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What I'm Watching/Reading 2020

As of October 2011, I created an index of books I reviewed here. I will continue to list books I am currently reading here, but I will not attempt to write capsule reviews or even to link to them. For that you should check the index of books I reviewed. Movie Reviews will continue to be listed and annotated as before. See also my 2019 reading list, 2018 reading list,  2017 reading list,  2016 Reading/Watching List, my 2014 Reading/Watching List, my 2013 Reading/Watching List2012 Reading/Watching List, 2011 Reading/Watching List,  2010 Reading/Watching List2009 Reading/Watching List2008 Reading/Watching List , 2007 Reading/Watching List my previous Sept 2004 to Oct 2005 reading list or my Nov 2005 to Nov 2006 Reading List , so definitely check that out as well. See also my Best of 2006 for a scoop about favorites. See also Writers who have Changed Me. A few remarks. I’m reading several books at a time, and to be honest, sometimes I don’t read all of them depending on the content or my interest. Usually however, it’s been a matter of attention span and what other projects I’ve been doing. Also, you might want to check my favorite novels, and my Amazon.com wishlist. Also here’s an annotated photo of my bookshelf Also, I haven’t read most of these books, but I’ve been setting up Amazon lists of classic Texas novels (100 novels and counting). You also might enjoy reading my Amazon list of Unforgettable Forgettable Novels. Also see my Best of 2017 list. I’ve also started adding my book inventory to librarything.com. At the bottom of this page you will find a list of movies I’ve been watching.

Starting in late 2018 I started writing a weekly Robert’s Roundup column of ebook deals. This actually gives you a better idea of what I’ve been reading.


  1. Second Flowering by Malcolm Cowley. Great litcrit about Lost Generation authors.
  2. Decameron. Good plague literature.
  3. Empson. Seven Types of Ambiguity
  4. Listen Liberal
  5. Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick
  6. Collected poems of Marya Zaturenska
  7. Diane Williams. Excitability
  8. There’s Something I want you to do. Charles Baxter
  9. 2 books of poetry by Robert Hillyer: In pursuit of Poetry and Principles of Verse.
  10. Collected Poetry by Robert Hillyer.
  11. Mark Schorer State of Mind
  12. Awake in the Dark (Stories) by Shira Nayman
  13. Borrowed Time: Science of how and why we age by Sue Armstrong. Readable medical science.
  14. Various Marco Vassi novels
  15. Second Reading by Jonathan Yardley
  16. History of American Poetry 1900-1940 by Horace Gregory and Marya Zaturenska. Indispensable guide by two poets.
  17. Now and Then by Robert Hass (Poetry reviews). Hass is a must-read now.
  18. Bomb: Author Interviews
  19. Madness of Art by Robert Phillips. Great interviews by an important poet and critic.
  20. More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
  21. Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve by Ben Blatt. primer on computational linguistics.
  22. Orphans of Mecca by Harvey Havel Book 1.
  23. Sex on Six Legs by Marlene Zuk. Brilliant entomology book.
  24. Devil’s Sperm is Cold
  25. Earth Abides by George Stewart
  26. Writers in Paris by David Burke
  27. You won’t remember this (stories) by Kate Blackwell.
  28. Sexual Behavior in the Human Female by Alfred Kinsey


  1. Downton Abby, the film.
  2. From Whom the Bell Tolls
  3. Frenzy (Alfred Hitchcock)
  4. Angel has fallen. Terrible military suspense film. Thanks, mom!
  5. Two Popes. ell-done, funny and visually spectacular drama about a meeting of minds between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis before Benedict left the papacy. Steeped in Catholic doctrine, the drama brings up many turmoils afflicting the church while not losing sight of the humanity of its two main characters. I didn’t expect to like it (or to laugh) as much as I did, but the film succeeded — capturing the drama, the sadness and beauty of the papal office.
  6. Parasite
  7. Dark Waters
  8. Plot against America
  9. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  10. Get Smart
  11. 63 Up. Will write about later.
  12. Tigertail
  13. Tiger King
  14. Dolemite is my name
  15. Motherless Brooklyn
  16. Nightengale (Australian)
  17. Jojo Rabbit
  18. Judy
  19. Good Liar
  20. Can you ever forgive me.
  21. Wrecking Crew (again)
  22. Irishman
  23. Comedy specials: Great Depresh,
  24. Phantom Thread
  25. Post
  26. Back KKKlansman
  27. Blow The Man Down
  28. Richard Jewel. Clint Eastwood.
  29. Veep (rewatching)
  30. Clemency — great film about a prison warden
  31. Clueless, watched for the 10th time
  32. Rosehaven. Further Seasons
  33. Ann
  34. Satyagraha
  35. Into the Night Netflix