What The Hell Did I Read This Year?

To tell you the truth, Brandt, I don't remember most of it.

Selected books, chapbooks and journals that I read in 2011 that I’m not going to rank which is to say they were a pleasure to nominate:

Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture Lisa Robertson

Gravity’s Rainbow Thomas Pynchon

Doubt: A History Jennifer Michael Hecht

The Trees The Trees Heather Christle

The Difficult Farm Heather Christle

Light-Headed Matt Hart

Wolf Face Matt Hart

Mystery of the Hidden Driveway Jennifer L. Knox

The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood James Gleick

Polaroid Parade Paige Taggart

Grunt of the Minotaur Robin Richardson

Revenge Poems Christie Ann Reynolds

The Melancholy of Anatomy Shelley Jackson

Dear Editor Amy Newman

Beauty Was the Case That They Gave Me Mark Leidner (poetry)

Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! Peter Davis (poetry)

After Robinson Has Gone Kathleen Rooney (poetry)

Science Ink Carl Zimmer (science/photo)

Forklift, OH #23 (poetry)

Forklift, OH #21 (poetry)

Handsome Vol.3 #1 (poetry)

Supermachine #4 (poetry)

Books I would like to get to but likely won’t get through in the next two weeks to fulfill a criterion necessary for addition to the list above:

Notes from Irrelevance Anselm Berrigan

Dear Jenny Genya Turovskaya

Humiliation Wayne Koestenbaum

Culture of One Alice Notley

Kings of the F*cking Sea Dan Boehl

Schizophrene Bhanu Kapil

The Louisiana Purchase Jim Goar

Mercury Ariana Reines

Smiles of the Unstoppable Jason Bredle

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America Colin Woodard

Heavily-anticipated 2012 releases I can think of without having to think too hard:

Imagine: How Creativity Works Jonah Lehrer

The Fallback Plan Leigh Stein

Dispatch from the Future Leigh Stein

What Is Amazing Heather Christle

How to Survive A Hotel Fire Christie Ann Reynolds*

I Live Here Now • Jackie Clark

Space Chronicles Neil DeGrasse Tyson

The Lifespan of a Fact John D’Agata & Jim Fingal

Handsome Vol.4 #1 (I’m in it but I’d read it anyway)


* Update: How to Survive A Hotel Fire is by Angela Veronica Wong. CAR’s book is entitled Last Call For The Horizon. Coconut Books is putting out both titles.

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