Friday, March 16, 2012


Hiatus is a horrible word in blogging, but at times it becomes a  necessary one. On the "About Me" section of this blog it reads "ASK is a writer, editor, and PhD." Now, I'm actually getting paid for the editing portion of that description. 

I have a very good 40 hour a week office job working on what will remain an anonymous academic journal. At the same time, I'm still working on my own academic research projects. (Still want that tenure-track professor job, after all.) Unfortunately, this means that I have very little time for strictly "leisure" reading and even less time to blog about it.

Among the things I've had on my plate lately:
  • Revising a dissertation chapter for journal publication.
  • Working on a conference presentation on Ishmael Reed's Juice
  • Figuring out how to turn my dissertation into a tighter book project. 
With all this going on, I can't keep to my once a week blog posting, something that regular readers of Narrative Review have probably already realized. With last week's post on The Professor of Desire, I've exhausted my backlog of completed posts. There's nothing more in the hopper. Hopefully, when my schedule becomes less hectic, I can resume my blogging activities.

Still, because I conceived of this blog as a space where I could share with you what I've been reading, let me tell you what I've read so far in 2012. You'll see just how much of my time has been spent working on Reed:

Reed, Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media.
----, Flight to Canada
----, Last Days of Louisiana Red
----, God Made Alaska for the Indians
----, Airing Dirty Laundry
Baldwin,One Day When I was Lost
Reed, Conversations with Ishmael Reed
Burger, Theory of the Avant Garde
Ausubel, Nobody is Here Except All of Us
Reed, Another Day at the Front
----, Shrovetide in Old New Orleans
----, The Plays
Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
----, Blue Nights
Reed, Writin' is Fightin' 
Teres, Renewing the Left
Morrison (ed), Birth of a Nation'hood
Kompare, Rerun Nation
Shytengart, Russian Debutante's Handbook