Saturday, August 20, 2005


This is for you Matt, because you asked.

To be honest, I don't know if I think these are the most important books I've read in university, or even the most intelligent, but they've been the ones I've most often returned to and the ones that continue to inspire me. Covering topics as diverse - and yet interconnected - as ontology and epistemology, space and time, science and technology, power and everyday life, these books may not have all the right answers, but I do believe they ask all the right questions.

Feyerabend's Against Method

De Certeau's The Practice of Everyday Life and The Practice of Everyday Life Vol. 2

Deleuze's The Fold and D&G's A Thousand Plateaus

Lefebvre's Rhythmanalysis and The Urban Revolution

Latour's We Have Never Been Modern and Aramis, or the Love of Technology

Zournazi's collection of interviews, Hope: New Philosophies for Change

Stenger's The Invention of Modern Science

I also think the line between fiction and non-fiction is tenuous at best, and because love stories and comics are so often underrated, I would have to include the following.

Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure

Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Embroideries

Peter Carey's Oscar and Lucinda

Mark Kalesniko's Mail Order Bride

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera

Anything and everything by Los Bros Hernandez, but Gilbert's Palomar collection and Jaime's Locas collection are simply flawless and good places to start

Josť Saramago's Baltasar and Blimunda

Julie Doucet's Dirty Plotte series


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