Readings

A compilation of books and short works of fiction that I’ve read by year along with a few comments about each. I have some stretch goals for reading this year.

2020

  • The Testaments (Margaret Atwood) - I had to.
  • Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History (Kurt Andersen) - An exhaustive history of nonsense in the United States. Andersen begins with the hypothesis that America’s current state bears the marks of its origin story. The know-it-all nitwit reality-show president is just one aspect of a long line of fantasies in America’s history.
  • Отче наш - a depressing but beautifully written short story from Odessa’s Holocaust. I read this in the original Russian; and I want to read more from Valentin Katayev (Валентин Катаев)
  • College Prep for Musicians: A Comprehensive Guide for Students, Parents, Teachers, and Counselors - some good advice for students who want to go into music. The sections on mental practice and centering are quite good.