Everything Platform's artists are reading.

Every month, Platform's artists share the books currently occupying their bedside table, work bag or suitcase. All of these literary recommendations are now located here in a growing list of books more than worth picking up yourself.

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1Q84, Haruki Murakami (Jenny Morgan)

24/7 , Jonathan Crary (Kadar Brock)

2666, Roberto Bolaño (Alex Heilbron)


A Distant Mirror, Barbara Tuchman (Travis Boyer)

A Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, David McCullough (Dan Gluibizzi)

A Guide to Eco-Anxiety, Anouchka Grose (Elizabeth Schwaiger)

À La Recherche Du Temps Perdu, Marcel Proust (Jule Kornefell)

A Month in Siena, Hisham Matar (Sean Sullivan)

Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer (Aneta Bartos)

After Claude, Iris Owens (Oona Brangam-Snell)

After Geo-Engineering, Holly Jean Buck (Miles Huston)

After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene, Jedediah Purdy (Melanie Baker)

Against Interpretation, Susan Sontag (Jule Kornefell)

Agnes Martin: Night Sea, Suzanne P. Hudson (Jule Kornefell)

Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Suné Woods)

All About Love, Bell Hooks (Brandi Twilley)

Almanac of the Dead, Leslie Marmon Silko (Frances Waite)

American English, Richard Prince (Andrew Chapman)

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Melanie Baker)

Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era, Michael Kimmel (Kadar Brock)

Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions, ed. Amira Gad and Joseph Constable (Asif Mian)


Balenciaga in Black, Olivier Saillard (VOW)

Before Lyricism, Eleni Vakalo and Karen Emmerich (Jule Kornefell)

Being Lolita: A Memoir, Alisson Wood (Mieke Marple)

Being You: A New Science of Consciousness, Anil Seth (Tristan Unrau)

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Alexander Kori Girard)

Black Hole Blues, Janna Levin (Jule Kornefell)

Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy (Corey Lamb)

Bluets by Maggie Nelson (Genevieve Cohn)

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer (Emma Kohlmann)

Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness, Shunryu Suzuki (Tomory Dodge)

Broom of The System, David Foster Wallace (Ryan Travis Christian)

Bohemian Paris: Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, and the Birth of Modern Art, Dan Franck (Mattea Perrotta)

Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art, Michael Shnayerson (Gabriel Sanchez)

Bouvard & Pecuchet, Gustave Flaubert (Brad Phillips)

Burnout Society, Byung-Chul Han (Kadar Brock)


Caliban and the Witch, Silvia Federici (Anastasiya Tarasenko; Miles Huston)

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty (Farley Aguilar)

Capitalist Realism, Mark Fisher (Izzy Barber)

Carefree Black Girls, Zeba Blay (Yagazie Emezi)

Carmilla, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (Alexandra Noel)

Child of God, Cormac McCarthy (Brad Phillips)

Chroma, Derek Jarman (Jule Kornefell)

Cleanness, Garth Greenwell (Mark McKnight)

Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr (Dan Gluibizzi)

Clowns of Hyperspace, Joe Roberts (Cody Hudson)

Color, Victoria Finlay (Jule Kornefell)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Chuck Barris (Brad Phillips)

Conflict Is Not Abuse, Sarah Schulman (Nasim Hantehzadeh)

Counternarratives, John Keene (Georgia Elrod)

Crying in H Mart, Michelle Zauner (Sophie Treppendahl; Yuri Yuan)

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, Amanda Montell (Kadar Brock)

Culture Strike, Laura Raicovich (Elizabeth Schwaiger)


Daisy Jones and The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid (Kennedi Carter)

Daybook: The Journal of an Artist, Anne Truitt (Ruth Laskey)

Decadence and Dark Dreams: Belgian Symbolism, ed. Ralph Gleis (Yuri Yuan)

Decoration Projects 1970 - 2006, Poul Gernes (Cody Hudson)

Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta, James Hannaham (Kalup Linzy)

Discovering The Clown, Christopher Bayen (Jule Kornefell)

Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes (Andy Woll)


Empty Words, Mario Levrero (Julien Bismuth)

Es lo que hay, Begoña Ugalde (Claudia Bitran)

Explore Neuroscience of Self-Discipline for Life Improvement: A Practical Guide to Love Yourself, Control Feelings and Emotions, Build Good Habits and Develop a Focused Mind, Ray G. Clear (Evita Tezeno)


Family and Borghesia, Natalia Ginzburg (Azikiwe Mohammed)

Faux Pas: Selected Writings and Drawings, Amy Sillman (Claudia Bitran)

Fetish: Fashion, Sex & Power, Valerie Steele (VOW)

Flights, Olga Tokarczuk (Magnus Maxine)

Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation, Gilles Deleuze (Avery Z. Nelson)

Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency, Olivia Laing (Sophie Treppendahl)


Gary In Your Pocket: Stories and Notebooks of Gary Fisher, Gary Fisher (Robert Sandler)

Giovanni Bellini: The Art of Contemplation, Johannes Grave (Jule Kornefell)

Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, Hanif Abdurraqib (Jibade-Khalil Huffman)

