Trey Deitch

Reading Log

2022

Title Author Date Read
Albion's Seed David Hackett Fischer January
Garner's Quotations Dwight Garner January
The Captain's Verses Pablo Neruda January
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller January
The History of Doctor Johann Faustus Harry G. Haile January
The Man Who Solved the Market Gregory Zuckerman February
Bad Smoke, Good Smoke John R. Erickson February
100 Things We've Lost to the Internet Pamela Paul February
Outline Rachel Cusk February
The Victorian Internet Tom Standage February
The Franchise Affair Josephine Tey February
1 Shackleton's Boat Journey Frank Worsley March
Liberty's Exiles Maya Jasanoff March
The World-Ending Fire Wendell Berry April
Four Lost Cities Annalee Newitz April
Clean Code Robert C. Martin April
1 The World of Yesterday Stefan Zweig May
Push Turn Move Kim Bjorn May
API Design Patterns JJ Geewax June
How to Be Idle Tom Hodgkinson June
Nothing Like It in the World Stephen E. Ambrose June
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs Steve Brusatte June
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson June
Honky Tonk Hero Billy Joe Shaver July
Simply Christian N. T. Wright July
Our Town Thornton Wilder July
Dust to Dust, Arcadia to Academia Harry G. Haile July
An Elegant Puzzle Will Larson July
Twelve Rules for Life Jordan Peterson August
Lit Mary Karr August

2021

Title Author Date Read
On Liberty John Stuart Mill January
Factfulness Hans Rosling et al. January
The Beauty Jane Hirshfield January
1 Confessions Augustine tr. Peter Constantine February
1 Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds Charles Mackay February
1 Sculptures for the Blind Lenka Clayton February
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Ben Fountain March
Selected Poems William Carlos Williams ed. Charles Tomlinson March
1 Frankenstein Mary Shelley March
East West Street Philippe Sands March
Capitalism and Freedom Milton Friedman April
The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath Robert Samuelson April
So Many Books Gabriel Zaid tr. Natasha Wimmer April
Envisioning Information Edward Tufte April
Why Buddhism is True Robert Wright May
1 The Overstory Richard Powers May
2 The Screwtape Letters C.S. Lewis May
Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess Bobby Fischer et al. May
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater Thomas De Quincey June
What I Believe Bertrand Russell July
The Lost City of Z David Grann July
The Conquest of Happiness Bertrand Russell July
Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner July
Psychoanalysis Janet Malcolm July
The Man Who Planted Trees Jean Giono tr. unknown August
Cherry Mary Karr August
The Scout Mindset Julia Galef September
Alex Stewart John Rice Irwin September
Three Philosophies of Life Peter Kreeft September
If Then Jill Lepore September
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain George Saunders October
1 Based on a True Story Norm MacDonald October
A Sad Heart at the Supermarket Randall Jarrell November
The Bibliophile of the Future Jacques Barzun November
Petrushka Peter McCarey November
Going to Church in Medieval England Nicholas Orme November
The New York Stories Elizabeth Hardwick December

2020

Title Author Date Read
Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel January
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits Philip A. Fisher January
The Pure and the Impure Colette tr. Herma Briffault March
These Truths Jill Lepore March
1 Chess Stefan Zweig tr. Anthea Bell March
The Savage Detectives Roberto Bolaño tr. Natasha Wimmer May
The Longest Line on the Map Eric Rutkow May
The Forgotten Man Amity Shlaes June
Who Geoff Smart and Randy Street June
Fifty Years in Wall Street Henry Clews June
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator Edwin Lefèvre July
God's Fugitive Andrew Taylor July
Once in Golconda John Brooks August
Where Wizards Stay Up Late Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon August
1 The ABC of Relativity Bertrand Russell August
2 My Struggle: Book 6 Karl Ove Knausgaard tr. Don Bartlett and Martin Aitken November
How to Live on 24 Hours a DDay Arnold Bennett November
1 Walden Henry David Thoreau November
How to Do Nothing Jenny Odell December
1 Meditations Marcus Aurelius tr. Gregory Hays December

