february 1–15, 2019

Books

  • Ricardo Piglia, The Diaries of Emilio Renzi: Formative Years, translated by Robert Croll
  • Paul Blackburn & Julio Cortázar, “Querido Pablito”/”Julissimo Querido”: Selected Correspondence 1958–1971
  • Lugwig Hohl, Ascent, trans. Donna Stonecipher
  • Luigi Pirandello, One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand, trans. William Weaver
  • Patrick Modiano, The Search Warrant, trans. Joanna Kilmartin
  • Joshua Cohen, Moving Kings
  • Patrick Modiano, Honeymoon, trans. Barbara Wright
  • Roberto Bolaño, The Insufferable Gaucho, trans. Chris Andrews
  • Geeta Dayal, Another Green World
  • Patrick Modiano, Villa Triste, trans. John Cullen
  • Raymond Queneau, Hitting the Streets, trans. Rachel Galvin
  • Carl Wilson, Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
  • David Stuart MacLean, The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Tale of Amnesia

Films

  • One More Time with Feeling, directed by Andrew Dominik
  • Tiger Bay, dir. J. Lee Thompson
  • Support the Girls, dir. Andrew Bujalski
  • Popeye, dir. Robert Altman
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer, dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Harvey, dir. Henry Koster

january 16–31, 2019

Books

  • Patrick Modiano, Sleep of Memory, translated by Mark Polizzotti
  • Wallace Stevens, Harmonium
  • Othman Wok, Malayan Horror: Macabre Tales of Singapore and Malaysia in the 50’s, trans. Tuminah Sapawi & M. M. Basalamah
  • Wallace Stevens, Ideas of Order
  • Patrick Modiano, The Black Notebook, trans. Mark Polizzotti
  • Patrick Modiano, The Night Watch, trans. Patricia Wolf & Frank Wynne
  • Gabriel García Márquez, Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littín, trans. Asa Zatz
  • Charles Willeford, Pick-up
  • Patrick Modiano, Ring Roads, tras. Caroline Hillier & Frank Wynne
  • James Fenton, Selected Poems
  • Patrick Modiano, Missing Person, trans. Daniel Weissbort
  • Keith Gessen, A Terrible Country
  • Matt Ruff, Sewer, Gas & Electric: The Public Works Trilogy
  • José Saramago, Small Memories, trans. Margaret Jull Costa
  • Edmund White, The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading
  • Wallace Stevens, The Man with the Blue Guitar
  • Wallace Stevens, Parts of a World
  • Wallace Stevens, Transport to Summer
  • Patrick Modiano, Pedigree, trans. Mark Polizzotti
  • Langston Hughes, The Big Sea

Films

  • Roma, directed by Alfonso Cuarón
  • Brainstorm, dir. Douglas Trumbull

Exhibits

  • “Jef Geys: Quadra Medicinale Singapore,” NTU CCA
  • “Izat Arif: Semangat Kejiranan / everybody loves good neighbours,” NTU CCA
  • “Buddhist Archive of Photography/Amy Lien/Enzo Camacho: And in the Chapel and in the Temples,” NTU CCA
  • “Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Third Paradise – Between Observe and Reverse,” Partners + Mucciaccia
  • “Women’s Work: Contemporary Art from Asia and the Middle East,” Sundaram Tagore
  • “Hopes & Dialogues in Rumah Kijang,” Mizuma Gallery
  • “Cheng Ran: The Lament: Mountain Ghost,” Ota Fine Arts
  • “Boedi Widjaja: Rivers and Lakes / Tanah dan Air,” Shanghart Gallery
  • “Frictional: Ben Loong & Zulkifli Lee,” Pearl Lam Galleries

january 1–15, 2019

Books

  • Francis M. Naumann, Mentors: The Making of an Art Historian
  • Gabriel García Márquez, News of a Kidnapping, translated by Edith Grossman
  • Michael D. Gordin, The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe
  • Dashiell Hammett, The Glass Key
  • Patrick Modiano, La Place de l’Étoile, trans. Caroline Hillier
  • Samanta Schweblin, Fever Dream, trans. Megan McDowell
  • Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties
  • Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
  • Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
  • Cyril Wong, After You
  • Cyril Wong, Oneiros
  • Herman Melville, Typee
  • Ross Macdonald, The Galton Case
  • Jason Wee, An Epic of Durable Departures
  • Ross Macdonald, The Ferguson Affair
  • Ross Macdonald, Blue City

Movies

  • Silent Running, directed by Douglas Trumbull

december 16–31, 2018

Books

  • James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
  • Lynne Murphy, The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English
  • Javier Cercas, The Impostor: A True Story, translated by Frank Wynne
  • Robert Sheckley, Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley
  • Gabriel García Márquez, The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, trans. Randolph Hogan
  • Gabriel García Márquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, trans. Edith Grossman
  • Thorkild Hansen, Arabia Felix: The Danish Expedition of 1761–1767, trans. James McFarlane & Kathleen McFarlane
  • Julie J. Thomson, ed., That Was the Answer: Interviews with Ray Johnson
  • Tiziano Terzani, A Fortune-Teller Told Me: Earthbound Travels in the Far East
  • Iris Murdoch, A Word Child

