Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Heavy Stack, Light Blogging

One happy consequence of the fact that I’m writing scholarly stuff again is that I’ve read a bunch of books which I want to tell you about—or compose my thoughts out loud about—and I haven’t had the chance. So I have this stack of books that I carry from my bedroom to the dining room (where I work), from a corner of a hidden shelf, to out in the open without actually composing the posts.

So, as a kind of teaser, here is the stack:
  • Teaching Community by bell hooks (purchased in Louisville at the CCCConvention last weekend)
  • Push by Sapphire (which I loved)
  • Trailer Girl by Therese Svoboda (the title novella of which is utterly stunning, though the stories that follow are less even)
  • A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler (a great classic thriller)
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (which is really weird and disappointing)
  • A Guide to College Writing Assessment (O’Neill et al., another CCCC purchase, but one I’m unlikely to blog about here)
  • Some small press catalogs
  • And my comments on a couple dozen essays nominated for the upcoming edition of the Norton Reader

Maybe some of these will get a post of their own one day. But for now, I’m going back to the stacks—the Woolf stacks, that is. Time’s a-wasting.


ThirdCat said...

bird by bird is disappointing? Oh. I've had that on my list for years, and have been saving it for a special treat. I have a friend who swears by it...

Louise said...

Every writer I know swears by that Lamott book. I've not read it though; I think I have grown out of reading writing books. Or grown out of writing...

However, Push or rather the film based on it, Precious is one of those stories that you want to throw at people during a disappointing election this, this is what it's really like!

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