This weekend, I'm working away on one final history paper on mid-twentieth century feminist historians and Native American women's history--if you're interested in details, check back in a month when I have more perspective! But in the part of my brain not preoccupied with academic writing, I'm happily assembling the beginnings of a summer reading/viewing list. At the top are . . .
- Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture, by Daniel Radosh. I don't know what it says about me that at the end of term, what sounds most appealing to me is to pick up a rollicking bit of journalism that allows me to laugh at the "parallel universe" of Christian fundamentalist evangelicals . . . but this one's at the top of my list.
- My latest issue of the journal Radical Teacher, which just arrived in the mail this evening, is the first of a year-long subscription I picked up with Christmas money, and I look forward to perusing it. Ms. also has a new issue out I haven't had a chance to look at.
- Tasha Alexander's latest mystery featuring you widow Emily Ashton, Fatal Waltz, is out in bookstores and I'm looking forward to a bit of historical-mystery-romance escapism if I do say so myself.
- He's a Stud, She's a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know, Jessica Valenti's latest, is unlikely to have anything terribly mind-blowing, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless--when someone offers you astute feminist analysis in a book that doesn't require note-taking to make sense of it, why not spend an afternoon enjoying yourself?
- My friend Joseph gave me Anne Fadiman's collection of essays, At Large and At Small, at Christmastime and I'm ashamed to say I haven't yet found time to read it.
- Plus, I still have the last four episodes of Torchwood, season one, waiting to be watched, and Hanna reports that Prince Caspian is opening in the weekend of Simmons' graduation.
I have a few other more substantive post ideas that I hope to work on after my brain recovers--check back in a couple of weeks.