Getting my reading life back 1(I hope)

Inspired by Luscinnia and her “Mitten drin” posts.

This week I read:

  • Priya Sata, Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution. Reread / refresh from last spring. Polishing up Industrial Revolution lecture in world civ.
  • Douglas Askman, “Royal Standards of the Kingdom of Hawaii, 1837-1893,” in Hawaiian Journal of History 47 (2013): 61-86. Looking for supplementary material for a lecture on constitutionalist responses to European imperialism in world civ.
  • Robert C. Schmitt, Demographic Statistics of Hawaii, 1778-1965. Same. Horrifying statistics on the (non-)survival of native Hawaiians. And then I learned that Queen Liliuokalani still has one living relative.
  • Chapter on James Horton in Marika Sherwood and Hakim Adi, Pan-African History: Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787. Same.
  • Apollos O. Nwauwa, “Far Ahead of His Time: James Africanus Horton’s Initiatives for a West African University and His Frustrations, 1862-1871,” in Cahiers d’Études Africaines 39: 153 (1999), 107-121. Same.
  • Plus re-reading the docs on this topic in Merry Wiesner et al., Discovering the Global Past. Same.
  • Parts 1 and 2 of John Bancroft, Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England. Course reading for my seminar on the Salem witch trials.
  • Lawrence Stone, “Prosopography,” in Daedalus 100: 1 (Winter, 1971): 46-79. Same.
  • The 1925 KKK manual, plus a bunch of documents relating to post-WWI immigrant exclusion in the U.S. and some articles on the treatment of returning Black soldiers by W.E.B. DuBois. Preparing for discussion in U.S. History II.
  • 40 pp of Michael Hughes, Country. Very mechanical, obvious retelling of Iliad, transposed to contemporary northern Ireland. I could basically tell which book I was in at every point. Returned to the library.
  • First 2/3 of Lisa Lutz, The Swallows. A teacher helps some victims of a bullying group of boys at a boarding school (who are running a secret Internet room where they score the quality of the blowjobs they get from their classmates) get revenge. Well-paced, interesting, cynical. I will finish this.
  • First half of Kate Saunders, The Secrets of Wishtide. First novel in a new crimes series — Victorian lady detective Laetitia Rodd helps her brother investigate crimes, in this case a murder that interrupts a mysterious almost-mésalliance. Not challenging but the main character is quite compelling and one I can imagine wanting to read about again. I will finish this.
  • Anna Wiener, Uncanny Valley: A Memoir. Recollections of an English major who moved from NYC to Silicon Valley in an attempt to change her life prospects. Interesting, but the level of snark and cutesy labeling got annoying after 80 pp. or so. Returned to the library.
  • Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone. A novel. The effect of a father’s depression on his family unto the next generation. The first part was strong, but I started to find it tedious after the first major plot turning point as I couldn’t like any of the characters. Returned to the library.

It’s spring break week and my “to do” list is long but Hilary Mantel’s book (the final volume in her Cromwell trilogy) is out here on Tuesday, and I want to read the first part of Culadasa, The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide.

~ by Servetus on March 7, 2020.

2 Responses to “Getting my reading life back 1(I hope)”

  1. Just finished watching the BBC2 programme on Hilary Mantel : Return to Wolf Hall a one off documentary about the author in the six months before the publication of The Mirror and the Light, a fascinating woman, very clever.

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  2. what, no fan fiction?


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