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Christopher Hitchens (Mark Ryan Chariker)

Going for a Beer, Robert Coover (Miles Huston)

Great Demon Kings: A Memoir of Poetry, Sex, Art, Death, and Enlightenment, John Giorno (Avery Z. Nelson)

Guapa, Saleem Haddad (Nasim Hantehzadeh)


Having and Being Had, Eula Biss (Mieke Marple)

Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado (Genevieve Cohn)

Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art, Jennifer Doyle (Claudia Bitran)

Homeland Elegies, Ayad Akhtar (Mieke Marple)

How Music Works, David Byrne (Hasani Sahlehe)

How to Cure a Ghost, Fariha Roisin (Emma Kohlmann)

How to Write One Song, Jeff Tweedy (Elizabeth Schwaiger)

Human Archipelago, Teju Cole and Fazal Sheikh (Sean Sullivan)

Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid, Thor Hansen (Azadeh Gholizadeh)


Ideas to Postpone the End of the World, Ailton Krenak (Julien Bismuth)

If/Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future by Jill Lepore (Dan Gluibizzi)

Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (Christoph Rossner; Magnus Maxine)

In Praise of Risk, Anne Dufourmantelle (Luke O'Halloran)

In Praise of Shadows, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (Nick McPhail)

Interaction of Color, Josef Albers (Azikiwe Mohammed; Jan Kiefer)


Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise, Gary Panter (Shawn Kuruneru)


Killing Commendatore, Haruki Murakami (Adam de Boer)

Kindred, Octavia Butler (Emma Kohlmann)


Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s, Jonathan D. Lippincott (Cody Hudson)

Las venas abiertas de América Latina, Eduardo Galeano (Lucia Vidales)

Le cri des oiseaux fous, Dany Laferrière (Julien Creuzet)

Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula Le Guin (Elizabeth Schwaiger)

Les Nymphéas Monet, Cécile Debray (Jule Kornefell)

Lilith’s Brood, Octavia Butler (Avery Z. Nelson)

Little Blue and Little Yellow, Leo Lionni (Jule Kornefell)

Little Weirds, Jenny Slate (Genevieve Cohn)

Lives of Artemisia Gentileschi, ed. Shiela Barker (Jessie Edelman)

Living Currency, Pierre Klossowski (Eric Dwight Hancock)


Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel, Annie Cohen-Solal (Jule Kornefell)

Mary Heilmann: Save the Last Dance for Me, Terry R. Myers (Jule Kornefell)

Memories of the Future, Siri Hustvedt (Clarity Haynes)

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Cathy Park Hong (Mieke Marple)

Modern Nature, Derek Jarman ( Lily Stockman)

Mount Analogue, René Daumal (Ryan Mrozowski)

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, The Mountaineers Club of Washington (Jasmine Little)

Mulata de tal, Miguel Angel Asturias (Lucia Vidales)

Murphy, Samuel Beckett (Andy Woll)

My Antonia, Willa Cather (David Dupuis; Polina Barskaya)

My Meteorite, Harry Dodge (Magnus Maxine)


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Frederick Douglass (Jane Dickson)

New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought, Wouter J. Hanegraaff (Kadar Brock)

New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton (Isaac Tin Wei Lin)

New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson (William Powhida)

Night Studio, Musa Mayer (Danielle Orchard)


Of Cities and Women (Letters To Fawwaz), Etel Adnan (Sean Sullivan)

On Being Ill, Virginia Woolf (Azadeh Gholizadeh)

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong (Nasim Hantehzadeh; Sarah Dwyer)

On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint, Maggie Nelson (Magnus Maxine)

On the Mesa: An Anthology of Bolinas Writing, ed. Joel Weishaus (Mattea Perrotta)

Orpheus & Eurydice: A Lyric Sequence, Gregory Orr (Jule Kornefell)

Out of Place, Edward Said (Nasim Hantehzadeh)


Pacing, Renée Green (Renée Green)

Painting Paintings (David Reed) 1975, Katy Siegel and Christopher Wool (Jule Kornefell)

Parable of the Sower, Octavia E.Butler (Deb Sokolow; Curtis Santiago; Magnus Maxine; Nasim Hantehzadeh; Orkideh Torabi)

Parable of the Talent, Octavia butler (Deb Sokolow; Magnus Maxine; Nasim Hantehzadeh)

Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (John Burt Sanders)

Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures, and Conversations, Philip Guston (Mie Yim)


Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint, Mary Jacobus (Jule Kornefell)

Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi (Nasim Hantehzadeh)

Revelatory Events, Ann Taves (Kadar Brock)

Ricky Rides Rick, Alexandra Noel (Zoe Barcza)

River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, Candice Millard (Ted Gahl)


Sacred Modern: Faith, Activism, and Aesthetics in the Menil Collection, Pamela G. Smart (Jule Kornefell)

Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari (Mark Ryan Chariker)

Say What You Mean, Oren Jay Sofer (Elizabeth Schwaiger)

Second Place, Rachel Cusk (Tristan Unrau)

Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih (Graham Anderson)