2019

Title Author Date Read
The Good Spy Kai Bird January
1 The Tobacconist Robert Seethaler tr. Charlotte Collins January
Can't and Won't Lydia Davis January
Daily Rituals Mason Currey February
Atomic Habits James Clear February
A Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle February
Histories of Nations Peter Furtado March
1 The Tragedy of Great Power Politics John Mearsheimer March
A Field Guide to the English Clergy Fergus Butler-Gallie March
The Only Story Julian Barnes April
The Zulu Principle Jim Slater April
Designing an Internet David Clark May
The Melancholy of Resistance László Krasznahorkai tr. George Szirtes May
1 How to Behave in a Crowd Camille Bordas May
Production-Ready Microservices Susan Fowler May
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Edward Tufte May
2 The Hebrew Bible tr. Robert Alter June
The Looming Tower Lawrence Wright June
1 The Liars' Club Mary Karr June
Collected Poems Dylan Thomas June
The Intelligent Investor Benjamin Graham June
Municipal Dreams John Boughton June
Bad Blood John Carreyrou June
My Friends Emmanuel Bove tr. Janet Louth July
84, Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff July
1 A History of Western Philosophy Bertrand Russell September
1 Poems 1962–2012 Louise Glück September
Flights Olga Tokarczuk tr. Jennifer Croft September
The Media Training Bible Brad Phillips October
Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev tr. Peter Carson October
Difficult Conversations Douglas Stone et al. November
The Gray Notebook Josep Pla tr. Peter Bush November
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin November
2 East of Eden John Steinbeck December
The Great Railway Bazaar Paul Theroux December

2018

Title Author Date Read
2 Swing Time Zadie Smith January
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware January
Ways of Seeing John Berger January
Economics for the Common Good Jean Tirole tr. Steven Rendall January
1 My House of Sky Hetty Saunders February
1 SQL Performance Explained Markus Winand February
1 Learning Spark Holden Karau et al. February
Piano Notes Charles Rosen February
Weapons of Math Destruction Cathy O'Neil February
Platform Capitalism Nick Srnicek March
1 Down Girl Kate Manne March
My Struggle: Book 5 Karl Ove Knausgaard tr. Don Bartlett March
The Walmart Book of the Dead Lucy Biederman March
Poems Wilfred Owen March
1 The Beast Within Émile Zola tr. Roger Whitehouse March
3 Cosmicomics Italo Calvino tr. William Weaver March
2 A Doll's House Henrik Ibsen tr. Simon Stephens April
The Balkans Mark Mazower April
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad April
1 Soho Richard Scott April
Awe Dorothea Lasky May
Fire Season Philip Connors May
2 Melville Jean Giono tr. Paul Eprile May
1 Wind, Sand and Stars Antoine de Saint-Exupéry tr. William Rees May
1 Compass Mathias Énard tr. Charlotte Mandell June
The Rise of Big Data Policing Andrew G. Ferguson June
Effective Java Joshua Bloch June
The Great Crash 1929 John Kenneth Galbraith June
Regarding the Pain of Others Susan Sontag July
2 Turtle Diary Russell Hoban August
Broke and Patriotic Francesco Duina August
1 My Year of Rest and Relaxation Ottessa Moshfegh August
Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders August
1 Moby Dick Herman Melville September
1 Coyote Doggirl Lisa Hanawalt September
The Summer Book Tove Jansson tr. Thomas Teal September
Wade in the Water Tracy K. Smith September
1 Fictions Jorge Luis Borges tr. Andrew Hurley September
At the Existentialist Café Sarah Bakewell October
1 Milk Dorothea Lasky October
2 Stoner John Williams October
When Presidents Lie Eric Alterman October
The Righteous Mind Jonathan Haidt November
Call for the Dead John le Carré November
1 My Name is Lucy Barton Elizabeth Strout November
Gödel's Proof Ernest Nagel and James R. Newman November
1 The Nix Nathan Hill December
Selected Papers on Fun and Games Donald E. Knuth December
Draft No. 4 John McPhee December
Oil 101 Morgan Downey December
1 Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants Mathias Énard tr. Charlotte Mandell December

2017

Title Author Date Read
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Carlo Rovelli tr. Simon Carnell and Erica Segre January
SPQR Mary Beard January
3 Invisible Cities Italo Calvino tr. William Weaver January
On Toleration Michael Walzer February
2 A Whole Life Robert Seethaler tr. Charlotte Collins March
The Dud Avocado Elaine Dundy April
Amsterdam Stories Nescio tr. Damion Searls April
Literature Class Julio Cortázar tr. Katherine Silver April
1 The Idiot Elif Batuman May
The Possessed Elif Batuman July
a Sophie Robinson July
1 The Peregrine J.A. Baker July
Rasputin Douglas Smith August
Last Look Charles Burns September
War and War László Krasznahorkai tr. George Szirtes September
Java 8 in Action Raoul-Gabriel Urma et al. October
Autumn Ali Smith October
2 The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco tr. William Weaver October
You Must Change Your Life Rachel Corbett November
3 Rome Dorothea Lasky November
Night Walks Charles Dickens December
Here Richard McGuire December
Killing and Dying Adrian Tomine December
2 The Sport of Kings C.E. Morgan December
Bomb Steve Sheinkin December

