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Books Acquired Recently

Corral, Eduardo C. Slow Lightning. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.

I was browsing at the Colgate University bookstore the other day as something to do while my partner was at a doctor’s appointment when I came across this poetry collection. I haven’t read any of Corral’s work before but have heard good things about it from my colleagues, so I decided to buy his book.

Espada, Martín. Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. 2016. New York: W.W. Norton, 2017.

I love Espada’s work and decided to buy this poetry collection because I have been writing about Walt Whitman lately and I know that Espada is also a big Whitman fan, as can be seen via the choice of the title for his book. I am about half way through it, and while it is mostly not about Whitman, it is quite enjoyable thus far.

Varghese, Ricky, ed. Raw: PrEP, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Barebacking. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, 2019.

Tim Dean’s 2009 book Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking is one of the best scholarly texts I’ve ever read. I bought it at the 2011 MLA convention and it has played a significant role about my thinking on sexual risk ever since. I was thus tremendously excited to hear about Varghese’s collection, which is a collection of essays examining the legacy of Dean’s book on its tenth anniversary.

 

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Book Acquired Recently: Porn Archives

Dean, Tim, Steven Ruszczycky, and David Squires, eds. Porn Archives. Durham: Duke UP, 2014.

I received this book as a Valentine’s Day present. I saw an ad for it during the holidays (I think in Book Forum) and had put it on my amazon.com wishlist. It interests me in part because I’ve read some of Tim Dean’s work before and really enjoyed it and in part because I am fascinated by how academics study pornography. Pornography itself is such an ephemeral genre (especially these days with so much of it only in digital rather than material form) that the problem of how to archive it becomes an arresting subject.

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