What to read in March: Wang Xiaobo, Zhitang, Goethe...


This month, I am reading the following books:

  • "Wang Xiaobo's Collected Works": Includes "Golden Age," "Future World," "Night Journey," "Song Immortal," and some essays. Compared to the highly acclaimed "Golden Age," I prefer the black humor and satire of "Future World."
  • "Zhou Zuoren's Essays": A collection of Zhou Zuoren's early works, which I find average.
  • "Full Stomachs, Poor People": Depicts the social conditions in Japan in the 1970s and 1980s, showing how people struggled during that period.
  • "Grave": Currently reading. Rereading Lu Xun's works, his sharp comments on certain things remain relevant over time.
  • "Zhitang's Collected Works": An old book written in traditional vertical script, surprisingly readable.
  • "Goethe's Conversations": Highly recommended. It records Goethe's conversations in the years leading up to his death, providing a more authentic reflection of his character: a great poet with a dual identity as a common citizen.
  • "The Brothers Karamazov": Currently reading. The names of the characters are really hard to remember.
  • "Memories of Mountain Living": A memoir of a lady from Hangzhou, candid and sincere, revealing many interesting customs.
  • "A Brief Book on the Art of Living": Currently reading. Zhu Guangqian's work after the turmoil, more rigorous and complete compared to his previous works, but also cautious due to the limitations of the time.
  • "The Artist of Life": Currently reading. Bruce Lee's ability to integrate philosophy and martial arts is quite an achievement. If he hadn't died young, his accomplishments would have been much greater.
  • "The Subscription Economy": Currently reading. It provides observations and introductions to the prevalent subscription model nowadays.
  • "Working on User Growth on the Frontline": Currently reading. A book provided by the company to understand the ways of operation.
  • "Why Read Classics": Currently reading. Written by Italo Calvino, it records comments on some classic books. Life is limited, read more classics.
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