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Books I’m reading

Current (2014), or
2013 · 2012 · 2011 · 2010
’09 · ’08 · ’07 · ’06 · ’05

Notes

This listing is also available on LibraryThing. See also: Book reviews.

Stats

Books read by year
Year All Not read Audio (CD, E‑) InterloansNet P-books read
2013 253 52 4 1197 (18 suggested)
2012 228 74 6 6136 (16 suggested)
2011 236 82 5 11149
2010 255 56 3 16196
2009 299 69 12 27218
2008 281 28 15 32175
2007 193 15 7 28171
2006 111 2 0 6109
2005
(5 months)
39 0 0 039
Net 8½-year total1,390

Notes

“Reading” a book need not imply “reading” every word on every page, which in any event is not how we read printed text in the first place.

2014

April

  1. The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  2. Fire in the Unnameable Country by Ghalib Islam
  3. Critiqued: Inside the Minds of 23 Leaders in Design by Christina Beard
  4. Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record by Errol Fuller

March

  1. Stonewall by Martin Duberman
  2. The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  3. Curbside Boys: The New York Years by Robert Kirby (awful)
  4. The New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen
  5. Lawfully Wedded Husband by Joel Derfner
  6. What is English? And Why Should We Care? by Tim William Machan (I have no memory of borrowing this book)
  7. Going Postal by Mark Ames (took two years to show up; new ideas repetitively presented)
  8. Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran
  9. Cured: How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV and Forever Changed Medical Science by Nathalia Holt
  10. Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction by Christopher Bascom Rawlins (suggested)
  11. The Story of Sexual Identity: Narrative Perspectives on the Gay and Lesbian Life Course, Phillip L. Hammack, ed. (interloan)
  12. Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd (suggested)
  13. Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing by Po Bronson, who hasn’t been interesting in a decade
  14. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  15. White Girls by Hilton Als (recall)
  16. Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits by Kevin Roose (written like a series of disconnected magazine articles; padded; a bore)

February

  1. The Course of Gay and Lesbian Lives: Social and Psychoanalytic Perspectives by Bertram J. Cohler (interloan)
  2. Actors Anonymous by James Franco
  3. The Pomme Company by Dave Sobotta (birthday present)
  4. Marian Bantjes: Pretty Pictures
  5. The Big Book of Jewish Humor by William Novak
  6. Woman’s World by Graham Rawle
  7. Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival by Sean Strüb (a bit dull)
  8. E.B. White on Dogs, Martha White, ed. (suggested)
  9. The Designer as Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepeneur, Curator, and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating by Steven McCarthy
  10. The People’s Car: A Global History of the Volkswagen Beetle by Bernhard Rieger
  11. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver (dud)
  12. The Life and Times of Conrad Black: A Wordless Biography by George A. Walker (appalling)
  13. Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story by Robyn Doolittle (badly typeset and completely bereft of point of view)
  14. Color Works by the quite unloved Eddie Opara
  15. The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer (★★★★)

January

  1. Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by my old editrix Masha Gessen
  2. Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father by Alysia Abbott
  3. Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work by Alan Bernstein, Peg Streep (dud)
  4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book 2 by Denise Mina
  5. Barred for Life: How Black Flag’s Iconic Logo Became Punk Rock’s Secret Handshake by Stewart Dean Ebersole
  6. Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals by Con Slobodchikoff
  7. Without Condoms: Unprotected Sex, Gay Men, and Barebacking by Michael Shernoff
  8. The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience by Perry N. Halkitis (terribly edited)
  9. Shadow Type: Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering by (inevitably) Steven Heller and (almost inevitably) his wife Louise Fili
  10. ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present by Robert Atkins
  11. The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Volume One – Microeconomics by Yoram Bauman
  12. The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Volume Two – Macroeconomics by Yoram Bauman
  13. Encounters with Authors: Essays on Scott Symons, Robin Hardy, Norman Elder by Ian Young (unreadable) (suggested)
  14. Wills for Ontario by David I. Botnick
  15. Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity and Self-Branding in Web 2.0 by Alice E. Marwick
  16. Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart (★★★)
  17. Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines – Polaroids 1975–1983 by Tom Bianchi (suggested) (photos)
  18. Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton (unreadable)
  19. On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz (horrifically typeset, including chapter on type) (dud)
  20. The Houses of Louis Kahn by George H. Marcus
  21. Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics by Graeme Truelove
  22. Nox by Anne Carson (atrociously typeset stunt book)
  23. The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America – and What We Can Do to Stop It by Thom Hartmann
  24. Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products by Leander Kahney (unedited)
  25. Paris Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic by Lucas Hilderbrand (pretentious dud; should be a blog post)
  26. The Desperates by Greg Kearney

2013

At TRL

Books read at Toronto Reference Library.

  1. Afrikan Alphabets
  2. The Graphic Artist and His Design Problems
  3. A Place for Us: Essays on the Broadway Musical by D.A. Miller
  4. A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture by Will Fellows
  5. Design and Truth by Robert Grudin
  6. Animal Logic (suggested)
  7. Design for Hackers
  8. Libel by Peter Downard
  9. Life After Life
  10. The Second Decade of AIDS
  11. M to M of M/M (Paris) (quite good)
  12. Design and Truth (dud)
  13. Sign Painters
  14. Petrochemical America
  15. Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Works by Annina Koivu
  16. Revolution in the Valley

December

  1. First Ladies of Disco: 29 Stars Discuss the Era and Their Singing Careers by James Arena (suggested)
  2. A Queer History of Fashion by Jonathan D. Katz
  3. Directions 2011 by ADCC
  4. Universal Hunks: A Pictorial History of Muscular Men around the World, 1895–1975 by David L. Chapman
  5. Bruno and the Beach: The Beachcombers at 40 by Marc Strange
  6. High Price by Carl Hart (dud)
  7. Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade by Adam Minter (★★★★★)
  8. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by David Kelley
  9. Children of the Sun by Max Schaefer
  10. The Art of Rube Goldberg: Ⓐ Inventive Ⓑ Cartoon Ⓒ Genius by Jennifer George
  11. The End of San Francisco by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
  12. Gay Identity, New Storytelling and the Media by Christopher Pullen
  13. The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics by Grady Klein (★★★)
  14. The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World by Alison Wolf (recall)
  15. Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution by Fred Vogelstein
  16. Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case by Stuart Taylor

November

  1. Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
  2. This Land Was Made for You and Me (But Mostly Me): Billionaires in the Wild by Bruce McCall, David Letterman
  3. How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns (dud!)
  4. Design Forward: Creative Strategies for Sustainable Change by Hartmut Esslinger (dud)
  5. Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks by Keith Houston (recall)
  6. Sissyphobia: Gay Men and Effeminate Behavior by Tim Bergling
  7. How to Make Dances in an Epidemic: Tracking Choreography in the Age of AIDS by David Gere
  8. Abstract City by Christoph Niemann (suggested)
  9. Banksy: You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat by Gary Shove (suggested)
  10. Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
  11. Gay Body: A Journey Through Shadow to Self by Mark Thompson
  12. I Told You So: Gore Vidal Talks Politics by Gore Vidal
  13. This Is A Kenneth Cole Production by Kenneth Cole (dud)
  14. Journal, tome 4 by Fabrice Neaud
  15. Journal, tome 3 : décembre 1993 – août 1995 by Fabrice Neaud
  16. Journal (1) suivi de journal (2) by Fabrice Neaud
  17. Journal, tome 1 : février 1992 et septembre 1993 by Fabrice Neaud
  18. Queers in Space by Anne-Marie Bouthillette
  19. Cockpit Confidential by Patrick Smith
  20. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff (audio CD)
  21. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff (electronic audiobook)
  22. Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks by Stephen Farthing (★★★)
  23. Phallos: Enhanced and Revised Edition by Samuel R. Delany

October

  1. Autobiography by Morrissey
  2. Ugly: The Æsthetics of Everything by Stephen Bayley (unreadable)
  3. Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country by Diane Francis
  4. The Martin Duberman Reader
  5. Positive Pictures: A Gay History by Paul Schulz (suggested)
  6. David and Goliath: The Triumph of the Underdog by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. Toward the New Degeneracy: An Essay by Bruce Benderson
  8. The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s by Peter Doggett (recall)
  9. Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security by Kip Hawley (possibly suggested)
  10. Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky
  11. The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces by Stephen Coles (suggested)
  12. MaddAddamby Margaret Atwood (lost)
  13. American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character by Diana West
  14. Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
  15. Army of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro by Sarah Liss
  16. Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s by Bart H. Beaty
  17. Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy by Sudhir Venkatesh (stopped reading after egregious errors on first pages)
  18. The Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism by J. Michael Bailey

September

  1. Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? by Neil Gross
  2. Interaction of Color by Josef Albers
  3. He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices by Stephen Mills (suggested)
  4. In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders
  5. The 3D Type Book by FL@33 (sic)
  6. Capturing Love: The Art of Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography by Kathryn Ham (suggested)
  7. Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger by Harvey Molotch
  8. The Asylum by Simon Doonan (dud)
  9. Life Is About Losing Everything by Lynn Crosbie
  10. Design Currency by Jenn Visocky O’Grady
  11. The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz
  12. The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan I. Koerner (dud)
  13. The Design Activist’s Handbookby Noah Scalin
  14. Genesis by Sebastião Salgado (★★★★★)
  15. Artistic Impressions: Figure Skating, Masculinity, and the Limits of Sport by Mary Louise Adams
  16. Private Matters: In Defense of the Personal Life by Janna Malamud Smith

August

  1. Recipes from My Home Kitchen by Christine Ha
  2. La France orange mécanique by Laurent Obertone (suggested)
  3. Mundo Cruel: Stories by Luis Negrón
  4. Nine, Ten and Out! The Two Worlds of Emile Griffith by Ron Ross
  5. Shapes for Sounds by Timothy Donaldson (interloan)
  6. Graphic Design and Architecture, a 20th-Century History by Richard Poulin (at TRL)
  7. Barbara Kruger (at TRL)
  8. The Designer’s Lexicon: The Illustrated Dictionary of Design, Printing, and Computer Terms by Alastair Campbell (at TRL)
  9. 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective by G.B. Trudeau (at TRL)
  10. Celluloid Gaze by Boze Hadleigh (at TRL) (recall) (hardtofind)
  11. Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal-Finance Industry by Helaine Olen
  12. Moranthology by Caitlin Moran
  13. I Used to Be a Design Student: 50 Graphic Designers Then and Now by Billy Kiosoglou
  14. Vanished Years by Rupert Everett (unneeded)
  15. Basics [of] Graphic Design 03: Idea Generation by Neil Leonard
  16. Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk by Bill Walsh
  17. How To Be Danish by Patrick Kingsley
  18. Out Spoken: A Vito Russo Reader – Reel Two (lousy)
  19. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff
  20. Barbara Kruger: Money Talks by Lisa Phillips
  21. Barbara Kruger: Circus by Barbara Kruger
  22. How to Disappear: A Memoir for Misfits by Duncan Fallowell
  23. The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders
  24. Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It by Mariko Lin-Chang

July

  1. The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, Donald E. Hall, ed.
  2. Brutal Simplicity of Thought by Maurice Saatchi
  3. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (takedown)
  4. Roy & Al by Ralf König
  5. The Death of the Internet by Markus Jakobsson
  6. Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide, Second Edition, by Laura J. Murray
  7. The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims by Nathan Lean
  8. Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators
  9. New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut by B. Ruby Rich
  10. In Their Youth by Greg Gorman
  11. American Savage by Dan Savage
  12. What I Love About Being Queer by Vivek Shraya (takedown)
  13. Gay Press, Gay Power by Tracy Baim (suggested)
  14. Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture by Daniel Mendelsohn
  15. Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction by Annalee Newitz

June

  1. The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty by Simon Baron-Cohen
  2. The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex by Mark Kermode
  3. Graphic Design: A New History, Second Edition, by Stephen J. Eskilson
  4. The House of Rumour by Jake Arnott
  5. Tenth of December by George Saunders
  6. How to Host a Dinner Party by Corey Mintz
  7. AIDS Demo/Graphics by Douglas Crimp (in cold light of day, appalling) (at TRL)
  8. I Lego N.Y. by Christoph Niemann (suggested)
  9. Well & Badly Loved by Ben Webb
  10. The Book of Lies by Felice Picano (recall)
  11. Onyx by Felice Picano (recall)
  12. Private: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History by Denver Nicks (suggested)
  13. Payback: The Case for Revenge by Thane Rosenbaum (dud)
  14. Apple Design by Ina Grätz
  15. Gay and Lesbian Cops: Diversity and Effective Policing by Roddrick A. Colvin
  16. Queer Cinema in Europe by Robin Griffiths
  17. Bruce McDonald’s Hard Core Logo by Paul McEwan
  18. An Atheist in the Foxhole: A Liberal’s Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media by Joe Muto
  19. Paul Rand: Conversations with Students by Michael Kroeger (suggested)
  20. Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier, who lost me early on
  21. A Handbook of California Design, 1930–1965 by Bobbye Tigerman
  22. London Triptych by Jonathan Kemp
  23. This Is How by inveterate liar Augusten Burroughs
  24. Hand to Type: Scripts, Hand-Lettering and Calligraphy by Jan Middendorp
  25. Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants by Phil Tiemeyer
  26. American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men by David McConnell (recall)
  27. Denial by Ajit Varki
  28. Both Flesh and Not: Essays by David Foster Wallace (audio CD)
  29. The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words by Harvey Milk
  30. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (audio CD) (takedown)

May

  1. No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, Justin Hall, ed.
  2. Life at Home in the 21st Century: 32 Families Open their Doors by Jeanne E. Arnold (a very special fuck-you from TPL)
  3. Saving the CBC: Balancing Profit and Public Service by Wade Rowland
  4. Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
  5. Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal by Jon Wiederhorn, Katherine Turman (★★★)
  6. David Bowie Is
  7. Beyond the Dance Floor: Female DJs, Technology and Electronic Dance Music Culture by Rebekah Farrugia
  8. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
  9. No Place Like Home: Relationships and Family Life Among Lesbians and Gay Men by Christopher Carrington
  10. Animals in the Military by John M. Kistler
  11. Maggie & Me by Damian Barr
  12. Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics by Urvashi Vaid (who earned over $400,000 from less than a year’s work at a single foundation)
  13. Deaf Professionals and Designated Interpreters: A New Paradigm by Peter C. Hauser
  14. Hello[,] World by Alice Rawsthorn (appalling)
  15. Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity by Joel Stein
  16. Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha [title continues for some time] by John Romaniello
  17. What’s a Dog For? by John Homans
  18. A Death in the Family/My Struggle: Book One by Karl Ove Knausgård
  19. Israel/Palestine and the Queer International by Sarah Schulman
  20. Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky
  21. Art and Queer Culture by Catherine Lord

