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Jackie Wang: Alien Daughters Walk into the Sun (Paperback, 2023, Semiotexte/Smart Art) 5 stars

Compiled as a field guide, travelogue, essay collection, and weather report, Alien Daughters Walk into …

for the millennial alien daughters

5 stars

I really loved this. I had read Jackie Wang's Carceral Capitalism a few years ago, but hadn't read any of her more personal writing. This had an extremely nostalgic mix of places and phases of life that are familiar (early 2010s punk houses, bike tours, zines, queer feminist spaces) - kept wondering how narrowly we missed each other and what overlaps I'd find if I looked -, and I think was beautifully written. Fittingly, has a very Semiotext(e) feel that I find comfortable.

Sometimes essay collections take me a bit to get through since they can feel disjointed—like I constantly need to get momentum after an essay ends. This was laid out more chronologically as she moved through the world, so it felt like chapters of a life where common characters would reappear in latter works. Also avoided feeling repetitive, or like you were getting the same material reworked. Anyway, …

Fern Brady: Strong Female Character (2023, Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale) 4 stars

processing

3 stars

To me this feels like a book written by someone who is processing her own life and fairly late diagnosis with autism and sharing with us in real time. It's interesting to process it with her, although I might have enjoyed reading a more reflective work that comes later more. Maybe that will come later! There's also a lot of overlap in content with her standup, which makes sense—we have but one life to draw from.

Some specifics about why it didn't fully land for me: - Memoirs where people give a lot of detail to childhood events that are hard to believe anyone remembering in such detail always rub me the wrong way. - It felt like each story in the book was forced to tie into to her late autism diagnosis from a narrative standpoint, and I wish there was more space to just learn about her and …

Eric Laursen: The Operating System (2021, AK Press) 4 stars

One of the most unique aspects of anarchism as a political philosophy is that it …

picked this up from Bound Together on a whim on a lunch break because I was curious about how he constructs the metaphor and whether it discusses modern social welfare programs (like Covid-19 response) in the context of anarchist alternatives, though this blurb is making me wonder how if it'll be anarchism 101:

Much of the ground Laursen covers in this book is already familiar to most anarchists. He does an adequate job, or better, at all of it. His treatment of the ideological hegemony of the state is exceptional, and deserves to be read alongside thinkers like Chomsky and Hermann

stopped reading Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgård

The first entry in a planned four-part autobiographical series presents sensory letters written to the …

little one page passages about things in the world, ostensibly written for his baby daughter. picked up because we had around the house and I do like knausgard's longform writing, but I had no use for this because I'm not a sentimental and self-important dad, who I assume must be the audience.

Miriam Toews: Fight Night (Hardcover, 2021, Bloomsbury Publishing USA) 4 stars

a parallel AMPS universe

4 stars

reading this right after all my puny sorrows was kind of weird, honestly. kind of a hall of mirrors. it felt like the warmup novel to AMPS, but was actually written a number of years after—the author is turning the same events over into different stories to different ends. this work is more lighthearted, an easy read. I like getting to see authors work through their own shit.

Miriam Toews: All My Puny Sorrows (2014, McSweeney's) 5 stars

Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yolandi, divorced, broke, …

lol fuck

5 stars

Content warning mention of suicide