Before we get started on IJ, Canelli and I have to get settled into our new respective school years. He’s got Putney, and I’ve got the writing program at JHU. My workshop class doesn’t start until next week, but in the meantime I’ve been keeping myself busy with the following reading materials:
- Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She’s a graduate of the JHU writing program, and this book, released in 2003, was her senior thesis project. My big criticism of the book is that all the things I find most interesting in the book are compressed into the hurried last 10 pages of the book.
- The Souls of Black Folks by W. E. B. Du Bois. This comes on the tails of having finished Between the World and Me.
- Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by Buckminster Fuller. Still working on this one.
- Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Blau. This is the third novel by Blau. Why this book? She’s the instructor running my workshop class this fall. Per Amanda’s advice, I’m trying to get more female authors under my belt, and sticking to JHU writing program grads seems like a nice way to start.
- Catching up on my Scientific American subscription. Man, I’m so far behind on this stack of magazines…
Once Canelli and I settle into our fall schedules, all this falls to the side and–BOOM!–Infinite Jest. I can’t wait.