A Few of My Favorite Things

With some fudging on how many items can be in a “top five”, here are my top six “top five” lists (in no particular order):

1. Top Five History Books
(Listed in the order in which I read them)

1. Rats, Lice & History: The book that really made historical thinking click for me in my first history class freshman year.
2. A Midwife’s Tale: The book professors have assigned to me in three different courses, a great microhistory.
3. Nature’s Metropolis: The book that has stuck with me for years–I just really like Cronon’s approach.
4. Nation among Nations: The book I want to use in my teaching to help kill the myth of American Exceptionalism.
4.5. The Silent Majority: The book that really made structuralism stand out, great analysis of structural racism.
5. Something New Under the Sun: The book that made me want to incorporate a macro-level analysis to my research.

2. Top Five Non-Academic Books
(Listed in no particular order)

1. 1984: The book with some great quotes about history.
2. Brave New World: The book that pairs well with 1984.
3. Amusing Ourselves to death: The book that is the real life equivalent of the above fictional dystopias.
4. The Catcher in the Rye: The book every teenager should read.
5. Slaughterhouse-Five: The book (like the rest on this list) everyone should read.

3. Top Five Blogs I Read
(Listed by how often I read them, starting with the most frequently)

1. ProfHacker: The blog I read most often, great for thinking about academic topics
2. Jason Heppler: The blog (and person) that helped convince me to start my blog.
3. Dan Cohen: The blog every digital historian (and humanist should read).
4. Matthew Kirschenbaum: The blog of another great digital humanist.
5. The History Roll: The blog I use to find other good blog posts.

4. Top Five Digital History Projects
(Listed in the order in which they influence my work)

1. Gilded Age Plains City: The project that lured me to UNL and into the digital humanities.
2. Spatial History Project: The project I look to for visualization inspiration.
3. Voting America: The project I reviewed and I have always liked.
4.Valley of the Shadow: The project that cannot be left off any list of digital history projects.
5. The Welikia Project: The project that is just really cool.

5. Top Five Non-Academic Websites
(Listed in no particular order)

1. Gmail: The website I have been using for email since high school.
2. Twitter: The website I use for news (academic and otherwise) and my attempts at social networking.
3. Facebook: The website I use for everything inappropriate for twitter.
4. ESPN.com: The website I read too much.
5. briansarnacki.com: The website I make (self-promotion at its best).

6. Top Five Things I’m Listening to Right Now
(Listed in no particular order)

1. This American Life: The podcast that I listen to whenever I can, interesting and entertaining stories.
2. Radiolab: The podcast that regularly blows my mind, addresses more science-y type topics in a very accessible way.
3. Stuff You Missed in History: The podcast that I would consider assigning in an undergraduate survey course.
4. British Music: The bands–Mumford & Sons, Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Kate Nash, Lily Allen, V.V. Brown, Stornoway (some help from Pandora on finding them all).
5. Ivan & Alyosha: The band I saw in concert a few weeks ago that I can’t stop listening to and if they ever get really famous I’ll be able to say I liked them before they were cool.

One response to “A Few of My Favorite Things”

  1. You said: “1. Rats, Lice & History: The book that really made historical thinking click for me in my first history class freshman year.” Of course, that may be technically true, since you’re talking about books. However, truth be told, weren’t your earlier influences WISHBONE [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wishbone_%28TV_series%29] and THE SIMPSONS [http://www.thesimpsons.com/]?


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