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WordPress Dev + Web Design + Interactive Data = New Media

I do it all. If you can describe it, I can build it and teach it: custom WordPress and database-driven solutions for organizations which need something more than something off the shelf.

  • Clients

    Museums & galleries; foundations; law firms; journalists; restaurants; thoroughbred stables; energy companies; pro rock bands, & many others.

  • Teaching

    Interactive web design; book design; data visualization; art history; animation; post-production, much more. Now a Lecturer in Fine Arts at George Washington University.

  • Skills

    WordPress dev; interactive web design; new media storytelling with data-driven maps, charts, galleries & timelines; audio & video editing; much more.

  • Biography

    I was expelled senior year and became a high school drop-out; before that, aptitude tests reported I was best suited to be a farmer.

  • Reading

    I threw out my television more than 25 years ago, which leaves me plenty of time for reading.

  • Studio

    My work studio is a co-mingling of the obsolete and the cutting edge, a regular Collyer Mansion for the modern man.

  • Photography

    It took me awhile to go digital – a penultimate apostasy in my book. Want to see what I can do with a crummy camera?

  • Music

    I cannot read or write a note of music — I taught myself by ear to play different instruments & write songs in sundry styles & genres.

  • Video

    These are mostly time-lapse experiments – I shot the imagery and composed and performed the soundtracks.

  • Projects

    Highlights of lectures, client and faculty work, proofs of concept in JavaScript, graphic design, live data sets, animation, information design and more.

  • News

    Recent additions to this site: web projects, design projects, photo galleries, original music & video — you name it.

  • Resources

    An archive of articles which tie into the web projects I build, the university courses I teach and the lecture audiences I address.

“The Great Wall of Music” INTERACTIVE

John Carmody: A section of my studio was featured in the Washington Post Magazine's “Second Glance”

Take the test - a section of my studio was featured in the Washington Post Magazine's “Second Glance” section.

I work inside a growing piece of art. A simultaneous overlay of a gallery, a performance space, a design office and a recording studio, this installation evokes the better elements of a New York loft, a Berlin nightclub, a London used book & record store and an LA pawn shop. All in a Washington cellar.

 INTERACTIVE: This photograph of a cross-section of my studio was featured in the Washington Post Magazine’s “Second Glance” section.


Client, Faculty & Personal Work

Custom front-end & back-end design & programming.

Working with clients of all sizes, I am highly skilled at creating custom database-driven interactive solutions using WordPress, PHP, mySQL, jQuery, AJAX & Bootstrap. Database management a specialty.

Most people in my field do web development *or* web design – I do both. I am well-versed in creating innovative applications serving up API-driven rich content from Scribd, Flickr, SoundCloud, YouTube, Twitter, Google Custom Search, Disqus, Wufoo and others.

The George Washington University

  • Graphic Design: Layout and Design of the Book
  • Digital Media Design: Frame-By-Frame Animation
  • Digital Media Design: Interactive Web Design I

The Corcoran College of Art + Design

  • Art History: Digital Media Culture
  • Graphic Design: Junior Studio Core, Graphic Design III
  • New Media Photojournalism: Graduate Program, Audio Production: Speed of Sound
  • New Media Photojournalism: Graduate Thesis, Directed Study
  • New Media Photojournalism: Senior Thesis, Directed Study
  • Digital Media Design: Senior Thesis, Digital Media Design IV
  • Digital Media Design: Junior Studio Core, Digital Media Design III
  • Digital Media Design: Interactive Web Design II
  • Digital Media Design: Interactive Web Design I
  • Digital Media Design: Sound Design
  • Digital Media Design: Flash Animation

The Catholic University of America

  • Interactive Media Design: Audio Production & Design
  • Interactive Media Design: Video Art w/Final Cut Pro
  • Interactive Media Design: Intro to Dreamweaver
  • Interactive Media Design: Intro to Flash

Seminar Presentation – the National Press Foundation

  • Information Design: A Foundation in Web Publishing Tools

Seminar Presentations – US General Accounting Office

  • Graphic Design: Web Design For Print Professionals
  • Information Design: Transitioning from Print to Web Publishing

Class Videos: How To Watch Sound

I remixed & animated this classic rock song for one of the New Media Photojournalism graduate classes I taught at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

The idea was to introduce people to observing sound with their eyes, not their ears.

