What We're Reading: The Students Of BFA Visual & Critical Studies
SVA Style checks out the reading recommendations of VCS
February 6, 2018
SVA Style magazine is out in the world and a big hit. The issue is chocked full of goodies about New York, local eats, haunts, shopping, and more. Style also talked to students in the BFA Visual & Critical Studies program, who take their reading seriously, about what books they’ve been burying their heads into lately. Check out some of their recommendations below.
Julianna Twine, first-year
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, 1984 by George Orwell, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.
Vivienne Tewes, third-year
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle.
Joey Gonnella, second-year
Ariel by Sylvia Plath, Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud, The Last Gold of Expired Stars by Georg Trakl, The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam.
Kimberly Moreno, third-year
Witches of America by Alex Mar, The Rebel by Albert Camus, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.
Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud, translated by John Ashbery
Find out for yourself why this 19th century French poet influenced artists such as Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan and Patti Smith.
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda
A story about a sister and brother growing up in post-colonial Nigeria and "the emotional turmoil of adolescence and the bonds of family."
The Last Gold of Expired Stars:Complete Poems by Georg Trakl "From a life in inflicted with drug addiction and mental torment, Trakl paints a vivid, musical portrait of his autumn soul."
The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam
Mathematician, astronomer and poet Khayyam lived in Persia from 1048 to 1131. His poetry was translated into English in the 1800s to great success.