Incredibly brief reviews of what I’m reading month by month. This does not include all the stuff I read for research, unless it’s also hugely pleasurable (sometimes it is)
Finally finished Aust’s book about Baader-Meinhof. Exhausting, depressing, hardcore. Worth it though.
For fun I am now reading ‘A GENERAL HISTORY OF THE PYRATES, FROM Their first Rise and Settlement in the Island of Providence, to the present Time.’ by Captain Charles Johnson 1724. Juicy. Yes I’m a Treasure Island fanatic and Black Sails fangirl 🙂 Arrrrr!
And plowing through Delacroix by Simon Lee; I tried to read Delacroix’s own writings but my French just not good enough, and I was just too slow. Must rectify that. I did read Baudelaire’s art criticism, esp of Vernet – ooh so bitchy and fun.
[which reminds me i need to finish the short film i am making about Baudelaire… ]
I started the definitive book about the Baader-Meinhof Group The Baader-Meinhof Complex by Stefan Aust.
Found a book about painter Horace Vernet after terrible fruitless search. Horace Vernet and the Thresholds of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture (2017)
Read John LeCarre’s The Mission Song (2006), which was pretty dark but gripping.
I read Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. I laughed and cried, it rings true. Lots of pithy insights. Not too keen on the writing style, but the content makes up for it.
I read Making Time a book about Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon by Maria Pramaggiore
I have never been a massive Kubrick fan (I like some of his films but not others) but this book made me appreciate his work more and offered many valuable insights into the one film of his I absolutely adore, Barry Lyndon.
I was on holiday and I read THE ESSEX SERPENT by Sarah Perry which was pretty good; recommended.
I read the John LeCarre, nothing much to say about it but it filled a gap.
FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2017
Well those two months flew by … I didnt read anything quite as mesmerising as The Goldfinch which is a pity. I read many books on film theory and film history which I won’t go into here. I also read The Antinomies of Realism by Frederic Jameson which was interesting. I was not all work and no play – I went to see The White Devil at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
However for April I have an old John LeCarre ready to read.
I read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. A big sprawling story, often very funny and sad, very much a snapshot of the present age. I was totally captured by Tartt’s world; when I put the book down I was almost amazed to find myself in London in January and not New York or the scruffy suburban fringes of Las Vegas …
The Sellout – Paul Beatty – totally Los Angeles. I could smell LA in those pages. Funny but sad, in a way. I won’t pretend [or patronise] to ‘relate’ to Beatty’s perception but I am glad he has shared it. Worth reading.