Books Read In 2018

  1. The Conversations by Cesar Aira

  2. Culture & Anarchy by Matthew Arnold

  3. Transformers Volume 7: Combiner Wars by John Barber

  4. Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett

  5. The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason by Chapo Trape House

  6. Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  7. Break Out: How the Apple II Launched the PC Gaming Revolution by David L. Craddock

  8. Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America by Cathy Davidson

  9. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

  10. The Oxford Companion To Shakespeare by Michael Dobson

  11. White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race by Stephen Duncombe

  12. Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse by Annette Fuentes

  13. The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene Victor Debs by Ray Ginger

  14. The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980–1984 by Ian Glasper

  15. Classic GI Joe Volume One by Steven Grant

  16. More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing by Jesse Hagopian

  17. Long Shot: The Triumphs and Struggles of an NBA Freedom Fighter by Craig Hodges

  18. The Odyssey by Homer (Barry Powell translation)

  19. The Odyssey by Homer (Emily Wilson translation)

  20. Going Underground: American Punk 1979-1989 by George Hurchalla

  21. Pillars of Society by Henrik Ibsen

  22. When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History Of Racial Inequality In Twentieth Century America by Ira Katznelson

  23. All Labor Has Dignity by Martin Luther King Jr.

  24. Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the Sixties by Amanda Littauer

  25. The People of the Abyss by Jack London

  26. Liberalism: A Counter History by Domenico Losurdo

  27. How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain’s Most Ineligible Bachelor and his Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate by Wendy Moore

  28. The Mosaic of Islam by Suleiman Mourad

  29. The Law of the Father? Patriarchy in the Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism by Mary Murray

  30. Crazy Like A Fox: The Definitive Chronicle of Brian Pillman 20 Years Later by Liam O'Rourke

  31. Good Nintentions: 30 Years of NES: An Unofficial Survey of the Nintendo Entertainment System by Jeremy Parish

  32. Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid-Victorian England by Mary Poovey

  33. Black Panther: The Complete Collection Volume One by Christopher Priest

  34. The Death of WCW (10th Anniversary Edition) by RD Deynolds

  35. Cosmos by Carl Sagan

  36. Transformers: Combiner Wars by Mairghread Scott

  37. Shakespeare's Hamlet: Manga Edition by William Shakespeare

  38. A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro

  39. Nabakov's Shakespeare by Samuel Schuman

  40. Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals by Jonathan Smucker

  41. Space Is The Place: The Lives & Times Of Sun Ra by John F. Szwed

  42. Shakespeare, Dissent, and the Cold War by Alfred Thomas

  43. Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Fool's Gold by David Tipton

  44. English Novel in History, 1895-1920 (The Novel in History) by David Trotter

  45. The Illogic of Kassel by Enrique Vila-Matas

  46. Crime, Gender and Social Order in Early Modern England by Garthine Walker

  47. The New Atheist Threat: The Dangerous Rise of Secular Extremists by CJ Werleman

  48. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

  49. Citizens to Lords: A Social History of Western Political Thought from Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages by Ellen Meiksins Wood