April

  1. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon (dud)
  2. You Aren’t What You Eat: Fed Up with Gastroculture by Steven Poole (dud)
  3. To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
  4. The Colo[u]r Revolution by Regina Lee Blaszczyk
  5. How to Win a Fight: A Guide to Avoiding and Surviving Violence by Lawrence Kane
  6. Fighting to Serve: Behind the Scenes in the War to Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by Alexander Nicholson
  7. The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think by Brian Hare
  8. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  9. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  10. Gay and Lesbian Aging: Research and Future Directions, Gilbert Herdt, Brian de Vries, eds.
  11. Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard, 1967–2008, Simon Sellars, Dan O’Hara, eds.
  12. Sex Changes: A Memoir of Marriage, Gender, and Moving On by Christine Benvenuto
  13. The Man I Might Become: Gay Men Write About Their Fathers, Bruce Shenitz, ed.
  14. My Husband and My Wives: A Gay Man’s Odyssey by Charles Rowan Beye
  15. Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff
  16. The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill and the Making of Gay Culture by David Bergman
  17. Shaping Text by Jan Middendorp (suggested)
  18. Until I Say Goodbye by Susan Spencer-Wendel
  19. Gay and Gray: The Older Homosexual Man by Raymond M. Berger
  20. Is That All There Is? by Joost Swarte
  21. Erratic: Visual Impact in Current Design by R. Klanten (dud)
  22. Pretty Ugly: Visual Rebellion in Design (at TRL)
  23. The Gay Games: A History by Caroline Symons (dud)
  24. Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James
  25. Liberace Extravaganza! by Connie Furr Soloman
  26. Modernist Cuisine at Home (and cooking manual) by billionaire patent troll Nathan Myhrvold

March

  1. How to Not Write Bad by Ben Yagoda (gift of Nagaijin)
  2. The Best American Comics 2012, Françoise Mouly, ed.
  3. Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception by Brooke Kroeger
  4. A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths by Tony Fletcher
  5. The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog[ue] Era by Robert Burley
  6. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  7. Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
  8. The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network by Katherine Losse
  9. So Wrong for So Long by Greg Mitchell
  10. Covert Entry: Spies, Lies and Crimes Inside Canada’s Secret Service by Andrew Mitrovica (recall)
  11. On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz
  12. MP3: The Meaning of a Format by Jonathan Sterne (suggested) (dud)
  13. Blondie: Parallel Lives by Dick Porter
  14. Trauma by Gordon Turnbull
  15. Basic Sign

February

  1. Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen by Anne Deniau
  2. 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5 RND(1));: GOTO 10 by Nick Montfort
  3. Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production by Lisa Henderson (dud)
  4. In the Shadow of the Epidemic: Being HIV-Negative in the Age of AIDS by Walt Odets (★★★)
  5. Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall by Will Ellsworth-Jones
  6. Letters to One: Gay and Lesbian Voices from the 1950s and 1960s by Craig M. Loftin
  7. How Literature Saved My Life by David Shields
  8. 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design by Steven Heller, Véronique Vienne (dud)
  9. The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman (dud)
  10. Design Research Unit 1942–72 by Michelle Cotton (suggested)
  11. Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto by Edward Keenan (typically atrocious type and copy)
  12. Australian Gay and Lesbian Plays by Bruce Parr

January

  1. Managing Oneself by Peter Ferdinand Drucker (suggested)
  2. The Cross in the Closet by Timothy Kurek
  3. Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz
  4. Human Transit by Jarrett Walker (I read his blog, and it’s atrociously typeset)
  5. From Cliché to Archetype (2011) by Marshall McLuhan (suggested)
  6. The Victims’ Revolution: How Identity Studies Have Destroyed American Higher Education by Bruce Bawer
  7. About My Life and the Kept Woman: A Memoir by John Rechy
  8. To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? by Lucy Siegle (suggested) (recall)
  9. How to Be Gay by David M. Halperin
  10. What Happened to Gay Life? by Robert Reynolds
  11. The Art of Making Magazines by Victor S. Navasky (dud)
  12. Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland
  13. Wait: The Art and Science of Delay by Frank Partnoy
  14. Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis
  15. Deutschland schafft sich ab: Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen by Thilo Sarrazin
  16. The Geometric Unconscious by Sheldon Museum of Art (dud)
  17. Paris vs. New York: A Tally of Two Cities by Vahram Muratyan (better as a blog)
  18. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
  19. Right-Wing Resurgence: How a Domestic Terrorist Threat is Being Ignored by Daryl Johnson (recall)
  20. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
  21. Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff

2012

At TRL

Books read at Toronto Reference Library.

  1. Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History
  2. My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years by Sarah Schulman
  3. Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America
  4. The Book of Books
  5. Heroes, Rogues, and Lovers: Testosterone and Behavior by James McBride Dabbs
  6. Querelle

December

  1. The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood by James Houghton (suggested)
  2. Introducing Critical Theory by Stuart Sim
  3. Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets by Patricia Schenck
  4. Graphics and Packaging Production by Rob Thompson
  5. Canada by Richard Ford
  6. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later by Moisés Kaufman et al.
  7. “There Are Things I Want You to Know” About Stieg Larsson and Me (audio CD)
  8. Spillover by David Quammen
  9. The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind by David Cay Johnston
  10. M.I.A.
  11. I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson
  12. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
  13. Digital Textile Design by Melanie Bowles
  14. Mother, Brother, Lover by Jarvis Cocker (suggested)
  15. Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers by David Jury
  16. Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found Texts (and Other Fraudulent Artifacts), David Shields, Matthew Vollmer, eds.
  17. Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
  18. The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard, Ron Padgett, ed. (recall)
  19. Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball by Deborah Davis

November

  1. Triburbia by Karl Taro Greenfeld
  2. Myths, Lies and Half-Truths of Language Usage by John McWhorter
  3. From Cliché to Archetype by Marshall McLuhan (1970)
  4. Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos
  5. The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware
  6. Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records by James Nice (suggested)
  7. Information Graphics, Sandra Rendgen, ed.
  8. The Penguin Book of International Gay Writing by Mark Mitchell
  9. >Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline (suggested) (recall)
  10. Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles by Paul Gorman (suggested)
  11. Punk: An Æsthetic by Jon Savage
  12. The Form Book by Borries Schwesinger
  13. Far from the Madding Gerund and Other Dispatches from Language Log by Mark Liberman (suggested)
  14. Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer
  15. Logo Life: Life Histories of 100 Famous Logos by Ron van der Vlugt

October

  1. Kenneth Grange: Making Britain Modern by Gemma Curtin (suggested)
  2. American Voyeur: Dispatches From the Far Reaches of Modern Life by Benoît Denizet-Lewis (suggested)
  3. Male Desire: The Homoerotic in American Art by Jonathan Weinberg
  4. Put the Needle on the Record: The 1980s at 45 Revolutions Per Minute by Matthew Chojnacki (suggested)
  5. From ACT UP to the WTO by Benjamin Shepard (tedious)
  6. Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars by Camille Paglia (recall)
  7. Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception by Claudia Hammond
  8. On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual by Merle Miller
  9. Angloman 2: Money, Ethnics, Superheroes by Mark Shainblum (again)
  10. How Music Works by David Byrne
  11. Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World by Nataly Kelly
  12. Resistance by Armond White (interloan)
  13. Do the Movies Have a Future? by David Denby
  14. Dangerous Book Four Boys by James Franco
  15. Causing a Scene: Extraordinary Pranks in Ordinary Places with Improv Everywhere by Charlie Todd (suggested)
  16. Hold Tight by Christopher Bram (interloan) (★★★)
  17. Journalism by Joe Sacco
  18. The Book of Tempeh by William Shurtleff
  19. Graphic Design: Now In Production by Ian Albinson (as poncy as anything these Usual Suspects put out)
  20. Hello[,] Sailor!: The Hidden History of Gay Life at Sea by Jo Stanley (suggested)
  21. XY: On Masculine Identity by Elisabeth Badinter (again)
  22. Toyota Production System by Taiichi Ohno
  23. Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
  24. Vancouver Special by Charles Demers
  25. Heathers by John Ross Bowie
  26. The Air We Breathe: Artists and Poets Reflect on Marriage Equality by Apsara DiQuinzio
  27. Inside Pee-Wee’s Playhouseby Caseen Gaines
  28. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean (audio CD)
  29. The Last Boys Picked by Janet Sasson Edgette

September

  1. Gore Vidal: Snapshots in History’s Glare
  2. Stuntman!: My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life by Hal Needham
  3. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
  4. Asian Tofu by Andrea Nguyen
  5. John Waters: Interviews by James Egan
  6. The End of Men and the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin
  7. Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield (audio CD [improbably])
  8. Designing Diagrams: Making Information Accessible Through Design by Jan Gauguin (a bore and, if aimed at engineers and Windows users, misdirected)
  9. Graphic Thought Facility by Zoe Ryan
  10. Sagmeister: Another Book About Promotion and Sales Material, which I actually don’t recall in the slightest
  11. The Gentrification of the Mind by Sarah Schulman (review)
  12. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
  13. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
  14. The Changing World of Gay Men by Peter Robinson
  15. The Velvet Rage, Second Edition, by Alan Downs

August

  1. Half Empty by David Rakoff (audio CD) (again)
  2. Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz by Cynthia Carr
  3. The Myth of the Muslim Tide by Doug Saunders
  4. Tubes by Andrew Blum (dull)
  5. Wait: The Art and Science of Delay by Frank Partnoy
  6. Stieg Larsson: The Real Story of the Man Who Played with Fire by Jan-Erik Pettersson
  7. Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
  8. Merchants of Culture by John B. Thompson
  9. Typography, Referenced by Allan Haley et al.
  10. Quentin Crisp: The Profession of Being by Nigel Kelly
  11. This Means This, This Means That: A User’s Guide to Semiotics by Sean Hall
  12. Pioneers of Spanish Graphic Design by Emilio Gil (suggested)
  13. Art and the Subway: New York Underground by Tracy Fitzpatrick
  14. Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World by Nicholas Shaxson
  15. Christmas Exposed by the Onion
  16. Private Eye: The First 50 Years by Adam MacQueen (suggested)
  17. True North: A Life Inside the Music Business by Bernie Finkelstein
  18. The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present by Eric Kandel
  19. Whatever It Is, I Don’t Like It by Howard Jacobson
  20. The Lifespan of a Fact by John D’Agata
  21. The Monogamy Gap by Eric Anderson (unendurable)
  22. Attention[,] All Passengers: The Truth About the Airline Industry by William J. McGee
  23. Hands by John Napier

July

  1. The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah
  2. Digital Vertigo Andrew Keen (suggested)
  3. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges, Joe Sacco
  4. Halsted Plays Himself by William E. Jones
  5. Breaking Out II by Kevin Alderson
  6. Design by Nature by Maggie MacNab
  7. Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution by Linda Hirshman
  8. Savage Messiah by Laura Oldfield Ford (suggested)

June

  1. Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (atrocious)
  2. An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin by Gad Beck
  3. Hollywood Economics by Arthur De Vany
  4. Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and Engineers by Felice C. Frankel
  5. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (★★★)
  6. Where Men Hide by James B. Twitchell (★★★)
  7. In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect by Ronald Kessler
  8. The Brokeback Book: From Story to Cultural Phenomenon by William R. Handley
  9. Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever by Will Hermes
  10. 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang
  11. As Nature Made Him by John Colapinto
  12. City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
  13. Typography for Lawyers by Matthew Butterick (interloan)
  14. Out of the Blue by Jan Wong
  15. If Memory Serves: Gay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past by Christopher Castiglia
  16. The Art of Hand-Lettering by H. Wotzkow (give from Cavedoni)
  17. HHhH by Laurent Binet
  18. Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock [&] Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr by Robert Hofler
  19. The Remixer’s Bible by Francis Preve
  20. A.D.D.: Adolescent Demo Division by Douglas Rushkoff (suggested)
  21. Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books by Jason Godfrey (again)
  22. Gay Men Don’t Get Fat by Simon Doonan
  23. The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller (weak)
  24. The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
  25. A History of Graphic Design for Rainy Days by Studio 3 (much worse than it should have been)
  26. Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It by Gabor Maté (★★★)

May

  1. Postmodern Art: 1945 to Now by Francesco Poli
  2. The New American Haggadah by Jonathan Safran Foer, Shalom Auslander, Oded Ezer
  3. The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal (blog post)
  4. Octopus: The Ocean’s Intelligent Invertebrate by Jennifer A. Mather
  5. The Incident Report by Martha Baillie
  6. Raising Boys in a New Kind of World by Michael Reist
  7. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Maté (★★★)
  8. The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq
  9. The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace by Shaunti Feldhahn
  10. Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success by Ken Segall
  11. Lady Gaga × Terry Richardson
  12. The Conflict by Elisabeth Badinter
  13. The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to their Younger Selves by Sarah Moon (vague and saccharine)
  14. The Best Place to Be: Expo 67 and its Time by John Lownsbrough
  15. Form + Code in Design, Art, and Architecture by Casey Reas
  16. Manhunt by Peter L. Bergen
  17. The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time, Dan Burstein, ed.
  18. Four Novels of the 1960s by Philip K. Dick
  19. Basement of Wolves by Daniel Allen Cox
  20. The Sugar[‑]Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner (recall)

April

  1. States of Desire: Travels in Gay America by Edmund White (interloan)
  2. The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex [continues endlessly] by Liza Mundy
  3. Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Hetrosexuality by Hanne Blank
  4. The Expo Files: Articles by the Crusading Journalist by Stieg Larsson
  5. How to Sharpen Pencils by David Rees
  6. Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive by Bruce Schneier
  7. Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg
  8. Something Inside: Conversations With Gay Fiction Writers by Philip Gambone (interloan)
  9. Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid by Simon Pegg
  10. Tower of Babble by Richard Stursberg
  11. To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life by Hervé Guibert (recall)
  12. Pax Ethnica Karl E. Meyer
  13. Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom by Rebecca MacKinnon
  14. Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in Seventies New York by James Wolcott
  15. I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright
  16. The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948–1985 by James Baldwin (I barely got through the one essay I was looking for)
  17. Microstyle by Christopher Johnson
  18. Love Stories: Sex between Men before Homosexuality by Jonathan Ned Katz
  19. Imagine: The Science of Creativity by Jonah Lehrer
  20. Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner (recall)
  21. Tough Sh[i]t by Kevin Smith
  22. Symbol by Steven Bateman (of almost no value whatsoever)
  23. The German Genius by Peter Watson

March

  1. Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed by Carl Zimmer (not remotely as good as its premise)
  2. Free Will by Sam Harris
  3. Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History by Mildred Friedman
  4. Saul Bass by Pat Kirkham
  5. The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin
  6. In The Game: Gay Athletes and the Cult of Masculinity by Eric Anderson (appalling)
  7. The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure by Jonathan Peter Balcombe
  8. Quiet Desperation: The Truth About Successful Men by Jan Halper (interloan)
  9. Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010 by Charles Murray
  10. Marriage Shock: The Transformation of Women into Wives by Dalma Heyn
  11. Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America by Christopher Bram (★★★)