Class Videos: Digital Media Culture

Intro to an Art History lecture I delivered at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

I put together coverage of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster using obsolete media to fuel the discussion: "How will we communicate 75 years from now? To what extent will contemporary modern media be extant then?"

All You Need To Know About John Carmody

I pulled the plug more than 25 years ago.

Since 1992 I have been studying American heritage while living a pop culture hermitage.

That means: no TV, no Facebook, no Twitter, no texting, no celebrities, no sports, no video games, no crummy music, no credit cards, no debt, no logos, no smart phone…

You get the idea.

Books Read, 2018: 34

  • The Gangs of New York

    An Informal History of the Underworld

    Herbert Asbury

    1928 -
  • Once There Was A War

    Dispatches from Europe & Africa, 1943

    John Steinbeck

    1958 -
  • Lie Down In Darkness

    William Styron

    1951 -
  • Dean Acheson

    The Cold War Years, 1953-1971

    Douglas Brinkley

    1992 -
  • The Ginger Man

    J. P. Donleavy

    1955 -
  • The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    1925 -
  • The Man With The Golden Arm

    Nelson Algren

    1949 -
  • Looking Forward

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    1933 -
  • The Proud Highway

    Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-1967

    Hunter S. Thompson

    1997 -
  • The Naked City

    Malvin Wald & Albert Maltz

    1948 -
  • Mad As Hell

    The Making of "Network" and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies

    Dave Itzkoff

    2014 -
  • In Cold Blood

    A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences

    Truman Capote

    1965 -
  • The Information

    Martin Amis

    1995 -
  • A History of Knowledge

    The Pivotal Events, People and Achievements of World History

    Charles Van Doren

    1991 -
  • The Autobiography of Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin

    1887 -
  • Beyond Category

    The Life & Genius of Duke Ellington

    John Edward Hasse

    1993 -
  • Walden

    Or, Life in the Woods

    Henry David Thoreau

    1854 -
  • Touching and Imagining – An Introduction to Tactile Art

    Poems & Essays, 1973-1984

    Jan Švankmajer

    2014 -
  • Washington Goes To War

    David Brinkley

    1988 -
  • Legs

    William Kennedy

    1975 -
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain

    1884 -
  • President Nixon

    Alone In The White House

    Richard Reeves

    2001 -
  • The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit

    Sloane Wilson

    1955 -
  • Remembering Laughter

    Wallace Stegner

    1937 -
  • Hammer of the Gods

    The Led Zeppelin Saga

    Stephen Davis

    1985 -
  • In Retrospect

    The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

    Robert S. McNamara

    1995 -
  • Catch-22

    Joseph Heller

    1961 -
  • The Ugly American

    William J. Lederer & Eugene Burdick

    1958 -
  • What Makes Sammy Run?

    Budd Schulberg

    1941 -
  • The Letters of the Rožmberk Sisters, 1449-1482

    Noblewomen in Fifteenth-Century Bohemia

    Ed., John M. Klassen

    2001 -
  • Young Lonigan

    James T. Farrell

    1932 -
  • Red Rat Race

    Morris A. Bealle

    1953 -
  • Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew

    The World's Most-Recorded Musician

    Hal Blaine

    1990 -
  • A Swell-Looking Girl

    Stories, 1929-1931

    Erskine Caldwell

    1959 -

Books Read, 2017: 39

  • Man of the People

    A Life of Harry S. Truman

    Alonzo L. Hamby

    1995 -
  • The Commanders

    Bob Woodward

    1991 -
  • Three Films

    Battleship Potempkin | October | Alexander Nevsky

    Sergei Eisenstein

    1974 -
  • Band Of Angels

    Robert Penn Warren

    1955 -
  • Gilliamesque

    A Pre-Posthumous Memoir

    Terry Gilliam

    2015 -
  • Neutrino Hunters

    The Chase to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

    Ray Jayawardhana

    2013 -
  • The Tumult and the Shouting

    My Life In Sport

    Grantland Rice

    1954 -
  • What Hath God Wrought

    The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848

    Daniel Walker Howe

    2007 -
  • The Bad Seed

    William March

    1954 -
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    Carson McCullers

    1940 -
  • Short Cuts

    Robert Altman & Frank Barhydt

    1993 -
  • A Tour On The Prairies

    An Account of Thirty Days in Deep Indian Country

    Washington Irving

    1833 -
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    2017 -
  • The Public Arts

