Thursday, December 20, 2007

Citing to the converted

I'm grateful to Snowball, the proprietor of the Adventures in Historical Materialism blog, for crowning me 'Histomat Socialist History Blogger of the Year' at his end of year awards ceremony.

Snowball has a vested interest in wading through my PhD drafts, because he's writing his own thesis on CLR James, the Jamaican Marxist historian and cricket nut who crossed paths and ideas with EP Thompson in the 1960s and '70s. (I was about to call CLR James 'the black EP Thompson', but perhaps I ought to call Thompson 'the white CLR James'? James was older, after all, wasn't he? I remember James' fellow West Indian Tony Cozier complaining that George Headley was always called 'the black Bradman', when Bradman could as easily be dubbed 'the white Headley'...)

There's also been a bit of action on the Titus Books website, where Skyler and Bill Direen have been tinkering. Bill has put the second issue of his journal Percutio online in Pdf format, which means you can read me discoursing on Te Kooti, Che Guevara, and the art of poetry after a few beers last July (I was supposed to be interviewing Bill, not the other way round, but he kept asking me questions, and later that night he sneaked into my study and stole the tape out of my dictaphone). I also came across this beauty on the updated Titus site:
Thanks folks...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jack Ross is he white Bill Direen.

12:15 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Jack is pixellated too much here. Please de-pixellate Jack.

I have put new post on my EYELIGHT project at:

My new post is very
but is also highly poetic...

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1:21 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Jack is white, but not a white version of Bill Direen. Jack has been pyxellated for two years, I don't think he'd appreciate any sudden changes. As for the interview with me turning into an interview with scott.... it wasn't that I kept asking questions but that Scott kept answering his own. See also the new Richard Taylor link on the titus LINK page. Infinitex rewls.
Happy New Year guys!
Bill D.

11:16 pm  
Blogger Snowball said...

Cheers - Two quick points.

1) CLR James was from Trinidad, not Jamaica.

2) James said of Thompson's 'Making of the English Working Class' that it was the best book on black history he knew. Not because it was about black people per se, but because he saw it as a model for how black history should be written.

4:33 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Job! :)

3:40 am  

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