What’s on your nightstand?


I used to be a serial monogamist when it came to books, but in recent years my reading habits have completely changed. I began to read much more nonfiction in Switzerland, which I read rather slowly, and so I find myself in the middle of several books at a time.

Here’s my current stack:

  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (I’m rereading this for dissertation purposes, and my goodness it’s such a pleasure to read Annie Dillard.)
  • Phenomenology of Perception by Maurice Merleau-Ponty (Obviously thesis-related — and I have to rave about this translation. The 2012 Routledge edition is super accessible.)
  • Mountains of the Mind by Robert MacFarlane (Thesis-adjacent. This book is a mix of pleasure and research — a book that isn’t precisely on topic but enjoyable to read, and it keeps my mind sparking.)
  • Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose (Teaching-adjacent. I don’t plan to teach this text, but I’m enjoying it both as a writer and as a writing teacher.)
  • The Devourers by Indra Das (This is my complete break — a gay werewolf novel set in Kolkata. I just started it, so I hope it’s good!)

What books are on your nightstand?

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