Current Reading List


‘Taint the Meat, It’s the Humanity

99 Problems: Essays on Writing and Running – Ben Tanzer

Alec: The Years Have Pants – Eddie Campbell

The Book I Will Write – John Henry Fleming

Collected Stories – Andre Dubus

This is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz

Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide

A Clash of Kings – George RR Martin

Summer 2015

The Night We Said Yes – Lauren Gibaldi

Night Animals – Brecht Evans

The Unnamed – Joshua Ferris

Dropsie Avenue – Will Eisner

Contract with God – Will Eisner

A Life Force – Will Eisner

Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon – Fraction & Aja

Hawkeye: Little Hits – Fraction & Aja

Bone Vol 1: Out From Boneville – Jeff Smith

Daredevil: Born Again – Frank Miller

Pyongyang – Guy Delisle

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller

The Best American Short Stories 2013 – Elizabeth Strout (ed.)

Hulk: Season One – Fred Van Lente

Spring 2015

Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy

When You Cross That Line – Sam Slaughter

It is a Wild Swing of the Knife – J Bradley

Cut Men – Stephen Taylor

We’re Here – Sarah Norek

Nobody’s Looking – JR Miller

15 Views of Miami – Jaquira Diaz (ed.)

The Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire

Julio’s Day – Gilbert Hernandez

The Shining – Stephen King

For the Woman Alone – Ashley Inguanta

Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay

Pinkies – Shane Hinton

Daddy Cool – ed. Ben Tanzer

Horrorstor – Grady Hendrix

Fall 2014

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014

Moving Pictures – Kathryn & Stuart Immonen

Slouching Toward Bethlehem – Joan Didion

You Herd Me – Colin Cowherd

The Call – Pat Rushin

Annihilation – Jeff Vendermeer

A Visit From the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

Catching Fire – Wyatt Wyatt

Sky Rat – Rauan Klassnik

Even Though I Don’t Miss You – Chelsea Martin

Wild Thing – Molly Gaudry

Summer 2014

Back to Blood – Tom Wolfe

Damned  – Chuck Palahniuk

Forget How You Found Us: 15 Views of Orlando Volume III – Nathan Holic (editor)

The Last Final Girl – Stephen Graham Jones

Saturn – Simon Jacobs

The Bones of Us – J Bradley and Adam Scott Mazer

The Infinity Crusade – Jim Starlin

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

Tell-All – Chuck Palahniuk

Survivor – Chuck Palahniuk

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

Game of Thrones – George RR Martin

The Heaven of Animals – David James Poissant

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom – Cory Doctorow

Lost in Space – Ben Tanzer

Spring 2014

The Saga of the Swamp Thing, Vol. 1 – Alan Moore

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

Townie – Andre Dubus III

Blueprints of the Afterlife – Ryan Boudinot

Fakes – David Shields (editor)

Ghost World – Daniel Clowes

Demon Theory – Stephen Graham Jones

Motivating the Middle – TJ Sullivan

Palm Sunday – Kurt Vonnegut

Train Shots – Vanessa Blakeslee

99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style – Matt Madden

This Is Not Your City – Caitlin Horrocks

Growing Up Dead in Texas – Stephen Graham Jones

Lost Orlando – Stephanie Gaub Antequino and Tana Mosier Porter

Wizzywig – Ed Piskor

Bring the Noise: The best pop culture essays from Barrelhouse Magazine – ed. Tom McAllister

Lowboy – John Wray

The Best American Non-Required Reading 2013 – ed. David Eggers

Dodging Traffic – J Bradley

Fall 2013

The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. II  – ed. Lee Gutkind

Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring – Scott Plague

The Language of Elk – Benjamin Percy

Becoming Monster – Christopher Higgs

Building Stories – Chris Ware

The Wild Flowers of Baltimore – Rob Roensch

The Wild Things – Dave Eggers

Boat Girl – Melanie McLendon

Songs For the Deaf – John Henry Fleming

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk – David Sedaris

NowTrends – Karl Taro Greenfeld

Death Wishing  – Laura Ellen Scott

Crossing Division: An Oral History of the Black Community of Orlando – Benjamin Brotemarkle

Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia – Jenny Torres Sanchez

Summer 2013

How Did You Get This Number? – Sloane Crosley

N.Y. Stories – Ben Tanzer

Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

Don’t Kiss Me – Lindsay Hunter

This American Life – Ben Tanzer

I Am – Ben Tanzer

Blink – Malcolm Gladwell

The Sicily Papers – Michelle Orange

Paper Towns – John Green

Bodies Made Of Smoke – J Bradley

The Downside of Being Charlie – Jenny Torres Sanchez

Skellig – John Almond

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic – Allison Bechdel

Weetzie Bat – Francesca Lia Block

I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying – Matthew Salesses

Spring 2013

Best American Comics 2012

American Salvage – Bonnie Jo Campbell

The Way Home – Ashley Inguanta

Consider the Lobster – David Foster Wallace

The Situation and the Story – Vivian Gornick

Hazed – Mark Sable & Robbi Rodriguez

How to Predict the Weather – Aaron Burch

What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us – Laura van den Berg

The Orange Eats Creeps – Grace Krilanovich

Ovenman – Jeff Parker

Remembering Orlando: Tales From Elvis to Disney – Joy Wallace Dickinson

Orlando Ghosts – Amanda Branham

Satellite Beach – Susan Lilley

Pieces For the Left Hand – J. Robert Lennon

Fast Machine – Elizabeth Ellen

Our Lot  – Alyssa Katz

Best American Non-Required Reading 2013

The Snuff Syndicate – Keith Gouveia

Fall 2012

The Wilding – Benjamin Percy

Every Girl is the End of the World For Me – Jeffrey Brown

May We Shed These Human Bodies – Amber Sparks

A Floating World – Karen Best

Other Kinds – Dylan Nice

God Says No – James Hannaham

Manhood For Amateurs – Michael Chabon

Liar’s Kiss – Eric Skillman

Lost Dogs – Jeff Lemire

Variations on a Brother War – JA Tyler

Getaway Girl – Terry Thaxton

Understories – Tim Horvath

For Out of the Heart Proceed – Jensen Beach

Fortress of Solitude – Jonathan Lethem

The Death of Captain Marvel – Jim Starlin

Dreadstar: The Beginning – Jim Starlin

Summer 2012

Marvels – Kurt Busiek & Alex Ross

Snow White – Donald Barthalme

Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Barthalme

Eeee Eee Eee – Tao Lin

Code For Failure – Ryan W. Bradley

The Second Most Dangerous Job in the World – Steve Himmer

The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

Fearsome Creatures of Florida – John Henry Fleming

Wars Are Dumb: Orlando High Schoolers Write the Wrongs of Adults

Holic’s Mid-Summer “Orlando History Binge”

Project Future: The Inside Story Behind the Creation of Disney World – Chad Denver Emerson

Celebration, U.S.A.: Living in Disney’s Brave New Town – Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins

Tin Can Tourists in Florida – Nick Wynne

Paradise For Sale: Florida’s Booms and Busts – Nick Wynne

This Was Florida’s Boom – Walter P. Fuller

Hizzoner the Mayor  – Carl Langford

Eatonville, Florida: A Brief History of One of America’s First Freedmen’s Towns – Frank M. Otey

A History of the Black Community of Orlando, Florida – LeRoy Argrett, Jr.

Spring 2012

Wally – Don Peteroy

Shut Up/ Look Pretty – Lauren Becker, Erin Fitzgerald, Kirsty Logan, Michelle Reale, Amber Sparks

Black Hole – Charles Burns

The Playwright – Eddie Campbell

The Drop Edge of Yonder – Rudolph Wurlitzer

Stories For Nighttime and Some For the Day – Ben Loory

Doc Voodoo: Aces & Eights – Dale Lucas

My War: Killing Time in Iraq – Colby Buzzell

Scorch Atlas – Blake Butler

The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil – George Saunders

I Have Blinded Myself Writing This – Jess Stoner

Sophomoric Philosophy – Victor David Giron

Three Ways of the Saw – Matt Mullins

Best American Comics 2011

Please Don’t Be Upset – Brandi Wells

Swallow Me Whole – Nate Powell

Ayiti – Roxane Gay

Prize Winners – Ryan Bradley

Best American Non-Required Reading – Dave Eggers (editor)

Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine – Ben Tanzer

Warriors of Plasm: Collected Edition – Jim Shooter

Fall 2011

Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad

Look at Me – Jennifer Egan

That Old Cape Magic – Richard Russo

The Lizard Man – David James Poissant

Lust and Cashmere – A. E. Simns

Todos Santos – Deborah Clearman

Imperial Bedrooms – Bret Easton Ellis

Fight For Your Long Day – Alex Kudera

Understanding Comics – Scott McCloud

The King – Rich Koslowski

Fingerprints – Will Dinski

The Awful Possibilities – Christian TeBordo

Mosquito – Dan James

Songbook – Nick Hornby

Summer 2011

Silent Retreats – Philip Deaver

Stitches – David Small

The Consequences of Skating – Steven Gillis

Grendel – John Gardner

Night Shift – Stephen King

Circus Days in Sarasota and Venice – Kim Cool

The Tiny Wife – Andrew Kaufman

AM/ PM – Amelia Gray

The Blue Guide to Indiana – Michael Martone

Selected Stories – Alice Munro

City of Thieves – David Benioff

Edible Stories – Mark Kurlansky

The Bee-Loud Glade – Steve Himmer

Footnotes in Gaza – Joe Sacco

The Serial Rapist Sitting Behind You is a Robot – J. Bradley

Everything Matters! – Ron Currie Jr.

You Can Make Him Like You – Ben Tanzer

The Complete Collection of People, Places, and Things – John Dermot Woods

Spring 2011

Soldiers of God – Kelly Clancy

Daddy’s – Lindsay Hunter

Citrus County – John Brandon

Shakespeare Wrote For Money – Nick Hornby

Refresh, Refresh (graphic novel adaptation)

Master of the Game – Sidney Sheldon

Fragmentation and Other Stories – Ed. by Ryan Rivas & Jana Waring

Impotent – Matthew Roberson

Then We Came to the End – Joshua Ferris

I Just Want My Pants Back – David J. Rosen

Alan’s War – Emanuel Guilbert, Alan Cope

If I Die in a Combat Zone – Tim O’Brien

The Truth of the Matter – Dinty Moore

When She Was Good – Philip Roth

Fall 2010

Refresh, Refresh – Benjamin Percy

From Bauhaus to Our House – Tom Wolfe

Netherland – Joseph O’Neill

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, by Jeff Chang

Tender as Hellfire, by Joe Meno

Fatherland – Robert Harris

Persepolis – Marjane Strapi

Armageddon in Retrospect – Kurt Vonnegut

Blankets – Craig Thompson

Trenches – Scott Mills

The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume I – Lee Gutkind (editor)

Summer 2010

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories – Franz Kafka

Lisey’s Story – Stephen King

Roadwork – Stephen King

The O. Henry Prize Awards – 2010 Edition

Writers on Writing – New York Times Collection

Lunar Park – Bret Easton Ellis

Look at the Birdie – Kurt Vonnegut

The Photographer – Didier Lefevre, Emmanuel Guibert

Goodbye, Columbus – Philip Roth

The Writing Habit – David Huddle

How Fiction Works – James Wood

Spring 2010

Indignation – Phillip Roth

Bright Lights, Big City – Jay McInerney

A.D. : After the Deluge – Josh Neufeld

Best American Comics 2009

Housekeeping vs. The Dirt – Nick Hornby

Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby

The Raw Shark Texts – Steven Hall

Werewolves in Their Youth – Michael Chabon

Angry Black White Boy – Adam Mansbach

Miles From Nowhere – Nami Mun

The Quiet American – Graham Greene

Tree of Smoke – Denis Johnson

The Visiting Professor – Robert Littel

Give Me Liberty – Frank Miller


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