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Favorite Books

Today's desert island list: Shakespeare, Milton, the Romantics--esp Keats and Coleridge, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Hart Crane, Berryman, Lowell, Tom Sleigh. Theorists: Jameson's Political Unconscious, Lacan's Ecrits, Stanley Fish's essays, all Freud, Marx's Grundrisse, Barthes, Foucault, Zizek, Zupancic. Novelists: Flaubert's Sentimental Education, Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Fitzgerald's Stories and The Crack Up, Bellow's Humboldt's Gift, Singer's Enemies: A Love Story, Thomas Love Peacock's Nightmare Abbey, George Eliot's Middlemarch, Mailer's The Naked and the Dead, Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, Roth's The Ghostwriter.

What I'm Reading

Pericles, Charles Nicholl's The Lodger Shakespeare, Alenka Zupancic's Odd One In

Favorite Authors

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As a theorist, my biggest influences are my teachers, Stanley Fish and Fred Jameson. As a writer of creative nonfiction, I would name Norman McLean, Robert Pirsig, Ernest Hemingway and Herman Melville.