    Gilbert Seldes

    1956 -
  • The Jack Benny Show

    The Life & Times of America's Best-Loved Entertainer

    Milt Josefsberg

    1977 -
  • The Fables of Ivan Krylov

    1769-1844

    Translated by Stephen Pimenoff

    2017 -
  • The Scarlet Letter

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

    1850 -
  • Ragged Dick

    Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

    1868 -
  • Hard Times

    An Oral History of the Great Depression

    Studs Terkel

    1970 -
  • The Day of the Locust

    Nathanael West

    1939 -
  • Life on the Mississippi

    Mark Twain

    1883 -
  • I Married A Communist

    Or, The Woman On Pier 13

    Robert Stevenson

    1949 -
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

    Hunter S. Thompson

    1971 -
  • In Confidence

    Moscow's Ambassador to America's Six Cold War Presidents (1962-1986)

    Anatoly Dobrynin

    1995 -
  • Being There

    Jerzy Kosinski

    1970 -
  • Lincoln’s Constitution

    Daniel Farber

    2003 -
  • Manhattan Transfer

    John Dos Passos

    1925 -
  • The Prince

    Niccolò Machiavelli

    1513 -
  • Leonardo’s Brain

    Understanding Da Vinci's Creative Genius

    Leonard Schlain

    2015 -
  • No More Vietnams

    Richard Nixon

    1985 -
  • 1066

    The Year of the Conquest

    David Howarth

    1977 -
  • Ragtime

    E. L. Doctorow

    1974 -
  • Herblock: A Cartoonist’s Life

    Self-portrait and Views of Washington from Roosevelt to Clinton

    Herbert Block

    1993 -
  • Tobacco Road

    Erskine Caldwell

    1932 -
  • How The Other Half Lives

    Studies Among The Tenements Of New York

    Jacob A. Riis

    1890 -
  • All The Pretty Horses

    Cormac McCarthy

    1992 -
  • Darkness At Noon

    Arthur Koestler

    1941 -
  • Keith Moon

    The Life & Death of a Rock Legend

    Tony Fletcher

    1998 -
  • Animal Farm

    George Orwell

    1945 -

Books Read, 2016: 37

  • The Gutenberg Galaxy

    The Making of Typographic Man

    Marshall McLuhan

    1962 -
  • Longitude

    Dava Sobel

    1995 -
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    Philip K. Dick

    1968 -
  • Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

    Capt. Ted W. Lawson

    1943 -
  • On The Beach

    Neville Shute

    1957 -
  • Thinking With Type

    A Critical Guide

    Ellen Lupton

    2004 -
  • The Wayward Bus

    John Steinbeck

    1947 -
  • Crossing To Safety

    Wallace Stegner

    1987 -
  • Off The Record With FDR

    The War Years 1942-1945

    William D. Hassett

    1958 -
  • Specifications Grading

    Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students & Saving Faculty Time

    Linda B. Nilson

    2015 -
  • Finale

    The Reagan Years

    Thomas Mallon

    2015 -
  • The Bell Jar

    Sylvia Plath

    1963 -
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin

    1793 -
  • The Big Picture

    On the Origins of Life, Meaning & the Universe Itself

    Sean Carroll

    2016 -
  • Six Amendments

    How and Why We Should Change the Constitution

    John Paul Stevens, US Supreme Court Justice (ret.)

    2014 -
  • Death of a Salesman

    Arthur Miller

    1949 -
  • Notes From A Dead House

    Fyodor Dostoevsky

    1862 -
  • Real Peace

    Richard Nixon

    1984 -
  • Stars In Their Courses

    The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863

    Shelby Foote

    1963 -
  • Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72

    Hunter S. Thompson

    1973 -
  • Zero K

    Don DeLillo

    2016 -
  • The Johnstown Flood

    The Story Behind The 1889 Disaster

    David McCullough

    1968 -
  • A Walk on the Wild Side

    Nelson Algren

    1956 -
  • The Jungle

    Upton Sinclair

    1906 -
  • Working

    People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

    Studs Terkel

    1974 -
  • Hells Angels

    The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

    Hunter S. Thompson

    1966 -
  • Babbit

    Sinclair Lewis

    1922 -
  • Don’t Wait for the Next War

    A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership

    General (ret.) Wesley K. Clark

    2014 -
  • Here, There and Everywhere

    My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles

    Geoff Emerick

    2006 -
  • Sound Man

    A Life Recording Hits with The Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin

