Existential Stimuli: 64 Books to Read From Our Literary {Archive}

Accessibility on all fronts has been compromised due to our current global pandemic. I don’t know how long or how many times I am going to have to write the prior sentence, but we at TERSE. are willing to stay as focused and as stimulated as possible.

I’ve been reading that a lot of writers are struggling with productivity and motivation during this time. That is completely understandable, and we honor our writing community’s unique and individual experiences. Personally, I’ve been thinking a lot about the past, and the past becoming the future. TERSE. has been running for a few years now, and I like the idea of archiving some of the work we’ve done in the past. I believe our work has a new purpose – sustaining our active and creative minds for the future.

Here are 64 books that have been compiled from our previously published Reading Lists. We wish you safety, intellectual inspiration and existential stimulation while we wait for the world new world to emerge right before our eyes.

Negative Dialectics

By: Theodore W. Adamo

The Use of Pleasure: Volume 2 of the History of Sexuality

By: Michel Foucault

As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

By Susan Sontag, Edited By David Rieff

Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Modern Era By: Anthony Giddens

Vulnerability in Resistance

Edited by Judith Butler, Zaynap Gambatti, Leticia Sabsay

Aesthetic Justice: Interesting Artistic and Moral Perspectives

Edited By: Pascal Gielen, Niels Van Tomme

Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy

By Chris Crass

The Heidegger Controversy

By: Richard Wolin

Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois

By: Gerald Horne

The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning

By: Maggie Nelson

New Heaven, New Earth

By: Joyce Carol Oates

The Prophet

By: Kahlil Gibran

Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880

By: W. E. B. Du Bois

The Human Condition

By: Hannah Arendt

Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women

By: Brittney C. Cooper

Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times

By: Alexis Shotwell

The expanding circle

By: Peter Singer

Practical Utopia: Strategies for a Desirable Society

By: Michael Albert

Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious

By: Sigmund Freud

Future Generation: The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends & Others
By China Martens

One Dimensional Woman
By Nina Power

Role Models
By John Waters

Listen Up: Voices From the Next Generation
By: Barbara Findlen

The Concept and Measurement of Violence Against Women and Men
By: Sylvia Walby, Jude Towers, Susan Balderston, Brian Francis

Eros and Ethics: Reading Jacques Lacan’s Seminar VII
By: Marc De Kesel

A Brighter Coming Day: A Frances Ellen Watkins Reader
Edited By: Frances Smith Foster

Listen Little Man
By: Wilhelm Reich

New Black Man
By: Mark Anthony Neal

Masculinity Studies & Feminist Theory: New Directions
By: Judith Kegan Gardiner

Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance
By: Diane Torr and Stephen J. Bottoms

Hope in the Holler: A Womanist Theology
By: A. Elaine Brown Crawford

The Violence of Care: Rape Victims, Forensic Nurses, and Sexual Assault Intervention
By: Sameena Mulla

Sister Outsider
By: Audre Lorde

On the Pill: A Social History of Oral Contraceptives, 1950-1970
By Elizabeth Siegel Watkins

High Lonesome: New & Selected Stories, 1966–2006
By Joyce Carol Oates

Shotgun Seamstress Zine Collection: Six Zine by and for Black Punks
By: Osa Atoe

Freedom Challenge: African American Homeschoolers
By: Grace Llewellyn

Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women

Edited By: Mia E. Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, Barbara D. Savage

On Intellectual Activism

By: Patricia Hill Collins

Black Sexual Politics

By: Patricia Hill Collins

Women’s Oppression Today: The Marxist/Feminist Encounter

By: Michèle Barrett

This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition Writings by Radical Women of Color

By: Cherríe Moraga

The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way

By: Alice Walker

In an Abusive State: How Neoliberalism Appropriated the Feminist Movement Against Sexual Violence

By: Kristin Bumiller

Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Entanglements of Feminism, Health, and Technoscience

By: Michelle Murphy

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance- a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power

By: Danielle L. McGuire

Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism

By: Erik S. McDuffie

Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality And Intimacy

By: Tricia Rose

Sisterhood is Forever: the women’s anthology for a new millenium

By Robin Morgan

Globalization and Its Discontents: essays on the new mobility of people and money

By Saskia Sassen

Richard II

By William Shakespeare

Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare

By Victor Kiernan

Confessions of a Contractor

By Richard Murphy

From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story

By Rob Tanner

Cry, The Beloved Country

Alan Paton

Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

By Harold Bloom

The Collected Poems

by Sylvia Plath

Jazz Diasporas: Race Music and Migration in Post-World War II Paris

By Rashida K. Braggs

Outliers: The Story of Success

By Malcolm Gladwell

Vulnerability in Resistance

Edited By Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti, and Leticia Sabsay

Creative Writer’s Notebook: 20 Great Authors & 70 Writing Exercises

By John Gillard

Bone Black

By bell hooks


By Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva

The Stranger

By Albert Camus


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