Book event?

Dearest colleagues, it has been a while since we did a book event. Is now or soon a propitious time? Does anyone have any suggestions for an appropriate book to center our interpretive and evaluative efforts on? We tend to focus on contemporary works that deserve greater attention, but some have previously suggested that discussing a “classic” work might be a good route as well. Personally, I am totally open at this point.

38 thoughts on “Book event?

  1. I just got my partner to check this out from her school’s library for me:

    “Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities” by Steve Collins

    “This book presents an answer to the question: what is nirvana? Part I distinguishes between systematic and narrative thought in the Pali texts of Theravada Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, arguing that nirvana produces closure in both, and setting nirvana in the wider category of Buddhist Felicities. Part II explores other Buddhist utopias (both eu-topias, ‘good places’, and ou-topias, ‘no-places’), and relates Buddhist utopianism to studies of European and American utopian writing. The book ends with a close reading of the Vessantara Jataka, which highlights the conflict between the ascetic quest for closure and ultimate felicity, and the ongoing demands of ordinary life and society. Steven Collins discusses these issues in relation to textuality, world history and ideology in premodern civilizations, aiming to contribute to an alternate vision of Buddhist history, which can hold both the inside and the outside of texts together.”

  2. Yes review copies all around!! Let review copies roll down like a never-flowing stream.
    . . . Hmmmmmm, might it show up at aaaaarg . . .
    I’ll throw Anthony’s edited volume in the mix as well . . . though we may need to wait another year for libraries to actually bring it in (but again aaaaarg is so much more efficient in this matter . . . damn our need to pay rent . . . or have someone else pay rent . . . damn rent).

  3. I’m reading After now. Just read Adam’s piece, the Agamben quote on playing with law in order to free it from its canonical use for good made my day, especially since I had taken a break from studying Social Security law to read it. Back to frolicking with the rules on derivative benefits for children!

  4. Also, a Race discussion will serve well as a catalyst for the book to move from my wish list to my shopping cart. I’m in. (Already read POR.)

  5. My heathen ass probably needs to read some theology. I have Race, and would try to buy Adam’s book or contribute to the first page to get a review copy. My problem is time; I can’t do much until the semester ends, so if the event starts earlier than the first week of May, I will have to just jump in at the end (which would be a shame, since I read a chunk of Adam’s book on Amazon and really enjoyed it, and want to read more). Similarly, I’ve read the beginning of Carter’s book and want to read more. One of my professors could be interested…I’ll pass on word to him.

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