...and very little to do with comics, so unless you are intrisically interested in me as an Individual, this may not be the post for you.
Like probably a lot of bloggers, I am a student. And like a lot of students, it is the time of the year to bitch about the damn price of textbooks! I guess the nice thing about really enjoying Art History is that you're forced to buy books that aren't so terrible owning. The worst part of being an Art History major? Your textbooks are kind of expensive.
ART HISTORY VOL. 1, 3rd Edition by Marilyn Stokstad; Sort of the KRAMERS ERGOT 7 of this semester for me. And not unlike KE 7, I found this at Amazon.com for about $45 less than what the University bookstore has it at. The book's emphasis is more on Pre-14th century art from all over the world....which doesn't really float my boat at all, but I guess there's no avoiding this core class if I want to actually graduated one of these years. BOOKSTORE PRICE: $126.25
ART SINCE 1900: MODERNISM, ANTIMODERNISM, POSTMODERNISM: 1945 to Present, by Hal Foster, et al; "Part three" of the Art History chain, starting with 19th Century Art (my third favourite period of time), 1900-45 (my second favourite period of time), to 1945-1970 (my favourite period of time). BOOKSTORE PRICE: $62.50
CANADIAN ABORIGINAL AND SPIRITUAL ART: A VITAL LINK, by John W. Friesen; This is for one of the Native American Art classes I have to take to finish my degree...which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the whole subject is far more interesting than you would first guess. Probably my favourite professor at the unversity, Professor Leslie Dawn, specialized in the field, which I think says a lot about it. BOOKSTORE PRICE: $49.25
NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN ART: IT'S A QUESTION OF INTEGRITY, by Alfred Young Man; I'm pretty sure Young Man use to be the head of the Native American Studies Program at the U of L, so this might be an interesting book. BOOKSTORE PRICE: $19.95
This is not to mention the 'optional textbook SHORT GUIDE TO WRITING ABOUT ART, or the non-returnable course pack I have to buy as well. I really shouldn't say too much about the course pack because they typically save you a lot of money on several different books, all in one photocopied manual...plus, the professor of that class is the wife of a friend too, who I am sure has the same impeccable taste.