Mr. Library: What Have You Got Checked Out?


We all know that libraries are under attack these days, and I intend to do my part to show their importance by checking out books (because I have some delusion that using the library is somehow recorded and then sent to evil government people who are forced to reconsider cutting library funds because people actually use the library).

Here’s what I currently have checked out:

  1.  Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (DVD)
  2. Ghostbusters (DVD)(it was awesome)
  3. Once Upon a Time in the West (DVD)
  4. Mythologies by Roland Barthes
  5. Globalization and Utopia:  Critical Essays edited by Patrick Hayden and Chamsy el-Ojeili
  6. The Search For Philip K. Dick by Anne R. Dick
  7. A Companion to The Crying of Lot 49 by J. Kerry Grant
  8. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  9. Alone Against Tomorrow:  Stories of Alienation and Speculative Fiction by Harlan Ellison
  10. American War Poetry:  An Anthology edited by Lorrie Goldensohn
  11. Carrying the Darkness:  the Poetry of the Vietnam War edited by W. D. Ehrhart
  12. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
  13. Postmodern American Poetry:  a Norton Anthology edited by Paul Hoover
  14. The Postmoderns:  the New American Poetry Revised edited by Donald Allen
  15. The Sunset Limited:  a Novel in Dramatic Form by Cormac McCarthy
  16. The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
  17. A History of Literary Criticism:  from Plato to the Present by M. A. R. Habib
  18. Nanyo-Orientalism:  Japanese Representations of the Pacific by Naoto Sudo
  19. Teaching Literature by Elaine Showalter

That’s one hell of a list, don’t you think?  I had others checked out a few weeks ago, but decided to return them.  I’m hoping to work through most of these this month.  You won’t hear anything about them, though, since most of them aren’t of interest to you all (postmodern poetry is hardly SF/F).

In the interest of prying into your lives, though, I want to know what books you currently have checked out from the library.  Family’s count (I’m looking at you, Jen)!

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

6 thoughts on “Mr. Library: What Have You Got Checked Out?

  1. UF's library is pretty impressive. And that's just stuff I got out of Library West. There's Library East, the Children's Literature Library, the Latin American Library, Marston Science Library, an Engineering library somewhere, and a few others I know exist but haven't been to (a film one, I think).

    UF's got it going on. Plus the libraries are connected to others in the State, so we can do interlibrary loans. It's awesome. Oh, and one of the major state public libraries is in this town :). Yeah.

  2. I'm fairly light on library books at the moment.

    Just returned Kerre Woodham's "Short Fat Chick in Paris", which is the sequel to "Short Fat Chick to Marathon Runner" – I try to have at least one running book on the go at any one time in the theory that it'll keep me inspired on my fitness journey. Haven't found one to replace it yet though.

    Other than that, I have mainly brain candy out right now: a couple of urban fantasies (Seanan McGuire's "Late Eclipses", Jenna Black's "Devil's Playground"), a PNR/UF (Nalini Singh's "Archangel's Consort") and one fantasy-cum-chinese-mythology novel (Kylie Chan's "Blue Dragon")

  3. that's an impressive list!!! I try to keep myself limited to 8 or 10 books, because that's about what I can finish before they are due.

    I HEART my library SO much. last saturday I hit the local library and the university library, came home with

    Doctor Who: The coming of the Terraphiles, by Michael Moorcock
    I was Told There'd be Cake by Sloane Crosley
    Aztechs, by Lucius Shepard
    Infoquake, by David Louis Edelman
    Sex Panic (non-fiction) by Roger Lancaster
    and some Rachel Ray cookbook w/lots of food pr0n, because of course my shelf of cookbooks isn't enough.

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