Reading List

The old and the new, listed alphabetically by author because I can’t bring myself to rank them.

Carol Anderson
White Rage: The unspoken truth of our racial divide (2016)
Hannah Arendt
Totalitarianism (1951)
The Human Condition (1958)
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963)
Responsibility and Judgement [collection of essays from mid-1960s] (2003)
On Violence (1970)
Alaa Al Aswany
On the State of Egypt (2011)
Alain Badiou
Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil (2001)
Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (2003)
Being and Event (2005)
Bertold Brecht
Life of Galileo (1943)
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me (2015)
Giorgio Agamben
State of Exception (2005)
Albert Camus
The Myth of Sysyphus and other essays, trans. Justin O’Brien (1955)
The Rebel (1956)
Jacques Derrida
Without Alibi (2002)
Writing and Difference (1978)
W.E.B Du Bois
The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
Umberto Eco
Travels in Hyperreality (1973)
The Role of the Reader: Exploration in the Semiotics of Texts (1979)
The Aesthetics of Chaosmos: The Middle Ages of James Joyce (1982)
Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages (1959, 1986)
The Limits of Interpretation (1990)
Interpretation and overinterpretation with Richard Rorty, Jonathan Culler, Christine Brooke-Rose, ed. Stefan Collini (1992)
Six Walks in the Fictional Woods (1993)
The Island of the Day Before (1994)
Michel Foucault
Madness & Civilzation (1965)
Nolen Gertz
The Philosophy of War and Exile (2014)
Michael A. Gomez
Black Crescent: The experience and legacy of African Muslims in the Americas (2005)
The Poems of Catallus, trans. Peter Green (2005)
Ibram X. Kendi
Stamped from the Beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America (2016)
Natasha Lightfoot
Troubling Freedom (2015)
On the Nature of Things, trans. by Frank O. Copley (1977)
Thomas Merton
Zen and the Birds of Appetite (1968)
Jan Patočka
Plato and Europe, trans. Petr Lom (2002)
Avital Ronell
Stupidity (2002)
Richard Rorty
Philosophy and Social Hope (1999)
Jean-Paul Sartre
No Exit and three other plays (1946)
Dylan Thomas
Quite Early One Morning (1954)
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Lectures & Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief, ed. Cyril Barrett (1966)
Paul Virilio
Ground Zero (2002)
War and Cinema: The logistics of perception (1989)
Cornel West
Keeping Faith (1993)
Democracy Matters: Winning the fight against imperialism (2004)

Still Can’t Get the Taste Out of My Mouth

Why didn’t I figure it out the scam earlier? (see also “Other”, below)

Slavoj Žižek
The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989)
Actually interesting; could summarize by saying that ideology is not a laundry list of beliefs or political goals, but is the animating, sub-rational force that generates questions, compels thought, and creates belief. The diabolical power of ideological thinking is found to be most potent upon the unsuspecting mind believing itself to be free and without an ideology.
…oh, but then he went on to produce a steady stream of nonsense for the rest of his so-called “academic” writing career:
On Belief (2001)
The Puppet and the Dwarf (2003)
Interrogating the Real (2005)
The Parallax View (2006)
First as Tragedy, Then as Farce (2009)
The Monstrosity of Christ (2009)
Less than Nothing (2012)
Mapping Ideology (2012)
Event (2014)


Why publish a list of works that were absolutely terrible, even if I’ve talked about or quoted them in the past? The lesson, learned late, is don’t continue reading garbage. If it’s ugly, derivative, uninspired, or uninformative, put it down, walk away, and don’t return to it.


Next on the list…