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Reading for fun, threads over the years of scifi, history, social movements and justice, farming, philosophy. I actively work to balance out the white male default in what I read, but have a long way to go.

He/they for the praxis.

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2024 Reading Goal

51% complete! loppear has read 46 of 90 books.

replied to Rainer's status

@rainer I would guess not, this book is limited to pre-parenting in one way or another, the uncertainties of new terrain, and leans to forgiveness over judgement. While I may have missed a traumatic trigger, the big obvious ones for parents don't feature here.

Elizabeth Rush: Quickening (2023, Milkweed Editions) 5 stars

An astonishing, vital book about Antarctica, climate change, and motherhood from the author of Rising, …


5 stars

A writer joins a research ship to Antarctica and entangles the story of climate change and polar exploration with that of pregnancy and bringing life into our future, with glaciers collapsing, with the crew and scientists lives and hopes and wonder. Beautiful.

Sonali Deraniyagala: Wave (2013, Random House Audio) 5 stars

"On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali …

Grief confronted

4 stars

Hard to recommend, hard to finish, hard to put down. Focused on the grief and guilt of surviving, with the background of the surviving and oblivious world left to imply healing and reconciliation and accommodation.

Joseph Weizenbaum: Computer power and human reason (1976, W. H. Freeman) 4 stars

Computer Power and Human Reason is a distinguished computer scientist's elucidation of the impact of …

a barnacled treasure

3 stars

Often rambling, ranting, and rigorous in odd measure, still a strong critique of computers-substituted-for-intelligence-AI. Computers ought not do some things we will come to believe they are capable of: through the instrumentalist and reductionist narrowing of rationality (and history) to what is computable and recordable; mistaking analogies and models of humans as information processors; and compulsive, addictive, and imperialist closing off of multiple and incommensurate perspectives.

reviewed Nocilla dream by Agustín Fernández Mallo (Narrativa / Candaya -- 6)

Agustín Fernández Mallo: Nocilla dream (Spanish language, 2006, Editorial Candaya) 5 stars

A very clever little book. It somehow manages to be incredibly compelling, possibly by tricking …

a compellng oddball

4 stars

The early 2000s, fractured implied narrative in short scenes set in Nevada's bleakness, in global trade's corners, in conceptual micronationality, in the simultaneous confidence in and impermanence of technology.