“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
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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!
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.
Reading/dog-earing Coates' Between the World and Me.
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.
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
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."
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!
The last homework of the semester:
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.
10 years. RIP.
On a my own tour of BK today:
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.
Amidst fevers and coughs:
"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)
Official reaching-the-limits day. Read things, can't remember what.
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!
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.”
Literacy, like communication, is a matter of access, a matter of opportunity, a matter of economic security--a total matter...
I can't believe this is the last day of June.
ACRL prep has utterly taken over my life. Here's what I can remember reading in the last few days:
I was really tired today--rest for the eyes with podcasts:
“It turns out that America is peopled chiefly by folks trying to figure out what’s happening in America.” --Noel Peattie, Sipapu 1:2
I'm pleased with myself today; I woke up early. I did yoga. I worked on my crazily looming project. And I read:
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.
Further down the rabbit hole:
Just tiny bits of:
What can I say; I was on vacation.
so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
(I took the day off for a significant anniversary, and to re-install a horrible operating system)
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.
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.
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.
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?