January 06, 2006

Among the good papers I heard at the MLA was one by Philip Metres that historicized the anti-war poetry anthology from the 60s on, one by Matthew Hart on Hugh MacDairmid, and one by Sianne Ngai on the emotions of curiosity and interest and on one panel, papers by Dee Morris and Jen Scappettone on new media and poetry.

This week in Vermont where it is snowing, Ariel Dorfman, Exorcising Terror: The Incredible Unending Trial of General Augusto Pinochet. The back cover promises "reading like a suspense thriller, filled with courtroom drama and sudden reversals of fortune..." and the book does not disappoint. Not the most detailed or nuanced study of Pinochet, but still was glad to read it.

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