Books Acquired Recently: Post-Holiday Edition

I received some money as a holiday gift, and of course immediately used some of it to buy books!

Bellamy, Dodie. Academonia. San Francisco: Krupskaya, 2006.

I read Bellamy’s When the Sick Rule the World last week and loved it, so I decided to seek out more of her essays. When I went online to look for them I discovered that Academonia is rare, but I was able to find a copy for a good price (about $8.00), so I decided to buy it while it was available rather than something more recent.

Calhoun, Ada. St. Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street. New York: W.W. Norton, 2016.

St. Marks (which I didn’t realize until now is sans apostrophe) Place was my favorite street to hang out on when I moved back to New York City after college in 2002. I only slowly began to learn about its mythological history in ensuing years. I recently discovered a reference to this book and decided I needed to read it.

Delany, Samuel R. Occasional Views, Volume 1: “More About Writing” and Other Essays. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2021.

—. Of Solids and Surds: Notes for Noël Sturgeon, Marilyn Hacker, Josh Lukin, Mia Wolff, Bill Stribling, and Bob White. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2021.

As I’ve said here many times, I’m a huge Delany fan. I look forward to reading these two recently-released books over what’s left of the winter break. Regarding Occasional Views, Volume 2 is forthcoming shortly.

Smith, Sidonie, and Julia Watson. Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

I had heard of this book a number of years ago, and decided that it is time for me to read it now that I am in an MFA program in Creative Nonfiction.

Suicide, Missy. Suicide Girls. Los Angeles: Feral House, 2004.

I browsed through this book when it came out and I couldn’t afford it on my graduate student budget. For some reason I was thinking of it again a few weeks ago, and I was able to find a used copy for only $8.00.


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