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Here's a thread about the books I read this year!

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1. "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff. Yes, I hate-read this book in a matter of days. Problematically, Bannon comes across as an articulate, insightful source and not an arch nationalist parasite. Will Wolff's depiction be hagiography in the future?
2. "The Invention of the White Race, Volume 1: Racial Oppression and Social Control" and "The Invention of the White Race, Volume 2: The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America" by Theodore Allen. Who knew how important Bacon's Rebellion (1676) was to the history of racism?
3. "Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History" by S.C. Gwynne. Knew very little of this history. Written in dramatic prose, but use of phrases like "primitive culture" made it hard to finish
4. "Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives" by Sarah Williams Goldhagen. Wish the book was more informed by critical theory.
5. "Understanding the Digital World: What You Need to Know about Computers, the Internet, Privacy, and Security" by Brian Kernighan. Really great, plain language introduction to these subjects. Recommend to policy makers and people interested in the impacts of tech on society.
6. "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay. This collection of poetry brought me to tears.
"What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution" by Gar Alperovitz. Given to me by my old boss, a Leninist-Marxist. Book provides concrete examples for economic democratic policies like community land trusts.
8. "We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985: A Sourcebook." Catalog to the 2017 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Really valuable resource of primary materials. Spent a lot of time reading and thinking about Howardena Pindell's "Art (World) & Racism."
9. "Open Source Intelligence Techniques: Resources for Searching and Analyzing Online Information" by Michael Bazzell. Check out the section on the python library recon-ng!
10. "Good Neighbors: Gentrifying Diversity in Boston's South End" by Sylvie Tissot, a French anthropologist. Book is an ethnography of the South End gentrifying "elite" in the early 2000s. Important contribution to the conversation imho. Neighborhood associations have power!
11. "All Souls: A Family Story from Southie" by Michael MacDonald. Required Boston reading. Tragic story.
12. "The Geopolitical Aesthetic" by Frederic Jameson. Film criticism and analysis from a Marxist / po-mo frame. Very challenging reading. Looking forward to watching all the films Jameson discusses in the book. Maybe next year?
13. "Carceral Capitalism" by Jackie Wang. Go read this book!
14. "Climate Ideologies, Volume 1: No Immediate Danger" and "Climate Ideologies, Volume 2: No Good Alternatives" by William Vollman. Harrowing. Important work for analyses that understand climate disasters as social phenomenon. First 200 pages are a climate science primer.
15. "Mark Lombardi: Global Networks" published as part of a traveling exhibition by the same name in 2003. Out of print. Return to this book often. It's right up my alley :)
16. "Four Generations: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art" edited by Courtney J. Martin. Monograph of a private collection of ab ex work from artists of the African diaspora.
17. "The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right" by Atul Gawande. The kind of book you see business class execs reading on the 6am Delta Airlines shuttle between Boston and D.C. Am a fan of Gawande's writing.
18. "Gore Capitalism" by Sarak Valencia. Published by semiotext(e) along with Wang's "Carceral Capitalism." Would recommend reading together.
19. "Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation" by Silvia Federici. Favorite book I read this year. Filled in gaps in my (limited) knowledge of the history of Capitalism and medieval Europe.
20. "Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America" by Kathleen Belew. Liked it so much I wrote a short summary of this book. Belew's history is important for our moment.
21. "Chaos: Making a New Science" by James Gleick. Fun beach reading.
22. "Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side" by Eve L. Ewing. Published dissertation project that synthesizes concepts from CRT to understand why a Bronzeville school was closed in 2013 when it was such an important part of the community.
23. "See Like A State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed" by James C. Scott. Focuses on modernist "high-authoritarian" state interventions, juxtaposing what is "legible" from the state's perspective versus what is understood locally in communities.
24. "The Argonauts" by Maggie Nelson. Powerful prose.
25. "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism" by Edward Baptist. Finishing the year reading this book. So far, so good.
Here's to another year of great books!
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