February

  1. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit Banerjee
  2. Pity the Billionaire: by Thomas Frank
  3. Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky
  4. Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars by Scotty Bowers (dud)
  5. Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970–1990 by Glenn Adamson
  6. The Enemy Within: Terror, Lies, and the Whitewashing of Omar Khadr by Ezra Levant
  7. Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer Holland
  8. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (audio CD)
  9. Rich People Things by Chris Lehmann
  10. Too Big to Know by David Weinberger
  11. Wanted Women: Faith, Lies, and the War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui by Deborah Scroggins
  12. Is There Anything Good About Men? by Roy F. Baumeister
  13. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July (audio CD)
  14. The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right by Arthur Goldwag
  15. Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour by Charles Churchward
  16. CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions by Frederic Chaubin
  17. Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back by Michael Musto (copy error on first page; goes downhill from there)

January

  1. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton
  2. Public Parts by Jeff Jarvis
  3. Gods and Monsters: A Queer Film Classic by Noah Tsika
  4. Death in Venice: A Queer Film Classic by Will Aitken
  5. Assumption by Percival Everett (recall)
  6. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister
  7. Babel No More by esteemed colleague Michael Erard (recall)
  8. Harris Tweed: From Land to Street by Lara Platman (dud)
  9. Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson (dud)
  10. Walking Higher: Gay Men Write About the Deaths of Their Mothers by Alexander Renault
  11. Identify: Iconic Trademarks Designed by Chermayeff & Geismar (dud, and indulgent)
  12. Tools for Living: A Sourcebook of Iconic Designs for the Home by Charlotte Fiell
  13. In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
  14. Art Deco Architecture in Toronto by Tim Morawetz
  15. The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson
  16. Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art by Richard Meyer
  17. Crass Struggle by R.T. Naylor
  18. The Deal from Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers by James O’Shea
  19. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (recall)
  20. My Prizes: An Accounting by Thomas Bernhard
  21. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (again) (recall)
  22. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (again)

2011

December

  1. Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital by Catherine Hakim (★★★)
  2. Arguably by Christopher Hitchens
  3. Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work Is Done by Susan J. Douglas
  4. Life Itself by Roger Ebert (audio CD)
  5. The Constitution, 1982
  6. Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography by Errol Morris
  7. The Infinity of Lists: An Illustrated Essay by Umberto Eco
  8. Marshall McLuhan by Douglas Coupland
  9. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  10. Meggs: Making Graphic Design History by Rob Carter (interloan) (dud)
  11. I Want My MTV by Craig Marks
  12. The Book of Probes by Eric McLuhan
  13. 1,000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke
  14. LGBT Identity and Online New Media, Christopher Pullen, ed.
  15. Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Colo[u]r by Leatrice Eiseman
  16. The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper by Kate Ascher
  17. Vegan Pie in the Sky by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

November

  1. The High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky by Joshua David, Robert Hammond
  2. Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo by Michael Schiavi
  3. Cabin Fever: The Best New Canadian Nonfiction by Moira Farr, Ian Pearson
  4. Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible by Sophie Lovell
  5. The Savage War: The Untold Battles of Afghanistan by Murray Brewster
  6. The Submission by Amy Waldman
  7. Campus Confidential by Ken S. Coates
  8. With Liberty and Justice for Some by Glenn Greenwald
  9. Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back by Robert Levine

October

  1. Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State by Dana Priest
  2. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  3. The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin/ by Joe McGinniss
  4. The Ecstasy of Defeat by the Onion
  5. The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
  6. Zone One by Colson Whitehead
  7. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean
  8. 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America by Albert Brooks
  9. 100 Ideas that Changed Fashion by Harriet Worsley
  10. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood
  11. Fire by Sebastian Junger
  12. Bigger Than the Game: Bo, Boz, the Punky QB, and How the ’80s Created the Modern Athlete by Michael Weinreb
  13. Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes by Paula Szuchman
  14. Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta (recall)
  15. That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back by Thomas L. Friedman
  16. MetaMaus by Art Spiegelman
  17. Letter Fountain by Joep Pohlen
  18. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
  19. About Canada: Animal Rights by John Sorenson
  20. Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom

September

  1. Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV by Ben Shapiro
  2. Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone by Michelle Shephard
  3. The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance by K. Anders Ericsson
  4. My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness by Gwyneth Paltrow
  5. How to Speak Dog by Stanley Coren
  6. Why Does My Dog Act That Way? by Stanley Coren
  7. Puppy[-]Taming by Caroline Davis
  8. Retromania by Simon Reynolds
  9. I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay by John Lanchester
  10. What Language Is by John McWhorter
  11. After America: Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn. (What’s he complaining about now?)
  12. Atlas of Graphic Designers by Elena Stanic
  13. “There Are Things I Want You to Know” About Stieg Larsson and Me by Eva Gabrielsson (oddball title with quotation marks in it) (★★★; excerpts)
  14. The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City by Misha Glouberman (review)
  15. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
  16. The Antagonist by Lynn Coady
  17. Whatever by Michel Houellebecq
  18. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  19. Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavio[u]r Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw

August

  1. Directions 2010 by ADCC (without an ISBN or author)
  2. Polaroids by Attila Richard Lukacs (and this is how big it is)
  3. Diary of an Innocent by Tony Duvert (interloan) (despite more than enough time, I did not manage to get to this one, and feel terrible about it)
  4. Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking by Tim Dean (interloan)
  5. Unspecial Effects for Graphic Designers by Bob Gill (interloan)
  6. Graphic Design: A User’s Manual by Adrian Shaughnessy (dud)
  7. As Long As It’s Pink: The Sexual Politics of Taste by Penny Sparke (interloan)
  8. ArtWork: Seeing Inside the Creative Process by Ivan Vartanian
  9. Canada: A Year of the Land by the National Film Board
  10. All the Sad Young Literary Men by Keith Gessen
  11. Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan (again)
  12. I Stand for Canada: The Story of the Maple Leaf Flag by Rick Archbold
  13. Woman as Design by Stephen Bayley
  14. New Scandinavian Design by Katherine Nelson
  15. Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals by Jonathan Balcombe
  16. I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards
  17. Infidel by Tim Hetherington (interloan) (★★★) (chest)
  18. This is Not the End of the Book by Jean-Philippe de Tonnac, Umberto Eco
  19. Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the World’s Wealthiest Widows (unfinished after nearly six months)
  20. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (audio CD)
  21. Why I Hate Abercrombie & Fitch: Essays on Race and Sexuality by Dwight McBride
  22. Beijing Welcomes You by Tom Scocca
  23. Coolest Cross-Sections Ever! by Richard Platt
  24. Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein
  25. Smothered in Hugs by Dennis Cooper
  26. City of Glass: Douglas Coupland’s Vancouver, revised edition, by Douglas Coupland
  27. The Tomcat Chronicles: Erotic Adventures of a Gay-Liberation Pioneer by Jack Nichols
  28. Dark Heart The Shocking Truth About Hidden Britain by Nick Davies (interloan)
  29. Ayn Rand’s Anthem: The Graphic Novel by Charles Santino
  30. The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt by Jon-Jon Goulian (awful)

July

  1. The Story of Graphic Design in France by Michel Wlassikoff (Lisa Davidson and Sally Laruelle, trans.)
  2. Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn
  3. An Accidental Sportswriter by Robert Lipsyte
  4. Queering Bathrooms by Sheila L. Cavanagh
  5. See a Little Light by Bob Mould
  6. This Small Cloud by Harry Daley (interloan)
  7. A.A. Gill is Further Away by A.A. Gill
  8. Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims
  9. Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top-Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen
  10. Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas by Christopher Reed
  11. You Are What You Speak by Robert Lane Greene
  12. The Practical Heart: Four Novellas by Allan Gurganus
  13. A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
  14. White by Kenya Hara
  15. Coming Out to the Mainstream: New Queer Cinema in the 21st Century, JoAnne C. Juett, ed.
  16. Griftopia by Matt Taibbi
  17. The Psychopath Test by JON-RON-SON
  18. The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage by Roger L. Martin
  19. Crass Struggle by R. T. Naylor
  20. Hunting: In Search of the Wild Life: Philosophy for Everyone by Nathan Kowalsky
  21. Inside Canadian Intelligence by Dwight Hamilton
  22. Bossypants by Tina Fey (audio CD) (★★★)
  23. Among the Truthers by Jonathan Kay
  24. Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York by James T. Murray
  25. When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing by Alan D. Wolfelt
  26. Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love: A Complete Resource to Help You Heal by Lori A. Greene
  27. The Loss of a Pet by Wallace Sife
  28. Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield (failed after three attempts)
  29. Street Knowledge by King Adz
  30. Ken Lum, G.E. Arnold, ed. (dud)
  31. Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman

June

  1. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
  2. Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City-Builder by Ken Greenberg
  3. Bring on the Books for Everybody: How Literary Culture Became Popular Culture by Jim Collins
  4. California Screaming by Doug Guinan (interloan)
  5. Living in the End Times by Slavoj Žižek
  6. The Red Market by Scott Carney
  7. The Great Typo Hunt by Jeff Deck, Benjamin D. Herson
  8. Alone Together by Sherry Turkle (overwrought)
  9. Feeling Canadian: Television, Nationalism, and Affect by Marusya Bociurkiw (dud)
  10. Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity by Anne Elizabeth Moore
  11. The Complete Wendel by Howard Cruse
  12. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
  13. Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences by Sarah Schulman
  14. The Right Balance by Hugh Segal
  15. The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity by Michael Marmot
  16. The Hollow Planet by Scott Thompson
  17. Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy
  18. Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel
  19. Cascadia’s Fault by Jerry Thompson

May

  1. Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small-Town Canada by Lily Cho (dud)
  2. Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners
  3. Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America by Kurt Andersen (interloan) (dud)
  4. Android Karenina by Ben H. Winters
  5. The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style by Christopher Riley
  6. Sleepwalk with Me by Mike Birbiglia (dud)
  7. Trouble in the Camera Club by Don Pyle
  8. It’s Not Really About the Hair by Tabatha Coffey
  9. Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture by Jonathan D. Katz
  10. The Lives of Animals by J. M. Coetzee (recall)
  11. Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why by Simon LeVay
  12. Man’s World by Rupert Smith (★★★)
  13. Inside WikiLeaks by Daniel Domscheit-Berg
  14. The Necrofiles by Donna Lypchuk (dud)
  15. The Metropolis Case by Matthew Gallaway
  16. The Disco Files 1973–78 by Vince Aletti
  17. When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress–Disease Connection by Gabor Maté (★★★)
  18. It’s Always Personal: Emotion in the New Workplace by Anne Kreamer
  19. How to Be a Man: A Guide To Style and Behavior for the Modern Gentleman by Glenn O’Brien

April

  1. The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can’t Be Jammed by Joseph Heath, Andrew Potter
  2. How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul, revised edition, by Adrian Shaughnessy (in cold light of day, a dud)
  3. What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly
  4. Modern Nature by Derek Jarman
  5. Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead (audio CD)
  6. War by Sebastian Junger (audio CD)
  7. With Glowing Hearts by VANOC
  8. Hate: A Romance by Tristan Garcia
  9. Writing in the Time of Nationalism: From Two Solitudes to Blue Metropolis by Linda Leith (dud)
  10. Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change by Victor Papanek
  11. Greetings from the Gayborhood: A Look Back at the Golden Age of Gay Neighborhoods by Donald F. Reuter (interloan)
  12. The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future by Laurence C. Smith (recall)
  13. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  14. Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys by Kay Hymowitz (blog mention)
  15. They Live by Jonathan Lethem
  16. Ærotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next by John D. Kasarda
  17. It Gets Better by Dan Savage
  18. Acme Novelty Library Nº 20 by Chris Ware
  19. The Trouble with Canada... Still by William Gairdner
  20. The Decline of Males by Lionel Tiger (dud)
  21. J.E.H. Macdonald, Designer by Robert Stacey
  22. Willful Blindness by Margaret Heffernan
  23. Rawhide Down: The Near-Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber
  24. Discography by the Pet Shop Boys
  25. Local Motion: The Art of Civic Engagement in Toronto, Christina Palassio, ed. (dud)

March

  1. Wolfgang Tillmans: Manual (even worse than expected; cf.)
  2. Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt (recall)
  3. Patriot Hearts: Inside the Olympics That Changed a Country by John Furlong
  4. Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great by Rick Meyerowitz (awful!)
  5. Harperland: The Politics of Control by Lawrence Martin
  6. Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910–1969 by William Mann
  7. A Reader’s Manifesto by B. R. Myers
  8. Wall and Piece by Banksy
  9. The Big Rewind by Nathan Rabin
  10. Kraków Melt by Daniel Allen Cox
  11. Never Use White Type on a Black Background and 50 Other Ridiculous Design Rules by Anneloes van Gaalen (Doylism)
  12. Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance by Joshua Glenn (Doylism)
  13. Design Meets Disability by Graham Pullin (Doylism)
  14. Global Journalism Ethics by Stephen J. A. Ward (dud)
  15. A Week at the Airport by Alain de Botton (another in his series of self-parodies)

February

  1. Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College in the Twilight of the ’80s by Richard Rushfield
  2. Whiter Shades of Pale by Christian Lander
  3. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
  4. The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker by Roger Ebert (dud, and copied-and-pasted from blog entries and reader submissions)
  5. Manthropology by Peter McAllister
  6. Puffin by Design by Phil Baines
  7. Eye Twisters by Burkard Polster
  8. The Puffin Canadian Beginner’s Dictionary, K.J. Weber, ed.
  9. The Vaults by Toby Ball

January

  1. Menace in Europe: Why the Continent’s Crisis Is America’s, Too by Claire Berlinski (again; cf.)
  2. Surface Detail by Iain Banks
  3. Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade by Justin Spring
  4. “There Is No Alternative”: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters by Claire Berlinski (★★★; cf.)
  5. Trudeau Albums
  6. Alinea by Grant Achatz (dud)
  7. Do You Matter? How Great Design Will Make People Love Your Company by Robert Brunner
  8. I’ve a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore by Ethan Mordden (these books are total bores)
  9. Gay Shame, David M. Halperin, ed.
  10. The Procrastination Equation by Piers Steel (imperious and hectoring)
  11. Designed Maps: A Sourcebook for GIS Users by Cynthia A. Brewer
  12. Some Men Are Lookers by Ethan Mordden (also a bore)
  13. C by Tom McCarthy
  14. Pop Touched Me: The Art of Rob Pruitt
  15. Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World by Doug Saunders
  16. How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
  17. Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond 1977–1981 by Liz Worth
  18. From Dusk Till Dawn: An Insider’s View of the Growth of the Animal Liberation Movement by Keith Mann
  19. Shift by Tim Kring, Dale Peck
  20. Speaking of Art: Four Decades of Art in Conversation by William Furlong
  21. Contemporary Graphic Design by Peter Fiell (dud)
  22. Choke by Sian Beilock
  23. The Hogtown Project by Nadine Dolly (considerable disappointment)
  24. War by Sebastian Junger

2010

December

  1. Buddies by Ethan Mordden
  2. We3 by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely
  3. Peter Gzowski by Rae Fleming
  4. Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God by Greg Graffin
  5. The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
  6. The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody
  7. Visual Grammar by Christian Leborg
  8. The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud
  9. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog (again)
  10. Secrets of Voice-Over Success by Joan Baker
  11. Penguin 75 by Paul Buckley
  12. Kohn on Music Licensing by Al Kohn, plus four supplementary volumes (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
  13. The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
  14. I Live in the Future and Here’s How It Works by Nick Bilton
  15. Andreas Gursky: Works 80–08, Martin Hentschel, ed.
  16. Drawing for Designers by Alan Pipes
  17. The Story of Graphic Design by Patrick Cramsie
  18. Mary Ann in Autumn by Armistead Maupin

