books (2018)

It’s mid-February which means I’m overdue for my year-in-books post. It’s been about five years now since I started keeping track of each book I read, after a friend recommended GoodReads to me. This year, instead of just keeping a list of titles, I had a goal to practice writing about what I’m reading. I set out to write something, at least one sentence, about each book I read in 2018, and now have a google doc 30+ pages long with notes, observations, etc. I do think it helped with remembering the books I read; I can read a bit manically at times, and this practice served to counter and calm that a bit.

Another reading goal for last year was to read more poetry, and serendipitously an acquaintance introduced me to Pome*– a daily newsletter by Matthew Ogle that contains just one poem in your inbox, at the start of each day. (Which helped me to read many more poems!)

And finally: for the first time in my (adult) life, I read as many books written by women as by men, and they surely did not disappoint me. So crucial, so obvious. I feel like I’m catching up, stocking up on women’s voices to return to and recommend and reference moving forward.

The list of books I read in 2018 is below, with some that I particularly enjoyed and learned from in bold. (Past reading lists here: 201720162015)

books (2018) | Lynnette Therese Sauer
(one day I read at the beach)
  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
  • Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler
  • Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe, Dawn Tripp
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  • The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine, Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Complete Poems of Sappho, translated by Willis Barnstone
  • Autumn, Ali Smith
  • Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, Anne Lamott
  • Winter, Ali Smith
  • Salt, Nayyirah Waheed
  • The Lotus-Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsogyal
  • The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion, Elle Luna
  • Your Story is Your Power: Free Your Feminine Voice, Elle Luna and Susie Herrick
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, David McCullough
  • The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Draw Your Weapons, Sarah Sentilles
  • Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
  • The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, Dan Barber
  • Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, Heather Ann Thompson
  • Torch, Cheryl Strayed
  • Enduring Grace: Living Portraits of Seven Women Mystics, Carol Lee Flinders
  • Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling
  • American War, Omar El Akkad
  • At the Root of This Longing: Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger and a Feminist Thirst, Carol Lee Flinders
  • On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, Adrienne Rich
  • The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran
  • What is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything, Rob Bell
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson (Series One), Emily Dickinson
  • The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse: A Book for Creators, Michael Gungor
  • Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story, Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
  • Love Poems, Pablo Neruda
  • Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology, Lawrence Weschler
  • The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen: Opening Your Eyes to Wonder, Lisa Gungor
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
  • A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind, Siri Hustvedt
  • The Tibetan Buddhism Reader, edited by Reginald A. Ray
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Barbara Kingsolver
  • Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science, Mike McHargue
  • Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction, Matthew T. Kapstein
  • Swing Time, Zadie Smith
  • Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
  • A Celebration of Sex, Douglas E. Rosenau
  • Interior States: Essays, Meghan O’Gieblyn
  • Sara Berman’s Closet, Maira Kalman and Alex Kalman
  • Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, edited by Roxane Gay
  • The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, Eric Foner
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
  • Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life, Emily Sagoski
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown
  • There There, Tommy Orange
  • Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems, Mary Oliver
  • How to Not Always Be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care, Marlee Grace
  • New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World–and How to Make It Work for You, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
  • Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, Lauren F. Winner
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  • Money Diaries: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Your Finances… And Everyone Else’s, Lindsey Stanberry
  • Having Wings: Poems for Advent, edited by Amy Bornman
  • Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert

 

*now on hiatus! Another good poem-a-day option: The Slowdown podcast with U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

Fine Lines

This spring, I worked with Etta and Aaron (both seniors in the printmaking department) to create our joint thesis show, entitled Fine Lines. Completing a painting thesis at Herron includes several elements: an exhibition, oral review, and paper; the pieces displayed at Fine Lines represent several years of (conceptual and visual) idea development. Creating this show helped bring together components of my art practice which I’d previously seen as separate and difficult to reconcile. It provided space to consider the works in relationship to each other, the typically unseen elements of my art-making process, and real people who interacted with them. In the end, this portion of the thesis work was simply an extension of the rest of my years of Herron – art as process, as teacher, as connector.

The photos / statements below recap the visual part of my thesis work as seen at our show, which took place on April 15, 2016 at The Oilwick.


Fine Lines | Lynnette Therese Sauer

Show Statement: Marietta Miller, Aaron Green and Lynnette Sauer’s thesis exhibition is a celebration of line in drawing, printmaking, and painting.  The work is thematically varied but unified by their love of mark making. Fine Lines references the idiom “There is a fine line between x and y.” It is in the fragile in-between, the gray areas, that Marietta, Aaron, and Lynnette find inspiration for their work.

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