Ten good books I read this year:
Memories, Dreams, and Reflections
by Carl Jung
The best thing I read all year. Jung started his autobiography when he was 81, and worked on it right up until his death. See my map of the book.
Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book: Make A World
by Ed Emberley
I discovered this book last year, but returned to it over and over this year, recommending it often to folks as a beginner’s drawing book.
by David Mazzuchelli
A graphic novel that’s as good as everybody says it is.
Map of My Heart
by John Porcellino
Porcellino is one of my favorite cartoonists, ever. This collection is even better than King-Cat Classix.
by Frank O’Hara
Await Your Reply
by Dan Chaon
This is the only novel I read this year. A terrific read.
by David Small
The drawing in here is really top-notch: Small enjoys teaching anatomy, and it shows.
Every artist’s memoir has one underlying plot: *how I became an artist*. That plot can allow for infinite variations. My favorite page from the book.
Trickster Makes This World
by Louis Hyde
Hyde’s The Gift is one of my favorite books. This book isn’t as good, and took me a few months to finish, but it was worth the read.
Seven Days In The Art World
by Sarah Thornton
My wife got me this after reading one of Thornton’s articles. After reading it, I understood the art world better, and wanted less to do with it than before.
by Hugh Macleod
Hugh’s said the book is “advice I wish I had when I was in my early 20s.” The book sprung from his piece “How To Be Creative,” which was a big deal to me when I found it a year or so ago, specifically for his “Sex and Cash Theory.” Helped me feel better about keeping my day job.
What was the best book you read this year?