October 25, 2006

Errata week: To be read (yet)

I'm declaring the next week or so to be Errata Week, where I declare a bunch of mistakes I've made professionally. One of the obligations of academics is to acknowledge these openly. Since publishers don't print errata sheets frequently, it's time to use blogs to do that instead.

Today, I'll start with a list of very specific omissions (and omissions count as errors): books I've committed to reading in a very concrete way, by buying them, but where I haven't cracked the covers (yet). When I was studying for comprehensive exams in 1989-90, I realized I had three lists of books in my head: books I wanted to read, books I should read, and books I should have read two weeks some time ago. That last category has grown considerably in the past 17 years.

I'm amazed at The Little Professor's frequent This Week's Acquisitions notes (a personal version of an academic library's recently acquired list), and I admit that I don't scarf down books as voluminously as Miriam Burstein because, well, I'm not as persistent. So here's the tip of the hat to Miriam and a commitment to get to the following books Very Soon Now:

  • Steven Mintz, Huck's Raft
  • Annette Lareau, Unequal Childhoods
  • Richard Neumann, Sixties Legacy
  • Lee Jones, ed., Brothers of the Academy
  • Roger Geiger, Knowledge and Money
  • Clive Griggs, The TUC and Education Reform, 1926-1970
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"
  • Philippe Meyer, The Child and the State
  • Judith Sealander, Private Wealth and Public Life
  • Antwone Fisher, Finding Fish
  • Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel
  • Vincent Harding, Hope and History
  • Lisbeth Schorr, Within our Reach
  • Etta Kralovec, Schools that Do too Much
  • Linda Christensen and Stan Karp, ed., Rethinking School Reform
  • Viviana Zelizer, The Social Meaning of Money
  • Candace Falk, Love, Anarchy, and Emma Goldman (though I think someone else picked this out in the bookstore, it's lying in my pile)
  • Pauline Vaillancourt Rosenau, The Competition Paradigm
  • Scott Sandage, Born Losers

And adding to that list is a package on its way to me this week:

  • Michael Bérubé, What's Liberal about the Liberal Arts?
  • David Nye, America as Second Creation
  • Frank Baumgartner and Bryan Jones, Agendas and Instability in American Politics
  • Thomas Misa, Leonardo to the Internet
  • Natalie McMaster, No Boundaries
  • Cape Breton by Request (2 vols.)
  • Harold Jones, Let us Break Bread Together

Oh, wait: Those last items are CDs, but at least the last one deserves to be on the list. Jones's chamber group played at my wedding more than 18 years ago (my wonderful mother-in-law knew him for years while living in New York), and I should've gotten it before now.

Tomorrow's errata: acknowledgment omissions of various types.

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