11.16.2008

Happiness Is a Warm Book (Or a Whole Stack)

While I'm working on Camilo Mejia's Road From ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia: An Iraq War Memoir, I have a new stack of books to look forward to, thanks to a bday gift certificate from my sister. I resisted the urge to spend it on books for the classroom library. Here are the newest additions to my rather unkempt bookshelf:

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris--can't wait for this! I read When You Are Engulfed in Flames over the summer and was so addicted I was sad to finish it.

Rimbaud Complete, the complete poetry & prose of Arthur Rimbaud--French anarchist and poet who quit poetry at 21 and died at 37. I couldn't resist!

The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, edited by Ilan Stavans and including the Elemental Odes. Nine hundred+ pages of Neruda = love.

Orientalism, by Edward Said--I studied excerpts in great depth in college for postcolonial studies but never owned the book myself. I employed the lens of this theory to analyze the seemingly innocuous Magic Tree House book series by Mary Pope Osbourne for a seminar. Loin clothed Masai warriors and magic carpet rides and anthropomorphism, o my.




Sundays are so bittersweet, aren't they?

5 comments:

Charley said...

I am a fan of David Sedaris - I look forward to reading your thoughts on Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim.

Mary Lee said...

Amen to the bittersweetness of Sundays!

enc said...

You can't lose with Sedaris. Mr.OM likes to listen to Sedaris' podcasts in his car. Have you ever tried that?

Katia Shtefan said...

If you really like Neruda, check out Red Poppy at www.redpoppy.net. It's a non-profit set up to create a documentary biographical film about Neruda and to translate his works into English.

teach people not books said...

charley--started it, and the tone is definitely way different from when you are engulfed. . . it's interesting to hear about his early life in this way.

mary lee--amen again today!

enc--i haven't tried that, though i have been entertaining the idea. i learned that you can set your itunes to pick up certain podcasts and automatically sync them for you. this might be a great idea--although i don't have the car system set-up to listen to my ipod.

katia-thank you for the website.