The Alteration by Kingsley Amis with an introduction by William Gibson
Dear Illusion: Collected Stories by Kingsley Amis with a foreword by Rachel Cusk
Girl, 20 by Kingsley Amis with an introduction by Howard Jacobson
One Fat Englishman by Kingsley Amis with an introduction by David Lodge
The System Of Dante’s Hell by Amiri Baraka with an introduction by Woodie King Jr.
Tales: Short Stories by Amiri Baraka
Collected Stories by Saul Bellow edited by Janis Bellow with an introduction by James Wood
Herzog by Saul Bellow with an introduction by Philip Roth
Ravelstein by Saul Bellow with an introduction by Gary Shteyngart
The Dover James Joyce Reader by James Joyce
Dubliners by James Joyce edited by Keri Walsh
A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man by James Joyce with a foreword by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Ulysses (Dublin Illustrated Edition) by James Joyce with an introduction by Bob Joyce and illustrated by Emma Byrne
Seduction Of The Minotaur by Anais Nin with an introduction by Anita Jarczok
Under A Glass Bell by Anais Nin with an introduction by Elizabeth Podnieks
Appointment In Samarra by John O’Hara with an introduction by Charles McGrath
The New York Stories by John O’Hara edited with an introduction by Steven Goldleaf and a foreword by E.L. Doctorow
Pal Joey: The Novel And The Libretto And Lyrics by John O’Hara with a foreword by Thomas Mallon
Cathay (The Centennial Edition) by Ezra Pound edited with an introduction by Zhaoming Qian
Posthumous Cantos by Ezra Pound edited by Massimo Bacigalupo
Afternoon Men by Anthony Powell with a foreword by Ed Park
Venusberg by Anthony Powell with a foreword by Levi Stahl
The Poems of Dylan Thomas (Centenary Edition) edited and annotated by John Goodby
Under Milk Wood: A Play For Voices by Dylan Thomas edited by Walford Davis and Ralph Maud
The Island Of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells edited with an introduction and notes by Darryl Jones
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells edited with an introduction and notes by Roger Luckhurst
When I say love, what I mean is not a feeling
Nor a promise of a feeling
I believe in attention
My love for you is a monolith of try.
So reads the first stanza of TC Tolbert’s poem “What Space Faith Can Occupy,” which filled the air of Morrison Library on Thursday afternoon during the Library’s Lunch Poems program.
The stanza comes from Gephyromania, a collection of poetry from Tolbert, who is the poet laureate of Tucson, Arizona. “Gephyromania” refers, literally, to an obsession with bridges — and it’s an idea that’s come to define much of Tolbert’s work.
Tolbert is transgender and writes often about the transition and experience of the body. Tolbert uses poetry as a bridge into and through his experiences, both painful and joyous.
As a preface to his reading, Tolbert shared personal details about his childhood with the audience. Tolbert is a survivor of childhood sexual and physical abuse, and was derided by his mother after coming out.
“All of those things have made me,” Tolbert told the audience. “And I’m finally at a place where I’m thankful for my life.”
During the reading, Tolbert shared a poem written to a woman named Melissa — his former self. Melissa is Tolbert’s birth name. By reading the poem, Tolbert said, he would “bring her into the room,” and thank her “for what she made possible for me, TC, now.”
The end of the poem reads:
Who hasn’t killed herself by growing into someone?
I’m sorry you have never been born
Because here, roughly here, here is what breaks from our breathing
Here is the blade of our breath …
What I wanted was not to breathe, but to be breathing
What I wanted was for everything to stop, but not end.
Leon Barros, a recent UC Berkeley graduate, found the reading special and powerful. Barros had previously read Gephyromania after stumbling upon it in the Library as a student. (He then checked it out and held on to it for eight months, constantly renewing it.)
“It was incredibly moving,” Barros said, “to see someone who tries to reconcile these sides of themselves and not necessarily feel that they have to choose a side, but inhabit all sides.”
Barros said that the concept of being in between identities touched him and resonated.
Many of Tolbert’s poems feel deeply personal and empathetic. Geoffrey O’Brien, the director of the Lunch Poems series, praised Tolbert for his ability to write poetry that not only examines his own identity, but incorporates the experiences and lives of others, as well.
In 2017, Tolbert was named poet laureate by Tucson’s mayor. In his community, Tolbert uses poetry to connect with others and uplift the voices those often silenced, particularly those of LGBTQ youths, immigrants, refugees, and youths of color.
“I’ve never seen a poet who’s more sensitive to a room, to the people populating it, and to everything that’s happening outside of this room in history as the poetry reading transpires,” O’Brien said to the audience while introducing the poet.
