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Daily Reading Log

May 12, 2016

May 5, 2016

  • "Kentucky Is My Fate," by bell hooks, from Belonging: A Culture of Place. Wow.

May 2, 2016

April 29, 2016

  • Chapter three of Queer Art of Failure

April 13, 2016

April 11, 2016

January 3, 2016

  • Skimmed through Textual Poachers by Jenkins.
  • Read some pieces of de Certeau, some of the scriptural economy chapter and all of "Reading as Poaching" from The Practice of Everyday Life

2016 Reading Goals

Following Vicky's lead, this year I'm going to devote half of my reading to works made by women of color. I've got an overall goal of reading 60 books in 2016 (gulp). If you're interested to take on a similar challenge, Vicky's reading lists are a great place to start. Happy reading, all!

Late December

Been listening to H is for Hawk. So far I drift in and out of really hearing it, but the part about an unexpected death rings true. But it's not a punch in the stomach--it's a bowling ball to the guts. Wishing I'd developed that film that was of the piece I made in college that I must have threw away, but I also don't regret getting rid of things usually.

December 3-4, 2015

  • Lisa Gitelman's “Print Culture (Other Than Codex).” Comparative Textual Media. Eds. N. Katherine Hayles and
    Jessica Pressman. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. AND “Daniel Ellsberg and the Lost Idea of the Photocopy.” Participatory Media in Historical Context. Eds. Anders Ekström, et al. New York: Routledge, 2011.

November 30, 2015

October 15, 2015

Reading/dog-earing Coates' Between the World and Me.

October 14, 2013

Finished the Slice Harvester memoir within 12 hours of getting it from ILL. Highly recommended. Made me reminiscent of when I moved to the city and we would get a slice from Luigi's, back when Luigi was still there (and you would not necessarily encounter the dude who we now refer to as the "our friend jesus" guy), and eat it sitting by the canon every single day before my evening shift, with the ferocious pizza-eating squirrels.

October 5, 2015

  • Finished "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki. One of the best novels I have read in YEARS. Really impressive in voice and intricate construction.
  • Morgan, W., & Wyatt-Smith, C. (2000). Im/proper accountability: Towards a theory of critical literacy and assessment. Assessment in Education, 7(1), 123-142.
  • Schlesselman-Tarango, Gina, "Cyborgs in the Academic Library: A Cyberfeminist Approach to Information Literacy Instruction" (2014). Library Faculty Publications. Paper 19.

September 30, 2015

  • Finished My Struggle (book one) and grew to adore it by the end. There was a moment when I worried it would be too much about being a white guy trying to get girls, but all the death and decay at the end washed away what I had felt, or worried about, in the middle. I also put down another book around the same time for fear of the same pitfalls. Will I finish that one? If I knew that writing about puddles of piss could wholly grip me and endear me to that book in the way it did with this one I would wholeheartedly finish it as soon as I could (every time those were mentioned here at the end I got sliced through the heart just like living with analogous situations IRL).

September 28, 2015

  • Notes on Kimberly Creasap's "Zine-Making as Feminist Pedagogy." Feminist Teacher 24.3 (2014): 155-168.
  • An article I read earlier that I just relocated and that made me feel oh-shit-everyone-has-always-been-exhausted: Blair, Ann. 2003. Reading strategies for coping with information overload, ca.1550-1700. Journal of the History of Ideas 64, no. 1: 11-28.

September 27, 2015

  • Been reading Karl Ove Knausgard's My Struggle, and was having a strange relationship with it. But then it got to the parts involving his father's grandmother's house after his death and what that looked like and was and I am like hook/line/sinker into it.
  • Tewell, Eamon. “A Decade of Critical Information Literacy: A Review of the Literature.” Communications in Information Literacy 9, no. 1 (2015): 24-43.

September 11, 2015

  • Trying to finish A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki for next Tuesday. Totally digging it so far.

July 22, 2015

  • Started Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

May 29, 2015

  • Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. So funny!

May 1, 2015

  • The best thing I've ever gulped down while on the train; tired and delayed, clutching the pole, banging into others, totally gone.

    "I slipped my hand behind my ribcage, removed my heart, and smashed it into the carpet."

April 7, 2015

  • "CC-BY unrest" by Gavia Libraria/the Library Loon
  • Simon Gikandi's Editor's Column in PMLA from 2013, "The Fantasy of the Library":
    • "My faith in the library as custodian of culture and civilization was premised on what now appears an unforgivable form of blindness--the belief that libraries were autonomous, objective fountains of knowledge. Enchanted by books and the buildings that housed them, one could easily forget that libraries were often institutions of power." (12).

March 27, 2015

  • Reading Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band, and revisiting my favorite Sonic Youth songs (the Kim ones, duh).

March 11, 2015

March 1, 2015

  • More CUNY reading: Kelly Blanchat's “Optimizing KBART Guidelines to Restore Perpetual Access” in Collection Development, 34.1.

September 1-2, 2014

  • Yesterday gulped down Anya Ulinich's Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel, and now I just want to binge read graphic novels...
  • Back to a bit of Cvetkovich's An Archive of Feelings, but distractedly, because I keep wanting to mine the bibliography instead of moving ahead.

August 31 2014

  • Lauren Berlant's article, "'68 or Something," (Critical Inquiry, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 124-155): "This essay is written in favor of refusing to relinquish utopian practice, of refusing the apparently inevitable movement from tragedy to farce that has marked so much of the analysis of social movements generated post '68. I meant to place '68 in a scene of collaborations and aspirations for thinking, describing, and theorizing social change in the present tense, but a present tense different from what we can now imagine for pragmatic, possible, or useful politics." 125-126.
  • Freeland, Cynthia A. "Feminist frameworks for horror films." Post-theory: Reconstructing film studies (1996): 195-218. Such a great find for that project I'm trying to revive.

August 20-21, 2014

  • Yesterday morning, started Lauren Berlant's article, "'68 or Something," (Critical Inquiry, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 124-155) because it had been cited by Cvetkovich in her footnotes, and really enjoyed the very first part. Still working on it.
  • Yesterday afternoon, serendipity reminded me to how little I know about Ralph Bunche, so started Ralph Bunche: Model Negro or American Other? by Charles Henry. There a quick way to explain who Bunche was--the first African American to win the Nobel prize--but he was so much more, and yet is still a relatively overlooked historical figure.

August 19, 2014

  • The intro to Ann Cvetkovich's An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures on the train this morning. Didn't read any more because I wanted to be sure to go back and make note of a few portions, and to be sure to put a few things from the bibliography on my reading list.

August 14, 2014

  • Bonnie Gordon's paper, "Towards Open Metadata and Bibliographic Data." A really useful summary of all the issues surrounding open linked data for libraries!

August 5, 2014

August 4, 2014

August 3, 2014

  • A snippet from today's reading: "Foucault disdained photocopying which, he told a friend, destroyed the charm of a text, 'which becomes almost lifeless when you no longer have the printed page before your eyes and in your hands.'" (from Steven Maynard's article, "Police/Archives")

May 28, 2014

  • Still in the beginning chapters of Eileen Myles' Inferno (a poet's novel), & loving it.

April 19, 2014

April 14, 2014

  • Last night heard the intro to Mark Maron's Attempting Normal and I really liked how he talked about what books are on his shelves (the titles surprised me, actually--I think we've got many of the same to-reads) and all the pieces of paper and bits of his life surrounding him in the garage.
  • "A Canon Without Balls," review by Sady Doyle, from In These Times, a photocopy of said article from Sandy Berman, which makes me want to read No Regrets: Three Discussions (which it looks like very few copies have entered into libraries yet, which feels like a joke when combined with getting info about it from Sandy...)
  • Continuing with the thick little Lydia Davis story comp. Feels like something someone should have prescribed to me to read. Everyone recommends it, so maybe as much as it could have been prescribed, it was.
  • Yesterday I also skimmed through a history of another building where I used to work, looking for some pieces that weren't there. Recently I had read a piece about a different library building's history where I used to occasionally work, and that account was pretty sad (hopes were higher then for a better future).

April 11, 2014

  • Started The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis today and this is something that makes me want to make a note about. Crisp and real.

April 1, 2014

  • Reading Poor People and Library Services, edited by Karen M. Venturella today. It's bittersweet; I'm glad that this book exists, but I worry that in the time since it was published that things have only gotten more dire. It's also very haunting to read pieces that are hopeful about libraries you later saw in not-so-hopeful states.

March 29, 2014

  • On a Mr. Rogers binge
  • Poked my way through Informed Agitation, but carefully read Jude Vachon's "Inside and Outside of the Library: On Removing Barriers and Connecting People with Health Care Resources and Zines." I told her it is a reminder of the librarian I want to be. Highly recommended for so many reasons, most of all for lots of good ideas about how librarians can be helpful in connecting people to information, especially in situations where Jude stepped in and shared information when her community might not have thought to ask for a librarian's help.
  • Also a smattering of articles by and from Molly Fair about community archives: including work by Mary Stevens, Elizabeth Shepherd, Andrew Flinn, Eric Ketelaar, Joan Nestle, Jeannette Bastian.

March 26, 2014

  • Started Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun on the train this morning. My copy has someone else's notes in it, and I can't help from reading their marginalia. Except I can't figure out if these notes are just that--notes--or disagreements with the text. In some instances they seem to summarize, but in others they're more reactionary. Lots of the notes just say "Google." (So that should tell you a bit about what kind of book this is.)
  • More about that OCLC report: Bethany Nowviske's response as well as Dot Porter's.

March 25, 2014

  • My book reading list is shamefully low this year, but in the last few days I skimmed Social Justice Pedagogy Across the Curriculum ed. by Chapman/Hobbel and I am finding Jessamyn West's Without a Net to be really helpful for my current projects.
  • "Why Are the Digital Humanities So White? or Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation," by Tara McPherson. How did it take me so long to read this?
  • Trying to remember to take time to read Shall We Gather at the River by James Wright. It's been a long time since I used to linger in the poetry aisle in my hometown public library and come home with such thin books.
  • That report by OCLC about DH centers. I think the tone is really awkward, among other things, and agree with Bethany Nowviske about the odd way that humility is urged.
  • "Narrative Equivocations between Movies and Games," by Marsha Kinder. This was cited by McPherson, who mentioned that it discussed tech determinism and "cyber-structuralism," so I had to read it asap.

March 11, 2014

  • I keep starting books and not finishing them this year, both novels and short story collections and scholarly reading. Although I've finished a big stack of articles for the piece I am drafting right now, I still haven't found the literature that feels quite right, or that I know I'll be citing (yet). And the clock is ticking.
  • Finally watched Jenica Rogers' keynote from Charleston 2013. I agree--strange that common sense can be revolutionary.

February 24, 2014

  • Skimmed States of Emergency edited by Castronovo and Gillman on the train this morning.

February 21, 2014

  • Getting more into Now You See It. The part about the girl with the green and purple hair just killed me, and all the Mountain Views of the world.

February 19, 2014

February 18, 2014

  • This interview with Leslie Kaelbling: "It’s harder to search on an idea. A computer is good at counting words and phrases. Often research gets replicated in two or three different fields because the vocabulary is different."

February 13, 2014

  • I had been reading outside the field for a while, and was feeling a little bit untethered. Today I'm catching up. Working through this issue and a handful of other things.

January 16, 2014

  • Finished Left Hand of Darkness before work. From what I heard about this book before reading it, I assumed it would be a lot about gender roles, but it turned out to be a love song to friendship.

January 15, 2014

  • Dear reader, I will admit it: I almost stopped reading Left Hand of Darkness. But I didn't, and I really like these crossing-the-ice parts (because I think I can't handle governments-and-politics-on-other-planets parts of any book--I glazed over all that in Dune and probably didn't understand any of it. I blame age and a lack of ability to remember names/new and/or inapplicable-to-my-daily-life terminology). Anyhow, it's a good winter read.

January 8, 2014

  • I read the essay about the puppy today in the Patchett book and it took me straight back to being 10, or 12. In a good way.

January 6, 2014

If I'm lucky, someday in the future I'll see what I've written here and think how young I still was and how much more there was ahead. Until then I'll keep writing things down, both the things I make up and the things that have happened. It is the way I've learned to see my life"--Ann Patchett

  • Read the introduction to This is the Story of a Happy Marriage on a crowded train on my way home to edit and revise the final draft of my thesis, and this piece was so great to read *right now.* (above quote from page 10)

December 8, 2013

December 1, 2013

  • Finished Two Cheers for Anarchism,
  • This weekend I also read this article in the New Yorker, which for me was a real head-scratcher. Really, I am totally puzzled by it and would love to have a discussion with anyone who read it. What the fuck was it about, really? So much there and yet so little explicitly articulated. Why was it so hot and cold and going somewhere and then not? Guess that's life, or maybe what the story really was. But it left me with a creepy aftertaste, like when you somehow end up watching one of those horrible real life mystery tv shows.
  • Also saw The Punk Singer which is highly recommended. There's a part at the end where Hanna talks about not being heard/or she describes feeling like when you do actually speak out and the worry that (often, or if you aren't a guy) what you say is so often misinterpreted or made to seem irrelevant or exaggerated, etc. (what she says there is better than how I am describing it here). That part was really powerful for me and articulated a thing that I didn't know needed articulating right now.

November 27, 2013

  • More of Two Cheers for Anarchism, which is the best kind of scholarly-enough, but-can-still-read-while-standing-on-the-train
  • Still always enjoy being in on the conversation in which Barbara Fister grapples with librarianship and our roles in academic thinking/discourse

November 25, 2013

  • After seeing a panel on anarchism at ASA that I very much enjoyed, returned to, or re-started Scott's Two Cheers for Anarchism, which is very much worth the citing it got in DC.

November 24, 2013

  • Night Sweats by Laura Crossett. The last time I think I emailed Laura I was coming back from vacation on a train. Today on another train home devoured this, feeling frail and frazzled. Found it honest, real, inspiring.

November 8, 2013

November 7, 2013

  • Started reading this interview today, and the conversation about New York reminded me of intentionally turning my back on the older man who was sketching and obviously staring on the train the other morning. Trying to escape that kind of uninvited scrutiny today--the feeling that seems stale and outdated--of claiming everything in public spaces by the dominant. How inescapable and suffocating it feels sometimes, having everyone else's expectations and projections living around you. Today, or maybe most of the time, I want to refuse all of it.
  • Also a bit of Nguyen/Nikpour's Punk and I lived the dream and transcribed (other misc. reading) while simultaneously listening/watching.

November 5, 2013

October 28, 2013

  • This American Life episode 470: Show Me The Way

    Piers Anthony is 77 years old now. But really, he was just an angry kid who'd muddled through like everyone else, which surprised Andy. In the author's notes from his book Fractal Mode, book two of his Mode series, he writes, "One thing you who had secure or happy childhoods should understand about those of us who did not, we who control our feelings, who avoid conflicts at all costs or seem to seek them, who are hypersensitive, self-critical, compulsive, workaholic, and above all survivors, we're not that way from perversity. And we cannot just relax and let it go. We've learned to cope in ways you never had to."

October 23, 2013

  • No time to keep up. Raced through Pastoralia by Saunders on the train, trying to get back into Williams for the thesis.

October 9, 2013

Dear world,
Get this: I read hardly anything today. Instead I wrote. Thesis completion, here we come.

Also: is this a thing? That we do one or the other and not both? (reading vs. writing?) Do I need another column for my writing log on this here site? Will this site just digress into an endless widening of columns? Only time will tell!

October 8, 2013

  • Started Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer's Resistance, which I hope to think is helping already.
  • Such great advice by way of Joan Didion talking about her own writing process:
    "When I’m working on a book, I constantly retype my own sentences. Every day I go back to page one and just retype what I have. It gets me into a rhythm. Once I get over maybe a hundred pages, I won’t go back to page one, but I might go back to page fifty-five, or twenty, even. But then every once in a while I feel the need to go to page one again and start rewriting. At the end of the day, I mark up the pages I’ve done—pages or page—all the way back to page one. I mark them up so that I can retype them in the morning. It gets me past that blank terror." From "The Art of Nonfiction No. 1" interview in the Paris Review.

October 7, 2013

  • Finished Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instructors today; highly recommended.

October 3, 2013

  • Reading more of Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instructors, which I am enjoying so much that I think I will recommend it to every librarian I know. This part made me want to shake the book in my lap on the train and email Maria to thank her for how much she gets it: "And now I am going to be assertive enough to talk to you, the reader, about loneliness. This is not something that people want to talk about, but this profession can be lonely and alienating and isolating for people who think differently, people who aren't valued and represented by the dominant culture."

October 2, 2013

  • Started Maria Accardi's Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instructors this morning on the train and it is ah-mazing. I really admire the way that Accardi is able to meld scholarly and autobiographical writing, and how she talks about her decisions as she does so: "I have felt extremely insecure over my writing style in this chapter, which is a definite departure from the more scholarly tone I adopt in later chapters. But I persist in writing this way nonetheless, because my instincts, my gut, my intuition tells me that what I have to say--and the way I'm saying it--has value" (16).
    This is a book I'm really excited to keep reading--as a model for my own writing projects and as a tool for instruction.

October 1, 2013

  • Almost done but not quite with The Last Unicorn, which really feels much closer to a fairy tale than anything else I've read in quite some time.

September 27, 2013

  • On my way, walking as fast as I'm able, almost late to a meeting, I found The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle on a Brooklyn stoop and have been reading it on the train since. The writing style is really great when you yourself are worried that your own writing could become too academic or lackluster--as a reminder of alternatives.
  • Also a great deal of other things, as models and suggestions. From Eichhorn to Williams to Evocative Objects and Lipstick Traces to drafts.

September 25, 2013

  • Yesterday I read Rebecca Solnit's "Diary" from the London Review of Books. If my thesis could be written in any way like Solnit writes, I'd be damn happy. But being absorbed into this piece was confusing--I kept forgetting which era I am in, which I identify with, which I prefer. Just in one anecdotal sense, as a teenager, I would have had a totally different life if I'd had access to friends without having to speak to whoever answered on the phone at their house first. Not sure if all that comes with the newness of new technology makes it better or vise versa, and happy that Solnit includes rumination on corporate strangleholds and the management takeover of our own personal lives and concentrations (or lack thereof). Although I am normally suspicious of work that shrieks "we're losing our ability to concentrate!", here it felt right, not like shrieking at all. More like when Lynda Barry talks about looking each other in the eye.

September 10, 2013

  • Happy Official Domesticity Day.
  • Haven't logged in for quite some time here, neglecting even the reading log, working on work and the thesis.
  • Reading the MALS honorable mention thesis awarded "The Fist is Still Raised: The Vernacular Invisibility of Political Art" by Hadassah M. Damien

Early August

  • Finished The Flame Alphabet. Somewhere along the way, I thought I'd gotten a whiff that this book had a twist ending. There I was, reading along, anticipating something startling, and the book ended. It definitely kept me going faster than it would have otherwise without this inaccurate info, but also may have made it into something different as a reader. Not that the book isn't surprising--it's just that twist is not really what it contains. Now I'm waiting for Cronenberg to make a movie out of it. Or at least certain parts.
  • Still reading and enjoying Doing Recent History, which is also interesting for its portions about archives and privacy--from a researcher's, not a curator/collector/preservationist's perspective.

August 1-3, 2013

  • Reading The Flame Alphabet on the train, started de Certeau at home (wondering why it's taken me this long to begin), and Doing Recent History, which has really helped me in thinking about the kind of work that I (try to) do.