November

  1. The Big Why by Michael Winter
  2. The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
  3. Waiting to Land: A (Mostly) Political Memoir, 1985–2008 by Martin Duberman (insufferable)
  4. Micah Lexier: I’m Thinking of a Number, Jan Peacock, ed.
  5. Business Inside Out: Capturing Millions of Brand-Loyal Gay Consumers by Robert Witeck, Wesley Combs (fagonomics)
  6. Richard Prince
  7. The Trouble with Billionaires by Linda McQuaig
  8. The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket by John Weir (interloan)
  9. Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine (recall)
  10. The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values by Sam Harris
  11. The All-New Print-Production Handbook by David Bann
  12. Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS by Deborah B. Gould
  13. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (★★★★; PowerPoint)
  14. Finlater by Shawn Stewart Ruff
  15. Mad Men Unbuttoned by Natasha Vargas-Cooper (questioning its existence)
  16. The Positive Power of Negative Thinking by Julie K. Norem
  17. When Gay People Get Married by M.V. Lee Badgett
  18. The Animals’ War by Juliet Gardiner
  19. The Secret History of MI6 by Keith Jeffery
  20. Witness to a City: David Miller’s Toronto by David Miller
  21. Grief by Andrew Holleran

October

  1. Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation by Devra Davis
  2. Earth: The Book by the Daily Show (dud)
  3. The Warhol Gang by Peter Darbyshire
  4. Wrong Bar by Nathaniel G. Moore
  5. By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham
  6. Sum: 40 Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman (★★★★)
  7. The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game by Sam Sheridan
  8. Toronto on Film by Geoff Pevere (“ ‘175’ Key Toronto Films”)
  9. Cute, Quaint, Hungry, and Romantic: The Æsthetics of Consumerism by Daniel Harris
  10. The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith (recall)
  11. © Takashi Murakami by Dick Hebdige et al.
  12. Away: Maritimers in Massachusetts, Ontario and Alberta by Gary Burrill (interloan)
  13. Born Round by Frank Bruni
  14. Lettering & Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces by Bruce Willen
  15. Half Empty by David Rakoff (questioning its existence)
  16. MacroWikinomics by Don Tapscott

September

  1. Muscle Men: Rock Hard Gay Erotica by Richard Labonté
  2. Kraken by China Miéville
  3. Zero History by William Gibson (copy errors)
  4. Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women by Nora Ephron
  5. The Frumkiss Family Business by Michael Wex
  6. Barbara Kruger by Alexander Alberro, Martha Gever, Miwon Kwon, Carol Squiers (at TRL)
  7. Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
  8. Sketchbook: Conceptual Drawings from the World’s Most Influential Designers by Timothy O’Donnell
  9. Losing Control: Canada’s Social Conservatives in the Age of Rights by Tom Warner
  10. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
  11. Rework by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  12. Visual Literacy: A Conceptual Approach to Graphic Problem-Solving by Judith Wilde
  13. Do Fish Feel Pain? by Victoria Braithwaite (spoiler: yes)
  14. And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture by Bill Wasik (dry)
  15. Gays, Lesbians, and Consumer Behavior: Theory, Practice and Research Issues in Marketing by Daniel L. Wardlow (interloan) (fagonomics)
  16. A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster by Wendy Moffat
  17. After Midnight: The Life and Death of Brad Davis by Susan Bluestein Davis, Hilary de Vries
  18. The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism by Nicholas Fox Weber
  19. Bricklin by H. A. Fredericks (interloan)
  20. The Canadian Century: Moving Out of America’s Shadow by Brian Lee Crowley
  21. Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity by Robert Jensen (horrific)
  22. Mean Boy by Lynn Coady
  23. A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver by Chris Macdonald
  24. Fabricating Architecture: Selected Readings in Digital Design and Manufacturing by Robert Corser
  25. The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume I: Basic Forms: How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step by Carol Barton

August

  1. My Queer War by James Lord
  2. Fauna by Alissa York
  3. Nomad: From Islam to America by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (audio CD)
  4. Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter by Tom Bissell (overlong, overblown, arch)
  5. Handbook on the Economics of Discrimination by William M. Rodgers III (interloan) (fagonomics)
  6. The Great Reset by Richard Florida (dud)
  7. Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky (unneeded)
  8. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman (dud)
  9. The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation by Gary Kinsman (twice failed to muster interest)
  10. Twenty Million New Customers! Understanding Gay Men’s Consumer Behavior by Steven M. Kates (fagonomics)
  11. Super Sad True Love Story Gary Shteyngart (neologisms)
  12. Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far by Stefan Sagmeister (★★★)
  13. Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
  14. It Sucked and Then I Cried by Heather Armstrong
  15. Selling Out: The Gay and Lesbian Movement Goes to Market by Alexandra Chasin (fagonomics)
  16. Business, Not Politics: The Making of the Gay Market by Katherine Sender (fagonomics)
  17. Starving to Death on $200 Million by James Ledbetter (no reason to exist other than to fluff the reputation of the author, who is famous enough already; also a lengthy self-exculpation)
  18. 8 × 10 by Michael Turner
  19. Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto by Modernism supremacist Shawn Micallef (dud)
  20. Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America by Mary L. Gray
  21. Creating Memory: A Guide to Outdoor Public Sculpture in Toronto by John Warkentin
  22. The Toronto You Are Leaving by Gordon Stewart Anderson

July

  1. Why Architecture Matters by Paul Goldberger
  2. The Corporate Closet: The Professional Lives of Gay Men in America by James D. Woods (interloan) (fagonomics)
  3. Role Models by John Waters (★★★)
  4. The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin
  5. The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz
  6. This Is Not a Novel by David Markson
  7. A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto by Margaret Goodfellow
  8. Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis (★★★)
  9. Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte
  10. Picturing Canada: A History of Canadian Children’s Illustrated Books and Publishing by Gail Edwards
  11. The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters by B.R. Myers
  12. Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals by Jean Kazez
  13. Untold Millions: Secret Truths About Marketing to Gay and Lesbian Consumers by John Dececco (interloan) (fagonomics)
  14. Paris Underground: The Maps, Stations, and Design of the Metro by Mark Ovenden
  15. City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and ’70s by Edmund White
  16. Within the Context of No Context by George W.S. Trow
  17. Queer Economics: A Reader, Joyce Jacobsen, Adam Zeller, eds. (fagonomics)

June

  1. Simply Halston by Steven Gaines
  2. Cracking the Corporate Closet by Daniel B. Baker, Sean O’Brien Strub, Bill Henning (fagonomics)
  3. Gay Issues in the Workplace by Brian McNaught (fagonomics)
  4. One Hundred Years of Menswear by Cally Blackman (★★★★) (review)
  5. Open by Andre Agassi (recall)
  6. Straight Talk About Gays in the Workplace by Liz Winfeld (fagonomics)
  7. The Slow Fix by Ivan E. Coyote
  8. Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun
  9. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir (Constance Borde, Sheila Malovany-Chevallier, translatrixen)
  10. And the Heart Says Whatever by Emily Gould
  11. Branding Canada: Projecting Canada’s Soft Power Through Public Diplomacy by Evan H. Potter
  12. Let There Be Neon by Rudi Stern
  13. How to Wreck a Nice Beach by Dave Tompkins
  14. The Wine Snob’s Dictionary by David Kamp, David Lynch (interloan)
  15. The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
  16. The Calculus of Friendship: What a Teacher and a Student Learned About Life While Corresponding About Math by Steven Strogatz
  17. From Pencil to Pen Tool: Understanding and Creating the Digital Fashion Image by Jemi Armstrong
  18. File Magazine’s Complete Reprint Vol. 2
  19. And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records by Larry Harris
  20. Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles Vol. 1 by Jan Tholenaar (extracts)
  21. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
  22. Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis (abandoned after three attempts)
  23. Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human–Animal Bond by Meg Daley Olmert (recall)
  24. The Man’s Book by Thomas Fink
  25. Marshall McLuhan by Douglas Coupland

May

  1. The Armageddon Factor by Marci McDonald
  2. Kenk: A Graphic Portrait by Richard Poplak
  3. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (audio CD)
  4. Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value by William Poundstone
  5. Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk
  6. Typomundus 20 (interloan)
  7. The Art of Manliness by Brett & Kate McKay
  8. The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History by Jason Vuić (factually inaccurate about New Brunswick)
  9. Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, “America’s Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine” by Henry E. Scott
  10. The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning (Architecture)
  11. Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture by Alice Echols (★★★)
  12. The Information Design Handbook by Jenn Visocky O’Grady
  13. While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World by Andrew Cohen
  14. A Look At Canada
  15. J.C. Leyendecker by Laurence S. Cutler, Judy Goffman Cutler (blog post)
  16. Terre Haute by Edmund White

April

  1. Oxford Picture Dictionary: Monolingual by Jayme Adelson-Goldstein
  2. The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster
  3. Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson
  4. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
  5. Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug
  6. Designing with Web Standards, Third Edition, by Jeffrey Zeldman
  7. The Design Entrepreneur by Steven Heller, Lita Talarico
  8. Distracted by Maggie Jackson
  9. Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne C. Heller
  10. Style Evolution: How to Create Ageless Personal Style in Your 40s and Beyond by Kendall Farr
  11. Global Call Cent[re]s by Erik Granered (blog post)
  12. From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law by Martha C. Nussbaum
  13. Spreading Misandry by Paul Nathanson, Katherine K. Young
  14. My Son the Fanatic by Hanif Kureishi
  15. Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields (★★★★)
  16. The Best of Friends: Martha and Me by Mariana Pasternak
  17. The Authenticity Hoax by Andrew Potter
  18. Formica & Design by Susan Grant-Lewin (interloan)
  19. Celebutards by Andrea Peyser (interloan) (dud)
  20. Techno Textiles 2 by Sarah E. Braddock Clarke, Marie O’Mahony (interloan)
  21. The Story of My Baldness by Marek van der Jagt (no relation)
  22. Copywriting: Successful Writing for Design, Advertising, and Marketing by Mark Shaw
  23. Sustainable Graphic Design by Wendy Jedlicka
  24. Adobe Photoshop for Fashion Design by Susan Lazear (atrocious)
  25. Bloom County Complete Library Volume 1 by Berkeley Breathed

March

  1. The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs
  2. The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman
  3. VoiceMale: What Husbands Really Think About Their Marriages, Their Wives, Sex, Housework, and Commitment by Neil Chethik (interloan)
  4. From Gutenberg to OpenType: An Illustrated History of Type from the Earliest Letterforms to the Latest Digital Fonts by Robin Dodd (interloan)
  5. TSN 25 years by Jim Hynes
  6. When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies by Andy Beckett
  7. American Hunks by David L. Chapman, Brett Josef Grubišić
  8. The Graphic Eye: Photographs by Graphic Designers from Around the Globe by Stefan G. Bucher
  9. A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Montreal by Helen Malkin
  10. Eyes of Desire: A Deaf Gay and Lesbian Reader by Raymond Luczak
  11. The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky
  12. The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics by Dona M. Wong
  13. The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein
  14. Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst by Karen A. Cerulo
  15. Fever: The Art of David Wojnarowicz by Dan Cameron
  16. Learning to Love You More by Harrell Fletcher, Miranda July
  17. Graphic Design, Referenced by Armin Vit, Bryony Gomez-Palacio (review)
  18. Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture by Tarleton Gillespie (interloan)
  19. The Tyranny of E-Mail by John Freeman
  20. Our Front Pages by the Onion
  21. The Lexicographer’s Dilemma by Jack Lynch
  22. Three-Month Fever: The Andrew Cunanan Story by Gary Indiana
  23. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  24. Abstraction and Empathy by Wilhelm Worringer (interloan)

February

  1. Captivity Tales: Canadians in New York by Elizabeth Hay
  2. Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich
  3. You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier
  4. The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History by John Ortved
  5. The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
  6. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by the Heath Brothers
  7. Excession by Iain M. Banks
  8. Pink Brain, Blue Brain by Lise Eliot
  9. The Subway Chronicles, Jacquelin Cangro, ed.
  10. Googled by Ken Auletta (dud)
  11. Shaping Things by Bruce Sterling
  12. On the Dot: The Speck That Changed the World by Alexander Humez
  13. SuperFreakonomics (“SuperCaliFreakonomicsExpialidocious”) by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  14. The Numerati by Stephen Baker
  15. Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart (electronic audiobook)
  16. Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf (audio CD)
  17. Toronto Noir, Janine Armin, ed.
  18. The Extra Man by Jonathan Ames

January

  1. City of Words: Toronto Through Her [sic] Authors’ Eyes, Sarah Elton, ed. (photo)
  2. Chief Culture Officer by Grant McCracken
  3. How to Go to the Movies by Mr. Quentin Crisp
  4. How to Have a Life-Style by Mr. Quentin Crisp (excerpts)
  5. Straight Acting: Gay Men, Masculinity and Finding True Love by Angelo Pezzote
  6. Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right by Jennifer Burns
  7. McSweeney’s Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories, Michael Chabon, ed.
  8. And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humo[u]r Writers on their Craft by Mike Sacks
  9. Canada in 2020 by Rudyard Griffiths
  10. Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life and Maybe Even the World by Warren Berger
  11. The City & the City by China Miéville (★★★★★)
  12. Buying In by Rob Walker
  13. Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language by Patricia T. O’Conner
  14. I Shudder by Paul Rudnick
  15. Gone: The Last Days of the New Yorker by Renata Adler
  16. The Trouble with Boys by Peg Tyre
  17. A Verse Map of Vancouver by George McWhirter
  18. The Cult of Mac by Leander Kahney (dud)
  19. Twenty & Change 01: Emerging Toronto Design Practices by Heather Dubbeldam
  20. Life Inc. by Douglas Rushkoff
  21. Big-Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq by Steve Fainaru
  22. TV by Design: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television by Lynn Spigel
  23. The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena by Diane Hennacy Powell
  24. Doc & Raider: Caught on Tape by Sean Martin
  25. Design Dictionary, Michael Erlhoff, Tim Marshall, eds.
  26. X-Ray: See Through the World Around You by Nick Veasey
  27. Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
  28. English as a Global Language by David Crystal

2009

December

  1. Milk: A Pictorial History of Harvey Milk
  2. Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention by Stanislas Dehaene (recalled twice)
  3. Flawed Dogs by Berkeley (sic) Breathed
  4. Penguin Dreams and Stranger Things by Berke (sic) Breathed
  5. The Edible City: Toronto Food from Farm to Fork, Christina Palassio and Alana Wilcox, eds. (dud)
  6. Birds of Toronto: A Guide to Their Remarkable World
  7. Doc & Raider: Incredibly Lifelike by Sean Martin
  8. Change by Design by Tim Brown
  9. The Double Life Is Twice as Good: Essays and Fiction by Jonathan Ames
  10. Going Rogue by Sarah Palin
  11. 100 Photos That Changed Canada, Mark Reid, ed.
  12. Lost Toronto by William Dendy
  13. Blind Fall by Anne Rice’s gay son
  14. Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon (audio CD)
  15. Proust and the Squid: Science and the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf
  16. Interaction of Colo[u]r by Josef Albers

