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Christopher Tompkins: The Secret Life of Plants 2 stars

Review of 'The Secret Life of Plants' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

WTF did I just read? Ok. In truth I had to skim a lot of it because the writing is almost as awful as the content. I read this book for the research I'm doing on the year 1973 (related to a larger project on how we went from the civil rights era to the conservative/neoliberal one). The thousands of positive reviews of a book that speaks highly of known quacks, implies famines are just a lack of positive energy, and generally supports a lot of navel gazy bs seems like a pretty big clue as to how so many ppl do nothing useful when faced with horrible shit. The thousands (?!?) of positive reviewers seem to ignore the plants talk to aliens stuff and just focus on the support for organic agriculture. To me this book is so batshit it almost makes me question my support for organics. Honestly, …

Shane Burley: ¡No Pasarán! (2022, AK Press Distribution) 5 stars

No Pasarán! Antifascist Dispatches from a World in Crisis

Shane Burley (Editor); Tal Lavin (Foreword); …

Review of 'No Pasaran' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I don't often give five stars, especially not for books of essays with wide variation. But this book is exemplary, especially in how to present informed, well researched, and useful information without descending into academic bs. Out of maybe a couple dozen essays there were only three that were a bit of a slog. Everyone should read this.

Review of 'Becoming Kin' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Finding this book a little difficult to rate. The first 2/3 or so is mostly a summary of settler colonialism. If you are familiar with the issue and some of the source material, it isn't groundbreaking. It is; however, a mostly very readable summary. I say mostly because she often writes with a perspective of reforming christianity and as a non-christian I often felt like this book wasn't meant for me. It is presented a bit like here is how indigenous think and here is how christians think and there is our conflict. Ummmmm. Also, as an adoptee, I feel a bit mixed. She is clear about the loss and separation that adoption signifies for many native ppl and how disconnection is key to colonialism, but she was a social worker who presents adoption as an ambiguous result of one of her cases. Also, like so many others, she focuses …