Reading List from ART 6933

READING LIST from Katerie Gladdys

Readings may include articles and selections from the following as well as online resources. Additionally, here is an ongoing bibliography of books that we will read excerpts from and other relevant titles.

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 3.07.50 PM

Mythologies Roland Barthes
The Five Sense
Michel Serres
Taste of Place Amy Trubek
something by Chris Salter
The taste culture reader : experiencing food and drink

The scent trail : how one woman’s quest for the perfect perfume took her around the world / Lyttelton, Celia
Alinea / Achatz, Grant
The secret of scent : adventures in perfume and the science of smell / Turin, Luca
Eat love : food concepts / Vogelzang, Marije
If there ever was : a book of extinct and impossible smells / Blackson, Robert
The primal feast : food, sex, foraging, and love / Susan Allport.
Remembrance of repasts : an anthropology of food and memory / David E. Sutton
Molecular gastronomy : exploring the science of flavor / Hervé This ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise
Kitchen mysteries : revealing the science of cooking = Les secrets de la casserole / Hervé This
Food : a culinary history from Antiquity to the present / under the direction of Jean-Louis Flandrin
Empire of the senses : the sensual culture reader / edited by David Howes
Aroma : the cultural history of smell / Constance Classen, David Howes, and Anthony Synnott
Invisible architecture : experiencing places through the sense of smell / Anna Barbara and Anthony P
Eating architecture / edited by Jamie Horwitz and Paulette Singley
Food and culture : a reader / edited by Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen/ McGee, Harold
The scent of desire : discovering our enigmatic sense of smell / Herz, Rachel


Read/Listen: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

1842A global account of the rise of civilization that is also a stunning refutation of ideas of human development based on race. Until around 11,000 b.c., all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. In Eurasia, parts of the Americas, and Africa, farming became the prevailing mode of existence when indigenous wild plants and animals were domesticated by prehistoric planters and herders. As Jared Diamond vividly reveals, the very people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide.

The paths that lead from scattered centers of food to broad bands of settlement had a great deal to do with climate and geography. But how did differences in societies arise? Why weren’t native Australians, Americans, or Africans the ones to colonize Europe? Diamond dismantles pernicious racial theories tracing societal differences to biological differences.

He assembles convincing evidence linking germs to domestication of animals, germs that Eurasians then spread in epidemic proportions in their voyages of discovery. In its sweep,Guns, Germs and Steel encompasses the rise of agriculture, technology, writing, government, and religion, providing a unifying theory of human history as intriguing as the histories of dinosaurs and glaciers.

Jared Diamond, professor of physiology at the UCLA Medical School, is the author of The Third Chimpanzee, awarded the 1992Los Angeles Times Science Book Award. He is a regular contributor to Natural History and Discover magazines and lives in Los Angeles.


Read/Listen: Food, A Love Story/

I am enjoying this account of Jim and Food. Real and insightful and totally relatable.

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 1.46.39 PM.png

“What are my qualifications to write this book? None really. So why should you read it? Here’s why: I’m a little fat. If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I’d highly recommend that you do not read his book.”

Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”

Food as health and the American ideal of skinny is skwed and endless. We must be body positive and happy America has to change. Listen to this episode.

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 3.04.42 PM

Read It: Activist vs Political Art



Ever wonder what the difference between Activist and Political art? How many works can you name of either?

Read Facture for Change: US Activist Art since 1950 online here:

Read it!: The Microcosmos

I have a shirt proclaiming “Magic is just stuff Science hasn’t made boring yet”. Now that isn’t all true Science is awesome and a pillar of the ceramic jive.

It is perhaps, however, the artist’s role to look at the stuff of science in a new light. To see both macro and micro in what cultural artistic role and values all the dry digits and glitchy readings might lend to the human spirit, to aesthetic expression. The artist must take what is seen everyday and sway a shift in consciousness, force one to see what has not been seen before. Today try to actually see what you look at everyday. We are so often shackled with blinders of our daily living when indeed there is great beauty there.

This book, The Microcosmos, lends a hand to such an end giving us a sampling of such beauty that science provides.








Read It!: The Art of the Future


I’d like to challenge you to read one of Paul’s essays each week for the next 14 weeks! I’ll do it if you do it!

Download the essays for free from Mathieu’s website here:

Chapter One, that is Essay One is entitled The Classical Esthetics: The Constancy of Form. Mathieu writes it while in China rationalizing the presence of Greek architecture and goes on to make an example of Greek pots in rationalizing forms and the odd context we place them in. My favorite tid bit is as follows:

Art History has this tendency to reposition objects in time, dissociating them from their original context and thus their original meaning. The consequences of this mindset are still with us today in our evaluation of art works and art practices.

My initial reaction was, well ya, of course. But if you really ponder that one we begin to let it sink in the fonduing principles of esthetics disseminated by the ever powerful and validating Art History as even more peculiar. All the more reason to read on!

Do you accept my challenge?

Read it!: Tricky Myths: Settler Pasts and Landscapes of Innocence

Eva Mackey, “Tricky Myths: Settler Pasts and Landscapes of Innocence,” Settling and Unsettling Memories: Essays in Canadian Public History, edited by Nicole Neatby and Peter Hodgins, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012), 310-339.


This essay has so much perspective to give.

MacKay is incredibly insightful in talking about ideas of Canadian identity bring to the readers’ attention the Canadian national narrative in relation to personal identity and the danger to prescribing to such a narrative. It is the most interesting thing I’ve read in months! Here are some gems to hook you:

“It is argued that modern identities are based on binary oppositions of self and other and the notion of fixed homogeneous cultures”

“Official nationalist narratives, “constantly mobilize images of land- be it homeland, motherland or fatherland- to do the work of constructing a sense of ‘oneness’ from diverse populations which may never meet face-to-face”

About Settling and Unsettling Memories: Essays in Canadian Public History:

Settling and Unsettling Memories analyses the ways in which Canadians over the past century have narrated the story of their past in books, films, works of art, commemorative ceremonies, and online. This cohesive collection introduces readers to overarching themes of Canadian memory studies and brings them up-to-date on the latest advances in the field.

With increasing debates surrounding how societies should publicly commemorate events and people, Settling and Unsettling Memories helps readers appreciate the challenges inherent in presenting the past. Prominent and emerging scholars explore the ways in which Canadian memory has been put into action across a variety of communities, regions, and time periods. Through high-quality essays touching on the central questions of historical consciousness and collective memory, this collection makes a significant contribution to a rapidly growing field.