August 18 reading

Sam Harris, Free Will

Jenny Xie, Eye Level

Ed Pavlic, Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners

Mark Golub, Is Racial Inequality Unconstitutional?

Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now

Sandra Jean Graham, Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry

Harry Mathews, The Solitary Twin

Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

C.B. Macpherson, The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke

Sara Nicholson, The Living Animal

Isaac Goldberg, Ragtime to Swingtime, the Story of the House of Witmark

July 2018 reading

Janet Malcolm, Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession

Laura Jaramillo, 29 Waters (chapbook)

Richard L. Schur, Parodies of Ownership: Hip-Hop Aesthetics and Intellectual Property Law

Justin Jamil, Exchangeable Bonds

Russell Sanjek, From Print to Plastic: Publishing and Promoting America's Popular Music (1900-1988)

Russell Sanjek, American Popular Music and Its Business: The Nineteenth Century (the half I didn't read last month)

Asad Haider, Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump

James Davies, Stack

Robert Walser, Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories

Andrew Levy, Don't Forget to Breathe

June 2018 reading

Elena Rivera, Scaffolding

Joy Metta, Was the Buddha a Shaman?

Kevin Young, The Grey Album

L.P. Hartley, Mrs. Carteret Receives & Other Stories

Scalapino, Day Ocean State of Stars' Nights: Poems and Writings 1989 & 1999-2006

Charles Johnson, Turning the Wheel

Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Russell Sanjek, American Popular Music and Its Business, v. 2 (2nd half only, covering 1865-1909)

Betsy Fagin, All Is Not Lost

John Stammers, Panoramic Lounge-Bar

The Singer-Songwriter Handbook, ed. Justin A. Williams and Katherine Williams

Eileen Myles, Snowflake/Different Streets

Doris Willens, Lonesome Traveler: The Life of Lee Hays

6.30.18

Up 7.

Read more of Daily Rituals and a ch. of Trollope.
Some household tasks for Bree. I have a list.
Meditated 20 min. 30 min. b-w.
To 53rd St. library, worked on bridge article 1:20-4:20. I think I came to end of this draft - 4700 total, long but not crazy. Will polish a day or 2 at most and send (still have to do references).Went across the street to see Hitchkock’s Rebecca.
Had a bite, headed downtown to see Overlord at Piano’s. Despite what should have been plenty of time, the F train reamed me, and I got there after they’d played. Hung out anyway, had a drink, saw a Toronto band called the Tallies - jangly, somewhere between the Sundays and Altered Imagines, solid playing, singer had a curiously ‘90s black lipstick/Hot Topic thing going on — and left during the next one.
Finished the Hays, read a few poems in Drew Gardner’s Defender.
Home; lights out 1 am.

Was not able to keep up with going to the gym this month, but lost 2.5 pounds.

Decided that I have to go back to see my parents’ in CA; leaving July 7. I think it’s time to drop this log again for a while.

6.29.18

Up 9.
Meditated 20 min.
Read Hays bio on train to Communitea. Worked 1-5 on bridge article — revised James Brown graf, added 3. 750-1000 words, pretty solid! Best work day in a while, tbh.
Later, after coming home, went with Bree to La Terraza to hear Los Gaitas de San Jacinto. Trad. cambia - just drums, flutes, accordion. Lead guy looks like he’s in his 70s - Bree loved him. Quite a scene.
Also read a ch. of Trollope, practiced b-w. 30 min. Reread some entries in Daily Rituals for amusement.
 

Haven’t been reading poetry. Occasionally try to work on a few lines of a song called “Our Hearts Do,” but the holes stay holes.