- I spent this week fascinated by the photography of Sarah Chinnery. Her images of PNG, famous anthropologists, flower still lives, street scenes, and friends artists and family are all remarkable. I’ve posted many of them over at Highly Accurate Anthros.
- This week saw me return to Gephi on a project related to the biography of Marshall Sahlins I’m working on. More soon on this front!
- I am reading and enjoying Runaway: Gregory Bateson, the Double Bind, and the Rise of Ecological Consciousness, a sort of intellectual history of The Late Bateson with attention to the broader cultural context of that time, as well as the deeper intellectual genealogy of Bateson’s thought. It’s an interesting and slightly idiosyncratic angle on Bateson which I look forward to finishing soon.
- It was the first week of classes here at Mānoa, where we are returning to Normal Life after two years of the pandemic. As a bald professor returning to a campus full of people after two years, I found the smell of shampoo overwhelming!
Life Last Week
When you’re too busy to blog… link!
- This week I was consumed by a desire to filter and sort ebook offerings at University of Chicago Press’s 75% off ebook sale. I love this sale since Chicago has a lot of titles my library doesn’t hold.
- History of Anthropology Review points out to a few pieces on the renaming of Kroeber Hall, which will be relevant for the history of anthropology just as soon as that renaming is old enough to become history.
- Also at History of Anthropology Review I published a long review of Loyer’s biography of Claude Lévi-Strauss. I’m very happy with this piece because it actually evaluates the book rather than merely summarizing it or avoiding saying anything about it altogether, which is what most book reviews do. I’m also satisfied with the prose, which came out well methinks. It is interesting to compare Lévi-Strauss, Firth, and Boas as academic enterpreneurs. Firth and Lévi-Strauss are contemporaries and long-lived institution builders.
- Listening around to Jazz and Swing classics had turned me on to Mildred Bailey, a great singer who was also Coeur d’Alene.
- I read The Pearl and the Flame by Natan Margalit, the first Rabbi ever born and raised in Hawai‘i. I liked it — and not just because it mentioned by drashing Edward Sapir. Highly recommended if you are Jewish and really into composting.
That’s it for now — have a good week! It will be the first week of school at UH Mānoa!
Life Last Week
- After a bumpy election, James Marape returns for a second round as prime minister of PNG. I’m optimistic about Marape.
- I read Trillions by Robin Wigglesworth, a history of the people who created the index fund written by a business journalist.
- I followed commemorations of the Battle of Guadalcanal, especially the excellent coverage from Koroi Hawkins. I am now obsessed with the plastic-encased coconut shell on JFK’s desk and want a replica. I now really see the shell as and its replicas as symbols of transmission, duplication, and proliferation.
- Murray Chapman, a geographer of the Pacific, passed away on the Big Island after a long career mentoring students, including many Pacific Islanders. The festschrift Oceanic Sojourns is a wonderful collection of reflective essays in his honor. Check out the picture of Chapman and the fam in the Solomon Islands at the beginning of the book.
- Marjorie Crocombe, another great Pacific scholar, passed away. There is an excellent long obit at Cook Islands News which features many great pictures. Even more striking is Nanette Lela‘ulu’s portrait of Crocombe. I don’t know what to say about it except that it reminds me of the Joseph Banks portrait except, somehow, in reverse.
- Reviews in Anthropology has useful interviews with Regna Darnell and Ray Fogelson. The Fogelson interview — conducted by Sergei Kan — is especially candid and great reading, especially for those of us who knew and loved Ray.
- My good friends and frequent collaborators Nick Bainton and Emilka Skrzypek have an editorial over at The Conversation warning about the potential drawbacks of a resurgence of mining in the Pacific.
- Karolinum Press (in the Czech Republic) is selling Leopold Pospíšil’s memoir of his fieldwork in New Guinea, Adventures in the Stone Age. Pospíšil is a remarkably long-lived man and although the book is being distributed in the US by Chicago, I recommend the ebook directly from Karolinum. No DRM and a very convenient checkout process with excellent English language options. Also very affordable.
- Election trouble continues in PNG. In Enga, the police are ‘hunting’ political candidates who allegedly tried to derail elections in order to shore up law and order in the province.
