My family exchanged gifts today rather than on the 25th. Here is a list of all of the books I was fortunate enough to receive:
Bechdel, Alison. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For. Boston: Houghton, 2008.
I read an article in the New Yorker about Bechdel earlier this year and decided that I wanted to check out her work. I look forward to reading through the comic strip that put her on the public radar.
Eagleton, Terry. The Event of Literature. New Haven: Yale UP, 2012.
I don’t always agree with Eagleton, but I enjoy his work because it is at the very least thought-provoking. His latest book sounds interesting.
Glimcher, Mildred L. Happenings: New York, 1958-1963. New York: Monacelli, 2012.
I am very interested in the New York art and literary scene of the 1950s-1960s, and this book documents how artists of the time were stretching the boundaries of what “art” could be and how it related to performance.
Jones, Hettie. How I Became Hettie Jones. 1990. New York: Grove, 1997.
I’ve done writing about Jones’s ex-husband, Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones), and, as I mention above, I am interested in their artistic millieu, so I’ve been wanting to read this memoir for a while.
Jones, L.H. The Jones Second Reader. Boston: Ginn, 1903.
This book is one of my grandfather’s old school books that he kept until his recent death. I am honored to have it in my possession.
Marshall, Ian. Class of 92: The Official Story of the Team That Transformed United. London: Simon, 2012.
I became a Manchester United fan in 1991 as an eleven-year-old, just before their greatest generation of players began taking the pitch. I am very excited to read more about their time before they broke into the first team.
Shaw, Lytle. Frank O’Hara: The Poetics of Coterie. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2006.
As I’ve written here before, O’Hara is one of my favorite poets, so I acquire books about him rather compulsively.
Swartz, Ted. Laughter is Sacred Space: The Not-So-Typical Journey of a Mennonite Actor. Harrisonburg: Herald, 2012.
Swartz is an actor whom I have met and seen perform several times. As a side note, Herald Press’s headquarters was in Scottdale, Pennsylvania for its entire history until just recently. I was shocked when I looked at the copyright page and saw that they have moved.