Reading list

  • Sad by Design by Geert Lovink
  • Network without a Cause by Geert Lovink
  • If… Then. Algorithmic Power and Politics by Taina Bucher
  • Facebook by Taina Bucher
  • Cloud Ethics. Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others by Louise Amoore
  • How We Became Data. A Genealogy of the Informational Person by Colin Koopman
  • The Platform Society. Public Values in a Connective World by J. van Dijck, T. Poell and M. De Waal
  • The black Box Society. The Secret Algorithms that Control Money and Information by Frank Pasquale
  • Weapons on Math Destruction. How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
  • Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China by Guy Delisle
  • A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
  • Network Propaganda. Manipulation, Disinformation, And Radicalization in American Politics by Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris and Hal Roberts
  • Computational Propaganda. Political Parties, Politicians and Political Manipulation on Social Media by S.C. Wooley and P. N. Howard
  • We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent by Nesrine Malik
  • Data Selves: More-than-Human Perspectives by Deborah Lupton
  • The Wellness Syndrome by Carl Cederström
  • A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term by Bronislaw Malinowski
  • The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being by William Davies
  • Sontag: Her Life by Benjamin Moser

Currently reading

  • Germany: Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGregor
  • Adventures of a Mathematician by S. M. Ulam
  • The Liars’ Gospel by Naomi Alderman
  • How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in 21st Century by Frank Furedi
  • Lost in Translation by Eva Hoffman
  • Był Świat by Inka Wajsbort
  • Nadzieja aż po horyzont by Barbara Goralczyk
  • Czerwone Niebo nad Wołyniem by Barbara Iskra Kozińska
  • The Light that Failed: A Reckoning by Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes
  • China by Edward Rutherfurd

2021

  • New Atlantis by Francis Bacon
  • Hayek: His Contribution to the Political and Economic Thought of Our Time by Eamonn Butler
  • Upodobanie. Małżeństwa i związki nieformalne na wsi polskiej XVII–XVIII wieku by Tomasz Wiślicz
  • Mitologia słowiańska by Jakub Bobrowski and Mateusz Wrona
  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
  • What I Believe: 3 Complete Essays on Religion by Bertrand Russell
  • October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Mieville
  • Made in China, Designed in California, Criticised in Europe: Design Manifesto by Mieke Gerritzen and Geert Lovink
  • Picasso Portraits by Elizabeth Cowling
  • Picasso: Masters of Art by Rosalind Ormiston
  • A Change of Plans: A Short Story by Dennis E. Taylor
  • Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell
  • Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class by the Working Class by Nathan Connolly
  • Polactwo by Rafal A. Ziemkiewicz
  • Michnikowszczyzna. Zapis choroby by Rafal A. Ziemkiewicz
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Glitch by Hugh Howey
  • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
  • The Story of China: A Portrait of a Civilisation and Its People by Michael Wood
  • No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson
  • The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society by Nicholas A. Christakis
  • Basquiat by Leonhard Emmerling
  • Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones
  • The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carre
  • 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane
  • Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
  • American War by Omar El Akkad
  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
  • Inni Ludzie by Dorota Masłowska
  • The Germans and Europe: A Personal Frontline History by Peter Millar
  • Why Borders Matter by Frank Furedi
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • Wroniec by Jacek Dukaj
  • Taking Care of God by by Cixin Liu
  • With Her Eyes by by Cixin Liu
  • Cannonball by by Cixin Liu
  • The Micro-Era by by Cixin Liu
  • Devourer by by Cixin Liu
  • Curse 5.0 by by Cixin Liu
  • For the Benefit of Mankind by by Cixin Liu
  • Sun of China by Cixin Liu
  • 500 Zdań Polskich by Jerzy Bralczyk
  • Mountain by Cixin Liu
  • Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu
  • The Rats by James Herbert
  • Lair by James Herbert
  • The Autobiography of Solomon Maimon by Solomon Maimon
  • Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler
  • The Survivor by James Herbert
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Of Ants and Dinosaurs by Cixin Liu
  • God is disappointed in you by Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler
  • Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Vox by Kristina Delcher
  • SPQR by Mary Beard
  • The New Wilderness by Diane Cook