2016

Title Author Date Read
2 Mercury Ariana Reines January
Coeur de Lion Ariana Reines January
Citizen Claudia Rankine February
Garments Against Women Anne Boyer February
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera tr. Michael Henry Heim February
Civilwarland in Bad Decline George Saunders February
3 Blindness José Saramago tr. Giovanni Pontiero March
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. Adelle Waldman March
Lust & Wonder Augusten Burroughs March
Women in Public Elaine Kahn April
2 Hopscotch Julio Cortázar tr. Gregory Rabassa April
Ready Player One Ernest Cline May
Crush Richard Siken May
1 My Struggle: Book 4 Karl Ove Knausgård tr. Don Bartlett May
Blues Triumphant Jonterri Gadson May
Private Citizens Tony Tulathimutte June
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon July
The Italians John Hooper July
2 The Birds Tarjei Vesaas tr. Michael Barnes and Torbjorn Stoverud July
2 The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde July
Eternal Enemies Adam Zagajewski tr. Clare Cavanagh July
1 Season of Migration to the North Tayeb Salih tr. Denys Johnson-Davis August
3 Gooseberries Anton Chekhov tr. Constance Garnett September
3 The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov tr. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky October
1 How to Set a Fire and Why Jesse Ball October
1 The Door Magda Szabó tr. Len Rix November
Of Walking In Ice Werner Herzog tr. Martje Herzog and Alan Greenberg December

2015

My Struggle, Books 1-3 by Karl Ove Knausgård tr. Don Bartlett: So good, like everyone says.

The Martian by Andy Weir: A fun, gripping story about a man trapped on Mars. The science isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t need to be.

Redeployment by Phil Klay: A collection of stories about the war in Iraq from various perspectives. I was lucky enough to talk with President Obama earlier this year, and he mentioned that America lacks any compulsory military service, which is something that many other countries have. This book made me think about how our country would be different if we all had that shared experience.

The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker: An argument for why violence has declined. I read the chapters “The Long Peace” and “The New Peace” for my international security class. We heard a rubuttal from Tanisha Fazal that Pinker fails to take into account the shift of battle casualties from deaths to injuries (due to better battlefield medicine and armor). Nonetheless, I hope Pinker is right and that war stays rare.

Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter: A very readable re-telling of the history and workings of Stuxnet. Contains references to Symantec’s “Stuxnet Dossier” and ESET’s “Stuxnet Under the Microscope,” which contain more information. I also learned about crackmes, which are fun reverse-engineering puzzles.

A Drive into the Gap by Kevin Guilfoile: A thoughtful, loving story about a father suffering from Alzheimer’s and about baseball. I really liked not only the story, but also the format of this book. At only 70 pages and about 4.5 x 6.5 inches, it fit easily in my back pocket. As a result, I carried it around with me and read it in places where I would usually have only my phone. I wish I had more books like this, because I’d prefer reading a book to goofing around on my phone when I’m, say, waiting at the doctor’s office, but often I find myself with only my phone. I have the Kindle app, but even so, I prefer a real paper book.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan: I’m coming late to this review, but I remember liking this book about a prisoner of war in World War II and his life afterwards.

How to Live, or, a Life of Montaigne… by Sarah Bakewell: I have not read Montaigne’s essays, but this book does of good job of explaining what Montaigne has meant to generations of readers, a meaning that has changed a surprising amount since, as various readers have noted, everyone finds themselves in Montaigne.

2014

Title Author Date Read
1 Spheres of Justice Michael Walzer January
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey January
No Regrets: Three Discussions n+1 February
1 Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie February
The Double Fyodor Dostoyevsky tr. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky March
Slow Getting Up Nate Jackson March
Post Office Charles Bukowski March
Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman April
It’s No Good Kirill Medvedev tr. Keith Gessen et al. April
2 The Corrections Jonathan Franzen May
1 Film Studies: An Introduction Ed Sikov June
The Gulag Archipelago Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn tr. Thomas P. Whitney and Harry Willets June
3 The Son Philipp Meyer July
Why Does the World Exist? Jim Holt July
3 Blankets Craig Thompson August
Last Man in Tower Aravind Adiga August
Quiet Susan Cain September
Bartleby the Scrivener Herman Melville September
1 Wolf in White Van John Darnielle October
The News: A User’s Manual Alain de Botton October
3 Life on Mars Tracy K. Smith November
The Sleepwalkers Christopher Clark November
2 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon December

