An ancient library now a ruin

Books from the past to the present to the future

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”                                                               Albert Einstein

“Those who fail to re-read are obliged to read the same story everywhere.”          Roland Barthes

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.”

Since I am listing books, my poetry book on iBooks

My photography book on iBooks; My photography iBook

My artist book in The Tate special archive of artists books Tate

More iBooks by me coming soon.

Reference points, ways of thinking, ways of seeing the world, the worlds of possibilities

Enjoy the booklist.

The Iliad

The Odyssey

By Homer

Translated to prose by E.V.Rieu


Camera Lucida


A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments

The Rustle Of Language

by Roland Barthes

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler

Invisible Cities


by Italo Calvino

On Photography

Against Interpretation

Styles Of Radical Will

Regarding The Pain Of Others

by Susan Sontag

The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho

The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge

The Differend

The Postmodern Explained to Children

The Inhuman: Reflections on Time

by Jean-Francois Lyotard


by T S Eliot

Paul Klee Notebooks

by Paul Klee

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

One-Way Street and Other Writings


by Walter Benjamin

The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project

by Walter Benjamin unfinished project by Susan Buck-Morss

The Republic


various other texts

by Plato

The Second Sex

by Simone de Beauvoir

The Four Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis


by Jacques Lacan

On The Museum’s Ruins

by Douglas Crimp

The Golden Bough

by James George Frazer

Mille Plateaux

Nomadology: The War Machine

by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari

Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes

The Birth of Venus

by Sarah Dunant

Tao Te Ching

(The Way)

by Lao-Tzu

Popular Defence & Ecological Struggles

Speed and Politics

by Paul Virilio

The Handmaid’s Tale

by Margaret Atwood

Remaking History

Discussions in Contemporary Culture #4

Edited by Barbara Kruger & Phil Mariani

The Age of Reason

The Reprieve

Iron in the Soul


No Exit

Being And Nothingness

(though only parts & various essays of ‘Being And Nothingness’)

The Philosophy of Jean Paul Sartre

by Jean Paul Sartre

The Golden Ass

by Asinus Aureus

The Stranger

The Plague

The Fall

The Rebel

The Myth Of Sisyphus and other essays

The Albert Camus Collection

by Albert Camus

The Order Of Things

The Archaeology Of Knowledge

by Michel Foucalt

Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë

Cool Memories

Simulacra and Simulation

The Mirror of Production


Fatal Strategies



The Ecstasy of Communication

The Transparency of Evil

by Jean Baudrillard

Catcher In The Rye

by J. D. Salinger


by Spinoza

Chrome Yellow

Brave New World

The Doors Of Perception, Heaven and Hell

Those Barren Leaves

Eyeless In Gaza

Point Counter Point


by Aldous Huxley

Interpreting Contemporary Art

Edited by Stephen Bann & William Allen

Cider With Rosie

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

by Laurie Lee

Tender Is The Night

The Beautiful And The Damned

This Side of Paradise

The Great Gatsby

The Love of the Last Tycoon

(And various short stories and some of his letters)

Who is my favourite American writer of fiction

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Truth in Painting

Writing and Difference

Of Grammatology

by Jacques Derrida

The Prince

Discourses On The First Decade of Titus Livius

by Niccolo Machiavelli


Count Zero

by William Gibson


Count Zero

by William Gibson

The Critical Image: Essays on Contemporary Photography

Edited by Carol Squiers

The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change

by Robert Hughes

To the Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf

Selection of Poems

by Federico García Lorca

Man and His Symbols

by Carl Jung

Art in Theory
An Anthology of Changing Ideas

edited Charles Harrison and Paul Wood

Postmodernism Critical Concepts

Edited by Victor E. Taylor, Charles E. Winquist

The Anti-Aesthetic

Edited by Hal Foster

Ways of Seeing

About Looking

by John Berger

The Sublime

Edited by Simon Morely

Selection of Poems

by Arthur Rimbaud

Stories From Le Morte Arthur And The Mabinogion

by Beatrice E. Clay


How the Earth Shaped Human History


Lewis Dartnell

(ORIGINS a book that anyone with a claim to think should read, and reflect on)

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


Yuval Noah Harari

I finished reading Sapiens on 21st May 2020 just after reading ORIGINS, much of what I read in Sapiens I had already read and researched myself in the past so maybe it helped with many of the references and ideas in Sapiens, though it seems to be written in such a fluid and informative way that whether you do not know any of the histories or ideas in Sapiens you will by the end and the overall vastness both in time and concepts and the way they are put together is wonderful. If you read 2 books this year I would recommend you read ORIGINS and Sapiens.

Will add more books I have read later