November

  1. Unit Polyhedron Origami by Tomoko Fuse (again, for the fourth time)
  2. Strange Things Happen: A Life with the Police, Polo and Pygmies by Stewart Copeland
  3. Made With FontFont: Type for Independent Minds
  4. Overspray by Norman Hathaway (again)
  5. How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely
  6. Curious Boym: Design Works by Constantin Boym (interloan)
  7. Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians by Lesley Ellen Harris
  8. Guy Spaces: A Guide to Defining a Man’s Personal Space by Wayne Kalyn
  9. The New Layman’s Almanac by Jacob McArthur Mooney
  10. Libel by Peter A. Downard (interloan)
  11. Billy and the Boingers Bootleg by Berke (sic) Breathed
  12. North York’s Modernist Architecture

October

  1. Typography and Graphic Design: From Antiquity to the Present by Roxanne Jubert (interloan)
  2. Say Everything by Scott Rosenberg (corrected)
  3. Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West by Christopher Caldwell (recalled twice)
  4. Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces by Albert Mudrian
  5. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler
  6. Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
  7. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
  8. Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things by Ellen Lupton
  9. Symbol Sourcebook by Henry Dreyfus
  10. The Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent by Walter Laqueur
  11. Menace in Europe: Why the Continent’s Crisis Is America’s, Too by Claire Berlinski
  12. Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton Gellman
  13. Skin Lane by Neil Bartlett
  14. Fearful Symmetry: The Fall and Rise of Canada’s Founding Values by Brian Lee Crowley
  15. Forbidden Knowledge: 101 Things Not Everyone Should Know How to Do by Michael Powell
  16. The Fountain by Darren Aronofsky, Ken Williams
  17. You’ll Never Know, Book One: A Good and Decent Man by C. Tyler
  18. Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out by Douglas Rushkoff
  19. The Foie Gras Wars by Mark Caro
  20. Filthy Lucre: Economics for People Who Hate Capitalism by Joseph Heath
  21. Global Wording: The Fascinating Story of the Evolution of English by Charles Hodgson (audio CD)
  22. Designing Design by Kenya Hara (interloan)

September

  1. Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things by Rick Smith
  2. University of Toronto: The Campus Guide by Larry Wayne Richards
  3. Inner Vision: An Exploration of Art and the Brain by Semir Zeki (interloan)
  4. Canada Among Nations 2007: What Room to Manoeuvre? by Jean Daudelin
  5. Pet-Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine by Marion Nestle
  6. Boldface Names by Shineboy Govani
  7. On the Meaning of Friendship Between Gay Men by Andrew Gottlieb (dud)
  8. The Law of Libel & Slander in Canada by Richard H. Williams (interloan)
  9. Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson by Ian Halperin
  10. How to Think About Weird Things by Theodore Schick, Lewis Vaughn
  11. The Penguin Book of Canadian Humour by Will Ferguson
  12. How to Be a Canadian (Even if You Already Are One) by Will Ferguson, Ian Ferguson
  13. How to Set Up and Run a Fashion Label by Tony Meadows
  14. Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges
  15. The Force of Reason by Oriana Fallaci
  16. Generation A by Douglas Coupland
  17. Eunoia by Christian Bök (audio CD)
  18. DIY Quick Fix by Julian Cassell, Jon Eakes
  19. Antiques of the Future by Lisa S. Roberts
  20. The Terror Dream by Susan Faludi (audio CD)
  21. Studs Terkel’s Working: A Graphic Adaptation, Paul Buhle, ed.
  22. Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows by Kathleen Collins
  23. The Tall Book by Arianne Cohen (shitty type and copy)
  24. Tellmewhy: The First 24 Months of a New York Design Company by Clare Jacobson, Hjalti Karlsson, Jan Wilker (interloan)
  25. Super City by Douglas Coupland (interloan) (in-library)
  26. Life with Letters as They Turned Photogenic by Edward Rondthaler (interloan)
  27. Alphabet Thesaurus Vol. 3: A Treasury of Letter Designs by Photo-Lettering Inc. (interloan)
  28. The Smart Story by Paul Guinness
  29. The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell (audio CD)
  30. Straightedge Youth: Complexity and Contradictions of a Subculture by Robert T. Wood
  31. Graphic Interiors: Spaces Designed by Graphic Artists by Corinna Dean
  32. Turn Up the Contrast: CBC Television Drama since 1952 by Mary Jane Miller
  33. Rewind and Search: Conversations with the Makers and Decision-Makers of CBC Television Drama by Mary Jane Miller
  34. Bitchin’ Kitchen Cookbook: Rock Your Kitchen-And Let the Boys Clean Up the Mess by Nadia Giosia

August

  1. Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet (audio CD)
  2. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
  3. Signage: Graphic Communication in the Built World by Charles B. McLendon, Mick Blackistone (interloan)
  4. The Beach: An Illustrated History from the Lake to Kingston Road by Glenn Cochrane Jean Cochrane
  5. Rapt by Winifred Gallagher (dud)
  6. Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field (the field is not where you’re going to find “theory”) by Helen Armstrong
  7. The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumo[u]r, and Privacy on the Internet by Daniel J. Solove
  8. What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis
  9. The Wayfinding Handbook by David Gibson (review)
  10. Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins by Rupert Everett (audio CD)
  11. The Art Instinct by Denis Dutton
  12. Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom by Bruce Bawer
  13. Women, Power, Politics: The Hidden Story of Canada’s Unfinished Democracy by Sylvia Bashevkin (review)
  14. Toronto: The Essential Guide to the Best of the City (which I have solely for its Cocon usage)
  15. The Thoughtful Dresser by Linda Grant
  16. Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever by Walter Kirn
  17. Ripped by Greg Kot
  18. Second Person Queer, Richard Labonté and Lawrence Schmiel, eds. (defective)
  19. Designing Web Interfaces by Bill Scott, Theresa Neil
  20. The Big Thaw by Ed Struzik
  21. A History of Canadian Culture by Jonathan Vance
  22. Peter Gzowski’s Book About This Country in the Morning
  23. The Young, the Restless, and the Dead: Interviews with Canadian Filmmakers by George Melnyk
  24. Air Force One: A History of the Presidents and Their Planes by Kenneth T Walsh
  25. Japanese Goth by Tiffany Godoy, Ivan Vartanian
  26. Men’s Style by Russell Smith
  27. Process, Materials, and Measurements: All the Details Industrial Designers Need to Know But Can Never Find by Dan Cuffaro
  28. Captain Canuck Vol. 1 by Richard Comely
  29. Angloman 2: Money, Ethnics, Superheroes by Mark Shainblum, Gabriel Morrissette
  30. A Brief History of Anxiety (Yours and Mine) by Patricia Pearson
  31. In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent
  32. Shop Class As Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford

July

  1. Neuroarthistory by John Onians (interloan)
  2. Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide by Johanna Drucker, Emily McVarish
  3. Against Intellectual Monopoly by Michele Boldrin, David K. Levine (Cranky)
  4. The Means of Reproduction by Michelle Goldberg
  5. ABC3D by Marion Bataille (interloan)
  6. Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
  7. The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind by James Boyle (interloan) (Cranky)
  8. C/ID: Visual Identity and Branding for the Arts by Angus Hyland, Emily King (interloan)
  9. Robert Brownjohn: Sex and Typography by Emily King (interloan)
  10. The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
  11. Lost in Cyburbia: How Life on the Net Has Created a Life of Its Own by James Harkin
  12. Manufractured by Steven Skov Holt, Mara Holt Skov
  13. Do Good Design by David B. Berman (a title containing markup) (review)
  14. For the Love of Animals: The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement by Kathryn Shevelow
  15. Designers in Handcuffs by Pat Matson Knapp
  16. Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers by John Alderman
  17. Digital by Design by Troika
  18. Fatherland by Robert Harris
  19. Free by Chris Anderson
  20. Font: The Sourcebook by Nadine Monem
  21. My Winnipeg by Guy Maddin (for some reason)
  22. Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis, Peter H. Russell, Lorne Sossin, eds. (recall)
  23. Overspray by Norman Hathaway
  24. From Gutenberg to Google: Electronic Representations of Literary Texts by Peter L. Shillingsburg
  25. The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam
  26. The Language of Things by Deyan Sudjic (review)
  27. Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance by Stuart McGill
  28. Home Game by Michael Lewis

June

  1. The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain De Botton (mockery)
  2. Script & Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting by Kitty Burns Florey
  3. Design As Art by Bruno Munari (three attempts)
  4. Digital Barbarism by Mark Helprin (Cranky)
  5. Quiet, Please by Scott Douglas
  6. Family Outing by Chastity Bono
  7. Inside the Mind of BTK by John Douglas and Johnny Dodd
  8. I Am My Family: Photographic Memories and Fictions by Rafael Goldchain
  9. Women of Design by Bryony Gomez-Palacio, Armin Vit (review)
  10. The Man Who Owns the News by Michael Wolff
  11. The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940s by Ricardo J. Brown (interloan)
  12. Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig (Cranky)
  13. Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace 2.0 by Lawrence Lessig (Cranky)
  14. The Future of Ideas by Lawrence Lessig (Cranky)
  15. Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State by Andrew Gelman
  16. Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas by Sylvia A. Earle, Linda K. Glover
  17. The Third-Man Factor by John Geiger
  18. Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design by Gunther Kress, Theo van Leeuwen (interloan)
  19. The Manga Guide to Databases by Mana Takahashi
  20. Mapping Graphic Navigational Systems by Roger Fawcett-Tang
  21. Open and Shut: Why America Has Barack Obama, and Canada Has Stephen Harper by John Ibbitson
  22. Make Your Own Damn Movie! by Lloyd Kaufman

May

  1. Snark by David Denby
  2. Free-Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy
  3. High and Low by Kirk Varnedoe, Adam Gopnik
  4. Design and Science: The Life and Work of Will Burtin by R. Roger Remington, Robert S.P. Fripp (★★★)
  5. Spaceman Blues by Brian Slattery
  6. Hatchet Jobs by Dale Peck (interloan)
  7. Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
  8. Urban Nation by Alan Broadbent
  9. Kitchen Con: Writing on the Restaurant Racket by Trevor White
  10. The Science of Reading, Margaret J. Snowling, Charles Hulme, eds. (interloan)
  11. Toronto’s Visual Legacy by Steve MacKinnon, Karen Teeple, Michele Dale
  12. How Designers Think by Bryan Lawson
  13. 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick
  14. Billion Dollar Kiss by Jeffrey Stepakoff (interloan)
  15. Indie Publishing by Ellen Lupton
  16. Unbuilt Toronto: A History of the City That Might Have Been by Mark Osbaldeston
  17. American Nerd: The Story of My People by Benjamin Nugent (★★★★)
  18. Never Shoot a Stampede Queen: A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo by Mark Leiren-Young
  19. The Porning of America by Carmine Sarracino, Kevin M. Scott (gruesome)
  20. Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler
  21. A New Civil Right: Telecommunications Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans by Karen Peltz Strauss
  22. The Ego Boom by Steve Maich, Lianne George
  23. Securing the City by Christopher Dickey
  24. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (tried many times over a four-month period)
  25. Who We Are: A Citizen’s Manifesto by Rudyard Griffiths
  26. Just Too Good to Be True by E. Lynn Harris (audio CD)
  27. Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@★squiggle! by Art Spiegelman
  28. The Big Sort by Bill Bishop
  29. Point to Point Navigation by Gore Vidal
  30. Shakedown by Ezra Levant
  31. A Promise to Ourselves by Alec Baldwin
  32. Committed: A Rabble-Rouser’s Memoir by Dan Mathews

April

  1. Rock On: An Office Power Ballad by Dan Kennedy
  2. Design: Intelligence Made Visible by Stephen Bayley, Terence Conran
  3. Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel
  4. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  5. Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World by Naomi S. Baron
  6. Leadership and the Sexes by Michael Gurian, Barbara Annis
  7. Attila Richard Lukacs: Recent Work, 1990

March

  1. Food Matters by Mark Bittman
  2. Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of New Hollywood by Mark Harris (again)
  3. Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax
  4. Doormen by Peter Bearman (interloan)
  5. Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography by Ferrell McCollough
  6. Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why It Matters by Bill Tancer
  7. Laboratory Life: The Social Construction of Scientific Facts by Bruno Latour (interloan)
  8. Hellraisers: The Inebriated Life and Times of Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Richard Harris & Oliver Reed by Robert Sellers
  9. We Have Ways of Making You Laugh by Sam Gross (interloan)
  10. The Invisibles: Revolution by Grant Morrison
  11. Desperate Networks by Bill Carter
  12. Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
  13. Black Hole by Charles Burns
  14. Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average by Joseph T. Hallinan (recall)
  15. Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever by Joel Derfner
  16. Scanning: The Aberrant Architectures of Diller & Scofidio by Aaron Betsky, K. Michael Hays
  17. Heritage: A Romantic Look at Early Canadian Furniture by Scott Symons
  18. Re-make/Re-model: Becoming Roxy Music by Michael Bracewell (again)
  19. Design for Democracy: Ballot and Election Design by Marcia Lausen (interloan)
  20. Saskatchewan: Uncommon Views by Sharon Butala, David Carpenter, Helen Marzolf (interloan)
  21. Web 2.0 Heroes by Bradley L. Jones (dud, naturally)
  22. Text and Image by Mark Wigan
  23. The Torontonians by Phyllis Brett Young
  24. Basketball Jones by E. Lynn Harris (audio CD)
  25. British or American English? A Handbook of Word and Grammar Patterns by John Algeo (again) (interloan)
  26. The War Against Boys by Christina Hoff Sommers
  27. Fresher Styles for Web Designers by Curt Cloninger
  28. Alphabet Juice by Roy Blount, Jr.
  29. Blonde Like Me by Natalia Ilyin
  30. Drawing on Type by Frank Newfeld
  31. Empire: Nozone IX
  32. Rapture for the Geeks: When AI Outsmarts IQ by Richard Dooling
  33. A Day at El Bulli (perverse official orthography: elBulli) by Ferran Adrià, Albert Adrià, Juli Soler
  34. Designing for Interaction by Dan Saffer
  35. A Weekend Memoir by Ernest Hillen
  36. Remix by Supreme Court loser Lawrence Lessig
  37. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue by John McWhorter
  38. Young Man From The Provinces by Alan Helms
  39. Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey by Bill Brewster

