After a summer back at D+Q, I'm skipping town for the next 6 months. Until I return, here's a peek at which books you might catch my nose stuck in if we cross paths in Los Angeles!
The Anatomy of Melancholy
One of the major documents of modern European civilization, Robert Burton's astounding compendium, a survey of melancholy in all its myriad forms, has invited...More Info
Weighing in at well over 1000 pages, this 17th century tome has occupied the bulk of my leisure reading hours this summer, and has been a true delight. The language is surprisingly accessible, and the author's breadth of knowledge staggering. From lycanthropy and demon-possession to humoural imbalances to good old lovesickness (one entire book is devoted to love melancholy!), Burton's life's work is an exhaustive and engrossing treatise on melancholy, a subject dear to my heart! All hail NYRB for making this behemoth available in paperback.
Ezra Clayton Daniels, Ben Passmore
Once a thriving working class neighborhood on Chicago’s south side, the “Bottomyards” is now the definition of urban blight. When an aspiring fashion designer...More Info
I was highly anticipating this collab between comics powerhouses Ben Passmore and Ezra Clayton Daniels, and it did not disappoint. It's a super insightful and meticulously executed critique of gentrification, set in a fictional neighbourhood in Chicago. Though the body-horror component didn't agree with my squeamish temperament, I heartily recommend it nevertheless!
Drawn in hazy gray pencil and printed in blue pantone ink, this book is about Elizabeth, an exotic dancer in cyberspace, and Carlos, who...More Info
I haven't delved into this one yet, but have been admiring Inés Estrada's work for quite some time, so I have high hopes. Plus, it's a near-future dystopia, which is always fun!
“Lean, relentless, and incandescent.” —Colson Whitehead “Ted Chiang writes with. . .visionary power.” —Karen Russell “True genius.” —Blake Crouch"THE UNIVERSE BEGAN AS AN ENORMOUS BREATH BEING HELD." From the...More Info
The latest collection of short stories from the author who wrote the story behind Denis Villeneuve film, Arrival, is starting off strong. Speculative fiction at times reminiscent of Black Mirror, perfect for readers of a sci-fi bent.
“I practically snorted this book, stayed up all night with it. Anolik decodes, ruptures, and ultimately intensifies Eve’s singular irresistible glitz.” —Jia Tolentino, The...More Info
The poems in Sylvia Plath'sAriel, including many of her best-known such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Daddy', 'Edge' and 'Paralytic', were all written between the publication...More Info
In the past few months, I've been trying to get more into reading poetry, since I've always felt weirdly intimidated by it. I signed up for a fantastic mailing list from The Paris Review, who kindly send a daily free poem from their archives to subscribers, so thanks to that, I've discovered a bunch of amazing poets who give me goosebumps! But sometimes one just has a hankering to revisit an old favourite, and that's Plath for me. It helps that this hardcover edition is super cute and makes a fine addition to any shelf or bedside table!
An auspicioius debut examining the culuture of hair from the Rona Jaffe Foundation award-winning cartoonist Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into Black women's...More Info
Daria Bogdanska moves to Malmö to attend art school, sets out to find a job, and discovers that in order to work in the...More Info
I'm intrigued by the premise of this graphic novel, but haven't yet had a chance to read it. A woman moves to Sweden and finds herself in the absurd paradox many immigrants face: no job without a work permit, no work permit without a job! With few prospects, the author is forced to work under the table and endure poor working conditions. Having myself been in a similar position (young and unemployable in Scandinavia) in the not so distant past, her story feels deeply relatable!
A comprehensive collection of the writings of Mark Fisher (1968-2017), whose work defined critical writing for a generation.This comprehensive collection brings together the work...More Info
I'm a late-comer to Fisher, but what I've encountered from his ouevre has been compelling. I love a damning critique of neoliberalism, and this was truly Fisher's wheelhouse. So I'm going whole hog and tackling this massive collection, featuring the best of his blog, k-punk. With a page count almost as formidable as the aforementioned Anatomy of Melancholy, this is the most ambitious doorstop-sized book reading summer I've had since the one in which I read Moby Dick, Infinite Jest, and War and Peace back to back! Wish me luck!
A New York Times Book Review Notable BookFinalist for the Pulitzer Prize for FictionLonglisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction"An addictive, sprawling epic; I...More Info
To counterbalance the rather intense non-fiction kick I'm on, I've got The Idiot on my fiction list. A semi-autobigraphical story set in the mid-90s, the narrative follows the teenage Turkish-American protagonist from Harvard to Europe, through first love, and coming into herself as a writer. I'm told it is delightfully funny. Surely, I'll soon contribute to the unanimous, resounding chorus of praise heaped upon it by all of my colleagues who have read and loved it! Seems like the perfect book to read on a long flight, no?