The Public Archive is taking the rest of the summer off to catch up on some reading — to consider those daunting, guilt-inducing, impossible to finish accumulations of never-read classics, recently-published near-sensations, and occasionally-frustrating volumes you feel you should read if only to say you’ve read them.
Hudson’s list includes W.E.B. Dubois’ Dark Water: Voices from Within the Veil (Harcourt, 1920), Jonathan Derrick’s Africa’s ‘agitators’: militant anti-colonialism in africa and the west, 1918-1939 (Hurst, 2009), Leah Gordon’s Kanaval: vodou, politics and revolution on the streets of Haiti (Soul Jazz Records, 2010), Matthew J. Smith’s Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957 (UNC Press, 2009), CLR James’ and David Austin’s, You Don’t Play with Revolution: the Montreal lectures of CLR James (AK Press, 2009), and C.S. Giscombe’s Prairie Style (Dalkey, 2008).
On Sheikh’s desk are Finbarr B. Flood’s Objects of Translation: Material Culture and Medieval “Hindu-Muslim” Encounter (Princeton, 2009), Aamir R. Mufti’s Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture (Princeton, 2007), Janet Kamphorst’s In Praise of Death: History and Poetry in Medieval Marwar (South Asia) (Leiden University Press, 2008), Robert P.W. Hymes’ Way and Byway: Taoism, Local Religion, and Models of Divinity in Sung and Modern China (California, 2002) and David Sneath’s The Headless State: Aristocratic Orders, Kinship Society and Misrepresentations of Nomadic Inner Asia (Columbia, 2007).
Enjoy the summer.
Peter James Hudson and Samira Sheikh