mike bartoli

books i've read in reverse chronological order since january 2018



2020

Militant Modernism (2009) by Owen Hatherley

Hinterland: America’s New Landscape of Class and Conflict (2018) by Phillip Neel

A Random Walk Down Wall Street (1973) by Burton G. Malkiel

Girl in a Band (2015) by Kim Gordon

Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future (2018) by Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann

Declaration (2012) by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success (2020) by Ross Douthat

Pandemic!: Covid-19 Shakes the World (2020) by Slavoj Žižek

How the World Swung to the Right: Fifty Years of Counterrevolutions (2018) by François Cusset

The Plains (1982) by Gerald Murnane

Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984 (2005) by Simon Reynolds

Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya and Slavoj (2014) by Slavoj Žižek and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1930) by Max Weber

The History of Sexuality, Volume 1 (1978) by Michel Foucault

American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (2005) by Robert O. Self

Government in the Future (2005) by Noam Chomsky

The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852) by Karl Marx

Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth (2019) by Ian Brennan

The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy (1994) by Christopher Lasch

Betting the Farm on a Drought (2015) by Seamus McGraw

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming (2019) by David Wallace-Wells

Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis (2010) by Chris Williams

Drawn in Stereo (2015) by Michael Gillette

Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City (2016) by Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen

Good to Great (2001) by Jim Collins

John Baldessari: Pure Beauty (2009) edited by Jessica Morgan

Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014) by Thomas Piketty

Thinking Architecture (1998) by Peter Zumthor

Conversations with Friends (2017) by Sally Rooney

Serious Python (2018) by Julien Danjou

The Urban Homestead (2008) by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen

Hooked (2014) by Nir Eyal

How Music Dies (or Lives) (2016) by Ian Brennan



2019

Minima Moralia (1951) by Theodor Adorno

The Human War (2003) by Noah Cicero

Demanding the Impossible (2013) by Slavoj Žižek

Sand and Blood: America's Stealth War on the Mexico Border (2019) by John Carlos Frey

Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans (2017) by Amber Creswell Bell

Calm Technology (2016) by Amber Case

Learning from Las Vegas (1972) by Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour, and Denise Scott Brown

Go to work and do your job. Care for your children. Pay your bills. Obey the law. Buy products. (2013) by Noah Cicero

Normal People (2018) by Sally Rooney

On the Clock (2019) by Emily Guendelsberger

Passage & Place (2014) edited by Annah Anti-Palidrome and Lex Non Scripta

The Wretched of the Earth (1961) by Frantz Fanon

Suburban Nation (2001) by Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck

The Art of Richard Diebenkorn (1997) by Jane Livingston

Chandelier Does Tokyo (2015) edited by Chelsea Baken

The Brutality of Fact: Interviews with Francis Bacon (1987) by David Sylvester

Demotivational Training (2013) by Guillaume Paoli

Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years (2014) by Bernadette Corporation

Memphis: Objects, Furniture, and Patterns (1985) by Richard Horn

Sea Ranch: Diary of an Idea (2006) by Lawrence Halprin

Picasso and American Art (2006) by Michael FitzGerald

The Man in the High Castle (1962) by Philip K. Dick

The Disappointment Artist (2006) by Jonathan Lethem

Introducing Lacan (1992) by Darian Leader and Judy Groves

Open All Night (1995) by Ken Miller and William T. Vollmann

The Body Artist (2001) by Don DeLillo

True Tales from Another Mexico (2001) by Sam Quinones

Teaching to Transgress (1994) by bell hooks

Uncommon Places: The Complete Works (1982) by Stephen Shore

The Inner World of Farm Animals (2009) by Amy Hatkoff

Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past (2010) by Simon Reynolds

Violence: Six Sideways Reflections (2007) by Slavoj Žižek

Non-Places: An Introduction to Supermodernity (2009) by Marc Augé

Punk Ethnography: Artists & Scholars Listen to Sublime Frequencies (2006) edited by Michael Veal and Tammy Kim

Down, Out, and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row (2016) by Forrest Stuart

Great Jones Street (1973) by Don DeLillo

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (1996) by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

This is not a T-shirt (2019) by Bobby Hundreds

Universal Principles of Design (2003) by by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler

Practical Recommender Systems (2019) by Kim Falk

Red Star (1908) by Alexander Bogdanov

Venture Deals (2011) by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

Zine Yearbook 9 (2008) edited by Joe Biel

The Debt Resistor's Operations Manual (2014) by Strike Debt

Face to Face: A Collection of Drawings & Political Cartoons (1973) by Fons Van Woerkom

Introduction to Civil War (2010) by Tiqqun

The Making of the Indebted Man: An Essay on the Neoliberal Condition (2012) by Maurizio Lazzarato

Mickey Muenning: Dreams and Realizations for A Living Architecture (2014) by Alan Hess and Mickey Muennig

Radical Suburbs: Experimental Living on the Fringes of the American City (2019) by Amanda Kolson Hurley

Civilization and Capitalism 15th-18th Century, Vol. 1: The Structures of Everyday Life (1979) by Fernand Braudel