2020

  • Nie zdążę by Olga Gitkiewicz
  • The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuściński
  • Shogun by James Clavell
  • The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts
  • The New Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
  • What I talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami
  • Stuck by Heidi Larson
  • Cain by Jose Saramago
  • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson 
  • Shetl by Eva Hoffman 
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand
  • The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster
  • Diary of Somebody by Brian Bilston
  • The Wall by John Lanchester
  • This is not Propaganda by Peter Pomerantsev

2019

  • Virtual Light by William Gibson
  • Siódemka by Ziemowit Szczerek
  • Noblista z Nowolipek by Marek Górlikowski
  • Submission by Michel Houellebecq
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • IQ84 by Haruki Murakami
  • Hard-boiled Wonderland by Haruki Murakami
  • Semper Fidelis: Pamiętnik Polaka Wyznania Mojżeszowego Z Lat 1926-1939 by Wiktor Chajes
  • Dreams of my Father by Barak Obama
  • Burial rites by Hannah Kent
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
  • The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
  • Hitler by Ian Kershaw
  • Solaris by Stanisław Lem
  • When we were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Belonging by Simon Schama
  • Polanim. Z Polski do Izraela by Karolina Przewrocka-Aderet 
  • Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment by Francis Fukuyama
  • Searchable Talk by Michele Zappavigna
  • Discourse of Twitter and Social Media by Michele Zappavigna

2018

  • Zakonnice odchodzą po cichu by Marta Abramowicz
  • Młyny Boże by Jacek Leociak
  • Koronkowa Robota, Sprawa Gorgonowej by Cezary Łazarewicz
  • Król by Szczepan Twardoch
  • Morfina by Szczepan Twardoch
  • How to Write a lot by Paul Silvia
  • Death’s End by Cixin Liu
  • The 480 by Eugene Burdick
  • Moonwalking with Einstain by Joshua Foer
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
  • The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar
  • Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
  • The Lights Remain by Alison Moore in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Nightswimming by Alex Preston in Short Fiction vol 8
  • The Castle by Robert Boucheron in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Critical State by Osama Ammar in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Il Torre Di Veriata by William Telford in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Bismillah Your Old Self by Adnan Mahmutovic in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Afterlife by Theodora Ziolkowski in Short Fiction vol 8
  • from The Hurt Country by Harriet Moore in Short Fiction vol 8
  • The Glover by Graham Mort in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Adieu, Mon Doux Rivage by Catherine McNamara in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Identity Politics by Andrew Neilson in Short Fiction vol 8
  • The American Way of Housekeeping by Mariko Nagai in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Recalculating by Deborah Eisenberg in Short Fiction vol 8
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
  • The Smoking Diaries by Simon Gray
  • Przyjdzie Mordor i nas zje, czyli tajna historia Słowian by Ziemowit Szczerek
  • The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser
  • The Last Question by  Isaac Asimov
  • Television: Technology and Cultural Form by Raymond Williams

2017

  • Caligula by Suetonius
  • Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearls by Marco Polo
  • Cockcrow by Guy de Maupassant
  • Femme Fatale by Guy de Maupassant
  • Hautot and Son by Guy de Maupassant
  • Laid to Rest by Guy de Maupassant
  • Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Hashtag Publics by Nathan Rambukkana
  • The Language of New Media by Lev Manovich
  • Small Memories by Jose Saramago

