Lucy's Summer Reading List

Lucy

Virginia Woolf, Flush (Hogarth Press, 1933)

Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968)

Brad Zellar, House of Coates (Little Brown Mushroom, 2012)

Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception (Chatto and Windus, 1954)

Dylan Thomas, Adventures in the Skin Trade (New Directions, 1969)

Izaac Walton, The compleat Angler (1653)

Kenneth Anger, Hollywood Babylon (Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1959)

Sylvia Plath, edited by Ted Hughes, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1982)

Riane Eisler, The Chalice & The Blade (HarperCollins, 1987)

Flush by Virginia Woolf

It’s a short and sweet story about a poet and her pet spaniel. Can’t go wrong.  

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

I wanted to read a book about a neurotic, sociopathic, materialistic serial killer. It was funny and disgusting.
     
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

I really love her writing style and read a couple of her essays so decided to start this. 

House of Coates by Brad Zellar

We’re in the thick of a pandemic and we’re all feeling a little lonely. This book explains what it’s like to want to isolate yourself beautifully.
 
The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

I’m interested in the ways in which psychedelics can influence art making. This book teaches you how to sort of cleanse the way you perceive objects and the world around you.  
 
Adventures in the Skin Trade by Dylan Thomas

This was a fun read. It’s witty and poetic. It also has a good lesson about starting over regardless of the work you’ve put in.  

The compleat Angler by Izaac Walton

Excited to read this because it’s a foundational text about fishing as a form of meditation. Many artists refer to the analogy of ‘catching a big fish’ including David Lynch. 

Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger

This book was originally banned when it came out. Way too much juicy gossip. Apparently it’s well written so I thought I’d give it a go.  

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath

I haven’t read much Plath so I thought this was a good place to start.

The Chalice & The Blade by Riane Eisler

This book is supposedly about male/female dynamics created by religion. Looking forward to reading it.  

BIO

Lucy Alguire

Lucy Alguire is a Canadian-Australian photographer currently based in Toronto, Ontario. She predominantly works in a diaristic manner using analog photographic processes. Her work is often inspired by poetry and literature and exists within the tradition of photographic realism while also including an element of metaphor or memory. The tone of her images tends to be awkward, humorous, or tense in an effort to portray her subjects truthfully, returning to a childlike way of exploration and expression. Lucy is the author of two books, Catching Byways Flies (2019) and How to Run Away (2018). She was also a selected participant of Alec Soth's master workshop on 'Making a Photobook (that Matters)'. Since completing her BFA at Ryerson University she is working on a new book project entitled The Catch.

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