What Is to Be Done? (1902) by Vladimir Lenin

Now (2017) by The Invisible Committee

Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl (2001) by Tiqqun

Ogilvy on Advertising (1963) by David Ogilvy

Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design (2018) by Kat Holmes

Stories of Your Life and Others (2002) by Ted Chiang

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (1979) by Pierre Bourdieu

Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future (2015) by Paul Mason

Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky (2002) by Noam Chomsky

To Our Friends (2015) by The Invisible Committee

The Brand Gap (2005) by Marty Neumeier

Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics (2000) by bell hooks

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (1964) by Mao Tse-tung

American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment (2018) by Shane Bauer

The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations (1979) by Christopher Lasch

The Mirror of Production (1973) by Jean Baudrillard

Super Normal: Sensations of the Ordinary (2007) by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison

Reengineering Retail: The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World (2017) by Doug Stephens

High Growth Handbook (2018) by Elad Gil

Platform Capitalism (2016) by Nick Srnicek

Debt: The First 5,000 Years (2011) by David Graeber

The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity (2010) by Richard Florida

Retail Disruptors: The Spectacular Rise and Impact of the Hard Discounters (2018) by Jan-Benedict Steenkamp

The Coming Insurrection (2009) by The Invisible Committee

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life (2017) by Adam Greenfield

Tadao Ando: Complete Works (1997) edited by Francesco Dal Co

The Conquest of Bread (1892) by Peter Kropotkin

The Coffee Roaster's Companion (2014) by Scott Rao

Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty (2013) by Jennifer M. Silva

Learning SQL (2005) by Alan Beaulieu

REST in Practice: Hypermedia and Systems Architecture (2010) by Savas Parastatidis, Jim Webber, and Ian Robinson

literally show me a healthy person (2017) by Darcie Wilder

Muji (2010) by Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, and Naoto Fukasawa

K-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2018) by Mark Fisher

Designing Design (2003) by Kenya Hara

Practical Monitoring (2017) by Mike Julian

Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems (2016) by Betsy Beyer et al.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2014) by Marie Kondō

Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley (2018) by Cary McClelland

Concrete (2012) edited by William Hall

Convenience Store Woman (2016) by Sayaka Murata

The Japanese Garden (2017) by Sophie Walker

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America (2018) by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows



2018

My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018) by Ottessa Moshfegh

Belonging: A Culture of Place (1990) by bell hooks

Non-Stop Inertia (2011) by Ivor Southwood

The Lean Startup (2011) by Eric Ries

Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul (2017) by Jeremiah Moss

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future (2014) by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates (2002) by Slavoj Žižek

Carrie (1974) by Stephen King

Babbling Corpse: Vaporwave and the Commodification of Ghosts (2016) by Grafton Tanner

Specters of Marx (1993) by Jacques Derrida

Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work (2015) by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams

Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures (2014) by Mark Fisher

The Fall (1956) by Albert Camus

Ansel Adams: Classic Image Essays (1986) by Ansel Adams and John Szarkowski

The Weird and the Eerie (2016) by Mark Fisher

Wisconsin Death Trip (1973) by Michael Lesy

Naked City (1953) by Weegee

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845) by Frederick Douglass

On Photography (1977) by Susan Sontag

Measure What Matters (2017) by John Doerr

The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class (1976) by Dean MacCannell

Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968) by Paulo Freire

Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age (2004) by Paul Graham

White (2009) by Kenya Hara

The Society of the Spectacle (1967) by Guy Debord

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America (1997) by Warren Buffett

Street-Fighting Mathematics (2010) by Sanjoy Mahajan

Agglomeration Economics (2010) edited by Edward Glaeser

Understanding Tree Law (2014) by Barri Kaplan Bonapart

Oakland, Hub of the West (1981) by David Ollier Weber

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia (2018) by Elizabeth Catte

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy (1996) by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior (1990) by Ben Fogle

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (2005) by David Foster Wallace

The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism (1998) by Richard Sennett

The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) by Jane Jacobs

The Gulf War Did Not Take Place (1991) by Jean Baudrillard

The Poetics of Space (1958) by Gaston Bachelard

Zero Bugs and Program Faster (2016) by Kate Thompson

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (2009) by Mark Fisher

Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays (2002) by Richard Stallman

The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class (2017) by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Be Here Now (1971) by Ram Dass

Dark Entries: Bauhaus and Beyond (1995) by Ian Shirley

Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (1987) by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister

How Not to Die (2015) by Michael Greger

Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers (1994) by Leonard Koren

Tokyo Totem (2015) edited by Edwin Gardner

Travels with Charley: In Search of America (1962) by John Steinbeck

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll

Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War (2007) by Joe Bageant

In Praise of Shadows (1933) by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism (2009) by Melanie Joy

The Anarchist's Guide to Travel (2017) by Matthew Derrick

Making A Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights (2007) by Bob Torres

For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (1976) by Ntozake Shange

Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld (2003) edited by Hart Seely