fje: recent reading

the blazing world by siri hustvedt (fiction)
a study of feminism, authorship and the workings of the art world.

europe in autumn by dave hutchinson (fiction)
speculative portrait of a near future europe after the failure of the EU project and the schengen agreement.

a time of gifts by patrick leigh fermour (non-fiction)
travels on foot in holland, germany, austria and czechoslovakia in 1933/34.

from the woods to the water by patrick leigh fermour (non-fiction)
travels on foot in hungary, yugoslavia and romania in 1934.

the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction by walter benjamin (non-fiction)
a marxist reading of art, which I read in conclusion to my time working with raphael forquemin, to help get some structure around the political and economic discussions we had.

wings of the kite-hawk by nicolas rothwell (non-fiction?)
the landscapes, history and characters of remote australia. from the library of goetz stoeckmann.

the marriage plot by jeffery eugenides (fiction)
liberal arts in love.

blood meridian by cormac mccarthy (fiction)
harrowing happenings in the american west.

wuthering heights by emily bronte (fiction)

world's end by t.c. boyle (fiction)
dutch settlers' and native americans' postmodern adventures in the hudson valley.

studies in tectonic culture by kenneth frampton (non-fiction)
the backbone of my study tour of carlos scarpa's work in northern italy. while it makes for a dense read, it brings a lot of depth to my understanding of the origins of contemporary ornament. Notable for its non-anglocentric sources, coverage of modernism prior to the 20th century, extensive use of drawings and very insightful analysis.


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