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wow books, amirite? trying to replace lethargic social media usage with slothful reading

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cblgh wants to read The blind assassin

The blind assassin (2000, Seal Books)

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The blind assassin by Margaret Atwood

More than fifty years on, Iris Chase is remembering Laura's mysterious death. And so begins an extraordinary and compelling story of two sisters and their secrets. Set against a panoramic backdrop of twentieth-century history, The Blind Assassin is an epic tale of memory, intrigue and betrayal...

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matsutake is apparently smelly. the norwegians thought it was so smelly they named it like "tricholoma stinky-as-fuck" but in latin. this was later renamed to be less rude, since other people like the smell

cblgh wants to read What Are You Going Through

What Are You Going Through (hardcover, 2020, Riverhead Books)

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What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez

A woman describes a series of encounters she has with various people in the ordinary course of her life: an ex she runs into by chance at a public forum, an Airbnb owner unsure how to interact with her guests, a stranger who seeks help comforting his elderly mother, a friend of her youth now hospitalized with terminal cancer. In …

cblgh wants to read A Most Remarkable Creature

A Most Remarkable Creature (Hardcover, 2021, Knopf)

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A Most Remarkable Creature by Jonathan Meiburg

An enthralling account of a modern voyage of discovery as we meet the clever, social birds of prey called caracaras, which puzzled Darwin, fascinate modern-day falconers, and carry secrets of our planet’s deep past in their family history.

In 1833, Charles Darwin was astonished by an animal he met in the Falkland Islands: handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that …

cblgh started reading The Mushroom at the End of the World

The Mushroom at the End of the World (paperback, 2017, Princeton University Press)

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The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

"A tale of diversity within our damaged landscapes, The Mushroom at the End of the World follows one of the strangest commodity chains of our times to explore the unexpected corners of capitalism. Here, we witness the varied and peculiar worlds of matsutake commerce: the worlds of Japanese gourmets, capitalist traders, Hmong jungle fighters, industrial forests, Yi Chinese goat herders, …

cblgh wants to read Ammonite

Ammonite (Paperback, 2002, Del Rey)

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Ammonite by Nicola Griffith

Change or die: the only options available on the Durallium Company-owned planet GP. The planet's deadly virus had killed most of the original colonists -- and changed the rest irrevocably. Centuries after the colony had lost touch with the rest of humanity, the Company returned to exploit GP, and its forces found themselves fighting for their lives. Afraid of spreading …

cblgh started reading Two Cheers for Anarchism

Two Cheers for Anarchism (Hardcover, 2012, Princeton University Press)

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Two Cheers for Anarchism by James C. Scott

James Scott taught us what's wrong with seeing like a state. Now, in his most accessible and personal book to date, the acclaimed social scientist makes the case for seeing like an anarchist. Inspired by the core anarchist faith in the possibilities of voluntary cooperation without hierarchy, Two Cheers for Anarchism is an engaging, high-spirited and often very funny defense …

cblgh wants to read Direct Action

Direct Action (Paperback, 2009, AK Press)

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Direct Action by David Graeber

Direct Action: An Ethnography offers a lengthy, traditional anthropological account of anarchist organizing efforts, with a focus on New York City’s Direct Action Network. For fellow researchers, he addresses the difficulties of using the narrative form and offers tips such as notetaking tools used (spiral notebook and rapidograph, a technical pen that eases hand-writing). Throughout, Graeber recounts the actions taken …

cblgh quoted A pattern language

This is a fundamental view of the world. It says that when you build a thing you cannot merely build that thing in isolation, but must also repair the world around it, and within it, so that the larger world at that one place becomes more coherent, and more whole; and the thing which you make takes its place in the web of nature, as you make it.

A pattern language by Christopher Alexander

This being the interrelation of the book's architectural patterns; patterns belong to larger patterns and contain smaller ones. Use of a pattern suggests other patterns needed to complete it.

A pattern language (1977, Oxford University Press)

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A pattern language by Christopher Alexander

Alexander and his co-authors present us with over two hundred (roughly 250) "patterns" that they believe must be present in order for an environment to be pleasing, comfortable, or in their words, "alive." The patterns start at the most general level -- the first pattern, "Independent Regions," describes the ideal political entity, while another of my favorite patterns, "Mosaic of …

cblgh started reading A pattern language

A pattern language (1977, Oxford University Press)

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A pattern language by Christopher Alexander

Alexander and his co-authors present us with over two hundred (roughly 250) "patterns" that they believe must be present in order for an environment to be pleasing, comfortable, or in their words, "alive." The patterns start at the most general level -- the first pattern, "Independent Regions," describes the ideal political entity, while another of my favorite patterns, "Mosaic of …

cblgh quoted Homage to Catalonia

The revolutionary atmosphere of Barcelona had attracted me deeply, but I had made no attempt to understand it. As for the kaleidoscope of political parties and trade unions, with their tiresome names-- P.S.U.C., P.O.U.M., F.A.I., C.N.T., U.G.T., J.C.I., J.S.U., A.I.T.--they merely exasperated me. It looked at first sight as though Spain were suffering from a plague of initials.

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Last one for now. It made me smile.

Homage to Catalonia (1989, Penguin in association with Martin Secker & Warburg)

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Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell's account of his experiences fighting in the 'Spanish Civil War'. Alongside many British workers, trades unionists, and socialists keen to help the Spanish defend their Republic from General Franco's Fascist forces. Orwell joined the POUM Militia in the Catalan region of Spain, was injured in the fighting and invalided back to England. After …

cblgh quoted Homage to Catalonia

We had no tin hats, no bayonets, hardly any revolvers or pistols, and not more than one bomb between five or ten men. The bomb in use at this time was a frightful object known as the 'F.A.I. bomb', it having been produced by the Anarchists in the early days of the war. It was on the principle of a Mills bomb, but the lever was held down not by a pin but a piece of tape. You broke the tape and then got rid of the bomb with the utmost possible speed. It was said of these bombs that they were 'impartial'; they killed the man they were thrown at and the man who threw them.

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Reading this, you can kind of get a sense of how much of the zeitgeist was occupied by bombs at the time. Oh yes, certainly, the Mills bomb—naturally, George.

Also: terrifying.

Homage to Catalonia (1989, Penguin in association with Martin Secker & Warburg)

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Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Homage to Catalonia is George Orwell's account of his experiences fighting in the 'Spanish Civil War'. Alongside many British workers, trades unionists, and socialists keen to help the Spanish defend their Republic from General Franco's Fascist forces. Orwell joined the POUM Militia in the Catalan region of Spain, was injured in the fighting and invalided back to England. After …