John Pistelli

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Goodreads Review Round-Up & Fall Teaching

I miss the old Internet days when one just had a blog (or a livejournal!) and it all went there: the pretty pictures, the book reviews, the ancient quotations veiling political fears, the notes on pedagogy, etc.  But we must adapt to this multi-platform age if we want to continue to promote every aspect of our lonely lives to strangers.  

So here, if you want to follow along as if reality were just one big MOOC, are .pdfs of my fall syllabi for Readings in the Graphic Novel and Introduction to Poetry.  Happy first day of school, kids!  

And here, if you even care, are a month’s worth of Goodreads reviews (I also read William Giraldi’s excellent new novel, Hold the Dark, but didn’t review it as I’m writing a review-essay on Giraldi for Rain Taxi; the Woodrell and Hannah below are there as background reading for my Giraldi essay since he’s counted them among his influences–I am now an admirer of Woodrell’s and not much of an admirer of Hannah’s):

Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics

Barry Hannah, Ray

Vergil, The Aeneid (trans. Sarah Ruden)

Sam Alden, It Never Happened Again: Two Stories

Daniel Woodrell, Winter’s Bone

Gayl Jones, Corregidora

Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality

Euripides, The Bacchae and Other Plays

Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle

I think that’s all I have to share for now, unless the hackers turn something up in the cloud.  Have a good day, gentle reader!

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