It’s almost summer here in North Dakotaland and while I continue to dream about wrapping up my various projects from the spring (and the winter and the fall and last summer).
You can check out my past reading lists here: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2011. A quick read of these lists presents a litany of failed ambition rather than the story of my intellectual growth. Nevertheless, because I have to take most of my reading with me to Greece and Cyprus, there is a selection process that is less than simply random. In other words, once I have to plan, I might as well make a list.
First, there are two new books in my field that I need to read. In Cyprus, I plan to read Marietta Horster, Doria Nicolaou, and Sabine Rogge eds., Church Building in Cyprus (Fourth to Seventh Centuries): A Mirror of Intercultural Contacts in the Eastern Mediterranean. (2018). In Greece, I’ll like turn my attention to Amelia Brown’s new book Corinth in Late Antiquity: A Greek, Roman, and Christian City. (2018). The latest issue of Advances in Archaeological Practice is dedicated to digital data reuse in archaeology and that seems relevant as my various projects look ahead to investing some significant time into preparing our data for publication.
My reading in the historical archaeology of the American West and the archaeology of the contemporary world will take a bit of a pause this summer, although I’m keen to spend more time with Mark S Warner and Margaret Sermons Purser’s Historical Archaeology through a Western Lens (2018) and to revisit some classics of the field including Richard Gould and Michael Schiffer’s Modern Material Culture: The Archaeology of Us (1981), Cornelius Holtorf and Angela Piccini’s Contemporary Archaeology: Excavating Now (2006), Paul Graves-Brown’s Matter, Materiality, and Modern Culture (2012) and Sefryn Penrose’s (et al.) Images of Change: An Archaeology of England’s Contemporary Landscape (2010). In this same context, I’ll probably have to re-read David Beer’s Punk Sociology (2014) as I put together a draft of my paper for this fall’s European Archaeological Association annual meeting.
I’m going to putt off surfing the Edinburgh History of the Greeks until a bit later in the summer as I prepare my Greek history class for the fall.
I also want to read some fiction. I was taken by a recent review of the republication of Joy Williams’ The Changeling (1978), in part because reviewers gave it a bit of Under the Vulcano (1968) vibe. I’ve also Kindled up Andrew Sean Greer’s Less: A Novel (2017).
I’ve also queued up four of Ursula K. LeGuin’s novel’s A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia, and The Lathe of Heaven. And on various recommendations from social media colleagues, I’ve added the first two novels of Malka Older’s Centenal Cycle.
This reading will be in addition to a few other projects that continue to simmer away and require a certain amount of maintenance reading over the summer. For example, North Dakota Quarterly has reopened submissions and The Digital Press has an important work pretty far into the pipeline and literally begging for a first read!
Finally, I’ve been threatening my fellow editors at NDQ to start reading some poetry. The advantages of poetry books is that they’re small and while they might be heavy in content, they tend to be light in form. I’ll likely drop a couple in my bag for the odd evening read.