July 26-28, 2013

  • Took the weekend off from thesis reading/writing. Read The Glass Castle, almost finished Orange is the New Black.

July 19, 2013

  • Re-reading and making notes from Free Culture:
    • "Technology means you can now do amazing things easily; but you couldn’t easily do them legally." (105)
    • "We live in a “cut and paste” culture enabled by technology." (105)
  • Mister Rogers testimony in SONY CORP. OF AMER. v. UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS, INC., 464 U.S. 417 (1984)
    "Some public stations, as well as commercial stations, program the “Neighborhood” at hours when some children cannot use it. I think that it’s a real service to families to be able to record such programs and show them at appropriate times.

July 17, 2013

June 30, 2013

  • I have been utterly wrapped up in my thesis project. Re-read Duncombe and Piepmeier, lots of zines, lots of notes, lots of things coming!

June 19, 2013

June 17, 2013

  • Read a smattering of things from the depths of my office at work, organizing.
  • 445 words, mostly free writing.

June 16, 2013

  • Going to try to finish The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright before the end of the day.
  • Read a few bits of fiction lately in the New Yorker--that Cormac McCarthy with the rolling head and a short Sherman Alexie piece too.
  • Almost 500 words today (493 so far, might be all I've got for today).

June 12, 2013

  • In two parts, between a walk and a commute, I listened to Tina McElroy Ansa's story from the Moth, which I really enjoyed.

June 6, 2013

June 4, 2013

  • It's almost my birthday too. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I've been appreciating Jill Bliss' blog and photos as a vicarious antidote to city living. Sometimes getting out, or at least bike trips on the wide(r) quiet streets of southern Brooklyn make it all manageable too.

June 3, 2013

June 2, 2013

  • Thinking, collating and refining my thesis project. Read a bit of Reclaiming Fair Use by Aufderheide and Jaszi on a jaunt out of the house today, and skimmed and prioritized the to-read piles, notes.

May 31, 2013

  • Skimmed Anarcho-Syndicalism by Rocker on the train, or tried to, as a dude tried to talk to me about my feet.
  • More of Moonwalking with Einstein at lunch.

May 29, 2013

  • I brought my ebook reader on the train today and skimmed Siva Vaidhyanathan's Copyrights and Copywrongs. I'm only realizing as I write this that I fully intended to skim The Anarchist in the Library. I blame an especially early morning commute.

May 28, 2013

  • At the reference desk: "Resistance in the Materials" by Bethany Nowviske. Could not agree more:
    "Art objects, little mechanisms and technical experiments, cultural artifacts reproduced for teaching or research—cheap 3d-printing is one affirmation that words (those lines of computer code that speak each shape) always readily become things. That they kind of… want to. It’s like when I learned to set filthy lead type and push the heavy, rolling arm of a Vandercook press, when I should have been writing my dissertation."
  • On the train: "Computer Network Piecing Together a Jigsaw of Jewish Lore", and this article, catching up.

May 27, 2013

"Books break the shackles of time."

  • A little of The Interface Effect, a little of Visual Vitriol and this while I should have been reading other things.
  • A lot of reading about Scrivener, and massaging of sharing files in between computers.

May 24, 2013

  • This morning I was reading and enjoying: Barbara Tomlinson and George Lipsitz. "American Studies as Accompaniment." American Quarterly 65.1 (2013): 1-30. Project MUSE. Web. 24 May. 2013.
  • And I'm also back to reading See Now Then in bits and pieces on the train and in coffee shops. It's pleasant but has an underlying rage, which gives it a unique feel.

May 23, 2013

  • 11 years. RIP.

May 12, 2013

  • Lots of reading, amidst the cracks of life as it goes, changes. Halfway through E. Biella Coleman's Coding Freedom, started David Graeber's Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, and wanted to start, but probably have to wait until after the thesis, bell hooks' Where We Stand: Class Matters.

April 24, 2013

  • A piece in the New Yorker about Noah Baumbach, a person whose work I have a lot of sympathy for somehow, but in this piece he sounds like he wants to be a vampire sucking the energy off of his girlfriend's ideas. Is that a great way to have a relationship, or a terrible way?
  • I've also been reading Living Anarchy on the train, while very tired lately.

April 23, 2013

  • Zines from the Brooklyn Zine Fest: Alex #4 and #5, Deafula #5, and Indulgence #11.

April 22, 2013

  • Jeppesen, Sandra. "Becoming Anarchist: The Function of Anarchist Literature." Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies 2011.2
  • Imhorst, Christian. "Anarchy and Source Code - What does the Free Software Movement have to do with Anarchism?"

April 19, 2013

  • Going to try to finish In Praise of Copying today. This book has pleasantly surprised me in many ways and I'm greatly enjoying it. Highly recommended if you would like to think more deeply about copying (and its mimetic, ever-present nature) on a philosophical level.
    Many of the books about intellectual property I've looked at recently discuss the absurdities of various IP situations, or examine IP clashes via specific (often outrageous) legal cases. This book, on the other hand, talks more about the practices and traditions of copying, collaging or appropriating through many different perspectives, going back to the work of philosophers who are long dead but also looking for the mimetic in religious practices, theory, art, and even inside the human body. Totally fascinating.
  • Also this article on drone, also by Boon.

April 11, 2013

  • More Moonwalking with Einstein, enjoying the history of the book (as related to memory) section.

April 10, 2013

  • Inching my way through Moonwalking with Einstein, which I've only read over BC lunches in the office.
  • Insomnia had me reading Fosterhood in NYC

April 9, 2013

  • About half of In Praise of Copying by Boon, which I am enjoying.

April 8, 2013

  • Read the introduction to Common as Air by Hyde.
  • Last week watched the documentary, Kind Hearted Woman. Among many powerful scenes, was struck by those where Robin took family to go walking through the U of M, and how looking at the university and thinking about what it offered was a powerful activity for them.

April 1, 2013

  • While fighting some kind of bug finished Please Kill Me and ripping through Cometbus Omnibus and Straight Edge: Hardcore Punk, Clean Living Youth, and Social Change

March 23, 2013

  • Been reading Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. Not sure if it will help the thesis, but it's a good pick up/put down at random book.
  • Also still moving very slowly through Moonwalking with Einstein, my official over-lunch-at-work book of the moment.

March 13, 2013

  • Still finishing up Getting Things Done
  • Thesis reading: Living Anarchy by Jeff Shantz
  • Democracy Now! and WBAI, who could sincerely use your help.

March 9, 2013

  • Been reading Getting Things Done and trying to get things done.

March 6, 2013

  • Broke open Getting Things Done on the train. Still in the intro parts where there's talk about overwhelming obligations and the ever-increasing nature of the amount of things that are related to work these days. Tell me about it.

March 5, 2013

  • I started See Now Then because I saw that Jamaica Kincaid was going to be doing a reading that I could actually attend. I went tonight and she was fantastic. I didn't have a question afterward, because what I really wanted to say was that reading A Small Place and the surrounding discussion in high school was huge working class awakening and a moment I still think about. And that's not really a question.
    Here's one of many great portions of See Now Then:
    "Mrs. Sweet was a knitter and mender of socks, and she did that because while doing so she could delineate and dissect and then examine the world as she knew it, as she understood it, as she imagined it, as it came to her through her everyday existence."(38)
  • This feels like a p.s., but I'm also trying (and failing) to read Getting Things Done. Ha.

February 28, 2013

  • I thought I'd finish Anarchism and its Aspirations days ago (it's a really nice small--almost palm-sized--book), but everything just takes far far longer than I anticipate lately. But I'm trying also to account for the joys of doing extended research and reading, too.
  • "On turning down a job" was a good lunchtime read.

February 27, 2013

  • Been tearing through Cindy Milstein's Anarchism and its Aspirations. It is lovely to read amidst other academic work because it is so passionate and clearly written.
  • Read this post over lunch, which I thought was refreshingly supportive.

February 26, 2013

  • "The Rhetoric of Visual Arguments," by J. Anthony Blair

Late February 2013

  • Weaning myself off of fiction until the thesis is done. Reading some Viral Spiral on train rides, skimmed a bit of From Codex to Hypertext

February 17, 2013

  • Finished Zines in Third Space, started Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking, and ran across this interesting post.

February 13. 2013

  • More of Zines in Third Space today
  • I love writing about writing, and could really relate to Maura's post today.

February 12, 2013

  • I was away for a while, and while away I read The Virgin Suicides, which is just a perfect book really.
  • Back in reality, I've been enjoying Mother Jones magazine and Zines in Third Space and trying to light a fire to get my thesis going.

January 31, 2013

  • More of remembered rapture, which I'm feeling really thankful for right now, especially the chapter "class and the politics of writing."
  • Zines at work, from Stranger Danger and other distros, fests.

January 30, 2013

  • More of remembered rapture:
    "Each day I sat at the typewriter and different memories were written about in short vignettes. They came in a rush, as though they were a thunderstorm." (83)

January 29, 2013

January 28, 2013

  • Democracy Now!/Mariel Hemingway. Totally can't resist stories like these, about the underbellies of families and mental health/illness.
  • More of remembered rapture:
    "I write with the intent to share ideas in a manner that makes them accessible to the widest possible audience. This means that I often engage in a thinking and writing process where I am pushing myself to work with ideas in a way that strips them down, that cuts to the chase and does not seek or hide or use language to obscure meaning. The longing to pattern the words and ideas so that they are 'in your face'--so that they have an immediacy, a clarity that need not be searched for, that is present right now--allows me to transfer to the act of writing vernacular modes of verbal exchange that surface in the expressive culture of the southern black working class." (40)

January 26, 2013

  • I should be doing a million other things, but I bought and read Nicole J. Georges' Calling Dr. Laura. Lots of resonances.
  • Also skimmed through Susan Kirtley's Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass.

January 23, 2013

  • To the person that today is about: I am so thankful for you.
  • Read more of Moonwalking with Einstein at lunch and some articles from The Rumpus.

January 22, 2013

  • Finished The Cave, perhaps one of the most perfect books I've read in a long time.
    "...I just happen to think that there are times in our lives when we have to let ourselves be carried along by the current of events, as if we didn't have the strength to resist, but then there comes a point when we suddenly realize the river is flowing in our favor, no one else has noticed, but we have, anyone watching will think we're about to go under, and yet our navigation skills have never been better..." (304)

January 16, 2013

  • Still enjoying The Cave

January 15, 2013

  • After a long day at a good conference (slides forthcoming), I was really relieved to have remembered to bring The Cave with me. I am liking this book a continually increasing amount the more I read of it, and I'm finding it really comforting right now.

January 13, 2013

  • More of The Cave:
    • "He looked at himself in the mirror, but found no new line or wrinkle on his face, It's probably somewhere within me, he thought, then he ran the tap, washed his hands and went out." (19)

January 12, 2013

  • All the sad news. RIP Aaron Swartz.
  • Finished The Little Prince. The fourth planet belonged to a businessman:
    "When you find that a diamond that belongs to nobody in particular, then it's yours. When you find an island that belongs to nobody in particular, it's yours. When you're the first person to have an idea, you patent it and it's yours. Now I own the stars, since no one before me ever thought of owning them."
    "That's true enough," the little prince said. "And what do you do with them?"
    "I manage them. I count them and then count them again," the businessman said. "It's difficult work. But I'm a serious person!"

January 9, 2013

  • More of The Cave
  • First chapter of Moonwalking with Einstein

January 8, 2013

  • All of this that I didn't read yesterday
  • More of The Cave, which I'm greatly enjoying

January 7, 2013

  • Finished Exit Wounds over breakfast. Looked at a bit of Rutu Modan's New York Times blog too
  • More of remembered rapture on the train
  • Catching up on work reading:

January 5, 2013

  • A tiny bit of The Golden Compass on the train, which I think I'm setting aside.
  • Swings. I felt really badly for those pigeons.

January 4, 2013

  • A little more of remembered rapture, which is ah-mazing.

January 3, 2013

December 29, 2012

  • Wrenching out a shitty first draft, looking over my theory notes.
  • This reminds me of when Half Price Books in the dirt mall used to sell their fiction paperbacks literally for 1/2 the cover price. I got a bunch of copies of really old editions of some James Baldwin works for half the cost, something like 1/2 of 60 cents. And I've still got em, those copies where the pages seem to crispen, with black covers and green fore edges.
  • Also started The Golden Compass during an intense hyper-way-after-bedtime bout.

December 28, 2012

  • Re-reading Gender Trouble, which doesn't get my 2012 book count up to where I want it (with just one book to go!):
    "Are those who are offended making a legitimate request for 'plain speaking' or does their complaint emerge from a consumer expectation of intellectual life?" (1999 Preface, xx)

December 27, 2012

  • Some Barthes, Foucault and Butler. Still working on finishing up the semester.
  • A surprisingly interesting interview with a baseball player, way more intriguing than I would have predicted (I tend to glaze over when the topic of sports comes up).
  • I am no longer struggling financially like I have in the past, but I am still in debt (from school), and damn, if I received one of these notices in the mail, I think that relief might be the most relieving kind of relief that could be given. More info here.

December 19, 2012

  • More of Ten Little Indians

December 18, 2012

  • Wolfgang Iser and Stanley Fish re-reads on the train, deciding on who to choose to focus on for the final.

December 13, 2012

  • Started Edward Said's Out of Place over breakfast.

December 12, 2012

  • Read Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman and felt pretty conflicted about many aspects of it. After having just re-read Matilda, it felt reminiscent.

December 10, 2012

The last homework of the semester:

  • Part of Ien Ang's "Dallas and the Ideology of Mass Culture"
  • Laura Mulvey's "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema"
  • Stuart Hall, "Encoding/Decoding"
  • This interview with Janice Radway: "I remember thinking, "This is a job, you can actually aspire to this as a job. You might think of yourself as a teacher, as a professor even." It sounds silly and naïve, but that really was the moment when I thought about a different future."

December 5, 2012

  • Started Sherman Alexie's Ten Little Indians:
    "In the Washington State University library, her version of Sherwood Forest, Corliss walked the poetry stacks. She endured a contentious and passionate relationship with this library. This huge number of books confirmed how much magic she'd been denied for most of her life, and now she hungrily wanted to read every book on every shelf. An impossible task, to be sure, Herculean in its exaggeration, but Corliss wanted to read herself to death. She wanted to be buried in a coffin filled with used paperbacks." (5)

December 3-4, 2012

  • Lots of Baudrillard's work, but mostly Simulacra and Simulation:
    “Our entire linear and accumulative culture collapses if we cannot stockpile the past in plain view." (10)

December 1-2, 2012

  • Too many deadlines, I listened to program #479 from This American Life, which happened to be about Minnesota, which happens to be where I was born.

November 28, 2012

  • Started Kaja Silverman's The Subject of Semiotics on the train, but stuck in between stations on the 5 I started to feel a bit overwhelmed.

November 27, 2012

  • Baudrillard and Didion.
    From The Year of Magical Thinking:
    “Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it..."

November 26, 2012

  • Read a bit more of Didion over breakfast (leftover pie) because the rest of today will be a non-stop Baudrillard fest.

November 25, 2012

  • Some of the New Yorker on my commute. Victor Zapana's piece about his mother made me take the magazine with me on the train.
  • Trying to get away from the telly. Started Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. Brilliant.

November 24, 2012

November 19-20, 2012

  • Getting addicted to Sherman Alexie, plowed through half of War Dances while commuting
  • I've been buying books lately. One because it was my very favorite as a child, another because I know of the author and happened to pick it up serendipitously in the local bookstore
  • For class, reading excerpts from Said and Spivak and being inspired
    • Said: "The idea of the beginning, indeed the act of beginning, necessarily involves an act of delimitation by which something is cut out of a great mass of material, separated from the mass, and made to stand for, as well as be, a starting point, a beginning..."
  • Also, I've read as many books this year already as I had in all of the last few past years, and there's still a month left of 2012!

November 17, 2012

  • Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

November 16, 2012

November 12, 2012

  • More Foucault. "The History of Sexuality," and "Discipline and Punish."

November 11, 2012

November 8, 2012

  • I just skimmed a bit of a piece in which someone talked about reading Barbara Johnson and feeling like it was incomprehensible and difficult to grasp but then returning to it later and being delighted about how clear and intelligent the work was. I don't think I had that experience exactly with the Judith Butler today, but this second time (read her in my first MALS class, re-reading in my last) I feel like somehow she's writing in a language which I've had a lot more exercise with. I can live with it a lot more easily. It's less of a puzzle. And I'm enjoying it immensely.

November 7, 2012

  • The 1999 preface of Gender Trouble on the train. Really appreciating this reading, perhaps above all the rest so far this semester (so far).
  • Zines at work: Black Out and Ker-Bloom! among others.

November 5, 2012

  • More of Purloined Poe and Simulacra and Simulation

October 31, 2012

  • During Sandy (we are fine, thankfully), I've been stealing time from myself--from work, from homework, from scholarship. Hid from my life like I hid from the storm. Trying to re-charge my batteries. Spent all the time possible indoors, worried about when the pharmacy would open again (among worries for others and for all the areas--here and other places). Read only a tiny bit of Wizard of Earthsea, knitted.
  • Then I read a quote about how if you read one book a week for life you only read 1% of what is in print. This made me wonder if I have regrets.

October 27, 2012

October 23, 2012

October 18, 2012

  • Started working on The Purloined Poe. Happy this involves reading some Poe, as well as (psycho?) analyzing...

October 17, 2012

  • Started Adela Licona's Zines in Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric on the B train to Manhattan, sun streaming in. This is a book I've really been looking forward to. I'm really struck, just in the first few pages, with Licona's blending of her academic and personal experiences (or the acknowledgement thereof--I think both things are always working in tangent whether they are spoken or not), and I'm really struck by her tone. It's very respectful and admiring of zine creators and her fellow scholars. So far I'm really impressed and am really looking forward to reading further.

October 16, 2012

  • More of Fish and Iser.
    • From Fish: "In my model, however, meanings are not extracted but made and made not by encoded forms but by interpretive strategies that call forms into being. It follows then that what utterers do is give hearers and readers the opportunity to make meanings (and texts) by inviting them to put into execution a set of strategies." (pg. 485)

October 15, 2012

  • Started Simulacra and Simulation on the train. Disneyland? ¡¡ Yes.
  • Working on Wolfgang Iser's "Interaction between Text and Reader," and Stanley Fish's "Interpreting the Variorum" for class, which makes me think a lot about Duchamp's theories about art (or what I remember them to be from high school).

October 13, 2012

  • Read Fake Arm 101, Book Pics and Book Pics for Young Readers, great librarian zines I picked up at the Twin Cities Zinefest. Here's Mindy's write-up/highlights of the fest on her blog

October 10, 2012

  • I'm finishing Open City today. A part near the end totally surprised me.

October 8. 2012

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

October 2, 2012

  • Although my presentation hangover almost got the better of me, I got back on the horse and back into On Deconstruction, although I still think I have no idea what I'm doing with these reading responses/abstracts for class.

October 1, 2012

  • I think I remember doing this very same thing two years ago after the other conference, in the same city I thought was in another state: buying a book at the airport as a reprieve from thinking and plotting and organizing and other activities of scholarship. I think then it was Kindred by Octavia Butler. This time I agonized for so long in the store the worker invited me to sit down if I wanted. Eventually I settled on Bossypants, I think because it was so far from the theory I should have been reading. I got through almost half of it on the flight home. I also looked at all the pictures of the stars in a glossy mag, in a way I only have any inclination to do while trapped in airports.

