Reading List

A curated collection of literature I recommend for reading / viewing.

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  • The Poverty of Ethics, Anat Amar – a brilliant synthesis of analytic ethics and Continental discontent.
  • Queer Phenomenology, Sara Ahmed – a phenomenological account of queer bodies and spaces which leads us towards a socially-aware phenomenology of phenomenology
  • Sex and the Failed Absolute, Slavoj Zizek – an ingenious and culturally aware synthesis of psycholanalysis and Hegel, through a triadic topological analogy



  • Oppenheimer – the most powerful film I have experienced. More horrific than any horror movie I have watched. Exploration of the utter contradiction of man and God, of violence and peace, of necessity and freedom – of the atomic bomb and Oppenheimer.
  • Summer of ‘85 – a more sensitive and textually self-aware Call Me By Your Name
  • Brokeback Mountain – a classic masterpiece of environmental cinematography and queer film
  • La La Land – beautiful cinematography and play with destiny and time
  • Parasite – biting social critique of globalized capitalism
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey – an unhurried and thoughtful meditation on technology and Nietzschian transcendence
  • The Menu – an entertaining watch and commentary on bourgeois consumption and production
  • Midsommar – a beautiful film, and a deeply disturbing exploration of the “anthropologist’s gaze”

TV Shows

  • Succession – an edgy portrayal of family, politics, and corporate power
  • The White Lotus – brilliantly nuanced portrays of colonial, racial, and sexual tensions in bourgeois society


  • Hearts and Minds – a brutally material portrayal of horror and patriotism in the Vietnam War, terrifying in its nakedness
  • The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology – a fun watch, an accessible overview of Slavoj Zizek’s psychoanalytic-Hegelian treatment of cinema
  • AlphaGo – a close look at humanity from the nonhuman: indeed, the only perspective from which humanity can truly be gazed at.


  • Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostevsky – a meditation on sin, guilt, and redemption
  • Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace – we are addicted to entertainment, and entertained by addiction
  • Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro – the beauty of our fragile life becomes palpable when it’s about to be broken
  • Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov


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