@seanderson13 sounds like a great discussion setup. One of my favorite aspects of LeGuin but particularly Dispossessed is the sense of unresolved complexity and confronting/accepting change and future uncertainty in her offered better direction, yep.
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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Potentially fascinating Hindu-inspired (?) world building of magic vs technology and struggles of commitment, betrayal, and hierarchy. A slog, where the detailing of the world and revisions to our characters understanding of it stands in for plot.
Curious in-depth examination of childhood depicted in art and writing from the middle ages through early modern focused on France and England, a necessary but ultimately bizarre citation for any claim of change in family or schooling over shorter recent periods in its cataloging of moralistic and class-driven changes in views on protecting innocence and justifying corporal punishment etc.
In this spirit, the critical inquiry into human-soil relations of care presented in this chapter is not so much driven to debunk the productionist subjection of soils but by an aspiration to engage speculatively with imperceptible ten- dencies that could be troubling and reworking these dominant relations from within by transforming everyday soil care
@email@example.com not quite sure, it's been on my list for a year or two, I thought from a rec here, a few other folks on here read it in the last month to prompt me, and a few friends read it when republished in 2014 per GR. But I don't quite know, as folk tend to say, "I don't want to give anything away" around it. Enjoyable so far.
Starts off in a stock fantasy of clerics and assassins, and clearly riffing on some familiar themes of space classics, but as this thriller's clever use of flashback and recall keeps weaving a strong set of character relationships and loyalties in unflinching intrigue, the wide-ranging story pulls off a lot of sharp turns without losing the individual threads. I'll likely read the next one, and thankful it's not just left as a part two.
A curious history through dramatizing a series of primary sources in paintings, dioramas, and travelogues depicting the banjo at a uniquely African-Caribbean intersection of slavery, music, worship and celebration, and adaptation. As some of the threads are light echoes, I wish there was a bit more sense of engaging with other supporting or supplanted accounts of the instrument's background.