September 25, 2012

  • "...he told me he needs a pencil in his hand when he’s thinking."
  • Reminiscing and thinking with a pen in my hand, a highlighter nearby, and switching between a browser and slide software as I prepare for Protest on the Page. Right now I'm across the way from where you can eat a brat and have a pitcher near a full size plexiglass cow (and where Peter Kubelka was amazed by the televisions in the floor), but earlier I was in one of my most absolute preferred study spaces of all time:

September 13, 2012

  • Ker-bloom #97. One of the most beautiful things I have read.

September 4, 2012

  • Glad I'm reading Barthes in class, because I think I digest just about 4% of it. That said, if I wasn't reading for class, I wouldn't be reading so quickly.

August 30, 2012

"...the text is a tissue of citations, resulting from the thousand sources of culture."
--Roland Barthes, The Death of the Author

August 27, 2012

  • Spent the weekend reading some escapist Laura Ingalls Wilder, then started Kirsty Leishman's thesis, "Becoming Zine: The Place of Zines in Australia's Cultural Life," today on the train, near the most still-partying couple ever to be seen by me on the 5 at 8am on a Monday morning.

August 14, 2012

  • "Zines, Half-Lives, and Afterlives: On the Temporalities of Social and Political Change" by Janice Radway, from PMLA, Volume 126, Number 1, January 2011, pp. 140–150

August 13, 2012

  • Skimmed Transformation of American Abolitionism: Fighting Slavery in the Early Republic by Richard Newman on the train, marking pages to photocopy.
  • Also read a bunch of Mimi Thi Nguyen's Punk Planet pieces. For some reason I find it odd to ILL articles from Punk Planet--maybe I feel like I should have the issues, or checking them in at the WHS makes me feel like I have them--but I noticed the catalog records printed on the ILL cover sheets don't know that PP is a dead serial title, and thus maybe all library catalogs still think it's going. sad.

August 10, 2012

  • So great. #1 is something I have been talking a lot about lately, how important it is.
  • Nancy Fraser, "Rethinking the Public Sphere: A Contribution to the Critique of Actually Existing Democracy" from Social Text, 1990. Just what I needed.

August 9, 2012

  • Actively, consciously trying not to read too much. Or to read more carefully. My eyes are bigger than my attention span. The printer has been working overtime. There's just been a lot of reading that could be done lately, lots of distractions from the tough, lonely job of editing and writing and revising and GETTING SHIT DONE.
  • This paragraph from Barbara Fister's latest post, "Metaphorically Speaking" is so great:

August 5, 2012

  • Wishing I could read faster, multiple books at once, and write myself simultaneously. This weekend read more Laura Ingalls Wilder and Intimate Ephemera

August 3, 2012

  • Been appreciating Intimate Ephemera: Reading Young Lives in Australian Zine Culture and more of Open City

August 2, 2012

  • Been reading a bunch, but other things have been keeping me from recording here. Today I enjoyed more of Open City by Teju Cole as I meandered my own trail throughout the metropolis.

July 12, 2012

  • Bailyn's Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, the first chapter of The Myth of Print Culture by Dane, Poletti's Intimate Ephemera, re-reading a litany of other things (Duncombe, Loughran, Piepmeier, etc.) and skimmed Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century

July 3, 2012

  • Returning to my love of the commonplace book, handwritten. But this also makes me want to study and see other commonplace books. Down the rabbit hole.
  • Today (and this whole summer, really,) I'm trying to prioritize my huge reading log and cross off the things that could easily be accomplished. Piles and stacks and lists and notes, some digital and still lost.

July 2, 2012

  • I should never get to complain about anything ever again because I have now entered a stage wherein I can read zines as they come in the mail. Today I found 2 copies of Ker-bloom! #96 and East Village Inky #50 in my work mailbox.
  • When I got home, there was another zine bundle in my own mailbox. Read shortandqueer #16, which has the very best letter from a grandparent in it.
  • Also: that Seinfeld chapter from The Psychic Soviet, to see if I could cite it in my film paper, to talk about NYC.

June 30, 2012

  • I went on an official, real, no responsibilities vacation. I think for the first time ever. In between pedaling, looking at greenery and listening to the ocean I was reckless: I ignored everything I'd brought with or intended and read Patti Smith's Just Kids and then Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) on the train back to civilization.

June 23, 2012

  • Blistering heat + insomnia is good for reading. Breezing through the Bernard Bailyn edited The Press and the American Revolution today, more Dykes to Watch Out For nocturnally.

June 22, 2012

This is the Summer of the Scheme, Summer of the Plot, Summer of Yes. The Summer of Big Projects and Collaborations. The Summer of the What-is-the-date-and-why-does-it-take-me-a-surprising-number-of-many-minutes-to-figure-it-out? It's also the Summer of Writing THREE Papers and the Summer of Don't Fuck With those Precious Research Days.

  • Reading The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For

June 19, 2012

  • Skimmed Material Culture Studies in America on this morning's commute.
  • Been reading some articles about films, finished Rape Revenge Films: A Critical Study (which I found to be a good survey text and review of relevant films, but not that heavy when it came to arguments about the significance thereof), and getting to sleep some nights with help from Laura Ingalls Wilder.

June 13, 2012

  • Reading Alexandra Heller-Nicholas' Rape Revenge Films: A Critical Study, peer-reviewing for the first time ever, and trying to catch up on my rss feeds.

June 6, 2012

  • 5 years to the day that the trip to Brooklyn began. Listening a lot lately (and resting my over-typing left arm)--to Sissy Spacek, stories told live & without notes, and the music of the express train.

June 1, 2012

  • Been reading a little Foucault and also some Laura Ingalls Wilder. Little House on the Prarie is great bedtime reading because it reminds me of being little in a manner I never think about now, and it reminds me of a certain sense of trust that's impossible to have as an adult. And it's also amazing to read about all the prairie skills those folks had. However, it's also completely historically problematic in a way that keeps me from adoring it wholeheartedly.

May 30, 2012

May 29, 2012

  • I have used this reading log as a record of what I've been reading, but today I read the most amazing piece by a Brooklyn College student that I may have, in some tiny, small way, been a part of inspiring, and in this case it feels like a marker of something bigger, the start of something to come.

May 24, 2012

  • Finished The Hobbit. Was surprised by how touching I found the end to be. And am I right that there wasn't a single female character in this book?
  • This post is totally what I'm working on today, as homework, but also I think applies to so many projects when you are starting out. Can you progress if you can't see the shape of the end goals? Maybe I'm thinking too visually, and about process-as-product. But that might always be true.

May 23, 2012

10 years. RIP.

  • Wasn't reading a whole lot earlier this year, was kind of fried, but now I'm reading all kinds of things that aren't necessarily what I should be prioritizing. Bechdel's Are You My Mother? was gulped down last night and into this morning and it was worth putting other things aside.

May 18, 2012

  • After days on antibiotics, I started The Hobbit, mostly because I wished I was out of the house on an adventure, but I've been enjoying it still while I'm back in the land of the living.

May 15, 2012

  • Finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Hope that the Henrietta Lacks Foundation is functioning as well as it's portrayed in this article.

May 14, 2012

Thinking about Wisconsin today

  • Started The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks yesterday, BC's common reading for next fall

May 11, 2012

  • The Big Sleep
  • May 10, 2012

    • The Big Sleep on the train
    • Lots of issues of Doris and Brainscan last night. Here's another great bit from Doris #28:
      "I couldn't figure out what she was asking until I said "well, you grab your gluestick..." and the librarian gasped. Yes. Gluestick + scissors + learn to use the photocopier. Make a few copies. It doesn't have to be a big deal. It doesn't have to be all wrapped up in ego or self-hate. It's not the end of the world. A little bit scary. A little bit exciting and fun."
    • Also, whenever I read Doris now I think about how a student in a zine visit class described how she literally could not stop reading it or put it down, even to participate in the conversation about the zine she was reading and to tell everyone how amazing what she was finding what she was reading. Yes.

    May 9, 2012

    • Been too sick and busy and uninspired to keep up the reading log lately. Read Watchmen yesterday, and some zines today, including Doris #28:
      "I want to make this place a resource as well as a sanctuary. I want to open it up, but not so open that I can't come home and close my eyes. I want to learn how to give without giving too much. I want to teach what I know, and for someone to teach me. To keep learning so I don't give up. to keep thinking so I don't grow bitter."

    April 30, 2012

    • Finished reading Brave New World, just in time for May Day

    April 26, 2012

    • Finished Zone One. This is the kind of book that's so bad in so many ways you want to just go on and write your own, a la Octavia Butler. And yet the zombies kept me reading to the end, not that it was necessarily worth it.

    April 21, 2012

    • Good middle-of-the-night reading, reminding me of 2007 and circles of struggles:
      If you think getting what you want changes your life, you're most likely mistaken; there you are, still, in your same old body, fucking up, getting it right, no telling which. Taking it apart and picking up the pieces. Loving, fighting, still the same. There are only so many plots for our stories. Always the mess of the world around you, getting messier all the time, you in the middle of it, thinking, I just want to be left alone, I just want the people I love to be left alone. I want us to be safe and fed, I want to go to the doctor when I get sick, I want to know we all know we are loved. Is that so much to ask? Not really, if you ask me. We are not asking for
      --The Rejectionist, Monday Night ten pm
    • "What I Saw" by Seth Tobocman

    April 20, 2012

    • Gulped down Americus by MK Reed, which was suggested by a fellow librarian at the Brooklyn Zine Fest last weekend.
    • Also started that zombie novel, Zone One, yesterday. Feels like reading television.

    April 17, 2012

    • The Dew Breaker, a book I saw Kathleen Hanna reading, and many edits and associated articles surrounding the three papers I'm working on.

    April 16, 2012

    On a my own tour of BK today:

    April 12, 2012

    • Krik? Krak! while on the train, and waiting at the pharmacist. At the office I just read a long stream of symptoms off a screen, diagnosing myself a hypochondriac.
    • I stared at the shelf full of Philip K. Dick at the bookstore today. What's good to start with if you have only read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and have a bad flavor from it because of reading it perhaps during one of the worst of bad periods (i.e. I hear the rest of his work is nothing like that and is it true)?

    April 11. 2012

    • Krik? Krak!

    April 10, 2012

    April 9, 2012

    April 3, 2012

    • Assigned reading from Visual Complexity

    March 31, 2012

    • Started Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information by Manuel Lima

    March 29, 2012

    • "Shunned" by Meredith Hall from In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction

    March 21, 2012

    • Broom of the System, blog posts from class

    March 11-20, 2012

    I've been pretty unfocused and undisciplined about lots of things lately, this reading log included. Not reading as much as I have been in past years, less nose to the productivity grindstone. Lots of things are being read, but this spring I'm overall fatigued and a bit depressed and overwhelmed by life in general. Not sure if bringing back some reading log stability is what will help, but I have been reading and thinking and appreciating (as usual). Maybe in the next few days I'll get back into it, but here's a palette cleanser until I figure out more of the parts involved in figuring it out.

    March 7-10, 2012

    • Finished Graphs, Maps and Trees and started DFW's The Broom of the System and read parts of Out Behind the Desk.

    March 6, 2012

    Underground presses cannot survive within capitalist society... they are created only in order to destroy capitalist relations.--Fredy Perlman

  • Gaby Schulz/Ken Dahl's Sick parts 1-21
  • March 3-5, 2012

    • More of Graphs, Maps and Trees
    • My reading has been really scattershot lately: a bit of In Fact: the Best of Creative Nonfiction, posts about DH and gender, and other random bits and pieces.

    March 2, 2012

    • Part one and a bit of part two of Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History by Franco Moretti

    February 27-28, 2012

    • Debates in the Digital Humanities
    • A bit of Reborn, Susan Sontag's journals and notebooks

    February 26, 2012

    • A few zines I picked up at the Feminist Zine Fest, including Words are Not Enough. Read on the train on the way to work and really enjoyed it. Also a zine you need more than one train ride to get through (a good point). Excited to teach my first instruction session on zines at Brooklyn College tomorrow and share the loot from this weekend.

    February 25, 2012

    February 24, 2012

    • Getting notified that I'd been mentioned in this piece today really made me feel great. YOU TOO can feel really wonderful by signing, boycotting and educating about the perils of restrictive and proprietary scholarly publishing!

    February 23. 2012

    • Trying to think constructively about writing, I read a bit of Page by Page, and also looked through a bunch of awesome squatting-related periodicals, cataloging for Interference Archive, one of my favorite collections of all time!

    February 22, 2012

    February 20-21, 2012

    • Finished Planned Obsolescence

    February 19, 2012

    • More of Planned Obsolescence

    February 17-18, 2012

    • Being sick is really getting in the way, but I managed to read a bit more of Planned Obsolescence and finish 1Q84, which I think has at least 300 too many pages and was not worth finishing somehow :(

    February 14-16, 2012

    Amidst fevers and coughs:

    • More of 1Q84, which is weird to read when sick, mostly because in the third book everything is getting pretty repetitive
    • Planned Obsolescence, which I'm really enjoying, as I can, as I recover

    February 14, 2012


    • Still reading Debates, and OA news, and trying to get better quick.

    February 13, 2012

    • What's been happening over at one of my old libraries is pretty amazing to see
    • More of Debates in the Digital Humanities and related homework

    February 7-10, 2012

    • Just 1Q84 on the train.

    February 6, 2012

    • RSS feeds over coffee, especially enjoyed Printeresting this morning
    • Homework: Debates in the Digital Humanities
    • More 1Q84. Since I already ruined Chip Kidd's intention with this thing (took off the slip cover, wrinkled the back binding board in the bath), I am tempted to just slice it into the three books and save my back.

    February 4-5, 2012

    • More of 1Q84. Getting more into the parts that make it obviously Murakami (not that the other parts weren't--just further into the fantasy side of things...)

    February 3, 2012

    • More Murakami, still in small bits.

    February 2, 2012

    • After seeing someone reading the new Murakami on a train platform yesterday (and seeing that they were further along than I am--after a month of reading and not reading it), I lugged it along on my commute.

    February 1, 2012

    • Started LeGuin's Left Hand of Darkness, traveling from work to school.

    January 30, 2012

    • "Pictures will be graded on sincerity and evidence of time spent using up your crayons." (If only all art teachers were this straightforward.)
    • More of The Marriage Plot. Probably will finish it today and look into more Eugenides.

    January 29, 2012

    • The Marriage Plot. Sympathizing with Leonard perhaps too much, from multiple perspectives.

    January 28, 2012

    • More of The Marriage Plot

    January 27, 2012

    • The Marriage Plot

    January 26, 2012

    • Started The Marriage Plot, and am really, almost guiltily enjoying it.
    • Watched this crazy PBS show where they dissect a sperm whale because of just finishing Moby Dick. Although probably not as gory as a whale ship, it's really the real thing--watch out!
    • Realized that Moby Dick is the original Animals Being Dicks:*

    *Or maybe that should be Animals being (Moby) Dicks?... Now somebody's gotta make a GIF...

    January 25, 2012

    • Finished Moby Dick. Wow.

    January 24, 2012

    • Articles and passages for a bibliography
    • Just a bit more of 1Q84

    January 23, 2012

    "To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, through many there be who have tried it."*

    (you couldn't tell our tale on a flea either--working on chapter XVIII)

    January 22, 2011

    • More Melville.

    January 21, 2012

    • Moby Dick on the train. Pulling out the tome made a fellow train traveler jump at the chance to discuss the book (he thought that the first and last 100 pages were amazing, but didn't like the parts in between, and wished me luck with getting through the rest of it. I'm in the 600's and not worried about finishing it, but I am wondering when that damn white whale will show up).
    • "Street Books: Anatomy of a Street Library" zine. Totally amazing! Check out Street Books!
    • This is Why I'll Never be an Adult

    January 19-20, 2012

    • A tiny bit of Moby Dick, but stress city.

    January 18, 2012

    Official reaching-the-limits day. Read things, can't remember what.

    January 17, 2012

    • Moby Dick. This book is grisly, and it leaves me with so many questions about the anatomy of whales. And how Tashtego could have gotten lost inside the head parts. Yikes.

    January 16, 2012

    • Moby Dick
    • Re-reading a bunch of articles, for an annotated bibliography.

    January 15, 2012

    • 1Q84 and Moby Dick
    • Print culture articles.

    January 13, 2012

    • Research and Refworks.

    January 12, 2012

    • Appropriate commute for reading the first whale slaughter in Moby Dick: rainy, cold, awful (but then sun in Midwood).
    • Lots of articles about the (awful) Research Works Act: from the New York Times, LJ, and Maura's post on the ACRLog

    January 11, 2012

    • A book about Access, for the zine collection. Relational databases to the rescue!

    January 10, 2012

    • More of Moby Dick

    January 9, 2012

    • Moby Dick. More than 350 pages in, still no sign of that white whale.

    January 8, 2012

    • A bit of 1Q84.

    January 7, 2012

    January 6, 2012

    • 1Q84 after hearing an interview with the director of that new Murakami movie, who doesn't speak the language the actors were speaking in the film and who worked on the screenplay in English with Murakami, before it was then translated into Japanese. Whaaa? I think I'll stick with ink on paper.
    • Some New Yorker fiction podcasts

    January 4, 2012

    • More of Moby Dick. I completely love the part where Melville categorizes the whales by book/printing sizes, listing the largest as Folios, the medium whales as Octavos and the smallest as Duodecimos. Ate that up with a spoon.

    January 3, 2012

    • More of Moby Dick. I suspect a lot of entries this month will be just this.
    • Zines and Copyright Issues zine by Jude Vachon. Totally exciting/useful/educational zine.
    • A few zines donated by Robyn Jordan, Wittgenstein, and a few other zines.

    January 2, 2012

    • More Melville
    • A tiny bit of Bulfinch's Mythology

    January 1, 2012

    • Moby Dick. I like the short chapters, illustrations, and the fact that you can easily put this book down and pick it up again, no problem.

    More Pages than Ever Before: 2011 Reading Log

    I didn't meet my goal for increasing the overall number of books in 2011. I'd set it high, at 65. But I did read one more book than I had in the last two years--52 instead of 51--and this year was also a LARGE book year: the number of pages that goodreads tells me I read in 2011 vastly outnumbers any previous year in which I kept track.

    Most of the books on the list that aren't novels are because of grad school. There were also a number of books I am still half way through (a lot of cyberculture and ebook-related things) that I suspect I'll finish in 2012, and two huge novels I just started (Moby Dick and 1Q84).

    Anyhow, here's the list! Especially recommended books are starred as usual. Happy 2012!

    December 21-29, 2011

    • Read a lot of misc. away-from-school-and-work things:
    • Started Moby Dick
    • Read V for Vendetta
    • Also read all of the first volume of Lynda Barry's Blabber Blabber Blabber
    • and started, in short bursts, Bulfinch's Mythology

    December 20, 2011

    • Best American Comics 2011

    December 19, 2011

    • Finished Mockingjay. Not sure how I feel about the end.
    • Pre-cataloging zines, finally took a good look at Excitement and Adventure--what an amazing zine--it totally does all the things a zine should: delight you in its construction, provide an avenue for an obsession and share some intriguing info. It has pockets and inserts and trading cards!

