We have all danced around the subject of summer reading, as I have seen on Facebook and Twitter references made to (and photos of) books that folks have staked or packed. I had also promised a couple of students in my spring semester class that I would send out a link to a post where this community chimed in about the books they thought worthwhile to explore. So here is that post.
In my attempt to reconsider how American Studies might look to graduate students through a series of methods courses, I have picked up the following books to read this summer:
James Scott, Seeing Like a State
Dora Apel, War Culture and the Contest of Images
Franco Moretti, Distant Reading
Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk
Nassim Taelb, The Black Swan
Tom Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis
Andrew Jewett, Science, Democracy, and the American University
Frank Donoghue, The Last Professors
What say ye?