Books Read 2017

  1. The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism by Trevor Aaronson
  2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Unknown, Simon Armitage (Translator)
  3. Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Volume 1 by John Barber
  4. Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Volume 2 by John Barber
  5. Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Volume 3 by John Barber
  6. Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Volume 4 by John Barber
  7. Transformers: Robots In Disguise Volume 5 by John Barber
  8. Transformers: Robots in Disguise Volume 6 by John Barber
  9. Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman by Harold Bloom
  10. The Black Elfstone (The Fall of Shannara, #1) by Terry Brooks
  11. Enter Naomi: SST, L.A. and All That... by Joe Carducci
  12. The Nonexistent Knight by Italo Calvino
  13. The Awakening and Selected Stories by Kate Chopin
  14. 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep by Jonathan Crary
  15. Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin
  16. Captain Marvel (Marvel NOW!) #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
  17. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  18. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  19. Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's The City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay by Harlan Ellison
  20. The Communist Manifesto: A Modern Edition by Friedrich Engels
  21. Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings by Manny Farber
  22. Essays, Speeches & Public Letters by William Faulkner
  23. The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Tim Ferriss
  24. When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World by Leon Festinger
  25. Clinton in Haiti: The 1994 US Invasion of Haiti by Philippe Girard
  26. Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980-1984 by Ian Glasper
  27. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  28. A Philosophy of Tragedy by Christopher Hamilton
  29. Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris
  30. A People's History of the French Revolution by Eric Hazan
  31. Film After Film: (Or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema?) by J. Hoberman
  32. Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign by Michael K. Honey
  33. Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies by bell hooks
  34. An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
  35. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  36. Perpetual Peace and Other Essays by Immanuel Kant
  37. The Future is Queer: A Science Fiction Anthology by Richard Labonté
  38. Engaging the Past: Mass Culture and the Production of Historical Knowledge by Alison Landsberg
  39. The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen: Passing, Quicksand, and the Stories by Nella Larsen
  40. Wellsprings by Mario Vargas Llosa
  41. Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer
  42. My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor by Keith Morris
  43. Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore by Albert Mudrian
  44. A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey by Kevin Murphy
  45. Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right by Angela Nagle
  46. Employee of the Month and Other Big Deals by Mary Jo Pehl
  47. Visual Storytellling: An Illustrated Reader by Todd James Pierce
  48. Why Be Something That You're Not: Detroit Hardcore 1979-1985 by Tony Rettman
  49. Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  50. Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution by Heather Rogers
  51. Get In The Van: On The Road With Black Flag (Second Edition) by Henry Rollins
  52. American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson
  53. Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family by Greg Rucka
  54. Der Mond: The Art of Neon Genesis Evangelion by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
  55. Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat by J. Sakai
  56. A New Companion to Digital Humanities by Susan Schreibman
  57. The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet
  58. Change Agent by Daniel Suarez
  59. Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings by Mark Twain
  60. Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga, #1) by Brian K. Vaughan
  61. Saga, Vol. 2 (Saga, #2) by Brian K. Vaughan
  62. A Brief History of Portable Literature by Enrique Vila-Matas
  63. Dublinesque by Enrique Vila-Matas
  64. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
  65. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
  66. The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople by Susan Wise Bauer
  67. How Fiction Works by James Wood
  68. No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens by Amy Yates Wuelfing
  69. What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States by Dave Zirin

Books Read In 2015

  1. The Battle for Justice in Palestine by Ali Abunimah
  2. The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
  3. Jennifer Government by Max Barry
  4. Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature by Jorge Luis Borges
  5. Borges at Eighty: Conversations by Jorge Luis Borges
  6. Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
  7. The Darkling Child: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  8. Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex by Judith Butler
  9. Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler
  10. Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday by Italo Calvino
  11. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  12. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir by Felicia Day
  13. Replay: The History of Video Games by Tristan Donovan
  14. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
  15. The Peripheral by William Gibson
  16. Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work by Melissa Gira Grant
  17. Death in Classical Hollywood Cinema by Boaz Hagin
  18. The Odyssey by Homer
  19. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
  20. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
  21. Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door by Brian Krebs
  22. One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Kevin M. Kruse
  23. The Muslims Are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani
  24. Passing by Nella Larsen
  25. The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector
  26. A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor
  27. The CIA in Iran: The 1953 Coup and the Origins of the US-Iran Divide by Christopher Petherick
  28. The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov
  29. Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Volume 1 by James Roberts
  30. Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Volume 2 by James Roberts
  31. Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Volume 3 by James Roberts
  32. Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Volume 4 by James Roberts
  33. Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Volume 5 by James Roberts
  34. Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Volume 6 by James Roberts
  35. The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero
  36. The Oxford Shakespeare: Othello: The Moor of Venice (The Oxford Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
  37. The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling by David Shoemaker
  38. Against Interpretation: And Other Essays by Susan Sontag
  39. Automate This: How Algorithms Took Over Our Markets, Our Jobs, and the World by Christopher Steiner
  40. The Epic Struggle for the Internet of Things by Bruce Sterling
  41. Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  42. The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti
  43. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Books Read In 2012