    December 18, 2011

    December 17, 2011

    • Finished Catching Fire, started Mockingjay.

    December 16, 2011

    • 1Q84 on the train.
    • Catching Fire at my desk in a moment of what feels like complete and utter demoralization, even after the relief of the semester's end. :(

    December 15, 2011

    • Even though the semester, my paper and my prep for the presentation was not 100% done at 7am this morning, I started Hunger Games anyway.
    • It's true what they say about this book. Finished it within 24 hours.

    December 14, 2011

    • A bit more 1Q84

    December 12-13, 2011

    • Re-reading Scott and Bourdieu for final projects.
    • Started 1Q84 by Murakami last night, just a few pages. Love the Chip Kidd design and the amazing slick paper, but my wrists are already aching from the weight of this thing.

    December 11, 2011

    • Re-read parts of McGill, reviews, and prep for another talk.

    December 10, 2011

    • A few reviews of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting

    December 9, 2011

    • Finished American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting

    December 8, 2011

    • More of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting
    • POSSESSION !!!

    December 7, 2011

    • Occupy Periodicals, a great blog post by Karen Gisonny
    • More of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853, which I am appreciating for its approach: investigating copyright discourses (surrounding reprinting and international copyright law) in the US instead of deterministically tracing what came to be
    • A few things from a Sandy mailing: People's Libraries and a few other articles

    December 5-6, 2011

    • More of Flower's Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement
    • McGill's American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853

    December 2-4, 2011

    • A bit of Flower and more of Biblioball and The Borough is My Library (more info to come on that).

    December 1, 2011

    • Started Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement by Linda Flower on the trains, which seem out of whack (more than usual) lately

    November 30, 2011

    • Finished plowing through The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World. Even though I think there is some, this semester has me really searching for the people's history in book history.
    • Started Meredith McGill's American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853, which I've been looking forward to all semester

    November 29, 2011

    • Re-read my notes and marginalia from Stuckey's The Violence of Literacy:

      The overriding term for literacy in economic or labor studies is "information," and the terms by which information is discussed tend to describe it as a uniform, prepackaged product, much like any product that rolls of an assembly line (12).
    • More of The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World.

    November 28, 2011

    • The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World

    November 26-27, 2011

    Junot Diaz: “Eventually everything I have gets read. But naturally I buy more than I can read, so there is always at least a hundred-book margin between what I own and what I’ve read. What’s cool is that I’ve caught up a couple of times, and this year I intend to catch up again. But then I’ll buy too much and the race starts again.”

    • More of The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World

    November 22-25, 2011

    • A little homework, but mostly making The Borough is My Library #3, and pies.

    November 21, 2011

    • Finished The Violence of Literacy, which felt like it blew open a new space in which to think about education and libraries.

      Literacy, like communication, is a matter of access, a matter of opportunity, a matter of economic security--a total matter...

    November 20, 2011

    • The Violence of Literacy

    November 19, 2011

    • The Violence of Literacy

    November 18, 2011

    • The Violence of Literacy

    November 17, 2011

    The People's Library is now mobile!

    • The Violence of Literacy
    • All the information I could get while not being able to take part in the Day of Action.

    November 16, 2011

    • More of The Violence of Literacy
    • Jessa's blog post. I agree: How can we help with the info needs?

    November 15, 2011

    • Bits about the fate of the People's Library and #ows as it developed. No library is "safely stored" when kept from its readers.
    • Re-read chapter 8 of Distinction
    • More chapters of The Violence of Literacy

    November 14, 2011

    • Skimmed through The Mind of a Patriot: Patrick Henry and the World of Ideas, mostly interested in the parts about personal libraries
    • Re-read "Cultural Capital: Allusions, Gaps and Glissandos in Recent Theoretical Developments" by Lamont and Lareau
    • Started The Violence of Literacy by J. Elspeth Stuckey
    • Read the introduction and started the chapter on piracy in The Enlightenment and the Book by Richard Sher

    November 13, 2011

    • Bits of The Mind of a Patriot: Patrick Henry and the World of Ideas, by Kevin J. Hayes

    November 12, 2011

    • "The 'Cooling-Out' Function in Higher Education," by Burton R. Clark
    • "Atlantic Slavery, Atlantic Freedom: George Washington, Slavery, and Transatlantic Abolitionist Networks," by Francois Furstenberg

    November 11, 2011

    • It Came from Kuchar, about two of the very best filmmakers of all time.
    • I was really digging the beginning of this piece that I stumbled upon by Jonathan Lethem (one of the first things I've read in a long while that hasn't been homework or research). . .

    November 10, 2011

    • "Cultural Capital: Allusions, Gaps and Glissandos in Recent Theoretical Developments" by Lamont and Lareau

    November 9. 2011

    • A couple of blog posts
    • xeroxed chapters of Anne Lareau's Unequal Childhoods
    • finished Reading Women

    November 8, 2011

    • Just Bourdieu. Ouch.

    November 5-7, 2011

    • Reading Women: Literacy, Authorship, and Culture in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800
    • Language and Symbolic Power and Distinction.

    November 4, 2011

    • Reading Women: Literacy, Authorship, and Culture in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800
    • Bourdieu: Language and Symbolic Power and Distinction.
    • My reading list got quantified today--that's how out of control it is.

    November 3, 2011

    • Started Reading Women: Literacy, Authorship, and Culture in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800
    • Toes Caked in Cake and Blood and Grape, the latest IPRC Zine of the Month, by Thom May

    November 2, 2011

    • "The State of the Discipline: The Politics of Print: The Historiography of the Book in Early Spanish America," by Hortensia Calvo
    • "Monastic Libraries and Early Printing in Sixteenth-Century Spanish America," by Antonio Rodriguez-Buckingham
    • "The Diffusion of Books and Ideas in Colonial Peru: A Study of Private Libraries in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries," by Teodoro Hampe-Martinez

    October 31, 2011

    • More Bourdieu
    • Getting Things Done by Edwin C. Bliss. This book is good for a laugh, esp. the chapter on "Information Overload" and all the obsessive parts about emptying your (physical) inbox and de-cluttering.

    October 28-30, 2011

    • Started Language and Symbolic Power by Bourdieu
    • Nicolas Kanellos' "Jose Alvarez de Toledo y Dubois and the Origins of Hispanic Publishing in the Early American Republic" (so glad to jump the pond finally and chronologically in this book history class)

    October 26, 2011

    • Finished Inscription and Erasure, which I enjoyed very much. Chartier ends on a nice quote by Borges: “A book is not an isolated entity; it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships" (143).

    October 25, 2011

    • Finished Domination and the Arts of Resistance, which I enjoyed very much.
    • Inscription and Erasure

    October 24, 2011

    • Domination and the Arts of Resistance

    October 23, 2011

    • Domination and the Arts of Resistance

    October 22, 2011

    • Domination and the Arts of Resistance, working on Chp. 5 still on the train this morning. The footnotes in this book are fantastic; circling lots of citations for a future when I have time to do lots of exploratory reading in labor and anthropology.
    • Barbara Fister does it again: "Occupy Knowledge: It's Ours, After All"

    October 21, 2011

    • Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts
    • Began Inscription and Erasure: Literature and Written Culture from the Eleventh to the Eighteenth Century by Roger Chartier

    October 20, 2011

    • Lots of teaching today, not much reading.

    October 19, 2011

    • The Business of Enlightenment

    October 18, 2011

    • Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts
    • More Darnton too

    October 17, 2011

    • Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts

    October 16, 2011

    • Scott's Domination and the Arts of Resistance

    October 15, 2011

    • A tiny bit more of The Business of Enlightenment

    October 14, 2011

    • A tiny bit of Robert Darnton's The Business of Enlightenment, while waiting for talks to start at MobilityShifts

    October 13, 2011

    • At MobilityShifts: John Willinsky on Open Access and specifically scholarly publishing
    • Lots of talk about ebooks and proprietary systems of downloading and reading at a Coutts ebook presentation for the LACUNY Collection Development Roundtable Fall meeting

    October 12, 2011

    • Finished The Nature of the Book, as best as I can skim the hundreds of pages of it.

    October 11, 2011

    • More of Street's Literacy in Theory and Practice
    • Finished Ngugi's Decolonising the Mind
    • "Why Johnny Can't Read"
    • "Limits of the Local: Expanding Perspectives on Literacy as a Social Practice" by Brandt and Clinton
    • "Literacy and Ideology" by Auerbach

    October 10, 2011

    • A lot of The Nature of the Book and Literacy in Theory and Practice

    October 9, 2011

    • Decolonizing the Mind

    October 8, 2011

    • More The Nature of the Book

    October 7, 2011

    • The Nature of the Book
    • Jenna's latest LESL on the way home from OWSL

    October 3, 2011

    October 2, 2011

    • Recent zine collection donations: Twinks for Sale and Homos in Herstory by Elvis Bakaitis.

    October 1, 2011

    • The Nature of the Book on the shuttle bus

    September 30, 2011

    • Re-read the book chapter I'm working on & finished another draft. Also read bits and pieces from my two favorite independent Brooklyn archives/libraries: Reanimation and Interference.

    September 28-29, 2011

    • Nature of the Book

    September 27, 2011

    • The Nature of the Book on the train, with a LOOP pencil for underlining.
    • I really like to see (and read about) workspaces, and Kidd was one of the best speakers I saw when I worked at Pratt. He even got me to start to try to do crossword puzzles so that my brain won't turn to ooze when I get old.

    September 26, 2011

    • Editing and writing, and a tiny bit of The Nature of the Book

    September 24, 2011

    • More Hirsch, on the train.

    September 23, 2011

    • First chapter of Hirsch's Cultural Literacy, which raises all kinds of questions: are there "truths," is there "history," or "cultural" terms and concepts that everyone (who wants to take part in "culture"--and what kind of culture?) should know??? Does recognizing references to Shakespeare make you more culturally rich, or just a member of the ruling/educated/literate class?
    • Not Sold (Yet) on Ebooks

    September 22, 2011

    • Started Adrian John's The Nature of the Book, which, after Eisenstein, feels like a breath of fresh air.

    September 21, 2011

    September 20, 2011

    • Re-read Susan Kates, "Literacy, Voting Rights, and Citizenship Schools in the South, 1957-1970" and "Ideology and Rhetorical Instruction: Brookwood Labor College" without being in a hurry and appreciated it a lot more...
    • Also went back through Leslie Howsam's Old Books and New Histories: An Orientation to Studies in Book and Print Culture, because sometimes reading on the train without a bookmark means you have no idea what you read

    September 18, 2011

    • Eisenstein

    September 17, 2011

    • Eisenstein.

    September 16, 2011

    • Resnick and Resnick, "The Nature of Literacy: An Historical Exploration" from Harvard Educational Review
    • This piece, remembering iron pours past and old radiators...
    • More Eisenstein
    • Optic Nerve #12

    September 15, 2011

    • A great panel on Brother, I'm Dying put on by the Wolfe Institute at Brooklyn College
    • Eisenstein on the train

    September 14, 2011

    • We lost our family dog in the last year, and what Alison Piepmeier writes about Benya reminded me of Charlie--he too was amazingly sweet and gentle. RIP.
    • Jack Goody, Ian Watt: "The Consequences of History," from Literacy in Traditional Societies
    • Walter J. Ong, "Writing is a Technology that Restructures Thought," from The Written Word: Literacy in Transition
    • Shirley Brice Heath, "Protean Shapes in Literacy Events: Ever-Shifting Oral and Literate Traditions," from Spoken and Written Language: Exploring Orality and Literacy

    September 13, 2011

    • Paulo Friere, "The Adult Literacy Process as Cultural Action for Freedom" (again), and "Education and Conscientização"
    • Susan Kates, "Literacy, Voting Rights, and Citizenship Schools in the South, 1957-1970" and "Ideology and Rhetorical Instruction: Brookwood Labor College"
    • Deborah Brandt, "Sponsors of Literacy"

    September 12, 2011

    • Homework over beer, then covers of Sabbath at the Bell House.

    September 11, 2011

    • More Freire, and work, work, work.

    September 10, 2011

    • More Eisenstein
    • Lorde's "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House" (mostly while waiting in line for a sandwich)
    • Paulo Freire, "The Adult Literacy Process as Cultural Action for Freedom" Harvard Educational Review, 1998.

    September 9, 2011

    September 8, 2011

    • More of the Eisenstein book, on the train

    September 7, 2011

    September 6, 2011

    • Roger Chartier, "'The Order of Books' Revisited," from Modern Intellectual History
    • Peter Burke, "'A Social History of Books' Revisited," from Modern Intellectual History
    • David D. Hall, "What Was the History of the Book? A Response," from Modern Intellectual History
    • David D. Hall, "Afterword," from Early American Studies
    • Joan Shelley Rubin, "What is the History of the History of Books?" from The Journal of American History

    September 5, 2011

    • Harvey J. Graff, "The Moral Bases of Literacy," from The Literacy Myth
    • Graff, "The Nineteenth-Century Origins of Our Times," from The Legacies of Literacy
    • Thomas Toon, "The Uses of Literacy in Anglo-Saxon England," from Literacy: Interdisciplinary Conversations
    • Mary Louise Pratt, "Arts of the Contact Zone," from Profession
    • Bill Bell, "Symposium: What was the History of the Book? Introduction," from Modern Intellectual History
    • Robert Darnton, "What is the History of Books?" from Daedalus
    • Darnton, "'What is the History of Books?' Revisited," from Modern Intellectual History
    • More of Old Books and New Histories: An Orientation to Studies in Book and Print Culture

    September 3-4, 2011

    • Homework:

    September 2, 2011

    • Skimmed through a stack of great zine donations (now that the zine interns have gone!): Figure 8, Doris, Non/Monogamy, Sowing and Dawning, Chapter 3: Springtime was Beautiful and it's Hot Now

    September 1, 2011

    August 31, 2011

    • Finished Girls to the Front

    August 30, 2011

    • Girls to the Front

    August 29, 2011

    August 28, 2011

    • Chris Atton, "The Librarian as Ethnographer: Notes Toward a Strategy for the Exploitation of Cultural Collections," a great article.
    • A bit of Girls to the Front

    August 27, 2011

    • Fence! a GPL-licensed board game which is free to modify and redistribute, which we helped our friends to update through 4 games awaiting a hurricane.

    August 24-25, 2011

    • Orientation is in full swing, and I think I read less in the last two days than all summer long--welcome to Fall 2011!

    August 23, 2011

    • Finished On Edge

    August 22, 2011

    • This has been a morning. Even forgot my book. Listened to The New Yorker fiction podcast instead. Not the same somehow.
    • Some of The Doris Encyclopedia
    • Madame X

    August 21, 2011

    • Finished Brother, I'm Dying, a beautiful book:
      There were words that both my father and I wanted to exchange but never did... No matter what the reason, we have always been equally paralyzed by the fear of breaking each other's heart.
    • Started On Edge, by Barbara Fister. One train ride and already 50 pages in.
    • Also FINALLY finshed Code 2.0. It's hard to read a book about "cyberspace," the internet, written (originally) so long ago.

    August 20, 2011

    • Finished Dune; lots of action at the end!
    • Started Brother, I'm Dying, the Brooklyn College Common Reading Book for 2011

    August 19, 2011

    • More Dune

    August 18, 2011

    August 17, 2011

    • More Dune, and my own work: editing, re-working, revising.

    August 15, 2011

    August 13-14, 2011

    • Dune, and a few zines: Go For Broke #2, The Ken Chronicles #17, and Polvo #1.

    August 10, 2011

    • Making my own whats-left-of-the-summer reading/project syllabus
    • I really appreciate working in a library with a team of "yes, and..." folks.
    • A bit of Code 2.0 by Lessig and Content by Doctorow

    August 9, 2011

    • More Dune

    August 8, 2011

    • Dune on the train, wishing I'd ridden instead

    August 6-7, 2011

    • This weekend was steeped in print, but I didn't do much reading. From helping with an inspiring archive project, talking about the Great Speckled Bird and almost reading some of Dune on the beach (but instead just got a bit sunburned and beaten up by giant ocean waves; salt water swallowed).

    August 5, 2011

    • Browsed through Behind the Zines. Not sure I can like these kinds of art zines...
    • re-read Firebrands, an issue of Candy or Medicine, and 398 zine
    • Girls to the Front

    August 4, 2011

    August 3, 2011

    August 2, 2011

    August 1, 2011

    July 31, 2011

    July 30, 2011

    • A bit of Through the Cracks

    July 29, 2011

    • Finished State of Wonder, a wonderful book
    • Started the sequel to In the Wind, called Through the Cracks
    • This movie

    July 28, 2011

    July 27, 2011

    • We led a webinar today, so not much reading, but Bridesmaids afterward since we both had the day off.

    July 26, 2011

    • State of Wonder
    • I think that this is completely great

    July 25, 2011

    • State of Wonder on the morning commute
    • Maura Smale's post, Stranger than Fiction. The first comment got me thinking: is INTENDING to share/release a crime?
    • Roseanne Barr on Democracy Now!

    July 24, 2011

    July 23, 2011

    • Finished In the Wind, which I recommend
    • Code 2.0

    July 22, 2011

    • Code 2.0
    • In the Wind

    July 21, 2011

    Images in support of Aaron Swartz, from Derecho a Leer.


    July 20, 2011

    July 19, 2011

    • In the Wind
    • Realia, issues 1 & 2
    • This article.

    July 18, 2011

    • In the Wind

    July 17, 2011

    • A little more of In the Wind
    • Some of Nina Paley's recent posts about culture and freedom.
    • Code 2.0. Lessig and I really do not agree about identification on the internet and regulation.
    • I also keep reading the first chapter of Dune over and over...

    July 16, 2011

    • Started Barbara Fister's In the Wind. I haven't read much in the way of mysteries, so I am really intrigued by this one.

    July 15, 2011

    • This museum-y short about Making Manuscripts.
    • Code 2.0 by Lessig
    • Finished Little Brother. The first book I've ever read entirely on a screen.
    • Scenes from an Impending Marriage. It's weird to think that when you get to be a big-time comic artist even your wedding favors get published and read by complete strangers.

    July 14, 2011

    • Little Brother
    • This post. And no, I am not signing up for any new social networking sites run by Big Brother.

    July 13, 2011

    • Finished Freedom. Reading this felt like some kind of marathon reading exercise.

    July 12, 2011

    July 11, 2011

    • Freedom. I think the second half is not as good, but I don't know why.

    June 7-10, 2011

    • Many pages of Freedom, but haven't finished it yet (close!).
    • A few zine librarian zines, mostly those by John Stevens.

    July 6, 2011

    • Freedom. This book is like water, a all-in-one-sitting kind of thing. Despite the fact it's huge and hard to hold up with one hand while hanging onto the train with the other.

    July 5, 2011

    • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. Which keeps making me get that Richie Havens song in my head.

    July 4, 2011

    • Little Brother

    July 3, 2011

    • More Little Brother, including the few pages about cryptography out loud.

    July 2, 2011

    • Little Brother

    July 1, 2011

    • X'ed Out by Charles Burns
    • More of Little Brother

    June 30, 2011

    I can't believe this is the last day of June.

