Friday, April 27, 2007

I am addicted to magazines

So, I now subscribe to several periodicals: Rollingstone, Paste,The New Yorker, Poets & Writers . . . and I'm not counting the journals. Meredith gets Vanity Fair which I browse, and we jointly get Budget Travel, a gift from my parents. I can't keep up! I swear, Paste sends me a magazine a week! The cool thing about Paste, though, is that each issue includes a sampler CD. 11 issues, 11 CD's, $24 . . . that's not bad. Anyway, thought I'd let you in on my mania.

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My English 460 Class: The Historic Collection, is shaping up with some good ideas. It's a multi-genre class, so I need a sample of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction . . . maybe even plays. I'll be teaching this class in the Fall which, as I stated earlier, I came up with on the spur of the moment when I was surrounded by four of my colleagues who wanted to know immediately what I was teaching next year (you know who you are if you're reading this).

Here's what I've got so far:

Poetry:
Nicole Cooley The Afflicted Girls
Davis McCoombs Ultima Thule
Claudia Rankine Plot
Martha Collins Blue Front

Fiction

Annie Proulx Accordian Crimes
Bharati Mukherji Holder of the World
Julian Barnes Flaubert's Parrot

Anyway, I know there's lots of historical novels, but are there specifically collections of short stories that use a historical point as a unifying device? How about a book of sustained short essays about a historical event?

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As I mentioned earlier, I'll be heading down to Whidbey Island to read for Burning Word. Fellow bloggers Peter and Shin Yu will be there.

I'll be here:

Paul Gillie Stage, Main Barn
Session 1: 10:00 am - 11:10 am

2 comments:

Jose said...

I like Sabina Murray's The Caprices.

Ayse Papatya Bucak said...

The Things They Carried never fails. And in nonfiction, Sarah Vowell sometimes covers history.