    Glynn Johns

    2014 -
  • Waiting For Lefty

    And Other Plays

    Clifford Odets

    1937 -
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    Wallace Stegner

    1943 -
  • Voices From Chernobyl

    The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

    Svetlana Alexievich

    1997 -
  • The Executioner’s Song

    Norman Mailer

    1979 -
  • Claudius The God

    And His Wife Messalina

    Robert Graves

    1935 -
  • The Imperial Presidency

    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

    1973 -
  • Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey

    1840-1870

    Lillian Schlissel

    1992 -

Books Read, 2015: 34

  • Harpo Speaks…About New York

    Adolph Marx

    1961 -
  • Not Too Old To Cut The Mustard

    Jumping Bill Carlisle & Friends Talk About His Life & the Country Music Business

    Anita Capps

    2000 -
  • The Prank

    The Best of Young Chekhov (1880-1882)

    Anton Chekhov

    2015 -
  • Polk

    The Man who Transformed the Presidency and America

    Walter K. Borneman

    2008 -
  • A Study In Scarlet

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    1878 -
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey

    Thornton Wilder

    1928 -
  • In The Wake of the Plague

    The Black Death & the World it Made

    Norman Cantor

    2001 -
  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    Erich Maria Remarque

    1928 -
  • Libra

    Don DeLillo

    1988 -
  • Requiem For A Dream

    Hubert Selby, Jr.

    1978 -
  • Notes on the Death of Culture

    Essays on Spectacle and Society

    Mario Vargas Llosa

    2012 -
  • A Detailed Analysis of the Constitution

    Edward F. Cooke

    1958 -
  • Paterson

    Volumes I - V

    William Carlos Williams

    1946 -
  • Art & Physics

    Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light

    Leonard Schlain

    1991 -
  • The Story of a Bad Boy

    Thomas Bailey Aldrich

    1870 -
  • Independence Day

    Richard Ford

    1995 -
  • The Spectator Bird

    Wallace Stegner

    1976 -
  • O Pioneers!

    Willa Cather

    1913 -
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    Harriet Jacobs

    1861 -
  • White Mule

    William Carlos Williams

    1937 -
  • The Time Machine

    H.G. Wells

    1895 -
  • The Haldeman Diaries

    Inside The Nixon White House

    H.R. Haldeman

    1993 -
  • Travels With Charley

    John Steinbeck

    1962 -
  • John Barleycorn

    Or, Alcoholic Memoirs

    Jack London

    1913 -
  • Law and the Nation

    1865 - 1912

    Jonathan Lurie

    1983 -
  • Days of Wine and Roses

    David Westheimer

    1962 -
  • One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    1963 -
  • That Man

    An Insider's Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Robert H. Jackson