    • Finished The Handmaid's Tale. This is a weird book.
    • A page or two of Ann Patchett's new State of Wonder

    June 29, 2011

    June 28, 2011

    • More of Radical Teacher #90, (I'd wanted to indulge in some fiction, but I checked out a Murakami book I'd already read.)
    • Started Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

    June 27, 2011

    • Radical Teacher #90
    • Little Brother

    June 26, 2011

    June 25, 2011

    • Rebecca Solnit's Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics

    June 24, 2011

    • I'm having a day when I am sad I already read all of Octavia Butler's work: since no deadlines are looming too close, I could read whatever I choose. The Beach Beneath the Street wasn't quite doing the things I want it to do; it felt too much like homework. So here are a few great bits from Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost as I try to decide what to read today:

    June 23, 2011

    • McKenzie Wark's The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International
    • Browsed Critical Theory for Library and Information Science: Exploring the Social from Across Disciplines
    • Jessamyn's 2011 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit talk

    June 22, 2011

    • Revising until I couldn't revise any more. Once I handed the draft in, I took a break. Didn't have a book on the train: odd feeling.

    June 21, 2011

    • Angels in America's very last scenes.

    June 20, 2011

    • A Field Guide to Getting Lost
    • "In Praise of Not Knowing," which is really interesting when contemplated in regard to imagined communities (and when thinking of the differences imagined, rather than networked) and the underground of youth, and discovering things that no one you know knows about.

    June 19, 2011

    • More restructuring and citation revising...
    • The more holidays I experience the more I dislike them. But I'm glad I read Laura's post, "On Father's Day." It made me feel a bit at home in my discomfort.
    • A few more pages of Angels in America

    June 18, 2011

    • Revising, reading, and re-reading. Pulled out a lot of things from the zine articles backfiles.

    June 16, 2011

    • More of Piepmeier's Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism
    • Parts of The Generation X Librarian: Essays on Leadership, Technology, Pop Culture, Social Responsibility and Professional Identity

    June 15, 2011

    • Librarian zines.
    • Random re-reading and revising.

    June 14, 2011

    • This post that Biella linked to with writing advice. I liked:
      There’s no such thing as too much time spent. As you well know, a great book can last forever. A great book can change a person’s life. A mediocre book is just commerce.
    • Some zine reading:
      • Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture by Stephen Duncombe

    June 13, 2011

    • Out of commission with a terrible cold. Read a bit of A Wrinkle in Time after a coughing fit woke me up last night, since I can't really remember if it is the book I thought a teacher read to us in 4th grade or not (still can't decide, but I may not figure it out because I'm not really liking it that much).

    June 11, 2011

    • A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Although this time, I wasn't exploring, I was acting as a local, circumnavigating the G shuttle and not caring that the A went over the F line temporarily, surrounded by all kinds of visitors.

    June 10, 2011

    • emails. catching up.

    June 1-9, 2011

    • Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Perfect read for traveling.
    • A bit of Smoking Typewriters, which I couldn't pick back up after the motion sickness.

    May 31, 2011

    May 30, 2011

    May 29, 2011

    • Working on another writing deadline. Watched this on a break. Continues my perpetual interest in seeing how material objects are made.

    May 28, 2011

    • Lots of articles on ebooks, the internet, free culture, DRM

    May 26, 2011

    May 25, 2011

    • Brooklyn College Faculty Day. Presented, attended and felt summer almost beginning to start.

    May 24, 2011

    May 23, 2011

    May 21-22, 2011

    • After the rapture, I continued reading Viral Spiral, which I've been enjoying. Here's an interesting bit from page 58:
      • The American Library Association was the largest and bestfunded advocate on copyright issues in the 1990s, but its collaborations with other Washington allies tended to be modest, and its grassroots mobilization disappointing.

    May 19-20, 2011

    May 18, 2011

    • Code 2.0 by Lessig

    May 17, 2011

    • Code 2.0 by Lessig. I also went to a few local bookstores today looking for my own copy of this book. Why are books about both culture and technology so difficult to locate in bookstores? Or am I just too used to libraries?

    May 16, 2011

    • Crunch time. Listening to getting things done music, trying to write it all out.
    • "Beware Online 'Filter Bubbles'" What Pariser is referring to as "filter bubbles" is a phenomenon that I try to at least mention every time I teach and talk about finding information on the internet. I don't think I do this as well as Eli Pariser (nor do I ever have enough time to do so), but now I can suggest his new book to interested students.
    • "A Fake Solution to a Real Problem" I agree that the proposed changes (and vote) feel very fast and forced.

    May 15, 2011

    May 13, 2011

    • Men, Women, and Chainsaws
    • Having been in school for a number of things that perplex people over the years (art school, library school, liberal/cultural/American/print studies) I appreciate this video for its excitement about librarianship, but also for the way that it shows the struggle that education can be (even when, apparently, your parents are footing the bill)

    May 12, 2011

    • Angels in America

    May 11, 2011

    • Angels in America
    • I guess I want to be a Revolutionary!
    • Radway on zines, over lunch. Always almost too good to read. I usually stop 1/2 way through her pieces, which is unusual for me. There's just too much she opens up that has to be contemplated before going on.
    • I like seeing tools that (are usually not seen and) are used to make art. This little video makes mundane materials seem very powerful. Full of potential.

    May 10, 2011

    • Angels in America

    May 9, 2011

    • Readings related to Ms.45, Abel Ferrara, rape/revenge and NYC vigilante films.

    May 8, 2011

    • Skimmed Lessig's Code 2.0 outside under the trees, dropping blossoms, on my lunch break near the lily pond. There was a really crabby looking big turtle out there today.

    May 7, 2011

    • I didn't ride my bike today in order to catch up on some more reading for papers: on revenge/avenger/females and horror/films.

    May 6, 2011

    Cinco de Mayo, 2011

    May 4, 2011

    May 2-3, 2011

    • Spring break came waaaaay too late this year. I'm ready for summer vacation, not the final push of reading and writing. That said, in the last few days I read a bunch of things about media and technology, and about Ms.45, but I still felt like I'd rather be riding my bike, or on a beach.
    • I also listened to "Compensation, Access, and Theft: Copyright in the 21st Century" a panel that I was sad I had to miss.

    May 1, 2011

    Happy May Day!

    April 30, 2011

    April 29, 2011

    • Film homework: Taxi Driver, The Brave One, and Death Wish today, in comparison to Ms.45 which I re-watched earlier this week.

    April 28, 2011

    • After seeing Low for the fourth time last night, I can't stop listening to them and thinking about how utterly amazing they are. This morning I watched/listened to the documentary about them, You May Need A Murderer. Is there a finer band from Minnesota, or anywhere?

    April 27, 2011

    • "Problematizing Patron-Driven Acquisitions" by Barbara Fister
    • "Violence, Pornography, and Voyeurism as Transgression in Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho" by Vartan P. Messier
    • 2 articles about Do the Right Thing and 2 more about American Psycho for class

    April 26, 2011

    • Intro and Chp. 1 of The New Avengers: Feminism, Femininity, and the Rape-Revenge Cycle by Jacinda Read

    April 25, 2011

    • Men, Women and Chainsaws
    • "Feminist Frameworks for Horror Films" by Cynthia A. Freeland

    April 22, 2011

    April 21, 2011

    • Men, Women and Chainsaws
    • Zines at work (working on the collection!)
    • I blame a childhood of watching Mr. Rogers after lunch for being a total sucker for videos like this.

    April 20, 2011

    • My subway reading has been digitized, with help from a couple of apps for internet content and a reading device...
    • Skimmed more of Doctorow's Content as well as a few things about internet/culture/copyright
    • A few Brooklyn zines: Adventures of the Swamp Yankee: Snowpocalypse 2011 and Brooklyn!
    • Catching up from ACRL2011:

    April 19, 2011

    • Sandy clippings: "Women Under the Budget Knife" by Katha Pollitt from The Nation, among other things.
    • "Is Sugar Toxic?"

    April 17-18, 2011

    • Flight sites, ereader sites, cc-licensed ebooks, and other personal misc.

    April 16, 2011

    • Men, Women and Chainsaws
    • "Cult Films, Commentary Tracks and Censorious Critics: An Interview with John Bloom" by Gary Crowdus, Cineaste Summer 2003.

    April 15, 2011

    • I'm editing today, and found this Peattie quote struck at many of the things I'm working on now:
      • "You can always say “Let them subscribe at home, or buy them in the street; I have a job to protect;” and we cannot tell you to sacrifice your career. But consider, also, that the duty of a librarian is to increase the flow of information, not to impede it, and that self-censorship is the most dangerous form of censorship." (from A Passage to Dissent)

    April 14, 2011

    • Free Culture, on the train.

    April 13, 2011

    • This article, which makes me really unhappy for all kinds of reasons.
    • Part of a book about Abel Ferrara.

    April 12, 2011

    • Megan L. Benton, "The Book as Art" from A Companion to the History of the Book

    April 11, 2011

    • The Swimmer and a few other things on my listening device, at the laundromat, with images of Divorce Court.
    • Started Angels in America, the last book of the semester (in one class)!

    April 10, 2011

    • Finished American Psycho. I don't think I needed to be any more creeped out by consumerism and emptiness, but I am after finishing this.
    • Chicago citation style info, and conversion from MLA...
    • Homework articles--Warhol films, Solanis, and Gutenberg parenthesis

    April 9, 2011

    • American Psycho

    April 8, 2011

    April 6-7, 2011

    • American Psycho
    • Was blown away by Rosemary Coombe and her study of "MICOs" and IP

    April 5, 2011

    • More American Psycho. Today I'm thinking about Patrick Bateman in relationship to Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver, a film that we just talked about in class. Both of their stories--or the stories of their unraveling--seem so similarly inevitable somehow, and tied to such a vacuous and isolated perspective of life, and NYC.

    April 4, 2011

    • American Psycho, on the train, next to a guy in an expensive suit, with hair grease. Pretty creepy.

    April 3, 2011

    • Started American Psycho for class

    March 28-April 2, 2011

    • Absolutely nothing but prep for our ACRL talk...

    March 22-27, 2011

    ACRL prep has utterly taken over my life. Here's what I can remember reading in the last few days:

    March 21, 2011

    • Last Exit to Brooklyn

    March 19-20, 2011

    • Last Exit to Brooklyn
    • EULAs. Blech.

    March 18, 2011

    • Last Exit to Brooklyn. Poor Tralala.

    March 16, 2011

    I was really tired today--rest for the eyes with podcasts:

    March 13-15, 2011

    • The Poet in New York by Federico García Lorca
    • "Printed Ephemera" by Michael Harris, from The Oxford Companion to the Book
    • "The Importance of Ephemera" by Martin Andrews, from A Companion to the History of the Book
    • "Materiality" by Bill Brown, from Critical Terms for Media Studies
    • "Writing with Light: Jacob Riis's Ambivalent Exposures" by Christopher Carter
    • "Walking the Ethnic Tightwire: Ethnicity and Dialectic in Jacob Riis' How the Other Half Lives" by Bill Hug

    March 12, 2011

    • Doctorow's Content
    • Riis' How the Other Half Lives. Reminds me of a much earlier Ehrenreich in terms of the coming-down, view-into-another-class qualities

    March 10, 2011

    March 9, 2011

    • (Too many) Posts and tweets about ebooks.
    • Jessamyn's "On the Internet, with the Exploded Text", on the commute home. I really enjoyed reading this piece. Right now I particularly like hearing from others about their writing process;

    March 8, 2011

    • Free Culture

    March 7, 2011

    • Homework:
      • Kate Newell’s “Washington Square’s Virus of Suggestion: Source Texts, Intertexts, and Adaptations,” Literature/Film Quarterly
      • Laurence Raw’s “Reconstructing Henry James: The Heiress,” Literature/Film Quarterly
      • Laurence Raw’s “Rethinking the Costume Drama: Agnieszka Holland’s Washington Square,” Henry James Review
      • More of Free Culture

    March 6, 2011

    • Free Culture by Lessig, on the train. From page 9:
      These modern-day equivalents of the early twentieth-century radio or nineteenth-century railroads are using their power to get the law to protect them against the new, more efficient, more vibrant technology for building culture. They are succeeding in their plan to remake the Internet before the Internet remakes them.

    March 5, 2011

    • "Lending: A Problem Solved" by John Sullivan, for the Free Software Foundation Bulletin.
    • Finished Washington Square. You can tell this book was written as a serial first; it takes soooo long to get to the parts that were obvious all along.
    • Content by Cory Doctorow, for class.

    March 4, 2011

    March 3, 2011

    • Bitch #50
    • Washington Square
      From page 107:
      She only had an idea that if she should be very good, the situation would in some mysterious way improve. To be good she must be patient, outwardly submissive, abstain from judging her father too harshly, and from committing any open act of defiance.
    • Although James looks down on Catherine, I wonder how much this remains the standard for "good" women.

    March 2, 2011

    • Washington Square

    March 1, 2011

    • Henry James' Washington Square
    • "Why Bibliography Matters" by T.H. Howard-Hill
    • Carnival of Souls, for class

    February 28, 2011

    • Tons of things that are popping up about HarperCollins and DRM
    • Low Life
    • From A Companion to the History of the Book: "Periodicals and Periodicity," by James Wald, and "Libraries and the Invention of Information," by Wayne Wiegand

    February 27, 2011

    February 26, 2011

    February 25, 2011

    • Reading more Luc Sante,

    February 24, 2011

    • Started Low Life

    February 23, 2011

    • Lloyd M. Daigrepont's "The Cult of Passion in The Age of Innocence"
    • Charles H. Helmetag's "Re-creating Edith Wharton's New Yorkin Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence

    February 22, 2011

    • Samuel Clemens on copyright. All kinds of bad arguments here (he maintains that his daughters are worthless and therefore must inherit profit from his work, and also that we should abandon the constitution, and have copyrights last forever).
    • Eric Eldred, et al, vs. John D. Ashcroft: dissent by justice Breyer
    • "The Invention of Piracy" chapter from Adrian Johns' book, Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates

    February 21, 2011

    • Eric Eldred, et al, vs. John D. Ashcroft, syllabus and the dissent by justice Stevens
      • Stevens: One must indulge in two untenable assumptions to find support in the equitable argument offered by respondent--

    February 20, 2011

    • "The Rule of the Rich," by Bill Moyers, in The Progressive, as copied and sent to me by Sandy.
      • "Today a fraction of people at the top earns more than the bottom 120 million Americans.
        People say, 'Come on this is the way that it works.'
        No, it's the way the world is made to work."
    • "Obscenity, Censorship and Modernity," by Deana Heath, from A Companion to the History of the Book.

    February 19, 2011

    • The Age of Innocence. Almost done--what will happen?
    • As I am currently obsessed with figuring out how I write, via how others write, and the spacial situation in which this writing takes place, I am totally enamored with this blog; from the desk of...
    • Finished The Age of Innocence, #7 of 2011.

    February 18, 2011

    • I listened to Dr. Gabor Matte this morning on WBAI.
    • The Age of Innocence
    • Because of David Byrne, or because of his stance on the Kindle, I found myself browsing his online journal, which led me to this:

      The Rabbits' Village School, created in 1888, by Walter Potter.

    February 17, 2011

    • The Age of Innocence
    • Today I found Brooklyn College colleague Rosamond S. King's Not-A-Blogs: works that reflect her "interest in communicating with others in meaningful, creative, tactile ways that do not involve the internet." Totally adoring her work.
    • Peep! #16, zine of this month from the IPRC.
    • Sheila Hicks: Weaving as a Metaphor

    February 16, 2011

    • The Age of Innocence. I don't think I ever would have started this book were it not for class. Enjoying it more than I suspected I would.

    February 15, 2011

    • "The History of the Book in America," by Scott E. Casper and Joan Shelley Rubin, from The Oxford Companion to the Book
    • "China" by J.S. Edgren, and "Building a National Literature: The United States 1800-1890" by Robert A. Gross, both from A Companion to the History of the Book

    February 14, 2011

    • "The Information: How the Internet Gets Inside Us" by Adam Gopnik, from the New Yorker, for class
    • A few other articles for class: "The Perils of Literary Profiling," and "Why Innovation Doffs an Old Hat," both from the New York Times

    February 13, 2011

    • Finished that Scientology article.
    • Encryption article in mainstream/non-geek media/talk!
    • Is Killer Coke marketing experimentation responsible for my interest in comics?

    February 12, 2011

    • More of the Scientology article
    • Things from the Readers' Bill of Rights for Digital Books bibliography backlog
    • A little bit of John McMillian's new book, Smoking Typewriters

    February 11, 2011

    • More McLuhan
    • That Scientology article from the New Yorker.

    February 10, 2011

    Interesting to read both of the above on the same day: "Gutenberg made everyone a reader. Xerox makes everyone a publisher."

    February 9, 2011

    • Maggie, A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane
    • Another great video, that makes me wistful for a studio.

    February 8, 2011

    • Lots of Book History readings.

    February 7, 2011

    • "A Dark Episode of Bonanza: Genre, Adaptation, and Historiography in Sleepy Hollow" by Stanley Orr
    • A few short stories, (Cheever, Kincaid and Paley) on the New Yorker Fiction podcast, while doing the laundry.
    • Merrill Schleier’s “The Empire State Building, Working Class Masculinity, and King Kong"
    • Joshua Muravchik’s “Terrorism at the Multiplex"

    February 6, 2011

    • Finished Fledgling
    • I also read Stitches, which was a heartache wrapped up within some of the best graphic novel artwork I have seen. Highly recommended.

    February 5, 2011

    • Fledgling
    • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, for class

    February 4, 2011

    • Fledgling

    February 3, 2011

    • Fledgling. Understatement: Butler got really sexual with this last one!

    February 2, 2011

    • Sleep deprived yet awake, I read Fledgling on the train.
    • Today I also watched the Be Linen Movie. This might be a little naive, but I didn't realize that linen was made from flax. Mostly because I never thought about it before. How lovely.

    February 1, 2011

    • I read Bourdieu, Darnton and more as homework, as well as many versions of a big paper before finally hitting the send button on that email. It's submitted!

    January 30, 2011

    • I'm working on homework already (school starts Tuesday). From the Book History Reader:
      • "What is the History of Books?" by Robert Darnton

    January 29, 2011

    • Finished The Dispossessed. My favorite thing about it was that ultimately it calls for Open Access publishing at the end :)

    January 28, 2011

    • The Dispossessed

    January 27, 2011

    Snow Day!

    • I'm reading through backups, software installations and a great number of other things due to the great hard drive crash of '11.

    January 26, 2011

    • The Dispossessed
    • Skimmed The Library Instruction Cookbook. Although I like instruction sessions ideas/scenarios pared down into 2 pages or less, I thought that the cooking analogies were a bit overbearing at times:

    January 25, 2011

    • I got my first zine-of-the-month today from the IPRC: The Empire Builder. It was sad. I liked it.
    • I also got spam religious ephemera mailed to me from Egypt. I can't really say I read it all, but it did make me feel like I was working at the Wisconsin Historical Society once again. Which is a welcome feeling.
    • The Dispossessed

    January 24, 2011

    “It turns out that America is peopled chiefly by folks trying to figure out what’s happening in America.” --Noel Peattie, Sipapu 1:2

    • Issues of Sipapu; always a pleasure.

    January 23, 2011

    • Happy Roe v. Wade Anniversary! I enjoyed Eric's post about his mom's secret radicalism.
    • I'm also happy to share an anniversary of another kind with someone special today, who has helped me with all kinds of things--like this very website--for many years now. I am continually happy to be the partner of my partner. Happy day, mjg!

