Favorites in Academic and Other Print Media...

(IF I HADN'T SPENT SO MUCH TIME LEARNING SPANISH AND CHINESE, MAYBE I'D BE MORE LITERATE, BUT I WOULDN'T TRADE THE SKILLZ!)

 

ACADEMIC BOOKS I LIKE (Can't recommend these to a general readership, but I learned a lot from these and cite them frequently.)

A Nation-State by Construction, The Great Divergence, In Search of Wealth and Power: Yen Fu & the West,

ACADEMIC OR NON-FICTION BOOKS & ARTICLES I CAN RECOMMEND TO NON-SCHOLARS (These are at least slightly more accessible.)

American Savage, Bowling Alone, Coming to Terms with the Nation, Sex at Dawn,

SCHOLARS WHOSE WORK I ADMIRE GENERALLY (This list should grow with time! And of course I have the utmost respect for the faculty of Oberlin, Marquette U & UCI' s political science and history depts. For now it's mostly China scholars.)

Allen Carlson, Bruce Cumings, Jack Goldstone, David Kang, Nicholas Onuf, Elizabeth Perry, David Shambaugh, Doh Chul Shin, Suisheng Zhao, Yuezhi Zhao

FICTION/NOVELS I HAVE READ AND ENJOYED (No bragging here. I just forget what I've read all the time. Leaving most of the books Grandma sent to me in PC China doesn't help. I blame tv and video games as a youth for this list not being much, much longer. Oh yeah, and grad school! A person who doesn't wish s/he was better read is no one I want to meet. Titles arranged by title with attempt to clump titles by the same authors, as I'm not a good enough reader to be able to say I like a particular author.)

Bel Canto, A Canticle for Leibowitz, Crime & Punishment, High Fidelity, Lullabye, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, Trainspotting, Marabou Stork Nightmares, War & Peace, Cat's Cradle, Player Piano,

JOURNALISTS AND OTHER WRITERS WHOSE WORK I SEEK OUT (Rabble-rousers and muckrakers dominate here. Sometimes it just feels good to agree with someone.)

Gustavo Arellano, Peter Hessler, Bertil Lintner, Matt Taibbi,

MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS I'D SUBSCRIBE TO IF I HAD MORE MONEY (Some of these my family or I actually did subscribe to for a while. In ten years no one under 30 will understand what it meant to receive a printed thing in the mail every week/month.)

Adbusters, The Atlantic, Harper's, Mother Jones, The Nation, Rolling Stone, Science News, Spin, Z Magazine

BOOKS I KNOW I NEED TO READ (See also my wishlist on Half)

Retreat of the Elephants, Mao's War on Nature

I JUST COULDN'T GET THROUGH (These were non-page-turners I COULD and did put down. Hooray for giving up sometimes!)

A Brief History of Time, The Glass Bead Game

 

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