…because even though I skipped last week, my Sunday Summary is really embarrassing. Meaning, I continue to start many books, and finish very, very few. I once had a professor who (twice!) sent me a long quote from Trotsky about how the problem with the young comrades is how they skipped from topic to topic instead of having the focus to really learn anything. That professor knew me better than people in positions of authority over me ought.
In my defense, my ongoing roommate search is taking way more time than I ever expected which kind of sucks, and also, I’ve been kind of obsessed with reading things related to my (new! improved!) MA thesis, which kind of really doesn’t suck at all, except it’s taken up my reading-for-fun-especially-about-teenagers-falling-in-and-out-of-love-with-each-other time. And come to think of it, the fact that I now read about unobserved heterogeneity distributions instead of cliques and monsters at bedtime may explain why I’ve been sleeping really poorly.
Anyway. Books finished and yes that is an inaccurate use of the plural:
- FROM A TO X by John Berger. This is one of the best love stories I’ve read. It’s made me reconsider the fact that I never read adult fiction. There was really no way I wasn’t going to love this one, seeing as how it’s about love:
I was clinging to you hard, not with my arms, because it was not your body I was clinging to, we were both sitting well back in our seats, very calm, I was clinging to your intentions, your exact intentions. What they were I couldn’t tell because I knew nothing about flying, but the way you intended whatever it was, was deeply familiar to me, and inseparable from my love for you.
What I admired about Fernando was his capacity to persuade people to be honest with themselves, for when this happens they gain the advantage of surprise. An incomparable tactical advantage in any insurrection. It’s the lies we tell ourselves that make us repetitive. Fernando understood this.
And prisons. It’s about prisons.
Reading this week:
- SEXUALITY AND SOCIALISM by Sherry Wolf. I put this down before finishing it when I was dealing with some other things, but I’m very excited to get back into it. Especially because the last few chapters are on the stuff I know less about. I particularly want to get more into her critique of the turn to queer theory in the academy.
- I’ve been thinking about going on a mystery kick. Lenore‘s been reviewing some promising books I want to read, but I believe I’ll start with China Mieville’s new detective novel, CITY & CITY. It’s exceedingly rare that I shell out for a new hardcover, as I did with this one at a book fair last month (damn you for placing it by the register!), so I’ll feel lame if I don’t read it while it’s still new.
- I’m also thinking about going on an LGBT young adult reading kick, because it’s been a while since I’ve read much of this lit (not in any large quantity since I was in high school, when there was a lot less of it). This was inspired by reading in the NY Times Book Review today about the promisingly-titled THE VAST FIELDS OF ORDINARY, which is so new that I’m going to try to get my hands on a free copy for review (in a political periodical), which means I won’t be reading it this week. So: LGBT teen/kid book suggestions welcome!
- My boyfriend went to the American Library Association conference (he was exhibiting for Haymarket Books) and brought me back some freebies. They’re short enough that I can review them this week, so I’m keeping them a surprise…