2013

Title Author Date Read
1 At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past A. Roger Ekirch February
The Trouble Is the Banks Mark Greif February
1 Gödel, Escher, Bach Douglas R. Hofstadter March
Hamlet’s BlackBerry William Powers March
3 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez tr. Gregory Rabassa April
Higher Education in the Digital Age William G. Bowen May
A Field Guide to Getting Lost Rebecca Solnit May
Shoplifting from American Apparel Tao Lin June
A People’s History of the United States Howard Zinn July
The White Tiger Aravind Adiga July
Creating a Class Mitchell L. Stevens July
2 House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski August
3 Maus Art Spiegelman August
2 Harvard Square André Aciman August
The Jews of Silence Elie Wiesel tr. Neal Kozodoy August
1 White Noise Don Delillo September
Agent Garbo Stephan Talty October
Debating Immigration ed. Carol M. Swain November
California Kevin Starr December
3 Tenth of December George Saunders December
1 Bleeding Edge Thomas Pynchon December

2012

Title Author
3 Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace
20 Under 40 ed. Deborah Treisman
Ways of the World Robert W. Strayer
2 Travels with Charley John Steinbeck
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan
What We Should Have Known n+1
What Was the Hipster? Mark Greif et al.
Examined Lives James Miller
3 American Rust Philipp Meyer
The Ask Sam Lipsyte
Next Michael Lewis
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
You Are Not a Gadget Jaron Lanier
Fargo Rock City Chuck Klosterman
Eating the Dinosaur Chuck Klosterman
Mountains Beyond Mountains Tracy Kidder
Ilf and Petrov’s American Road Trip Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov ed. Erika Wolf
1 The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach
Why Europe? Jack A. Goldstone
The Cold War John Lewis Gaddis
Children Of The Sun Alfred W. Crosby
2 Open City Teju Cole
The Shallows Nicholas G. Carr
Diary of a Very Bad Year Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager

2011

Title Author
Flatland Edwin A. Abbott
Last Chance to See Douglas Adams
1 Bashō’s Narrow Road Matsuo Bashō tr. Hiroaki Sato
1 March Geraldine Brooks
The Violence of Peace Stephen L. Carter
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
1 The Waste Land T.S. Eliot
One Bullet Away Nathaniel Fick
Rework Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Moab Is My Washpot Stephen Fry
1 The Age of Entanglement Louisa Gilder
The Undercover Economist Tim Harford
Bit Literacy Mark Hurst
1 When Brute Force Fails Mark A.R. Kleiman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson tr. Reg Keeland
The New New Thing Michael Lewis
Selected Poems Charlotte Mew
Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation Joseph S. Nye Jr. and David A. Welch
Coders at Work Peter Seibel
The Phone Book Ammon Shea
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Super Sad True Love Story Gary Shteyngart
Smile When You’re Lying Chuck Thompson
The Death of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy tr. Lynn Solotaroff
Here, Bullet Brian Turner
1 Taming the Bicycle & Other Essays Mark Twain
1 A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again David Foster Wallace

2010

Title Author
How to Read a Book Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
Freedom in Exile Dalai Lama XIV
2 The Mathematical Experience Phillip J. Davis and Reuben Hersh
2 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky tr. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
3 The Karamazov Brothers Fyodor Dostoyevsky tr. Ignat Avsey
Zeitoun Dave Eggers
Nickel and Dimed Barbara Ehrenreich
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry
Beowulf tr. Seamus Heaney
Introducing Wittgenstein John Heaton
2 Inherent Vice Thomas Pynchon
The Street Ann Petry
1 Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
The Aeneid Virgil tr. Robert Fagles

Pre-2010

Title Author
3 A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
3 Ishmael Daniel Quinn
My Ishmael Daniel Quinn
Providence Daniel Quinn
1 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane
Night Elie Wiesel tr. Marion Wiesel
The Good Citizen’s Handbook Jennifer McKnight-Trontz
The Odyssey Homer tr. Robert Fagles
Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things Cy Tymony
It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be Paul Arden
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Digital Fortress Dan Brown
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder tr. Paulette Moller
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
Everything Is Miscellaneous David Weinberger
Guns, Germs and Steel Jared Diamond
The Know-It-All A.J. Jacobs
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
The Tempest William Shakespeare
The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens David Gardner
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
The Stranger Albert Camus tr. Matthew Ward
Lord of the Flies William Golding
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Count Down Steve Olson
Little Brother Cory Doctorow
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! Richard P. Feynman
The Tao Of Physics Fritjof Capra
Never, Never, Never Give Up! Dr. John Hobbs
The Best American Poetry 2007 ed. Heather McHugh
The Pluto Files Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Piano Lesson August Wilson
The Linux Cookbook Michael Stutz
An Introduction to Mechanics Daniel Kleppner and Robert Kolenkow
The Big Switch Nicholas G. Carr
Why Does E=mc²? Brian Cox
Freakonomics Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
A Man Without a Country Kurt Vonnegut
Dubliners James Joyce
10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg
The Dangerous Book for Boys Conn and Hal Iggulden
Hamlet William Shakespeare