Reading Past: 2016

December 2016:

In Youth is Pleasure, by Denton Welch

Ragtime, by E. L. Doctorow

“Norwegian Kings and Vikings: Do They Belong In Your Familiy Tree?”, by Lars Løberg (Vice Consul of Norway), presented at the SAGS (Scandinavian Area Genealogical Societies) meeting 27 Feb 1991

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

November 2016:

Laxdaela Saga [Laxdæla saga] translated with an introduction by Magnus Magnusson and Hermann Pálsson

from The Long-Legged House, by Wendell Berry

  • A Native Hill
  • The Long-Legged House
  • The Rise

The Republic [Πολιτεία], by Plato [Πλάτων], translated by Benjamin Jowett

October 2016:

from The Long-Legged House, by Wendell Berry

  • A Statement Against the War in Vietnam
  • The Loss of the Future
  • The Nature Consumers

from Deep Down Things: The Earth in Celebration and Dismay, by Lin Jensen

  • Getting Rid of the Rabbits
  • Ten Hearts of an Earthworm

Dragons, an Introduction to the Modern Infestation, by Pamela Wharton Blanpied

September 2016:

Timaeus [Τίμαιος], by Plato [Πλάτων], translated by Benjamin Jowett

Pagan Scandinavia, by H. R. Ellis Davidson

The Vikings [Vikingerne], by Johannes Brøndsted, translated by Kalle Skov

August 2016:

Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism, by Erwin Panofsky

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

  • Afterword, by Sieglinde Lug
  • Workday [Arbeitstag]
  • Black Park [Schwarzer Park]
  • The Street Sweepers [Der Straßenkehrer]
  • Mother, Father, and the LIttle One [Mutter, Vater und der Kleine]
  • The Intervillage Bus [Der Überlandbus]
  • About German Mustaches and Hair Parts [Der deutsche Scheitel und der deutsche Schnurrbart]
  • Village Chronicle [Dorfchronik]
  • The Man with the Matchbox [Der Mann mit der Zündholzschachtel]
  • The Window [Das Fenster]
  • Oppressive Tango [Drückender Tango]]
  • Rotten Pears [Faule Birnen]

Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, by Henry Adams

from Medieval Studies: An Introduction, edited by James M. Powell

  • Medieval Chronology: Theory and Practice

from Tree and Leaf by J.R.R. Tolkien

July 2016:

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

  • Nadirs [Niederungen]

I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov

Landscape and Memory, by Simon Schama

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

  • The Lay of Ríg [Rígsþula]

The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm’s Son by J.R.R. Tolkien

Portraits of a Marriage [Iz igazi (1941) & Judit… és az utóhang (1980)], Sándor Márai, translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes

June 2016:

MacBeth, High King of Scotland, 1040-1057, by Peter Berresford Ellis

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

  • Appendix 4: The fur trade
  • Appendix 3: The Sāmānids
  • Appendix 2: The Rūs
  • Appendix 1: The Khazars c. 650-c. 965
  • from Passages from Other Geographers, Historians and Travellers
    • Ibn Fadl Allāh al-‘Umarī on Siberia and Alexander’s Tower 1342-1349
    • Ibn Battūta on a winter journey to New Sarai 1332
    • Ibn Battūta on travel in the Land of Darkness 1332
    • Marco Polo on dog sleds and the Land of Darkness 1293
    • Qazwīnī on Gog and Magog 1275
    • Yāqūt on Hungary 1228
    • Marwazī on the Saqāliba c. 1130
    • Marwazī on Bulghār and the far north c. 1130
    • Marwazī on the Rūs c. 1130

May 2016:

1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry, by Andrew Bridgeford

Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee

The Quest of the Holy Grail [Queste del Saint Graal], translated with an introduction by P. M. Matarasso

The Annotated Snark, the full text of Lewis Carroll’s great nonsense epic The Hunting of the Snark and the original illustrations by Henry Holiday, with an introduction and notes by Martin Gardner

April 2016:

from Deep Down Things: The Earth in Celebration and Dismay, by Lin Jensen

  • Defending Earth
  • Real Estate
  • Witness: An Epilogue
  • Milking the Cow
  • When You Don’t Know Who You Are
  • Fruits of Refuse
  • Oh, Beautiful
  • Scavengers
  • A Most Righteous Horse
  • Earth Fear
  • The Whole World Is Kin
  • Victory Garden
  • A Gathering of Spirit Like Rainwater
  • Kitchen
  • A Look into the Mirror
  • Ringing the Bell
  • What’s Fair
  • Digging Holes
  • A Matter of Scale
  • When Too Many Are Not Enough
  • The Nature of Place
  • Buddhist Economics
  • By Right of Mercy
  • Getting Rid of the Rabbits
  • Having the Lake to Ourselves
  • Earth Lineage
  • Four Truths that Spare the Earth
  • Sighting the Morning Star
  • Ten Hearts of an Earthworm
  • Roots
  • Earth: An Introduction

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Comedy for Christmas [Sir Gawayn and þe Grene Knyʒt], translated from Middle English by Theodore Silverstein, illustrated by Virgil Burnett

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
    • The ‘Enclosed Nations’ of the far north 1118
    • Bīrūnī on dog sleds, skates and silent barter c. 1030
    • Ibn Hawqal on the Rūs destruction of Itil 965
    • Ibn Hawqal on Khwārazm and its trade 988
    • Ibn Hawqal on the fur trade and the Rūs attack on Itil and Bulghār 965
    • Ibn Hawqal on the trade in eunuchs 933
    • Muqaddasī on the land of the Khazars 985-990
    • Muqaddasī on exports from Bulghār 985-990
    • Ibrāhīm ibn Ya’qūb on northern Europe 965
    • Mas’ūdī on the fur trade 956
    • Istakhrī on the Khazars and their neighbours c. 951
    • Miskawayh on the Rūs raid on Bardha’a 943

March 2016:

from The Long-Legged House, by Wendell Berry

  • The landscaping of hell: strip-mine morality in east Kentucky
  • The tyranny of charity

Science, Faith and Society, by Michael Polanyi

from Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories, by Alice Munro

  • The Bear Came Over the Mountain

James and the Giant Peach: A Children’s Story, by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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
    • Mas’ūdī on a Viking raid on the Caspian c. 913
    • Mas’ūdī on the Rūs 943
    • Mas’ūdī on the Sakāliba 943
    • Mas’ūdī on the Land of the Midnight Sun 943
    • Mas’ūdī on the Bulghārs 943
    • Mas’ūdī on the khāqān of the Khazars 943
    • Mas’ūdī on the Khazars 943
    • Mas’ūdī on the Khazar capital 943
    • Mas’ūdī on the Iron Gates 943

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

from Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories, by Alice Munro

  • Queenie

February 2016:

from Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories, by Alice Munro

  • What Is Remembered

Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler

from Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories, by Alice Munro

  • Post and Beam
  • Nettles

January 2016:

from Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories, by Alice Munro

  • Comfort
  • Family Furnishings
  • Floating Bridge

The House at Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne, with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard

Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne, with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard

Logic Machines and Diagrams, by Martin Gardner, with a foreword by Donald Michie

from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, and Other Puritan Sermons by Jonathan Edwards and Others, [edited by David Dutkanicz]

  • Predestination and Human Exertions (from Awakening Truths Tending to Conversion, 1710), by Increase Mather
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741), by Jonathan Edwards

Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing, by Margaret Livingstone, foreword by David Hubel

from Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories, by Alice Munro

  • Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

The Summer Book [Sommarboken], by and with illustrations by Tove Jansson, introduction by Kathryn Davis, translated by Thomas Teal