February

  1. Getting It Right with Type by Victoria Squire
  2. Typo: The Last American Typesetter or How I Made and Lost $4 Million (an Entrepreneur’s Education) by David Silverman
  3. I Am My Father’s Son by Dan Hill
  4. Gut Feelings by Gerd Gigerenzer
  5. Graphic Design: The New Basics by Ellen Lupton, Jennifer Cole Phillips
  6. Flexible: Architecture That Responds to Change by Robert Kronenburg (photos)
  7. A Smile in the Mind by Beryl McAlhone
  8. Schott’s Original Miscellany by Ben Schott
  9. The Complete Peanuts 1967–1968 by Charles M. Schultz
  10. Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose
  11. Save the Males by Kathleen Parker (review)
  12. The Orange Code: How ING Direct Succeeded by Being a Rebel with a Cause by Arkadi Kuhlmann, Bruce Philp
  13. Acme Novelty Library Nº 19 by Chris Ware
  14. The Visual Dictionary of Architecture by Gavin Ambrose, Paul Harris, Sally Stone
  15. Nerds by David Anderegg
  16. Moscow Style by Mark Sutcliffe (photos)
  17. HTO, Wayne Reeves, Christina Palassio, eds. (also requires markup in title)
  18. Art Photography Now by Susan Bright
  19. King John of Canada by Scott Gardiner
  20. Detail in Typography by Jost Hochuli (“Vox Populi”; review)
  21. The Pirate’s Dilemma by Matt Mason (dud)
  22. Heavy Metal Thunder: Kick-Ass Cover Art from Kick-Ass Albums by James Sherry Neil Aldis
  23. Graphic Design: A New History by Stephen J. Eskilson
  24. Don’t Throw It, Grow It! 68 Windowsill Plants from Kitchen Scraps by Deborah Peterson
  25. Burning Down the House: Fighting Fire and Losing Myself by Russell Wangersky
  26. 10×10_2: 100 Architects, 10 Critics
  27. Righting the Mother Tongue by David Wolman (photos)

January

  1. The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester (audio CD)
  2. I Like You: Hospitality Under The Influence by Amy Sedaris (audio CD; dud)
  3. Apikoros Sleuth by Robert Majzels
  4. Bastard Tongues by Derek Bickerton
  5. Building Construction Illustrated by Francis D. K. Ching (photos)
  6. Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon (audio CD)
  7. The Solitary Vice: Against Reading by Mikita Brottman (review)
  8. King Jammy’s by Beth Lesser
  9. Electric Language: Understanding the Present by Eric McLuhan
  10. Smile When You’re Lying by Chuck Thompson
  11. Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film by Atom “Cronenberg” Egoyan
  12. The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
  13. Re-make/Re-model: Becoming Roxy Music by Michael Bracewell
  14. Cover Art by: New Music Graphics by Adrian Shaughnessy (photos)
  15. The Steve Machine by Mike Hoolboom
  16. The Surface of Meaning: Books and Book Design in Canada by Robert Bringhurst (photos)
  17. Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander
  18. Oxford Canadian Spelling Bee Dictionary, Katherine Barber et al., eds.
  19. Who’s Your City? by Richard Florida
  20. Signifying Rappers by Marc Costello, David Foster Wallace
  21. What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage by Amy Sutherland
  22. Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt (going unread due to his ill-attributed sources)
  23. A Report on the Afterlife of Culture by Stephen Henighan
  24. The New Blue Media by Theodore Hamm
  25. Asper Nation: Canada’s Most Dangerous Media Company by Marc Edge
  26. Meat Is Murder by Joe Pernice (33⅓)
  27. Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of New Hollywood by Mark Harris
  28. Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus

2008

December

  1. Japanamerica by Roland Kelts
  2. The Volunteer: A Canadian’s Secret Life in the Mossad by Michael Ross, Jonathan Kay
  3. Naked Conversations by Robert Scoble, Shel Israel
  4. Pause: 59 Minutes of Motion Graphics by Peter Hall, Andrea Codrington
  5. The Knowledge Book: Everything You Need to Know to Get By in the 21st Century
  6. Mafiaboy by Michael Calce, Craig Silverman
  7. Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World’s [Alleged] Top Bloggers by Michael A. Banks
  8. Good Taste by Peter Trifonas
  9. Thirtysomething Stories by Herskovitz, Zwick, et al. (interloan)
  10. Porsche: The Engineering Story by Jeff Daniels
  11. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  12. Bold Visions: The Architecture of the Royal Ontario Museum by Kelvin Browne
  13. X Saves The World by Jeff Gordinier
  14. Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? by Morgan Spurlock (audio CD)
  15. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8 Lee
  16. Rotten English by Dohra Ahmad
  17. A Century of New Words by John Ayto
  18. The Visible Word: Problems of Legibility by Herbert Spencer (interloan)
  19. Izzy by Peter C. Newman
  20. Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920–1965 by Richard Hollis (interloan)
  21. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow (four times, but I finished it)
  22. Lush Life by Richard Price (audio CD)

November

  1. Man to Man: A History of Gay Photography by Pierre Borhan
  2. Grown Up Digital by Don Tapscott
  3. Murder in Amsterdam by Ian Buruma
  4. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  5. My White Planet by Mark Anthony Jarman
  6. The ITC Typeface Collection (interloan)
  7. Walt Loves the Bearcat by Randy Boyd
  8. The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants by William Barthlott, Stefan Porembski, Rödiger Seinem, Inge Theisen
  9. My Mercedes Is Not for Sale by Jeroen Van Bergeijk (a book with markup in its title)
  10. Toronto: A City Becoming (“Utopia for grownups”), David Macfarlane, ed.
  11. Spy vs. Spy 2: The Joke and Dagger Files by Peter Kuper et al. (interloan)
  12. The Perfect Scent: A Year Behind the Scenes of the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York by Chandler Burr
  13. The Layout Book by Gavin Ambrose, Paul Harris
  14. Manufacturing Processes For Design Professionals by Rob Thompson
  15. The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson
  16. Options [perverse official orthography: oPtion$]: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs by Fake Steve Jobs Dan Lyons
  17. Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Punchier, More Engaging Language & Style by Arthur Plotnik
  18. Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky (also unneeded)
  19. The Science of Good Food by David Joachim, Andrew Schloss, A. Philip Handel
  20. The World In Six Songs by Daniel Levitin

October

  1. The Sexual Paradox: Extreme Men, Gifted Women and the Real Gender Gap by Susan Pinker (★★★★)
  2. Ego and Ink: The Inside Story of Canada’s National Newspaper War by Chris Cobb (again)
  3. Berlin: City of Smoke by Jason Lutes
  4. States by Christopher Griffith (interloan)
  5. Right Is Wrong by Arianna Huffington
  6. The Truth About Canada by Mel Hurtig
  7. The Big Switch by Nick Carr
  8. The Fruit Hunters by Adam Gollner
  9. Reverend Guppy’s Aquarium by Philip Dodd
  10. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, which I actually finished
  11. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (audio CD)
  12. Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery by Arthur W. Perry
  13. Be the Pack Leader by Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier
  14. How Sassy Changed My Life by Kara Jesella, Marisa Meltzer (interloan)
  15. An A–Z of Type Designers by Neil Macmillan (interloan)
  16. First Person Queer: Who We Are (So Far)
  17. Picturing Men: A Century of Male Relationships in Everyday American Photography by John Ibson
  18. The Starbucks Experience by Joseph Michelli

September

  1. When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (audio CD)
  2. From Hell by Alan Moore (interloan)
  3. Along the Way: MTA Arts for Transit by Sandra Bloodworth, William Ayres (interloan)
  4. Historical Atlas of Toronto by Derek Hayes
  5. The Art of Clairtone by Nina Munk, Rachel Gotlieb
  6. Best American Essays 2007
  7. The Cartoon Guide to (Non)Communication by Larry Gonick
  8. Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
  9. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  10. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense by Michael Brooks
  11. Programming Reality: Perspectives on English-Canadian Television
  12. Heat by Bill Buford (audio CD)
  13. Towers of Deception by Barrie Zwicker
  14. Y: The Last Man: Nº 10: Whys and Wherefores by Brian K. Vaughan
  15. Bring on the Apocalypse by George Monbiot
  16. Designing Effective Communications by Jorge Frascara
  17. DesignArt by Alex Coles
  18. United Empire Loyalists: Pioneers of Upper Canada by Nick Mika
  19. The Loyalists: Revolution, Exile, Settlement by Christopher Moore
  20. Digital Infrared Pro Secrets by David D. Busch
  21. The Vegetable Dishes I Can‘t Live Without by Mollie Katzen
  22. Mastering Materials, Bindings & Finishes by Catharine Fishel
  23. Night of the Mary Kay Commandos by Berke (sic) Breathed
  24. Creative City by Charles Landry
  25. The Tenacity of the Cockroach: Conversations with Entertainment’s Most Enduring Outsiders by the Onion

August

  1. The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
  2. Foul! the Secret World of FIFA by Andrew Jennings
  3. Love, Castro Street: Reflections of San Francisco
  4. What’s the Matter with Kansas? by Thomas Frank
  5. DMZ 1 & 2 by Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli
  6. The Holmes Inspection by Mike Holmes
  7. Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion by Michael Wex
  8. Stop Forgetting to Remember: The Autobiography of Walter Kurtz by Peter Kuper
  9. Mondo Canuck: A Canadian Pop Culture Odyssey by Geoff Pevere, Greig Dymond
  10. On a Personal Note by Rita MacNeil

July

  1. Writing for the Internet by Jane Dorner
  2. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July (whose surname I always misread with the pronunciation “Julie”)
  3. Lunch With Jan Wong (at TRL)
  4. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  5. The Design of Future Things by Don Norman
  6. Blackletter: Type and National Identity (at TRL)
  7. Breakpoint by Richard A. Clarke (audio CD)
  8. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  9. Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists by Casey Reas Ben Fry
  10. Get to Work by Linda Hirshman
  11. Concrete Toronto by Spacers™
  12. How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer by Debbie Millman (whose excruciating nasal voice we are spared)
  13. Welcome to Pyongyang by Charlie Crane
  14. The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning, and Sexual Power of Red Hair (inevitably) by Marion Roach (interloan)
  15. Get Ahead in Spelling by Robert Allen, John Seely
  16. Canada’s Queen by Patti Tasko
  17. Waltzing Again: New and Selected Conversations with [Peggy] by Earl Ingersoll
  18. The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches from the Future of English by Mark Abley (review)
  19. Chasing Adonis: Gay Men and the Pursuit of Perfection by Tim Bergling
  20. The Truth (with Jokes) by Al Franken (audio CD)
  21. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (audio CD)

June

  1. Typography and Graphic Design: From Antiquity to the Present by Roxanne Jubert, Serge Lemoine (at TRL)
  2. Stud: Architectures of Masculinity (interloan)
  3. Athlete by Howard Schatz, Beverly Ornstein (interloan)
  4. Athlete/Warrior by Jonathan Anderson (interloan)
  5. Your Movie Sucks by Roger Ebert
  6. Simpsons Comics Strike Back
  7. Great Design Using Non-Traditional Materials by Sheree Clark, Wendy Lyons
  8. Simpsons Comics Royale: A Super-Sized Simpson Soirée
  9. Futurama Adventures
  10. Communication Design: Principles, Methods and Practice by Jorge Frascara
  11. Designed by Peter Saville
  12. The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers by Vendela Vida
  13. The Affected Provincial’s Companion by Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy (interloan)
  14. American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges
  15. The Best Software Writing I by Joel Spolsky
  16. Got War? by Garry Trudeau
  17. Designing programmes: Four essays and an introduction by Karl Gerstner (interloan)
  18. Wayshowing by Per Mollerup (again)
  19. Eliot Noyes by Gordon Bruce (interloan)
  20. City Making in Paradise by Mike Harcourt et al.
  21. Memphis: Research, Experiences, Result, Failures and Successes of New Design by Barbara Radice
  22. Camouflage by Tim Newark (interloan)
  23. Turning Back the Clock: Hot Wars and Media Populism by Umberto Eco
  24. The Future of Music by David Kusek
  25. Who Owns Canada Now? by Diane Francis
  26. Microtrends by Mark Penn, Kinney Zalesne
  27. The Second Plane: September 11, Terror and Boredom by Martin Amis
  28. Rule the Web by Mark Frauenfelder

May

  1. The Barnbrook Bible by Jonathan Barnbrook (at TRL)
  2. Richard Renaldi: Figure and Ground (at TRL)
  3. When Languages Die by K. David Harrison (interloan)
  4. Active Literature: Jan Tschichold and New Typography by Christopher Burke (interloan)
  5. Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide by Laura J. Murray, Samuel E. Trosow (interloan)
  6. Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design by Henry Petroski (interloan)
  7. The Maple Leaf Forever: A Celebration of Canadian Symbols (only three of them – Mounties, beavers, maple leaves) by Donna Farron Hutchins, Nigel Hutchins
  8. If/Then: Design Implications of New Media (interloan)
  9. Do the Windows Open? by Julie Hecht
  10. Phototypesetting: A design manual by James Craig (interloan)
  11. Intercambios: Spanish for Global Communication (First Canadian Edition) by Guiomar Borrás, James N. Hendrickson, Stephen Henighan, Antonio Velásquez (interloan)
  12. Looking Good: A Guide for Men by Charles Hix (photos by Bruce Weber) (interloan)
  13. The Architecture of Parking by Simon Henley (interloan)
  14. The Outsports Revolution: Truth & Myth in the World of Gay Sports by Cyd Zeigler, Jim Buzinski
  15. Building with Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home by Ted Owens
  16. Independent Queer Cinema: Reviews and Interviews by Gary M. Kramer
  17. Slang Through the Ages by Jonathon Green
  18. The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design by Paul Betts (interloan)
  19. Creative Time: The Book by Anne Pasternak (interloan)
  20. Foreskin’s Lament by Shalom Auslander
  21. Regret the Error by Craig Silverman
  22. The Ice Palace That Melted Away by Bill Stumpf (which I might have edited in an early form)
  23. Saul’s Book by Paul Rogers
  24. The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall
  25. Zero Comments: Blogging and Critical Internet Culture by Geert Lovink
  26. Managing Humans by Rands
  27. Don’t Eat This Book by Morgan Spurlock (audio CD)
  28. United States by Laurie Anderson
  29. The Visual Dictionary of Graphic Design by Gavin Ambrose, Paul Harris
  30. The Fran Lebowitz Reader
  31. Blue Covenant by Maude Barlow
  32. Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People by Roy MacGregor
  33. Real World Mac Maintenance and Backups by Joe Kissell
  34. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (again)

April

  1. Street Furniture by Jacobo Krauel (a dud)
  2. Conservatize Me by John Moe
  3. While You’re Reading by Gerard Unger
  4. Dubliners by James Joyce (audio CD)
  5. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick, Paul Giamatti (audio CD)
  6. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
  7. Risotto by Jenny Stacey, Kathryn Hawkins
  8. The Everything Soapmaking Book by Alicia Grosso
  9. Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart by Ian Ayres
  10. City of Night (finally) by John Rechy
  11. Brownsville by Neil Kleid
  12. Design and Form: The Basic Course at the Bauhaus and Later by Johannes Itten
  13. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (with fabulous metal type)
  14. Thonet, Stahlrohr, Möbel
  15. The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf
  16. Elizabeth and After by Matt Cohen
  17. I Am Blind and My Dog Is Dead by Sam Gross