    January 22, 2011

    [FSF Associate Member]

    • I became a member of the Free Software Foundation today! You should too!
    • Underground publication articles

    January 21, 2011

    • An issue of Edible Brooklyn
    • The rest of Questioning Library Neutrality
    • A soon to be published article by Jenna
    • The Dispossessed

    January 20, 2011

    I'm pleased with myself today; I woke up early. I did yoga. I worked on my crazily looming project. And I read:

    • A few chapters of The Paper Revolutionaries
    • Underground Classics
    • George Lipsitz's piece, "Who'll Stop the Rain?: Youth Culture, Rock ’n’ Roll, and Social Crises" (I <3 Lipsitz)
    • Ellis' "The Underground Press in America: 1955-1970," which seemed really divorced from "The Movement"
    • A perhaps unpublished piece by Paul Buhle; "The Undergrounds"
    • A few more essays from Questioning Library Neutrality

    January 19, 2011

    • The Dispossessed

    January 18, 2011

    • Toni Samek articles on 60's radical print culture.

    January 17, 2011

    • An appreciated gift, Signal: 01
    • The Dispossessed

    January 14-16, 2011

    • Working and working on this paper. Can it have 2 theses?
    • The Dispossessed

    Januuary 13, 2011

    • I am 100% against pay-per-use and 85% against patron-driven acquisitions (when clicking instead of conversation drives the acquiring). I am so glad that Barbara Fister agrees, and can summarize why these systems are undesirable so well:
      • Supplying books that patrons (or should I say "customers"?) order from a catalog of possibilities alters the fundamental nature of libraries. The library is not a mall where individuals select the goods they plan to consume, like groceries or shoes. It's a commons, a resource for the entire community furnished with books that can be shared amongst ourselves and beyond local boundaries so that, by pooling our library holdings, we all can accommodate the unanticipated and occasional need. Sharing among libraries is something that most ebooks don't allow. And building a collection for the future seems to be a thing of the past.
    • The Dispossessed, which I enjoy more for its commentary, although I find myself re-reading on the train a lot. I'm appreciating gems like:
      • He tried to read an elementary economics text; it bored him past endurance,

    January 12, 2011

    • The Dispossessed on the train.
    • Thank you so much, world, for Lynda Barry:
      • I’ve struggled with depression forever. I mean, I struggle with it. You know, it’s not one of those little cute things like that Zoloft commercial, where they have that little creature, that little jellybean, looking sad. It ain’t like that. It’s more like having swallowed a running chainsaw, and you don’t know what to do or where to turn. [Laughs.]

    January 11, 2011

    • I read "Printed Ephemera" from the Oxford Companion to the Book on the train today.
    • The Dispossessed

    January 10. 2011

    • I'm in a crunch and wanting to write or think about anything that isn't related to what I have to do. I finished folding and inserting into and glue-ing all the copies of BIML #2 that will be made today,

    January 7-9, 2011

    • The Dispossessed
    • Articles, sources, notes for an article.

    January 6, 2011

    • Critical Terms for Media Studies

    January 5, 2011

    • More of the David Cross book. Still ambivalent.
    • Critical Terms for Media Studies, part of the introduction. I'm doing homework before the semester even begins!

    January 4, 2011

    • Part of an article about zombie novels from n+1 magazine.
    • I was going to write that Barbara Fister's "Liberating Knowledge: A Librarian's Manifesto for Change," was the best and most important article that I have read all year about librarianship, but then I remembered that considering it is day 4, that wouldn't be saying much. Anyhow, it's a really crucial piece that captures much of what I feel is broken within libraries today.
      I can't find an electronic copy of the piece, but I emailed Barbara about it since I thought it was odd that such a pointedly critical piece about restrictions to access would be unavailable electronically. If later it is possible, I'll link to it here.
      • The only way the business model can survive is for information to be scarce, an expensive commodity available only to those tho can afford it.
    • Update: Fister very happily helped me locate an electronic copy, and is personally openly archiving her work. Hooray!

    January 3, 2011

    • Parable of the Talents on the train. I didn't want to get to my stop. A post-apocalyptic novel where the most heinous villains are "Christian America"??!

    January 2, 2011

    • Parable of the Talents, perhaps maybe a bit too much. I stayed up way late with the plot twists and turns.

    January 1, 2011

    • Parable of the Talents

    2010 in Books

    Happy 2011! Today also marks the first anniversary of this Reading Log. I didn't make a post each and every day, but I did read a lot. The list only includes monographs, and not all kinds of things I started and didn't finish...

    In 2010, I read more books than I ever have before! I credit Octavia Butler for the high count. Here's the list, with highly recommended books starred.

    December 31, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries. I like that we end up back in NYC at the end of this book, with some familiar groups like Transportation Alternatives.
      • Why people feel that driving a car makes one independent minded is a mystery to me.--I kept thinking about this this last week, cars and buses littered throughout the city...

    December 30, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries. I'm determined to finish this book in 2010, even though I read so little each day!
    • Reading the Romance
    • Letters, including a great one to Sandy from a colleague Dick Lee.
    • Parable of the Talents

    December 29, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries
    • Reading the Romance. Radway's writing is always really inspirational to me, which I need today--got a deadline.

    December 28, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries
    • Critical Library Instruction
    • Parable of the Talents

    December 27, 2010

    • Critical Library Instruction

    December 26, 2010

    • Finished The Parable of the Sower
    • "Steering the Craft: an Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin," by Brittany Shoot, from Bitch, Fall 2010.
    • Bicycle Diaries

    December 25, 2010

    • Parable of the Sower

    December 24, 2010

    • The Parable of the Sower
    • The Night Bookmobile, an appreciated gift. I feel like this Reading Log is my Night Bookmobile...
    • Cookie recipes: Chocolate raspberry from the Veganomicon, and those holiday ones with a kiss on top.

    December 23, 2010

    • The Parable of the Sower
    • Choice cards, zine piles and random articles as I prepare to leave the office for a while...

    December 22, 2010

    • Questioning Library Neutrality
    • "A Troubled Tradition," by David Resnik, because a friend is interested in the problems therein. I am always intimidated by science. Always.
    • The Parable of the Sower

    December 19-21, 2010

    • Trying to finish Blindness for Wednesday when it is due. I think I'll do it--it was a quick read, very visceral but really true and honest also. Which is strange to say about a book that is like The Road, but about blind people. Update: I did it!
    • Jenna's Lower East Side Librarian Winter Solstice Shout Out 2010/Lower East Side Librarian Reading Log 2010.

    Decamber 18, 2010

    • Blindness

    December 17, 2010

    • Blindness
    • "The Librarian as Ethnographer: Notes Towards a Strategy for the Exploitation of Cultural Collections" by Chris Atton--very intriguing for collection development.

    December 16, 2010

    • Critical Library Instruction
    • Blindness

    December 13-15, 2010

    • Been reading NOTHING... just wishing to get over this damn cold.

    December 12, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries. I wasn't kidding about reading just a page/day.
    • Blindness, by José Saramago. His writing is so clear, so crisp. Just what's needed on a rainy December day.

    December 11, 2010

    • A knitting pattern, for secret santa-ing.

    December 10, 2010

    • An issue of The Believer, that I got in my Biblioball freebie bag.

    December 9, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries
    • Shipping and packaging info; sending out a few zines!

    December 8, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries
    • Some Radway on the train

    December 7, 2010

    • Acker, wrapping up my last paper for the semester!

    December 5-6, 2010

    • In Praise of Copying, which a member of the "content industry" could not help telling me was bullshit when he sat at the computer near mine at the Grad Center (gah!).
    • articles about Kathy Acker's work (yes, and copying)

    December 1-4, 2010

    November 30, 2010

    • Kathy Acker interviews and work and discussion, for class.

    November 29, 2010

    Read the Printed Word!

    • More Acker

    November 28, 2010

    • Interviews and articles related to Kathy Acker, for class.

    November 27, 2010

    • Zine-making :)

    November 24-26, 2010

    • What I read was what came out of my squeegee onto the covers of the new Biblioball zine.
    • Recipes. Pies, macaroni, gravy. Almost everything required alcohol.

    November 23, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries
    • Critical Library Instruction
    • Albee in class

    November 22, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries. I read about 2 pages a day.
    • Contributions for the new zine. Also editing, formatting, printing, cutting, pasting, typewritering.

    November 20, 2010

    November 19, 2010

    • An article in the NY Times about killing your own shipped-in "happy" animals/food in NYC. Arg.
    • The labels for about a million cleaning products. Which one is it that will clean year-old screen filler off again? Somehow I remembered buying a bottle of Soft Scrub from a supply list for a serigraphy class in '04 perhaps? It works! Also, convinced that Greased Lightning went out of business and/or never existed, despite its web page. Or at least it doesn't exist in Brooklyn.

    November 18, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries on the train while foraging for art supplies. David Byrne reminds me that the first-ever mall was built in Minnesota. Somehow, that explains everything.

    November 17, 2010

    • Critical Library Instruction
    • Bit of another Kathy Acker book

    November 16, 2010

    • Living for Change
    • Unabashed Librarian, #156

    November 15, 2010

    • I've got too many deadlines, so I thought I would return Grace Lee Boggs' autobiography, Living for Change, which I have had checked out since the summer. But then I started reading it on the train, and it is just as absolutely amazing as she is. Straight-forward, bright, surprising, wonderful. 15 pages in and I think I may reward myself with this on the train for a while.

    November 14, 2010

    • Finished (?) Blood and Guts in High School before 9am today.
    • Because I'm getting ready to write a piece about copyright for my zine, I re-read Nina Paley's post Creative Commons’ Branding Confusion, which I see as essential reading/contemplation for those interested in free culture (as well as Nina's blog overall).
    • Lust for Life, about Kathy Acker, which keeps getting that damn song in my head.

    November 13, 2010

    • I was brave on the train this morning, reading Blood and Guts in High School on my own bench, where anyone could look over and see scandalous genitalia illustrations. I had been putting off reading this on the train, but I figure 8am on a Saturday morning is as good a time as any to bring out some smut, assigned for class.

    November 12, 2010

    • Critical Library Instruction
    • I went browsing at a local comic shop and discovered Denys Wortman. I was blown away. Just look at these illustrations! Fantastic combo of drawings in pencil and old New York. Pretty inspirational for BIML--I'm trying to work out the cover right now.

    November 11, 2010

    • Celebrate People's History
    • Critical Library Instruction

    November 10, 2010

    • Celebrate People's History
    • "Touch, See, Find: Serving Multiple Literacies in the Art and Design Library," by Holly Wilson and Laena McCarthy, from the Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship (that needle in the haystack drawing is the best!)

    November 9, 2010

    • Critical Library Instruction
    • T.S. Eliot
    • Citizen Kane. Why didn't we talk more about capitalism and Welles as the anti-jesus?

    November 8, 2010

    • Critical Library Instruction; I get so many ideas and also a lot of validation from this book. Today was service, something I was just griping about yesterday...
    • Bicycle Diaries (stream of consciousness)
    • Žižek! Live! Although the sound was odd at the verrrry side of stage, where we were (tangential)

    November 7, 2010

    • Critical Library Instruction
    • A guide book about the beats in NYC that friends who are moving away insisted we take. Reminded me of when, in 1999, I used to try to find all the places where Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray lived in Manhattan.

    November 6, 2010

    • Piles of choice cards for collection development
    • Drafts of zine collection documentation!

    November 5, 2010

    • Critical Library Instruction. Shouldn't everyone with an MLS read this?

    November 4, 2010

    November 3, 2010

    • The Dispossessed
    • Bits and pieces of library literature, various serial titles (mostly ads) from 1914-the 70's

    November 2, 2010

    • Dime Novels for class
    • A bit of an article, over lunch, about librarians as tenure-track faculty
    • Two pages of Usula LeGuin's The Dispossessed

    November 1, 2010

    • Dime Novels
    • Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks

    October 31, 2010

    • Dime novels for class.
    • Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks

    October 30, 2010

    • Bicylcle Diaries
    • Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks

    October 29, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries

    October 28, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries

    October 27, 2010

    • Bicycle Diaries
    • Bill Moyers on John Gardner and Common Cause on WBAI
    • Finished Zoo Story and The American Dream

    October 26, 2010

    • I've been reading a tiny bit of Bicycle Diaries each morning when I wake up.
    • I had a really rough evening, and found myself reading ahead for class on the train. Ariel. The idea of reading Plath always frightens me a bit, because I am afraid reading her work will somehow make me as depressed as she was.

    October 25, 2010

    • Dr. Gabor Maté on Democracy Now! as part of their pledge drive.
    • Harriet Jacobs, Mary Rowlandson, Frederick Douglass and Phillis Wheatley for American Studies homework
    • "Tested Teaching" by Toni Samek, photocopied and sent in a Sandy mailing.
    • Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks
    • Bicycle Diaries

    October 23, 2010

    • More Douglass
    • Harriet Jacobs

    October 22, 2010

    • Douglass' Narrative

    October 21, 2010

    • A bit of Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success
    • Bicycle Diaries

    October 20, 2010

    • Today I "read" Sita Sings the Blues, as part of Open Access Week

    October 19, 2010

    • Captivity narratives, for a paper, for homework.
    • Leaves of Grass, also homework.

    October 18, 2010

    • I decided teaching a 9am Monday morning class and giving an Open Access Week presentation in one day warranted the ability to read more non-essential reading on the train. Bicycle Diaries is a wonderfully relaxing read. I especially appreciate the tiny bike that appeared in the very middle of the gutter a few pages in, and since has been traveling around on the right page; it progresses back and forth along the bottom margin, like in a flip book.

    October 16-17, 2010

    • I cheated and skipped any of my homework or more productive reading and traded in a few things for Blood Child and Other Stories at Strand. These short stories are gory!

    October 13-15, 2010

    • Homework, meeting agendas, and an apple pie recipe. Not enough time in a day.

    October 12, 2010

    • Life in the Iron Mills, which left me with an inauthentic aftertaste, although the images of the landscape of the city were bleak and amazing.
    • Selections from Uncle Tom's Cabin. In class we were asked "How much of an Uncle Tom was Uncle Tom?" I found that he was far less of the caricature than I had expected.

    October 11, 2010

    • Finished the Harriet Jacobs first thing this morning.
    • The rest of the day was writing, writing, writing.

    October 10, 2010

    • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    October 9, 2010

    October 8, 2010

    • A bit of Life in the Iron Mills
    • Women and print culture, bits from all over the place

    October 7, 2010

    • Stand-by soup recipe
    • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    October 6, 2010

    • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    October 5, 2010

    • I am in love with everything Justseeds does, but the Judging Books by their Covers series on their blog is utterly and continually wonderful.
    • More homework

    October 4, 2010

    • Declaring Independence. Why are only the parts about Jefferson interesting to me? Because he is such an odd character? And especially here, where it's shown he feigned illness to avoid delivering a speech (the book is an exploration of rhetoric and "declarations"--and whether they were a particularly oral phenomenon in the age of the Declaration of Independence)? Oh, and the 3 pages about the founding fathers' chairs (pgs. 71-73) were great.

    October 2-3, 2010

    • Bits of things about women and print culture.
    • Homework: Declaring Independence

    October 1, 2010

    • Mish-mash; bits and pieces of print culture readings amidst the disturbing onset of a cold.

    September 30, 2010

    • "American Electra: Feminism's Ritual Matricide" by Susan Faludi, since it was sent along in a Sandy packet, photocopied and ready for the train.

    September 29, 2010

    • I wish I hadn't heard this story on NPR this morning. Nationalism, sexism, the "feminization" of men ruining our nationalism and sexism, and golf (white men + money, "yanks," complete with pictures). What the hell?! Almost made me as angry as the National Public Radio coverage of Howard Zinn's passing. Reading some of the comments cheered me up a little bit; maybe we're not stuck in the 1950's. Although "we" doesn't seem to include Frank Deford--whose photo looks straight from the Onion. Tell me this was all a joke. Please.

    September 28, 2010

    • The Moth, on my commute. I am a sucker for a good story.

    September 27, 2010

    • QZAP Updates
    • Women in Print
    • Print Culture in a Diverse America, Wiegand's introduction mostly, which led me to approximately a million other extremely useful pieces.

    September 26, 2010

    September 25, 2010

    • Today was a perfect biking day in Brooklyn. Thus I only browsed the latest issue of Make/Shift; which was great as always.

    September 24, 2010

    • More Declaring Independence, but not much more.
    • New file arrangements. Sorted through piles of papers and recycling. Found random ephemera from back in the day; old photos. Were we ever really like that; how we looked there??

    September 23, 2010

    September 22, 2010

    • RSS lists. Still not really adjusting to using the big, most popular reader.
      • I thought this was nice.

    September 21, 2010

    • "Phillis Wheatley's Construction of Otherness and the Rhetoric of Performed Ideology," by Mary McAleer Balkun. No one in my class really wanted to talk about this article much,

    September 20, 2010

    • Phillis Wheatley, random things for catch-up.

    September 19, 2010

    • More about Butler on the train, a tiny bit of Phillis Wheatley for class, tables lists and graphs of serial subscriptions under review, and a knitting pattern for a soon-to-be person.

    September 18, 2010

    • Reading about Octavia Butler, and interestingly so are some of the students in an English class that I get to lead a library session for later this semester. Nice!

    September 17, 2010

    • I walked all over the LES today where everyone else just wanted to go and read in a coffee shop also.
    • "The Women in Print Movement: History and Implications," by Trysh Travis. At a coffee shop.
    • "Deviant Classics: Pulps and the Making of Lesbian Print Culture," by Stephanie Foote. At the bar with a Bengali Tiger.

    September 16, 2010

    • A grape pie recipe that always comes in handy when the CSA gives us concords.
    • Piles of books and articles; organizing and cleaning. Feel like I haven't been home in weeks, but I have been; just with deadlines.

    September 15, 2010

    • "When I began writing science fiction, when I began writing, heck, I wasn't in any of this stuff I read. The only black people you found were occasional characters or characters who were so feeble-witted that they couldn't manage anything, anyway. I wrote myself in, since I'm me and I'm here and I'm writing." --Octavia Butler, from a 2000 New York Times interview.

    September 14, 2010

    • Started Reading the Romance on the train today because of this weekend, but also due to another project on women+print culture I'm working on. Read it extremely slowly, as Radway really packs every sentence (!).

    September 13, 2010

    • I rewarded myself for the scholarship of this weekend by buying another Octavia Butler at the airport (partially also because I was surprised they had any; although I found Kindred in the regular fiction section and nothing in Sci-Fi, which I think said something). I had enough time in airports and on a really annoying flight to read the ENTIRE book. Phew!

    September 11-12, 2010

    • Talks about reading rather than reading, but just as good because there was classification, fixing, identity, history, intellectual freedom, believing, whooshing, keeping and plenty of other really nourishing print culture thoughts shared.

    September 10, 2010

    • Heard lots of amazing talks at the Print Culture conference, the highlight being Jan Radway's talk in the evening about girl/grrrl zines, which totally blew the lid off of a great deal of zine scholarship, and was fantastic!
    • I got a book all about the history of the WHS at the silent auction, and a book about collecting librariana (which, btw, is one of my favorite words)--score!

    September 6-9, 2010

    • Just prepping for CHPCMA!

