Reading Past: 2015

December 2015:

The Medieval Machine: The Industrial Revolution of the Middle Ages [La révolution industrielle du Moyen Age], by Jean Gimpel

Gift From the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Grammatical Man: Information, Entropy, Language, and Life, by Jeremy Campbell

Mohammed and Charlemagne [Mohomet et Charlemagne], by Henri Pirenne, translated by Bernard Miall

November 2015:

Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds, by Sam Keen

from Gateway to the Great Books, Robert M. Hutchins [and] Mortimer J. Adler, editors in chief; Clifton Fadiman, associate editor

  • from v. 1: Introduction, Syntopical Guide
    • A Letter to the Reader, by Robert M. Hutchins

“The Doomsday Invention: Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction?”, by Raffi Khatchadourian, in The New Yorker 23 November 2015

from Ibn Fadlān and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North, translated with an introduction by Paul Lunde and Caroline Stone

  • from Passages from Other Geographers, Historians and Travellers
    • Ibn Rusta on the Rūs 903-913
    • Ibn Rusta on the Saqāliba 903-913
    • Ibn Rusta on the Magyars 903-913
    • Ibn Rusta on the Bulkāra 903-913
    • Ibn Rusta on the Burtās 903-913
    • Ibn Rusta on the Khazars 903-913

The Knight, the Lady, and the Priest: The Making of Modern Marriage in Medieval France [Le chevalier, la femme et le prêtre], by Georges Duby, translated by Barbara Bray

from Ibn Fadlān and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North, translated with an introduction by Paul Lunde and Caroline Stone

  • from Passages from Other Geographers, Historians and Travellers
    • Ibn Khurradādhbih on exports from the western Mediterranean 885
    • Ibn al-Faqīh on the Rādhānīya 903
    • Ibn Khurradādhbih on the routes of the Rādhānīya and the Rūs c. 830
    • Zuhrī on the Viking ships c. 1160
    • Ibn Hayyān on the Viking attack on Seville 844

The Third Life of Per Smevik [Amerika-Breve], by Ole Rølvaag, translated by Ella Valborg Tweet and Solveig Zempel

from Nadirs [Niederungen], by Herta Müller, translated and with an afterword by Sieglinde Lug

  • My Family [Meine Familie]
  • The Swabian Bath [Das schwäbische Bad]
  • The Funeral Sermon [Die Grabrede]

from Ibn Fadlān and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North, translated with an introduction by Paul Lunde and Caroline Stone

  • from Passages from Other Geographers, Historians and Travellers
    • Ibn Khurradādhbih on Sallām the Interpreter and Alexander’s Wall 844
    • Qudāma ibn Ja’far on Alexander in China 928-932
  • The Travels of Abū Hāmid al-Andalusī al-Gharnātī 1130-1155

No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, by Reza Aslan

October 2015:

Anticultural Positions [Positions anti-culturelles], by Jean Dubuffet

from Ibn Fadlān and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North, translated with an introduction by Paul Lunde and Caroline Stone

  • The Book of Ahmad ibn Fadlān 921-922
  • Note on the Texts
  • Introduction

The Image: Knowledge in Life and Society, by Kenneth E. Boulding

from The Thurber Carnival, written and illustrated by James Thurber

  • from My World and Welcome To It
    • A Ride With Olympy
    • The Macbeth Murder Mystery

The Tacit Dimension, by Michael Polanyi

Encyclical Letter Laudato si’, of the Holy Father Francis, on care for our common home

The King’s Mirror [Speculum regale–Konungs skuggsjá], translated from the old Norwegian by Laurence Marcellus Larson (New York: The American-Scandinavian Foundation; London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1917)

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

  • The Curtains

from The Thurber Carnival, written and illustrated by James Thurber

  • from My World and Welcome To It
    • The Man Who Hated Moonbaum
    • Here Lies Miss Groby
    • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    • What Do You Mean It Was Brillig

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

  • Ein Prosit, ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit
  • Happiness and Two Men

from The Thurber Carnival, written and illustrated by James Thurber

  • from My Life and Hard Times
    • A Note at the End
    • Draft Board Nights
    • University Days

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

  • The Jury will now Retire
  • How Do You Do, Mr Schlytter?

September 2015:

from The Thurber Carnival, written and illustrated by James Thurber

  • from My Life and Hard Times
    • The Dog That Bit People
    • A Sequence of Servants

from Best-Loved Folktales of the World, selected and with an introduction by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Jill Karla Schwarz

  • North America
    • Manabozho and His Toe

The Study of Man: The Lindsay Memorial Lectures, 1958, by Michael Polanyi

August 2015:

from The Thurber Carnival, written and illustrated by James Thurber

  • from My Life and Hard Times
    • More Alarms at Night
    • The Night the Ghost Got In

July 2015:

The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination, by Jacob Bronowski

Budapest 1900: A Historical Portrait of a City and Its Culture, by John Lukacs

German Renaissance Patterns for Embroidery, a facsimile copy of Nicolas Bassée’s New Modelbuch of 1568, with an introduction by Kathleen Epstein

June 2015:

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

The Primacy of Worship, by Von Ogden Vogt

May 2015:

from While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

  • The humbugs
  • Money talks
  • A year, easy
  • Mr. Z
  • The man without no kiddley
  • Bomar
  • Tango
  • Out, brief candle
  • While mortals sleep
  • Ruth

Singing Meditation: Together in Sound and Silence, by Ruthie Rosauer and Liz Hill

from While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

  • Girl pool
  • With his hand on the throttle

from Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway, by Snorri Sturlusson, translated with introduction and notes by Lee M. Hollander

  • The Saga of Ólaf Tryggvason [Ólafs saga Tryggvasonar]

from While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

  • Guardian of the person
  • Hundred-dollar kisses
  • The epizootic
  • Jenny

Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival, by Christopher Benfey

The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast From Times Square to the Golden Gate, by Michael Wallis and Michael S. Williamson

The Ancient City: A Study on the Religion, Laws, and Institutions of Greece and Rome [La cité antique: étude sur le culte, droit, les institutions de la Grèce et de Rome], by Numa Denis Fustel de Coulanges, [translated by Willard Small]

April 2015:

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World, by David W. Anthony

from The Thurber Carnival, written and illustrated by James Thurber

  • from My Life and Hard Times
    • The Day the Dam Broke
    • The Car We Had to Push
    • The Night the Bed Fell

March 2015:

Domesday: A Search for the Roots of England, by Michael Wood

Historical Path in Øystese, Hardanger, by Anna Hjeltnes Hesla and Samson Bjørke, illustration: Olav S. Tolo

A History of the Amish: Revised and Updated, by Steven M. Nolt

February 2015:

The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman

Player Piano, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

January 2015:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo, translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano

Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young

from Against the Current: Essays in the History of Ideas, by Isaiah Berlin, edited and with a bibliography by Henry Hardy, with an introduction by Roger Hausheer

from Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway, by Snorri Sturlusson, translated with introduction and notes by Lee M. Hollander

  • The Saga of Harald Graycloak [Haralds saga Gráfeldar]
  • The Saga of Hákon the Good [Hákonar saga Góða]
  • The Saga of Harald Fairhair [Haralds saga Hárfagra]
  • The Saga of Hálfdan the Black [Háldanar saga Svarta]
  • The Saga of the Ynglings [Ynglinga saga]

from Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders, by Neil Gaiman

The Prince [Il principe] by Nicolò Machiavelli, translated by W. K. Marriott

from Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders, by Neil Gaiman

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