ABOUT LUNCH POEMS
Lunch Poems is a noontime poetry reading on the first Thursday of the month. Admission to the Morrison Library event is free. Check out the spring semester schedule. Watch videos of past readings. Support for this series is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Tom Colby, the Library, The Morrison Library Fund, the Dean’s office of the College of Letters and Sciences, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities. These events are also partially supported by Poets & Writers Inc., through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.
by Taylor Follett, Literature and Digital Humanities Assistant
On February 1, 2018, celebrate storytelling and promote literacy on World Read Aloud Day. According to the LitWorld website, 750 million adults throughout the world, two-thirds of whom are women, don’t yet have basic reading and writing skills. World Read Out Loud Day is a great way to connect with your community and communicate the value of contact with literary works. You might hold a “Poetry Pop-Up” or “Storytelling Cafe,” or encourage open-ended discussion as you read. Check out the World Read Out Loud Day website or the 2018 Packet for more ideas and information.
Ready to get started, but not sure what to read? Luckily, the library has books for all ages! We recommend the following:
The New Spirit Of Capitalism by Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello
Postmetaphysical Thinking II by Jurgen Habermas
The New Imperialism by David Harvey
Steps To A New Edition Of The Hebrew Bible by Ronald Hendel
Land And Sea: A World-Historical Meditation by Carl Schmitt edited with an introduction by Russell A. Berman and Samuel Garett Zeitlin
Magic, dragons, and wizarding schools—these words might conjure up images of Harry Potter, but before J. K. Rowling dominated the world of witchcraft and wizardry, Ursula K. Le Guin was investigating the power of language through a boy wizard in her novel series, The Wizard of Earthsea. Unlike Rowling, however, Le Guin’s early exploration of adolescent wizardry by no means defined her career as an author. For over five decades, she explored morality and humanity in a plethora of science fiction prose.
Digital Scholarly Editions with TEI
Tuesday, February 13th, 4:10-5:30pm
D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall
The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) offers a standard way of describing texts to make them machine readable. A flavor of XML, TEI has been used in many humanities and social sciences disciplines, and it has a dedicated vocabulary for describing literary texts. TEI may be used to create digital editions, prepare texts for research, and preserve texts in a digital format. In this workshop, we’ll provide an overview of TEI, try some hands-on encoding, and prepare you for the next steps in learning TEI. Please bring a laptop if possible. Register.
Upcoming Workshops in this Series 2017-2018:
- Digital Scholarly Editions with TEI
- Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects
- Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
- Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects
- Omeka for Digital Collections and Exhibits
- By Design: Graphics & Images Basics
- The Long Haul: Best Practices for Making Your Digital Project Last
Please see bit.ly/dp-berk for details.
Willa Cather is perhaps the most famous female writer of the American Midwest. Cather was born and raised in Virginia and Nebraska, and despite spending most of her life in New York City, she never truly left the towns of her youth. This is clear in her massive oeuvre, in which works such as O Pioneers! (1913) and My Antonia (1918) focus on the realities of life in the heart of the country. This January, we’ll learn more about the woman who left behind this legacy when the collection of her 3000+ letters enters the public domain.
January 1, 2018 marks the 200th birthday of one of the most famous works of literature in the English language—Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus.
The story of this famous work’s conception is outdone only by the book itself. Mary Shelley—then, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin—first conceived of the novel in a competition with other famous writers of the era, including Lord Byron and her future husband, Percy Shelley. The challenge? Who could come up with the best horror story. Needless to say, Mary Shelley won. Shelley was only twenty years old when Frankenstein was published anonymously, but she managed to create what some argue is the first true science fiction story. Since Frankenstein’s publication, it has inspired countless horror stories, Frankenstein copy-cat plots, and it has advanced the conceptual ground of science fiction itself.
Want to see the text that started it all? You’re in luck—Bancroft Archive has a first edition in the vault. This might not be practical for reading, however, so you can also head to Main Stacks for a copy that you can check out:
Happy New Year! With a new year comes the inescapable (and usually unfulfillable) list of New Year’s resolutions. At a loss for realistic ideas? Join us in our resolution to read more — including and especially for leisure. If you’ve resolved to spend some more time hitting the books (for pleasure), check out our recommendations for a great start to your reading year:
The library certainly has no shortage of copies of the bard’s plays, but there is something to be said for seeing Shakespeare’s work as it was meant to be seen—performed. Alas, performances of Shakespeare tend to be difficult to attend on a regular basis. However, the UC Berkeley Libraries just gained access to the entirety of the BBC Television Shakespeare Streaming Series. The series includes performances of 37 separate plays, originally adapted for television and broadcast between 1978 and 1985 in the UK. Now, you can access them from the comfort of your couch. Whether you’re a casual fan or a lifelong scholar of Shakespeare, you’ll be grateful for your library proxy as you settle in to watch actors such as John Cleese and Helen Mirren work their—and Shakespeare’s—magic. Get started here.
Access to this resource was made possible through English department faculty Ida Mae and William J. Eggers Chair in English, Professor Jeffrey Knapp and James D. Hart Chair in English, Professor James Turner. Thank you!
Grab your notes, your copy of the play, or maybe just some popcorn and enjoy some of the greatest work in the English language.