    September 5, 2010

    • American Captivity Narratives for class, on the train on the way to and from working on the CHPCMA presentation. Sometimes you just can't read fast enough.

    September 4, 2010

    • More work on the paper!

    September 3, 2010

    September 2, 2010

    • Not much reading, but lots of writing!

    September 1, 2010

    • A truckload of materials from the archives about Jackie Eubanks and the Liberation Library.
    • I listened to Bill Moyers interview Jane Goodall on the way home.
    • Part of my homework, "How Indians Got to be Red," by Nancy Shoemaker.

    August 31, 2010

    • I can not believe it is the last day of August already. Shortest summer break ever!
    • Lots of "alternative-media-turned-corporate-in-the-90s" articles

    August 30, 2010

    • Research, research, research. Counterpoise, zine books, zine guru Dodge, and a mish-mash of other things.

    August 29, 2010

    • Irwin Weintraub, "The Impact of Alternative Presses on Scientific Communication"
    • Dr. John Van Hook, "The Selection of Alternative Materials: Building a Library Collection"

    August 28, 2010

    • Anna H. Perrault, "The Changing Print Resource Base of Academic Libraries in the United States"
    • Angela Brookens and Alan Poulter, "Support for Alternative Publishing by Public Libraries in Scotland"
    • I won the first round.

    August 27, 2010

    Further down the rabbit hole:

    • Daniel C. Tsang, "The Alternative Media: Open Sources on What's Real."
    • Sanford Berman, "Where It's At."

    August 26, 2010

    • First day of "Save the World on Your Own Time: The Rhetorics of Advocacy." We read through a few definitions of rhetoric, and a few examples of advocacy (from 8.5x15 photocopy mash-ups), and then I read "The Cooling Out Function in Higher Education" by Burton R. Clark on the way home--because Ira Shor prints out the readings for us each week.

    August 25, 2010

    • I don't know how, but I always forget just how hectic these first few days of each school year can be. Graduate students were orientated! In a room too small to hold them all!
    • I listened to some of the Fresh Air episode on advertisement surveillance online, and Democracy Now!, and fretted over consumerism on my way home today.

    August 24, 2010

    • Today was Orientation at my campus for undergraduates. I made a zine, copied a zillion handouts, and had fun meeting new students. Which utterly wiped me out for any other reading.

    August 23, 2010

    • Danky, as found in "An Alternative Vision of Librarianship: James Danky and the Sociocultural Politics of Collection Development" by Juris Dilevko in the Dankyfest issue of Library Trends:
      • We check off the books sent on centralized approval plans, replicate the cataloging others have done (frequently without the complete book in hand), and then answer our patrons’ questions with information from commercial databases.
    • Kiss My Filing Indicators

    August 22, 2010

    • A Passage for Dissent: The Best of Sipapu, 1970-1988
      • Noel Peattie on the word Sipapu: “For me, who chanced on the word, only dimly understanding its significance, it’s a personal message… If I have borrowed the term unfairly, at least I made my Sipapu a place of emergence for others: contributors, poets, and raisers of issues...

    August 21, 2010

    • More research. I'm worrying about a deadline.
    • Today was only the classics. And by which I mean Berman, Danky, Samek, Shore.

    August 20, 2010

    • Research, research, organizing pubs, research.

    August 19, 2010

    • How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?
    • radical librarian pubs

    August 18, 2010

    • More of How Does It Feel
    • I listened to an old episode of Fresh Air on my lunch break that was all about a man who studies ants. Did you know the vast majority of ants you ever see are female? I didn't, or I forgot. The nice thing about eating your lunch outside on a beautiful day near a lily pond while listening to a conversation about entomology on your headphones is that you can look down and see some ants while you listen.

    August 17, 2010

    • I listened to the episode of Zinecore Radio with Kathleen Hanna, Johnanna Fateman and Jenna Freedman today over lunch.
    • How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?; Brooklyn College does a program called "Common Reading" where all incoming students read the same book (which I think is awesome). This year's pick is by Brooklyn College faculty member Moustafa Bayoumi.

    August 16, 2010

    • Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in American Librarianship, 1967-1974 by Toni Samek
    • "Permission" vs. Fair Use: Today I was confronted by a security guard about copyright.

    August 15, 2010

    • As much Toni Samek as I could read, and a larger pile of materials for the paper I'm writing...
    • This Book is Overdue!, just the Jenna chapters
    • Naomi Klein, Why Being a Librarian is a Radical Choice. I highlighted all the parts about resisting looming conglomeration and corporatizing:
      Sharing is under siege.

    August 14, 2010

    • Librarian Pubs. Not as many as I should have read.

    August 13, 2010

    • Finished the last 20 pages of Imago first thing this morning.
    • Would have had lots of time to read while waiting 2+ hours for my materials to be paged at NYPL, but I didn't bring anything!

    August 12, 2010

    • Imago. Almost all of it, on a long commute.
    • Tons of radical librarian pubs.

    August 11, 2010

    • Imago. I might have to ration my Octavia Butler intake after this novel, both since I don't want to read them all too quickly and because my reading list is quite long otherwise and these are sneaking in at the top instead of waiting in line...
    • I've also been enjoying the Tiny House Blog lately.
    • A million Choice cards for Economics.

    August 10, 2010

    • Broken Pencil #48
    • Finished Adulthood Rites and moved on to Imago. 500 pages just goes along like nothing with Octavia Butler.
    • Emily Drabinski's publications from her new website.

    August 9, 2010

    August 8, 2010

    • Notes from the last three conferences I attended!

    August 7, 2010

    • She Was a Booklegger: Remembering Celeste West, edited by Toni Samek, Moyra Lang and KR Roberto
    • "When CNN Meant Collectors Network News: The Early Days of the Alternative Press and Libraries," by Elliott Shore (which I really enjoyed--

    August 6, 2010

    August 5, 2010

    • Adulthood Rites on the train.

    August 4, 2010

    • Finished Dawn, and moved on to Adulthood Rites.
    • Older radical librarian pubs. So beautiful and so sad. Why were the 70's so awesome?

    August 3, 2010

    August 2, 2010

    July 31, 2010

    • Dawn by Octavia E Butler. Immersion hangover.

    July 27-29, 2010

    • I'm still at Immersion in Vermont. Here I've been reading:
      • Many powerpoint slides
      • Handouts
      • Lyrics to an amazing collection of tunes at the Trapp Family Lodge. I heard librarians sing Puff the Magic Dragon, Danny Boy, Supercalafrajalistic insanity. To the accompaniment of a harp. My mind is blown.

    July 26, 2010

    • We talked about a great, great many things today at Immersion--we had over 12 hours together! I got to tell my group members about an article I read ("Re-Visioning Information Literacy for Lifelong Learning" by Dane Ward), and then we all talked about Palmer Parker's "Heart of a Teacher" chapter from The Courage to Teach.

    July 25, 2010

    • Some more Octavia Butler--I broke down and bought Lilith's Brood for my final trip of the Summer (at last!). I read a bit of this at the airport and while in my native Vermont friend's recommended Burlington coffee shop, after exploring down by the water.

    July 24, 2010

    • I didn't think that Survivor was anything to be ashamed of at all. In fact, I really enjoyed the questioning of the Missionaries a lot.
    • My suitcase has a hole patched with pink duct tape, and I haven't started packing yet. I'm off to Immersion for a week, and I'm feeling a bit anxious!

    July 23, 2010

    • Amid procrastination, Survivor.

    July 22, 2010

    • More Survivor, which I am enjoying.
    • Immersion documents!

    July 21, 2010

    • Critical Library Instruction
    • I started Survivor, which is a bit scandalous (it's the book that Octavia Butler didn't want you to read!)...

    July 20, 2010

    • Firebrands, which reminds me of Library Heroes in many ways.
    • Doonesbury compliations, since they were left out on the kitchen table.

    July 19, 2010

    • Today was catch-up. I read my notes from HOPE and googled all the things that the hackers had taught me about over the weekend.

    July 15-18, 2010

    • These past few days have been devoted to hacking everything from culture to typewriters to toenails.

    July 14, 2010

    • Dane Ward, "Re-Visioning Information Literacy for Lifelong Meaning."
      • "We continually experience the world of inner information.

    July 13, 2010

    July 12, 2010

    July 11, 2010

    • Today I went over to the dark side, instead of getting a million things done on my to-do, and to-read lists: IRC.

    July 10, 2010

    • Finished Clay's Ark and Patternmaster. I think the first two books of the series were more intriguing, but I enjoyed all of them thoroughly and am trying to get a hold of the excluded Survivor, third in the series and which hasn't been reprinted because Octavia Butler didn't like it.
    • Started Alex & Me, after hearing Irene Pepperberg on the Moth (and thought it would be nice to pass on to a certain nonagenarian who has been reading books about birds and their relationships to people lately...)

    July 8, 2010

    • More Butler; Clay's Ark
    • Telegram Ma'am/Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell! split again

    July 7, 2010

    • Finished Mind of My Mind on the train home, and yes, I will admit I took the long way to read some more. 500 pages in and it feels like nothing!

    July 3-6, 2010

    • Octavia E. Butler has totally taken over. I found myself thinking, amidst enjoying being a NYC tour guide this weekend, what the characters in the novels were doing when I wasn't reading about them. Must have been the heat.

    July 2, 2010

    • Finished Wild Seed, and moved directly on to Mind of My Mind, since the trilogy is conveniently bound together. Good waiting-at-the-airport reading.

    July 1, 2010

    • Wild Seed, which I am really enjoying. Thanks to dkg for leaving it in the back seat of the van for sharing to get me started.
    • Telegram Ma'am zine #14. I was happy to also find this in the box o' zines. This one was about bipolar and a welcome read today, when I am feeling up and down and wonky.
    • Telegram Ma'am #18/Your Pretty Face is Going Straight to Hell #9 split. I am reviewing this zine for Library Journal!

    June 30, 2010

    • Wild Seed
    • Re-read parts of "Don't Leave your Friends Behind: Anarcha-Feminism & Supporting Mothers and Children" zine, which I came across a copy of in a box of donated materials at work.
    • "Notes on Anarchism" zine by Noam Chomsky, in which he quotes Rudolph Rocker:

    June 29, 2010

    • Started Blindness, by José Saramago
    • All of Dan Clowes' new graphic novel, Wilson. Pretty depressing. 15 minute read, so glad I didn't buy it. Each page had the thickest paper I've ever seen in a graphic novel.
    • More of Wild Seed by Octavia Butler, which I am really enjoying

    June 20-28, 2010

    • The U.S. Social Forum program
    • Finished A Gate at the Stairs on the road trip home
    • Started a bit of Octavia Butler's Seed to Harvest compilation
    • Added many good things to the reading list!

    June 19, 2010

    • More Lorrie Moore.
    • Boot-up screens at the techie house. I helped two get going (before we lost power)!
    • Crimping. Not Krumping.

    June 18, 2010

    • A Gate at the Stairs, on my first-ever significant train ride. Great reading, great sights.

    June 17, 2010

    • Caroline Sinkinson & Mary Canton Lingold, "Re-visioning the Library Seminar Through a Lens of Critical Pedagogy," from Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods.
    • Mary Rose Torrell, "Negotiating Virtual Contact Zones: Revolutions in the Role of the Research Workshop" also from Critical Library Instruction.
      • This piece got me thinking of a new brainstorming exercise that might help to start off the process of thinking about "research" in library sessions--exciting!

    June 16, 2010

    • U.S. Social Forum program (!!)
    • Collection development marathon...
    • From NYPL's Twitter feed: "One sure window into a person's soul is his reading list."- Mary B. W. Tabor

    June 15, 2010

    • Choice cards--collection development!

    June 14, 2010

    • Today my reading was centered on Information Literacy in preparation for Immersion. I'm starring the ones that I found particularly useful/interesting:
      • *Ken Bain, "How Do They Conduct Class?" from What the Best College Teachers Do.
      • Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen with Nancy O'Neill, "Curricula Designed to Meet 21st-Century Expectations" from Educating the Net Generation.
      • *Parker Palmer, "The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching" from The Courage to Teach.

    June 13, 2010

    • Waded through a backlog of periodical mail; On Wisconsin had an article about the founder of the Mustard Museum and a nice photo of the newly renovated WHS. Two places I wish I'd made it to.
    • Sometimes American Libraries columns remind me of Jean Teasdale.
    • I also started my Immersion homework.
    • More Lorrie Moore. Since there seems to be a Wisconsin theme,

    June 12, 2010

    • More of A Gate at the Stairs, even though there are many other non-fiction books that I should be reading.

    June 11, 2010

    • I broke down and got A Gate at the Stairs to read in the park. It was a perfect lazy day read, and all of the reviews about it being quite obviously set in Madison were true, so that adds a little to it for me, other than it just being amazing in general.

    June 10, 2010

    • Many, many emails.

    June 4-9, 2010

    Just tiny bits of:

    • The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
    • Dune over M's shoulder
    • Tinkers by Paul Harding

    What can I say; I was on vacation.

    June 1-3, 2010

    • All of a Jeffrey Brown compilation while on a plane at JFK, not even off the ground.
    • Life story of a German woman who Isabella knew and who wrote of her life on a really old computer and printed out the tale for her friends and family after her death.

    May 30, 2010

    May 29, 2010

    • Kiki Smith exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. I liked the installs in the period rooms best. Creeptastic.

    May 28, 2010

    • Techie House prep.

    May 27, 2010

    • "Grand Narratives and the Information Cycle in the Library Instruction Classroom." by Sara Franks from Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods

    May 26, 2010

    • Bike commuting season has begun... so commuting reading is out the window. And nice hairstyles.

    May 25, 2010

    • Today was another day of absorption, but not through text. I attended (and presented at) Brooklyn College's Faculty Day, and was happy to participate in everything from a presentation on game theory to a Bob Dylan sing-along.

    May 24, 2010

    • Today was housekeeping, bike-riding and a nice RR event. I finished a grant application that I'd been working on for some time. Felt good to drop it in the mail.

    May 23, 2010

    so you think you can tell
    Heaven from Hell,
    blue skies from pain.

    May 22, 2010

    May 21, 2010

    • I got a free copy of Dreams from my Father; which is funny because I shared and then gave away my first copy, so it's like it came back to me. I read the preface and the intro on my way from BC today.

    May 20, 2010

    • Finished Logicomix. I knew Bertrand Russell as an anti-war activist, so his work as a logician is totally new to me (but not entirely--thanks to J--barber paradox!).

    May 19, 2010

    • I finally started Critical Library Instruction today! I read the intro, Elisabeth Pankl and Jason Coleman's piece and most of Jonathan Cope's chapter on my commute, and ate it up with a spoon. I feel like all of the spaces that Ira Shor's lecture opened up in my brain for critical teaching is being filled with these much-needed library perspectives. Special kudos to Jonathan, who really brings theory, history and thought to library instruction, yet very accessibly.

    May 18, 2010

    • Finished Beloved this morning before anything else.
    • Listened to Howard Zinn on Democracy Now! this morning, on the subject of "good wars." It was nice after just criticizing the unification of America in my paper on the Revolution and pamphleteering, to hear another attack on early America. "What is dubious about the Revolutionary war?"
    • Returning to Radical Teacher #87, I found this paragraph striking from Rick Wolff's piece, "Teaching Capitalism's Crisis:"

    May 17, 2010

    • Do you ever read fiction as fast as you can, wherever you can, to keep up with it, the story, as if it were really happening, in real time? That's how I've been reading Beloved, between meetings and speaking obligations, and an election for a new chair (me?!).

    May 16, 2010

    • I'm considering this day one of #TeamAchieve. Game on.
    • Beloved on the train. It seems wrong that I keep thinking about Her Fearful Symmetry when I'm reading this book somehow, since the themes and the characters are so different, but it keeps happening. What other books have ghosts as main characters?
    • More Beloved at the laundromat. Had a major laundry-driven crabbiness. But reading this perfectly crafted work made it a little more bearable.

    May 15, 2010

    • Who said social networking wasn't good for something? I just joined #TeamAchieve through Twitter, and now I, along with a few other inspiring pals, am committed to writing 700 words a day six days a week. In addition to a reading log, this sidebar might begin to include my progress on this endeavor.
    • More of Beloved. Excited for Summery, fiction train reading.

    May 14, 2010

    • Today was "website work day," but a lot of it was spent out walking in the sun. Read a bit more of Beloved, but not as much as I could have. Think today was a bit of an intellectual hangover from finishing up my first grad school class in a while, and turning my paper in on time!

    May 13, 2010

    • I feel like I just performed a marathon of reading and writing in order to complete this 13-pager for my American Studies class. Now my reading will be semi-free again for almost three months, no longer beholden to a syllabus.* I will admit that I enjoyed my class enough to be a little disappointed about that.

    May 12, 2010

    • I really appreciated "Teaching Freire and CUNY Open Admissions" by Kristen Gallagher due to its timeliness in proximity to Ira Shor's talk and the locality as a fellow CUNYan. I read what was left from yesterday on my train ride to work and over lunch in the cafeteria, with two BC students shrieking as they tried to share a chair. Inspirational piece.
    • News about whether I'll be forced to donate some of my salary to NY state, illegally.

    May 11, 2010

    • My subscription to Radical Teacher hasn't run out yet! I got a bill two days ago, but #87 yesterday. This morning I started right in with "Teaching Freire and CUNY Open Admissions," by Kristen Gallagher.
    • Last night, again unable to get to sleep, I read a few more pages of Beloved, which still feels like cheating on the non-fiction and classwork (even though it relates to it and was mentioned over and over).

    May 10, 2010

    • I can't remember when, but at some point this week I couldn't sleep and started reading Beloved right after watching one of those doctor dramas with too many gratuitous emergency room scenes, this one involving puss and fat. This resulted in some creepy dreams I can't quite remember all that well, and a bit of a fear of opening up the Morrison again.
    • But really I shouldn't even be considering reading any fiction with this 10-15 page paper due on Thursday. Knee-deep in books on the revolution, zine culture and print mythology.

    May 8, 2010

    • Not so much reading, but listened to Ira Shor talk with a room full of librarians about teaching. Absolutely amazing. There was a very nice communal feel to our discussion afterward as well. Very nice afternoon of contemplation about teaching in libraries.
    • Followed by a night of utterly incomprehensible Herzog. This and that.

    May 7, 2010

    • Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities
    • Re-reading and underlining almost every word of The Republic in Print

    May 6, 2010

    • The Republic in Print

    May 5, 2010

    • The Republic in Print

    May 4, 2010

    • Pickup Truck Stoled
    • "Introduction: The Theme of Our Contemplation" from Pamphlets of Protest: An Anthology of Early African American Protest Literature, 1790-1860
    • Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
    • Russell L. Martin III, "North American Transatlantic Book Culture to 1800" from A Companion to the History of the Book

    May 3, 2010

    • Richard S. Newman, "Liberation Technology: Black Printed Protest in the Age of Franklin." Early American Studies, Winter 2010
    • Adrian Johns, "Faust and the Pirates: The Cultural Construction of the Printing Revolution" from The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making

    May 2, 2010

    • shortandqueer #12, "Menstruation, not punctuation (periods.)"
    • The Republic in Print

    May 1st, 2010

    • Hackers vs. Scientology
    • Republic in Print
    • Sorting through ebook materials and checked out library books to get my total counts down and return things on time--I think the last count was still in the 40's.

