At the moment, I'm reading two books--fiction and non-fiction as it happens.
Fiction: Life Is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera. A terrific satirical account of how little it takes for writing to become pamphleteering or mere agitprop. Also shows how common it is to regulate aesthetic standards in the name of the common good. There's also a deep, underlying Oedipal theme here, with the poet (our protagonist) simply unable to shake his mother off his consciousness.
Non-Fiction: Bruce Goldstein's work on Cognitive Psychology. Deals with the tensions between the behavioral approach and the cognitive approach and aims to shed light on why the latter might be a bit better. I, for one, am not a big fan of psychology, but it is interesting to read things about it.
1984 by George Orwell. This is a very good book. If you haven't read it, be sure to read it. George Orwell is my idol. I also want to become a writer. I read and write a lot, and I order essays here. I really hope that I will succeed.
When the hero, Winston, reads to her the book within a book that explains
the nature of the Orwellian world, she responds by falling asleep - but then
since the treatise Winston reads is stupefyingly soporific, this may be an
indication of Julia's good sense rather than the reverse.