Seasonal Associate, Heike Geissler (Jasmine Little)

Seductive Exacting Realism, ed. Irena Haiduk and Solveig Øvstebø (Barbara Kasten)

Site Marie Rose, Etel Adnan (Amanda Boulos)

Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson (Chris Dorland)

Some Girls Walk Into the Country They are From, Sawako Nakayasu (Julien Bismuth)

Spawn Omnibus Vol., Todd McFarlane (Azikiwe Mohammed)

Spinal Catastrophism: A secret History, Thomas Moynihan (Melanie Smith)

The World of Yesterday, Stefan Zweig (Polina Barskaya)

Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein (Luke O'Halloran)

Swann's Way, Marcel Proust (Alexa Guariglia)

Sweet Nothings, Marlene Dumas (Lucia Vidales)

Switched on Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why it Matters, Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan (Claudia Bitran)

Submission, Michel Houllebecq (Brad Phillips)

Surviving Evil, Karen Wetmore (Brad Phillips)

Symptoms, Cee Wingard (Michon Sanders)


Termination Shock, Neal Stephenson (Gabriela Vainsencher)

The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Maggie Nelson (Anastasiya Tarasenko)

The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, Roger Shattuck (Alexa Guariglia)

The Benjaminata Institute, Robert Walser (Julien Bismuth)

The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images, Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (Julie Mauskop)

The Carrying, Ada Limon (Genevieve Cohn)

The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht (Andy Woll)

The Cheerful Scapegoat, Wayne Koestenbaum (Kevin Tobin)

The Collected Writings of Carroll Dunham, Carroll Dunham (Ryan Travis Christian)

The Color Purple, Alice Walker (Jarrett Key)

The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio (Marius Bercea)

The Devil’s Chessboard, David Talbot (Lucia Love)

The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac (Marius Bercea)

The Fox was Ever the Hunter, Herta Müller (Marius Bercea)

The Gift of Fear, Gavin DeBecker (Emily Furr)

The Giver, Lois Lowry (Azikiwe Mohammed)

The Hotel Years, Joseph Roth (Sean Sullivan)

The Kiss, Kathryn Harrison (Brad Phillips)

The Last Bad Man, Miranda July (Michael Kirkham)

The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (John Burt Sanders)

The Little Golden Calf, Ilf & Petrov (Marius Bercea)

The MaddAddam Trilogy, Margaret Atwood (Trudy Benson)

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein (Luke O'Halloran)

The Mushroom at the End of the World, Anna Tsing (Kadar Brock, Jane Dickson)

The Necrophiliac, Gabrielle Wittkop (Kevin Tobin)

The Order of Time, Carlo Rovelli (Jule Kornefell)

The Outsider, Albert Camus (Tom Anholt)

The Overstory, Richard Powers (Madeleine Bialke)

The People of Paper, Salvador Plascencia (Corey Lamb)

The Peregrine, J.A. Baker (David Korty)

The Piano Teacher, Elfriede Jelinek (Mieke Marple)

The Plague, Albert Camus (Yves Tessier)

The Polyvagal Theory, Stephen Porges (Brad Phillips)

The Power Notebooks, Katie Roiphe (Mark Ryan Chariker)

The Protester Has Been Released, Janet Sarbanes (Tyler Vlahovich)

The Red Book, Carl Jung (Brian Belott)

The Return, Hisham Matar (Sean Sullivan)

The Sarah Book, Scott McClanahan (Brad Phillips)

The Stranger, Albert Camus (Ryan Travis Christian)

The Waves, Virginia Woolf (Alex Yudzon)

The World as Will and Representation, Arthur Schopenhauer (Corey Lamb)

This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto, Suketu Mehta (Kour Pour)

Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, Samuel R. Delany (Kevin Tobin)

Travels in the Congo, André Gide (Farley Aguilar)

Tyll, Daniel Kehlmann (Stefan Kürten)


Ulysses, James Joyce (Samantha Rosenwald)

Une Question de Taille, Olivier Rey (Roman Cochet)

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals, Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Manal Kara)


Very Cold People: A Novel, Sarah Manguso (Whitney Hubbs)

Volgar’eloquio, Pier Paolo Pasolini (Julien Bismuth)


Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black, Cookie Mueller (Emma Kohlmann)

Watt, Samuel Beckett (Andy Woll)

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman (Sheree Hovsepian)

Weather Book, Eric Sloane (Alexandra Noel)

Weaving as Metaphor, Sheila Hicks (Cody Hudson)

What Are You Going Through, Sigrid Nunez (Elizabeth Schwaiger)

What I Saw, Joseph E. Yoakum (Cody Hudson)

What Happened to Art Criticism?, James Elkins (Anthony Miler)

What Happened To You? Conversations On Trauma Resilience And Healing, Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D and Oprah Winfrey (Kalup Linzy)

Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists, Kay Larson (Jule Kornefell)


Yes Yes Yes Alternative Press: ‘66 - ‘77 from Provo to Punk, Emanuele De Donno and Amedeo Martegani (Cody Hudson)


Zipper Mouth, Laurie Weeks (Magnus Maxine)