Films

  • Shirkers, directed by Sandi Tan

december 1–15, 2018

Books

  • Carrie Brownstein, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
  • Catherine Nixey, The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
  • Ryszard Kapuściński, Travels with Herodotus, translated by Klara Glowczewska
  • Domenico Starnone, Trick, trans. Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus
  • Claudia Rankine, The End of the Alphabet
  • Nigel Barley, Island of Demons
  • Malcolm X & Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Films

  • Doubles vies (Non-Fiction), directed by Olivier Assayas
  • Nuestro tiempo (Our Time), dir. Carlos Reygadas
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, dir. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

november 16–30, 2018

Books

  • Filippo-Tommaso Marinetti, Mafarka the Futurist, translated by Carol Diethe & Steve Cox
  • Domenico Starnone, Ties, trans. Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Natalia Ginzburg, The Little Virtues, trans. Dick Davis
  • Dag Solstad, Professor Anderson’s Night, trans. Agnes Scott Langeland
  • Amir D. Aczel, The Jesuit & the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man
  • R. O. Kwon, The Incendiaries

Films

  • Sorry to Bother You, directed by Boots Riley
  • The Hudsucker Proxy, dir. Joel Coen
  • The Big Lebowski, dir. Joel Coen
  • Le Livre d’image (The Image Book), dir. Jean-Luc Godard

november 1–15, 2018

Books

  • Shirley Hazzard, The Bay of Noon
  • Helen DeWitt, Some Trick
  • Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities, translated by William Weaver
  • Cesare Pavese, The Leather Jacket, trans. Alma Murch
  • Jan Morris, Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere
  • Pascal Quignard, A Terrace in Rome, trans. Douglas Penick & Charles Ré

october 16–31, 2018

Books

  • Sandro Veronesi, Quiet Chaos, translated by Michael F. Moore
  • Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard, trans. Archibald Colquhoun
  • Rain Chudori, Imaginary City: A Guide Book

I’ve been reading a fair amount of contemporary southeast Asian literature – this Indonesian novel picked up at random at the Ubud literary festival – and I’m not sure what to make of a lot of it, other than I can’t find a way in. This one is more formally interesting than most I’ve read: one lover takes another through her personal version of Jakarta, starting from the form of a travel guide, with photographs and full-page pullquotes. There’s a pull-out map detailing the locations described. With this, as with a lot of regional contemporary art and writing, there’s a twee quality that I can’t really do anything with: everything is attractive, but with no edge at all. The lovers sigh about the necessary end of their romance, but there’s no visible conflict. The end effect is something like a spread in Kinfolk: perhaps attractive, certainly with high production values, but not art in any way that I can understand.

  • Jenny Erpenbeck, Go, Went, Gone, trans. Susan Bernofsky
  • Imogen Hermes Gowar, The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock
  • Hwang Jungeun, One Hundred Shadows, trans. Jung Yewon
  • Roland Schimmelpfennig, One Clear, Ice-Cold January Morning at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century, trans. Jamie Bulloch

Films

  • Sons of the Desert, directed by William A. Seiter
  • Way Out West, dir. James W. Horne
  • The Big Noise, dir. Mal St.Clair
  • The Nutty Professor, dir. Jerry Lewis
  • The Flying Deuces, dir. ‎A. Edward Sutherland

Exhibits

  • Museum Pasifika, Nusa Dua, Indonesia
  • Art Bali 2018, Nusa Dua, Indonesia
  • Neka Museum, Ubud, Indonesia

october 1–15, 2018

Books

  • Yoko Tawada, The Last Children of Tokyo, translated by Margaret Mitsutani
  • David B., Black Paths, trans. Nora Mahony
  • Joshua Mattson, A Short Film about Disappointment
  • Lucy Hughes-Hallett, The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War
  • Italo Svevo, A Perfect Hoax, trans. J. G. Nichols
  • Umberto Saba, Ernesto, trans. Mark Thompson
  • Eve Babitz, Sex & Rage
  • Luis Francia, The Beauty of Ghosts: Five Voices: A Theater of Poetry

Films

  • Senso, directed by Luchino Visconti

september 16–30, 2018

Books

  • Elsa Morante, The World Saved by Kids and Other Epics, translated by Cristina Viti
  • Giovanni Verga, Little Novels of Sicily, trans. D. H. Lawrence
  • Sergio de la Pava, Lost Empress
  • Fleur Jaeggy, I Am the Brother of XX, trans. Gini Alhadeff
  • Violette Leduc, The Lady and the Little Fox Fur, trans. Derek Coltman
  • Cesare Pavese, _The Beautiful Summer, trans. W. J. Strachan
  • Cesare Pavese, The Beach, trans. R. W. Flint
  • Goh Poh Seng, Tall Tales and Misadventures of a Young Westernized Oriental Gentleman
  • Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends
  • Sally Rooney, Normal People
  • Lydia Millet, Fight No More
  • Cesare Pavese, Among Women Only, trans. R. W. Flint
  • Charles Bernstein, Republics of Reality 1975–1995
  • Lily Tuck, Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante
  • Charles Williams, The Greater Trumps

Films

  • WUSA, directed by Stuart Rosenberg

Exhibits

  • “Wei Leng Tay: Crossings,” NUS Museum
  • “Of Place and A Paradox,” NUS Museum
  • “Yeo Shih Yun: Diaries, Marking Time And Other Preoccupations,” NUS Museum
  • “Chow and Lin: Homeless,” NUS Museum