As life continues to happen, this year’s posting ratio again slowed down a bit, but still the reader base keeps expanding if I have to believe WordPress stats. As always, a genuine thank you to everyone who has read, liked, linked or commented. My best wishes for 2019!
I’ve started 31 titles in 2018, a bit more than last year, but I DNFed 4 of those – a bit more than usual as well. I added more art books into the mix, and that trend will probably continue. I tend to read books on art a bit differently than regular fiction, more in small doses, a few pages each time, so it takes me a lot longer to finish them. I’m reading 2 at the moment: the treasure trove that is Nico Dockx Talks To Dennis Tyfus and Metzger & Walther’s Van Gogh, The Complete Paintings – which includes a detailed artistic biography drawing heavily from the letters. I would included both of those in my best of list below if I had finished them this year. Books on James Turrell, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Cy Twombly and Picasso are in the queue.
Anyhow, below are the books I gave a 5-star rating on Goodreads in 2018 – only 5 in total – in no particular order. For starters Blindsight though – which I gave 4 stars, yet I feel it still belongs in my year-end list. Click on the covers for the review.
After the books, music and some television.
My 2017 posting ratio is about half of what it was last year, as life continues to happen, but the number of readers on Weighing A Pig keeps rising slowly but steadily. A big thank you to everyone who has read, liked, linked or commented. My best wishes for 2018!
I’ve read 29 titles in 2017, and reviewed 26. Below are the ones I gave a 5-star rating on Goodreads, 8 in total, in no particular order. Click on the covers for the review. After the books, music & art.
A couple of months ago I moved the bulk of my art book collection to another room. I decided to keep a small part, favorites, on my regular shelves. I’ve written a bit on each of those 20 titles below – 20 being just a coincidence by the way.
It is very much intended as a book list, not a list of favorite artists, as that would include a lot more names. The titles are mainly from established contemporary artists, with just three older painters – three big ones, yes.
Click on the covers to be taken to the publisher’s website or some other resource – with more extensive text on the book and the artist.
I’ve included images of artworks too: click those to enhance.
KADER ATTIA – The Repair from Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures
Greenbox, 2014, 176 pages
In 2012, my visit to dOCUMENTA (13) would have been a bit of a disappointment if it weren’t for two artists. One of those is Kader Attia. His installation The Repair From Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures was jaw dropping, the highlight being slides showing repaired African statues and the likes next to the mended faces of mutilated soldiers from the First World War. The book has all slides, and more. A beautiful edition, full of the uncanny.
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Tagged Art, Art books, Bernard Frize, Best Art Books, Contemporary Art, Cy Twombly, Favorite, Gerhard Richter, Gordon Matta-Clark, Hans Eijkelboom, James Turrell, Jiri Kovanda, Kader Attia, Lists, Matthew Barney, Non-fiction, Olaf Breuning, Painting, Paul McCarthy, Pieter Breugel, Raymond Pettibon, Rembrandt, Roman Ondák, Roman Signer, Thomas Hirschhorn, Vincent Van Gogh, Visual Art, Wolfgang Laib
First up: I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has read, liked, linked or commented. Thank you. My best wishes for the new year!
I’ve read 54 titles in 2016, and reviewed 52. Below are the ones I enjoyed most, in no particular order. Click on the covers for the review. After the books, music.
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Tagged 2016, Fantasy, Favorite, Graham Lambkin, Keith Rowe, Lists, Michael Pisaro, Science Fiction, SFF books, Speculative Fiction, The Room Extended, year end lists
My reading of non-fiction books has plummeted the last 2 years. Today, I tend to only read articles. Nevertheless, I think the listed titles will continue to have an appeal in the foreseeable future. This list excludes philosophy books, as those will get a favorite list of its own.
Books are listed by publication year, youngest first. Click on the covers to go to the Goodreads page for the books.
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Tagged Anthony Braxton, Best non-fiction, Brian Greene, Favorite, Frans de Waal, Joshua Greene, Lists, Noam Chomsky, Non-fiction, Science, The Flexible Phenotype
Alphabetically on author. Reviewed books are hyperlinked. Non-reviewed books will get a reread & review somewhere in the future. I’ll limit this list to 25, so if I’ll add a book later on, I’ll bump another title out.
Alphabetically on author. Reviewed books are hyperlinked. Non-reviewed books will get a reread & review somewhere in the distant future.