I really love reading a lot and want to eventually do that for a living under the guise of an academic position. Here are books I got for Christmas, some of which I've read and some of which I haven't.
  1. Drown - Junot Díaz
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    Love Díaz and tried to see him at UChicago this past semester but the tickets sold out so so quick :(. I really liked this collection (along with THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER), but want him to write another novel!
  2. The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
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    So so good. Did not want it to end. Very much eager to read THE LOWLANDS next. Love Lahiri.
  3. Orientalism - Edward Said
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    My university library only has one copy (!!!!) and it's always checked out. So I asked for the paperback for Christmas. Cannot read more than 5pages without brain hurting but so so important.
  4. Culture and Imperialism - Edward Said
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    Have not read/started reading but very excited to make an attempt.
  5. The Argonauts - Maggie Nelson
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    Nelson is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. Brutal honesty presented with gorgeous language. Also just read BLUETS and was absolutely floored. Incredible. Also she writes so much about Eve Sedgwick and I am obsessed so I might have to love Nelson by default??
  6. The Women - Hilton Als
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    Was recommended WHITE GIRLS by a very cool friend and devoured it. Haven't started THE WOMEN yet but am very much anxious to do so.
  7. A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara
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    Heard SO much about this book all year, and I love a long novel. Cannot wait to go on vacation/learn how to stop time so I can read this.
  8. The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
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    I'll be so honest that I had never considered reading Didion until she broke the Internet as the face of Céline last year. Haven't started this bc I think it will make me too sad. Some day.
  9. Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion
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    Have read ~3/4. A lot of this actually made me sad too?? But her essay "Where the Kissing Never Stops" features one of the best paragraphs I've ever read. Highly recommend.
  10. The Lottery and Other Short Stories - Shirley Jackson
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    Shirley Jackson is my spooky ghost mom and I would like you all to meet her so please read all of these short stories or maybe one of her novels.
  11. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
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    Read some Woolf this semester so I was like okay there's a movie based on this book about Woolf featuring Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore and like maybe also Meryl Streep (am I projecting?? Am I too hopeful?) so I have to read it. But I haven't yet. Hope it's good!!
  12. Wretched of the Earth - Frantz Fanon
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    Had to read excerpts from BLACK SKIN, WHITE MASKS last year and looooved so here I am.
  13. Skin Shows - J. Halberstam
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    Obsessed with Halberstam's other works, and this marries queer theory, literature, and horror films (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE) so I felt very much forced to request this. Read the introduction and was giddy and feverish over it.
  14. A Dialogue on Love - Eve Sedgwick
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    Cannot begin to explain how much Sedgwick means to me and this text is so so personal and beautiful and vulnerable and poetic and brilliant.
  15. Epistemology of the Closet - Eve Sedgwick
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    DUH!! Already read ~half of this in various courses but needed to have it on my bookshelf.
  16. Negroland - Margot Jefferson
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    So so good. Go read this!!! Love when critics write memoirs that serve as both cultural criticism and personal history. Such a valuable insight on race, class, and gender from a very specific vantage point.
  17. I'm Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted - Jennifer Boylan
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    Very much into ghosts and haunted houses and very much into Boylan. For the most part liked SHE'S NOT THERE. Excited to read.
  18. The Spectralities Reader
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    Did I say I like ghosts?? Also cultural theory. A no-brainer. Probably won't read until the summer but cannot wait.
  19. I Can Give You Anything but Love - Gary Indiana
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    Another memoir by an important and incisive critic. Read maybe 20pgs but had to put it down bc reading too many other things. A whirlwind.
  20. Men Doing Feminism - Ed. by Tom Digby
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    The Thinking Gender series is v important and I figured if Sandra Bartky wrote the introduction this was worth looking at. Features essays by both men and women, tackling important questions regarding men's involvement/placement in the women's movement. It's actually a huge anthology, lots and lots of material and perspectives. Seems very comprehensive.
  21. Femininity and Domination - Sandra Bartky
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    Used Bartky's "Foucault, Femininity and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power" essay in probably half of the papers I wrote last semester. Very much becoming obsessed with Bartky and can't wait to read more.