Book Log: July 2020

I have been reading this summer, though not blogging about it. Instead I spent my time scurrying around Pittsburgh in 90+ degree weather, from temporary living place to temporary living place, dodging Coronavirus and doomscrolling the news. But I have a new, more permanent home now, and it’s time to resume a lot of things, including blogging. I’ll provide a well-annotated account of August’s reading in September. For now, just to shake off the rust, here’s a mere un-annotated list of what I read in July.

It was a pleasant, hodgepodge mixture of essay collections, translated fiction from Archipelago books, biographies of Victorian men of letters, and the usual smattering of science fiction.

  • Thick: And Other Essays, by Tressie McMillan Cottom
  • A General Theory of Oblivion, by Jose Eduardo Agualusa
  • We Were Eight Years in Power, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Abolish Silicon Valley, by Wendy Liu
  • Rosewater, by Tade Thompson
  • The Little Virtues, by Natalia Ginzburg
  • Thinking without a Banister, by Hannah Arendt
  • A Change of Time, by Ida Jessen
  • The Amateur, by Wendy Lesser
  • Ninth House, by Leigh Bardugo
  • Melancholia, by Dowman Sayman
  • Bernard Shaw, by Michael Holroyd
  • From the Wreck, by Jane Rawson
  • Thomas Hardy, by Claire Tomalin
  • Infinite Detail, by Tim Maughan


Not only did I read Witcraft last month, but I read the Földényi collection thanks to your review. Might as well mention that here. Enjoy the new home.

Robert Minto says:

There’s a lot more Földényi I’d like to read, particularly his history of melancholy. A weird writer. Another one whose seemingly exclusive interest in fragments and particularities conceals a systematic ambition to comprehend the world.