Consumption Report: 2018 Reading List

Wow February went by super fast and I feel like I’ve gotten absolutely nothing done. I’ve been trying to get back into reading for a while. I used to be able to finish a book in a sitting when I was a kid, but my focus has been getting worse and worse (curses, technology!!! shaking fist at sky!!!). So in an attempt to just get it done I tried the #24in48 challenge/social media event where you read for 24 hours in two days. It was interesting, at first it was like pulling teeth but then when I hit the fiction I felt myself getting back in the flow. Here’s what I read for that and what else I plan on reading this year.


The Map Thief by Michael Blanding: this was, interesting. There was a lot of information and it could be a little dry, but the whole world of map making and dealing was something I really didn’t know anything about. I’m generally not a fan of true crime but books like this, really close looks at specific subjects, is something I would want to read again.

The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century by Svetlana Alpers: speaking of, I loved this book. It was a very difficult read, and like I straight up had to chew my way through it. But I am fascinated by this era of Dutch art and loved learning about the culture and everything that influenced it. I probably should have started with something more general but I do plan on reading a lot more about it.

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon: I loved this book. This is exactly the kind of fiction I like - very high concept and a lot of world building. It’s what I love about Michael Chabon’s writing and what made me fall in love with Summerland, just something weird and intricate as hell.

2018 Reading List

  • No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein
  • The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual by Matt Besser
  • Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • Pathways to Our Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh by Patricia M. DeMarco
  • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Hey Whipple, Squeeze This: The Classic Guide To Creating Great Ads by Luke Sullivan
  • Night Thoughts by Wallace Shawn
  • For Democracy, Workers, and God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest, 1865-95 by Clark D. Halker
  • Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
  • A New Brand World: Eight Principles for Achieving Brand Leadership in the Twenty-First Century by Scott Bedbury, Stephen Fenichell
  • Landscape Between Ideology and the Aesthetic: Marxist Essays on British Art and Art Theory, 1750-1850 by Andrew Hemingway
  • My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt
  • Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America by Miriam Frank
  • Juicing the Orange: How to Turn Creativity into a Powerful Business Advantage by Pat Fallon