Among other things, casual reading has provided a means of distraction, one that I am unsure I will ever be able to do without. The common wisdom is that has no time for personal reading when in grad school, but I have found a way to balance both. Perhaps my program is easier than some, perhaps my ability to write polished first drafts keeps my grades artificially high. No matter the case, I need to develop better habits in academic writing or the professorial career I am pursuing my be much more unpleasant than I am expecting.
Anyway, while I was avoiding reading scholarly works on semiotics, I managed to finish 15 books and graphic novels:
- Kobayashi Maru by Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels
- A Contract with God by Will Eisner
- From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman
- 100 Bullets: Once Upon a Crime by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso
- Seconds of Pleasure by Neil LaBute
- Gods of Night by David Mack
- The Limits of Power by Andrew J. Bacevich
- The Drowned Life by Jeffrey Ford
- Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco
- The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin
- The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume I: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
- Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale
- The Question of Bruno by Aleksandar Hemon
- Slam by Nick Hornby
- Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
I'll also have so thoughts on Hornby's Slam in the next day or so.
Your questions and comments, as always, are appreciated.