books read, march

Strange weather in Tokyo, Hiromi Kawakami

Harry Potter, vol. 1. Read aloud to my son over several weeks.

The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle

A collection of H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories

Transmetropolitan 1: Back on the street, Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson

Transmetropolitan 2: Lust for Life, Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson

“The Minority Report,” PKD

No Small Plans, Chicago Architecture Foundation

New Lines: Critical GIS and the Trouble of the Map, Matthew Wilson

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Books read, February

Frankenstein (1818 text), Mary Shelley

The Vegetarian, Han Kang

Capitalist Realism, Mark Fisher

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner

New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson

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Seattle 2018 and beyond…

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under review & almost under contract!

It’s true, I complain too much about not having time to do research, but within the last 24 hours, I’ve managed to send out a revised article and get an email back from a publisher about negotiating a contract for my translation of the Jacques Besse novella with the original French publisher. Add that to another article under review and an invitation to submit a book prospectus and it’s starting to look like I might actually get some research out there in the world…

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Books read, January 2018

With my intense teaching schedule on two campuses, I spend quite a bit of time on the bus feeling brain dead, so I either grade papers or read novels. I’ve done a better job reading more female authors so far, and even though I’m a little embarrassed for having to explicitly pursue books written by women, I think it’s better than just continuing to lazily pick up books written by people who look like me. So far I’ve read:

Chris Kraus, Aliens & Anorexia and Torpor

Octavia Butler, Kindred

Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior

Ursula Le Guin, Left Hand of Darkness

I have a couple more on deck but I won’t post anything until I actually read them. And, of course, suggestions are welcome.

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What does it mean to be “on the job market?”

I regularly apply for postdoc and tenure track jobs, and have been doing so since I was finishing up my PhD in mid-2016, but does that really mean I’m “on the market”? I think it does, technically, but I can’t escape the feeling that others are “more” on it than me. I send out maybe 2-3 applications a month, and never hear a peep back, except for maybe a form rejection letter about 20% of the time. I would apply to more positions, but I try to choose ones that actually seem like a good fit, and I often write to search committee chairs ahead of time to quickly introduce myself and ask if I might be a decent fit.

So, for those who are “really” on the job market: what are you doing differently? Or for those who have secured a job, what else did you do?

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What did I read in 2017? Looking forward to 2018…

An ex post facto list, from memory, in no particular order:

Patrick Modiano

Chien de printemps

La rue des boutiques obscures

La place de l’étoile

Dora Bruder

Un pédigrée

Quartier perdu


Jacques Besse, la grande pâque 

Kathi Weeks, The problem with work

Kim Stanley Robinson

Green Earth (science in the capital trilogy combined into one book)

Mars trilogy (technically finishing Blue Mars today)

Gilles Deleuze, Francis Bacon: La logique de la sensation

Janet Morford, Histoires du CERFI: la trajectoire d’un collectif de recherche sociale (thesis)

Matthew Klingle, Emerald City

Andrew Karvonen, The politics of urban runoff


The Man in The High Castle

The three stigmata of palmer eldritch

Cixin Liu

The three body problem

The dark forest

China Miéville

The Scar

William Gibson

Neuromancer (might have been late 2016)

Count Zero

Buchner‘s Lenz (short story)

Felix Guattari, various essays from  Psychoanalysis and Transversality

Ursula LeGuin, The Dispossessed

Boris Vian, Red Grass

Perhaps there were some others? Pretty light on the academic books and even lighter on the female authors. I’m trying to remedy the latter with Chris Kraus‘s Aliens and Anorexia, which I’ll start tonight or this weekend, and Octavia Butler will be soon as well (I want to read both the original and graphic novel versions of Kindred, neither of which I’ve read yet). I’m also anxiously awaiting Knausgaard‘s final installment of My Struggle. On the academic front, I need to read Matthew Wilson’s New Lines before finishing my AAG paper, but I’m also looking forward to reading more Gibson- Graham, McKenzie Wark’s Molecular Red (esp. After getting through the Mars Trilogy), Carsten Strathausen‘s Bioaesthetics, Bellacasa‘s book on posthuman ethics of care, and some of Rosi Braidotti’s work on posthumanism. These last three are newer interests that have emerged as I’ve been researching Seattle’s new seawall (I currently have a paper under review for AREA that includes some of this work).

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