Merwin (quite good)

All That Is by James Salter (uneven, smug, sometimes perfect)

Moral Imagination: Essays by David Bromwich (excellent)

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew Crawford (quite good)

Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits by Bill Porter (dull)

I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin (very different, good, disturbing)

Reality is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity by Carlo Rovelli

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

On The Road by Jack Kerouac (good; I finished this very quickly)

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (not good; why is this so famous?)

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson (terrible, did not finish)

The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford (different, would not read again)

The Waves by Virginia Woolf (hard, peculiar)

The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald (different, good)

Confabulations by John Berger

Where I Was From by Joan Didion (thoughtful, very good)

Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry by Jane Hirschfield (excellent)

Infinite City San Francisco by Rebecca Solnit (a lovely, well written book, with two favorite topics: maps and San Francisco)

The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald (very good; there’s a lot going on, but it’s not obvious)

The Heart by Maylis Kerangal (wonderful, heartbreaking)

Ways of Seeing by John Berger (excellent)

Coup de Grâce by Marguerite Yourcenar (intense, grim)

Old Herbaceous by Reginald Arkell (pleasant)

How Fiction Works by James Woods

Solo Faces by James Salter