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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 …

American citizens have the right to travel wherever they like—provided, of course, they have the money for transport and accommodation. They are free from ever having to obey the arbitrary orders of superiors—unless, of course, they have to get a job. In this sense, it is almost possible to say the Wendat had play chiefs and real freedoms, while most of us today have to make do with real chiefs and play freedoms. Or to put the matter more technically: what the Hadza, Wendat, or 'egalitarian' people such as the Nuer seem to have been concerned with were not so much formal freedoms as substantive ones. They were less interested in the right to travel than in the possibility of actually doing so (hence, the matter was typically framed as an obligation to provide hospitality to strangers). Mutual aid—what contemporary European observers often referred to as 'communism'—was seen as the necessary condition for individual autonomy.

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Finding Mezcal (Penguin Randomhouse) 4 stars

In 1990, artist Ron Cooper was collaborating with craftspeople in Oaxaca, Mexico, when he found …

70s LA + commercialization of mezcal

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LA art world in the 70s -> life crisis -> drinking mezcal in small towns in Oaxaca -> growing del maguey mezcal. a brand promo book for sure, but I also learned a lot about mezcal production and some about small town Mexico across the years. plus has a real LA / artist freewheeling memoir feel that I'm a sucker for

Orwell’s Roses (Hardcover, Granta) 5 stars

“In the year 1936 a writer planted roses.” So begins Rebecca Solnit’s new book, a …

Eileen's beloved brother Dr. Laurence Frederick O'Shaughnessy went by Eric in their family, and so while Eileen took Eric Blair's surname, she took to calling her husband George. While his use of the name George Orwell happened abruptly in print, it happened gradually in letters and in friendships, until he was George Orwell to many of those who knew him personally. So though there was a George Orwell there was never an Eileen Orwell. Her tombstone and his say Blair, and the son they adopted in 1944 is named Richard Blair. I regret having to refer to Eileen O'Shaughnessy Blair by her first name, but like too many married women it is the only one she really owned throughout her life. When Sonia Brownell married Orwell a few months before his death, she took Orwell as her surname, as if she were marrying the legend rather than the man.

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hetero marriage truth b/w hetero marriage shade