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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Patrick Wilcken, John Weightman, Doreen Weightman
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Labyrinths
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
The Hour of Our Death: The Classic History of Western Attitudes Toward Death over the Last One Thousand Years - Philippe Aries This book is enormous - 600 pages -- consisting of masses of detail, anecdote, quotations, iconographical studies of all aspects of death from tombs, epitaphs, cemeteries, the danse macabre, Sade, the vanitas mundi, mirrors, medicalization, procession.... on and on -- including much about early Christian/medieval eschatology, friars, early modern prelates, humanists... and so forth. I was only able to read it by mustering all my forces of speed, skim, leap..., and latch... and a sudden leap to the end... The argument is summarized on pp. 602-614. Probably 60% of each paragraph could have been omitted, including all the rhetorical questions, apostrophes, insinuations, intonations, redundancies... and the book would have been much improved. For those interested in medieval or early modern art, however, there is much of value here -- if you can find it.

The book actually did skim very well.