Reading Journal 2014

A list I feel much better about is that of the books I’ve read this year. By far the stand-out of the bunch is Underground by Haruki Murakami. It’s unlike many Murakami books in that it is non-fiction, and not about a benign 30-something man with an underplayed talent who has to leave Tokyo to find a woman who in a previous time of his life was once meaningful and he now must return to. It’s amazing how many times he can write one story. Underground however is a staggeringly beautiful account of the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo Subway by the Aum Shinrikyo on March 20th, 1995. The interviews are thoughtful, deep, human, and on a few occasions brought me to tears. It took me over a month to finish this book and I can’t wait until enough time has passed to read it again.


  1. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
  2. How to be a Graphic Designer without Losing your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy
  3. The Manual Volume 4
  4. This Could Help by Patrick Rhone
  5. You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming
  6. The Inspection House by Emily Horne and Tim Maly
  7. The Concept of Non-Photography by Francois Laurelle
  8. Noa by Paul Gaugin
  9. The Chairs are Where the People Go by Misha Glouberman and Sheila Heti
  10. An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Parisby Georges Perec
  11. The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma by Red Pine
  12. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
  13. Pamphlet Architecture 28 by Smout Allen
  14. Landscape Futures Geoff Manaugh
  15. The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary
  16. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
  17. What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
  18. Thinks… by David Lodge
  19. These Days by Jack Cheng
  20. Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo
  21. The Summer is Over and We are Not Yet Saved by Joey Comeau
  22. The Heart Sutra by Red Pine
  23. The Complete Lockpick Pornography by Joey Comeau
  24. The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong
  25. The Diamond Sutra by Red Pine
  26. Sanshiro by Natsume Sōseki
  27. Shoplifting from American Apparel by Tao Lin
  28. Rotary by Adrian Comeau
  29. Patricide by Joyce Carol Oates
  30. No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai
  31. Hidden in Plain Sight by Jan Chipchase
  32. Sorekara by Natsume Sōseki
  33. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  34. Girls to the Front by Sara Marcus
  35. Darkness Visible by William Byron
  36. Underground by Haruki Murakami
  37. No Logo by Naomi Klein
  38. Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein
  39. The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzō
  40. Alpine Review No. 1: Antifragility
  41. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
  42. One Bloody Thing After Another by Joey Comeau
  43. Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
  44. On Web Typography by Jason Santa Maria
  45. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
  46. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
  47. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  48. How To Build a Time Machine by Brian Clegg