    1954 -
  • Harlot’s Ghost

    Norman Mailer

    1991 -
  • Looking Backward

    Edward Bellamy

    1888 -
  • Equus

    Peter Shaffer

    1973 -
  • Seven Plays

    Sam Shephard

    1981 -
  • A People’s History of the United States

    Howard Zinn

    1992 -
  • The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin

    Richard Lourie

    1999 -

Books Read, 2014: 34

  • The Unvanquished

    William Faulkner

    1938 -
  • Blockade Diary

    Under Siege In Leningrad, 1941-1942

    Elena Kochina

    1990 -
  • The Luck of Roaring Camp

    And Other Stories

    Bret Harte

    1869 -
  • Groucho And Me

    The Autobiography

    Julius H. Marx

    1959 -
  • The Glass Cage

    Automation and Us

    Nicholas Carr

    2014 -
  • From Here To Eternity

    James Jones

    1951 -
  • The Zone of Interest

    Martin Amis

    2014 -
  • The Autobiography of Mark Twain

    1877-1910

    ed., Charles Neider

    1959 -
  • The Communist Manifesto

    Karl Marx + Frederick Engels

    1848 -
  • The Iron Heel

    Jack London

    1908 -
  • Slaughterhouse-Five

    Or, The Children's Crusade

    Kurt Vonnegut

    1966 -
  • It Can’t Happen Here

    Sinclair Lewis

    1935 -
  • Homer & Langley

    E. L. Doctorow

    2009 -
  • Plain Speaking

    An Oral Biography of Harry S Truman

    Merle Miller

    1974 -
  • From Eternity to Here

    The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time

    Sean Carroll

    2010 -
  • The Plot Against America

    Philip Roth

    2004 -
  • Hitchcock and Bradbury Fistfight in Heaven

    ed., McSweeney's 45

    2013 -
  • Good Hunting

    An American Spymaster's Story

    Jack Devine

    2014 -
  • Bad Monkey

    Carl Hiaasen

    2013 -
  • All The King’s Men

    Robert Penn Warren

    1946 -
  • Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940

    How Americans Lived Through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression

    David E. Kyvig

    2002 -
  • Morning And Noon

    A Memoir

    Dean Acheson

    1965 -
  • Killer Of Crying Deer

    William Orem

    2010 -
  • Barabbas

    Par Lagerkvist

    1950 -
  • The 480

    Eugene Burdick

    1964 -
  • Big Bets & Black Swans

    Policy Recommendations for President Obama in 2014

    ed., Brookings Institution

    2014 -
  • Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said

    Philip K. Dick

    1974 -
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    George V. Higgins

    1970 -
  • Nixonland

    The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

    Rick Perlstein

    2008 -
  • The Human Comedy

    William Saroyan

    1943 -
  • The Sportswriter

    Richard Ford

    1986 -
  • My Silent War

    The Autobiography of a Spy

    Kim Philby

    1968 -
  • Winesburg, Ohio

    A Group of Tales of Ohio Small-Town Life

    Sherwood Anderson

    1919 -
  • Frankenstein

    Or, The Modern Prometheus

    Mary Shelley

    1831 -

Books Read, 2013: 36

  • The Crucible

    Arthur Miller

    1952 -
  • Last Exit To Brooklyn

    Hubert Selby, Jr.

    1957 -
  • Six Months In 1945

    FDR, Stalin, Churchill & Truman - from World War to Cold War

    Michael Dobbs

    2012 -
  • The Circle

    Dave Eggers

    2013 -
  • The Millennium

    A Comedy of the Year 2000

    Upton Sinclair

    1907 -
  • God’s Little Acre

    Erskine Caldwell

    1933 -
  • Return of the Thin Man

    Dashiell Hammett

    1935 -
  • NW

    Zadie Smith

    2012 -
  • Confederates in the Attic

    Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

    Tony Horwitz

    1998 -
  • I, Claudius

    From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius

    Robert Graves

    1934 -
  • Go East Young Man

    Short Stories on Class in America 1917-1931

    Sinclair Lewis

    2005 -
  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    Thomas Mallon

    1997 -
  • The Art of Intelligence

    Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service

    Henry A. Crumpton

    2012 -
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    Or, Life Among The Lowly

