Reading Past: 2012

December 2012:

A Little Book of Devils & Demons by Mike Harding

from Recapture & Other Stories by Erica Olsen

  • The Discovery of Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park
  • Grand Canyon II

The Sicilian Vespers: A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century by Steven Runciman

A Little Book of Miracles & Marvels by Mike Harding

Letters from a Stoic [Epistulæ morales ad Lucilium] by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, selected and translated, with an introduction, by Robin Campbell

November 2012:

The Passport [Der Mensch ist ein grosser Fasan auf der Welt] by Herta Müller, translated by Martin Chalmers

from A Man and His Sink and Other Stories [En mann og hans vask] by Agnar Mykle, translated from the Norwegian by Maurice Michael

  • Briefest Encounter
  • On Wings of Song
  • A Flower in the Button Hole
  • Sheik Moozy
  • Ein Prosit, ein Prosit der Gemütlicheit
  • How Do You Do, Mr Schlytter?
  • The Jury will now Retire
  • Happiness and the Two Men
  • The Curtains
  • Behind Them the Tenements Sang
  • Cross Your Heart
  • A Man and his Sink

Return From the Stars [Powrót z gwiazd] by Stanisław Lem, translated by Barbara Marszal and Frank Simpson

“How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later”, by Philip K. Dick

October 2012:

Mythology, by Edith Hamilton

The Medieval Manichee: A Study of the Christian Dualist Heresy by Steven Runciman

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Megaliths and Their Mysteries: A Guide to the Standing Stones of Europe by Alastair Service and Jean Bradbery

Medieval Technology and Social Change, by Lynn White, Jr.

September 2012:

The Pilgrim’s Progress, From This World, To That Which Is To Come by John Bunyan

from Eastern and Western Europe in the Middle Ages, edited and with an introduction by Geoffrey Barraclough

  • Cultural Interchanges, by Aleksander Gieysztor, [translated by Heather Karolyi]

“The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis” by Lynn Townsend White, Jr., in Science New Series, Volume 155, Number 3767 (10 March 1967) pp. 1203-1207

Eyrbyggja Saga [Eyrbyggja saga] translated with an introduction by Hermann Pálsson and Paul Edwards

from Eastern and Western Europe in the Middle Ages, edited and with an introduction by Geoffrey Barraclough

  • Economic Relations Between Eastern and Western Europe, by M.M. Postan

from A Night In the Cemetery and Other Stories of Crime & Suspense, by Anton Chekhov, translated by Peter Sekirin

  • A Thief
  • Willow
  • A Night of Horror
  • The Swedish Match

Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov

August 2012:

from Eastern and Western Europe in the Middle Ages, edited and with an introduction by Geoffrey Barraclough

  • The Religious Problems, by Ferdinand Seibt, [translated by Marion Jackson]
  • Political Relations Between East and West, by Karl Bosl
  • Slavs and Germans, by František Graus, [translated by Marion Jackson]
  • Introduction: Towards a New Concept of European History, by Geoffrey Barraclough

Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes

Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science — From the Babylonians to the Maya by Dick Teresi

from A Night In the Cemetery and Other Stories of Crime & Suspense, by Anton Chekhov, translated by Peter Sekirin

  • What You Usually Find in Novels
  • A Night at the Cemetery

“Lost Cat”, by Mary Gaitskill, in Granta 107 (Summer 2009)

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin, the definitive Griffin estate edition, corrected from original manuscripts, with a foreword by Studs Terkel, historic photographs by Don Rutledge, and an afterword by Robert Bonazzi

The Appointment: A Novel [Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet] by Herta Müller, translated by Michael Hulse and Philip Boehm

Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau by Martha Ward

July 2012:

Heart of darkness by Joseph Conrad

Farewell My Heart: A Novel [Isten veled szívem: regény] by Ferenc Molnar, translated by Elinor Rice

The Autumn of the Middle Ages [Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen: Studie over levens- en gedachtenvormen der veertiende en vijftiende eeuw in Frankrijk en ed Nederlanden] by Johan Huizinga, translated by Rodney J. Payton and Ulrich Mammitzsch

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

from The Best Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, edited with an introduction by Sherwin Cody

  • A Descent into the Maelström
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • MS. Found in a Bottle

Uncle Pogo So-So Stories by Walt Kelly

from Transylvanian Unitarian Church: Chronological History and Theological Essays, by John Erdö [Erdő János], translated by Judit Gellérd, preface by George M. Williams

  • A Chronological History of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church

Operation Napoleon [Napóleonsskjölin] by Arnaldur Indriðason, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb

June 2012:

Pretty Michal [A Szép Mikhál] by Mór Jókai, [translated from the Hungarian by R. Nisbet Bain]

The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

from The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories, by Philip K. Dick

from Other Inquisitions, 1937-1952 [Otras inquisiciones, 1937-1952], by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Ruth L.C. Simms, introduction by James E. Irby

  • The dream of Coleridge
  • The flower of Coleridge
  • Pascal’s sphere

May 2012:

from Other Inquisitions, 1937-1952 [Otras inquisiciones, 1937-1952], by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Ruth L.C. Simms, introduction by James E. Irby

