Recommended Reading

Reading is an integral part of my creative practice. I am usually listening to an audiobook while I work in the studio, and I am an avid reader at night as well. I have often felt that my best friends lived in the pages of books. So it seems natural that I should share those books that mean the most to me here.

Fiction

  • Stay with Me, Ayobami Adebayo
  • The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden
  • The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden
  • The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
  • The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
  • Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
  • Stardust, Neil Gaiman
  • Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman
  • Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • Against Nature, Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
  • The Instructions, Adam Levin
  • Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
  • The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
  • Mirror Mirror, Gregory Maguire
  • Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Song of Ice and Fire books, George R. R. Martin
  • The Witches of New York, Ami McKay
  • 1Q84, Haruki Murakami
  • Lirael, Garth Nix
  • East, Edith Pattou
  • All of the Discworld books, Terry Pratchett
  • His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
  • The Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling
  • East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  • The Bartemaeus Trilogy, Jonathan Stroud
  • Anna Karenina, Lev Tolstoy
  • War and Peace, Lev Tolstoy
  • Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  • The Broom of the System, David Foster Wallace
  • The Pale King, David Foster Wallace
  • The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker
  • Decline and Fall, Evelyn Waugh

Poetry

what matters most is how well you walk through the flames, Charles Bukowski

Essays

  • Art Under Plutocracy, William Morris
  • Industrial Society and Its Future, Theodore Kaczinski
  • Consider the Lobster, David Foster Wallace
  • A Blink of the Screen, Terry Pratchett
  • A Slip of the Keyboard, Terry Pratchett
  • Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, Anya Von Bremzen
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal

Nonfiction

  • The Arcanum, Janet Gleeson
  • Russian Folk Belief, Linda Ivanits.
  • Redeployment, Phil Klay
  • The Wars of the Roses, Dan Jones
  • Permanent Record, Edward Snowden
  • Black Flags, Joby Warrick
  • The Romanovs, Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Michael Booth
  • Cod, Mark Kurlansky
  • Salt, Mark Kurlansky
  • A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business, Ari Weinzweig