GLENN'S BOOK NOTES
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June 14, 2020
#165: TIBETAN BUDDHISM: THOUGHTS AND QUESTIONS.
May 9, 2020
#164: THE HYDRA AND THE ANGEL.
#163: A MISTRESS OF THE ART
April 5, 2020
#162: TO WAYFARERS A LIGHT.
February 15, 2020
#161: THE RAJ.
January 5, 2020
#160: A BIRD THAT SINGS WITH BLOODIED THROAT.
#159: LAST LINES FROM TWO MASTERS.
December 10, 2019
#158: TO HAVE BEEN THIS ONCE.
October 30, 2019
#157: PROPHETS AND ANGELS.
October 18, 2019
July 12, 2018
Here's a list of subjects covered in each post. Click the title to read the post!
1: Kenneth Rexroth’s Classics Revisited.
2: The Tale of Genji.
3: The poetry of Daniel Huws.
4: The novels of Jonis Agee.
5: Five (or twelve) great mysteries.
6: The literature of the Blasket Islands.
7: Zen: Shunryu Suzuki, Robert Aitken, R.H. Blyth, and Brian Victoria’s ZEN AT WAR.
8: Reading other people's mail.
9: The journals of Pepys, Thoreau and Dorothy Wordsworth.
10: The great Buddhist poets.
11: The medieval lyric.
12: The war studies of Paul Fussell.
13: City biographies (London, Paris, Barcelona, Oxford, Varanasi) and Antoni Gaudi.
14: Reading for Christmas.
15: Buddhism for absolute beginners.
16: The essays of Orwell and Camus, and the poetry of Thomas Hardy.
17: The Swallows and Amazons books of Arthur Ransome.
18: William Blake, poet and artist (and Samuel Palmer).
19: Great translations.
20: The mystery novels of Eliot Pattison, books on Tibetan history.
21: The ghost stories of M.R. James.
22: Izaak Walton and Flora Thompson.
23: The novels of Roddy Doyle and Margaret Atwood.
24: Some contemporary poets.
25: The poetry of Arthur Rimbaud.
26: The poetry of George Herbert.
27: Frederick Douglass.
28: Two novels by Muriel Spark.
29: Poetry anthologies.
30: Pauline Kael, Anthony Lane and James Agee on (mostly) movies.
31: Maria Rosa Menocal on medieval Spain, Karen Armstrong on the Axial Age.
32: Classic Chinese fiction.
33: The poetry of India: Jayadeva, Chandidas, Mirabai, Surdas, Tagore.
34: The poetry of John Clare.
35: Novels by A.S. Byatt, Ian McEwan, Dai Sijie, Michael Downing and Tobias Wolff.
36: Rosemary Mahoney.
37: The Alice books, Edward Lear and The Wind in the Willows.
38: Wordsworth’s Prelude.
39: Ovid in (readable) English.
40: Two plays by Tom Stoppard, and A.E. Housman.
41: La Rochefoucauld, Pascal and Montaigne.
42: Gibbon Sengai.
43: Baudelaire and Whitman.
44: Two biographies of Emily Dickinson.
45: Three titles from Shambhala Publishing.
46: Poems of the Irish dispossessed and William Butler Yeats.
47: Kenneth Rexroth’s literary and social essays.
48: Brideshead Revisited, Howards End, Bleak House and Cold Comfort Farm.
49: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Rabbi Nachman.
50: The picture-poems of Kenneth Patchen.
51: Two recent books on Shakespeare.
52: The work of Bill Porter/Red Pine.
53: The poetry of Robert Herrick.
54: Two Buddhist teachers: Shantideva and Atisha.
55: Memoirs of failed vocations by Karen Armstrong and Nikolai Grozni.
56: The poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
57: The poetry of Jaroslav Seifert.
58: The wives of Henry VIII and five Victorian marriages.
59: Apollinaire and the women of Modernist Paris.
60: C. S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed.
61: Introducing Tom Paine.
62: The poetry of Antonio Machado.
63: Paul Watkins on being an American at Eton, Karin Muller on Japan.
64: The poetry of Louise Labe.
65: The history of Victor de L’Aveyron.
66: Arthur Herman’s dual biography of Gandhi and Churchill.
67: The writings and drawings of James Thurber.
68: Orson Scott Card.
69: The Tain Bo Cuailnge in English.
70: The Knopf Guide to the Louvre.
71: On the writings of Beatrix Potter.
72: The adventures of Tintin, boy reporter.
73: Pilgrimages: Santiago de Compostela and Mount Kailash.
74: Rereading Sherlock Holmes and The Three Musketeers.
