Reading Proposed

Things I Might Read Someday, If I Live Long Enough, and Can’t Think of Anything Better to Do

This is, of course, in addition to the books that are already stacked or shelved all over the house.

The Ever Expanding, Never Shrinking Queue

As of 15 March 2018


Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River anthology, Conceived, adapted, and arranged by Charles Aidman

The Elegance of the Hedghog [L’élégance du hérisson], Muriel Barbery, translated from the French by Alison Anderson

The Last Kingdom Series, Bernard Cornwell

  • The Last Kingdom
  • The Pale Horseman
  • The Lords of the North
  • Sword Song
  • The Burning Land
  • Death of Kings
  • The Pagan Lord
  • The Empty Throne
  • Warriors of the Storm
  • The Flame Bearer

The Name of the Rose [Il nome della rosa] by Umberto Eco, translated from the Italian by William Weaver

Owls Do Cry, Janet Frame

Veronica, Mary Gaitskill

Two Girls, Fat and Thin, Mary Gaitskill

Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was, by Barry Hughart

Seven Brothers [Seitsemän veljestä], by Alexis Kivi, translated from the Finnish by Alex Matson

The Czar’s Madman: A Novel [Keisri hull], by Jaan Kross, translated from the Estonian by Anselm Hollo

Unknown Soldiers [Tuntematon sotilas], by Väinö Linna, translated from the Finnish by Liesl Yamaguchi

Spoon River anthology, by Edgar Lee Masters

The Year of the Hare [Jäniksen vuosi], by Arto Paasilinna, translated from the Finnish by Herbert Lomas

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick


Essays, etc.

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

The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts [Le Rideau: essai en sept parties], Milan Kundera

Craftsmanship, Design, etc.

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug

Psychology of Everyday Things, Don Norman

The Craftsman, Richard Sennett

100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People, Susan Weinschenk

Conduct of Life, Religion, etc.

Concerning the City of God Against the Pagans [De Civitate Dei contra Paganos], by Augustine of Hippo, a new translation by Henry Bettenson, with an introduction by David Knowles

A Common Faith, by John Dewey

Hungarian Unitarianism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, lectures given by Bishop Joseph Ferencz [Ferencz József] at Meadville Lombard Theological School, 1969

‘Truth Liberates You’: The Message of Transylvania’s First Unitarian Bishop, Francis David, by Gellérd Imre, translated by Gellérd Judit, preface by George M. Williams

425 Years: In Storm, Even Trees Lean on Each Other: Unitarian Universalist Sermons on Transylvania, compiled by Dr. Judit Gellérd

The Way of the Sacred, Francis Huxley

Thinking the Unthinkable: The Riddles of Classical Social Theories, Charles Lemert

The Larger Hope: The Second Century of the Universalist Church in America 1870-1970 by Russell E. Miller

The Epic of Unitarianism: Original Writings From the History of Liberal Religion, by David B. Parke

History, Economics, Biography, Memoirs, etc.

You Can’t Win: [the Autobiography of Jack Black], by Jack Black

The Elefánthy: The Hungarian Nobleman and His Kindred, by Erik Fügedi, edited by Damir Karbić with a foreword by János M. Bak, [translated by Csaba Farkas]

Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber

The Road to Serfdom, by Friedrich A. Hayek, with a foreword by John Chamberlain

A Renaissance Globemaker’s Toolbox: Johannes Schöner and the Revolution of Modern Science, 1475-1550, John W. Hessler

The Invention of Tradition, edited by Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger

Atlantic Fever: Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic, Joe Jackson

The Fall of the House of Dixie: How the Civil War Remade the American South, Bruce Levine

The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All, by Peter Linebaugh

A History of Reading, by Alberto Manguel

Memoir of Hungary, 1944-1948 [Föld, föld…!], Márai Sándor, translated with an introduction and notes by Albert Tezla

Hungary in the Eighteenth Century, by Henry Marczali, [translated by Arthur B. Yolland], with an introductory essay on the earlier history of Hungary, by Harold W. V. Temperley

Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama

Coercion, Capital, and European States, AD 990-1992, by Charles Tilly

The Naming of America: Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 World Map and the Cosmographiae introductio, featuring a new translation and commentary by John W. Hessler

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, Robert Whitaker

The Art of Memory, by Frances A. Yates

Selected Readings in Metaphysics and Epistemology

Hume, David. Enquiry concerning Human Understanding.

______. Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals.

Plato. Apology.

______. Republic 2-7, esp. 6 (ad fin.) and 7 (ad int.). (for corruption 8-9.)

______. Gorgias.

______. Symposium.

Descartes. Meditations on First Philosophy.

Kant. Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics.

______. Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals.

Interrupted Readings — Perhaps Will Resume Someday

As of 2 December 2015

False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World by Alan Beattie

America’s Neighborhood Bats by Merlin D. Tuttle

Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing by Margaret Livingstone

Pale Fire: A Novel by Vladimir Nabokov

The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600), by Jaroslav Pelikan

Apologie pour l’histoire, ou, Métier d’historien, by Marc Bloch

Des chrétiens et des Maures, by Daniel Pennac

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith; edited, with an introduction, notes, marginal summary and an enlarged index, by Edwin Cannan, with an introduction by Max Lerner

Authors of Special Interest

As of 15 August 2013

Neil Gaiman

See list

Márai Sándor

See list

Arnaldur Indriðason

See list

Detective Erlendur series

  • Synir duftsins (1997) [Sons of Dust], Arnaldur Indriðason
  • Dauðarósir (1998) [Silent Kill], Arnaldur Indriðason
  • Myrká (2008) [Outrage], Arnaldur Indriðason
  • Svörtuloft (2009) [Black Skies, 2012], Arnaldur Indriðason
  • Furðustrandir (2010), Arnaldur Indriðason
  • Einvígið (2011), Arnaldur Indriðason

Other Writings

  • Bettý (2003), Arnaldur Indriðason
  • Konungsbók (2006) [The King’s Book], Arnaldur Indriðason

Kjell Ola Dahl

See list

  • Dødens investeringer (1993) [Lethal Investments, 2011], Kjell Ola Dahl
  • Seksognitti (1994), Kjell Ola Dahl
  • Miniatyren (1996), Kjell Ola Dahl
  • Siste skygge av tvil (1998), Kjell Ola Dahl
  • Gjensynsgleder (love stories, 2002), Kjell Ola Dahl
  • Lille tambur (2003), Kjell Ola Dahl
  • Venezia – forfatterens guide (a travel guide, 2004), Kjell Ola Dahl
  • Den fjerde raneren (2005) [The Fourth Man, 2007], Kjell Ola Dahl
  • Lindeman & Sachs (2006), Kjell Ola Dahl
  • Svart engel (2007), Kjell Ola Dahl
  • Lindemans tivoli (2008), Kjell Ola Dahl
  • Kvinnen i plast (2010), Kjell Ola Dahl

Herta Müller

See list

  • Drückender Tango [“Oppressive Tango”], Herta Müller. Stories. Bucharest, 1984
  • Barfüßiger Februar [“Barefoot February”], Herta Müller. Berlin, 1987
  • Reisende auf einem Bein, Herta Müller. Berlin, 1989. Published in English as Traveling on One Leg, Hydra Books/Northwestern University Press, 1998.
  • Wie Wahrnehmung sich erfindet [“How Perception Invents Itself”], Herta Müller. Paderborn, 1990
  • Der Teufel sitzt im Spiegel [“The Devil is Sitting in the Mirror”], Herta Müller. Berlin, 1991
  • Der Fuchs war damals schon der Jäger [“Even Back Then, the Fox Was the Hunter”], Herta Müller. Reinbek bei Hamburg, 1992
  • Eine warme Kartoffel ist ein warmes Bett [“A Warm Potato Is a Warm Bed”], Herta Müller. Hamburg, 1992
  • Der Wächter nimmt seinen Kamm [“The Guard Takes His Comb”], Herta Müller. Reinbek bei Hamburg, 1993
  • Angekommen wie nicht da [“Arrived As If Not There”], Herta Müller. Lichtenfels, 1994
  • Hunger und Seide [“Hunger and Silk”], Herta Müller. Essays, Reinbek bei Hamburg, 1995
  • In der Falle [“In a Trap”], Herta Müller. Göttingen 1996
  • Der fremde Blick oder das Leben ist ein Furz in der Laterne [“The Foreign View, or Life Is a Fart in a Lantern”], Herta Müller. Göttingen, 1999
  • Im Haarknoten wohnt eine Dame [“A Lady Lives in the Hair Knot”], Herta Müller. Poetry, Reinbek bei Hamburg, 2000
  • Heimat ist das, was gesprochen wird [“Home Is What Is Spoken There”], Herta Müller. Blieskastel, 2001
  • “A Good Person Is Worth As Much As A Piece Of Bread”, Herta Müller. Foreword published in Kent Klich’s Children of Ceausescu by Journal, 2001 and Umbrage Editions, 2001.
  • Der König verneigt sich und tötet [“The King Bows and Kills”], Herta Müller. Essays. Munich (and elsewhere), 2003
  • Die blassen Herren mit den Mokkatassen [“The Pale Gentlemen with their Espresso Cups”], Herta Müller. Munich (and elsewhere), 2005
  • Este sau nu este Ion [“Is He or Isn’t He Ion”], Herta Müller. Collage-poetry written and published in Romanian. Iaşi, Polirom, 2005
  • Atemschaukel, Herta Müller. Munich, 2009 (Known in English as Everything I Possess I Carry With Me, and published in America as The Hunger Angel, Metropolitan Books, 2012)

Abandoned Readings, Probably Won’t Resume

As of 22 September 2012

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, by David A. Kessler

Lighthouse at the End of the World [Le Phare du bout du monde], by Jules Verne, translated and edited by William Butcher

The Tulip by Anna Pavord

Don’t Buy Another Vote, I Won’t Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia by Allen H. Loughry II


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