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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

2 additional books for the list! 

Thank you Mytili and Adeena for sending these today.
I tried to add your entries to the rest of the list (below),
but the blog simply wouldn't allow me because the post is too large.
Thanks to you both, and thanks again to all the other poets
who sent in their reading material.
CAConrad

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BURY ME STANDING: THE GYPSIES AND THEIR JOURNEY,
by Isabel Fonseca

Mytili Jagannathan: A smart 1990s journalistic portrait
of the Roma people of Eastern Europe: centuries of their
persecution resulting from policies ranging from enforced
othering to forced assimilation; the self-protection and
self-invention of a wandering people whose origins cannot
be definitively placed; the arguments for and against their
Indian origin (strong linguistic correlations between their
language, Romani, and Hindi and Sanskrit); the fascinating
(& problematic) celebratory claiming of Indian origins & Hindu
symbols (including Ganesha!) by some contemporary Roma activists
in search of a positive cultural identity; the strategic dilemmas
they face as they take on modern forms of political
protest/speech/organizing.

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ENJOY YOUR SYMPTOM!, by SLAVOJ ZIZEK

ADEENA KARASICK: An antiutilitarian symbolic fiction
paradigmatically standing in for a "calculus of pleasures"

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