March

  1. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, Tom Hollander (audio CD)
  2. In Search of the Standard in Canadian English by Strathy Language Unit (actually added sometime last year)
  3. Dogs and Demons: Tales From the Dark Side of Modern Japan by Alex Kerr
  4. Accidental City by Wedgie Fulford
  5. The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Toronto! by Adrienne Shadd, Afua Cooper, Karolyn Smardz Frost
  6. East/West: A Guide to Where People Live in Downtown Toronto by Mark Fram, various Spacers™, et al. (with a strictly limited definition of “east”)
  7. Retro Graphics by Jonathan Raimes, Lakshmi Bhaskaran
  8. Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam (audio CD)
  9. Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean by Douglas Wolk
  10. Starring Brian Linehan by George Anthony
  11. Canadian Oxford Dictionary of Current English
  12. The Book of Dave by Will Self
  13. The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd
  14. Forms in Modernism: A Visual Set by Virginia Smith
  15. The Warhol Economy by Elizabeth Currid
  16. Psychogeography by Will Self
  17. Novels in Three Lines by Felix Feneon
  18. Acme Novelty Library Nº 18 by Chris Ware
  19. I Remember by Joe Brainard
  20. The Story of English by Robert McCrum et al.
  21. Finer Points in the Spacing & Arrangement of Type by Geoffrey Dowding
  22. The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture by Daniel Harris
  23. Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out by Katia Roberto and Jessamyn West
  24. Arts and Letters by Edmund White
  25. Radical Graphics/Graphic Radicals by Laura Harper (interloan)
  26. Design and Art by Alex Coles
  27. Androphilia by avowed satanist Jack Malebranche (“male branch” of the family tree?) (interloan)

February

  1. Consolation by Michael Redhill
  2. Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson et al.
  3. Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual by Timothy Samara
  4. I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now by Damien Hirst (J. Barnbrook, designer; at TRL)
  5. The New Kings of Nonfiction by Ira Glass
  6. Canadian English: Origins and Structures by J.K. Chambers
  7. When Words Deny the World by Stephen Henighan
  8. Uncouth Nation: Why Europe Dislikes America by Andrei S. Markovits
  9. The Nature of Photographs by Stephen Shore
  10. Berthold Fototypes E1 (at TRL)
  11. Bareback: A Tomato Project (at TRL)
  12. Made You Look by Stefan Sagmeister, Peter Hall (at TRL)
  13. Pentagram: The Compendium (at TRL)
  14. Experimental Formats 2 (“Mr. Shake-Hands Man II”) by Roger Fawcett-Tang (at TRL)
  15. Architectural Graphic Standards (at TRL)
  16. Area by Valerie Vago-Laurer, Patrick Busse (at TRL)
  17. Turning White: A Memoir of Change by Lee Thomas
  18. Architecture of the Absurd by John Silber
  19. Collins Canadian Essential English Dictionary & Thesaurus
  20. Editing Canadian English
  21. What Is Publication Design? by Lakshmi Bhaskaran
  22. Guide to Canadian English Usage by Margery Fee, Janice McAlpine (also 1997 edition)
  23. Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer
  24. Closed Captioning: Subtitling, Stenography, and the Digital Convergence of Text with Television by Greg Downey
  25. A Concrete Atlantis: U.S. Industrial Building and European Modern Architecture by Reyner Banham
  26. Concrete at Home by Fu-Tung Cheng
  27. Concrete Design by Sarah Gaventa
  28. Becoming a Digital Designer by Steven Heller (inevitably), David Womack
  29. America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It by Mark Steyn
  30. In Bad Taste? The Adventures and Science Behind Food Delicacies by Massimo Marcone
  31. The View from Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers by Matthew Hays
  32. Whipping Girl: A [Transgenderist] Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
  33. What Not to Build: Dos and Don’ts of Exterior Home Design by Sandra Edelman, Judith Kay Gaman, Robby Reid

January

  1. The Complete Peanuts 1963–1964 by Charles Schulz
  2. The War Within: One More Step at a Time by G. B. Trudeau
  3. Brodovitch by Andy Grundberg
  4. Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility by Steven Heller (inevitably), Véronique Vienne
  5. The Gawker Guide to Conquering All Media
  6. Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete by Jean-Louis Cohen, G. Martin Moeller (interloan)
  7. Y: The Last Man Volume 9: “Motherland” by Brian K. Vaughan
  8. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (audio CD)
  9. The Top 100 Canadian Albums by Bob Mersereau
  10. Writing Systems: A Linguistic Approach by Henry Rogers
  11. Vegan Vittles: A Collection of Recipes Inspired by the Critters of Farm Sanctuary by Joanna Stepaniak
  12. Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story by Harvey Pekar
  13. Starbucked by Taylor Clark
  14. Signage Systems and Information Graphics by Andreas Übele
  15. Canadian A to Z of Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation by Katherine Barber, Robert Pontisso
  16. Faking It by Hugh Barker
  17. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
  18. The Complete Peanuts 1965–1966 by Charles M. Schulz
  19. Directions 2007 by ADCC (without an ISBN or author)
  20. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language by David Crystal
  21. The Angry Island by A.A. Gill
  22. Only in Canada[,] You Say: A Treasury of Canadian Language by Katherine Barber
  23. Language and the Internet by David Crystal
  24. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (audio CD)
  25. Acme Novelty Library Nº 17 by Chris Ware
  26. The Death and Life of Great American Cities (yes) by Jane Jacobs

2007

December

  1. Other Men’s Sons by Michael Rowe
  2. Architecture in the United Kingdom by Philip Jodidio
  3. Holding the Bully’s Coat: Canada and the U.S. Empire by Linda McQuaig
  4. The A–Z of Modern Design by Bernd Polster
  5. Concrete:: Design, Construction, Examples by Martin Peck
  6. Born to Kvetch by Michael Wex (audio CD)
  7. A.A. Gill Is Away by A.A. Gill
  8. Bitter Chocolate by Carol Off
  9. The Dip by Seth Godin
  10. Stupid to the Last Drop by William Marsden
  11. I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert (audio CD)
  12. G1: New Dimensions in Graphic Design by Neville Brody, Lewis Blackwell
  13. Our Dumb World: Atlas of the Planet Earth by the Onion (Scott Dikkers)
  14. Signs: Lettering in the Environment by Phil Baines, Catherine Dixon
  15. Graphic Design: Visual Comparisons by Alan Fletcher, Colin Forbes, Bob Gill (interloan)
  16. How I Write: The Secret Lives of Authors, edited by Dan Crowe, Philip Oltermann

November

  1. The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen
  2. It’s Not News, It’s Fark by Drew Curtis
  3. Toronto Sprawls by Lawrence Solomon
  4. Where the Suckers Moon: An Advertising Story by Randall Rothenberg
  5. Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger
  6. The Unfinished Canadian: The People We Are by Andrew Cohen
  7. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  8. British or American English? A Handbook of Word and Grammar Patterns by John Algeo (interloan)
  9. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (audio CD)
  10. The [Four]-Hour Workweek by full-of-shit ginger Timothy Ferriss
  11. Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment by Blaine Brownell (interloan)
  12. Dewdroppers, Waldos, and Slackers: A Decade-by-Decade Guide to the Vanishing Vocabulary of the 20th Century by Rosemarie Ostler (interloan)
  13. Shortcomings by Adrian Tomin[é]
  14. High-Definition DVD Handbook: Producing for HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc by Mark R. Johnson, Charles G. Crawford, and Christen M. Armbrust
  15. 79 Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut
  16. Municipal Mind: Manifestos for the Creative City by Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
  17. Um… by Michael Erard

October

  1. Christmas Days by Derek McCormack
  2. The Nasty Bits by Tony (never “Anthony”) Bourdain
  3. This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood by Jack Valenti
  4. Design Studies: Theory and Research in Graphic Design by Audrey Bennett, Steven Heller (inevitably)
  5. Greentopia [perverse official orthography: GREENTOPIA]: Towards a Sustainable Toronto by various Spacers™
  6. Fonts & Encodings by Yannis Haralambous
  7. 25 Apartments and Lofts Under 2,500 Square Feet (an astronomical amount of space, hence no problem whatsoever to furnish, hence “under” is misleading and disingenuous at best) by James Grayson Trulove
  8. The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture by Alanna Stang, Christopher Hawthorne
  9. Advertising Design and Typography by Alex White
  10. Dictionnaire du snobisme gastronomique par David Kamp, Marion Rosenfeld
  11. Russian Debutante’s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart
  12. Writing Systems: An Introduction to Their Linguistic Analysis by Florian Coulmas
  13. Kalooki Nights by Howard Jacobson
  14. Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums
  15. Pictograms, Icons and Signs by Rayan Abdullah, Roger Hubner
  16. Details in Contemporary Architecture by Christine Killory, René Davids
  17. The Art of Placemaking: Interpreting Community Through Public Art and Urban Design by Ronald Lee Fleming (interloan)
  18. Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge
  19. Mean City by John Martins-Manteiga (blog post)
  20. The Book of Boy Trouble: Gay Boy Comics with a New Attitude by Robert Kirby, David Kelly
  21. Athletic Ability and the Anatomy of Motion by Rolf Wirhed

September

  1. Urban Enigmas: Montreal, Toronto, and the Problem of Comparing Cities by Johanne Sloan
  2. Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission by Thomas H. Kean, Lee H. Hamilton
  3. Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design Since the Sixties by Rick Poynor (again, but not interloan)
  4. Made to Measure: New Materials for the 21st Century
  5. The Secret Life of Logos: Behind the Scenes with Top Designers by Leslie Cabarga
  6. Graphic Design as a Second Language by Bob Gill (interloan)
  7. American Splendor: Another Day by Harvey Pekar
  8. The Cinema of Todd Haynes: All That Heaven Allows by James Morrison
  9. Vegetarian Sports Nutrition by D. Enette Larson-Meyer
  10. Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction by Jeff Prucher
  11. Everything Bad Is Good for You by Steven Johnson
  12. Obligate Carnivore: Cats, Dogs, and What it Really Means to be Vegan (interloan)
  13. Looking Closer 4 [cover: Four; title page: 4; copyright page: 4]: Critical Writings on Graphic Design, Bierut et al., eds.
  14. Living by Design: The Partners of Pentagram, edited by Peter Gorb (interloan)
  15. Looking Closer Five: Critical Writings on Graphic Design
  16. True to Type: An Autobiography of Ruari McLean (interloan)
  17. Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing by Margaret Livingstone (actually some time earlier)
  18. Information Graphics: A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference by Robert L. Harris
  19. Interior Design Visual Presentation by P. Alves
  20. Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin (audio CD)
  21. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Terry Hope Romero, Sara Quin
  22. Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video from the Beatles to the White Stripes by Saul Austerlitz (interloan)

August

  1. Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love (superior original title: How Dirty Girls Get Clean)
  2. The Copy[-]editor’s Handbook by Amy Einsohn
  3. The Forms of Colo[u]r: The Interaction of Visual Elements by Karl Gerstner
  4. Wikinomics by Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams
  5. Kissing Bill O’Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy: 100 Things to Love and Hate About TV by Ken Tucker (interloan; blog post)
  6. Why Aren’t More Women in Science? Top Researchers Debate the Evidence Wendy M. Williams, Stephen J. Ceci
  7. The Adonis Complex The Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession
  8. Format (The Shape and Size of a Book Etc.) by Gavin Ambrose, Paul Harris
  9. Predicting New Words: The Secrets of Their Success by Allan Metcalf
  10. How I Live Now: by Meg Rosoff (audio CD)
  11. Hollywood Speaks: Deafness and the Film Entertainment Industry by John S. Schuchman (interloan)
  12. Pop! Stand Out in Any Crowd by Sam Horn
  13. Signage and Wayfinding Design by Chris Calori
  14. London Orbital by Iain Sinclair
  15. Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton
  16. Spy vs. Spy: The Complete Casebook by Antonio Prohias (and Peter Kuper)
  17. Spook Country by William Gibson
  18. Thinking Visually by Mark Wigan
  19. The Practical Guide to Information Design by Ronnie Lipton
  20. FAC 461
  21. The Complete Graphic Designer: A Guide to Understanding Graphics and Visual Communication by Ryan Hembree
  22. Enamelling by Ruth Ball
  23. The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford

July

  1. The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t by Robert I. Sutton
  2. From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up by Ted Gideonse, Robert Williams
  3. The Fight for English: How Language Pundits Ate, Shot, and Left by David Crystal
  4. Canadian Television Today by Bart Beaty, Rebecca Sullivan (blog post)
  5. The TTC Story: The First 75 Years
  6. Wayfinding: People, Signs, and Architecture by Paul Arthur, Romedi Passini
  7. War Fix (definitely not Boy) by Steve Olexa, David Axe
  8. The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton
  9. The Armchair Economist: Economics & Everyday Life by Steven E. Landsburg (awful)
  10. A Designer’s Research Manual: Succeed in Design by Knowing Your Clients and What They Really Need by Jennifer Visocky
  11. The seriously underwhelming Y: The Last Man Volume 8: “Kimono Dragons” by Brian K. Vaughan
  12. The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer
  13. How to Live in Small Spaces: Design, Furnishing, Decoration and Detail for the Smaller Home by Terence Conran
  14. Toronto by Geoffrey James

June

  1. Geometry of Design: Studies in Proportion and Composition by Kimberly Elam
  2. World Englishes: An Introduction by Gunnel Melchers, Philip Shaw
  3. Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks, and Conceits by (inevitably) Steven Heller and his wife Louise Fili
  4. This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
  5. A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles
  6. Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times by Kevin Smokler
  7. Two Girls Fat and Thin by Mary Gaitskill
  8. Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavio[u]r by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson
  9. Lovemarks: The Future Beyond Brands, a complete piece of shit by Kevin Roberts
  10. PDW: Publication Design Workshop by Timothy Samara
  11. Far-Seer by Robert J. Sawyer
  12. The Ayn Rand Cult by Jeff Walker (interloan)
  13. A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin
  14. The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer (audio CD)
  15. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sid Jacobson, Ernie Colón
  16. Design City Toronto by Sean Stanwick and Jennifer Flores
  17. What We Do Is Secret by (“Thorn” [“Þorn”?]) Kief Hillsbery
  18. Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability by Luke Wroblewski (interloan)
  19. Envisioning Science: The Design and Craft of the Science Image by Felice Frankel (interloan)
  20. Web Standards Creativity: Innovations in Web Design with XHTML, CSS, and DOM Scripting by a cast of thousands
  21. Bulletproof Ajax by Jeremy Keith
  22. Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design by Shawn Lawton Henry (merely skimmed)

May

  1. Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
  2. HTML Dog: The Best-Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS by Patrick Griffiths
  3. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins (gift of Geekslut)
  4. We Are Not French: Language, Culture, and Identity in Brittany by Maryon McDonald (interloan)
  5. Wayfinding: Designing and Implementing Graphic Navigational Systems by Craig Berger (yes, that Craig Berger)
  6. Hart’s Rules for Compositors (interloan; 37th edition, 1967)
  7. Sign Gallery (interloan)
  8. Successful Sign Design (interloan)
  9. Typography Papers 5
  10. Communication and Cyberspace: Social Interaction in an Electronic Environment by Lance Strate, Ronald L. Jacobson, Stephanie B. Gibson (interloan)
  11. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
  12. The Kill Bill Diary: The Making of a Tarantino Classic by David Carradine

April

  1. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (audio CD)
  2. Designing Across Cultures by Ronnie Lipton
  3. The Complete Peanuts 1961–1962 by Charles M. Schulz
  4. A Killer Life: How an Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond by Christine Vachon, Austin Bunn, John Pierson
  5. Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century by Alex Steffen
  6. EverywareThe Dawning Age of [Narcissistic] Computing by Adam Greenfield
  7. Up, Down, Across: Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Sidewalks by Alisa Goetz (interloan)
  8. Graphic design: Reproduction and representation since 1800 by Paul Jobling and David Crowley (interloan)
  9. The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation by David Kamp
  10. Small Is the New Big by Seth Godin
  11. Studies Out in Left Field: Defamatory Essays Presented to James D. McCawley on the Occasion of His 33rd or 34th Birthday by Peter H. Salus, Arnold M. Zwicky, James D. McCawley, Robert I. Binnick (interloan)
  12. Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh by Ina Saltz (gift of Nagaijin)
  13. The Stewardess Is Flying the Plane! American Films of the 1970s by Ron Hogan & Peter Bogdanovich (gift of Nagaijin)
  14. An Essy on Typography by Eric Gill (1941 edition) (interloan)

March

  1. Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
  2. Dog Days by Ana Marie Cox
  3. Safe: Design Takes on Risk and Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design, two totall Dullsvilles by Paola Antonelli
  4. Women Designers in the USA 1900–2000 by Pat Kirkham
  5. Inside Toronto: Urban Interiors 1880s to 1920s by Sally Gibson
  6. A Broadcast Engineering Tutorial for Non-Engineers by Graham Jones

February

  1. Serious Adverse Events: An Uncensored History of AIDS by Celia Farber
  2. Science Fictions: A Scientific Mystery, a Massive Cover-up and the Dark Legacy of Robert Gallo by John Crewdson
  3. Typography by Friedrich Friedl
  4. Stripped: The Illustrated Male by Claus Kiessling, Joris Buiks, eds.

