Favourite academic reads
José Enrique Rodó, Ariel (1900); Max Weber, “‘Churches’ and ‘Sects’ in North America: An Ecclesiastical Socio-Political Sketch” (1906); Émile Durkheim, Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse (1912); Ronald A. Knox, Enthusiasm: A Chapter in the History of Religion with Special Reference to the XVII and XVIII Centuries (1950); Raimundo Faoro, Os donos do poder: formação do patronato político brasileiro (1958); Maria Isaura Pereira de Queiroz, O mandonismo local na vida política brasileira e outros ensaios (1970); Michel Foucault, Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique (1972); Duglas Teixeira Monteiro, “Churches, Sects, and Agencies: Aspects of Popular Ecumenism” (1977); Roberto Da Matta, Carnavais, malandros e heróis: para uma sociologia do dilema brasileiro (1978); Pierre Bourdieu, Le Sens pratique (1980); Louis Dumont, Homo Hierarchicus (1980); Michael T. Taussig, The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America (1980); Paula Montero, Da doença à desordem: a magia na umbanda (1985); Laura de Mello e Souza, O diabo e a Terra de Santa Cruz (1986); Richard M. Morse, O espelho de Próspero: cultura e idéias nas Américas (1988); Robert Muchembled, L’invention de l’homme moderne. Sensibilités, mœurs et comportements collectifs sous l’Ancien Régime (1988); Tanya Luhrmann, Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England (1989); Margaret Trawick, Notes on Love in a Tamil Family (1990); Jacques Derrida, Donner le temps 1. La fausse monnaie (1991); Annette Weiner, Inalienable Possessions: The Paradox of Keeping-While-Giving (1992); Aníbal Quijano, “Colonialidad y modernidad/racionalidad” (1992); Maurice Bloch, Prey into Hunter: The Politics of Religious Experience (1992); Moishe Postone, Time, Labor and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory (1993); Hans Belting, Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art (1994[1990]); Patrícia Birman, Fazer estilo criando gêneros: possessão e diferenças de gênero em terreiros de Umbanda e Candomblé no Rio de Janeiro (1995); Walter D. Mignolo, The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization (1995); Bruno Latour, Petite réflexion sur le culte moderne des dieux faitiches (1996); Gustavo Benavides, “Magic, Religion, Materiality” (1997); Alfred Gell, Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory (1998); Yvonne Maggie, Guerra de Orixá: um estudo de ritual e conflito (2001[1975]); Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, A inconstância da alma selvagem e outros ensaios de antropologia (2002); Stephan Palmié, Wizards and Scientists: Explorations in Afro-Cuban Modernity and Tradition (2002); Saba Mahmood, Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (2005); Denise Ferreira da Silva, Toward a Global Idea of Race (2007); Mary Louise Pratt, Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (2007[1992]); Webb Keane, Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter (2007); Ann Taves, Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things (2009); Stephen S. Bush, Visions of Religion: Experience, Meaning, and Power (2014); Richard Swedborg, The Art of Social Theory (2014); Audra Simpson, Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life across the Borders of Settler States (2014); Roger Scruton, Fools Frauds & Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left (2015); Arnaud Halloy, Divinités incarnés: L’apprentissage de la possession dans un culte afro-brésilien (2015)

Peak personal reads

Laozi, Dao De Jing (c. 300 BCE); Julius Caesar, The Conquest of Gaul (c. 50 BCE); Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana (c. 230 CE); Kalidasa, The Recognition of Śakuntalā, translated by Chandra Rajan (c. 400 CE); Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (1908 [1550]); Wu Cheng’en (?), The Monkey and the Monk: An Abridgment of The Journey to the West, translated by Anthony C. Yu (2006[1592]); Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote (Pt. 1) (1605); Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels (1735); Jane Austen, Emma (1815); James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824); George Borrow, The Bible in Spain (1843); José de Fonseca and Pedro Carolino, O Novo Guia da Conversação, em Portuguez e Inglez, em Duas Partes: The New Guide of the Conversation, in Portuguese and English in Two Parts (1855); Machado de Assis, Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas (1880); Lafcadio Hearn, Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894); Max Beerbohm, Seven Men (1919); Chico Xavier (channeling the spirit André Luiz), Nosso Lar (1944); P.G. Wodehouse, Joy in the Morning (1946); Tove Jansson, Comet in Moominland (1946); Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan (1946); John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1947); Giovannino Guareschi, Mondo piccolo Don Camillo (1948); Jorge Luis Borges, El Aleph (1949); Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (1953); J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (1954–55); Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1958); J.G. Ballard, The Drowned World (1962); Norman O. Brown, Love’s Body (1966); W.S. Merwin, The Lice (1967); Gabriel García Márquez, Cien años de soledad (1967); Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968); A. R. Luria, The Mind of a Mnemonist (1968); David Thomson, A Biographical Dictionary of Film (1975; 6th ed. 2014); Adrienne Rich, The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974–1977 (1978); Czeslaw Milosz, Bells in Winter (1978); Redmond O’Hanlon, Into the Heart of Borneo (1984); Joan Slonczewski, A Door into Ocean (1986); Bruce Chatwin, Songlines (1987); P.K. Page, Brazilian Journal (1988); Iain M. Banks, The Player of Games (1988); Sharon Olds, The Dead and the Living (1989); Hikaru Nakamura, Saint Young Men (2019 [2008])

Favourite jazz musicians
Jelly Roll Morton (1890–1941), Louis Armstrong (1901–1971), Bix Beiderbecke (1903–1931), Eddie Jefferson (1918–1979), Charles Mingus (1922–1979), Cecil Taylor (1929–2018), Sonny Rollins (1930–), Andrew Hill (1931–2007), Marion Brown (1931–2010), Abdullah Ibrahim (1934–), Hermeto Pascoal (1936–), John Tchicai (1936–2012), Sonny Greenwich (1936–), Archie Shepp (1937–), Andrew Cyrille (1939–), Lester Bowie (1941–1999), Bobby Hutcherson (1941–2016), Evan Parker (1944–), Keith Jarrett (1945–), Bennie Wallace (1946–), Vinny Golia (1946–), Egberto Gismonti (1947–), Jessica Williams (1948–), Bobby Previte (1951–), Ray Anderson (1952–), Pat Metheny (1954–), Emily Remler (1957–1990), Thomas Chapin (1957–1998), Matthew Shipp (1960–), Gary Thomas (1961–), Dave Douglas (1963–), London Jazz Composers Orchestra (1972–), Ambrose Akinmusire (1982–)