Dev Hynes’ (Blood Orange) Reading List

Dev Hynes, better known as Blood Orange, was invited to give a TED Talk lecture/performance on composition & synesthesia last week in Vancouver. In addition to his presentation, Hynes was asked to help curate the TED book store for the event and shared his selections on Tumblr. His recommendations come just in time for those summer reading lists!

Check out some of the works the music man sources as inspiration below. See the full list, including commentary from Hynes, here.


 The Philosopher’s Touch : Sarte, Nietzsche, and Barthes at the Piano (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought & Cultural Criticism) by François Noudelmann.

Noudelmann writes in depth about these three philosophers, and draws links between their piano playing and tastes in regards to their theories and writing. I find specifially interesting how their taste in regards to what they said they listened to, differed to what they actually enjoyed playing themselves. Everyone has guilty pleasures!!




infinitymirror Yayoi Kusama : Infinity Mirror Room by Jo Applin

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room has managed to be artistic success in the 60’s when it first shook the art world, and yet again in her most recent exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery in NYC in 2013.

Kusama who’s work to me deals with the repetition, and comfort within that, has her work expertly chronicled and analyzed in this book by Jo Applin.






whitegirls_cover  White Girls by Hilton Als.

Critic / writer Hilton Als has written the one of the best books on race and gender I have ever read, part biography part essay. This book will change your perception regardless of where you stood beforehand.








trenchtownrock Trench Town Rock (Lost Roads Series ; No 40) by Kamau Braithwaite

Recommended to me by my friend and writer Jenna Sauers. This truly incredible book of poetry and african studies bounces along in a language that sounds like a song you’ve never heard before yet, needed to listen to forever. Braithwaite takes you on such a jarring journey from the first page it is almost impossible to put this book down.

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