75: The poetry of Vasko Popa.
76: Rice’s Architectural Primer.
77: Morison on the Intellectual Life of Colonial New England, and the Colonial poets.
78: Mad Mary Lamb and her brother Charles.
79: Two contrarians: Christopher Hitchens and Margaret Atwood.
80: Irish voyages: Saint Brendan, Sweeney Astray, St. Patrick.
81: Roberto Calasso on Tiepolo, Robert Hughes on Goya.
82: The Reverend Sydney Smith.
83: The poetry of John Milton.
84: The Latin translations of David Ferry.
85: Roberto Calasso on the myths of India, and the Ramayana.
86: John Boswell and Louis Crompton on gay history.
87: The paintings of Caspar David Friedrich.
88: The documents on the separation of church and state.
89: Stephen Greenblatt on the rediscovery of Lucretius.
90: Colin’s Cotterill’s mystery novels, set in Laos.
91: The poetry of Yosa Buson.
92: The poetry of Theophile Gautier and Jacques Prevert.
93: Poems about paintings by Paul Durcan.
94: The poetry of Sarah Binks and William McGonagall.
95: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
96: Sir Thomas Malory and the tales of King Arthur.
97: The poetry of Du Fu.
98: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, monk and filmmaker.
99: The history of Venice, and the paintings of Canaletto.
100: The Hollander translation of Dante.
101: The poetry of Sappho, the Greek Anthology and Cavafy.
102: Aubrey’s Brief Lives.
103: The poetry of Kabir.
104: Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno.
106: Stories and photographs of chidren: Roy, Mankowitz, Renard, Grahame and Doisneau.
107: The Moomintroll stories of Tove Jansson.
108: The Buddhist Pilgrimage Route.
109: Regency period portraiture.
110: Two translations of the Mahabharata.
111: Rereading Samuel Johnson.
112: The fragments of Heraclitus and Diogenes.
113: The fantasy novels of Diana Wynne Jones (and Nancy Farmer).
114: Non-fiction by Rose George.
115: The twentieth-century Buddhist master Xu Yun.
116: The poetry of T’ao Ch’ien.
117. Leonardo da Vinci and Jan Vermeer.
118. Ransom Riggs and Brian Selznick.
119. Jeeves and Wooster.
120. Islamic History for Absolute Beginners.
121. The Ashtavakra Gita.
122. Henri Cartier-Bresson.
123. Sven Birkerts on the intrusions of the Internet age.
124. Patrick Leigh Fermor on the silent life.
125. The Poetry of Hafiz.
126. The Prose of Sir Thomas Browne.
127. The Poetry of Umberto Saba.
128. The Cloisters Museum, Reading a Painting, and Walafrid Strabo.
129. Simon Schama on Dutch history.
130. Nicholas Nickelby, by Charles Dickens.
131. Gibbon and Robert Hughes on Rome.
132. The Elegies and Sonnets of Rainer Maria Rilke.
133. Tom Clark on the Great Naropa Poetry Wars.
134. The poetry of John Clare and the engravings of Thomas Bewick.
135. Fiction by Benjamin Alire Saenz and Andre Aciman.
136. The Analects of Confucius and the I Ching.
137. Virgil's Aeneid and the poetry of Petrarch in translation.
138. The poetry of Anna Akhmatova.
139. The poetry of Ellen Bass.
140. Xinran's Sky Burial.
141. The films of Jean Vigo.
142. Approaching Mallarme's final poem.
143. The poetry of Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu.
144. The poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti.
145. The Japanese Zen master Dogen Zenji.
An Interval: A Little Requiem for Notre Dame.
146. The Beggar's Opera, by John Gay.
147. Bubu of Montparnasse, by C.L. Philippe.
148. The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius.
149. The films of Jacques Tati.
150. The Theatre of War, by Bryan Doerries.
151. The poetry of Rumi.
152. The N-Word, history and usage.
153. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
154. Train Dreams, by Denis Johnson.
155. Napoleon Bonaparte: For and Against.
156. Joan of Arc.
157. A documentary on James Baldwin, and Imbram X. Kendi on anti-racism.
158. A memoir by Benjamin Taylor
159. Poetry by Philip Levine and Jim Harrison.
160. The poetry of Masaoka Shiki.
161. Lawrence James's history of the British Raj.
162. More Latin Lyrics, by Helen Waddell.
163. The poetry of Chiyo-ni.
164. Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo.
165. Tibetan Buddhism: thoughts and questions.
166. Jan Morris on the paintings of Carpaccio.
A NOTE BEFORE THE FIRST
INDEX OF SUBJECTS