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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

17% complete! loppear has read 16 of 90 books.

reviewed Wilding by Eric Schlosser

Isabella Tree, Eric Schlosser: Wilding (2019, New York Review Books) 4 stars

This a blow by blow and month by month account of how a well-managed, but …

lovely on unexpected ecological joys when we let go

3 stars

If you had a castle and 3500 acres intensively farmed dairy pastures and crops, and realized that wasn't sustainable, and so sought conservation funding to let it return to a wild state... this is the book is for you to rethink what wild might mean. Presents a hopeful sense that conservation and ecological repair should not be a static goal or species-specific understanding or undertaking ("this used to be wetlands, these birds are only found in closed-canopy forests") but a dynamic stepping back and observing and waiting to find out what the purpose of letting nature proceed may be.

María Puig de la Bellacasa: Matters of Care (2017, University of Minnesota Press) 4 stars

responding to more-than-human feminist complications

4 stars

It is hard to say easily what this directly contributes, a weaving and complication of many thinkers - Latour, Haraway, Tronto, Stengers - on care's challenges, on critique and trust-building - dissent from within - for avoiding objectification and maintenance of obligations to more than just our tribe, to more than just human relationships. Roves slowly from STS to permaculture and soil ecological timescales, full of considered light shoves and repositionings of our language and thinking.

Rosemary Kirstein: The Steerswoman (Paperback, 1989, Del Rey) 4 stars

The Steerswoman is the first novel in the Steerswoman series. Steerswomen, and a very few …

promising start and pace

4 stars

Content warning for some reason the slow steady conceptual reveal here wants to be hidden, but no plot spoilers

Kritika Rao: Surviving Sky (2023, DAW) 2 stars

High above a jungle-planet float the last refuges of humanity—plant-made civilizations held together by tradition, …


2 stars

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.

Emily Skrutskie: Salvation Gambit (2023, Random House Worlds) 3 stars

pretty sure I liked the wrong ones

3 stars

Women-led jailbreak in space with swords in an unsettling but not deeply convincing AI-run prison ship. Ultimately I failed to like or believe enough of the dysfunction and misdirection in the character's relationships to enjoy what is mostly a fast-paced light fantasy.

Philippe Ariès: Centuries of childhood (1962, Vintage Books) 4 stars

a friend said it best, this was filled with wtf moments

3 stars

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.

María Puig de la Bellacasa: Matters of Care (2017, University of Minnesota Press) 4 stars

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

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