Jesse Huisken’s top ten 2009
8 x 8 x 7 by Colin Smith; Krupskaya. On of the poets of the Kootenay School of Writing.
Short Life Housing by Chris Cheek; The Gig.
St. Petersburg by Andre Bely; Pushkin Press. A new translation.
Institutional Critique, an Anthology of Artist’s Writings, various; MIT.
The Tanners by Robert Walser; New Directions.
Interogative Mood by Padgett Powell; Farrar, Straus & Girioux. This book won me over from complete irritation to total enjoyment by page eight.
The Mandarin by Aaron Kunin; Fence Books. Maddeningly self indulgent and brilliant.
Western Marxism and the Soviet Union by Marcel van der Linden; Haymarket Books.
The Most Evil by Steve Hodel; Dutton.
Zero Books: Fear of Music: Why People Get Rothko but Don’t Get Stockhausen, Militant Modernism, Capitalist Realism, One Dimensional Woman, The Resistible Life of Michael Jackson. I know this is a whole imprint, but these books are all great. A contingent younger cultural theorists (mostly of a Marxist post-structuralist type) taking over the New Age imprint Zero. (Zero Books).
Honorable mentions: 8 x 10 by Michael Turner, Rose Alley by Jeremy M. Davies, The Political Mind by George Lakoff, Take It Joshua Beckman, Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, Born Yesterday, the News as Novel by Gordon Burns, The Story of Crass, and new in paperback Today I Wrote Nothing by Daniil Kharms, and from late 2008, Michel Bernstein’s All the Kings Horses.