One negative to this sort of work in academia is the length of tie one must dedicate to a central topic, especially since I tend to be interested in a lot of different things for a short period of time. I just started a book on hermetic philosopher Giordani Bruno, something that likely will have no bearing on any future scholarship. There are times when the difference between literary/cultural criticism and scholarly criticism seem so pronounced that I am beginning to realize the art of doing some things I don't really want to do is necessary to have the time and funds to the things I really enjoy. This is the closest thing to a perfect fit that I have found, though if someone wanted to be my benefactor, I certainly wouldn't turn them down.
In the midst of the thesis work, I managed to finish fifteen books over the past month, and this is what they were:
- Mere Mortals by David Mack
- Active Liberty by Stephen Breyer
- Orality and Literacy by Walter J. Ong
- The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria
- Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
- The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
- Chasing the Sea by Tom Bissell
- Daughter of the North by Sarah Hall
- The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
- Write It When I'm Gone by Thomas M. DeFrank
- Feed by M.T. Anderson
- Lost Souls by David Mack
- Man in the Dark by Paul Auster
- Dictation by Cynthia Ozick
- Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
I'll probably have something written on Girl Meets Boy in the next day or so, but I would recommend you take a look at the Canongate Myth Series, of which this is a part. I have enjoyed most of the books, and some like David Grossman's Lion's Honey a great deal.
As always, comments are welcome and appreciated. I wouldn't mind a recommendation or two either.