I met with my good friend James Shelley to discuss Albert Memmi’s The Colonizer and the Colonized, a book published in the 1960s which, I think, still has great resonance today.
I have a long standing interest in putting together a small reading & discussion group devoted to the subject “Life in the Suburbs.” It would be a group where fiction, non-fiction, film, and photography are read, watched, viewed, and discussed. I think it would encompass work done on Canada & the United States, where suburban life first took off.
If anyone is interested in this idea please feel free to message me. I think it could be quite a bit of fun.
Here is a sample of some of the books my students and I have been reading lately. I’m immensely proud of them for undertaking all of these:
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
A Complicated Kindness, by Miriam Toews
A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth
Logicomix, by Apostolos Doxiadis & Christos Papadimitriou
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ecological Imperialism, by Alfred W. Crosby
The Birth of Tragedy, by Friedrich Nietzsche
Selections from The American Political Tradition, by Richard Hofstadter
In all cases my students have enthusiastically embraced these challenging readings. I could not be more proud of them.