2016

  • A Meditation upon a Broomstick by Jonathan Swift
  • A Description of a City Shower by Jonathan Swift
  • A Short View of the State of Ireland by Jonathan Swift
  • A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
  • An Examination of Certain Abuses, Corruptions, and Enormities, in the City of Dublin by Jonathan Swift
  • Does this Meme Prove Donald Trump is a White Supremacist? by Scott Wark
  • The Surveyors by Mary Jo Salter in Ambit Magazine, Issue 226, Autumn 2016
  • The Lights Remain by Alison  Moore in Short Fiction, Issue 8
  • Waterboarding Mrs Elephant by Fridrik Solnes Jonsson in Short Fiction, Issue 10
  • Cousins by Sean Gilbert in Short Fiction, Issue 10
  • Blue Limitless Emptiness by Lania Knight in Short Fiction, Issue 10
  • Patient Grizelda by Giovanni Boccaccio
  • The Saga of Gunnlaung Serpent-tongue by Anonymous
  • On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas De Quincet
  • Aphorisms on Love and Hate by Friedrich Nietzsche

We must think of men who are cruel today as stages of earlier cultures, which have been left over (…). They are backward men, whose brains, because of various possible accidents of heredity, have not yet developed much delicacy or versatility. They show us what we all were, and frighten us. But they themselves are as little responsible as a piece of granite for being granite. (p. 7)

  • Traffic by John Ruskin

What we like determines what we are, and is a sign of what we are; and to teach taste is inevitably to form character. (p. 5)

  • The Roots of Honour by John Ruskin

The tendency of all modern mercantile operations is to throw both wages and trade into the form of lottery, and to make the workman’s pay depend on intermittent exertion, and the principal’s profit on dexterously used chance. (p. 46)

  • The Troll by Pu Songling
  • The Monster in the Buckwheat by Pu Songling
  • Stealing a Peach by Pu Songling
  • The masculinity paradox: facial masculinity and beardedness interact to determine women’s ratings of men’s facial attractiveness by Dixson B. J. W. et al
  • Growing Pears by Pu Songling
  • The Golden Goblet by Pu Songling
  • Wailing Ghosts by Pu Songling
  • Scorched Moth the Taoist by Pu Songling
  • The Giant Turtle by Pu Songling
  • A fatal Joke by Pu Songling
  • A Prank by Pu Songling
  • King of the Nine Mountains by Pu Songling
  • Butterfly by Pu Songling
  • The Black Beast by Pu Songling
  • The Stone Bowl by Pu Songling
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Arrangements by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Andreuccio’s da Perugia’s Neapolitan adventures by Giovanni Boccaccio
  • Ricciardo da Chinzica loses his wife by Giovanni Boccaccio
  • Mrs Rosie and the Priest by Giovanni Boccaccio
  • Patient Griselda by Giovanni Boccaccio

2015

  • Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Tales About the Motherland by Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • The Order of Things by Michael Foucault
  • From Here to There: A Curious Collection from the Hand Drawn Map Association by Kris Harzinski
  • Cesarz by Ryszard Kapuściński
  • Bezcenny by Zygmunt Miłoszewski

2014

  • Blindness by José Saramago
  • Seeing by José Saramago
  • The Stone Raft by José Saramago
  • A Winter in Mallorca by George Sand
  • Uwikłanie by Zygmunt Miłoszewski
  • Ziarno Prawdy by Zygmunt Miłoszewski

2013

  • Being There Together by Ralph Schroeder
  • Kochanie, zabiłam nasze koty by Dorota Masłowska
  • A Poetic Vision: The Photography of Yip Cheong-Fun by Andrew W. K. Yip
  • Off the rails in Phnom Penh by Amit Gilboa

2012

  • First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung
  • The Sorrow of War by Bảo Ninh
  • The Killing Fields by Christopher Hudson
  • Brother Number One: A Political Biography Of Pol Pot by David P. Chandler
  • Burmese Days by George Orwell
  • A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

2011

  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago
  • Makers by Cory Doctorov
  • No Logo by Naomi Klein
  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  • An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreisler
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Ja, Dago (Dagome Iudex, #1) by Zbigniew Nienacki
  • Ja, Dago Piastun (Dagome Iudex, #2) by Zbigniew Nienacki
  • Ja, Dago Władca (Dagome Iudex, #3) by Zbigniew Nienacki
  • The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas

2010

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell
  • The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • Room at the Top by John Braine
  • The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon