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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
John Weightman, Doreen Weightman, Patrick Wilcken, Claude Lévi-Strauss
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Richard Wolin
Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, Nicholas Penny
Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel
Steven Weisenburger
A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic, 1585-1718 - Mariet Westermann This is a nice little book - with beautiful prints and full of insights.

I have to warn though, that the author does show a tendency, especially as the book proceeds - a tendency that is widespread in the Humanities - to confuse metaphor with analysis, and also to confuse the subject of analysis (that is, the author) with the object of analysis (in this case, the painting)..., and the tendency, finally, to confuse modern strategies of reading, thinking, being... with ancient and medieval ones. As a result, in the latter part of the volume at least, at least half of the sentences should have been omitted, as they do not state anything that is true.

In other words - anachronism rears its lazy head.

I realize that most readers won't be as put off by that sort of thing as I am, and I did enjoy the book and I did learn a great deal from it - but that is partially a function of how little I know about 17th cen Dutch art.