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[Xmca-l] Re: Brian Street, R.I.P.

I knew Brian almost exclusively through our common interest in the work of
Jack Goody on the cognitive consequences of literacy. It was an interesting
triangle. Brian and I both found things to disagree with Jack about, while
finding our own work leading us in allied, but different directions.

As editor for special projects at MCA, might I suggest that some sort of
colloquium about Brian's ideas might be an appropriate contribution to the

Note that it was Peter Smagorinsky who forwarded information from David
Bloome who apparently some of you communicate with in a more relaxed
fashion than ordinary xmca. If someone wants to play convener of such an
undertaking, might they contact me?

As Kundera reminds us, the fight of humans against power is the struggle of
memory against forgetting.


On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 3:58 PM, Shirley Franklin <
s.franklin08@btinternet.com> wrote:

> Thanks David.
> It is so sad that my close, close friend of 50 years has died.
> I got to know Brian as a student at the Oxford Institute of Social
> Anthropology - not only an academic institution, but also a deeply social
> one, in the Institute and in the pub!
> And so started a friendship that impacted on the rest of my life,
> intellectually and socially. And on our families' lives too. We had such
> great shared holidays.
> He was also our best man.
> Thanks Brains.
> And here we are, recently, in a posh Brighton pub.
> > On 22 Jun 2017, at 23:10, Peter Smagorinsky <smago@uga.edu> wrote:
> >
> > From: David Bloome <davidbloome@gmail.com<mailto:davidbloome@gmail.com>>
> For those of us who draw upon new literacies scholarship, you will join me
> in mourning Brian Street.
> > It is with great sadness and pain that I share with you that our friend
> and colleague Brian Street died last night.  Lalu shared with us that he
> was listening to Jazz when he died.  Brian had been fighting a long time
> against a cancer that had riddled his body.   There is no information yet
> about memorial and funeral arrangements.  Brian will be remembered for his
> scholarship and theorizing on literacy and culture; for many of us, we will
> remember most his optimism about life, his eagerness to engage people in
> conversation, his friendship, the many doors he opened for others, his love
> of jazz, and beer at the Bristol pub on Sunday evenings.
> >
> >