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Kyle R. Conway

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I like tea, and I'm bad at summarizing myself.

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Poverty, by America (Hardcover, 2023, Crown Publishing Group) 4 stars

It's really good. When I feel compelled to send the entire 1st page of the 1st chapter to a friend who works in a non-profit because it says in one page what his career is about, it's a pretty special thing.

It's also a nice view that doesn't pull punches about who is to blame, and the book somehow seems apolitical in the sense of American parties, because both of them are terrible.

So far, this book is the answer I've always wanted when hearing the results from yet another study on poverty by a researcher stuck in a Cassandra-like cycle of doing the same study over and over again, with the same results. This book is a bit mad, but it still has the data, and it's a bit disappointed.

Very much enjoying.

Saving Time (Hardcover, 2023, Vintage) 4 stars

Our daily experience, dominated by the corporate clock that so many of us contort ourselves …

A few chapters in and this one feels more, I don't know, substantial ()? than "How to Do Nothing" -- which I enjoyed. There's probably something to do with reading this alongside "Poverty, by America" that's also influencing the depth I'm sensing here, but it's more than a meditation on "time" -- more of an interrogation of the history of time as a social construct. Some of the quotes and other tales unearthed (at least to me) such as the radius of the sound of a bell, and other wonderful oddities packed together so closely truly give rise to a deep and unsettling (but somehow calming) realization of what has been taken from us all (literally time, but not just the thing itself, but a more human conceptualization of the thing -- time -- itself.)

Paired with the book on Poverty, all of the cuts toward capitalism are deeper …

How to Do Nothing (Paperback, 2020, Melville House) 4 stars

Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our …

I've no idea what to call this genre of book (and I don't remember when I read it, only knowing that it was during a time in the pandemic when social distancing was still a thing visible portions of communities did and mostly people were wearing masks). In any case, it was the type of book I needed at the time.

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (2014) 4 stars

Don't actually remember when I read this the first time, but it would have been within a few months of publication. I was reminded of this again and decided I should add it here.

For context, I was reminded by this Techdirt article:

commenting on this pew research study:

At any rate, they reminded me of this book, which takes the novel approach of actually talking to teens about social media use (instead of assuming things).

It's remarkably straightforward and clear.