Books I liked

Poetry

Try over here for scans of some poems I like. Poets include (in random order):

  • Kae Tempest
  • Amanda Torroni
  • Koraly Dimitriadis
  • Gray Crosbie
  • k. y. robinson
  • Marianne Jones
  • Rebecca Tamás
  • Jenni Fagan
  • Kate Rhodes
  • Lorraine Mariner
  • Helen Hajnoczky
  • Sophie Hannah
  • Rudy Francisco
  • Zoë Skoulding

Non-fiction

  • Glitch Feminism, by Legacy Russell
  • Class Counts by Erik Olin Wright (free online here)
  • The State of Secrecy, by Richard Norton-Taylor
  • Ukraine Crisis: What It Means for the West by Andrew Wilson
  • Thrive by Richard Layard and David Clark (interesting, but worth following up the cherry-picked efficacy claims with a search for meta-analyses)
  • Intimacies by Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips
  • The Mathematics of Love by Hannah Fry
  • The Myth of Individualism: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives by Peter Callero
  • The Therapy Industry: the Irresistible Rise of the Talking Cure, and Why it Doesn’t Work by Paul Moloney
  • The Last of the Hippies by Penny Rimbaud
  • The art of social theory by Richard Swedberg
  • Unspeakable Things by Laurie Penny
  • Power, Interest and Psychology by David Smail
  • Monogamy by Adam Phillips
  • Rewriting the Rules: An integrative guide to love, sex and relationships by Meg-John Barker
  • Doctoring the Mind: Why Psychiatric Treatments Fail by Richard Bentall
  • Stasiland by Anna Funder
  • What’s Left by Nick Cohen
  • Bash the Rich by Ian Bone
  • The People’s Manifesto by the People, channeled by Mark Thomas
  • Emotion Focused Cognitive Therapy by Mick Power (excellent)
  • GCHQ by Richard J. Aldrich
  • Conversations with Žižek by/between Slavoj Žižek and Glyn Daly
  • Anarchy in Action by Colin Ward
  • Strangeland by Tracey Emin
  • The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee (Review in New Statesman.)
  • The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton
  • Why Not Socialism? by G A Cohen
  • The Catholic Orangemen of Togo and Other Conflicts I have Known by Craig Murray
  • The Art of Being by Erich Fromm
  • In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities by Jean Baudrillard
  • Fragments: Cool Memories III 1990-1995 by Jean Baudrillard
  • Gut Feelings by Gerd Gigerenzer
  • The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise by R. D. Laing (love this)
  • Simulations by Jean Baudrillard
  • Freedom Evolves by Daniel Dennett (thought provoking – enjoyed!)
  • Why Do People Get Ill? by Darian Leader and David Corfield
  • Self and Others by R. D. Laing – Look out for the epistemic logic in the appendix
  • Knots by R. D. Laing
  • Why do women write more letters than they post? by Darian Leader
  • Why People Die by Suicide by Thomas Joiner
  • The Robot’s Rebellion by Keith Stanovich
  • Madness Explained by Richard Bentall
  • The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
  • Mathematical Reasoning with Diagrams by Mateja Jamnik
  • Philosophy: The Classics by Nigel Warburton
  • Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Wittgenstein and the Philosophical Investigations (Routledge Philosophy Guidebooks) by Marie McGinn (Editor)
  • Tractatus Logico-philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein (bits of – skip the boring bits, especially most stuff before proposition 7.)
  • Language, Truth and Logic by A.J. Ayer
  • Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain De Botton
  • Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Blue & Brown Books by Ludwig Wittgenstein

(Auto)Biographies

  • Reverse Cowgirl, by McKenzie Wark: “not a memoir but an auto-ethnography of the opacity of the self”
  • The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintrye (great story of Oleg Gordievsky)
  • Killing Time by Paul Feyerabend
  • Bitter Experience Has Taught Me by Nicholas Lezard
  • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
  • Otto Gross: Freudian Psychoanalyst 1877-1920 by Martin Green
  • R. D. Laing: a life by Adrian Laing
  • The Wing of Madness: the Life and Work of R.D. Laing, by Daniel Burston
  • Alfred Tarski: Life and Logic by Anita Burdman Feferman and Solomon Feferman (Richard Montague, very interesting character, gets mentioned here)
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius by Ray Monk
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges – also check out Andrew Hodges’ web page on Turing

Fiction (including plays)

  • Call for the Dead by John le Carré
  • All the king’s horses by Michèle Bernstein
  • The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan
  • Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré (don’t bother reading the ending – great apart from that)
  • The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (seat 9C may be found here)
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
  • Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt. Guardian review. DeWitt is a genius.
  • A Delicate Truth by John le Carré
  • The Investigation by Philippe Claudel
  • Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
  • Tinker Tailor Solider Spy by John le Carré
  • Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov – loved this
  • Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (originally Män som hatar kvinnor) by Stieg Larsson
  • Apples by Richard Milward
  • Exit Music by Ian Rankin (lovely to read about familiar places – maybe even some characters – in Edinburgh)
  • Wetlands by Charlotte Roche (not all about body fluids)
  • A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  • The Semantics of Murder by Aifric Campbell
  • The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
  • 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane
  • Friction by Joe Stretch (review in New Stateman; excellent book!)
  • Switch Bitch by Roald Dalh (excellent!)
  • A selection by Brecht, including Baal and In the Jungle of Cities
  • Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
  • Tsotsi by Athol Fugard
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Elizabeth Costello by JM Coetzee
  • Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Big Glass by Gabriel Josipovici
  • Fury by Salman Rushdie
  • Youth by J.M. Coetzee
  • The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts by Douglas Adams
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry
  • Silence in October by Jens Christian Grøndahl
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde