Books Acquired Recently

Aciman, André. Call Me By Your Name. 2007. New York: Picador, 2017.

I received Aciman’s novel as a birthday gift earlier this week. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it looks intriguing.

Cassells, Cyrus. The Gospel According to Wild Indigo. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2018.

I received this book as a gift from a friend as a thank-you for watching their cats while they were on a trip. Like Aciman’s, I haven’t encountered Cassells work before, but it looks interesting.

Hunter, Gregory S. Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives: A How-To-Do-It Manual. 2nd ed. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2003.

I purchased this book from amazon.com’s network of independent booksellers because, while I have been reading a lot about archives as a concept over the past year, I have little knowledge about the practical aspects of actually archiving materials. I hope that the book will remedy this lack.

Published by danielshankcruz

I grew up in New York City and lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Goshen, Indiana; DeKalb, Illinois; and Salt Lake City, Utah before coming to Utica, New York. My mother’s family is Swiss-German Mennonite (i.e., it’s an ethnicity, not necessarily a theological persuasion) and my father’s family is Puerto Rican. I have a Ph.D. in English and currently teach at Utica College. I have also taught at Northern Illinois University and Westminster College in Salt Lake City. My teaching and scholarship are motivated by a passion for social justice, which is why my research focuses on the literature of oppressed groups, especially LGBT persons and people of color. While I primarily read and write about fiction, I am also a devoted reader of poetry because, as William Carlos Williams writes, “It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet [people] die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.” Thinkers who influence me include Marina Abramovic, Kathy Acker, Di Brandt, Ana Castillo, Samuel R. Delany, Percival Everett, Essex Hemphill, Jane Jacobs, Walt Whitman, and the New York School of poets. I am also fond of queer Mennonite writers such as Stephen Beachy, Jan Guenther Braun, Lynnette Dueck/D’anna, and Casey Plett. In my free time I’m either reading, writing the occasional poem, playing board games (especially Scrabble, backgammon, and chess), watching sports (Let’s Go, Mets!), or cooking (curries, stews, roasts…).

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