December 31st, 2010 / 6:50 am
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2010: the books I didn’t read

Yeah, I read some books in 2010.  I wish I had read more.  These are my favorite 2010 releases I didn’t read.


Robert Coover’s NOIR (Overlook) – Heard this is a 2nd person detective novel.  Seems pretty sweet.  Didn’t read it.

Sam Lipsyte’s The Ask (FSG) – Saw Lipsyte read from this last month.  It was funny, I laughed.  The book cost 25 dollars.  Didn’t read it.

Frederic Tuten’s Self Portraits: Fictions (WW Norton) – Was a student of Frederic Tuten’s this past semester.  Enjoyed his class and his sense of humor immensely.  Bought this book and had him sign it.  Didn’t read it.  (Feel bad about this.)

Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom (FSG) – Kind of wanted to read it just to read it.  Didn’t read it.

Gordon Lish’s Collected Fictions (OR Books) – A friend offered to let me borrow this over the holidays.  Didn’t borrow it.  Didn’t read it.

(Downloaded the audio version as linked to by Blake last week.  Have listened to some of it at the gym, on a treadmill.  Don’t understand why the guy who reads >90% of it has to read it the way he reads it.  Bro sounds like a robot.)


Mike Young’s We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough (Publishing Genius) – Pre-ordered this along with Mike’s book of stories from WordRiot in October.  Felt really excited.  Neither have arrived yet.  Probably going to send an email about this soon.  Didn’t read it.

Timothy Donnelly’s The Cloud Corporation (Wave) – Someone told me I would like this.  Didn’t read it.

Mary Ruefle’s Selected Poems (Wave) – Read two poems from this online and liked them a lot.  Even went so far as to recommend this book to someone based on the strength of those two poems and the fact that it was published by Wave.  Didn’t read it.

Geoffery Nutter’s Christopher Sunset (Wave) – This book is currently sitting on the floor next to me.  Can’t wait to read it.  (Didn’t read it.)

Matthew Zapruder’s Come on All You Ghosts (Wave) – Read half of this outside a laundromat in September.  Enjoyed it a lot.  Didn’t finish it.

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  4. alan

      finally an honest year-end list

  5. deadgod

      William Shakespeare’s Scrumptious Frumptious – Hasn’t been written. Didn’t read it. [Will never be written. Bookmark this entry.]

  6. stephen

      hehe nice

      i didn’t read those either

      my parents bought me “freedom” for my birthday, and i sold my “freedom” for cash

  7. Michael Filippone

      I preordered Mike’s books also, though I’m only still waiting for Feathers. Good is atop my huge to-read stack on my desk right now.

  8. kb

      William Gay, The Lost Country.

      I’ve had it on preorder for 3 years. It keeps not coming out.

  9. Charles Dodd White

      kb, I “heard” he’s getting rights back to THE LOST COUNTRY due to contract breach and is seeking another publisher.

  10. Zepplinspinkpeps

      who the fuck is andrew james weatherhead. get this guy off htmlgiant. a sorry replacement for justin taylor. fuck that i wouldn’t give him the honor. fuck andrew weatherhead. fuck the internet. fuck literature. i’m going to fucking kill my fucking self.

  11. deadgod

      you’re not the cat in the picture, are you

  12. Weeatherhead

      bro, give me the honor.

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  16. steve roggenbuck

      i ironically clicked like on zepplinbro’s comment then realized the irony would probably be lost on most ppl
      nice post andrew, i really like your tone in this
      it was great meeting you about a week ago

  17. Landon Manucci

      mary ruefle’s selected poems are amazing btw.

  18. Owen Kaelin

      I read so many of my books very near literally halfway through before I end up moving on to the next book. It’s terrible.

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