Reading Roll Call – March 2014

I’m switching between Gregory Bateson’s Steps to an Ecology of Mind and Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses

What are you reading for academia and/or pleasure? 



3 comments on “Reading Roll Call – March 2014

  1. Alice Wright says:

    Does proofreading my dissertation count? (She asks hopelessly, as she resists gouging her eyes out…)

    I’m delving into some classic old school ethnography goodness with Mooney’s Cherokee History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas. I’ve read excerpts before, but never the whole thing. This was partially inspired by a conversation with a Cherokee field tech who volunteered when I was excavating at Garden Creek a couple of years ago. He said something along the lines of “Don’t believe everything you read in Mooney; sometimes folks told him wild stories just to have fun/screw around with him.” Inexplicably, I sort of love this. For better or worse, I am totally the kind of person who, if ever interrogated by an ethnographer, would attempt any number of leg pullings. (And, of course, this doesn’t get into the more serious issue of there being some things that outsiders/ethnographers/archaeologists just aren’t allowed to know — and that’s ok too). Anyway, should be a fun/challenging read.

  2. dover1952 says:

    I have been reading and skimming over numerous city and county history books pertinent to developing a cohesive story about the early rural crossroads town of Robertsville, Tennessee, which is related to some (probably) Woodland Period archaeological research I am doing just for the fun of it.

    Thrill a minute!!! For example (you are going to laugh) while thumbing through a very serious local history book published in 2012, I ran into an old legend about Robertsville and—Lord forgive me—hidden treasure—in the form of pre-1861 gold coins. Although I could certainly use the money right now (chuckle), I have no plans to buy a metal detector or a good shovel. My interest in the area is purely informational.

  3. David Cranford says:

    Since I’m teaching General Anthropology for the first time this semester, I am reading through the syllabus along with my students, which includes their text “Anthropology: What it means to be Human” by Lavenda and Schultz 2nd ed. (Not bad as text books go, but noticeably thin in key topics), as well as getting to reread many classic articles that I first encountered as an undergrad. My favorites have been “What this Awl Means” Spector 1991; “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” Geertz 1973; “Weaving and Cooking” Brumfiel 1991; and “Shakespeare in the Bush” Bohannon 1966. I also assigned a few newish pieces that turned out to be class favorites: from Beneath the Ivory Tower: The Archaeology of Academia- “The Eagle and the Poor House” Davis et al. 2010- (Go figure, UNC students liked learning about the archaeology of UNC!). Hopefully I’ll find some time over spring break to catch up on some journal reading/skimming…

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