Books of 2017

Here is a ranked list of the books which I finished reading in 2017:

  1. An Elemental Thing – Eliot Weinberger
  2. Love in a Fallen City – Eileen Chang
  3. True Grit – Charles Portis
  4. South and West – Joan Didion
  5. Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei – Eliot Weinberger
  6. Welcome to the Monkey House – Kurt Vonnegut
  7. The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
  8. Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
  9. The Selected Poems of T’ao Chien
  10. The Conquest of America – Tzvetan Todorov
  11. The Death and Life of Great American Cities – Jane Jacobs
  12. The Ghosts of Birds – Eliot Weinberger
  13. October – China Miéville
  14. Grand Hotel Abyss – Stuart Jeffries
  15. Draft No. 4 – John McPhee
  16. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome – Mary Beard
  17. The Writing Life – Annie Dillard
  18. The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History – Frank Dikötter
  19. Poems – Wang Wei
  20. The Earth is Weeping – Peter Cozzens
  21. The First Salute – Barbara Tuchman
  22. Against Everything – Mark Greif
  23. Once Upon a Time in China – Jeff Yang
  24. Autobiography of Red – Anne Carson
  25. A Memoir – Chang Cheh
  26. Wong Kar-wai – Peter Brunette
  27. The Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper

I’m starting a new thing as well this year. For awhile I’ve been writing down lines from movies in the Notes app on my phone. Sometimes they end up in reviews, or as standalone letterboxd blurbs, and sometimes they don’t. I’m going to keep one for every year, and publish it at the end, without context. Here is this year’s, which began only in June.

A cat is never on the side of power.

15 years later, some wolves still survive.

Oh Doris, you think everything is treason.

Let’s keep praying

Stop being negative. It’s all in your head. Think of something more cheerful. Can’t you be normal?

Folks like us don’t have a clue.

Don’t go to weird places.
What’s that supposed to mean?

You need tissues for your issues.

Killing Japanese takes energy. Have some congee.

All you people are good for is poetry and stealing.

See you after the victory.

Things in this world can’t stand scrutiny.

Isn’t working to survive a drag?

Nothing is fun. You just work and die. That’s your life.

       Aphrodisiac flour made from the tears of a hundred year old pig forced into heat.

Film pickled in sea snake soup.

If a grinning toothless goat is what you want, you can find one anywhere.

White-brow monk is a turtle son of a bitch.

Nice guys, but . . . poorer.

One of the main things we began to discover was that our theoretical calculations did not have a strong correlation with reality.


Awful disappointing weather today.

If I was bored I’d go out and buy something, like cheese, or quails’ eggs.

No Christine, that’s a frog. Bears wear hats.

The idlers want to shudder at the thought of dangerous work.

Parasites are another excuse

This was a Dracula indeed

Find the true meaning of Christmas! Money! Money! Money!

It’s the spirit of the actors that counts. The interest they have in their director.

As last by as the sun and the earth exist, we can always survive.
You are amazing.
We all are.

There are gatherings and separations in life. Don’t feel sad for temporary partings, because the final victory is coming.

And here are the photos of text I took throughout the year.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.