Monday, January 18, 2010

reading time

this is my favorite picture. my grandfather and i. i'm little. and i love him.

i've been out of control ordering books. books for classes and comps.

the class i'm taking is about how modernity is a paradox. and not likely to make sense when constricted to time. we're reading things like candide, flaubert's tales, fleurs du mal, freud, rilke, cortazar, sebald, and lots of philosophy: rousseau, kant, hegel, nietzsche, husserl, sartre, etc.

i'm also taking a tutorial with e. on land use and such. we are reading the granite pail, paterson, a handmade museum (which i'm teaching as well), and susan howe. 

and i've been making lists for comps. my fabulist list looks like this (but may change some):

Madeleine Is Sleeping, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Nights at the Circus, Angela Carter
Geek Love, Katherine Dunn
Under the Glacier, Halldor Laxness
The Streets of Crocodiles, Bruno Schulz
The Quick and the Dead, Joy Williams
Magic for Beginners, Kelly Link
Trampoline, Kelly Link
The Thin Place, Katherine Davis
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Grace Paley
Sixty Stories, Donald Barthelme
The Complete Stories, Franz Kafka
Ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges
If On a Winter’s Night A Traveler, Italo Calvino
Tin House, Issue 33: Fantastic Women

ParaSpheres: Extending Beyond the Spheres of Literary and Genre Fiction: Fabulist and New Wave Fabulist Stories

The Cuckoo, Peter Streckfus

Secondary Sources:
Fabulation and Metafiction, Robert Scholes
The Fabulators, Robert Scholes
Post Modernist Fiction, Brian McHale
The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre 

here is another picture i like. my dad and i and some magic white person bending over.