Looks like I need to start reading faster in order to get to 100 books in a year

Well, maybe not that much, actually, because I have six books in progress at the moment.

33. Driven To Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey

34. Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers by Bernadette Barton

35. It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success by Richard Lavoie, Mel Levine, Michele Reiner, and Rob Reiner

36. Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol

37. 100 Most Dangerous Things in Everyday Life by Laura Lee

38. Foundations of Social Work Practice With Lesbian and Gay Persons by Gerald P. Mallon

39. Human Services for Gay People: Clinical and Community Practice by Michael Shernoff

And just so no one thinks I would voluntarily read books such as 38 and 39, I was reading them for a literature review I'm doing as part of a project I'm working on. The basic gist of the project is to demonstrate how there's little to no overlap in services for GLBT folks and services for folks with major mental illness. In other words, I can find tons of books and community programs with a focus on GLBT mental health, but these resources barely touch on persisent major mental illness. The two aforementioned books dealt only with "typical" mental health concerns (in other words, your regular old folks who have a job and family and friends who might be dealing with depression or life changes, but who haven't been institutionalized or spent a lot of time receiving disability benefits.) And of course, the field of persistent major mental illness is years behind the rest of the healthcare field in terms of cultural sensitivity in any form.

Also, how funny is the use of "GAY PEOPLE" in that title? Though I suppose "lesbian and gay persons" isn't a whole lot better. You never say "persons" unless you're specimenizing someone. No one says that they had three persons over for dinner last night.


Mark D. Snyder said...


Everytime my boyfriend and I walk home from Paradise over the mass ave bridge we discuss smoots, and your blog lol

eeka said...

Excellent! Every time I'm queer today, I think of your blo--OK, maybe that's exaggerating.

Walking over the bridge is best, because you can yell SMOOT! SMOOT! SMOOT! at a reasonable tempo. If you drive or take the #1 bus, then you have to scream SMSMSMSMSMSMOOT and you're likely to get lightheaded. Or, uh, so I've heard.

Sis B said...

Ok, the title of #33 made me laugh out loud because you're listing it with 5 other books that you're currently reading. I would so do that.

And you used the word "specimenizing" and I think that's just plain cool (and quite true in your context).

eeka said...

Hi Sis B! Welcome. I'm checking out your blog...

It's funny that you mention that. I read Driven to Distraction for work purposes; I tend to be way more on the OCD side of things, and am not disorganized or distractible. I do, however, tend to read 5 or 6 books at a time, and that one had ended up at the bottom of the pile. My spouse asked me if I'd finished Driven to Distraction yet. I told her, without thinking, "Oh, no, I forgot about it..."

Jodie said...

You know, someone's screamed SMSMSMSMSMSMSMOOT in my car on more than one occasion...

eeka said...

Yes. That was how fast your car was going past each smoot marker.

Molly said...


It's a good thing only one of us is ADHD, but you didn't mention where you found that pile of books...;)