1. HélÃ¨ne Cixous, Stigmata. I didn't find anything of value here. Probably the poetic element is better in the French but I wonder what the big deal is about.
2. Erika S. Olson, Zero-Sum Game: The Rise of the World's Largest Derivatives Exchange. Good inside the scenes account of the CME-CBOT merger, also with material on the rise of ICE. I read some of it and was glad I did.
3. Kaushik Basu, Beyond the Invisible Hand: Groundwork for a New Economics. The author is a smart guy and he writes clearly, but I object to the subtitle and what it implies. I want The New Economics, not the Groundwork for a New Economics.
4. They Live, by Jonathan Lethem. Scene-by scene commentary on the John Carpenter movie of that name. I'd like to see more books like this. It's short.
5. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Yo no vengo a decir un discurso. Transcripts of some of his lectures, so far very eloquent although the level of substance remains to be seen.
6. David Edwards, The Lab: Creativity and Culture. He wants to revitalize labs with a blend of "Artscience" and encourage them to cultivate more ideas which appear impractical but may have long-term payoffs.
7. Bethany McLean and Joseph Nocera, All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. Alex liked it, Arnold Kling liked it, and I like it too. It is more conceptual than most of the crisis books.
7. Robert Alter, translator, The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. He is my favorite Biblical translator and this is a sure thing, I will read this one.
8. Wolfgang Fengler and Homi Kharas, editors, Delivering Aid Differently: Lessons from the Field. This is too specialized for my current reading interests, but overall the content looks substantive and interesting.
I am still impressed by having watched Lars von Trier's Antichrist. I believe no one (at least no male) can watch that movie straight through, for reasons which I cannot explain on a family blog (though perhaps it will someday be part of TSA procedures?). Yet more than a month later I continue to think about the good parts of the movie and I am not overall a von Trier fan. The film is dedicated to Tarkovsky.