  1. Being A Green Mother by Piers Anthony
  2. The Tent by Margaret Atwood
  3. New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  4. Racing The Beam: The Atari Video Computer System by Ian Bogost and Nick Montfort
  5. Amulet by Roberto Bolano
  6. Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  7. The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
  8. The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
  9. The Mind of Italo Calvino by Dan Cavallaro
  10. The Cambridge Companion to Kate Chopin
  11. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  12. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  13. Crossed by Ally Condie
  14. Noir by Robert Coover
  15. Down & Out In The Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
  16. The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow by Cory Doctorow
  17. The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities by Frank Donoghue
  18. Football The First Hundred Years The Untold Story by Adrian Harvey
  19. My Mother Was A Computer: Digital Subjects & Literary Texts by N. Katherine Hayles
  20. The Map & The Territory by Michel Houllebecq
  21. Quests: Design, Theory, and History in Games and Narratives by Jeff Howard
  22. Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  23. Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James
  24. Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James
  25. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
  26. The Life & Morals of Jesus of Nazareth by Thomas Jefferson
  27. Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu
  28. Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
  29. The Lost Books of The Odyssey by Zachary Mason
  30. Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make us Better and How they Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal
  31. Batman The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
  32. Batman Year One by Frank Miller
  33. Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
  34. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  35. Batman-The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
  36. V For Vendetta by Alan Moore
  37. The Watchmen by Alan Moore
  38. Speak Memory by Vladimir Nabakov
  39. King Lear by William Shakespeare
  40. Authors In Context: Virginia Woolf by Michael Whitworth
  41. The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer
  42. The Quran (Sher Ali Holy translation)
  43. Sir Gawain & The Green Knight
  44. The Tel Quel Reader

ThatCamp Jersey Shore: Games Games Games-Thinking With Teaching

Sometime during the first afternoon at ThatCamp Jersey Shore I attended a panel which started out about using games in the classroom, but then evolved into a discussion of various games and applications which have aided us as teachers.

  • A very interesting game discussed was the High Tea game based on the British opium trade.
  • Preloaded.com offers a lot of information about publishing games.
  • One of the participants commented that they don’t “get” Civil War reenactment, but they get playing games about the Civil War. I completely agree with this.
  • Gaming is very visual in history (I would argue literature too).
  • At some point, I commented about some games ideas I have had in the past involving literary scavenger hunts and perhaps some geolocation.
  • Playthepast.org is a historical gaming website.
  • I think literature classrooms could use more games. Imagine Ibsen’s A Doll’s House The Game, with explanations of women’s issues. Nora tries to leave with children and screen comes up explaining why she can’t.
  • We discussed Storify as a document of collections.

Patriarchal Authority & “Coming Home” In Tragedy

(trying to clear backlog of graduate school writing)

For Dr. Evarts’ seminar on tragedy, I wrote my seminar paper on the role of “coming home” in tragedy and how that affects the power and authority of women. I focused on The Oresteia, The Homecoming, and A Doll’s House, with some references as well to the plays of Dacia Maraini. Critically, my focus is on Kristeva, Prentice, Moi, and, of course, Rubin. Overall, I am not that happy with this paper. We got sidetracked a LOT in this class, so class discussion of some works was unsubstantive. At best. Add a bit of interlibrary loan bad luck, and my best work was not done. I am still pretty proud of the angle I took, especially since it seemed to make some people in the room uncomfortable.