Books Acquired Recently

Hacker, Marilyn. Presentation Piece. New York: Viking, 1974. I was recently reading Samuel R. Delany’s book Occasional Views, Volume 2, which mentions this book of Hacker’s (they were married for a while). It contains some poems about some events he discusses in his memoir, The Motion of Light in Water, so I decided to buyContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”


Books Acquired Recently: Lydia Davis Edition

Davis, Lydia. Essays One. 2019. New York: Picador, 2020. —. Essays Two: On Proust, Translation, Foreign Languages, and the City of Arles. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021. I love Davis’s Collected Stories, so when I saw it was possible to get free examination copies of these two books of essays at the virtualContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Lydia Davis Edition”

Writing Activity, January 2022

Since January 2021, I’ve been keeping a list of my writing activity for each month (here’s last month’s). I do so partly as a form of encouragement for myself–to show that I am still able to do some writing despite the energy-sucking terrors of the pandemic (Which is still going on! Keep wearing masks!)–and partlyContinue reading “Writing Activity, January 2022”

Books Acquired Recently

As I wrote yesterday, there are two factors playing into my current book acquiring: buying textbooks for the upcoming semester and constructing my own book fair in place of the in-person MLA book fair that I missed last week. Several packages arrived yesterday containing books in these two categories. From the “book fair”: Ruth, JohnContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

I chose to cancel my plans to attend the 2022 Modern Language Association (MLA) convention due to the recent COVID surge, which meant that I was also not able to attend the book fair. So I went to the Strand yesterday instead. I’ve also had a few of my textbooks for the forthcoming semester arrive.Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Writing Activity, February 2021

As I wrote last month, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to keep a list of my writing activity for each month. I do so partly as a form of encouragement for myself–to show that I am still able to do some writing despite the energy-sucking terrors of the pandemic–and partly as an archiveContinue reading “Writing Activity, February 2021”

Books Acquired Recently: MLA Edition

The Modern Language Association (MLA) annual convention was virtual this year, so the book fair was also virtual. Publishers gave their usual in-person conference discounts for online orders made via the convention website. All of my purchases have now arrived. I missed browsing the book fair, but it was nice not to have to figureContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: MLA Edition”

Writing Activity, January 2021

When I was on sabbatical in the first half of 2020 (which feels like “a million centuries ago,” to borrow a phrase from Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, an apt title for our present times), I kept a monthly list of what I accomplished. In the new year, I’ve decided to do something similar withContinue reading “Writing Activity, January 2021”

Sabbatical Productivity: May

I am on sabbatical this semester and have been keeping a list in my journal of the academic activities I engage in. This practice is partly for myself, so that I make sure I am using the time productively, and partly for my institution, which requires me to write a report about the sabbatical onceContinue reading “Sabbatical Productivity: May”

Books Acquired Recently

Duke University Press is having a 50% off sale through the end of this month, so I ordered two of their recent releases. Brim, Matt. Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020. Brim and I were on the same panel at MLA this past January, and he seemsContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”