    April 30, 2010

    April 29, 2010

    • The Republic in Print
    • John Sayles' film Lone Star for class

    April 28, 2010

    • The Republic in Print

    April 27, 2010

    April 26, 2010

    • "Pamphleteering in America" by Howard Zinn, from Artists in Times of War
    • Let's prepare to celebrate:

    April 25, 2010

    • Finished Ties that Bind, and checked out Beloved since Morrison has been mentioned in so often in our texts this semester, and one historic narrative was also referenced in Gilroy. Let's hope I can keep my hands off it until my final paper is written.

    April 24, 2010

    • Ties that Bind

    April 23, 2010

    • LACUNY Emerging Tech Talk

    April 22, 2010

    • ebooks, ebooks, ebooks and preparation!

    April 21, 2010

    • I think I am also enjoying Ties that Bind because it is a nice break from my other studies right now; screens and digital rights and technologies--which is something that I often want to escape from!

    April 20, 2010

    • ebrary, and more Tiya Miles. Still really enjoying this last text of my American Studies class.

    April 19, 2010

    • Slides, slides and some more slides, zine q&a, accounting databases, shark attacks, and other internet adventures.

    April 18, 2010

    • One of the things a decently long commute has taught me is what kinds of books I can or want to read on the train. Anything that causes me to want to take notes is impossible. Anything that I would want to append is borderline. Ties that Bind is a great read in that I can just read it; it's fascinating, it reads like a narrative and yet it's historically appropriate (many "we have no way of knowing"-s) and I am blowing through it, which somehow also inspires me to keep reading more + more + more.

    April 17, 2010

    • Ties that Bind on the train

    April 16, 2010

    • Started Ties that Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom by Tiya Miles, which I am really enjoying! It's nice to read narratives after a lot of theory.

    April 15, 2010

    • Finished the required chapters (1-4, 7) of Migrant Imaginaries

    April 14, 2010

    • Migrant Imaginaries
    • I got reference questions that I could relate to today! Art history, television, media, film, art ed. Hooray!

    April 13, 2010

    • Business research, social networking assignments, and more of Migrant Imaginaries

    April 12, 2010

    • Cracked open Alicia Schmidt Camacho's Migrant Imaginaries: Latino Cultural Politics in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (for class)

    April 11, 2010

    • We did a lot of ebook talking today and some youtube djing.

    April 10, 2010

    • Somewhat impossible reference questions today, and more weeding. Things like software program books for software I've never heard of...

    April 9, 2010

    • Nursed hangovers at the cheesecake diner, got to meet the most famous partner of a friend, Madison-reunion style. YOU should let your ears read some Zola Jesus. Amazing.

    April 8, 2010

    • Happy Birthday Brokenjaws'er!
    • Taught the undergrad version of my American Studies class about the library today. Enjoyed hearing about their research topics; everything from the Beach Boys to the Lower East Side.
    • Finished The Black Atlantic, discussed it and other imagined communities in class

    April 7, 2010

    • The Black Atlantic

    April 6, 2010

    • Black Atlantic: finished up all but the Richard Wright chapter (which I still hope to squeeze in!) on the train.

    April 5, 2010

    • 46 Pages: Tom Paine, Common Sense, and the Turning Point to American Independence by Scott Liell
    • Finished really amazing but still published in 2001 ebooks article

    April 4. 2010

    • More Black Atlantic, almost done!
    • First two chapters of Imagined Communities by Benedict Arnold
    • Browsed what I want to read in the History of the Book in America series and wished they were all part of my own library...

    April 3, 2010

    • The Black Atlantic; jam-packedly dense but totally worth it.

    April 2, 2010

    • ebook work day, complete with three simultaneous monitors--and that was just for me.

    April 1, 2010

    • April fool's found me in the LES, re-organizing with a new planner and re-reading chp 1 of The Black Atlantic and resisting the urge to take notes by just copying every sentence into my notebook (as in, it's good).

    March 31, 2010

    • more Black Atlantic

    March 30, 2010

    • Peeked into my copy of Critical Library Instruction, which arrived today, amidst the rain.

    March 29, 2010

    • ebooks, ebooks, ebooks.

    March 28, 2010

    • "No Borders: Beyond the Nation State" by Thomas Bender
    • "Los Angeles and American Studies in a Pacific World of Migrations" by Henry Yu
    • More of The Black Atlantic, which is tough train reading

    March 27, 2010

    • Finished skimming The Case for Books and Started Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Conciousness, for class.

    March 26, 2010

    • Read my handwriting as I scribbled away pages of notes at the Baruch Teaching and Technology Conference; there was a panel about using Kindles and ebooks as course texts, so I was writing as fast as the speakers were talking.

    March 25. 2010

    • Phew! Marathon of Denning all day!
    • At some point this week, I also read "The Culture of the Thirties" by Warren Susman.

    March 24, 2010

    • Sometimes I feel like this is less interesting when I have homework--more Denning.

    March 23, 2010

    • Denning is getting good
    • Just discovered that crucial, helpful, and everything I was trying to get at book for my final
    • Weeded old and very very dusty communications textbooks--I shook and blew and inhaled that dust off...

    March 22, 2010

    • Beginning in on selections from Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century by Michael Denning

    March 21, 2010

    • My morning mta commute has happily been replaced by a bike ride, and the weather could not be better for it. I adore the crispness of spring with all its promises of everything summery to come. That said, I'm diving into Denning's Cultural Front for class today, but not between Flatbush and Utica.

    March 20, 2010

    • Were I the super librarian I wish I could be with the ability to read 12 things at once, I'd be through all of David Copperfield in time for next weekend's English 2 class. However, since I am mere mortal, I'm skimming what amounts to the cliff notes so that I can help students write 6-8 page papers on a central theme of the novel.

    March 19, 2010

    March 18, 2010

    • Read the street signs to the east side bike path and the license plates of assholes on the best biking day of the season yet.

    March 17, 2010

    • George Lipsitz, "The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Racialized Social Democracy and the 'White Problem' in American Studies"
    • Barak Obama, "A More Perfect Union"
    • Lisa Lowe, "Heterogeneity, Hybridity, Multiplicity: Asian American Differences"
    • Philip Deloria, "Patriotic Indians and the Identities of Revolution"

    March 16, 2010

    • Interesting graphs at the State of the Faculty address

    March 15, 2010

    • Knitting patterns (finally bought some DPNs I "needed" from Knitpicks)
    • Browsed through my stacks of suggested titles for my final paper

    March 14, 2010

    • Michael Omi and Howard Winant, "Racial Formation" from Racial Formation in the United States.

    March 13, 2010

    • We pawed through the business/econ section of the Reference stacks today, finding an assortment of titles that would make Awful Library Books proud.
    • I got five paragraphs or so in on the homework.

    March 12, 2010

    March 11, 2010

    • Judith Butler, "Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire" from Gender Trouble
    • Judith Halberstam, "Mackdaddy, Superfly, Rapper: Gender, Race, and Masculinity in the Drag King Scene"
    • Elsa Barkley Brown, "What Has Happened Here?: The Politics of Difference in Women's History and Feminist Politics."

    March 10, 2010

    • Finished T. Roosevelt piece, on to Judith Butler!

    March 9, 2010

    • Helped a bunch of Queens Public librarians read some zines
    • Got my issue of On Wisconsin in the mail, and got a little nostalgic. Interview with Lorrie Moore.
    • Still working on the Teddie Roosevelt and manliness essay for homework this week. Didn't get much reading done on the 3 hour commute to Flatbush--a bit to tired in the AM to read about imperialism and conquest.

    March 8, 2010

    • Today I re-read, and then did some free writing. Kind of. I was trying to write up a homework assignment, and the writing came a bit less calculated and organized than I would have liked. I'm going to sleep on it and try again tomorrow.

    March 7, 2010

    • Sometimes when it's real. slow. at. the. desk. it seems like the day didn't even happen at all. And I couldn't find where that woman's class was! Or satisfy the CPE student! Long Sunday.
    • Read some more On Writing Well, but couldn't make it through kind of watching the Oscars.
      I liked this paragraph on revising well enough a few days ago that I folded over a tiny corner on page 87:

    March 6, 2010

    • I got a really looming and somewhat gluttonous stack of books checked out for me through CLICS today (really-I have over forty books now checked out, and ten more requests...)
    • The beginning of Theodore Roosevelt: Manhood, Nation and "Cilivilization," for this week's gender theme in class.

    March 5, 2010

    • More biking and celebrating than reading today.

    March 4, 2010

    • Re-read all the homework essays, looking for the threads of resistance that I thought united all of them, and found out I am the only one to have thought out my final paper (overachiever strikes again?).

    March 3, 2010

    • On Writing Well
    • More of Counterpoise
    • Call numbers for books for MALS class; American print culture and the construction of publics...

    March 2, 2010

    • Fall/Winter 2009 Counterpoise; amazing letter by Sandy, and a nice piece by Dr. John Van Hook.
    • A bit of On Writing Well by Zinsser (one thing that I found this semester is that reading about writing is invigorating for me in terms of wanting to write and be engaged with scholarly activities).

    March 1, 2010

    • Constance Penley, "Brownian Motion: Women, Tactics and Technology"--highly recommended article about women and Star Trek slash fanzines
    • Robin D.G. Kelley, "'We Are Not What We Seem': The Politics and Pleasures of Community"
    • Kelley, "The Riddle of the Zoot Suit"--also really great; talks about Malcolm X's writing about his time as a zoot suiter and how his later perspectives clouded his recollection of the cultural significance of his hipsterism.

    February 28, 2010

    • Teaching myself about the American Revolution and tracts. Not finding exactly what I want, and not sure if that means I have to make it...

    February 26, 2010

    • Lizabeth Cohen, "Encountering Mass Culture at the Grassroots: The Experience of Chicago Workers in the 1920's"
    • George Lipsitz, "Listening to Learn and Learning to Listen: Popular Culture, Cultural Theory and American Studies"

    February 25, 2010

    • Raymond Williams, Base and Superstructure in Marxist Theory
    • Zitkala-Sa, School Days of an Indian Girl
    • Finished Trachtenberg; recommended--his vision of American culture is a bit bleak, but true to life (largely powered by capitalism, for worse rather than better).

    February 24, 2010

    • Trachtenberg; 4 chapters by tomorrow!
    • Grant proposal, talk proposal, paper proposal

    February 23, 2010

    • More Trachtenberg, with a particularly enjoyable part about the myth of Thomas Edison as inventor and made man (as opposed to entrepreneur with an economic eye and workshop of collaborators)
    • Booking a Flight the Frugal Way

    February 22, 2010

    • My schedule, my project paperwork, my statement of "educational philosophy" and all the other materials, over and over, for reappointment.

    February 21, 2010

    • The last bits of the latest Bitch with breakfast
    • More Trachtenberg, which I am finding hard to concentrate upon whilst on the train

    February 20, 2010

    • The Incorporation of America, by Trachtenberg

    February 19, 2010

    February 18, 2010

    • That book that I've desperately been trying to remember is called The Problem with Pulcifer !!!

    February 17, 2010

    • More Bitch, my reappointment CV.

    February 16, 2010

    • Bitch Magazine, "old" issue.

    February 15, 2010

    • Somehow I am teaching three Television/Radio/Communications classes tomorrow. I would have liked to read a few results for searches in Ebsco databases, but they would not load from home. Thinking lately (with help from J.) that technical glitches and tutorials should not be what we teach.

    February 14, 2010

    • Read my drawings and drafts of plans for our two bookcases. One down, one to go!

    February 13, 2010

    • Reading and writing to-do lists (academic, shopping, deadlines and teaching) and proposals (talks, papers, grants) seems to take up the 90% of my sitting-down-getting-things-done time.

    February 12, 2010

    • Reading a few pages of This Book is Overdue! on the train made me realize how little I care about the first wave of systems "digitizers;" not those who are scanning content, but who are responsible for the initial metadata markups and ILS setups--who took us from card to screen. I think I somehow see them not as innovators but as inevitable. If it weren't for ________, then there surely would have been _______. Is this cynical?

    February 11, 2010

    • Homework: The West in American mythology, the Frontier as it Americanizes all of us (via Nash Smith of the UW, interestingly), Buffalo Bill and the blur of the real (history vs. narrative and show) and Kaplan getting all imperial (thank you for that last little bit about Africa and Vietnam and the Philippines and the lack of awareness of the meaning of those helicopters dashing away while filming Apocalypse Now!).

    February 10, 2010

    • Snow day! Attempts at reading turned into naps, as the snow flurried outside.

    February 9, 2010

    • Broken Pencil-got a sub!

    February 8, 2010

    • More of the west readings
    • Kindle stuff-mostly printed from free online sources, before plunging into more scholarly works. There is so much that this touches, so many ways to explore the implications of this machine...

    February 7, 2010

    • I have been very poor about reading on the train lately. Somehow if it's not fiction or a codex, I can't get myself into it on the platform or on the train. Or maybe it's just the normal procrastination that accompanies homework.
    • I printed out a good many things about the kindle today, and noticed a bunch of free ebooks online.

    February 6, 2010

    • A bit about the west and manifest destiny via Henry Nash Smith
    • Pattern for a new hat. Why do I not have size 7 DPNs?

    February 5, 2010

    • Kept reading our proposed abstract for the Conference on Intellectual Property over and over (and our readers helped immensely), until I had all the PDFs in order and sent it off. I like confirmation emails on proposals; they seem to come easily and have an excited person at the other end of the computer tubes.

    February 4, 2010

    • American Studies homework at the cafe formerly known as the Bagel Zone: Janice Radway 1998 American Studies Assn speech (liked it best, and just discovered she's writing a book about zines!), Alice Kessler Harris' 1991 speech, Henry Nash Smith, Etienne Balibar, Stuart Hall.

    February 3, 2010

    • Communications research textbooks for weeding (lots changed since 1996! Things like calling email "internet electronic mail")

    February 2, 2010

    • Homework readings about the history and nature of American Studies
    • Spreadsheets: collection development

    February 1, 2010

    • We went to 'Snice and I read my homework. I need to remember to keep a dictionary handy, as I have slowly become someone who does not skim over words, but insists upon looking everything up. I bothered Matt a lot because he has a dictionary on his computer, with or without the wireless.

    January 31, 2010

    • Readings for tomorrow's LACUNY LILAC event on credit bearing information literacy courses.

    January 30, 2010

    • A lot of 2010 so far has been about organizination and getting hardware on the up and up in my free time, and today I finally got GnuCash to work properly (without futzing up the back end myself), and re-installed Open Office. Contemplating going totally linux. Reeling in numbers and installation pop-ups. Is this reading? Caught up on blogs amidst all of this-especially glad that Library Praxis is back up!

    January 29, 2010

    • I'm starting in on the homework readings! The very first of which is "On Recovering the 'Ur' Theory of American Studies" by Leo Marx, as published in American Literary History, 2005.
    • Where is my last tax document? I would like to read it and be done filing!

    January 28, 2010

    • Zine from Kelsey, "Getting the Guts Out" (really nice!)
    • Ira Shor's Critical Teaching and Everyday Life has been rattling all my dreamy illusions about education, and feels so close to home and pertinent that I suspect someone is looking over my shoulder when I read it (especially on the train).

    January 27, 2010

    • "Revisiting the Struggle for Integration" by Michelle Fine and Bernadette Anand in Controversies in the Classroom: A Radical Teacher Reader
    • Celia's Reading Log zine (yay!)

    January 26, 2010

    • Bits of Critical Teaching and Everyday Life, and supplemental materials from the BC New Faculty Retreat.

    January 25, 2010

    • Finished The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    January 24, 2010

    • More Wao, which made me laugh out loud more than once and read nerdy parts (400 hit points!) to Matt.

    January 23, 2010

    (I took the day off for a significant anniversary, and to re-install a horrible operating system)

    January 22, 2010

    • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    January 21, 2010

    • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    January 20, 2010

    • Critical Teaching and Everyday Life by Ira Shor. Introduction was pretty amazing; about CUNY and the struggles of the open admissions.
    • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    January 19, 2010

    • The fine print on my immunization forms for MALS
    • Signage of Brooklyn on the way for celebratory Ethiopian fare

    January 18, 2010

    • More writing than reading today, and business librarianship homework.

    January 17, 2010

    January 16, 2010

    January 15, 2010

    • Finished Play it As it Lays; quick and satisfying read. The kind that makes you feel like you could write too (which could be the best kind?).

    January 14, 2010

    • A Passage for Dissent: The Best of Sipapu, 1970-1988
    • Play it As it Lays by Joan Didion

    January 13, 2010

    • A Passage for Dissent: The Best of Sipapu, 1970-1988

    January 12, 2010

    • A Passage for Dissent: The Best of Sipapu, 1970-1988
    • spreadsheets of info about earnings, spendings, retirement, debt.

    January 11, 2010

    • Info about Chip Berlet, after hearing him on this morning's Democracy Now! broadcast warning about the increasing number of racist white supremacist groups on the rise and a new film about them.
    • A Passage for Dissent: The Best of Sipapu, 1970-1988--just as amazing as I had guessed it would be!

    January 10, 2010

    January 9, 2010

    January 8, 2010

    • Jerianne's Literature Review and Zine Cataloging Needs Assessment
    • "Synergy, Social Responsibility, and the Sixties: Pivotal Points in the Evolution of American Outreach Library Service" by Toni Samek, in Libraries to the People
    • Some of the new (Winter 2009) issue of Radical Teacher
    • Skimmed Revelling in New York zine, recommended!

    January 7, 2010

    • Finished Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation
    • Skimmed #'s 6 & 7 of The La-La Theory

    January 6, 2010

    • Finished In Dubious Battle on the morning commute (perfect timing as we pulled into my station)
    • Skimmed Alternative Library Literature: 1998-99 (27 page index!) and 82/83, 88/89
    • Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation

    January 5, 2010

    • Solamente In Dubious Battle (other than things I looked at with patrons at the reference desk and Choice cards for collection development).

    January 4, 2010

    • A few chapters of In Dubious Battle
    • Skimmed library-related zines, a few issues of Progressive Librarian, Alternative Library Literature, Sipapu, Booklegger's Guide to the Passionate Perils of Publishing and Alternative Materials in Libraries
    • Content on my GSLIS continuing education business research course via Moodle

    January 3, 2010

    January 2, 2010

    Yesterday the only thing I read was Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day, a present from my secret santa, in an effort to teach myself to make a good sandwich loaf.

    2009 in Books

    Made a few upgrades to the site (with help) today, one of which was a space on the side here to record what I'm reading. I'm hoping to make this a daily update; it's one of my goals along with other resolutions of 2010 pertaining to schedules, productivity and health/happiness. You can read all of the reading-related posts now at: http://alycia.brokenja.ws/readinglog

    To kick off the new module, here's what I read in 2009. 34 books. Helped along greatly by a longer commute. Recommended reads are starred.

    Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women

    Just finished reading Victoria Law's Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women and wanted to recommend it. Vikki's book is an inspiring read, a great work of activism, and a eye-opening archive of the life of women in prison.

    Class, Teaching, Publishing

    Confronting one another across differences means that we must change ideas about the way we learn; rather than fearing conflict we have find ways to use it as a catalyst for new thinking, for growth.

    Just finished reading Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks late this evening, and now listening to a talk hooks gave at the Women of Color Conference. A few random thoughts follow.

    15 Books

    As per 2 requests on a social networking site by friends, here are 15 favorite books, a list made "without thinking too hard." What are your 15 books?