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Happens every summer, when I’m granted a smidgen more reading time than during the academic season, and I use that freedom to start umpteen books, until I can no longer figure out which to take up again at night, when I have a chance, and thus decide to start yet another one. Or, even worse, to just read blogs until it’s time for bed.

Make me think of this, a list of “Books on Tony Kushner’s Bedside Table,” which appeared in the NYT in 2003. I remember taking this “bedside table” thing quite literally at the time, wondering “seriously, is he reading all of these at once?” Maybe he was!

“Getting Mother’s Body” by Suzan-Lori Parks

“Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey Through the Roman Empire” by Elizabeth Speller

“The Best American Short Stories of the Century” edited by John Updike and Katrina Kenison

“Selected Poems” by Conrad Aiken

“Motherless Brooklyn” by Jonathan Lethem

“The Book of Salt: A Novel” by Monique Truong

“Elective Affinities” by Goethe

“Dry: A Memoir” by Augusten Burroughs

“Horace: A Life” by Peter Levi

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain

“Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath” by Kate Moses

“The Charterhouse of Parma” by Stendhal

Classy list! Anyway, I’m hoping if I list all the stuff that I’ve started but not finished since the end of the semester, maybe it will help me to figure out how to actually finish a book or two. And I’m sure this list is only partial – there’s inevitably stuff hiding, that I’ve given up on, that I’ve repressed, etc…

“Le Corbusier,” Kenneth Frampton

“The Basic Writings of Kant”

“Selected Stories,” E.M. Forster

“We Have Never Been Modern,” Bruno Latour

“The Radical Aesthetic,” Isobel Armstrong

“Cultural Capital,” John Guillory

“Our Hidden Lives: The Remarkable Diaries of Post-War Britain,” Simon Garfield

“Consciousness Explained,” Daniel Dennett

“The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup,” Weiland and Wilsey

“The Future of Nostalgia,” Svetlana Boym

“Slow Man,” J.M. Coetzee

“Neuromancer,” William Gibson

“Modernism and Time,” Ronald Schleifer

“Imagine No Possessions,” Christiana Kiaer

Which would be impressive, no, if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve read like the first 20 pages of each.

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June 12, 2006 at 12:59 am

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