The books in the list below fall into several (overlapping) categories. Although there are points of intersection, I deliberately resisted the idea of developing a bibliography around a single concept or subject. Rather, they hint at the idiosyncrasies of my own book collection—which incorporates titles across a huge spectrum of publishing activity and purchased (and saved) for a variety of reasons. Taken in its entirety, my library has the type of inherent chaos that Walter Benjamin speaks to in his 1931 essay “Unpacking My Library”—one in which “habit has accommodated itself to such an extent that it can appear as order.”
Jeff Khonsary is a writer and curator. He is also a founding Editor and art director of Fillip magazine, a Vancouver-based art magazine focusing on international contemporary art production and criticism.