- Potawatomi scholars Raymond and Yancey Orr wonder if indigenous knowledge isn’t quite as different from Western scientific knowledge as some would like to believe. The article is about tricksters so try not to be too gullible when you read the article!
That’s it for now — have a good weekend!
The earliest origins of that one Margaret Mead quote
Margaret Mead’s quote about how a small group of citizens can change the world can be found all over the Internet. But did she actually say it? And where? The quote is notoriously hard to track down. I’ve tried googling around through And Keep Your Powder Dry and other likely locations but haven’t had much luck locating the origin of this quote. Then something I read — alas, I forget what — pointed me to a book with the quote in it: Earth At Omega: Passage to Planetization by Donald Keys. The book appeared in 1982, but obviously with a title like the thought is pre-Reagan.
At any rate the quote appears on page 79, at the opening of chapter six. I wonder whether it was something she said at a conference, or often said in conversation? Here’s a screenshot of the quote. I wonder if we can push it back even later in time and find an earlier occurrence?
Several things happened this week:
- Finished my colleague John Rosa’s book Local Story: The Massie-Kahahawai Case And The Culture Of History.
- Re-watched Redbelt for the first time in a decade. Still really love this film — Ejiofor is a great role model of junior faculty who want to keep it professional.
- Fascinated by the idea of a board game based on the Māori Wars.
- Received terrifying news that the therapeutic Kickstarter backing I did during COVID is going to result in a large number of large board games arriving soon. None will be Māori Wars tho.
General Jerry Singirok’s memoir of the Sandline Affair is an inexpensive ebook
I normally don’t shill for Amazon — in fact I go out of my way to get my ebooks elsewhere. However in this case I think a plug is warranted, as they are selling copies of Singirok’s A Matter of Conscience: Operation Rausim Kwik for US$3.99. The book is (according the Amazon) almost 700 pages long. I haven’t had a chance to crack it yet but I suspect this is one any student of PNG history will want to have available, especially for that low price. Paper copies will be scarce, I reckon. Other ebook vendors don’t seem to have it available. So if you are interested in PNG history and have access to US amazon, I’d recommend you purchase a copy.
Zora Neale Hurston
Lewis Henry Morgan
JSTOR Books Directory
It’s very difficult to navigate the selection of publishers on JSTOR Books, so here are some links to common publishers which will save me (and perhaps you?) some time:
- American Philosophical Society
- Belknap Press
- Berghahn Books
- Bison Books (managed by U Nebraska)
- Brandeis University Press
- Columbia University Press
- Cornell University Press
- Duke University Press
- Fordham University Press
- Harvard University which is different than…
- Harvard University Press (see also Belknap Press)
- Indiana University Press
- Jewish Publication Society
Johns Hopkins Press
- Manchester University Press
- McGill-Queen’s University Press
- Melbourne University Press
The MIT Press
- New York University Press
- Northwestern University Press
- Pluto Press
- Princeton University Press
- Rutgers University Press
- Stanford University Press
- Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (monograph series)
- University of Arizona Press
University of British Columbia
- University of California Press
University of Chicago Press
- University of Hawai‘i Press
- University of Michigan Press
- University of Minnesota Press
- University of Nebraska Press
University of New Mexico Press
- University of North Carolina Press
- University of Notre Dame Press
- University of Pennsylvania Press
- University of Pittsburgh Press
- University of Texas Press
- University of Toronto Press
- University of Wisconsin Press
- Yale University Press
- Zone Books
Sahlins memorial piece in the JSO
I have a piece in memory of Marshall Sahlins in the latest issue of the Journal de la Société des Océanistes . This is a more personal piece about Sahlins. Getting it out on a tight deadline resulted in a few typos which are mostly corrected now (although I think the French spelling of ‘Barney’ is used in the article).
It’s hard to talk about the intimate relationship you had with your dissertation advisor. Advisors have a huge impression on you. An impression much larger, I imagine, than you have on them. And of course you never know them as well as their family and close friends, even if you have personal as well as collegial relationship. I hope I struck the right balance, especially since I try to be honest about my (minor) disagreements with Sahlins rather than merely produce a piece full of hero worship.
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