2018 input

Books read:

  • Devotion by Patti Smith
  • Dreams of a Spirit-Seer by Immanuel Kant
  • Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna
  • Ongoingness: The End of a Diary by Sarah Manguso
  • Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit
  • Anecdotal Theory by Jane Gallop
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Island by Aldous Huxley
  • The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why an Invented Past Won’t Give Women a Future by Cynthia Eller
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda
  • The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir
  • The White Album by Joan Didion
  • The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer
  • Anthropocene Feminism edited by Richard Grusin
  • Our Right To Drugs by Thomas Szasz
  • Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag
  • A Wave in the Mind by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman
  • A Musical Hell by Alejandra Pizarnik

Currently reading:

  • La Bâtarde by Violette Leduc
  • Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf
  • Eclipse of Reason by Max Horkheimer
    & this article

Films seen:

  • Sueño en otro idioma (I Dream In Another Language) Ernesto Contreras
  • Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Woman) Sebastián Lelio
  • Sin Nombre (Nameless) Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Only Lovers Left Alive — Jim Jarmusch
  • Persona Ingmar Bergman
  • The Favourite Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Roma Alfonso Cuarón
  • El abrazo de la serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent) Ciro Guerra
  • La defensa del dragon (The Dragon Defense) — Natalia Santa
  • No Pablo Larraín
  • Amazona Clare Weiskopf
  • BlacKkKlansman — Spike Lee
  • Sorry To Bother You — Boots Riley
  • Isle of Dogs Wes Anderson
  • Matar a Jesús (Killing Jesus) — Laura Mora Ortega
  • Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire) Wim Wenders


This year I received my post-baccalaureate certificate in Psychology + Counseling from UC Berkeley Extension. Studying the DSM-5 was disturbing, especially considering how little we know about the brain and body, so next year I’ll be studying bioethics at Monash University. Angles of interest ——> migration as a bioethics issue (mental + physical), the ethics of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, the doctor-patient power imbalance, self-medication, drug policy, the female experience, and end-of-life care.

♥ Happy learning in 2019 ♥

P.S. I didn’t do this last year, so here’s my books read in 2017. All still adore.

2017 list:

  • Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • The Age of Reason by Jean-Paul Sartre
  • The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby
  • Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Meek One by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
  • White Girls by Hilton Als
  • The Art of Losing Control by Jules Evans
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • You Found a Beating Heart by Nisha Bhakaa
  • Supernatural by Graham Hancock
  • The Psychedelic Experience by Leary, Metzner, and Alpert (Dass)
  • Be Here Now by Ram Dass
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • The Divine Art of Dying by Karen Speerstra and Herbert Anderson
  • Infectious Madness by Harriet Washington
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  • Future Sex by Emily Witt
  • The Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Just Kids by Patti Smith