Epistemological Impossibilities

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Last year I decided to keep a record of the books I’d read cover-to-cover. It was a good exercise, in that it helped force me to prioritize reading books, to read books to the end, and to collect my thoughts about what I had read. At the same time, blogging about them has been fun. It led some of the authors to contact me, which was nice. One risk, though, is that readers of my jottings on these books might take what I’ve written as definitive. Please don’t read what I write about these books as anything more than initial, cursory, incomplete, and reactive. These are not book reviews! They’re just quick reflections.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

In January, I decided to keep a log of all the books I had read this year. By mid-February, I was having trouble with my eyesight, and by the end of February, I had basically lost my vision and required emergency surgery. So I lost a couple months of reading. Luckily, as George Costanza would say, I'm back, baby.

This year is also the year when I hope to complete the book I am writing. Because I have been feeling a bit inundated by online articles, I decided to make a concerted effort to read as many books as possible. I often say that I read books for a living, but mostly that means skimming books and reading articles. (I’m not going to record the many articles, academic and otherwise, I’m reading.) I like to read really long books because of the sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing them. But honestly I rarely have the time or attention span that I wish I did. Anyway, here is a list of books I’ve read so far in 2017, with some commentary on each. I will try to update it every few months; hopefully this will force me to read books cover to cover.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I am very pleased to share an article written by Dr. Timothy Nunan based on his interview of me for the Global History Forum, sponsored by the Toynbee Prize Foundation. Timothy and I had a great conversation about my dissertation "American Streets, Foreign Territory" and now book manuscript, and he wrote up a stellar description of some of the work I've done. In particular, he situates my work within the broader fields of global history and the history of empire, with a focus on some of my methodological innovations. Please check it out!

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Robinson Hall Lower Library, Harvard University
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