Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline

Summer reading I’ve been so excited to get to; also, prep for a trip to Japan! And because I just got back from the Ithaca booksale and have all these wonders sitting on my desk, and because the process of checking boxes off on a list is probably my greatest pleasure in life. So, Matthew, here is your summer syllabus:

Criticism/theory, in this order:

1. Jonathan Culler, The Pursuit of Signs. 
2. D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture 
3. Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite 
4. Heidegger, Being and Time (again)
5. Harold Bloom, The Anxiety of Influence
6. Jonathan Culler, On Deconstruction
7.
Heidegger, Poetry, Language, Thought

Fiction/poetry in this order:

1. Basho, The Narrow Road to the Deep North
2. Yukio Mishima, Confessions of a Mask
3. Yukio Mishima, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion 
4. James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room
5. Lawrence Durrell, Justine 
6. Graham Greene, The Power and The Glory; The Heart of the Matter
7. Cormac McArthy, Blood Meridian; The Road