My reading list

Today I realized the odd array of books my walls project has compelled me to read. The titles currently on my desk include, among others:

  • a collection of translated verse by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish,
  • Borderlands/La Frontera by Chicana Feminist Lesbian Writer Gloria Anzaldúa,
  • the Rough Guide to Morocco and Cyprus,
  • An Index of Deaths from the Conflict in Ireland 1969-1993,
  • The Great Hedge of India by Roy Moxham,
  • Curfewed Night, Raharat Peer’s memoir of Kashmir,
  • Michel Vieuchange’s 1932 travelogue Smara: The Forbidden City (Spoiler alert: In the end he dies of dysentery. The last, ghastly, sentence in his travel journal is “Stools – and stools – watery.”),
  • Capirotada: A Nogales Memoir by Alberto Álvaro Ríos,
  • A stack of books about ‘The Troubles’ generously lent to me by author Will Ferguson, including his own book Beyond Belfast: A 560-Mile Walk Across Northern Ireland on Sore Feet,
  • Three books of poetry by Cypriot poets, and an issue of a Cypriot literary journal,
  • a reissue of the 1876 Baedeker’s guide to Jerusalem,
  • Margaret Regan’s The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands,
  • And not one, but two cultural histories of barbed wire.

I know I am not the first person to read these books, but I’ll wager I am the only person to have read all of these books.

Research is grand.