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Cleaning out my Bookshelf: Villem Flusser

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 1, 2013 - 5:43pm

My wife has told me that books related to work have to exit the house (either to go to my office or to be put on Paperback Swap).

Out with the Richard Rorty. What I will ever use again in pedagogy or in arguments, I will ILL.
Keeping the Max Eastman, because I will finish that book about IA Richards someday, and Max Eastman is a big part of that.
Keeping the Derrida. Though the posthumous Derrida industry has swamped me with more than I can read, I tell myself I will, someday.
Out with the William Morris. Though I love design history, I will never know enough about the 19th century to use Morris in pedagogy or research.

I have three books by Villem Flusser. I will read them this summer, because they look awesome.
Who else, if anyone, has read Flusser?

What did you keep as you moved into post-tenure life, and what did you hurl into the void as you transitioned into the library of your teacher and scholarly maturity.

Submitted by Will Duffy (not verified) on February 3, 2013 - 4:45pm.


I'm not sure what I will toss into the void post-tenure. I will say, however, that I'm looking forward to reading into the corpuses (corpi?) of several folks once I do get tenure: Whitehead, Michel Meyer, Zizek, Cavell, and Badiou are a few that come to mind. These are philosophers I want to read--and think about--but I can't justify diving into the pool with them at this point in time. I'm hoping tenure will give me this freedom. Do you have any experience with any of these folks? Have recommendations?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 4, 2013 - 9:03am.

Joshua Gunn of course taught me what little Zizek I know. And those Texans have a thing for Badiou, I think.

When I think Zizek, I think:

Submitted by Jim Ridolfo (not verified) on February 1, 2013 - 6:02pm.

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