Publik / Private 2017 Reading List

I used to think I was good at writing introductions. Now as the years go by, including this one, I cannot announce that I doubt my choices, cadence and intuition when it comes to my writing, but after writing so many introductions, so many lead sentences, so many year-end pieces, I find it important to reflect on exactly what it is I mean to say…every single day.

Some say to become a better writer, you need to read. I agree with that and more times that not, I like to read more than I write. Reading helps me form my thoughts. Books help me expand my theories and learn about history. They help me speak with vigor and knowledge on topics I’m called to lecture on…but more importantly, they help me slow down.

When I read I can escape the fast paced culture of American urban living. I can take time and head to a library or a bookstore and not have to talk. I don’t have to answer and retort, I don’t have to smile or become angry due to an engaging conversation. I don’t have to explain myself.

I don’t have to explain why I think and do the things I do. I don’t have to prove I love someone or pick up a phone call. I don’t have to respond to an email or remember to pick something up from the grocery store. I can forget doctor’s appointments and birthdays (even my own). I can take the time to read someone else’s thoughts.

I can let authors do the thinking and writing for me, or they can tell me a story that is vastly different than my own. This 2017 Reading List contains a few of the books I’ve read, skimmed, studied and quoted this year. I hope you enjoy it and Happy New Year. –je

Modernity and Self-Identity

By: Anthony Giddens

Vulnerability in Resistance

Edited By: Judith Butler, Zeynep Gambetti, Leticia Sabsay

The Sabotage Manuals

By: Ida Börjel

Negative Dialectics

By: Theodore W. Adamo

The Use of Pleasure: Volume 2 of the History of Sexuality

By: Michel Foucault

As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

By: Susan Sontag, Edited By David Rieff

Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Modern Era

By: Anthony Giddens

Vulnerability in Resistance

Edited by: Judith Butler, Zaynap Gambatti, Leticia Sabsay

Aesthetic Justice: Interesting Artistic and Moral Perspectives

Edited By: Pascal Gielen, Niels Van Tomme

Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy

By: Chris Crass

The Heidegger Controversy

By: Richard Wolin

Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois

By: Gerald Horne

The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning

By: Maggie Nelson

New Heaven, New Earth

By: Joyce Carol Oates

The Prophet

By: Kahlil Gibran

Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880

By: W. E. B. Du Bois

The Human Condition

By: Hannah Arendt

Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women

By: Brittney C. Cooper

Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times

By: Alexis Shotwell

The expanding circle

By: Peter Singer

Practical Utopia: Strategies for a Desirable Society

By: Michael Albert

Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious

By: Sigmund Freud

Future Generation: The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends & Others

By: China Martens

One Dimensional Woman

By: Nina Power

Role Models

By: John Waters

Listen Up: Voices From the Next Generation

By: Barbara Findlen

The Concept and Measurement of Violence Against Women and Men

By: Sylvia Walby, Jude Towers, Susan Balderston, Brian Francis

Eros and Ethics: Reading Jacques Lacan’s Seminar VII

By: Marc De Kesel

A Brighter Coming Day: A Frances Ellen Watkins Reader

Edited By: Frances Smith Foster

Listen Little Man

By: Wilhelm Reich

New Black Man

By: Mark Anthony Neal

Masculinity Studies & Feminist Theory: New Directions

By: Judith Kegan Gardiner

Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance

By: Diane Torr and Stephen J. Bottoms

Hope in the Holler: A Womanist Theology

By: A. Elaine Brown Crawford

The Violence of Care: Rape Victims, Forensic Nurses, and Sexual Assault Intervention

By: Sameena Mulla

Sister Outsider

By: Audre Lorde

On the Pill: A Social History of Oral Contraceptives, 1950-1970

By Elizabeth Siegel Watkins

High Lonesome: New & Selected Stories, 1966–2006

By: Joyce Carol Oates

Shotgun Seamstress Zine Collection: Six Zine by and for Black Punks

By: Osa Atoe

Freedom Challenge: African American Homeschoolers

By: Grace Llewellyn

Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women

Edited By: Mia E. Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, Barbara D. Savage

On Intellectual Activism

By: Patricia Hill Collins

Black Sexual Politics

By: Patricia Hill Collins

Women’s Oppression Today: The Marxist/Feminist Encounter

By: Michèle Barrett

This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition Writings by Radical Women of Color

By: Cherríe Moraga

The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way

By: Alice Walker

In an Abusive State: How Neoliberalism Appropriated the Feminist Movement Against Sexual Violence

By: Kristin Bumiller

Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Entanglements of Feminism, Health, and Technoscience

By: Michelle Murphy

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance- a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power

By: Danielle L. McGuire

Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism

By: Erik S. McDuffie

Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality And Intimacy

By: Tricia Rose

Seasonal Reading Lists features on TERSE Journal

Special thanks to Red Emma’s Bookstore


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