  • The wall and the books

The Balkan Wars: Conquest, Revolution, and Retribution from the Ottoman Era to the Twentieth Century and Beyond by André Gerolymatos

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

from The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories, by Philip K. Dick

History of the Archbishops of Hamburg-Bremen [Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum] by Adam of Bremen, translated with an introduction and notes by Francis J. Tschan, with a new introduction and selected bibliography by Timothy Reuter

from The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories, by Philip K. Dick

April 2012:

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Erewhon (Erewhon, or, Over the Range) by Samuel Butler, edited and with an introduction by Peter Mudford

from The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories, by Philip K. Dick

from The Golden Argosy, edited by Van H. Cartmell & Charles Grayson

The Long Ships: A Saga of the Viking Age [Röde Orm] by Frans G. Bengtsson, translated from the Swedish by Michael Meyer

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick

March 2012:

The Dream Life of Balso Snell by Nathanael West

“How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy” by Kathleen McAuliffe in The Atlantic (March 2012)

from The Poetic Edda [Sæmundar Edda] translated with an introduction and explanatory notes by Lee M. Hollander

  • The Prophecy of the Seeress [Völuspá]
  • The Sayings of Hór [Hávamál]
  • The Lay of Vafthrúthnir [Vafþrúðnismál]
  • The Lay of Grímnir [Grímnismál]
  • The Lay of Skírnir [Skírnismál]
  • The Lay of Hárbarth [Hárbarðsljóð]
  • The Lay of Hymir [Hymiskviða]
  • The Flyting of Loki [Lokasenna]
  • The Lay of Thrym [Þrymskviða]
  • The Lay of Alvís [Alvíssmál]
  • Baldr’s Dreams [Baldrs draumar]
  • The Lay of Ríg [Rígsþula]
  • The Lay of Hyndla [Hyndluljóð]
  • The Short ‘Seeress’ Prophecy’ [Völuspá in skamma]
  • The Lay of Svipdag [Svipdagsmál]: The Spell of Gróa [Grógaldr]
  • The Lay of Svipdag [Svipdagsmál]: The Lay of Fiolsvith [Fjölsvinnsmál]
  • The Lay of Grotti [Gróttasöngr]
  • The Lay of Volund [Völundarkviða]
  • The Helgi Lays: The Lay of Helgi Hiorvarthsson [Helgakviða Hjörvarðssonar]
  • The Helgi Lays: The First Lay of Helgi the Hunding-Slayer [Helgakviða Hundingsbana I]
  • The Helgi Lays: The Second Lay of Helgi the Hunding-Slayer [Völsungakviða in forna]
  • Sinfiotli’s Death [Frá dauða Sinfjötla]
  • The Prophecy of Grípir [Grípisspá]
  • The Lay of Regin [Reginsmál]
  • The Lay of Fáfnir [Fáfnismál]
  • The Lay of Sigrdrífa [Sigrdrífumál]
  • The Great Lacuna
  • Fragment of a Sigurth Lay [Sigurðarkviða in meiri]
  • The First Lay of Guthrún [Guðrúnarkviða in fyrsta]
  • The Short Lay of Sigurth [Sigurðarkviða in skamma]
  • Brynhild’s Ride to Hel [Helreið Brynhildar]
  • The Fall of the Niflungs [Dráp Niflunga]
  • The Second (or Old) Lay of Guthrún [Guðrúnarkviða in forna]
  • The Third Lay of Guthrún [Guðrúnarkviða in þriðja]
  • The Plaint of Oddrún [Oddrúnarkviða]
  • The Lay of Atli [Atlakviða]
  • The Greenlandish Lay of Atli [Atlamál in grænlenzku]
  • Guthrún’s Lament [Guðrúnarhvöt]
  • The Lay of Hamthir [Hamðismál]
  • The Catalogue of Dwarfs [Dvergatal]

The Shape of Medieval History: Studies in Modes of Perception by William J. Brandt

The Skalds: a Selection of Their Poems with introduction and notes by Lee M. Hollander

The 13 Clocks by James Thurber, illustrated by Marc Simont

The Wonderful O by James Thurber, illustrated by Marc Simont

Earth by David Brin

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

February 2012:

Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West

Ubik by Philip K. Dick

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford

The White Deer by James Thurber, drawings by the author

from The Golden Argosy, edited by Van H. Cartmell & Charles Grayson

Old School: A Novel by Tobias Wolff

from The Golden Argosy, edited by Van H. Cartmell & Charles Grayson

January 2012:

The Man in the High Castle: A Novel by Philip K. Dick

“A Hunger Artist” [Ein Hungerkünstler] by Franz Kafka, translated by Ian Johnston

Meno [Μένων] by Plato [Πλάτων], translated by Benjamin Jowett, with an introduction by Fulton H. Anderson

An Account of the Ancient History of the Norwegian Kings [Historia de antiquitate regum norwagiensium] by Theodoricus monachus [Þórir munkr], translated and annotated by David and Ian McDougall, with an introduction by Peter Foote

Hunger [Sult] by Knut Hamsun, introduction by Paul Auster, translated from the Norwegian and with an introduction by Robert Bly