Deck the halls.
Okay, okay. Something important. We're going to do a Mailbag for our 150th episode, which means we need your help! Please email any questions, comments, anecdotes, Christmas cookie recipes, etc. that you may have for us to me at email@example.com ASAP! We'll be recording on December 7, so let's talk soon! xoxo
On another note, hello! It's been a while because I've been out of the shop for the past couple weeks due to the holiday and yet another academic conference. Some things I've learned:
1. It's a bad idea to schedule a wedding, two academic conferences, and Thanksgiving all within five weeks right in the middle of the semester.
2. No one minds when you cancel class.
3. It's very easy to catch a cold at the fair.
4. It's very hard to get rid of a cold you caught at the fair when you're not home to rest for more than 48 hours at a time due to travel.
The holiday season is now upon us, and I hope you'll remember The Bookshelf when you're shopping for your loved ones. We've got all the hot new releases and most of yesterday's favorites, kind of like a pop variety station that leases airtime to college radio on weeknights after 10. Let us be your indie bookstore. Shop here.
Chris's Media Log
The thing about me and travel is that I still haven't stopped and I've begun to unravel. During my Thanksgiving vacation and directly after (into the present day), I started binge-reading old comic books again because I can't bear to do dissertation work if I don't have a dedicated several hours to do it. Thus I took a deep dive into Noh-Varr, an interdimensional Kree warrior who initially declared war on the earth in his first appearance as Marvel Boy, but later became its protector. Don't ask.
n/a--it was Thanksgiving
n/a--I was at Universal Studios
Morrison, Marvel Boy #2 - 6
Bendis and Reed, New Avengers: Illuminati #1 - 5
graded papers and drafted a new medieval lit syllabus
Wells, Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways #1 - 3
Olsen, "I Stand Here Ironing"
Hauser, "The Shapeshifter Principle"
MIndhunter, season 1, episode 8
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, "General Prologue"
Wells, Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways #4
Wells, Marvel Boy: Master of the Cube
Bendis, Secret Invasion #1 - 2
Bendis, Secret Invasion #3 - 8
Bendis, Dark Avengers #1
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, "The Miller's Tale"
Aiello, "Where Are All the Absent Mothers?"
Sedaris, "Why Aren't You Laughing?"
Mindhunter, season 1, episodes 7, 9
Annie's Quick Review
So many readers have recommended Loving Frank over the years, and I finally--finally!--was able to sit down and read this popular backlist title. I purchased my copy at Octavia Books in New Orleans (highly recommend), and it had been sitting patiently on my shelf while I read ARC after ARC. For those of you not familiar, Loving Frank tells the fascinating story of Mamah Borthwick Cheney and her affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. The historic novel has been a book club favorite since its debut, and now I know why. Mamah is a compelling and complicated protagonist, equally charming and mystifying, and author Nancy Horhan has given Frank his due, too, painting him with exquisite detail rather than broad strokes. I was completely enmeshed in their story, and I suspect you will be, too.
One last thing!
Tomorrow is the first day of December, which means there will be a new episode of Unpopular Opinions delivered to your podcatcher next Thursday and three new (and extended) bits of Deleted Content up on our website. Also, by the time you read this email, all of our other [quasi-]weekly newsletters will be archived on the patrons-only part of the site as well--something that never even occurred to me!
I'll see you next week. Same time, same place.
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