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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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2023 Reading Goal

5% complete! loppear has read 6 of 101 books.

The Wind's Twelve Quarters (1976, Bantam Doubleday Dell) 4 stars

The Wind's Twelve Quarters is a collection of short stories by American writer Ursula K. …

as always, powerful

4 stars

A first retrospective collection at 10 years, her notes before each story are sharp and advancing even for otherwise tangent tales. And then it ends fiercely with the kicks of "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" and "The Day Before The Revolution".

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (2003) 4 stars

good, but you might as well read The Jungle

4 stars

It seems everyone read this when I lived in Chicago except me, but the true crime hook turned me off then. Turns out it's mostly about architecture and temporary facades of respectability, and engagingly told as popular history. Satisfyingly travel-back-in-time-to-Chicago.

Ways of Being (2022, Farrar, Straus & Giroux) 5 stars

What does it mean to be intelligent? Is it something unique to humans, or shared …


5 stars

Where I am right now, after an overlapping decades-long journey through computability, animal and ecological intelligence, finding human humility after capitalism's techno-categorizing-hubris. Seeking an answer to how technology, how participation in understanding, should adapt to a collaborative-multiple-perspective de-centering of humanity and our binary truths. This sticks to a deep middle, the claims Bridle makes for "opening up to the more-than-human world" are broad, pointed in good directions, and avoid anger or hopelessness while staying critical. My recommendations for adjacent reading would be Frans de Waal's "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are", Emma Marris' "Wild Souls", Richard Power's "The Overstory", and a lot of Ursula K LeGuin, but the bibliography has a whole stack of new reading lined up for me too.

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Hardcover, 2018, Hodder & Stoughton) 4 stars

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a …

the slightest arc pulls this through

4 stars

Nice to be reminded that Chambers can weave her deeply attentive human and social reflections into compelling longer form, and live up to high expectations for unconventionally but quite comfortably answering what matters in a story or a culture.

The Spare Man (Hardcover, 2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

Hugo, Locus, and Nebula-Award winner Mary Robinette Kowal blends her no-nonsense approach to life in …

enjoyably cantankerous

4 stars

Witty low stakes riff, not so noir - the vibe is more 5th Element romp given the cruise ship setting, and the mystery bends to suit - but true to the original in prominent stiff drinks, and comfortably egalitarian in gender roles.

replied to cblgh's status

@quaad @cblgh aye, I don't consider myself a fast reader, but I slowly gave up video time for reading, and about a ¼ of my reading is audiobooks, substituting for what used to be more music and podcasts while working in the kitchen or yard. And I'm always in the middle of several books, so that something always sounds good to read.

Ways of Being (2022, Farrar, Straus & Giroux) 5 stars

What does it mean to be intelligent? Is it something unique to humans, or shared …

This is such a satisfying wondrous summation of my last decade of reading, I love how many diverse threads are in the bibliography and new encounters in the text suggest a good year's reading project could be just to read through the rest of the bibliography. Possible overlapping new highlights there: Monica Gagliano, Suzanne Simard, Donna J Haraway, Eva Meijer, Andrea Wulf, Alexis Pauline Gumbs.