Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Meta-Post and Interlude

This is NOT the end of the Series in Critical Security; we've got a long way to go still! However, I want to quickly thank the readers and commenters of the last few posts.
Thank you for engaging with my thought process - you all have helped me to make the most out of my summer readings. I hope they continue to inspire more comments, questions, corrections, challenges, etc.

Thanks to Senor Perez, I've been blog tagged to answer a few questions.

1. What is a book that changed your life? Definitely Walter Lefaber's "Inevitable Revolutions" - read this one in undergrad.

2. What is a book you've read more than once? Spawn, No.1 (Image Comics) Read this daily when it came out. I'd like to read it again to see how I've changed.

3. What is a book you'd want with you on a desert island? it's really a tie between "101 recipes for coconuts" (for obvious reasons) or "The Log of the Sea of Cortez" by Stienbeck (his ecological exploration of the northwestern desert coasts of Mexico would continually inspire hours of snorkeling around my deserted island).

4. What is a book that made you giddy?Anis Nin "The Little Birds"

5. What is a book that made you sad? I'd have to agree with Senor Perez on this one. Red Azalea, by Anchee Min. (well, he gave it to me to read)

6. What is a book you wish had been written? The History of Chinesca Culture in Mexicali, Baja California.

7. What is a book you wish had never been written? This is difficult to answer for me b/c I don't want to ascribe to any book-burning logic. I would wager to say that any book that comes into existence represents some particular subjectivity that corresponds to real people and that even bad books ought to be allowed to exist b/c someday someone will probably think that my future book will be terrible and should never have been written. I've sufficiently evaded this question.

8. What is a book you're currently reading? Samuel Huntington's "The Soldier and the State" ( a book that should have never been written btw), Aihwa Ong's "Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality", & Dr. David Brunner & Sam Stall's "The Cat Owner's Manual"

9. What is one book you've been meaning to read? Nayan Shah's "Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco's Chinatown

10. Now tag five bloggers.
Makeweight, PerformativeAmy, B(rad F)lis, Mr. Baus, & the next reader ( ...if your reading this blog for the first time then consider yourself tagged!).


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More on "ethnic state security maps," threat analysis, and Ethnic Studies in SCS 7, stay tuned.

19 Comments:

Blogger csperez said...

"101 recipes for coconuts" is a great book. i also recommend "coconuts in 30 minutes or less." ;)

1:19 AM  
Blogger csperez said...

but before you go "crazy about coconuts", you should read "coconut nation: the dark side of desert island meals"

1:25 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

i've had great success with:
"Desert Islands on 3 Cocomuts a Day."

1:31 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Of course, there's also the somewhat unweildy, "Coconuts for Dummies."

1:33 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

...and for those hours adrift on the raft, there's nothing like, "The Devil Wears Coconuts."

1:34 AM  
Blogger csperez said...

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1:39 AM  
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1:43 AM  
Blogger csperez said...

...and for a historical frame for your experience, you should read "Iron Coconuts"

and "Coconuts from a different Shore"

1:45 AM  
Blogger csperez said...

...because you should be prepared for the eventual colonial invasion on your desert island, i recommend reading "The Coconuts of the Earth" and "Coconut Skin, Coconut Masks"

1:56 AM  
Blogger csperez said...

I AM IRON COCONUTS!

2:09 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Long time listener, first time reader. I'm tagged.
p.s: "Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality"?? You're a big dork, Jason.
:P

1. What is a book that changed your life?
Green Eggs and Ham

2. What is a book you've read more than once?
What to Expect When You're Expecting

3. What is a book you'd want with you on a desert island? How to Survive on a Desert Island Without Really Trying. Also, Green Eggs and Ham.

4. What is a book that made you giddy?
Green Eggs and Ham

5. What is a book that made you sad?
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler

6. What is a book you wish had been written?
Hogwarts: A History
also: How to Succeed in Grad School Without Really Trying

7. What is a book you wish had never been written?
Numbers--for the all-time worst use of the verb "beget."

8. What is a book you're currently reading?
Green Eggs and Ham

9. What is one book you've been meaning to read?
Green Egg-Beaters and Tofurkey: A Vegan's Guide to Dr. Suess

10. Now tag five bloggers.
Er.

2:10 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

cs, I assume you are referring to the recently discovered "lost B-side" by Black Sabbath called, "Iron Coconuts?"


NANANANANANA NA NA NA!

2:21 AM  
Blogger csperez said...

thanks jenn...

one last recommendation before i go to bed:

Lonely Planet's "The Desert Island on a Budget"

and

"Rick Steve's Desert Island"

peace and quiet

2:23 AM  
Blogger Jason Chang said...

Iron Coconuts, Brilliant!
btw, I like being a dork, I have no shame in that department, hehe.
As for the individual(s) that self-censored thier comments - don't discipline yourself too much: g*d, your father, and the president are watching too.

9:04 AM  
Blogger saudade said...

1. What is a book that changed your life?
One Hundred Years of Solitude

2. What is a book you've read more than once?
Pillars of the Earth (so trashy!)

3. What is a book you'd want with you on a desert island?
SAS Survival Guide

4. What is a book that made you giddy?
The Stain

5. What is a book that made you sad?
The Rape of Nanking

6. What is a book you wish had been written?
A History of the Fossilized Remains of the Combustible Engine

7. What is a book you wish had never been written?
The Da Vinci Code

8. What is a book you're currently reading?
The People's Act of Love

9. What is one book you've been meaning to read?
Mouchette

10. Now tag five bloggers.
Uhhhhhhhhhh....

1:13 PM  
Blogger Jason Chang said...

Saudade,
Thanks for considering yourself tagged. So curious about "The Stain", please explicate.

2:01 PM  
Blogger saudade said...

The Stain, by Rikki Ducornet. Fantastic, Bosch-ian, black fairy tale that is full of . The main character, Charlotte, has a furry birthmark that looks like a rabbit, which is deemed the mark of Satan. She is sent to a nunnery to be educated, and to turn a phrase, all hell breaks loose. Ducornet is a very vivid and gorgeous writer, but she can never seem to finish a book well.

I think I have to have a runner up book for this one too -- The Loves of Faustyna. Any novel that opens with a cloud in the shape of buttocks over Krakow and documents the politics of Poland at the same time has got to be good.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Jason Chang said...

Oh so cool; thanx for the illumination, good point about Faustyna's opening.
hope to see you and Mr. T soon!

3:03 PM  
Blogger Gladys said...

j, this is incredibly late, several weeks late, but i did eventually want to respond to the tag. i was traveling then returned and landed in reading-plus-worrying hell, while waiting to find out when my exams are (they're soon, bottom line).

hope all's well with you and the beginning of the semester.

-gladys

7:42 AM  

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