January

  1. Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design by R. Roger Remington, Barbara J. Hodik
  2. Multilingualism in China: The Politics of Writing Reforms for Minority Languages, 1949–2002 by Minglang Zhou, Joshua A. Fishman (interloan)
  3. The Science of Reading: A Handbook by Charles Hulme, Margaret Snowling
  4. Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown by Michael Cunningham
  5. Vegan Italiano: Meat-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free Dishes from Sun-Drenched Italy by Donna Klein
  6. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Eddie Tufte
  7. 20th-Century Type Remix by Lewis Blackwell
  8. Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire by Cliff Atkinson
  9. Home and Abroad by Martin Parr
  10. American Prospects by Joel Sternfeld
  11. Chasing the Perfect: Thoughts on Modernist Design in Our Time by Natalia Ilyin (interloan; ★★★★★)
  12. A raft of books by and on Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, and Wolfgang Tillmans, which I flipped through the way a secretary does a copy of Vogue
  13. Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino (interloan), who thinks he’s a better writer than he is
  14. Speaking Canadian English by Mark M. Orkin (second-hand find by Suzanne™)
  15. The Morning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism by Katie Roiphe
  16. The Visual Nature of Colo[u]r by Patricia Sloane
  17. Language and Typography by Cal Swann
  18. The New Paradigm in Architecture: The Language of Postmodernism by Charles Jencks (I bought the latest edition)
  19. How Typography Works (And Why It Is Important) by Fernand Baudin
  20. The Complete Guide to Digital Color Correction by Michael Walker
  21. Graphic Design as Communication by Malcolm Barnard
  22. The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

2006

December

  1. Brian K. Vaughan extravaganza: Y: The Last Man (which Vaughan pronounces as one word: “YtheLastMan”) with Pia Guerra, Jr. & Jose Marzan; Ex Machina with Tony Harris; Pride of Baghdad with Niko Henrichon
  2. What is Graphic Design For? by Alice Twemlow
  3. Dutch Graphic Design: 1918–1945 by Alston W. Purvis (second-rate at best)
  4. Dutch Graphic Design: A Century by Kees Broos, Paul Hefting (ditto)
  5. This Is My Country[;] What’s Yours? by the notably snobbish Noah Richler
  6. The Best of Brochure Design 8 by Ann Willoughby
  7. Paperwork: The Potential of Paper in Graphic Design by Nancy Williams
  8. Twentieth-Century Type (though the cover reads 20th Century Type), one of the innumerable editions by Lewis Blackwell
  9. Hybrid Imagery: The Fusion of Technology and Graphic Design by April Greiman (astonishingly dated 1980s dot-matrix graphics)
  10. Butt Book: Best of the First Five Years Of Butt Magazine by Wolfgang Tillmans, Jop Van Bennekom, Gert Jonkers, Bruce LaBruce (FANTASTIC MAGAZINE FOR HOMOSEXUALS)
  11. The Book of Photography: The History, the Technique, the Art, the Future by Anne H. Hoy
  12. Toronto Modern: Architecture 1945–1965
  13. Transcending CSS by Andy Clarke
  14. The Language of Post-Modern Architecture by Charles Jencks

November

  1. Beautiful Evidence by Eddie Tufte, which includes The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within, meaning you wasted your money on the latter if you bought the former
  2. A Writer’s Life by Gay Talese
  3. An Accidental Canadian: Reflections on My Home and (Not) Native Land by Margaret Wente
  4. The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
  5. A Guide to Ecstacity by Nigel Coates, Marcus Field, Brian Hatton, Theodore Zeldin (designed by Why Not, and boy, does it have an amazing cover)
  6. Paul Rand: Modernist Designer by Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo
  7. Double Game by Sophie Calle, Paul Auster
  8. Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
  9. Sign Design: Graphics, Materials, Techniques by Mitzi Sims
  10. Designing Type by Karen Cheng
  11. The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English by Grant Barrett (chocolate foot, respeaker, i18n, bouma, roadblock)
  12. Foul<bang> The Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, Vote-Rigging, and Ticket Scandals, which is quite a mouthful
  13. False Flat: Why Dutch Design is so Good by Aaron Betsky, Adam Eeuwens
  14. Informal (Architecture) (parens not necessarily in original) by Cecil Balmond, Jannuzzi Smith, Christian Brensing, Charles Jencks, Rem Koolhaas
  15. Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There by David Brooks (perverse official orthography: BOBOS* in Paradise)

October

  1. Colloquial Hebrew (to at least learn the bleeding alphabet) by Tamar Wang, Zippi Lyttleton
  2. I. by Stephen Dixon
  3. Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss
  4. Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978–1984 by Simon Reynolds
  5. Designers on Design by Terence Conran, Max Fraser
  6. College Street – Little Italy: Toronto’s Renaissance Strip by Denis De Klerck, Corrado Paina
  7. Spy: The Funny Years by George Kalogerakis with Graydon Carter, Kurt Andersen (q.v., q.q.v.)
  8. Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design by Walter Tracy
  9. Sign Graphics by Marta Serrats (translation of Imagen Gráfica)
  10. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (excessively literary and recherché but strong nonetheless)
  11. Digital Typography: An Introduction to Type and Composition for Computer System Design by Richard Rubinstein (outdated, and I worry I should have been remembering, or photocopying, more from it)
  12. Type, Image, Message: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop by Nancy Skolos & Tom Wedell (packed to bursting with superb examples, many of them, oddly enough, by the authors)
  13. The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art, 1909–1923 by Johanna Drucker (a thesis in book form, a crashing bore, and an example of how not to typeset in a spindly, half-arsed digital bastardization of Caledonia)
  14. National Lampoon’s 1964 High School Yearbook: 39th Reunion
  15. Unjustified Texts: Perspectives on Typography by Robin Kinross
  16. Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant-Garde Magazine Design of the Twentieth Century by (inevitably) Steven “I Hate Design Blogs” Heller
  17. Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World’s Languages by Daniel Nettle & Suzanne Romaine
  18. The Complete Peanuts 1959–1960 by Charles M. Schulz

September

  1. The Designer and the Grid by Lucienne Roberts & Julia Thrift
  2. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander
  3. Designing Books: Practice and Theory by Jost Hochuli & Robin Kinross
  4. Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance by a cast of thousands
  5. Designing Typefaces by David Earls

August

  1. Words & Buildings: The Art and Practice of Public Lettering by Jock Kinneir (interlibrary loan)
  2. Lettering on Buildings by Nicolete Gray (interloan)
  3. Lettering in Architecture by Alan Bartram (interloan)
  4. Pioneers of Modern Typography by Herbert Spencer (interloan)
  5. Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design Since the Sixties by Rick Poynor (interloan)
  6. The Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910–1934 by Deborah Wye (interloan)
  7. Visual Function: An Introduction to Information Design by Paul Mijksenaar (interloan)
  8. Modern Typography by Robin Kinross (reading very selectively)
  9. The Forms of Color: The Interaction of Visual Elements by Karl Gerstner
  10. Twentieth-Century Type Designers by Sebastian Carter
  11. Six Chapters in Design: Saul Bass, Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser, Paul Rand, Ikko Tanaka, Henryk Tomaszewski by Philip Meggs
  12. My Lives by Edmund White
  13. The ABCs of : The Bauhaus and Design Theory, Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller, eds.
  14. Decoration and Its Uses by Edward Johnston (not typeset but calligraphed)

July

  1. How Buildings Work: The Natural Order of Architecture by Edward Allen and David Swoboda
  2. Grapevine: The New Art of Word-of-Mouth Marketing by David Balter and John Butman
  3. Cockeyed: A Memoir by Ryan Knighton
  4. Neo-Baroque: A Sign of the Times by Omar Calabrese
  5. Type & Image: The Language of Graphic Design by Philip Meggs
  6. Raising the Bar: Integrity and Passion in Life and Business: The Story of Clif Bar, a book so pretentious it needs a chain of subtitles, by Gary Erickson and Lois Lorentzen

June

  1. Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham (excellent audio-CD version by Alan Cumming)
  2. Blobjects & Beyond: The New Fluidity in Design by Steven Skov Holt, Mara Holt Skov (with texturized lenticular cover that offgasses)
  3. Independent People by Halldór Laxness (gift from Sigrún)
  4. Isms [perverse official orthography: ...isms]: Understanding Architectural Styles by Jeremy Melvin
  5. In the Blink of an Eye: How Vision Sparked the Big Bang of Evolution by Andrew Parker
  6. The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd (more than most entries on these lists, a MEANING TO GET AROUND TO IT title)
  7. Types Best Remembered/Types Best Forgotten by Robert Norton

May

  1. Disruptive Pattern Material: An Encyclopædia of Camouflage (whose title I could not, and cannot, remember) by Hardy Blechman
  2. How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy
  3. The Life of Graham by Bob McCabe

April

  1. Laundry: The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens by Cheryl Mendelson
  2. Gay Male Pornography: An Issue Of Sex Discrimination by Christopher N. Kendall, which I expect to be complete horseshit
  3. The Solid Form of Language: An Essay on Writing and Meaning by that total bore Robert Bringhurst (review)
  4. Access by Design: A Guide to Universal Usability for Web Designers: by Sarah Horton, on the same topic as, and published by the same publisher as, my own book (another of New Riders’s many little fuck-yous)
  5. Adrian Frutiger: Son œuvre typographique et ses écrits by Jost Huchili et al.
  6. Six Words You Never Knew Had Something to Do with Pigs by Katherine Barber, with simply awful type, several typos, and horrid British spelling and ‘quotation marks’

March

  1. 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style by Matt Madden
  2. Vas: An Opera in Flatland by Steve Tomasula
  3. Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form by Venturi, Brown, & Izenour
  4. Modern Architecture: A Guidebook for His Students to This Field of Art by Otto Wagner (with a pretty serious redesign by Laurie Haycock)
  5. Graphic War: The Secret Aviation Drawings And Illustrations of World War II by Donald Nijboer (with amazing exploded, X-ray, and cutout diagrams)
  6. The World’s Writing Systems by Peter T. Daniels & William Bright
  7. Ethnologue: Languages of the World: Maps and Indexes by the Christians at SIL, namely Barbara F. Grimes
  8. Disability Drama in Television and Film by Laurie E. Klobas

February

  1. The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards® by Steve Pond
  2. Counterpunch by Fred Smeijers (thanks to Antonio)
  3. Center Square: The Paul Lynde Story by Steve Wilson & Joe Florenski

January

  1. The Rainbow Stories by William T. Vollmann
  2. My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki (CD)
  3. A Century of Graphic Design by Jeremy Aynsley
  4. Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco by Peter Shapiro
  5. Bully: It’s the Pits by Paul 107 (critique)
  6. Diary of a Drag Queen by Daniel Harris
  7. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman
  8. America: The Book by The Daily Show

2005

December

  1. Utopia: Towards a New Toronto, edited by Jason McBride and Alana Wilcox
  2. Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicent[re] of the Dot.Com [sic] Juggernaut by James Marcus
  3. The Polite Revolution: Perfecting the Canadian Dream by John Ibbitson
  4. Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise Welsh
  5. Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace by Ricardo Semler
  6. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (CD)

November

  1. Various Onion compilations
  2. The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture by John Battelle, so insubstantial that I blazed through it at a Starbucks (also prone to hard-to-catch copy errors I nonetheless caught)

October

  1. The Design of Dissent by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilić
  2. The Logogryph: A Bibliography of Imaginary Books by Thomas Wharton
  3. PINS by Jim Provenzano
  4. Like People in History by Felice Picano
  5. Heeb, eventually
  6. Fanfare for the Area Man: The Onion Ad Nauseam Complete News Archives, Vol. 15

September

  1. Pyrrhus, that is, An Arrow’s Flight (q.v.) by Mark Merlis (★★★★★ [or merely “a well-written, interesting exercise”])
  2. Break, Blow, Burn by Camille Paglia
  3. Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935–2005 by Phil Bailes
  4. All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers by Stefan G. Bucher
  5. Size Matters: Effective Graphic Design for Large Amounts of Information by Lakshmi Bhaskaran
  6. Large Graphics: Design Innovation for Oversized Spaces by Cheryl Dangel Cullen
  7. Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop by Timothy Samara

August

  1. Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry
  2. The Fabulous Sylvester by Joshua Gamson: “You are a star. You only happen once”
  3. Queer Wars by Paul Robinson
  4. Resident Alien: The New York Diaries by Quentin Crisp
  5. The Stately Homo: A Celebration of the Life of Quentin Crisp, edited by Paul Bailey, which Amazon simply does not have
  6. Libel: A Handbook for Canadian Publishers, Editors and Writers by Julian Porter
  7. Light Before Day by Christopher Rice (at least, it is in the pile; all I’ve done is check the type [Caledonia])
  8. Type Design: Radical Innovations and Experimentation by Teal Triggs (no relation)
  9. The Encyclöpedia öf Heavy Metal by Daniel Bukszpan

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