Books at my elbow

Books at my elbow.

I’ve seen it done before, as a gesture of personality. People love lists. So, for the heck of it before I put them back on the shelf (Christmas break, you know), a list of the books that have come out recently for one reason or another:

  • The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present Bizzell and Herzberg, eds.
  • The Semiotic Challenge by Roland Barthes
  • Writers [on Writing]: Collected Essays from the New York Times
  • Cross-Talk in Comp Theory Victor Villanueva, ed.
  • Samuel Johnson: The Major Works
  • From the New Criticism to Deconstruction by Art Berman
  • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory
  • Literacy and Computers: The Complications of Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
  • Narrative: A Critical Linguistic Introduction by Michael J. Toolan
  • Liquid Modernity by Zigmunt Bauman
  • The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry
  • English Romantic Writers by David Perkins
  • History, Reflection and Narrative: The Professionalization of Composition 1963-1983
  • Fictional Worlds by Thomas G. Pavel
  • The Theory of Communicative Action Volume 1: Reason and the Rationalization of Society by Jurgen Habermas
  • The Oxford Annotated Bible
  • Suburbia by Bill Owens
  • Social Graces by Larry Fink
  • Yeats by Harold Bloom

Does this make me a nerd or what? Nothing but theory, philosophy, poetry, and photography.

One of these days I’ll have to read a novel or comic strip again or a book on music, for that matter. Sometimes I think I’m too hung up on learning how things work, instead of creating things that work.

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