Monday, May 12, 2014

2014 Reading List

While I am not one for resolutions, I had intended to do more of two things in 2014: Read and write. Clearly from my nearly five month absence from this space, writing has been hard to dedicate myself to. Reading, on the other hand, has been something I have done with total abandon in recent months.

I tend to read far more non-fiction than fiction, but lately I've given myself the latitude to read broadly and without guilt. We truly should read what we want to read rather than what we are told to, as the late Doris Lessing wrote. What I've wanted to read has been an interesting mix of mysteries, politics and everything I can get my hands on about Ezra Pound. While his poetry will forever confound, his life is beginning to take shape in my mind.

By no means a way of explaining my absence, I offer my 2014 reading list. I've grouped together the titles I've already finished, those I am currently absorbing and those I hope to get to before the year is out. Perhaps I'll add to the latter list as the year proceeds.

Recent Reads
  • E.E. Cummings: A Life by Susan Cheever (2014)
  • The Caged Panther: Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeths by Harry Meacham (1967)
  • Donna Leon's Uniform Justice (2003), Doctored Evidence (2004), Blood from a Stone (2005), Through a Glass, Darkly (2006) and Suffer the Little Children (2007).
  • Henning Mankell's Faceless Killers (1997), The Dogs of Riga (2001) and The White Lioness (1998).
  • Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin (1987)
  • End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson (2013)
  • The Intercept (2013) and The Execution (2014) by Dick Wolf
  • Ezra Pound's Fascist Propaganda, 1935-1945 by Matthew Feldman (2013)
  • Ezra Pound and His World by Peter Ackroyd (1980)
Currently Reading
  • Elizabeth Warren's A Fighting Chance (2014)
  • Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution by Justice John Paul Stevens (2014)
  • Modernism on File: Writers, Artists, and the FBI 1920-1950 by Claire A. Culleton and Karen Leick (2008)
  • Ezra and Dorothy Pound: Letters in Captivity, 1945-1946 edited by Omar Pound and Robert Spoo (1999)
In the Queue
  • The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume 1: 1886-1920 (2014)
  • Unlucky 13 by James Patterson (2014)
  • Jim Abbott's Imperfect (2013)
  • The Archivist's Story by Travis Holland (2008)
  • Herman Hesse's The Glass Bead Game (2002 edition)
  • Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin (1991)
  • The Girl of His Dreams by Donna Leon (2008)
  • The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell (2005)
  • Ezra Pound, Father and Teacher: Discretions by Mary de Rachewiltz
  • John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan (2014)
The themes in my reading point to my interests as well as projects I toy with from time to time. In a life long past, the early years of this now nearly ten-year-old blog, I would have written extensively about the ideas that I find myself laboring over in my mind on a daily basis. This blog will never return to that type of presence. I, however, was taught to be and always be a curious reader.

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