The Cabbage Palm Summer of ‘17 Reading List


Summer is a time for reading and as temperatures surge outside, the shaded refuge of libraries both public and private beckon. We invite you to share in our bibliophilic wanderlust with the following reading list. Each title includes an author’s excerpt that piqued our interest.


On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

by Stephen King

"We are writers, and we never ask one another where we get our ideas; we know we don't know."

The Open Studio: Essays on Art and Aesthetics

by Susan Stewart

"As philosophers are busy proclaiming the death of art, artists go on making it--nor, by the way, do they seem interested in proclaiming the death of philosophy."

Invisible Man

by Ralph Ellison

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me.”  

Identity and the Museum Visitor Experience

by John H. Falk

“Visitors are at the heart of the twenty first century museum’s existence. Understanding something about museum visitors is not a nicety; it is a necessity! Asking who visits the museum, why and to what end are no longer mere academic questions. These are questions of great importance.”

The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

by Daniel Bell

“Today, Modernism has become not the work of serious artists but the property of the culturati, the cultural mass, the distribution sector of cultural production, for whom the shock of the old has become the chic of the new.”

Headwaters: Poems

by Ellen Bryant Voigt

“...he made this yard each blade each stem each stalk except / the mounds of fresh dirt like little graves it’s moles that make the mounds / when they make holes they’re worms with fur…”

Handbook of Nonsexist Writing

by Casey Miller, Kate Swift

From the Table of Contents, “Seeing Women and Girls as People”

Camera Lucida

by Roland Barthes

“(I cannot reproduce the Winter Garden Photograph. It exists only for me. For you, it would be nothing but an indifferent picture, one of the thousand manifestations of the ‘ordinary’; it cannot in any way constitute the visible object of a science; it cannot establish an objectivity, in the positive sense of the term; at most it would interest your studium: period, clothes, photogeny; but in it, for you, no wound.)”

Landscape and Memory

By Simon Schama

“For if, as we have seen, our entire landscape tradition is the product of shared culture, it is by the same token a tradition built from a rich deposit of myths, memories, and obsessions. The cults which we are told to seek in other native cultures—of the primitive forest, of the river of life, of the sacred mountain—are in fact alive and well and all about us if only we know where to look for them.”