I didn’t get to read as many books in 2014 as I normally do. I had financial and psychological problems that started at the end of May and lasted for a good part of the summer, and that stressed me out to the point I was unable to think straight or relax. Since August I’ve been taking a depression medication that makes me sleep a great deal, so that’s cut into my reading time as well. I started a great many books that I was unable to finish before I had to return them to the library; perhaps I’ll finish them in 2015.
My plan for 2015 is to continue reading in art history and maybe pursue Greek and Roman mythology and other ancient classics in greater depth, as well as finish some of those books I’ve already started. Of course, I’m sure to be distracted into other avenues as the year goes by. Right now I’m mostly reading articles from the “Dictionary of Literary Biography” about important British and American book collectors.
Dennis Cooper–Ugly Man: Stories.
Barry Miles–The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Corso in Paris, 1957-1963.
Jim Elledge–Henry Darger–Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist.
Mark Stevens–Mark Rothko–Multiforms, January 12–February 10, 1990, The Pace Gallery.
Allen Ginsberg–To Eberhart From Ginsberg: A Letter About Howl 1956.
Allen Ginsberg–Indian Journals: March 1962–May 1963.
Karen Elizabeth Gordon–Paris Out of Hand: A Wayward Guide.
Nicholas Evan Sarantakes–Making “Patton:” A Classic War Film’s Epic Journey to the Silver Screen.
Allen Ginsberg–Kaddish and Other Poems, 1958-1960.
Henry Blackburn–Randolph Caldecott: A Personal Memoir of His Early Art Career.
Seeing Rothko: Issues & Debates–Edited by Glenn Phillips and Thomas Crow.
Meryle Secrest–Kenneth Clark: A Biography.
Julia Cameron–How To Avoid Making Art (or Anything Else You Enjoy).
Kenneth Clark–What is a Masterpiece?
Francesca Ambrogetti and Sergio Rubin–Pope Francis: His Life in His Own Words–Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio.
Donald J. Hagerty–The Art of Maynard Dixon.
Hart Crane–The Bridge. (Commentaries by Waldo Frank and Thomas A. Vogler.)
Thich Nhat Hanh–Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice.
Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu–The Brightened Mind: A Simple Guide to Buddhist Meditation.
Michael Wilson–How to Read Contemporary Art: Experiencing the Art of the 21st Century.
Kenneth Clark–One Hundred Details from the National Gallery.
John Berger–Keeping a Rendezvous.
Candida Hofer and Umberto Eco–Libraries.
Scott Gutterman, with Miles Davis–Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork.
Mark Nixon–Much Loved.
Geordie Greig–Breakfast with Lucian: The Astounding Life and Outrageous Times of Britain’s Great Modern Painter.
Susan Sontag–On Photography.
Peter Jenny–The Artist’s Eye.
Tom Wolfe–The Painted Word.
John Berger–Bento’s Sketchbook: How does the impulse to draw something begin?
David Tabatsky, Editor, with Photographs by Garry Gross–Beautiful Old Dogs: A Loving Tribute to Our Senior Best Friends.
Sister Wendy Beckett–Sister Wendy’s Grand Tour: Discovering Europe’s Great Art.
Rodney Crowell–Chinaberry Sidewalks: A Memoir.
John Paul II–John Paul II: A Marian Treasury.
Andre Leon Talley–A. L. T. : A Memoir.
Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire–D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths.
Marta McDowell–Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The plants and places that inspired the classic children’s tales.
Jane Livingston–The Paintings of Joan Mitchell.