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

    1852 -
  • Visual Explanations

    Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative

    Edward R. Tufte

    1997 -
  • A Democrat Looks At His Party

    Dean Acheson

    1955 -
  • The Wanting Seed

    Anthony Burgess

    1962 -
  • Flatland

    Edwin A. Abbott

    1884 -
  • Cosmopolis

    Don DeLillo

    2003 -
  • Sabbath’s Theater

    Philip Roth

    1995 -
  • London Fields

    Martin Amis

    1989 -
  • The Hunt For KSM

    Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind

    Terry McDermott and Josh Meyer

    2012 -
  • The Luck of Barry Lyndon

    William Makepeace Thackeray

    1844 -
  • Amity & Sorrow

    Peggy Riley

    2013 -
  • Affection and Trust

    Personal Correspondence, 1953-1971

    Harry S Truman and Dean Acheson

    2010 -
  • Fellow Travelers

    Thomas Mallon

    2006 -
  • Pakistan On The Brink

    The Future of America, Pakistan & Afghanistan

    Ahmed Rashid

    2012 -
  • The Good House

    Ann Leary

    2013 -
  • Freedom

    Jonathan Franzen

    2010 -
  • The Thin Red Line

    James Jones

    1962 -
  • Give Me Everything You Have

    On Being Stalked

    James Lasdun

    2013 -
  • Marjorie Morningstar

    Herman Wouk

    1955 -
  • Time’s Arrow

    Martin Amis

    1991 -
  • Junky

    William S. Burroughs

    1953 -
  • Hedy’s Folly

    The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

    Richard Rhodes

    2011 -
  • Sunday Nights at Seven

    The Jack Benny Story

    Jack Benny

    1990 -

Books Read, 2012: 38

  • American Nations

    A History of the 11 Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    Colin Woodard

    2011 -
  • Narcopolis

    Jeet Thayil

    2012 -
  • Escape From Camp 14

    One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

    Blaine Harden

    2012 -
  • Citizen Soldier

    A LIfe of Harry S Truman

    Aida D. Donald

    2012 -
  • Visual Strategies

    For Scientists & Engineers

    Felice C. Frankel & Angela H. DePace

    2012 -
  • A Farewell To Arms

    Ernest Hemingway

    1929 -
  • Cities of the Plain

    Cormac McCarthy

    1998 -
  • Swamplandia

    Karen Russell

    2011 -
  • Midnight Rising

    John Brown & the Raid that Sparked the Civil War

    Tony Horwitz

    2011 -
  • Envisioning Information

    Edward R. Tufte

    1990 -
  • Washington, D.C.

    A Novel

    Gore Vidal

    1967 -
  • Lionel Asbo

    State of England

    Martin Amis

    2012 -
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette

    Maria Semple

    2012 -
  • The Counterlife

    Philip Roth

    1986 -
  • Complete Stories

    1943 - 1982

    Truman Capote

    2004 -
  • American Diplomacy

    George F. Kennan

    1952 -
  • Logavina Street

    Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood

    Barbara Demick

    1996 -
  • The Dictator’s Learning Curve

    Inside the Global Battle for Democracy

    William J. Dobson

    2012 -
  • Canada

    Richard Ford

    2012 -
  • The Education of a Typographer

    ed. Steven Heller

    2004 -
  • The Corrections

    Jonathan Franzen

    2001 -
  • Page One

    Inside the New York Times & the Future of Journalism

    ed. David Folkenflik

    2011 -
  • Mao II

    Don DeLillo

    1991 -
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    Jennifer Egan

    2010 -
  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    The Passage of Power

