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Currently interested in indigenous perspectives, queer perspectives, sci-fi (who would have known?), economics and gardening (forest gardens particularly), sprinkled with comics [he/him]

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The Dawn of Everything (Hardcover, 2021, Signal) 4 stars

For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike--either free and equal …

It matters what thoughts think

4 stars

A tale of two David's: Graeber's final book, co-authored with Wengrow, is an epic volume of archaeology and anthropology that decentres and challenges accepted patterns of western thought that many social scientists present as facts. In particular, the authors take aim at books like Sapiens by showing how they proliferate accepted but unproven myths about human behaviour without following the evidence. As a book of critique and challenge, it is funny, thoughtful, and sharp. Some of the ideas, such as that the European idea of democracy may have originated from colonised Native American cultures, are radical but well argued.

Despite this, there are some flaws. A couple of chapters run far too long with too much repetition, and the scope of societies that are used to construct the arguments is limited. Also, there is a repeated insistence of humanist thought, dismissing animal or nonhuman relationships as unrelated to the story. …

Finding Home Vol. 4: The Prince (EBook) 4 stars

Finding Home is a multi-award-winning slow burn LGBTQ comic that explores mental health, nature, magic, …

Marigold: Joy

4 stars

It wasn't perfect, but it did its own thing and it did it well.

I think the "slow burn" label was a bit generous for the first 2 volumes (the pattern: Chepi remembers a traumatizing part of his past, Janek does something wholesome, Chepi is charmed, go back to step 1). It didn't stop me from reading the rest, but I call it "treading waters".

I went from liking it to loving it with volume 3 and 4, though. Chepi and Janek's relationship evolved, and I think the supporting cast brought an additional dimension to the story, allowing more varied interactions between the two protagonists and revealing other aspects of their history or personality.

The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution (Paperback, 2019, New Society Publishers) 3 stars

Learn how to use natural no-till systems to increase profitability, efficiency, carbon sequestration, and soil …

Aimed at professionals

3 stars

What I like about this book is its practical approach: it is clearly aimed at professional farmers, and the author is not saying "do this because it's ✨ good for the planet ✨" but "with these techniques, you will save energy while continuing to earn a living; by the way, let's meet professionals who have been doing this for years/decades now".

I learned several things:

  • Using cover crops requires careful timing: if you cut them before they bloom, they may regrow, and if you cut them after they bloom, you basically reseed them. The book also recommends using them before transplanting crops with large leaves (such as squash) because cutting cover crops prevents weed regrowth for about 6 weeks only (but much longer if a layer of mulch is put on top).
  • For transplanting plants, cardboard is very good (this fall, I'm going to advocate for cardboard SO MUCH in …
Unmasking Autism (Hardcover, 2022, Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale) 5 stars

A deep dive into the spectrum of Autistic experience and the phenomenon of masked Autism, …

Autistics are a diverse group, though, and we don't all have to agree on which terms we like and dislike having used for ourselves. If you are Autistic, you get to decide what language works best for you. Some people prefer to say they are "on the spectrum," for example, rather than strictly Autistic. Others identify as having Asperger's, though that disorder label no longer exists, and was rooted in Hans Asperger's eugenicist research. (...)

I find it’s far more important to question the belief that supposedly “higher functioning” Autistic lives matter more than others than it is to scrub all people’s language of outdated or problematic terms. Additionally, it is vital that the disability self-advocacy community remain accessible to all people of all ability levels. That requires we extend grace and understanding to people who don’t communicate exactly the way we might like them to.

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L'âge des low tech (French language, 2014, Seuil) No rating

Face aux signaux alarmants de la crise globale – croissance en berne, tensions sur l’énergie …

Vous l'aurez remarqué, il ne s'agit que de pistes, de quelques réflexions incomplètes. Je n'ai pas la prétention d'avoir réponse à tout, ni aux quoi ni aux comment.

(As you will have noticed, these are just a few hints, a few incomplete thoughts. I don't pretend to have the answer to everything, neither to the what nor to the how.)

L'âge des low tech by  (48%)

YEAH I NOTICED and I expected more tbh. That's why I'm going to stop there and move on to another book.

The chapter on renewable energies completes well Jean-Marc Jancovici's point in Le monde sans fin for example. Jancovici states that the metals used to manufacture wind turbines and solar panels are produced using an energy that is (1) not decarbonated and (2) "seemingly endless", which also explains their current price. But it would not be the same if/when energy or metals become scarcer.

Bihouix explains that we have a similar problem with metals as with oil for example: it takes more and more energy to get them out of the ground (which quickly becomes a vicious circle), and moreover their use is often dispersive (i.e. it is generally not profitable to try to recover the different metals present in a smartphone, and impossible to recover those used at a …

commented on Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber

Bullshit Jobs (Hardcover, 2018, Simon Schuster) 5 stars

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory is a 2018 book by anthropologist David Graeber that argues the …

I need a word for the feeling of "liking a book a lot while also feeling like you've being reading it since forever and wanting to move on to other topics, and at the same time being afraid to take a break to read other books because after that you may lose the motivation to go back to the first book, which would be a shame because it's very good".

finished reading Stone Fruit by Lee Lai

Stone Fruit (Hardcover, 2021, Fantagraphics, Fantagraphics Books) No rating

Bron and Ray are a queer couple who enjoy their role as the fun weirdo …

At first I was afraid the main characters would wallow in despair for the entire book, but they don’t! I loved the conversations they get to have with their respective family.

Les Plantes du chaos (Hardcover, French language, 2021, Lucien Souny) No rating

Nous les avons importées d’Asie, d’Amérique ou d’Afrique dans la frénésie qui était la nôtre …

The book's thesis can be roughly summed up to: "maybe this plant wouldn't be as invasive if the ecosystem hadn't been so damaged that even indigenous species can't grow? just a thought".

I had heard about some plants like Japanese knotweed or black locust, but not about most of the others. I'll just keep them in mind when I hear that this or that plant is very bad.