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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

41% complete! loppear has read 37 of 90 books.

Javier Zamora: Solito (Paperback, 2023, Hogarth) 5 stars

Trip. My parents started using that word about a year ago—“one day, you’ll take a …

gripping and clear

4 stars

A child migrant story from 1999, fearfully relevant, and set in a prelude to the worst cartel and DHS aspects of today. The youthful perspective keeps much of the terror hidden, and so we experience the physical toll and chaotic uncertainty in its raw immediacy with the humanity of coyotes and older companions cast in complicated and appreciable light.

Lisa Damour: Untangled (2016) 4 stars

accomodating parenting of teen girls

4 stars

Fits a theme of parenting that recognizes kids and here teens have increasing and confusing needs to grow into adults by adding new layers of autonomy that feel like rejection and rebellion while still looking for boundaries and support - make room for their awkward developmental spurts and emotional contentions with one foot in childhood still.

Marie-Helene Bertino: Beautyland (Hardcover, english language, 2024, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 4 stars

At the moment when Voyager 1 is launched into space carrying its famous golden record, …

hovering on the edge of not belonging

4 stars

Making sense of your place outside of the world your friends and family inhabit, or always having a reason to remain outside that world. The pace is off in a way that works, depending on how you read (or choose to elide) the ending.

T. S. Eliot: Four Quartets 4 stars

Four Quartets is a set of four poems written by T. S. Eliot that were …

/ you say I am repeating / something i have said before. i shall say it again. /

3 stars

Linked meditations on time, the moment, the futility of striving, full of overturned binaries, overtones of religious or monastic fervor, but also not quite. The first of these, Burnt Norton, felt strongest, perhaps just more quoted.

Ursula K. Le Guin: Finding my elegy (2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co.) 4 stars

late in the middle

3 stars

/ We make too much history / with or without us / there will be the silence /

Some wonderful lines jump out, more from the newer poems in here. Not an immediately coherent collection, on themes of death and long views and nature of course, but will revisit over the years.

/ It takes a while to learn to talk / the long language of the rock. /

Roberto J. Gonzalez: Zapotec Science : Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca (2001) 4 stars

detailed crop management practices, in a monograph argument about scientific validity

4 stars

Ethnographic report from working as a fieldhand in rural Oaxaca for subsistence food and small scale cash crops, and perspective on the community relationships that non-industrial production methods create that help contextualize and contradict a western agricultural critique of efficiency and productivity.