What did I read in 2017? Looking forward to 2018…

An ex post facto list, from memory, in no particular order:

Patrick Modiano

Chien de printemps

La rue des boutiques obscures

La place de l’étoile

Dora Bruder

Un pédigrée

Quartier perdu


Jacques Besse, la grande pâque 

Kathi Weeks, The problem with work

Kim Stanley Robinson

Green Earth (science in the capital trilogy combined into one book)

Mars trilogy (technically finishing Blue Mars today)

Gilles Deleuze, Francis Bacon: La logique de la sensation

Janet Morford, Histoires du CERFI: la trajectoire d’un collectif de recherche sociale (thesis)

Matthew Klingle, Emerald City

Andrew Karvonen, The politics of urban runoff


The Man in The High Castle

The three stigmata of palmer eldritch

Cixin Liu

The three body problem

The dark forest

China Miéville

The Scar

William Gibson

Neuromancer (might have been late 2016)

Count Zero

Buchner‘s Lenz (short story)

Felix Guattari, various essays from  Psychoanalysis and Transversality

Ursula LeGuin, The Dispossessed

Boris Vian, Red Grass

Perhaps there were some others? Pretty light on the academic books and even lighter on the female authors. I’m trying to remedy the latter with Chris Kraus‘s Aliens and Anorexia, which I’ll start tonight or this weekend, and Octavia Butler will be soon as well (I want to read both the original and graphic novel versions of Kindred, neither of which I’ve read yet). I’m also anxiously awaiting Knausgaard‘s final installment of My Struggle. On the academic front, I need to read Matthew Wilson’s New Lines before finishing my AAG paper, but I’m also looking forward to reading more Gibson- Graham, McKenzie Wark’s Molecular Red (esp. After getting through the Mars Trilogy), Carsten Strathausen‘s Bioaesthetics, Bellacasa‘s book on posthuman ethics of care, and some of Rosi Braidotti’s work on posthumanism. These last three are newer interests that have emerged as I’ve been researching Seattle’s new seawall (I currently have a paper under review for AREA that includes some of this work).

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Hot off the press: Architectural and Urban Reflections after Deleuze and Guattari


This book collects chapters on urbanism and architecture that first appeared as papers at the refrains of freedom conference in Athens (2015).

From the publisher’s website:

“The post humanist movement which currently traverses various disciplines in the arts and humanities, as well as the role that the thought of Deleuze and Guattari has had in the course of this movement, has given rise to new practices in architecture and urban theory. This interdisciplinary volume brings together architects, urban designers and planners, and asks them to reflect and report on the (built) place and the city to come in the wake of Deleuze and Guattari.”
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Kim Stanley Robinson on postcapitalism

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Full time salary / 3

Everyone knows the adjunct hustle sucks…

But it’s especially brutal this time of year

All those contracts to sign

Seven, for me

Invitations to retreats, lunches

Where you’ll sit on the sidelines

But the numbers, they’re especially cold

When you see you’re making the full time salary, divided by three.

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saint sulpice

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Architectural and Urban Reflections after Deleuze and Guattari


A dispatch from the RGS-IBG in London:

Seeing the Rowman and Littlefield table at the conference today spurred me to look and see if this book to which I contributed a chapter was up on their site yet…and it was. The table of contents is pasted below:

Introduction, Constantin Boundas and Vana Tentokali
Part One – Architecture and Urbanism: Arts of the Built Space
Schizoanalytic City, Andrew Ballantyne
Deleuze, Space and the Architectural Fragment, Marko Jobst
Architectural Translations of Deleuze and Guattari’s Thought on the Concept of Place, Dimitra Chatzisavva
The Skin of the Public Space, Vana Tentokali and Constantin Boundas
Bodies without Organs and Cities without Architecture, Chris Smith
Part Two – Architectural and Urbanist Tool Boxes
Gilles Deleuze and Chaos Theory, Stathis-Alexander Zoulias
A Thousand Models of Realization: Toward a Deleuzoguattarian Critical Urban Theory, Keith Harris
Non-Correlational Athens, Stavros Kousoulas
Architecture at the Age of Its Digital Production: The Force, Differentiation and Humanity of the Fold as an Architectural Principle, Constantinos Proimos
Design of Earth Movement: Objects, Buildings and Environment Conceived as Landscape Formations, Konstantinos Moraitis
Spatial Transcriptions of the Concept of the Fold in Architecture as a Landscape Sensitive Approach, Anthi Verykiou
Part Three – Vital Materiality
Laocoon and the Snakes of History, Bernard Cache
Reterritorializing Concrete as an Actor of Comfort in Architecture, Athena Moustaka
Radicalizing Architecture by redefining the Monument, Mike Hale
Diagrammatic Narratives: Graphic Fields of Rupture and Catastrophe, Anthia Kosma
The Concept of the Map in the Homeric Odyssey, Aspasia Kouzoupi
Part Four – The Clinical
From the Exhaustion of the Dogmatic Image of Thought that Circumscribes Architecture to Feminist Practices of Joy, Hélène Frichot
Contributor Biographies
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Joshua Ramey on GCAS and Rogue Scholars

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