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What Will You Be Reading This Summer? July 4, 2016

Posted by Garibaldy in Uncategorized.

So what are people reading this summer? Was thinking I might check out this study of the effects on two cities across the US Mexican border of moving a factory from the US to Mexico, where the workers get paid just over $1 an hour instead of just over $15 an hour. Maybe if all the banks move to Dublin from London like some people hope, there will be a similar book to written in future on that. It might be like the effects of the Union on Dublin in reverse. Seems unlikely but a man can dream.

Any suggestions more than welcome.


1. yourcousin - July 4, 2016

Realpolitik by John Bew (a history of an oft abused and misunderstood term)
The Federalist Papers (hoping to read the Anti-Federalist papers by Thanksgiving).
Do the Balkans begin in Vienna?
Still trying to get through Tim Snyder’s Bloodlands. Apparently as I get older reading non stop about people being super shitty to each other bothers me more than it used to.


2. gendjinn - July 4, 2016

Working through Talbot’s tome on the Dulles, got Parker’s Global Crisis (about the 17th century) and just picked up Talbot’s Season of the Witch about San Francisco from the late 60s through the AIDS crisis.

Lashing through Dayton’s Don Coyote and hitting Mowat’s Never Cry Wolf next.

On the look out for some good books on California (and west coast) Native American post-Columbian histories.


3. Eilis Ryan - July 4, 2016

Just this minute picked out my holiday reading – mostly terribly overdue dusty on a shelf stuff.
The Mill on the Floss, Mistry’s A Final Balance, Bellamy Foster’s Great Financial Crisis, and The Tailor of Ulm


4. Tomboktu - July 4, 2016

The Silk Roads, by Peter Frankopan (The paperback has the familiar lines quoted from reviews of the hardback edition. One of them is from The Irish Left Review.)

After that I plan to read Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs To You. The summary on the dust-jacket of the plot suggests that it starts with a cruising scene in a public toilet. That interests me because when I read Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story many years ago, I was lost, confused by the plot because I didn’t understand what was going on in its cruising scenes. Then, years later, I understood what the opening lines of the Radiators Under Clery’s Clock were about.


5. LeftAtTheCross - July 5, 2016

Mixing politics with cycling, I’ve lined up The Race Against The Stasi by an ex DDR cyclist who’s game I’ve forgotten now, and Pedalare Pedalare by John Foot which is about how cycling became the national sport of Italy post war and a political tool in attempting to rebalance politics in the aftermath of decades of Fascism. Also Forza Italia by Paddy Agnew which is about Italian football and of course politics. If i get through all of them there’s also Elena Forrentes Neapolitan novels which were recommended by various Italophiles who are more knowledgeable about fiction than I would be myself.


sonofstan - July 5, 2016

The Ferrante books are absolutely brilliant. I devoured all 4 over about 3 weeks earlier this year and it felt like a rediscovery of what reading fiction was all about. There are moments that have the power of Hardy or Balzac.


crocodileshoes - July 5, 2016

Agree. And I’ve been reading Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle’ series at the same time. Interesting to – as they used to say in school – ‘compare and contrast’. Just finished Asne Seierstad’s ‘One of Us’ about the Breivik atrocities in Norway. Powerful.


6. Gewerkschaftler - July 5, 2016

I read mainly German literature especially the newish genre of German immigrant literature, but the one English language book that I’m determined to finish this summer is is Gindin & Panitch’s The Making of Global Capitalism.


7. Starkadder - July 7, 2016

In a lighter vein: I have been reading “King of the Comics : 100 years of King Features” by Dean Mullaney, Bruce Canwell and Brian Walker.

Many older readers will have fond memories of the
various KFS strips such as “Blondie” “Popeye” and “Hi and Lois”,
and this book gives the history of the syndicate and reprints numerous KFS strips in their original sizes with full colour restoration.

You could spend many happy hours reading over this book, with
its wonderful reproductions of “The Little King”, “Krazy Kat”,
“Flash Gordon”, “The Phantom”, “Buz Sawyer”,”Secret Agent Corrigan” and some absolutely breathtaking “Prince Valiant” drawings by Hal Foster.

Despite being run by the ghastly William Randolph Hearst, “the Chief” seems to have left his right-wing politics out of most of the
KFS comic strips. Indeed, one of the WRH-era KFS strips was “Tuffy”, drawn by the Marxist sympathiser Syd Hoff. “King of the
Comics” is a welcome reminder newspaper strips aren’t all dreck
like “Fred Basset”.


8. Mike Atkinson - July 8, 2016

Oh, I likes a bit of Popeye. I’ve been reading the Bud Sagendorf Popeye comics IDW are currently reprinting, and they’re great. The
KFS tome sounds interesting.

crocodileshoes – the Asne Seierstad book sounds very good, so I’ll see if I can pick that up as well.


9. ar scáth a chéile - July 9, 2016

Seán Ó Curráin’s new book on the notorious Maamtrasna murders case of 1882, “Éagóir” http://www.coislife.ie/leabhar/166/eagoir

Peter Hallward’s “Damming the Flood: Haiti and the Politics of Containment”

Not entirely unrelated to Haiti, I want to get stuck into the Moriarty Tribunal Report. Unlike the other Tribunal’s reports, its still fully available at http://www.moriarty-tribunal.ie/asp/index.asp?ObjectID=636&Mode=0&RecordID=399. I reckon we owe it to Catherine Murphy to do our homework here. (Maybe a CLR Moriarty book club?)

Finally, the two recent English translations of Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille have reminded me of a glaring gap in my Irish language reading – as bad as my never having finished Ulysses. Cré na Cille is jam packed with wonderful terms of vulgar abuse, which not being defamatory can come in handy if ever you need to let off some steam.


10. sonofstan - August 2, 2016

I may actually have some time off soon – I know, academics, four months holliers, right? – and have Michael Wayne’s ‘Red Kant’ lined up. I’ve long thought that the notion of Kant as the bourgeois liberal philosopher for the ages was right apart from the liberalism and the bourgeoisness, and am sympathetic to anyone who tries to uncover a much less comfortable politics from, in particular, the 3rd crit.

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