    Robert A. Caro

    2012 -
  • Grouped

    How Groups of Friends Influence the Social Web

    Paul Adams

    2012 -
  • The Angel Esmeralda

    Nine Stories

    Don DeLillo

    2011 -
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

    Ken Kesey

    1962 -
  • The Best American Science Writing

    ed. Jesse Cohen

    2010 -
  • Watergate

    A Novel

    Thomas Mallon

    2011 -
  • The Design of Everyday Things

    Donald A. Norman

    1988 -
  • Satan Is Real

    The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

    Charlie Louvin

    2011 -
  • The Cleanest Race

    How North Koreans See Themselves

    B.R. Myers

    2011 -
  • The Long Goodbye

    Raymond Chandler

    1953 -
  • The Orphan Master’s Son

    A Novel

    Adam Johnson

    2012 -
  • Sound Reporting

    The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production

    Jonathan Kern

    2008 -
  • The Hidden Reality

    Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

    Brian Greene

    2011 -
  • Reclaiming Fair Use

    How To Put Balance Back In Copyright

    Patricia Aufderheide & Peter Jaszi

    2011 -

Books Read, 2011: 38

  • Night of Camp David

    Fletcher Knebel

    1966 -
  • Collected Works, The Screenplays Vol 2

    1971-1978

    Paddy Chayefsky

    1995 -
  • The Visual Miscellaneum

    David McCandless

    2009 -
  • Eisenhower

    The White House Years

    Jim Newton

    2011 -
  • I Married A Communist

    Philip Roth

    1998 -
  • Stasiland

    Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

    Anna Funder

    2002 -
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

    Edward R. Tufte

    1981 -
  • The Art Of Creative Advertising

    Michael Antebi

    1968 -
  • Life In Year One

    What The World Was Like In First-Century Palestine

    Scott Korb

    2010 -
  • The Great American Novel

    Philip Roth

    1973 -
  • The Song of the Lark

    Willa Cather

    1915 -
  • You Are Not A Gadget

    A Manifesto

    Jaron Lanier

    2010 -
  • The Stranger

    Albert Camus

    1946 -
  • Famine Ship Diary

    The Journey of an Irish Coffin Ship

    Robert Whyte

    1847 -
  • White Noise

    Don Delillo

    1985 -
  • Nothing To Envy

    Ordinary Lives In North Korea

    Barbara Demick

    2010 -
  • Mr. Citizen

    Harry S Truman

    1960 -
  • The American Civil War

    A Military History

    John Keegan

    2009 -
  • The Boys of Summer

    Growing Up Within Shouting Distance of Ebbets Field

    Roger Kahn

    1971 -
  • The Big Sleep

    Raymond Chandler

    1939 -
  • Augustus

    A Novel

    John Williams

    1972 -
  • Making Movies

    Sidney Lumet

    1995 -
  • The PEN/O Henry Prize Stories: 2011

    The Best Stories of the Year

    ed. Laura Furman

    2011 -
  • Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure

    Matthew Algeo

    2009 -
  • My Antonia

    Willa Cather

    1918 -
  • Bomb Power

    The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

    Garry Wills

    2010 -
  • Underworld

    Don Delillo

    1997 -
  • The Moviegoer

    Walker Percy

    1960 -
  • Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back

    Robert Penn Warren

    1980 -
  • The Next Decade

    Where We've Been..and Where We're Going

    George Friedman

    2011 -
  • Cognitive Surplus

    Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

    Clay Shirky

    2010 -
  • Change By Design

    How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations & Inspires Innovation

    Tim Brown

    2009 -
  • The Humbling

    Philip Roth

    2010 -
  • The Art of Immersion

    How the digital generation is remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the way we tell stories.

    Frank Rose

    2011 -
  • Chuck Amuck

    The Autobiography of Chuck Jones

    Chuck Jones

    1992 -
  • The Lost Peace

    Leadership in a Time of Horror and Hope, 1945-1953

    Robert Dallek

    2010 -
  • Cyber War

    The Next Threat to National Security

    Richard A. Clarke

    2010 -
  • Marshall McLuhan:

    You Know Nothing of My Work

    Douglas Coupland

    2010 -

Books Read, 2010: 36

  • The Big Idea

    George Lois

    2008 -
  • The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

    Reif Larsen

    2009 -
  • How To Read Literature

    Thomas C. Foster

    2007 -
  • Indignation

    Philip Roth

    2008 -
  • American Pastoral

    Philip Roth

    1997 -
  • Lolita

    Vladimir Nabokov

    1957 -
  • Rock Springs

    Richard Ford

    1987 -
  • Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

    1954 -
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    John Kennedy Toole

    1980 -
  • The Satanic Verses

    Salman Rusdie

    1988 -
  • The Plague

    Albert Camus

    1948 -
  • The Next 100 Years

    A Forecast for the 21st Century

    George Friedman

    2009 -
  • The Big Switch

    Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

    Nicholas Carr

    2008 -
  • How Wars End

    A History of American Intervention

    Gideon Rose

    2010 -
  • The Real War

    Richard Nixon

    1980 -
  • Presidential Command

    Presidential Leadership and the Making of Foreign Policy

    Peter W. Rodman

    2009 -
  • The Great Gamble

    The Soviet War in Afghanistan

    Gregory Feifer

    2009 -
  • Kissinger 1973

    The Crucial Year

    Alistair Horne

    2009 -
  • Goodbye Columbus

    Philip Roth

    1959 -
  • The Trial

    Franz Kafka

    1925 -
  • Portnoy’s Complaint

    Philip Roth

    1967 -
  • Methland

    The Death & Life of an American Small Town

    Nick Reding

    2009 -
  • The Great Depression

    A Diary

    Benjamin Roth

    2009 -
  • Stop Stealing Sheep

    And Find Out How Type Works

    Erik Spiekermann

    2003 -
  • Thinking With Type

    A Critical Guide

    Ellen Lupton

    2004 -
  • Truth In Comedy

    The Manual of Improvisation

    Charna Helpern et al

    1984 -
  • Hail, Hail, Euphoria

    The Marx Brothers in Duck Soup

    Roy Blount, Jr.

    2010 -
  • Zero History

    William Gibson

    2010 -
  • Inbound Marketing

    The New Rules of Social Media

    Brian Halligan

    2010 -
  • The Grand Design

    Steven Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow

    2010 -
  • A Brief History of Time

    Steven Hawking

    1988 -
  • The Little Book of String Theory

    Steven S. Gubsner

    2010 -
  • Physics of the Impossible

    A Scientific Exploration

    Michio Kaku

    2008 -
  • Number

    The Language of Science

    Tobias Dantzig

    1930 -
  • The Shallows

    What the Internet is Doing to our Brains

    Nicholas Carr

    2010 -
  • Understanding Media

    The Extensions of Man

    Marshall McLuhan

    1964 -

Books Read, Best of: 30

  • Frankenstein

    Or, The Modern Prometheus

    Mary Shelley

    1831 -
  • The Luck of Barry Lyndon

    William Makepeace Thackeray

    1844 -
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    Or, Life Among The Lowly

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

    1852 -
  • How The Other Half Lives

    Studies Among The Tenements Of New York

    Jacob A. Riis

    1890 -
  • The Jungle

    Upton Sinclair

    1906 -
  • O Pioneers!

    Willa Cather

    1913 -
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey

    Thornton Wilder

    1928 -
  • I, Claudius

    From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius

    Robert Graves

    1934 -
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    Wallace Stegner

    1943 -
  • Paterson

    Volumes I - V

    William Carlos Williams

    1946 -
  • All The King’s Men

    Robert Penn Warren

    1946 -
  • The Ginger Man

    J. P. Donleavy

    1955 -
  • A Walk on the Wild Side

    Nelson Algren

    1956 -
  • The Autobiography of Mark Twain

    1877-1910

    ed., Charles Neider

    1959 -
  • Catch-22

    Joseph Heller

    1961 -
  • The Gutenberg Galaxy

    The Making of Typographic Man

    Marshall McLuhan

    1962 -
  • Understanding Media

    The Extensions of Man

    Marshall McLuhan

    1964 -
  • The Imperial Presidency

    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

    1973 -
  • Plain Speaking

    An Oral Biography of Harry S Truman

    Merle Miller

    1974 -
  • Requiem For A Dream

    Hubert Selby, Jr.

    1978 -
  • The Real War

    Richard Nixon

    1980 -
  • A Brief History of Time

    Steven Hawking

    1988 -
  • Time’s Arrow

    Martin Amis

    1991 -
  • Art & Physics

    Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light

    Leonard Schlain

    1991 -
  • Independence Day

    Richard Ford

    1995 -
  • In Confidence

    Moscow's Ambassador to America's Six Cold War Presidents (1962-1986)

    Anatoly Dobrynin

    1995 -
  • American Pastoral

    Philip Roth

    1997 -
  • Visual Explanations

    Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative

    Edward R. Tufte

    1997 -
  • Voices From Chernobyl

    The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

    Svetlana Alexievich

    1997 -
  • Lincoln’s Constitution

    Daniel Farber

    2003 -

326 Books Read between
January 2010 & October 2018
.

That's 1 book every 9.89 days
or 3.08 books a month
for 8.83 years.

Each title on this list is a 100% real book, of course: not one was consumed on a device.

Average year of publication? 1968.

What Do I Read?

Click here for the big list of books.

Me?

Aptitude tests in high school reported I was best suited to be a farmer.

Expelled my senior year from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., I was a high school drop-out for awhile until I was accepted by the Catholic University of America without a high school diploma, GED or SAT scores.

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Unplugged Since 1992

For over 25 years now, I have been studying American heritage while living a pop culture hermitage:

  • no TV
  • no celebrities
  • no radio
  • no sports
  • no crummy music
  • no car
  • no logos
  • no credit cards
  • no debt
  • no cell
  • no smart phone
  • no eBooks
  • no texting
  • no blogging
  • no twitter
  • no blackberry
  • no facebook
  • no video games
  • no consumerist wastage
  • no trends

This is a Creative Environment.

Photos from My Studio

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